Alarm.com has sent the ADC-POE-INJ PoE Injector to the big storage closet in the sky. That's our way of saying that the product has been discontinued. Alarm.com has not named an official replacement for the product. But you should be able to use most PoE Injector devices with ADC Cameras.
Before we get into the significance of the ADC-POE-INJ being discontinued, we should give a quick lesson on what exactly Power over Ethernet (PoE) refers to. Basically, PoE allows a device, in this case a compatible Alarm.com Camera, to receive both power and network connectivity from a single hardwired ethernet connection. That way, you won't need to run both a network wire and a power wire to the device. When it comes to the Alarm.com Cameras, most of their cameras designed for commercial use (with a VC in the SKU or name) support PoE, while most of their residential cameras do not support PoE.
Normally, if you are using an internet network router that supports PoE, then no PoE injector is needed. You will just connect the ethernet wire from the PoE-supported router to the PoE-compatible device. By doing this, both power and network connectivity will be supplied. But if you are using a router or network switch that doesn't already provide power, then you can add a PoE injector to add (inject) electrical power into the ethernet connection. That's where a device like the ADC-POE-INJ really comes in handy. The Alarm.com ADC-POE-INJ has served as the recommended PoE injector for use with PoE-compatible Alarm.com Cameras for quite some time. Now with the product discontinued, users must find another option.
Alarm.com has not yet named a replacement for the discontinued ADC-POE-INJ, nor do they have another option that they officially recommend. But the good news is that most PoE injectors on the market should work fine. If you need a PoE injector for setting up a network of PoE-compatible cameras, then you should be able find one online or at most computer or office supply stores. And we will make sure to let you know if we learn of a good replacement from Alarm.com or another reputable source.
Of course, if you come across a used ADC-POE-INJ, then it should still work just fine. But you are unlikely to find any new models with the product officially discontinued. If you had any prior experience using the ADC-POE-INJ, then please let us know about your personal thoughts on the product down below. Did you find that it was an easy PoE injector to use, or did it present some difficulties? We would love to hear what you have to say. Stay tuned to the Alarm Grid Blog for more security news and updates coming real soon!