- Date Started: March 17, 2019
- End Date: April 17, 2019
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- Availability: 18 years old or older, open Worldwide.
- UniFi Cloud Key Gen 2 Plus
- 8-port PoE Switch
- Monitoring Camera
Ubiquiti has given their UniFi video system a massive overhaul in the form of UniFi Protect. To take advantage of it, all you ll need is a Cloud Key Gen 2+, and at least one camera. But is it robust enough to meet the challenge and simple enough for anyone to set up? Let s find out.
To celebrate the launch, at the end of this review we re giving away a complete bundle of the Cloud Key Gen 2+, UniFi PoE Switch, and a camera to kickstart your UniFi Protect system.
Generally speaking, modern camera systems are comprised of three parts: cameras, switches, and a Network Video Recorder (NVR). The cameras need both network and power, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches do just that. PoE switches, as the name suggests, use a single cable to provide both power and network using standard network cabling.
An NVR connects to the same network as the cameras and stores the video feed from the cameras. The NVR is also responsible for displaying the live camera feeds and for playing back recordings via computers and mobile devices that connect to it.
Having the cameras and NVR connected to the same switch provides the best overall results as it eliminates any bottlenecks. Also consider that when running cables outdoors, you have to ensure they re well protected. This can be done using outdoor rated network cabling, or PVC pipes. While Wi-Fi cameras are available, PoE cameras provide the best performance and stability. (source: www.makeuseof.com)