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Positioning & Installation Tips For IP Cameras

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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Security Camera Placement

You can purchase the best security camera on the market and go to all the lengths to get the most advanced technology, but improper placement can interfere with the relevance of your surveillance footage. Security camera placement can make or break your case. At just the right angle, you may be able to identify a person, but even as little as one degree and stealthy maneuvers can keep a person anonymous.

Placing security cameras in high traffic areas is smart, but it is also important to monitor blind spots or areas of low traffic too. Footage of high traffic areas can help to create a timeline for a specific individual if need be. While these high traffic areas can capture many people, areas where foot traffic is slow, or known blind spots, can become hot spots for criminal activity.

It’s common for people to want to place security cameras on ceilings or up high on walls so that a wider area can be monitored. The problem with this placement is that image quality can be compromised when zooming in on a person. This can negatively affect identifying a possible suspect. Also, hats can interfere with getting a clear shot of a person’s face, making is nearly impossible to identify a person.

Better placement for security cameras is at or near eye level. If the cameras catch people’s eyes, they are likely to look straight into the lens, giving a clear shot of their face. This makes it easier to identify possible suspects.

If you’re able to utilize multiple cameras, it’s wise to carefully place the cameras so that they leave no blind spots and footage can be pieced together fairly seamlessly. Placing a camera on a ceiling or up high to oversee an entire room could work within a multiple camera security system, where cameras can be placed at various angles and levels.

One camera could hang above and be able to survey the entire area, while other cameras should be placed closer to eye level for better facial identification. The camera overseeing it all will not be able to zoom in on a person with great clarity, but once identified, surveillance footage from cameras at eye level can be used to identify the individual.

Because people can use hats, umbrellas, or other random objects to block themselves from view of security cameras, it’s important to consider all angles. If you’re able to use multiple cameras, consider the different security camera placements that can catch different, beneficial angles. Catching a criminal off guard can be what gets that person caught and brought to justice.

While there are many things to consider for security cameras and surveillance systems, there are also plenty of resources to help you. Contact at 1-888-203-6294 for any questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit us online to browse our products or request a live chat while you shop.

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