A very common question regarding security camera installs is the type of cabling to use. Currently, 2 types of wiring are widely used for IP cameras which are Cat5e and Cat6 twisted pair cabling.
Cat5 Enhanced(cat5e) replaced the traditional Cat5 cable and introduced speeds up to ten times faster than Cat5 cable. Cat5e was considered the standard cable to use in the early 2000’s. It can handle up 1,000 Mbps of bandwidth.
Cat6 is slowly replacing the standard cat5e cable and becoming the new norm. Cat6 allows for ten times the amount of bandwidth capable of 10,000 Mbps of bandwidth. It should be noted, though, that after 165 feet Cat6 is only capable of supporting 1,000 Mbps of bandwidth, the same as cat5e
Both cables are a reliable choice for camera installs. Currently, Cat5e cable is more than enough bandwidth for any IP camera on the market. Almost all IP cameras currently use under a 100/mbps of bandwidth making cat5e a valid choice.
|Resolution and Bandwidth
||Cat5e – Remaining Bandwidth
||Cat6 – Remaining Bandwidth @ less than 165 feet
||Cat6 – Remaining Bandwidth @ 165 feet
|1080P @ 5/mbps
|4MP @ 10/mbps
|4K @ 30/mbps
If you are looking to future proof your install, you could use cat6, but if your cable runs are more than 165 feet, you might as well use cat5e because you will be subject to the same bandwidth. If you are looking to go even further into future proofing, you can look into cat6A which is capable of 10,000 Mbps past 165 feet.
1. Deter potential theft
Security surveillance is an effective deterrent. Someone casing the neighborhood is more likely to choose the property with no cameras over the property with cameras. Having a surveillance system not only protects your property, but makes the community a safer environment for everyone.
2. Remote Access and live video feed
IP security surveillance systems have the ability to be accessible across multiple platforms. Smartphones, computers, and tablets can view and monitor the area with live video feeds. Depending on the security surveillance system, you may even be able to set up e-mail based motion alerts, so when a subject enters a certain area a notification will be sent to your smart device. Some systems even have the ability for you to open doors remotely and control other house peripherals.
3. Protect your Belongings
One of the more obvious benefits of a security system is that it helps protect your personal assets and valuables. Probably all of us can relate to a friend or someone who has been a victim to of a robbery. The use of a security surveillance system can help protect your precious valuables and the footage can be huge help in recovering or locating the parties involved.
A security surveillance system could lower your monthly insurance premium. Saving you money and protecting the things that matter to you.
5. Peace of Mind
Knowing that your valuables are being protected definitely will give you peace of mind. You can check in on your kids, pets, or just make sure everything is ok.
Using a security surveillance system helps protect the things that matter most to you and has many other benefits as well. If you have been considering a security system take a moment to look around and understand what level of security that you need or want for your property. Also consider the possible benefits from the different types available in today’s market.
On October 21st, there was a massive distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on an internet company named Dyn. Dyn controls a large portion of the servers that make up the internet ‘Domain Name System’ or DNS. These servers are essentially the traffic cops that point your web browser to the IP address of websites when you type in a domain in the address bar. If these servers were to be unreachable, as they were on Friday, your web browser wouldn’t know where to go to retrieve that site you just asked it to get for you.
The attackers used a DDOS attack to overwhelm these DNS server with so many requests, that they servers were unable to tell which requests were genuine and which were part of the attack. These hackers were able to pull off something of this magnitude by collecting access to devices that are part of what has come to be known as the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). The IoT includes many devices that consumers may not think of as connected devices. In recent years, refrigerators, thermostats, TVs, and even cameras have all been built with the ability to connect and communicate on the internet. While technology has progressed to allow for better communications between our devices, security has lagged behind and in some cases been left as an afterthought.
One fact that has emerged in the days following the attack is that a large portion of the connected devices used in that attack were IP Security Cameras and recorders. The surveillance devices used in last Friday’s attack were from a specific, low end, Chinese manufacture of cheap equipment that failed to build in the necessary security features needed to prevent hackers from gaining access to these systems. In most cases the vulnerability that was exploited was as simple as a default admin password that the end user was never prompted to reset. Other security holes include that these devices, by default, allow access via lesser know, but powerful avenues, such as SSH and Telnet. If a hacker is able to gain access using these methods, they can tell that device to do whatever they want. In this case it was to flood all their traffic to specific and vital portion of our internet’s infrastructure.
While on face value, this may seem like a minor inconvenience to most every day Americans, but the implications of these types of attacks reach further than you think. An attack of this nature could shut down markets and prevent the trade of stocks, could effect power grids and utilities, could even prevent or disrupt the administration of elections.
Anyone purchasing Arcdyn professional IP surveillance equipment can rest assured that their system has been built with security in mind.
- Every system automatically prompts the user to enter a default password upon setup.
- Dangerous connection protocols, like SSH and Telnet, are disabled by default.
- Frequent firmware updates mean that security holes are patched quickly.
Arcdyn is here to help you ensure that your system is never hacked or used in nefarious ways to attack others.
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