Test Yourself - Camera Installation

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jan 31, 2013

Installation quality is one of the most important aspects of a video surveillance system. Not only is operation affected by poor installation, but making the correct installation choices can improve reliability and performance.

Take our "Installation Knowledge Test" now!

The quiz below gauges your aptitude on real-life installation issues - take it and see how you stack up!

Installation Reports

IPVM has published a wealth of material on practical installation topics. The answer to the quiz questions below are found in these articles and guides:

Comments (9)

Only IPVM Members may comment. Login or Join.

Most of the practical installation terms and usage are applicable in the US environment and work standards, while the rest of the world may not necessarily using these terms nor following it. Further more the law outside the US is very much different even though there are some common ground and sense applied to it.

All in all, it's good to know these terms so I am aware of the different environment out there and what the others are doing.

Our service manager believes "drip loops" are unsightly and unnecessary as long as enough sealant is used and used properly.

I can understand how filled cinder block would be very difficult to work with but I suggested that the 'leaded cinder block' would be worse due to the toxic nature of the lead. When drilled penetrations you would be creating a significant amount of dust which would have high lead content thus causing a lead exposure problem.

Like workers involved with asbestos, they would need to be properly trained and have the proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) such as proper dust masks, Tyvek suits etc..

1000-67-MC_EPALeadAbatementWP

So based on the SAFETY issue involved with working with leaded cinder blocks I would still select that one.

@ Luis

That's interesting feedback on drip loops. I can't take issue with a cosmetic opinion, but I would challenge that sealant - even 'good' stuff like acetoxy silicone or polyurethanes - will grow brittle and crack over the course of many wet/dry and freeze/thaw cycles.

While in college, I worked for a sealants manufacturer. Even when the caulk tube claimed '35 year' protection, it was a marketing gimmick. (The company was wagering you wouldn't keep your original purchase reciept 35 years to potentially be refunded the $8 for a tube of caulk.)

Making a long story short, an adequately drip looped camera stands less chance of water infiltration than a flexible, caulked gasket that can shrink, crack, and fail over time.

So sealant manufacturers lie too??? Oh the humanity!

Brian, good points.

Luis, fire your service manager. I know it's harsh but he is a liability :-0

I too struggled with some of the US code terms.

@ Heng, Warren, and our global readers:

In the future, I'll make sure that quiz questions are non 'US-centric' and are worded in such a way to be generally applicable regardless of geography.

This quiz was slanted to US references, so I'll make sure the next one makes a point to avoid a geographic bias.

Thanks for the feedback!

Related Reports

Installation Course Fall 2020 - Save $50 - Last Chance on Sep 22, 2020
This is a unique installation course in a market where little practical...
Wyze Smart Door Lock Test on Jan 14, 2020
Wyze's inexpensive cameras have grabbed the attention of many in the consumer...
Network Cabling for Video Surveillance on Jan 15, 2020
In this guide, we explain the fundamentals of network cabling for video...
Securing Access Control Installations Tutorial on Oct 17, 2019
The physical security of access control components is critical to ensuring...
Hanwha Wisenet X Plus PTRZ Tested on Feb 14, 2020
Hanwha has released their PTRZ camera, the Wisenet X Plus XNV-6081Z, claiming...
Converged vs Dedicated Networks For Surveillance Tutorial on Feb 12, 2020
Use the existing network or deploy a new one? This is a critical choice in...
IP Camera Mount Shootout - Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Vivotek on Nov 04, 2019
Which manufacturers offer the best or worst mounts? We bought and tested...
Pole Mount Camera Installation Guide on Apr 11, 2019
Poles are a popular but challenging choice for deploying surveillance cameras...
IPVM Camera Calculator User Manual / Guide on Sep 23, 2020
Learn how to use the IPVM Camera Calculator (updated for Version 3.1). The...
Access Credential Form Factor Tutorial on Feb 10, 2020
Deciding which access control credential to use and distribute, including...
Door Fundamentals For Access Control Guide on Aug 24, 2020
Doors vary greatly in how difficult and costly it is to add electronic access...
Hikvision DS 2nd Gen Intercom Tested on Dec 12, 2019
With its newest IP intercom, Hikvision proclaims users can 'get full control...
Verkada Access Control Tested on Sep 09, 2020
Verkada raised $80 million earlier in 2020, expanding from video into access...
2020 Camera Book Released on Jan 10, 2020
This is the best, most comprehensive security camera training in the world,...
Camera Field of View (FoV) Guide on Nov 13, 2019
Field of View (FoV) and Angle of View (AoV), are deceptively complex. At...

Recent Reports

FaceFirst Problems And Layoff on Oct 01, 2020
FaceFirst, a US company and one of the oldest ongoing facial recognition...
Ava / Vaion Releases Cloud Connected IP Cameras, Verkada Competitor on Oct 01, 2020
Ava (formerly Vaion) announced its new direct-to-cloud AVA Aware IP cameras...
Single Frame Gait Recognition From Michigan State and Osaka University Examined on Oct 01, 2020
Gait recognition has the potential for accurate identification at a distance,...
CDW Sells School District 36 Low-Res, No Blackbody Hikvision Fever Cameras With Federal Funds on Oct 01, 2020
Mega IT distributor CDW sold low-resolution Hikvision fever cameras with no...
Temperature Tablet Shootout - Dahua, Hikvision, ZKTeco, TVT + 5 More on Sep 30, 2020
Temperature tablets, aka terminal or stations, have emerged as a 'low-cost...
New Products Show Fall 2020 Concluded on Sep 30, 2020
IPVM's sixth online show has concluded. The first 2 days of recorded videos...
ButterflyMX Raises $35 Million on Sep 30, 2020
Startup ButterflyMX has raised $35 million for its smartphone based intercom...
Worst Access Control Manufacturers 2020 on Sep 30, 2020
200+ Integrators told IPVM "In the past year, what access control...
Access Control Levels and Schedules Tutorial on Sep 29, 2020
Configuring access levels and setting up schedules is central to maintaining...
Avigilon / Motorola VS Virtual ISC West on Sep 29, 2020
ISC West has historically been so dominant that no player would think of...
Dartmouth College Deploys K3 Temperature Screening on Sep 29, 2020
While Dartmouth College has a $6+ billion endowment, the College has bought...
Hanwha AI Object Detection Tested on Sep 28, 2020
Hanwha has added detection and classification of people, cars, clothing...
Favorite Access Control Manufacturers 2020 on Sep 28, 2020
200+ Integrators told IPVM "What is your favorite access control management...
OnTech Smart Services Partners With Google and Amazon To Compete With Integrators on Sep 25, 2020
A pain point for many homeowners to use consumer security and surveillance is...
The Future of Metalens For Video Surveillance Cameras - MIT / UMass / Immervision on Sep 25, 2020
Panoramic cameras using 'fisheye' lens have become commonplace in video...