We recently looked at a simple home surveillance network with the D-Link DCS2330L and the DNR202L. In this article, we look at a slightly more complicated surveillance environment with the inclusion of the DCS4602EV and DGS-1008p Power over Ethernet switch.
Storage devices from Synology (NVR216) and QNAP (TS-451+) will also be assessed for their network video recording capabilities in a separate post. The diagram below outlines the test environment that will be used for this and the NVR216/TS-451+ articles.
Running TP-Link Touch P5 in WAN Bypass Mode
By default, if you followed the quick start guides, you will end up with a modem router on one IP range (e.g. 192.168.1.x) and the wireless router on another (e.g. 192.168.0.x). In my case, the Archer D9 was set to 192.168.1.254 and the Touch P5 on 192.168.0.1.
As I wanted them both to be on the same IP range I have a couple of options. I could change the Archer D9 to operate in Bridged mode in which case it essentially becomes a “dumb” modem with the Touch P5 managing all aspects of the ADSL2+ connection or I could simply run the Touch P5 in WAN bypass mode. For this exercise I went the WAN bypass route.
To reconfigure the Touch P5 was a very easy process:
Assigned an IP address on the same IP range as the Archer D9
Finally, the cable that was currently plugged into the Internet port on the Touch P5 was moved to port 1. This final step turns the wireless router into a wireless access point and switch. All the routing and DHCP capabilities are now being delivered through the Archer D9.
Also, you may notice that the Internet icon is showing as disconnected despite everything working as per normal. That particular status is polling the Internet port on the Touch P5 which we are no longer using.
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Power over Ethernet (PoE) is essentially power being transmitted along with data over the same Ethernet cable. The IEE standard for PoE is IEEE 802.3af and was first approved in 2003 and revised later in 2009. According to Wikipedia, the original 2003 standard provided up to 15.4W of DC power with the 2009 standard increasing this to 25.5W.
Using PoE in surveillance brings many advantages to the installation. For starters, electrical power cabling is not required which could result in significant savings as an electrical contractor will not be required. Similarly, not requiring power, will provide a greater degree of flexibility in camera installation locations. Now that we’ve gotten PoE definition out of the way, lets look at the DCS4602EV and DGS-1008p from D-Link.
DGS-1008p PoE Switch
The D-Link DGS-1008P is an eco-friendly gigabit PoE switch that utilises D-Link Green™ to provide lower power consumption needs without impacting on quality and performance. The DGS-1008P is made with a metal enclosure but lacks the elegance in design we have found with other switches. That said, this is one solid built switch that doesn’t feel like a cheap plastic unit that would crack at the slightest bump and given that a switch tends to be hidden away from view, appearance is not really a deal breaker.
Only 4 of the available 8 gigabit ports are suitable for PoE and each port can supply up to 15.4W of power making it compliant with the IEEE 802.3af-2003 standard. This is still more than enough to drive the DCS-4602EV camera, the 2007 standard, whilst providing future proofing to the install, would have been an overkill for this exercise.
|Key Features||8 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ports|
|Auto MDI/MDIX Crossover for all ports|
|Store-and-forward Switching Scheme|
|Full/half-duplex for Ethernet/Fast Ethernet Speeds|
|IEEE 802.3x Flow Control|
|Built-in D-link Green Technology|
|IEEE 802.1p QoS (4 Queues, Strict Mode)|
|Supports Cable Diagnostics|
|Supports 9720 KBytes Jumbo Frames|
|Switching Capacity||16 Gbps|
|Standards||IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T Ethernet|
|IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet|
|IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet|
|ANSI/IEEE 802.3 NWay Auto-negotiation|
|IEEE 802.3x Flow Control|
|IEEE 802.1p QoS|
|PoE Features||Supports IEEE 802.3af|
|Supplies power to PD: up to 15.4 Watts|
|Total PoE budget: 52 Watts|
|PoE port count/Average PoE watts per port: 4 (Port 1 - 4) / 13 Watts|
|Data Transfer Rates||Ethernet: 10 Mbps (half duplex) / 20 Mbps (full duplex)|
|Fast Ethernet: 100 Mbps (half duplex) / 200 Mbps (full duplex)|
|Gigabit Ethernet: 2000 Mbps (full duplex)|
|**Power **||Power On (Standby): DC input: 0.48 Watts / AC input: 2.1 Watts|
|Maximum (PoE Off): DC input: 4.48 Watts / AC input: 6.2 Watts|
|Maximum (PoE On): DC input: 57.83 Watts / AC input: 63.2 Watts|
|Dimensions||190mm x 120mm x 38mm|
DCS4602EV PoE IP Camera
The minute you take the DCS-4602EV out of the box you know that you are holding a quality, well built and designed camera. The sleek dome finish is both outdoor rated (IP66) and industry certified vandal proof (IK10). The exterior body of the camera is built using a strengthened metal alloy that can withstand the harshest of environments.
The camera internals utilise a IR LED illuminator mixed with 3D noise reduction (3DNR) that provides around a 20m night vision range with clear and detailed images under low light conditions. As this also supports PoE, the DCS-4602EV proved to be relatively simple to install.
|Indoor/Outdoor||Indoor and outdoor IP66|
|Image Sensor||1/3” 2-Megapixel progressive scan CMOS|
|Maximum Video Resolution (Ratio)||1920 x 1080 (16:9)|
|1400 x 1080 (other)|
|Maximum Frame Rate||Up to 30 fps|
|Lens||Fixed 2.8 mm, F1.8|
|Minimum Illumination (Lux)||1.0 lux/F2.0 (colour)|
|0.5 lux/F2.0 (B/W)|
|0 Lux (B&W, IR-LED on)|
|Infrared-Cut Removable Filter||Yes|
|IR Built-in||20 m|
|Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)||Yes|
|3D Noise Reduction||Yes|
|Angle Of View (H/V/D)||96° / 54° / 108°|
|Vertical: 60° / Horizontal 350°|
|Wired Connection||Fast Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX)|
|Power over Ethernet (802.3af PoE)|
|Recording to NAS||Yes|
|Dimensions||Φ110 × 78mm|
|Operating Temperature||-30 ~ 50°C|
|Operating Humidity||20 ~ 80% RH (non-condensing)|
|Optional Power Input||DC power adapter (Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz; Output: 12VDC, 1.5A)|
|Safety||CE (Class A)|
|FCC (Class A)|
I opted to configure the camera via web browser and found the process straightforward.
Once the camera was up and running, it was time to configure the D-Link DNR-202L. For some reason autodetect wouldn’t find the camera so we entered the details manually instead.
That’s pretty much it, cameras up and running via WiFi and PoE. The next articles will look at using the surveillance capabilities found on the QNAP and Synology NAS.