Average IP Camera Cable Run Distance

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Nov 07, 2017

Estimating cable lengths can be tricky, seemingly either all guess work or requiring each and every run to be measured, a time consuming task.

To find out what real world installs average, we asked 145 integrators:

What is the average distance for your IP camera cable runs? Why?

Cable Length Statistics

The average cable length based on all responses was about 165', a little over half the TIA/EIA cable limit (~300'/90m), with nearly all integrators (~96%) falling into 150-199', 200-250', or 100-149' ranges:

The two key themes from integrators response on distance were:

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