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.