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How can I power my machine vision USB 3.1 camera?

KB Number: 10240
Last Revision Date: 6/2/2014

Note: This article is not applicable for Ladybug5 users. Ladybug5 cameras MUST be powered via an external GPIO power source.

Generally speaking, USB 3.1 cameras draw adequate power through the USB 3.1 interface. However, some users have experienced intermittent power issues causing the camera to temporarily stop streaming or fall off the bus.

To troubleshoot such issues:

  • Ensure that your interface card is connected to the computer's power supply.

  • Connect the camera via a powered USB hub.
  • Use an external GPIO power source.

See our USB 3.1 accessories web page for more information.

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