SECURITY CAMERA EXTENSION CABLES

Lorex offers two different types of wired HD security camera systems - Digital and Analog. Each type of system uses different technologies to provide high-definition video. The type and length of extension cables you can use depend on the type of system you have.

Digital IP systems use CAT5 or CAT5e (or higher) ethernet cabling to connect IP cameras to the network or a Network Video Recorder (NVR). This cable simultaneously transmits video and audio (if applicable) to the NVR and provides power to the camera.

Standard Extension Cable Set-Up

Connect Cat5 cable directly to a Network Video Recorder

Standard IP security camera installation diagram

Extend video and power up to 300ft. UL rated in-wall and fire resistant CAT5e / CAT6 extension cables are available for purchase from Lorex.

PoE Switch Extension Set-Up

Connect IP cameras to a network using a PoE switch and router

PoE IP installation diagram

For distances longer than 300ft, connect cameras to an accessory PoE switch with the help of your router. Add another PoE switch for more distance.

Router Extension Set-Up

Connect IP cameras directly to your router (power separately)

router IP security camera installation diagram

Extend camera up to 300ft from a router. You must connect the power adapter directly to the camera if the router does not support PoE. Power adapter sold separately

Analog security cameras transmit high-definition analog video over shielded or RG59 (or higher) BNC cables to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Lorex offers siamese BNC cables, which split into two ends, one for video and one for power.

Standard Extension Cable Set-Up

RG59 coaxial siamese extension cable up to 300ft / 90m (video and power)

Standard analog extension cable installation diagram

RG59 siamese coaxial cables are available for purchase from Lorex

Extended Video Only Set-Up

RG59 coaxial extension cable up to 800ft / 242m (video only)

video only analog security camera installation diagram

Extend the video signal up to 800ft using a single run of RG59 cable. Longer cable runs are available from building supply stores

Coupler Extension Set-Up

Attach a BNC coupler to connect two separate BNC extension cables

couple analog security camera installation diagram

Use a BNC coupler to connect two 60ft or two 100ft cables. The camera may have to be plugged into a power source.

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