Hopefully someone here can help me out. I have the 8ch NVR with 7 cameras currently. I want to place my NVR in a place that is away from all of the cable coming from the cameras. Does anyone know if it would work to plug all cameras into a POE switch and then just run a single cable from the NVR to the switch?
I do not want to use a router, I simply want to separate the box from the wires and use a powered switch instead. Since the cameras plug directly into the NVR through it’s built in switch, is there really a difference if I just plug them into a switch and then plug the switch into the box with only 1 wire.
What you are asking to do can be set up and will work just fine. The issue with not using a router is that the router is also usually the provider of your network DHCP services. If you have only a switch and not a router that is also providing DHCP services to your cameras, you will need to go into each camera and configure it with a static IP address on your network. Once the cameras have a static IP address they will connect to the NVR via external switch and the NVR WAN port.
If you plug the cameras into the NVR built in POE switch, the NVR has an internal DHCP server that will assign them IP addresses. Cameras connected to the NVR via the WAN port need to get their IP addresses some other way.
I use the NVR in my system remotely from the cameras and have them all go through a separate POE switch. I do use a router as a DHCP server to provide IP addresses to my cameras.