Outdoor Camera Cabling Questions

Hi, I want to learn from those here who do a lot of outside cameras installs.

Some cameras come with a really good female connector. Example are Hikvision Outdoor cameras and Dahua's.

I like to know :

  1. What brand and model of cables you prefer for outdoor use? Not the direct burial cable. Those don't work well in conduits. Real good outdoor rated Cat5e or even Cat5. I have used the Southwire from HomeDepot in the past but would like to know of your own experience.
  2. What connectors do you know can take the Outdoor environment well. Regular 8p modular connectors (improperly called RJ-45) can become brittle when subjected to varying and/or extreme temperature.
  3. Speciality Weather proof connectors and/or assembly are quite expensive many are around or above $10 each and some rely on a regular 8-pin connector which bring us back to 2).
  4. Do you use any weatherproofing on the connectors/junctions? If yes, how? What type?
  5. How do you deal with insects? Ants in particular. We have an occurrence where they have taken a liking with some Vivotek cameras wiring and eat the jacket to failure... :(

I have stayed away from surge protection, A vast subject in itself. I am assuming it is taken care of ( BIG assumption !:))

Your experiences and stories will be much appreciated.

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