Rebooting non-PoE devices using Comtrol’s RocketLinx® switches
Have you ever wanted the ability to cycle the power to an IP camera (or any other device) remotely but couldn’t? … Either because it is not a PoE powered device in the first place, or because it is a PoE++ camera that consumes 60+ watts of power and has its own custom power injector?
If that is the case, you may find this little trick of great interest for your next camera deployment where you may need to hang one of those monster PoE++ cameras on a pole in a remote location, or work on a city-wide surveillance project – and getting someone up on a ladder to manually cycle the power is no small feat.
Here is how the trick works.
First, select any of Comtrol’s managed RocketLinx Ethernet switches. All of them have a relay that can be controlled via the online web interface. The relays on our switches are normally open and rated for a max of 24VDC @1amp so you will also need an industrial-grade relay in this setup as well.
In this example, we are using this Potter & Brumfield relay with our switch that will accept a 24VDC coil voltage and will allow up to 10A 240VAC to be pumped through the contact. A relay socket can be plugged into the relay which makes it easier to make the connections.
Here is the general diagram for making the necessary connections.
Once everything is wired, log into the web interface of the switch, open the warning folder and select the fault relay file. It will open to this screen.