So you are in the beginning stages of planning your CCTV system. Do you have all your equipment or are you starting to doubt if you have everything to make for a good installation? In either situation, you must begin to think if you are on point with your cable runs for your security camera system. If you are smart, you have an RG59 cable that also has an 18x2 power set in the same jacket. Having this will ensure that you don't overwork yourself in running cable, as this is a strenuous part of installing your cameras. Actually, if you have the right tools, it should not be too difficult. However, we are talking about cable distances in this post. If you have RG59 cable know that at about 500 feet you have reached the max capacity on video signal strength. Five hundred feet is the longest run you can have for video. For power to a camera, you are looking at about 1,000 feet. Video signal is very weak, that is why the BNC connection and connector were invented. You can solve the distance issues by using video baluns and video balun transceivers. Video baluns re-strengthen video signal and give it the boost you need to go up to 1,500 feet in most parts. There have been reported distances with certain video baluns that transmit up to 5,000 feet! Video baluns also solve the power issue too! If you are trying to figure out how far you can run power for a 12-Volt DC camera, power-over-ethernet will work better for you if you need to go past 500 feet or more. Typically we've seen 500 feet be the max capacity for video and 1,000 feet for power to your security cameras. If you are in this situation, we have a simple solution. Try video baluns to get into the range you need. If you have multiple cameras you will need a POE switch to run your camera into a network. POE switch means “power over ethernet.” Simply make sure you have the necessary bandwidth to stream network cameras.