I am trying to power my Wyze Video Doorbell using existing Cat5e cabling that runs from my rack to the doorbell. The run is about 75-125 feet. I have searched the forums on this topic but couldn’t find an answer for this specific configuration. I found this plug-in 24V/1A PoE 802.3af transformer on Amazon:
Thanks for the feedback guys. I realize that the transformer puts out 24va, but what I don’t know is if that is too much. Wyze advises that the doorbell requires a “minimum voltage of 16V and power output of 10VA”, but it doesn’t say anything about the MAXIMUM. If this transformer won’t work, what is the acceptable range of volts and amps for a transformer in this context? Also, my googling says that VA = V*A, but if that is wrong please advise (duh, I know, but never hurts to ask!).
Too much VA isn’t an issue, the doorbell will only take what it needs. You might have more of an issue with voltage drop, but the doorbell has a pretty wide range of acceptable voltages, so it should work.
Thanks @speadie. So it sounds like you are giving a qualified thumbs-up to that transformer, subject to voltage drop concerns?
I thought about voltage drop and am hoping that the transformer has enough headroom over the doorbell’s minimum spec to get the job done. My math is that I could lose 33% of the voltage and 37.5% of the amperage and still have 16V/10VA reach the doorbell. According to this calculator, I will experience a loss of 1.1 volts over 150 ft using 2 pairs of 24 gauge cable, so I would need a transformer that outputs at least 17.1V. This calculator indicates that this transformer will deliver 20V after 150 feet, which is a 16% drop. Either way, I will be delivering more power than the doorbell requires.
Two primary reasons to use PoE: I’m lazy, and I’m cheap.
The laziness comes in because I already have Cat5 cable installed in this location. With PoE I only need to strip & twist the doorbell end of the cable. With a doorbell adapter, I will need to strip & twist both ends.
As for cheapness, the PoE plug-in transformer is $8. A plug-in doorbell transformer is more like $15-20. If I get a non-pluggable doorbell transformer, then I also have to buy wire and a wall plug to connect it to the outlet (which, by the way, is also more work, see laziness point above).
I wonder how many decisions in my life can be explained by one or both of those factors…
Thanks for the feedback all. In summary, the last few posts state that: (1) the Wyze doorbell can use AC or DC power attached to the external terminals, (2) does not need an external bridge rectifier (whatever that is), and (3) can step-down the input voltage to the proper level.
So… it sounds to me like the bottom line is that the plug-in PoE transformer should work. Did I miss or misread anything?
It should work, provided the injector doesn’t try to negotiate power with the powered device. Passive generally means the power is always there, but it also says it is 802.3af Compliant , which would generally imply some sort of negotiation. The only way to find out for sure is to try it.
That is some extreme laziness because cutting and striping a cat 5 to use it’s wires is like a minute worth of work, maybe 5 if you’re really slow and fumbly. I’m a big fan of not saving money by trying experiments with products you now have to fiddle with returning, possibly at your own expense, when they don’t work. VS just getting the right thing in the first place. Sorry if I sound like a jerk but I’ve been there at that point in my life where i’m always trying to save a buck or two at the cost of time and sometimes spending more than i would’ve spent to do it right from the start, and I’m slowly but surely getting past that point. Time is money, and you only have so much time. If you buy the poe injector and the DC output is not accepted by the wyze doorbell, then you’ve just negated all the cost savings and time savings, if you go the return route you know how that goes, could be a couple of hours of time wasted on with customer service and probably have to pay shipping to return it, and drive to ups store to send it off. If not you still have to purchase and install the ac transformer one way or another. If someone here could confirm they have used such a power supply and it worked just fine, that would be one thing, but as far as I can see, some people are saying it might work, not it will work.