Camera Installation Guide

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Apr 17, 2012

Camera installation is fundamental to the security industry, but in many cases, little thought is given to planning and installation, leading to system which perform poorly and look unprofessional. As an example, see this photo:

Not only does this installation just plain look bad, this mounting "style" and exposed cables are bound to have an impact on performance.

In this report, we will look at numerous real world installation photos, analyzing the positives and negative of each. We cover topics including:

  • Mounting styles: pendant, wall, ceiling
  • Running exposed cabling: supports and management
  • Conduit installation: sizing and support, flexible vs. solid

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