Cat5 video balun for multiple cameras

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    Can I use one cat 5 for more than one camera? And if so, would I cut and splice it at each camera or just skin the outer sheath and tap into the pair I need leaving the cat 5 intact to the next camera downstream? I will have the power supplies at the camera locations, so the cat 5 will only carry the video.


    Also, what is the most economical approach to a license plate camera? The vehicles will be at about 50', moving slower than 30 MPH (most cases between 10 & 20 MPH)and observed from the back, both day and night. There is HPS street lighting existing directly above the proposed capture area. We do not have front plates in my state.

    I am a licensed electrical contractor looking at expanding into the video surveillance market. I am setting up equipment at my home to learn the basics first.

    Thanks for any help.

    Mike Haldas

    Hello bigb,

    In regard to the first questions you can use a single Cat-5 cable to provide video for more than one camera. Please see the following link BALUN-4HUB This will allow you to run video for 4 cameras on 1 Cat-5 line.

    In regards to the second question. The most economical approach is going to be our LPR-SC600HC however this camera will read License plates at a max of 27ft. If you cannot position the camera closer than here is the next option LPR-700H.

    Here is some additional info on our LPR cameras

    Please let me know if you have any further questions.

    Thanks James

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