What is Security Camera Poe?

To know which security camera to purchase, you must know all of the different types…

“What is security camera poe?” Security camera POE (stands for Power Over Ethernet), is a technology that allows security cameras to be powered through an ethernet cable. Usually, security cameras are hard wired via a wall outlet, battery or solar power. POE reduces the cabling required and provides network connectivity for the security camera. POE cameras combine the strengths of IP cameras with the strengths of a security camera connected to a wall outlet. 

The benefits of POE include:

  • Digital audio and video
  • Stable internet connection
  • Remote monitoring
  • Continuous recording
  • Secure
  • Multiple Storage options
  • Cost effective

Continue reading to see if a POE security camera is right for you.

Benefits of POE

There are a number of benefits of using POE security cameras versus the other types. Below are used a few of the benefits with a short description. 

Digital audio and video

One of the biggest benefits of POE security cameras is the ability to provide high quality audio and video. The ethernet connection allows for audio and video to be transmitted as digital files. These cameras are transmitting at or near high definition quality. 

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems, POEs rival, transmits audio and video as analog files. For this reason the audio and video quality is much poorer than POE.

A good comparison between POE and CCTV is the old CRTs (CCTV) and a brand new flatscreen (POE).

Wireless IP cameras also send digital records and live monitoring at or near high definition.

Strong/ stable internet connection

Another benefit of POE security cameras is the reliable internet connection. A wired internet connection is a faster, more stable connection than a wireless connection. A wired internet connection can be up to ten times faster than a wireless connection. 

A wireless security camera is more prone to connection drops and packet loss. A wireless connection has to initiate a new connection request each time it wants to sends information. 

To compare the difference between a wired and wireless connection download a large file via wireless and wired connection

Remote monitoring

Because the audio and video files are transmitted over IP, it provides the opportunity to view live and recorded feeds offsite. In many cases the live feed can be accessed by navigating to a special webpage. Users will need to login with a username and password to view live and recorded views. Newer POE systems have the ability to view feeds via mobile applications.

To contrast, live and recorded videos of CCTVs can only be viewed onsite. The benefit of CCTVs is that it is a closed loop and cannot be accessed outside of the loop.

Wireless IP cameras also provide the ability to monitor remotely, much like POE cameras. 

Continuous recording

POE security cameras have the ability to continuously record due to the consistent power of the internet connection. 

Wireless IP cameras cannot provide constant recording, because they are powered by battery or solar power. Usually recording is triggered when motion is detected via the motion sensor. In addition the length of the recording to limited to around a minute. Wireless IP cameras usually miss part of the recording due to the delay between the motion sensor and activation of the camera.

CCTV systems also have the ability to continuous recording similar to POE security cameras.


POE cameras are the second most secure type of camera. Data being transmitted has a limited change of being hacked because it is sent over a wired connection. The only way the data could be hacked is at the network.

Wireless IP cameras are considered the least secure of the three security cameras mentioned. An experienced hacker can steal the data while its in transit from the camera to where the data will be stored. 

The most secure security system is a CCTV system. This system is the most secure because it has no access to the internet. The only way to access the audio and video files is to access the digital video recording onsite. 

Multiple storage options

POE security cameras have the ability to record audio and video via local storage, cloud storage, or a combination or both. Local storage is storage saved to a local hard drive or computer. Because local storage is stored on your hardware, there is no additional cost. Cloud storage is storage that is saved virtually (not your server or hard drive). Cloud storage can be free or have an additional monthly or yearly cost. 

CCTV system recordings are also stored locally. Newer systems have the ability to store older recordings to a cloud storage software. 

Wireless IP cameras usually store recordings to a cloud service with the ability to download and save recordings locally. 

Cost effective 

POE systems are more cost effective because they do not need electricity to work. As previously discussed, the power is derived from the ethernet connection. In addition, they do not rely on batteries and the associated costs. Finally, POE systems do not need to purchase additional hardware like solar panels.

CCTV systems rely on wall outlets to work. The cost to have CCTV cameras constantly recording can really add up over time. The cost will continue to rise if you continue to add cameras. 

Wireless IP cameras are usually connected with batteries or a solar panel. Purchasing additional batteries can quickly outpace the cost of using electricity. You do have the option to purchase rechargeable battery packs for a one time cost. 

Wireless IP cameras may also use solar power as an additional feature. This additional feature may also come with an additional cost. 


Here are a few things to consider if you are thinking about purchasing a POE security cameras. 

Not for beginners!

POE security cameras can be difficult to set up if you are new to internet networking, or security cameras. You may also need to configure your router/ switch/ hub or the network video recorder (NVR).

Wireless IP cameras are plug and play, meaning you can set up the camera by turning it on, downloading the required app, and finding the IP address of the security camera.


Another consideration to consider is how you are going to manage the ethernet wires. You should ask yourself the following questions regarding wire management:

  • Are you going to drill into your home/ siding?
  • Are you concerned about how it will look?
  • Where will the NVR be located?
  • Can you drill (do you rent and need permission to drill)?
  • Do you have access to your home or building layout (to go “fishing”)?

Wireless IP cameras can be placed just about anywhere. While some drilling is required (screws), it will not be as in depth as POE cameras. POE cameras may require:

  • Drilling into the siding
  • Holes in drywall
  • “fishing” wires from multiple levels to the basement

POE security cameras examples

Here are five examples of POE security cameras:

  • Onwote POE Security Camera Systems
  • A-Zone POE Security Camera Systems
  • Reolink POE Security Camera Systems
  • Zosi POE Security Camera Systems
  • Laview Security Camera Systems

Is a POE security camera right for me?

A POE security camera is for your if:

  • You need continuous recording
  • Remote viewing
  • Have an intermediate understanding of networking
  • Need HD level audio and video quality
  • Security focused 
  • You need flexibility when it comes to storage options
  • You either own your home, or renters are okay with drilling

A POE security camera may not be for you if:

  • You are brand new to networking
  • Need a system that has not access to the internet
  • Unable to drill holes for wiring
  • Can only monitor wirelessly


POE security cameras are security cameras that provide power and internet networking capabilities through an Ethernet cable. They are the best choice if you don’t mind a few holes in your siding or drywall as they combine the benefits of CCTV systems and IP cameras.

The power connection allows the camera to record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Ethernet connection provides a secure and stable connection as well as HD audio and video. It is also possible to store recordings locally, in the cloud, or both.

You may want to consider a CCTV system if you do not want the recordings to have any association with the internet. 

Additional questions

  • What is the difference between IP camera and CCTV? The primary difference between an IP camera and a CCTV is the CCTV is closed off from the internet. CCTV stands for Closed Circuit Television, and they are designed to be a closed looped system. IP cameras send audio and video over the internet. There is also some differences in the audio and video quality quality between the two systems. 
  • What is an IP camera used for? IP cameras can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. You can use IP cameras to monitor your home as a home security system, a nanny cam, or a spy camera. 

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