IP cameras offer excellent benefits for home security, including ease of installation and advanced functions. However, if not installed or deployed properly, these benefits can be negated.
Whether you are installing your own security system, or you are having it professionally installed, be sure that the right cable is being used and that it is installed correctly.
Here are more tips for IP security camera installation:
- Be sure that UTP connected devices (ex. couplers, modular plugs and wall plates) match the Category of the cable used, and that this is done consistently throughout the installation.
- For optimum performance (by design and specification), cable runs in an IP camera system can only extend up to 295 feet.
- The bend radius of both Cat-5e and -6 cables must be limited to four times the cable diameter – the acceptable bend radius is no less than 1 inch.
- The pull tension while installing Cat-5e/-6 cannot exceed 25 pounds.
- Limit the length before stripping the sheath from a cable in a wall box so that the excess can easily be pushed back into the wall cavity.
- Do not staple Cat-5e/-6 cable. Use D rings, bridle rings, J hooks and other devices that do not risk altering the outer form or dimensions of the cable.
- Keep a 6-10 inch parallel distance between Cat-5e and -6 cables and high-voltage wires (120/240VAC).
- Strip Cat-5e/-6 cables back as little distance as necessary when attaching them to connecting devices.
- Use either the T568A or T568B connection format and stick to just one throughout the entire installation for conformity.
Aside from the proper cable, you must take the surroundings of your security camera placement into consideration. Be sure that the IP cameras you choose are suitable for the environment in which you install it.
- Be mindful of the different lighting conditions your security cameras will be subjected to when selecting cameras.
- When considering camera placement, keep in mind the field of view and any obstructions that might prevent a clear view of the area.
- Be sure there is sufficient network connectivity available in the vicinity of where your camera will be placed.
- For all outdoor cameras, especially in areas known for lightning, use surge protection.
- Assure that the PoE power supply you use is adequate for the job. Be sure to compute the power load before making a final choice.
- To assure the integrity of the camera (especially in areas prone to crime), use vandal-proof housing.
- Cat-6 UTP is always best, but Cat-5e is a cost-effective alternative, doing an adequate job of handling most video transport needs.
- Using fiber instead of metallic has its advantages. Foremost, fiber allows you to run camera signals at greater distances and with greater bandwidth than metallic cable can provide.
- Last but not least, use safe installation practices to assure that everyone goes home at the end of the day.
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Positioning & Installation Tips For IP Cameras
Review these security camera installation tips before installing your own IP security cameras around your home or business.