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Network Cable: The future of Security Camera Installation

More and more Video Surveillance installers are switching to CAT 5e and 6 network cable for their applications. This trend hangs on the fact that more Surveillance Systems being installed are integrating IP cameras versus the traditional Analog Systems. Although the number of Analog systems outweigh IP, everyone in the CCTV business realize that the near future of Video Surveillance is moving quickly to the IP Systems.

The beauty of running Network Cable rather than traditional coaxial cable for Analog or IP applications is that installation is MORE cost effective and already installed for when the transition from an Analog system to an IP system is implemented. Not only this but because of the 4 pairs of wire twisted in the Network Cable you have the ability to connect multiple cameras on a single cable run. This is a big deal when you consider how coaxial is a single source only.

Either cable will suffice when it comes to the Analog systems but why not be prepared for the future? As the price keeps coming down on IP Solutions, Network Cable runs for Video Surveillance Solutions will become more and more common. This is a plus for business owners and other commercial applications that will continue doing business in their current locations. Being prepared for the future sometimes starts with the smallest of details. In this case it starts with the most basic stage of the install process. Coaxial or Network Cable? That depends on how far in the future you see yourself succeeding…

Brian Merritt


  1. Peter Leavins on January 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    This is exactly the way I do all my analog installations! I have sold ALL my clients on the need to run network cable for analog systems to be changed out in the future to an ip system.

  2. Erik Cabble on February 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I only recommend Cat5 and Cat 6 for IP cameras. I just whish they would start making IP cameras more affordable. I notice the cost of IP cameras are getting more and more manageable. But the NVR is still often 3 to 5 times more than a tradition security DVR.

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