IP Camera Cabling Testing Statistics

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Aug 22, 2017

Test and certify, or crimp and pray?

Some integrators certify every cable they run, while others only inspect cables that have video issues.

130 integrators shared the level of testing they do for common cable installs, and their justifications behind their choices.

Testing Choices

As we teach in our Network Cable Testing Guide, the fundamental options are:

  • Basic tests (such as wiremap and continuity testing), most commonly done with a cable verifier (~$200-$500)
  • More extensive full certification, which requires an advanced tester, often ranging $5,000-$10,000+, and more technician training
  • No tests, plug in the camera, see that it works and move on

Statistics On Testing

The vast majority of integrators test every cable they run. However, most of them just do basic verification with only a quarter of them doing full certification on cable runs, as the chart below shows:

One out of seven did no specific proactive testing of cables.

**** *** *******, ** ***** *** ****?

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Testing *******

** ** ***** ** ********** ***** ******* *****, *** *********** ******* ***:

  • ***** ***** (**** ** ******* *** ********** *******), **** ******** done **** * ***** ******** (~$***-$***)
  • **** ********* **** *************, ***** ******** ** ******** ******, ***** ranging $*,***-$**,***+, *** **** ********** ********
  • ** *****, **** ** *** ******, *** **** ** ***** and **** **

Statistics ** *******

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Reasons *** ***** *******

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  • "** ****** ***** *** ** * ***** ****/********** ****. ** are ***** **** ***** * ***** ********* ** ***** *** additional ******. *** ** ****** ** * **** ******* ** every *****. ** ********* *** **** *****, **** **** ** least * *** ****** **** *** ***** ******. ** ** long ** ** *** *** **** ** ***** ** ***'* have ****** **** **** *** ** **** **** ******'* ** detected **** * ********** ******."
  • "**** ********** ******* ** **** *** *********"
  • "********** ***** *** **** ** *** * *****. *** ******* installation ** **** * *** ******* ****-****** ** **'** *** shipping **** ******* ** ********* ** *** *** *****."
  • "***** **** ***/********** ****. ********* ******** *** **** ***** ****. Larger **** ******* **** *************."
  • "******** ***** ************* *** ********* ****** **** *** ***** *** II *** *** **********/*******. **** ****** ** ** ******* ****** wire *********** *** ******** ** ****/***** ** ***** ** * problem. ** **** ** ** *** *********** **** **** **** and ******* **** ***, ** ***** **% ** ********* ****** due ** ****** *** *** ********."
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  • "** ** ********** ***** ****** *** *** **** ******** **** certification. * ********** **** ** ********** *** ** ****** ******** to ****** ***** *** ** ************ ******* ** *** *****."
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  • "** ****** ** ***** ******* ** *** ******* *****. ** also *** ***** ****** ******* ** ****** ***** **** *** no ****** **** **** ** ** *** *** ** *** installs."
  • "***** **********. ******* ****** ***** *********** *** *** (****** ****) defect, ** ** ******* ** ***** *************"
  • "***** **** *** *** ******* ** ***** ** ****** ********** expected ******** ** **** ******** **** ********."

Reasons *** **** *************

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  • "**** *************. ** **** *** ***** *** ***** *** ********* properly *** ** ***** *** ****** ** *** ***** ** the ******* ** ********."
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  • "**** ************* **** ***** ******. ** *** ******** *** *** blame *** *******."
  • "**** ************* ** ****** ** ****** *****"
  • "**** **** ***** ***-**** ** ***** **** ******* ** *** the ******* ** ***** ***** ***** ******* *** ** ******* issue"
  • "**** ************* ** **** ** ********. ** ******** *** ******* level ** ********* **** *** ***** ***** ***'* ***** * problem."
  • "**** ****. ** ** ****** *** **** ** $*.** *** cable. ****** ** ** ** ***** *** ***** (*** *******)"
  • "** ** **** ************* **** *** ***** ******. ** **** and ******* ******* ** *** ******** ** **** **** *** cables **** ******* ** *** **** ** ************ *** ** cover ********* ****** ********* ****** ***** ** ***** * *******."

********-******* ******* **** **** ****** **** *********** ******* **** **************:

  • "** * ******** ** ****** *** * **** **-**** ********, we **** ** ** * **** ************* ****. ********* ***** testing ** ****."
  • "******* ** ** **** ************* ** ***** ** ******* ****-**** warranty ** *******."
  • "** ***** ******* *** ********. ** ** ********* *** ************ assurance **********."
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** ***** *****, **** ************** *** **** ***** ** ******** requirements:

  • "**** ************* - **** ********* **** **** *** *** *** this - *** ** ***, **** ** **** ** * continuity ****."
  • "**** *************, ** *** * **** * ******* ********** ** our ******. ****'* *** *********** *** **** *****, *** *********** for *** ********** ***** ******** ** **."
  • "**** *************. ******** ********* ******, *******, *********, ************."

Reasons *** ** *******

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  • "** ******* ** ** ********** ******* ** ** **** * cabling *****. ** **** **** ******* ****** *** **** ******* by ********* **** ********* ** *****."
  • "** **** ********** - ****. ** ********* ***'* *** **** where ****** ********* ** ******* *** ********."
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Comments (8)

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