Camera Cable Whip Guide

By: John Scanlan, Published on Oct 02, 2019

Cable whips are one of integrator's least favorite camera features but seem to be unavoidable, now commonplace on dome, turret, and bullet cameras from low end to high.

In this report we look at the four key reasons cable whips are so disliked and how to deal with them, covering:

  • Camera whip variants
  • Whip penetration hole size
  • Excess whip length
  • Backbox requirements
  • Whip genders
  • Whips advantages
  • Manufacturer differences - Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, more
  • Form factor differences

***** ***** *** *** of **********'****** ******** ****** *********** **** ** ** unavoidable, *** *********** ** dome, ******, *** ****** cameras **** *** *** to ****.

** **** ****** ** look ** *** **** key ******* ***** ***** are ** ******** *** how ** **** **** them, ********:

  • ****** **** ********
  • **** *********** **** ****
  • ****** **** ******
  • ******* ************
  • **** *******
  • ***** **********
  • ************ *********** - ****, Dahua, ******, *********, ****
  • **** ****** ***********

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Cable **** ******: **** **. ******* ***

*** ***** ***** ***** a ****** **** * cable **** ******** ** a ****** **** ** onboard ******* ****.

Different ***** **** ******

***** *** ***** *********** styles ** ***** ****, which **** ********* ** the ************ *** *****. These ********* ****** **** present ***** *** ****** in ************:

  • ****** ******:**** ***** ** **** often ***** ** *** cost ****** *** ** notably ****** **** ******, requiring ****** **** ************.
  • ***** ******:*** ***** ****** ***** is ***** ** **** cameras, **** *** ** mid ***** ** **** end, ***** **** * twist ** ******* ********* cap. *** ***** ********* requires ******* **** *********** than ******, *** ****** than * **** ****.
  • **** ****/****:***** **** **** ***** are **** ****** **** female **********, *** ******* the ******** ***********. *******, they **** ****** ** coupled ** * ****** cable *** ** ******* into * ********** ****, both ** ***** *** require **** *********** **** typical ****** *****.

***** ********* ****** *** shown ****:

The **** *** *****

* ***** ******** ** installers **** **** * case *** *****, ** we ***** ** ********* our ***** ******* ** this ******, *.*.:

*** **** *** ***** comes **** ** * main ******:

  • ***** **** *******: ******* **** ***** generally **** ************* **** than ***** ******* *****.
  • ***** ******* ****:* ******* **** ********** little ****.
  • ***** ******* ****: ********** * ******* does *** **** **** time (~** *******).
  • ********** *** ** *****: *** **** ********** and **** *** *****, the ********** **** / space **** *** ****** any ********* *****.

Four *** ********

***** ***** **** **** key ****** ******** ** installing ******* **** ********** NICs:

  • ***** *********** ***** ********:******* ** *** ***** penetration ******** ** *****/********, many ***** ***** ******* 1"+ ***** ** *** connectorized ****, ****** ********* more ********* ** ********** chances ** ******** *********.
  • **** *** ***** ********:* **** *** *** be ********* **** ***** whips ** ******* ***** connections ** ** **** them ********** ** *** exterior ** *********. **** adds ********** *** **** and *** ****** **********, raising *** ******* ******* of *** ******.
  • ****** **** ******:********** **** **** * location *** ***** **** cabling ** ***** ** ceilings, ****** ******* **** Ethernet ***** ** *****/***** in, ***** ***** ****** to ** *** ** length.
  • **** ****** ******:*******, **** ****** ****** by ************ *** ** some ***** *****, ***** may ***** ********** ********** for ** ************ ** they *** **** ** working **** ******* *************' cameras.

Cable **** ****** ************

** *** ***** ***** we ******* *** *** biggest ****** ** ********** cameras **** *****: ***** larger *********** ***** *** using *********, ******* *** differences *** ****** ** each. ****, ** *********** a ****** **** ********** NIC (** ***** ****) to **** *** *********** in ************ *** **********.

Problem *: ***** *********** ***** ********

*** ***** *** **** severe ***** ** ***** whips ** *** **** of ****/******* ************ ******** to *** ********** *******. Due ** ***** ****** flaws **** ***** **** holes **** ** ** as ***** ** * 1/4" — * */*", compared ** *** ****** size ****** *** **** a *** ***** ** pass ******* ***** ** commonly */*" ** */*".

**** ***** *** ****** RJ45 *********** *** *** larger **** ******* **** connections. *********** *** ****** size ** **** **** whips *** ****** ****** round **** *** ***** of * ******* *********** hole **** **** **** to **** *******.

***** *** **** **** be ******* ** *** camera, *** ****** **** increases *** ******* ** moisture ********* ******* *** penetration, ******* ****** ** finishes.

**** ***** ************ **** issue:

Problem #*: ******* ******** ******

** **** *****, * back *** ** ****** or ********* **** ***** a ***** **** ** protect ***** *********** **** the ******** ** **** unintentional ** ********* *************.

**** ********** ****** **** cable ***** **** **** the ****, ***** *** work ** **** *********, but **** *** ****** snagged ** ***** ******, fasteners, *****, ***., ** the **** **** ********** to **** *** ***** back *** *** *******.

************, *** ***** ******* mount ********* ******* ********** as ** **** ** the ******* ******* ** the ******, *** *** make ** **** ***** to ****** ** **'* more ****** ******* *** to *** ***** ****.

*** ***** ***** ***** the ********** ** ****** and ********** ******* * camera ***** * **** with * ******** ******* for ******** (****), ****** one ***** ********** *** connector **** *** ****** (right).

Problem #*: ****** ***** **** ******

***** ***** *** ** excessively ****, *' ** longer ** **** *****, which *** **** ******** excess ***** *********. **** a ******* **" **** may ******* * **** box ** ** ********* or ***** ***** ** dress/manage *****, ** ******* to ******* ***** *** female ********** ** *****, with *** ***** ********* directly.

**** ****** ****** ** many *****, ****** *** on *** ** *** tile, ***** *****, ***** is *** **** ******** and *** ** ********** by ********/ **********.

***** **** ****** *** decreased ** *******, *** 12-18 ****** ** ***** fairly ******.

Problem *: **** ****** ******

**** ********** ******* **** whips, ********** ****** ******* what ******** ** ****** prior ** ************. ******* whip ****** *** ** either **** ** ******, techs *** **** ** carry * ******* ** connectors, ** ***** **** to ******* **** *** manufacturer ***** **** ****** whips *** **** ********** without * ******* ** jack **** ********** * camera **** * **** whip.

Whip *******: ****** ****** ********

***** ***** *** ******* disadvantages ** ***** *****, there ** *** *** benefit: ***** * **** allows ************* ** **** cameras ** *** *******, with ** ****-********** ******** connections, ***** ********* *** likelihood **** ******* ***** remain ******** ******. **** outdoor ******* **** ******* which ************** ****** ** *****, ***** *** ***** moisture *********** ******** ****** *******.

Form ****** ***********

***** *** **** ***** used ** ******* ****** and **** *******. *******, some ****** ****** *** use ****, ** ****, and **** ******* *** domes *** *** *** them ** ***.

Manufacturer ***********

************, **** ***** ****** widely ******* *************. ** general, **** *** ****** do *** *** ***** whips, **** **** **** exterior ******* ***** *****-** connectors ******* ** *****. Axis ********** **** **** cable ***** ** ***** original *** ****** ****** (**** *** ******** ********), *** *** ***** removed **** ***** *** ********* ******.

** ********, *********, *****, and ****** *** ***** whips ** **** ***** lens *******, **** ** the ******* ****, ******, and ****** ****** ***** here:

*******, *********'* ******* ********* models ******* * *****-** NIC ******* ** *** cable **** (*.*., *****-***********-*******-*********-****).

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