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  • Security Camera Cable - How to choose

    There are many factors that determine if someone will choose to purchase an IP camera system or HD DVR camera system. The main factor though would be whether there is any existing cabling in place that can be reused to avoid the cost of running new cable. There are two main types of cables used in installation of security cameras:

     

    When planning a new surveillance system installation, it is important to understand which types of surveillance cameras are compatible with each type of cable and the pros and cons of each cable type.

    This security camera cabling guide provides a practical explanation of each security camera cable type, and how to terminate the cable correctly for easy installation.

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  • How To Connect Security Cameras to a Power Box

    CCTV Security cameras require power to operate. Security cameras use RG59U coax siamese wire or CAT5e networking cable to transmit video. Whether you are installing a power box for a new or existing camera system, it is important to understand how to connect cameras to a CCTV Power Supply Box. DC current is polarized meaning it has two leads, a red one for positive, and a black one for negative. We recommend using a power box in a camera system because it allows for stable power distribution. A power box enables a cleaner installation versus using individual 12V power supplies for each camera.

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  • How to Improve Security Camera Video Quality

    You can have video disturbances for several reasons. When you have cyclical video disturbances, ghosting, or colored lines appearing in your security camera video, they are 99.9% of the time a result of any of the reasons mentioned below. In any of these instances, it is a common misconception to blame it on the equipment, therefore we advise that you bench test your cameras at your location. Continue reading

  • Security Cameras - Common Image Problems

    There a lot of things that can go wrong with security cameras. The most noticeable are going to be problems with the image itself. The good news is that identifying the problem isn't as difficult as you may think. For as many things that can potentially going wrong, each one of those problems presents themselves with their own set of unique characteristics. Continue reading

  • How to Crimp RJ45 on CAT5e Network Cable

    This video will show how to crimp RJ45 connects to either Cat5e or Cat6 network cable. You can find the CAT5/6 crimping tool here. It has an RJ-45 crimping jack, RJ-11 crimping jack, wire stripper, and wire cutter. Briefly, here is how you crimp network cable: Continue reading

  • What Type of Cable to Use with HDCVI Cameras

    The type of cable you're either able to or should be using has been under debate since HDCVI cameras hit the market. While it was originally stated that solid copper RG59 should be used, there have been more than a few people to state that it's not required; installers and retailers alike. We're going to put all previously formed statements and opinions aside for this and simply show you what type of video quality you can expect from various cable types and lengths.
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  • CCTV Camera Cable Variations

    We know that selecting your CCTV cameras and video recorder may have been a little more work than you might have anticipated. We’re sorry to say that the decision making process isn’t over just yet. We can say with confidence that about 90% of tech support related issues are a result of problems with cabling. This makes your choice in cable one of the more important decisions you’re going to make. Continue reading

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