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Stop Getting Tangled in Network Camera Cables

When most people take make the move from analog cameras to Network Cameras (IP Cameras), what they need in the ways of video recording, archiving, and cables is the biggest challenge for them to learn. Unless you are a network engineer or seasoned IT vet, you’ve probably never had to deal with switches, PoE ports, or port forwarding. After gaining a strong grasp on these things, Network Surveillance systems are breeze.

How Does a Network Camera Send Video Signal?

Unlike standard analog cameras which connect to a DVR via BNC cable, IP cameras use standard CAT5 cables to connect to an NVR (Network Video Recorder). They are the same network cables used for connecting computers to routers, modems, and each other. In fact, many houses and businesses are already outfitted with a CAT5 network throughout.

How Does a Network Camera Receive Power?

The majority of network cameras are Power over Ethernet (PoE) compatible. Essentially, the same CAT 5 network cables can be injected with power using a PoE injector or a PoE switch. This helps reduce the amount of wires required to make a camera operational and often saves time since, again, many sites are already outfitted with CAT5.

The fear of new and different technology often keeps people from implementing the best possible solutions. Armed with the understanding of Network Camera connections, there is no reason not to make the upgrade.

Comments4
  1. CCTV-TECH-GUYFebruary 20, 2011   

    I love the ease of placing IP based cameras in my building, when you already have a exsisting network ran throughout the area, it makes it much easier to install and have setup.

  2. Ip Camera ManFebruary 21, 2011   

    IP over analog, PoE over PoE-less!

  3. MikeFebruary 25, 2011   

    IP is the wave of the future. I have a hybrid system where I could spread out the cost of my upgrade to IP cameras. I am able to change the analog cameras to IP as funds permit and when complete, I will have a complete IP based system!

  4. Anthony FostMarch 02, 2011   

    IP cameras are great as long as your network has enough bandwidth to handle them. Most people have their IP cameras on their own separate network, especially if there’s a lot of them placed throughout their facility.

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