Devicebook Hub Accessories & Power Over Ethernet

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.


Hardware Accessories

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

Note: Detailed instructions for connecting the Devicebook Hub to a power supply via PoE, and connecting devices to the Hub via PoE, are provided above in the "Quick Start" section.

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.

Connect 12V Hardwired Devices to a Devicebook Hub

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.

  1. Use USB A-Male to B-Male cable connect Insteon PLM to either USB port on the Devicebook Hub.
  2. Plug in Insteon PLM to in-wall outlet directly. Do not use a power strip.
  3. 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.

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