Best POE (powered over ethernet) security camera system

Author: Reece Thompson | Updated on December 22, 2020

The most reliable inter-connected security camera system is one that is joined up using ethernet cables. We review 5 of the best brands.

They've been around for a while now and some would consider them to be 'old tech', but power over ethernet (PoE) security camera systems are still one the the most popular set-ups in Europe and North America.

They simply require one connected cable to transfer both power and the captured videos, meaning they are simple to install and employ i.e. for most cases, you won't need to hire a specialist to install them, saving you hundreds.

The world we live in nowadays requires us to be watchful, and surveillance systems make this easier for us to do. While there are many security options available, not all are suitable for your home or office.

In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the more effective security systems and explain why PoE systems are often preferred over the more traditional CCTV cameras.

We will take a look at five of the top options, what you should look for in them, and also what to avoid. We point you in the direction of where to buy them. Let's get to it.

1. Reolink RLK8-410B4

Reolink RLK8-410B4
Our Rating: 4.7/5

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This power over ethernet system is best suited for outdoor use. It has four cameras which are either 4 megapixels or 5 megapixels. They give you a high definition picture, making for an effective security system.

This set-up will also provide you round the clock recordings. It is perfect, especially when you want to record while asleep and do not always have someone to watch over.

The Reolink RLK8-410B4 gives you an 80 ˚ viewing angle. Whilst this may not be a lot, you can compensate by placing the cameras to capture a greater area. This camera system also has audio recording capabilities.

Since it's used outside, it is also waterproof. Another advantage of this system is that it can be remotely accessed.

PROS

  • You get round the clock footage with no breaks.
  • It has audio recording capabilities
  • You can access it remotely
  • It is waterproof
  • It records high definition images.

CONS

  • The viewing angle is a bit narrow.
  • It could take better pictures.

2. Reolink 5MP PoE Turret

Reolink 5MP PoE Turret
Our Rating: 4.6/5

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This camera comes with a built-in micro SD card slot. It is IP66 weatherproof, and this makes it great for outdoor and indoor use. It also has color night vision making it easier to use in dark spaces.

This camera set also has audio. It also has a ceiling mount so that you can attach it to the ceiling, indoors.

Also, this camera is waterproof, which means that it's safe to use outside. The high-resolution allows you to see, and if you need to see a bigger picture, then you'll like the 3X zoom. This system is also easy to install and has free versatile apps and remote view.

PROS

  • It is affordable
  • It has a built-in, micro SD slot.
  • It produces a clear picture.
  • It has three times optical zoom.

CONS

  • It can not pan
  • The micro SD card is not included in the package when you buy it.

3. 2K System Night Vision

2K Night Vision
Our Rating: 4.4/5

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This set of cameras includes four bullet cameras that have 4k picture quality. They're made especially for outdoor use, and as such, they are durable and weatherproof. They also have smart colour night vision, meaning that you can see what's going on, even when it is dark.

To protect the camera from bad weather, it has a metal housing. Whilst it is also made for outdoor use, it also can be used indoors. This uses a mobile application, which lets you view activity, even when you're away.

It also has an added security feature, a panic button on the front of the recorder, that sets off sirens and lights.

PROS

  • It is durable
  • It can be operated remotely.
  • It is weatherproof
  • It has a clear picture.

CONS

  • It's on the higher end of the pricing.
  • If you're a first time user, they can be tricky to use.

4. POE Outdoor Surveillance

POE Surveillance
Our Rating: 4.3/5

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This camera is for outdoor surveillance. The manufacturers made sure that it's weatherproof and could stand up to the weather elements.

It also has night vision, enabling you to see even in the dark. It captures the picture in 1080p full high definition, through a 3.6mm fixed lens.

It supports Onvif protocol GB/T28281 and is also compatible with Hikvision, XM, and Dahua. One of the great things about it is that it is more affordable than other camera systems in the same range. You get real-time alerts so if anything is moving in the area that you have placed this camera in, you will be alerted.

PROS

  • It is affordable
  • It is waterproof
  • It is durable
  • It has good picture quality.

CONS

  • The power source is corded electric, which can be inconvenient if there isn’t a power source nearby.
  • You may need a professional to set it up.

5. 8 Channel 5MP PoE Plug & Play Security

8 Channel 5MP PoE
Our Rating: 4.2/5

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The first thing that will jump out for you is the fact that this camera has eight channels. The picture quality it delivers is good, and this is another reason why it's quite the catch. The video quality is stable.

If you're not a very technical person, you don’t have to be scared of this system. One cable is all it takes to connect the camera to the NVR, and this is how to send audio and power.

This camera only needs an internet connection, for you to see what is happening in the area. you can do this via the free ZOSI mobile application.

It also has ample storage as it comes with a two terabyte hard drive. The system will allow you to record for long periods at a time.

PROS

  • It's easy to install
  • It has stable video quality that will not get distorted along the way.
  • It produces a good quality picture.
  • You can always add more cameras to it and also access it remotely.
  • You can set it to overwrite previously recorded footage automatically.

CONS

  • The motion detection could be better.
  • Camera resolutions aren't as clear as described
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How We Decided On Our Winner

Whilst there are many options to get adequate security for your home. If you're looking for an effective way to keep an eye on your property, then a POE camera system will be a good buy. It's affordable and effective.

Make sure that you get one with good viewing angles and excellent quality both in daylight and evening.

We recommend 2K Super HD Security Camera, because of the excellent night vision. We hope our selection helps you find your best fit. Happy shopping!

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FAQ and Buying Guide

What are the advantages of a PoE camera system?

  • The camera system helps you get a good view of your business or the required area.
  • They are easy to install
  • They are usually more affordable than others that will do the same job.

Using power over ethernet cuts down the number of wires that you will need to run.

How does a PoE camera system work?

There are generally three ways to use power over ethernet camera system. And these are :

  1. Using a PoE Network Video Recorder to supply your PoE camera with data and power. You can then use the cable, to connect the NVR to a router.
  2. You can also use IP cameras with a PoE injector. To do this, connect one end of the ethernet junction to the camera and the other end to the injector. Then use a data cable to connect the injector to a router and then make sure that the injector has power.
  3. The other method is to use an IP camera and a PoE switch. That is often viewed as the simplest. All you will need to do is connect the two, and you're good to go.

We hope this guide was useful to you. Please go to our Security Reviews section to read other guides.

Resources

  1. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/surveillance-camera-commissioner
  2. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/
  3. https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/smart-security-cameras-using-them-safely-in-your-home