TREND Networks advises on security camera troubleshooting with PoE

Aug. 24, 2021
Since IP or digital security cameras began replacing analog cameras, PoE security cameras are becoming more common in both the commercial and the domestic security installation market.

By TREND NETWORKS -- As digital security camera and IP CCTV installers will know, poor performance does not always come down to a fault with the camera unit. However, just as with any network, the cause of the issue may not be immediately obvious.

To efficiently identify if it’s an issue with the network, or rule that out, so cameras can be up and running again quickly, security system installers need Power over Ethernet (PoE) testing and troubleshooting equipment that they can depend on.

Since IP or digital security cameras began replacing analog cameras, PoE security cameras are becoming more common in both the commercial and the domestic security installation market. This presents installers with a challenge: they need to get up to speed on understanding basic Ethernet network troubleshooting.

Enter the PoE Pro from TREND Networks, which is intuitive to use, quick to get up and running, and can be used to help troubleshoot security cameras that are not operating correctly.

PoE Troubleshooting Tip #1 - Determine whether there is enough power

The first point to determine when troubleshooting a PoE camera -- whether it isn’t working at all, is not delivering the required image quality, or is experiencing intermittent downtime -- is to determine whether the device has enough power to actually function as it should.

The handheld PoE Pro tester from TREND Networks enables the installer or maintenance operative to check whether there is enough power at the device location. The tester displays the maximum power available, including the maximum watts, Class (0-8), voltage, type (af/at/bt) and 2/4 pair operation.

Regardless of cable length, cable quality or other factors, the PoE Pro identifies the Class of the PoE source and power available to a PoE device. You can also connect the compact tester directly to the PoE switches and injectors to test and verify whether they provide enough power.

The TREND Networks PoE Pro tester also offers an extended power test to determine whether switches or injectors provide power that exceeds IEEE Class rating, which sometimes occurs.

PoE Troubleshooting Tip #2 - Take out the guesswork

There has previously been a lot of trial and error involved when a fault occurred on a PoE device or network, wasting time and money for the installers and the business or domestic user of the cameras.

PoE Pro enables accurate troubleshooting to speed up the process, eliminating the guesswork, and improving efficiency. Not only can it instantly identify wiring errors, but it can also accurately measure cable length, providing precise distance-to-fault information, saving unnecessary expenditure on time-consuming fault-finding.

Faulty or mis-labelled cabling can be discovered using cable tracing probes and a built-in tone generator with multiple tones. A port blink function enables the PoE Pro user to quickly identify the switch port to which a cable is connected.

A complete PoE testing solution

TREND Networks developed the PoE Pro tester to deliver convenience for any installers and technicians working with PoE. All of the features on your intuitive handheld network tester, enable you to quickly and easily identify whether the source of the security camera issue is in fact with the Ethernet network, and accurately troubleshoot, saving time and cost.

There are many benefits that TREND Networks can bring to the security industry thanks to a range of helpful handheld testers. Get in touch with our team today to arrange a demo of our PoE Pro testers and to find out more about the full suite of TREND Networks solutions that can support security installers and integrators.

TREND NETWORKS at the 2021 BICSI Fall Conference

TREND Networks is taking part at the 2021 BICSI Fall Conference from Aug. 22- 26 in Las Vegas, a hybrid live/virtual event.

Visitors to TREND Networks' BICSI booth #6630 during the live event will be entered into a free prize drawing to win a TREND SecuriTEST IP CCTV tester, with the winner being selected live on Instagram at the end of the event.

There will also be a daily prize drawing during the live event, giving visitors the opportunity to win a TREND Networks Tone and Probe testing bundle, which provides a dependable and user-friendly solution for tracing data, telephone, electrical and coax cables.

Booth visitors can also learn more about TREND's limited time promotions, running until September 30th. Special bundles include a LanTEK IV certifier, plus a selection of the company's most popular accessories and solutions, and how to receive a free 3-year warranty for the company's SignalTEK NT Network Transmission Tester.

At the 2021 BICSI Fall Conference, TREND Networks will also be conducting live booth demonstrations of its LanTEK IV cable certifier and SignalTEK 10G bandwidth tester. Learn more.

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