This is a great way to connect cameras to a DVR recorder both for the DIY and also professional installer. It has been made possible by the invention of the video balun. This clever device allows video signals to be transferred along a twisted pair of wires for a distance of up to 300 metres.
Very important - this application requires the use of very high quality pure copper Cat5 cable. CCA (copper clad aluminium) cable is not suitable. All the Cat5 cable we supply is high quality external grade pure copper and suitable for this purpose.
It is also possible to transmit 12 volt DC power to the camera using Cat5 cable for distances of up to 50 metres or so depending on the camera power consumption. When using Cat5 cable to transfer both video and power use 1 cable per camera. If you are only transferring video signal then up to 4 camera feeds can be handled by a single length of Cat5.
Using this method requires no more than a small flat head screwdriver as all the connections are made using screw terminals. For each camera you require a pair of video baluns (one at the camera, one at the DVR), a DC plug for the camera end and a DC socket for the power supply end.
Cat5 can be easily cut to length and pulling the cable through holes or cable runs is simple.