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Cables: Digital IP vs Analog MPX extension cable setup

Lorex offers two different types of wired HD security camera systems - Digital IP and Analog MPX. Each type of system uses different technologies to provide high-definition video. The type and length of extension cables you can use depend on the type of system you have.

Digital IP NVR Systems

Digital IP systems use CAT5 or CAT5e (or higher) Ethernet cabling to connect IP Cameras to the network or a Network Video Recorder (NVR). This cable simultaneously transmits video and audio (if applicable) to the NVR and provides power to the camera. Click here for more information on Ethernet cable types.

PoE Diagram

There are three different configurations of cabling that you can use with a Digital IP NVR system:

  • Standard: Connect Cat5 cable directly to an NVR.

    Direct Connection

  • PoE Switch: Connect IP cameras to a network using a Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch and Router. Click here for more information on PoE switches.

    PoE Switch

  • Router: Connect IP cameras directly to your router (power separately).

    PoE Switch

Analog MPX DVR Systems

MPX security cameras transmit high-definition analog video over shielded or RG59 (or higher) BNC cables to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Lorex by FLIR offers siamese BNC cables, which split into two ends, one for video and one for power.

BNC Diagram

There are three different configurations of cabling that you can use with an Analog MPX DVR System:

  • Standard: RG59 coaxial siamese extension cable up to 300ft / 90m (video and power)

    BNC 300ft config

  • Extended: RG59 coaxial extension cable up to 800ft / 242m (video only).

    BNC 800

  • Coupler: Attach a BNC coupler to connect two separate BNC extension cables.

    coupler