This article contains additional information about PoE and accessories for the Devicebook Hub.
Detailed Information & Background on PoE
We recommend using Ethernet cables for low-voltage power distribution and data communication. Ethernet cables are used for several different purposes:
- Connecting PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) and Ethernet devices to the Hub's LAN.
- Connecting the Devicebook Hub to the home's router.
- Use Power-over-Ethernet to DC adapter to supply DC-powered devices
- Use Ethernet cables (8 wires) as power and data wiring for 12V DC hardwired devices
- CAT-6 CMP Solid Conductor Cable is recommended for new installations.
- Existing CAT-5e and CAT-6 Ethernet cables in good condition might be re-used.
Power Delivery via PoE
PoE, supplying 12.95W, is sufficient for most PoE devices, including cameras.
PoE+, supplying 25.5W, is required for Devicebook Hub and hardwired devices and UPS module powered via the Hub.
The following are the recommended accessories to use with the Devicebook Hub.
Table 1. Recommended Models
|Hardware Accessories||Situations where this is necessary||Models|
|Power Supply||Required accessory.||TRENDnet PoE+ Injector TPE-115GI|
|Backup UPS for Devicebook Hub||Optional. Install to enable Hub to continue core operation during power outage.||Devicebook Hub UPS|
|Insteon PLM Modem||Optional. Install if Insteon devices are used.||Insteon PLM USB Modem|
|Insteon Phase Bridge||Optional. Install if Insteon devices are used.||Insteon Plug-In Range Extender, or Insteon Remote Control Dual On/Off Outlet|
|PoE+ Switches||Optional. Install if PoE devices are used.||NETGEAR 5-port PoE+ Switch GS105PE or NETGEAR 8-port PoE+ switch GS108PP|
|PoE to USB Power Splitter||Optional. Install to supply power to USB devices over PoE.||UCTRONICS PoE Splitter (select suitable USB connector for the device)|
|PoE to DC 5/9/12V Splitter||Optional. Install to supply DC to devices over PoE.||TRENDnet PoE Splitter TPE-104GS|
|DC Power Supply Splitter||Optional. To share DC power supply for multiple low-power devices.||ZOSI DC 1 Female to 4 or 8 Male Output Power Splitter Cable Y Adapter|
|CAT-6 Ethernet Cables and Connectors||Optional. For connecting PoE devices.||Generic brands CMP Solid Core|
|USB A-Male to B-Male Cable||Optional. For connection Insteon PLM.||Generic brands|
How to Connect Accessories to a Devicebook Hub
Connect DC-powered and USB-powered devices via PoE
PoE splitters that provide DC 12V, 9V, 5V, or USB-power can be purchased to convert 48V DC (PoE voltage) to various DC voltage levels. Since each splitter can output 10 to 25W, a Y-cable can be used to share DC power for multiple low-power devices.
A Devicebook Hub supplies 12V DC, up to 1A total, to hardwired sensors and sirens. These sensors and sirens are the same as the ones commonly used in home security systems. Use CAT-6 cables and splice the wires to connect the screw terminals of the Devicebook Hub to the devices.
Connect Insteon PLM and Phase Bridge
If the smart home design uses Insteon devices, an Insteon PLM, and Insteon Phase Bridge, are required to connect the Insteon Devices to the Devicebook hub.
Insteon PLM and Phase Bridge should be put on different phases of the AC circuit. The PLM and Phase Bridge reach each other via wireless communication. Keep them close to each other for better reliability.
- Use USB A-Male to B-Male cable connect Insteon PLM to either USB port on the Devicebook Hub.
- Plug in Insteon PLM to in-wall outlet directly. Do not use a power strip.
- Plug in Phase Bridge to an outlet of opposite AC phase. Do not use a power strip.
Tip: Use an Insteon On/Off Outlet in place of the Outlet and Phase Bridge combination for a cleaner and more cost-efficient installation.
Connect Devicebook Hub UPS
The Devicebook Hub is capable of being powered by an uninterruptible power source (UPS). When AC-power is available, the UPS is powered & charged via the Devicebook Hub. When AC-power is out, the UPS supplies emergency power to the Hub.