Often in the application development, there never seems like a cherry way to do things. There is always a guide for how things should go, but that book never seems to have the dust knocked off it in real-time situations. CCTV is one of the projects, where change and adaptation is constant. Many of our installers and dealers that are in the field constantly run into new issues with running wire and setting up security cameras. Every building has it's own set of challenges that make it difficult to sometimes run cable. A very popular thing now is the ability to have a more plug and play setup for connection your cameras! With the last 5 years behind us in the CCTV field, there are new methods that allows you to run cable. CAT5 has been on the rise in the last half-decade. Now you can look forward to video baluns that now transmit power and video in one set of connectors. Like BNC connectors you two for the security dvr and the cameras.


The great thing about video baluns is that you can have terminated CAT5 RJ45 jack to run your Ethernet or terminate CAT5 wire using a crimp connector to run into the video balun. They have some video baluns that take RG59 inputs and are just solely for the purpose of re-strengthening signal and coming our RG59, however, if you have basic bullet or dome cameras and you want to try CAT5 then certainly do it. It is easier than stripping wire and pulling back frayed copper ends and compressing the connection. You can use CAT5 twisted pair up to distances of 2000 feet now. This will change the way you think, especially when you are ready to determine your cable runs and see how much cable you really need to run each camera. If you find that you are going past 2000 feet, then it's time to take a look at IP security cameras with POE switches. If you have any questions regarding using CAT5 wire with your security cameras, feel free to contact our support department for a free consultation today!