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Ethernet Cable

Here at SCW, we actually recommend that you get your cable locally!

Why? Two reasons: (1) you can start you installation immediately and have the cable run by the time your cameras are delivered! (2) Cable is heavy, expensive to ship, and you can often buy it locally for cheaper.

Our camera systems use generic Cat5e or Cat6 cable, so you can buy it almost anywhere - including any computer store, but also most home improvement stores have them. You can also buy it from us, if you just don't want to deal with the hassle or if it sounds like we're talking in French right now.

Cabling Best Practices - Indoors

When using the cable indoors, the best idea is to just use a booted Cat5e/Cat6 cable. The reason that you want a booted cable is that Cat5/Cat6 cable has 8 tiny twisted cable pairs inside of it, and the boot helps prevent breakage of these tiny cables. With an unbooted cable, the plastic RJ45 connector has the possibility of cutting the cable if it is at a 90 degree angle. Most pre-made cable available anywhere comes booted, and all our premade cables are booted. The benefits are small however, and as long as you aren't putting a ton of pressure from a 90 degree angle on the cable by the RJ45 connector, you should be fine even using unbooted cable.

Booted

Unbooted

Twisted Pairs

Cabling Best Practices - Outdoors

When using the cable outdoors, you will want to do two things: (1) use the waterproof connector included with every camera and (2) use a electrical mounting box (available for most our cameras).

Every outdoor rated camera that we carry comes a waterproof connector (show below and described in this installation guide), without this protective seal the camera's RJ45 connector can corrode and present connection issues.

Because the waterproof connector is rather large, most of our cameras have an optional electrical mounting box to coil up the excess cable. This allows you to easily access the cable connection in the future, not have to drill as large of a hole in your exterior wall, and save some money on heating / cooling.

Using the waterproof connector does require removing the RJ45 connector and putting a new one on the cable. We have a guide on making Cat5/Cat6 cable for our cameras (hint: just make normal cables), RJ 45 connectors, and the RJ45 Crimper.

RJ45 Waterproof Connector

Waterproof Connector Installation

Electrical Mounting Box

Cabling Best Practices - Long Runs

You'll notice that we have two types of bulk cable. CCA and Full Copper (Commercial grade). If you are running any cable long distances, please use the Full Copper cable. CCA stands for Copper Clad Aluminum, whereas "Commercial Grade" cable is 100% copper. We have a guide on making Cat5/Cat6 cable for our cameras (hint: just make normal cables), RJ 45 connectors, and the RJ45 Crimper.

Cabling Best Practices - Burial

We don't carry "burial" cable, because we think it is a waste of money. There's no standard definition as to what "burial" cable even is. There's a million different physical changes to the cable that someone could mean, such as a copper mesh, rubber tubing, etc that manufacturers mean when they say "burial" cable. If you are going to bury cable - just put in conduit. No one has come up with a burial cable that really stand up to being outside without conduit and we don't think anything out now stands up to the promises being made about the cable. For example, rubber tubing inside the cable helps protect against moisture, but does nothing about roots growing into it, insects infesting it, rodents chewing on it, or lawnmowers/weedwackers damaging it. Copper mesh helps with weedwackers, rodents, and some inserts, but doesn't help against moisture, lawnmowers, roots, etc. In short, there are some good ideas floating out there that solve some specific problems, but nothing that will really work well enough outdoors to forgo using conduit.

The Shielded vs Unshielded Debate

There are people who say shielded is better as it prevents "cross talk” between the different cables a bit more effectively, but modern networks weed that out anyways. There's an ongoing debate about this. We think the cross talk problem is overblown for general, small-scale computer networks and totally unimportant for cameras (if you are an ISP, these issues are a much bigger deal and matter). Cameras only use 0.5% to 5% of a Cat5e’s total capacity, and “cross talk” isn’t that big of a deal when you aren’t utilizing the entire throughput.

Also, shielded Cat5/Cat6 does not bend easily, so it is very hard to install. We stay away from shielded, as a company, but the network community is divided. Our systems will work with shielded or unshielded, so feel free to do whatever you want.

Cat5e vs Cat6 - What's the difference?

Cat5e cable can carry 1,000 Mbps up to 300 feet. Cat6 can carry 10,000 up to 100 feet and then reverts back to 1,000 Mbps from 100 to 300 feet.

A 1080P camera take needs about 5 Mbps when recording at 30 FPS. So, a single 1080P camera is only using 0.5% of the capacity of Cat5e cable.

A 4MP camera take needs about 6 Mbps when recording at 20 FPS. So, a single 4MP camera is only using 0.6% of the capacity of Cat5e cable.

A 4K camera take needs about 16 Mbps when recording at 24 FPS. So, a single 4K camera is only using 1.6% of the capacity of Cat5e cable.

Both cables have a ton of growth potential in terms of spare transmission space for resolution upgrades, which is one of the reasons that IP cameras are popular: when the cameras resolution increase in 5 years, you should still be able to use the same cables. Cat5e is fine for most installs when run from the camera to the NVR. If you are going to use a more complex setup such as the types that we recommend with our executive or edge series lines or are using the cable to setup a combined camera and computer network, you might want to use Cat6.

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  1. RJ45 CAT5/5E/6 Connector SCW-C109

    RJ45 CAT5/5E/6 Connector SCW-C109

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $0.30

    Model number: SCW-C109
    RJ45 CAT5/5E/6 Connector




  2. 6 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    6 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $5.00

    6 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    Cable color subject to change without notice.



  3. 1000ft Network PLENUM rated CAT5e, PVC, FULL COPPER (Commercial Grade) SCW-NCC-1000PL

    1000ft Network PLENUM rated CAT5e, PVC, FULL COPPER (Commercial Grade) SCW-NCC-1000PL

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $300.00

    PLENUM rated 1000 foot roll of 24 AWG pull boxes of CAT 5e U/UTP

    If you are going to run cables through an area which is used by your heating, air circulation, or air conditioner systems (such as above a drop ceiling in an office), you must use Plenum rated cables, which have a special insulation that has low smoke and low flame characteristics. When securing cable in Plenum required areas, make sure your straps, cable ties, and similar fittings also are plenum rated. NEC 830; NFPA 90A



  4. 1000ft Network PLENUM rated CAT6, PVC, FULL COPPER (Commercial Grade) SCW-NCC6-1000PL

    1000ft Network PLENUM rated CAT6, PVC, FULL COPPER (Commercial Grade) SCW-NCC6-1000PL

    Backordered
    More on the way in 3-7 business days.

    $425.00

    PLENUM rated 1000 foot roll of 23 AWG pull boxes of CAT 6 U/UTP

    If you are going to run cables through an area which is used by your heating, air circulation, or air conditioner systems (such as above a drop ceiling in an office), you must use Plenum rated cables, which have a special insulation that has low smoke and low flame characteristics. When securing cable in Plenum required areas, make sure your straps, cable ties, and similar fittings also are plenum rated. NEC 830; NFPA 90A



  5. 25 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    25 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $15.00

    25 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    Cable color subject to change without notice.



  6. 50 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    50 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $19.99

    50 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    Cable color subject to change without notice.



  7. 100 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    100 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $29.99

    100 Foot Pre-made Cat5e Cable

    Cable color subject to change without notice.



  8. 1000ft Network CAT5e, PVC, FULL COPPER (Commercial Grade) SCW-NCC-1000BL

    1000ft Network CAT5e, PVC, FULL COPPER (Commercial Grade) SCW-NCC-1000BL

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $150.00

    Model number: SCW-NCC-1000BL

    1000 foot spool of UTP Cable, 24 AWG, 4 twisted pair, unshielded, Commercial Grade

    This is a full-copper, commercial grade wire that is better quality than CCA - "Copper Cladded Aluminum" wires. It is recommended that you use full copper rather than CCA cable outdoors.

    This 1000 foot, spool-boxed roll of Blue Color Cat5e bulk cable is a must-have for extensive networking. This unterminated and UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cable is perfect for a plethora of networking applications.

    Cat-5e, enhanced Cat-5 cable, is the standard for modern networking - enabled for far end crosstalk and compliant with up to 1000BASE-T standards. This unshielded cable comes in its own spool box and is connector free, giving the user the freedom to customize the length, wiring, and application.

    This cable is 1000 feet long and are marked at every foot (marked 0001 - 1000 at each foot). Wire the cable as either a patch or a crossover cable; use it for Ethernet or any other data transfer applications.



  9. 1000ft Cat6, UL, CMR, CU, SCW-CAT6-1000ft

    1000ft Cat6, UL, CMR, CU, SCW-CAT6-1000ft

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $170.00

    Model number: SCW-CAT6-1000BL

    This 1000 foot, spool-boxed roll of Cat6 bulk cable is a must-have for extensive networking. This unterminated and UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cable is perfect for a plethora of networking applications

    This Cat6 CCA cable is perfect for creating up to a 10 gigabit network in your home or office (10GBASE-T), and will also support gigabit networks (1000BASE-T), Fast Ethernet (100BASE-Tx), and 10BASE-T. This unshielded cable comes in its own spool box and is connector free, giving the user the freedom to customize the length, wiring, and application

    This cable is 1000 feet long and are marked at every foot (marked 0001 - 1000 at each foot).

    Wire the cable as either a patch or a crossover cable; use it for Ethernet or any other data transfer applications.

    Cat5e vs. Cat6 - Although Cat5e also supports a gigabit network, Cat6 features more stringent specifications to fight crosstalk and system noise. Crosstalk is the interference that happens inside the cable between the four twisted pairs of conductors that are wrapped around each other. System noise is the interference (usually EMI, or, electromagnetic interference) from the environment. This can come from power lines, office flourescent lights, microwaves, etc. Cat6 features a more robust gauge that protects you from such problems.


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