What is Power Over Coax (PoC) for CCTV

Do you know you can power up your security camera by using Power Over Coax (PoC) without the need to use extra cables?

This is the solution that many installers were expecting. Just connect a single cable to the camera and you are done. Video, PTZ commands and power sent over coaxial cable makes the installation faster and cheaper.

In this article I'm going to talk about this power over coax standard created to power security cameras using coaxial cables. So get ready to learn...

Power over Coax

You will find the acronym PoC (Power Over Coax) in different catalogs of high resolution analog security cameras with HDTVI, HDCVI and AHD technology.

How to power the camera over coaxial cable?

This is very simple, just use a DVR and a camera that are compliant with the Power Over Coax standard. Connect the cables and CCTV cameras to the DVR just the way you use to do in your regular CCTV installation.

This technology is not new, but is not being used by most installers yet, some are unaware of its existence and others just don't want to learn about new technologies and leave the traditional system behind.

DVR using POC

I believe that in the future this will be the most used method to install high-resolution analog security cameras, just as PoE is the most used method to power IP cameras. Learn more in the article: PoE switch for IP cameras.

Manufacturers that have PoC Technology

Hikvision, Dahua, Lilin and Webgate are some of the manufacturers that have technology to power CCTV camera over coaxial cable.

As manufacturers are licensing the use of the technology to other companies, it is likely that you will find other brands distributing PoC-powered cameras.

You can buy PoC camera with HDTVI, HDCVI, AHD or HDSDI technologies, all different manufacturers are already using this standard. 

Example of equipment with PoC technology

Here are some examples of manufacturers that have security cameras and DVRs with Power Over Coax  technology.

Those are equipment with the 4 different technologies HDTVI, HDCVI, HDSDI and AHD. For more information visit the manufacturer website.

HDTVI cameras with Power Over Coax

Hikvision logo

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Hikvision Box camera with PoC

Hikvision DS-2CC12D9T-E

2 Megapixel box camera with 120 dB True WDR, OSD menu, noise reduction, coaxial command control (Hikvision-C) and  PoC (Power over Coax) 


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Hikvision Bullet camera with POC

Hikvision DS-2CC12D9T-AIT3ZE

2 Megapixel bullet camera with 120dB True WDR, OSD menu, 2.8 - 12mm lens, Coaxial command control (Hikvision-C) Infrared LEDs, and PoC (Power Over Coax)


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Hikvision DVR with Power Over Coax

Hikvision DS-7216HQHI-K/P

16 channel DVR for up to 3MP cameras. Works with HDTVI, HDCVI AHD and CVBS, technology and PoC

For more information visit: http://www.hikvision.com


AHD cameras with Power Over Coax

Lilin Logo

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AHD bullet Lilin camera with Power Over Coax

Lilin AHDC842AX4.2 

2 Megapixel bullet camera with True WDR, BLC, Sens-Up, OSD menu, 2.8-12mm lens, Infrared LED and PoC (Power Over Coax).


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Lilin AHD Box camera with Power Over Coax

Lilin AHDC102

2 Megapixel box camera with True WDR, BLC, Sens-Up, OSD menu, infrared and PoC (Power Over Coax).

For more information visit: https://www.meritlilin.com/en


HDCVI cameras with Power Over Coax

Dahua Logo

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Dahua Bullet camera with PoC

Dahua HAC-HFW2231R-Z-IRE6-POC

2 Megapixel bullet camera with 120 dB True WDR, BLC, HLC, OSD menu, 2.7-13.5mm motorized lens, infrared and PoC (Power over Coax)


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Dahua Bullet camera with Power Over Coax

Dahua HAC-HFW1400S-POC

4 Megapixel bullet camera with True WDR, BLC, HLC, OSD menu, 3.6mm lens, infrared, IP67 and PoC (Power Over Coax).


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Dahua DVR with PoC

Dahua XVR5208/16AN-4KL-16P

16 channel DVR to record up to 8MP cameras, supports HDTVI, HDCVI, AHD, CVBS and IP, works with PoC (Power Over Coax)

For more information visit: http://www.dahuasecurity.com


SDI cameras with Power Over Coax

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Webgate DVR with Power Over Coax

Webgate HS1620F-PD

16 channel DVR to record HD-SDI cameras. Works with PoC


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Webgate HDSDI camera with Power Over Coax

Webgate C1080PBM

2 Megapixel HDSDI camera with True WDR. BLC, HLC, Defog, privacy mask, noise reduction, OSD menu, and PoC (Power over Coax) 



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Webgate HDSDI camera with Power Over Coax

Webgate C1080PBL-IR18(-AF)

2 Megapixel HDSDI bullet camera with True WDR. BLC, HLC, Defog, Infrared, noise reduction, OSD menu and PoC (Power over Coax) 

For more information visit: http://www.webgateinc.com/wgi/eng/


Conclusion about PoC Technology

The technology to power CCTV cameras over coaxial cable will surely grow in the coming years. At this time there is no universal standard and each manufacturer is developing a proprietary technology.

Anyway it's easier and faster to work with PoC to power up the cameras.

Learn more about surveillance cameras

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