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How to Daisy Chain Analog PTZ Cameras



You can only daisy chain ANALOG PTZ cameras. IP cameras can utilize POE switches for a similar effect.

Up to 32 Analog PTZ cameras can be daisy chained for up to a maximum of 4,000 FT.



Daisy Chain Analog PTZ Cameras Diagram

daisy chain PTZ cameras diagram

How to Daisy Chain Analog PTZ Cameras Description


For PTZ Cameras, you have three cables as opposed to the normal two for regular cameras: power, video, and data.


Step one -- run RJ45 (aka CAT5) between each camera like the diagram above. RS45 is your data cable and there should be two plugs on the back of your PTZ camera -- a RJ45 in and a RJ45 out.

Step one, ALTERNATIVE METHOD 1 - You can also run RS232 (aka serial cable) to run data for PTZ cameras, but should only be used for very short distances and small applications. Daisy chaining serial cable can be done, but again is limited by distance as it is not a twisted cable. We do not recommend this method.

Step one, ALTERNATIVE METHOD 2 - You can also use RS485 which is a one way connection from DVR to camera and is a single twisted pair. RS485 will work up to a few thousand meters.


Step two -- run a Siamese RG59 from each PTZ camera to your DVR and Power Supply Box as you would for any other security camera. If you don't know how to do that, consult our Running CCTV Cable Guide. RG59 is your power and video cable.

daisy chain PTZ cameras diagram 2

Step three -- ensure that your DVR and all your PTZ cameras are set to the same protocol -- e.g. PELCOD. Your manuals should tell you how to do this. In most cases, you won't have to change anything.


Step four -- Assign a distinct ID to each camera using the DIP switch. The DIP switch is usually a bank of tiny switches inside the PTZ camera (you will probably have to use a needle or small screwdriver to change them). You will need to consult the manual on your specific PTZ camera to determine how to do this.


Step five --- Assign termination. On each PTZ camera there is a setting called "termination." This means that it is the last one on the chain. You will want to turn termination off on all but the last PTZ camera. Again, consult the manual on your specific PTZ camera.


Step five, ALTERNATIVE METHOD -- Although the termination method is by far the best solution. As a workaround, if your PTZ cameras do not have a termination setting, you can set each camera to a different Ohm and not have to deal with this issue.


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SCW does not carry Analog products anymore. Here are some IP PTZs.

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  1. The Lookout 2.0 - 26ZV



    The Lookout 2.0 - 26ZV - 2MP (1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 30x Optical Zoom

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

    $799.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 x 1080

    Detect: 1000 ft
    Recognize: 900 ft
    Identify: 800 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between up to 90%.


    Lens

    ptz lens

    Motorized PTZ Varifocal: 4.5 - 135mm
    63° - 2° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 300 FT

    Color video possible until 0.03 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    Digital Wide Dynamic Range

    Pan: 360° (endless) rotation
    Tilt: -15° ~ +90° (auto reverse)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  2. The Spotlight 2.0 - 26ZV-W



    The Spotlight 2.0 - 26ZV-W - 2MP (1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 22x Optical Zoom & Full Spectrum Light

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

    $1,499.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 60 FPS; 1920 x 1080

    Detect: 950 ft
    Recognize: 875 ft
    Identify: 750 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between up to 90%.


    Lens

    ptz lens

    Motorized PTZ Varifocal: 6.5 - 135mm
    70° - 4° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 200 FT

    Integrated Full Spectrum Light up to 100 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.001 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    True WDR (120db)

    NOT POE

    Pan: 360° (endless) rotation
    Tilt: -15° ~ +90° (auto reverse)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  3. The Laser 2.0 - 26ZV-LIR - high res



    The Laser 2.0 - 26ZV-LIR - 2MP (1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 33x Optical Zoom & Laser Infrared

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

    $1,999.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 60 FPS; 1920 x 1080

    Detect: 950 ft
    Recognize: 875 ft
    Identify: 750 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even wash them off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Extreme Cold Temperature rated from -40°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between up to 90%.


    Lens

    ptz lens

    Motorized PTZ Varifocal: 6.5 - 135mm
    70° - 4° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Long Range Infrared night vision up to 1600 FT

    Color video possible until 0.01 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Audio Input and Output
    Audio Input/Output FAQ

    True WDR (120db)

    Pan: 360° (endless) rotation
    Tilt: -15° ~ +90° (auto reverse)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR


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