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    What is the maximum wire distance for ip cameras?

    Is there a maximum distance you can run a category 5 cable for ip cameras?

    Is there a maximum distance for ip cameras over category 6 cable?

    If so what is the formula one uses to calculate the maximum wire runs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshHill View Post
    Is there a maximum distance you can run a category 5 cable for ip cameras?

    Is there a maximum distance for ip cameras over category 6 cable?

    If so what is the formula one uses to calculate the maximum wire runs?
    There is no formula for maximum wire distance for network cameras, but rather a rule...

    The rule for maximum wire distance on ip cameras is the same as it is for computers...100 meters maximum wire distance.

    The rule is the same no matter what the cable speed, category 5, category 6 etc. The rule is even broken down into 90 meters horizontal run with 2 drops of 5 meteres (down the wall) including patch cords. The rule is pretty hard and fast as we are talking data speeds across copper cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshHill View Post
    Is there a maximum distance you can run a category 5 cable for ip cameras?

    Is there a maximum distance for ip cameras over category 6 cable?

    If so what is the formula one uses to calculate the maximum wire runs?
    The rule for maximum wire run distances for IP camera wiring is as noted above. If you want to go further, you must install an IP network extender which will add another 100 total meters to your run. WHen adding an extender though, remember that most extenders are passive, meaning that they draw power from the cat 5 wire itself. You must calculate the total power consumption of ip cameras and ip network extenders against your POE switch, mid span power supply or power injector, to ensure you have enough wattage available for the camera to work. This is especially important when installing network cameras with IR LED's.
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    i agree to 90 meter.

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    There are several Ethernet extenders around. Some claim crazy figures but 300m is a typical distance
    one of the better known is www veracityglobal com

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    Quote Originally Posted by nortont View Post
    There are several Ethernet extenders around. Some claim crazy figures but 300m is a typical distance
    one of the better known is www veracityglobal com
    I agree there are plenty of extenders on the market. Veracity was the first brand I was exposed to by a manufacturers rep and have used it a few times. We do need to adhere to the standards for wire distance/performance as we are pushing constant, significantly higher data rates for video streams on CAT 5E or Cat 6 cable than normal network data.

    By the way, Welcome back NortonT !!

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    Other options are Coax, Fiber and Wireless if you need to go over 300ft.
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    Thanks Warthog.

    I will be more regular now

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    Nitek manufacturers several Ethernet extenders that will help to overcome the 100 meter Rule that was discussed above. We have found that many cameras are installed outside of network limitations. The EE328 is a single unit IP Network and PoE Repeater that requires very little installation time and absolutely no set up or configuration. Installation requires simply connecting the unit in line with the network run. Each unit extends the cable run by 100 meters or 328 feet. The EE328 ethernet repeater draws power from the POE network switch and extends the power for the next 100 meters.

    We also manufacture a transmitter/reciever set which allow you to run that "crazy distance" that CCTVDesign had mention. Our crazy distance is accually 500 meters!!! If you are interested in testing a set of the EL1500U feel free to contact me,
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    Hey Nitek, what is the current draw of the repeater you mentioned. By the way you can post images and attachments now as Burgman set you up as a manufacturer member.

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