Wire and cable might not be the flashiest part of a security system but it is a critical part of the overall solution. There are plenty of things to consider when selecting and installing wire and cable to ensure your security system works optimally. At a minimum, wire will be used to provide power to your camera installation and most of the time, wire is also used to transmit the video signal back to the DVR.
To determine the appropriate cable for your installation you must first know whether your system is analog or digital. Next, you need to know if your camera is going to be powered locally (connecting to it's power source within a few feet) or remotely. If you are connecting the camera to a remote power source, you should consider running your video and power cables together. Video security cables are available with the power and video cables run side-by-side (known as Siamese Cables) or all under one jacket. These will make installation much easier than trying to pull two separate wires.
Before installing your cameras, it is recommended that you test the security camera cable by connecting a camera to the power supply and to the DVR. Test each pre-made cable at the DVR location, or make a short test cable when using bulk wire. This extra step can help prevent headaches by ensuring that your pre-made security camera cables are fully functional before installing.Wiring Guide for Pre-Made Cables
- Both ends of the video cable are male connectors, but the power connections differ on either side; Identify which end of the cable is for the DVR, and which is for the camera. The camera has a male power connector on it, so you must identify the end of the cable that has the female connector.
- Connect both video and power to the camera pigtail.
- On the other end of the BNC cable, plug the video connector into the DVR on the desired video input.
- Plug the power cable directly into the power Supply. Depending upon which cameras came with your kit, you may have either a single power supply with a multi-camera splitter, or several individual camera power supplies.
- Setup Complete!
Now that all connections have been made, the camera should display on the live video screen of your DVR. If you have problems or require additional assistance, please contact our technical support.