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Multi-Power Supplies

Surveillance System CCTV Multi Camera Power Supply Boxes

If you are planning to install a system of security surveillance cameras, one of the most important things to consider is how each camera is going to be powered. Single-camera power supplies are not the only way to do this. When installed properly, a CCTV multi camera power supply device will be able to power your cameras and also make their long-term maintenance much, much easier.

Have you never installed a CCTV security system before, or do you have very little experience in doing it? A multi-power supply unit is going to make the job simpler.

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How to get Power to Security Camera Systems

If you are planning on installing more than 3 security cameras, or if you are going to have to mount cameras in areas without wall sockets or other nearby power supplies, it would be better to use a multi-camera power supply box to power your surveillance system. It is a singular metal box containing the essentials of powering each camera in your system.

Besides being able to power several cams at once, a multi-power supply box can also control the voltage that reaches your camera equipment. Just like you will a plug-in power supply for a single camera, you can just plug this box into a 110V electrical outlet for power.

Each camera wired to it via a security camera power supply connector receives power, but instead of the 110V from the socket, the voltage is stepped down to levels that can be handled by the cameras, like 12V or 24V (depending on your camera unit).

It is important to note that the voltage that comes from your power supply box should always match the voltage required by your camera units. If you are not careful about this, you could seriously damage your equipment, possibly necessitating the replacement of most or all parts of your surveillance security system.

Depending on your setup, it is usually best to use individual power supply units alongside a multi-power supply box. Wherever you are setting up a CCTV camera system, there will always be areas where it is easier to just plug a camera into a wall socket rather than wire it to the power box. On the other hand, some areas that require monitoring will not have a single wall socket in sight.

Do not just rely on a single way to power your cameras. That is going to seriously limit your options in the long run. Being able to utilize both single-power supplies as well as multi-power supplies will allow you to apply a better strategy regarding the placement of your cameras. This allows you to intelligently plan the build of your security system and consider long-term maintenance (and possible expansion), even as you are just installing the system itself.

Multi-Power Supplies for Efficiency and Flexibility

Whether you are setting up a CCTV camera system for your home, office, school, commercial establishment, warehouse, or whatever location that requires 4 to 16 cameras operating simultaneously, everything will be easier with a multi-power supply box. It simply makes for a much easier and generally neater installation, as all the wiring for the power of your cameras end up in one organized place. Because of this, if anything goes wrong with the power supply of one or more cameras, you will know instantly where you need to look.

Even if you are not a professional electrician, having a multi-power box can make the jobs of installation, expansion, and overall maintenance of your security system a lot easier. This is especially true if you are in charge of a huge security system involving 30, 50, or even a hundred cameras.

If that is the kind of system you are planning to set up, you are definitely going to need multi-power supplies. Through the use of several power boxes, you can delegate the cameras into groups via their power supply, making it easier to manage, maintain, and possibly further expand an already huge system of surveillance cameras.

Currently, multi-power supplies are available for 4, 9, and 16-camera set-ups. Observing the location in which you want to install security cameras will determine which one is more ideal for your setup.

Other Considerations Regarding Multi-Power Supplies

What wires are you going to use? Most power wires are going to be able to do the job. However, the quality of these wires will dictate how long they are going to last plus the distance at which you can transmit power via the wires. For instance, some experts recommend the use of a twisted, two-conductor, 18 gauge power cable that is non-shielded. Why are these characteristics so important?

Cables that are twisted have lower resistance to the flow of electricity, allowing the wire to transmit power up to a distance of 300 feet, which means that if you are building a security system for a small house, you can place your cameras virtually anywhere and still be able to power them adequately. 18 gauge cables have very little resistance to power, and the quality of the material is less prone to breakage, which means less maintenance costs in the long run.

Shielding is more for the wire's protection, but it does not do much for the wire's ability to transmit power. Non-shielded cables are much cheaper.

Using these or similar wires will allow you to make the most out of the CCTV surveillance camera system you are planning to install.

You are going to need to use a DVR to store and manage all of the footage taken by each one of your cameras. It is much more advisable to install and keep your DVR in a place near your multi-power supply box. This makes everything in your system simpler and neater. With this type of setup, it will be much easier to troubleshoot any and all problems that may arise from managing several security cameras at once.

You do not need to be an electrician to pull this off. Nowadays, these devices are designed to be user-friendly enough even for non-professionals. Just make sure to take the necessary safety precautions before attempting to install anything.