IP Camera - Direct Attached vs Jack & Patch

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jan 11, 2016

An ongoing debate rages about how the IP camera cables should be terminated.

This argument surrounds two common options:

  • 'Direct Attached', where the first terminates the field cabling with an RJ45 modular plug, and connects it directly to the camera.
  • 'Jack & Patch': where the cables are first terminated to a jack or patch panel, and then connected to security devices by patch cord.

In this note, we explain the options, tradeoffs, and elaborate on the pros and cons of each method.

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Comments (15)

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Cables *** *** ******** ** * ****** and to a camera or controller in the field, using an RJ45 modular plug at both ends of the cable.

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** **** ******,cables *** *** **** * ***** ***** ** ******, but instead of terminating the cable to a jack in the field, and patching to the camera, an RJ45 modular plug terminated to the end of the cable is connected directly to the camera.

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