IP Camera Cabling Testing Statistics

By: John Honovich, 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.

**** *** *******, ** crimp *** ****?

**** *********** ******* ***** cable **** ***, ***** others **** ******* ****** that **** ***** ******.

*** *********** ****** *** level ** ******* **** do *** ****** ***** installs, *** ***** ************** behind ***** *******.

Testing *******

** ** ***** ** our******* ***** ******* *****, *** *********** ******* are:

  • ***** ***** (**** ** wiremap *** ********** *******), most ******** **** **** a ***** ******** (~$***-$***)
  • **** ********* **** *************, which ******** ** ******** tester, ***** ******* $*,***-$**,***+, and **** ********** ********
  • ** *****, **** ** the ******, *** **** it ***** *** **** on

Statistics ** *******

*** **** ******** ** integrators **** ***** ***** they ***. *******, **** of **** **** ** basic ************ **** **** a ******* ** **** doing **** ************* ** cable ****, ** *** chart ***** *****:

*** *** ** ***** did ** ******** ********* testing ** ******.

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

*********** **** ***** ***** testing ** *******/****** **** doing * **** *************, but ***** ********** ******* of * *** ************ or *********** ******* ********. These *** ********* ****/**** tests, *** **** ***** exclude ****** **** ******** for ********, ** ********* issues.

**** *********** **** **** overall ******* ** ********** and *** ******* ***** do *** ******* **** extensive *******:

  • "** ******* * ***** wire ***/********** **** **** gives ** *** *** customer * ******** ** any ********* *** ***** about *** ************ ** the ***** *** ******'* we *** *** ** the **** ****."
  • "** ****** ***** *** do * ***** ****/********** test. ** *** ***** also ***** * ***** certifier ** ***** *** additional ******. *** ** rarely ** * **** certify ** ***** *****. We ********* *** **** right, **** **** ** least * *** ****** from *** ***** ******. So ** **** ** we *** *** **** on ***** ** ***'* have ****** **** **** one ** **** **** couldn't ** ******** **** a ********** ******."
  • "**** ********** ******* ** asks *** *********"
  • "********** ***** *** **** of *** * *****. Our ******* ************ ** just * *** ******* home-runned ** **'** *** shipping **** ******* ** bandwidth ** *** *** cable."
  • "***** **** ***/********** ****. Satisfies ******** *** **** small ****. ****** **** require **** *************."
  • "******** ***** ************* *** generally ****** **** *** Ideal *** ** *** for **********/*******. **** ****** us ** ******* ****** wire *********** *** ******** to ****/***** ** ***** is * *******. ** long ** ** *** maintaining **** **** **** and ******* **** ***, we ***** **% ** potential ****** *** ** wiring *** *** ********."
  • "***** **** *** **********, I've **** ***** *** certification *** * **** them **** ****'* **** the ****** *****. ** tester *** £*** **** 24 *********** **** *** its ***** *** ****** a ******** *****."
  • "** ** ********** ***** unless *** *** **** requires **** *************. * continuity **** ** ********** for ** ****** ******** to ****** ***** *** no ************ ******* ** the *****."
  • "***** *******/**********. ** ***'* need ** ** * certification ** *** *****... if *** ******* **** then ** *** ****."
  • "***** *******/********** ****. * just ***'* **** *** time ** ** **** certifications ** ***** ****. I **** **** **** 1% ******* ** *** thousands ** ***** **** I've ***. ****, ** not *** **** ****** re-termination ** *** ***."
  • "***** ******* **** ********** test. ** *** ** benefit ** *** ****** nor *** **** ******** to ******* * ***** certified ******* *** ****** installations. *** ******** *** dedicated *** *******- ******* else."
  • "** ****** ** ***** wiremap ** *** ******* tests. ** **** *** Cable ****** ******* ** ensure ***** **** *** no ****** **** **** as ** *** *** on *** ********."
  • "***** **********. ******* ****** cable *********** *** *** (almost ****) ******, ** we ******* ** ***** certification"
  • "***** **** *** *** cameras ** ***** ** little ********** ******** ******** to **** ******** **** networks."

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

***** * **** ************* test ** **** **** consuming (*** ********* ******), but **** **** ********* issues **** ***** ***** problems **** ******* ********** from ********* ** ********* loss **** * **** quality, *** **********, *********** on *** ***.

*********** ******** ** *** integrity ** *** ************, or **** ****** ***************, was * ****** ****** for *********** ***** * full ***** *************:

  • "**** *************. ** **** the ***** *** ***** are ********* ******** *** if ***** *** ****** we *** ***** ** the ******* ** ********."
  • "**** *************. ******* ****** be * ***-**** ********* infrastructure *** **** ********* properly ****** ****** ****** problems. ************* ** * vital **** ** ****. i ******** ** ** amazed ** *** **********, garbage ******* **** * see **** *** *** guarantees ********* ***** ** completely *********** ***************"
  • ** ******* * **** certification *** **** **** cable **** * ***** tester.
  • ** ** ** ** ourselves, ** ** ***** continuity *******. **** ** work **** ** ********** contractor ** ***** *********, we ******* **** **** do * **** *************, and ** ***** **** in ** * ******* of *** *************.
  • **** *************, ******** ** Tyco
  • "**** ************* **** ***** Tester. ** *** ******** can *** ***** *** cabling."
  • "**** ************* ** ****** no ****** *****"
  • "**** **** ***** ***-**** to ***** **** ******* is *** *** ******* if ***** ***** ***** install *** ** ******* issue"
  • "**** ************* ** **** as ********. ** ******** the ******* ***** ** certainty **** *** ***** plant ***'* ***** * problem."
  • "**** ****. ** ** charge *** **** ** $3.50 *** *****. ****** us ** ** ***** for ***** (*** *******)"
  • "** ** **** ************* with *** ***** ******. We **** *** ******* results ** *** ******** to **** **** *** cables **** ******* ** the **** ** ************ and ** ***** ********* should ********* ****** ***** we ***** * *******."

********-******* ******* **** **** common **** *********** ******* full **************:

  • "** * ******** ** asking *** * **** 25-year ********, ** **** to ** * **** certification ****. ********* ***** testing ** ****."
  • "******* ** ** **** certification ** ***** ** provide ****-**** ******** ** cabling."
  • "** ***** ******* *** installs. ** ** ********* for ************ ********* **********."
  • "******** ******, ** **** need **** ******* **'** certify *** *****. ********* certification ** ******** *** warranty."
  • "**** ************* ** *** network *** ***** ******. This ***** *** ******** a ******** *** **** they **** **** ***."

** ***** *****, **** certifications *** **** ***** on ******** ************:

  • "**** ************* - **** customers **** **** *** pay *** **** - but ** ***, **** we **** ** * continuity ****."
  • "**** *************, ** *** a **** * ******* integrator ** *** ******. That's *** *********** *** most *****, *** *********** for *** ********** ***** networks ** **."
  • "**** *************. ******** ********* driven, *******, *********, ************."

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

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  • "**** ** *** ***** initially. ********** ******* ***** if ***** *** ********."
  • "****. *** ****** *** terminations *** ****** **** they *** **** *** problems *** ******** ****."
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  • "******* ** *** **** of *** *******. ** it ** *****, ** typically ***'* ** *** testing. ** **** **** if *** ******* ** speced *** ** ** if *** ******** ***** for **."
  • "** ******* ** ** continuity ******* ** ** have * ******* *****. We **** **** ******* issues *** **** ******* by ********* **** ********* up *****."
  • "** **** ********** - none. ** ********* ***'* bid **** ***** ****** standards ** ******* *** required."
  • "* ****** **-******, ***** cables ** ****** ** each ***. ***** ********* is ** *** ** will ******* *** *** issues ***** *** ****."
  • "****- **** *** *** is **, *** ***** you ***** **** **** in ******** *** *****. Of ****** ** **** ample ** **********. ****** the *** ***** ** come **, **** ** measure *** *****. **** rare ***** ** ********."

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********* **** ********** ** installing ********** ******* ********* never **** ***** * full ************* ** *** installs, ** ** *** very *****, ***** ****** the ***** *******/********** ************. The ***** ************ ** the ******* **** *** billing ***, *** **** of ***** ****** **** be ****** **** *** installation ** *********, **** as ** ***** ******** or *******. *** ********, and *** *********, **** assurance **** *** ***** can ****** *** *** sufficiently, *** * ************* test ****** *** ***** will ** **** ** meet *** ****** *** within *** *************.

******** ********* **** ** install ****** **** ****/***** needed, *** *** ******* is ***** ** **** of *******, **** ** for * *** ** camera. ** *** ****** powers ** *** ******* video ******* *****, **** the ***** ** **********, even ** ** *** not ** ********* ** spec. *** **** ******, reduced *******, ** ******** formal ******* ** **** common *** ************* ** category ***** ********* ** security *** **. ******* purpose ***.

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