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Surveillance Accessories

At 6 O’clock Securities, we take surveillance and security camera systems very seriously. We provide one of the most comprehensive collections of surveillance accessories available. Increase the amount of storage you have with our variety of memory cards and wire additional security cameras to you current system with our cables. Whether you’re looking to install and set up a new security system or upgrading the infrastructure on your current system, you can find everything you need here, all in one place!

Shop our collection and find the highest quality surveillance accessories including storage and memory cards, security video monitors, system cables and connectors, security camera housings and brackets, security transmitters and receivers, and system microphones.

After choosing the proper cameras and equipment for your surveillance needs, the next decision is choosing the proper cabling to run with these systems.  We cannot stress this enough, understanding the properties of these different types of cabling and how they interact with your systems is crucial in maintaining an efficient and effective cctv system.  In fact, this is one of the most important details to consider.  Implementing the proper cabling and understanding its role in your system will save you immense amounts of headache later and calls to tech support to resolve issues that wouldn’t have happened with the correct cabling types.

The information at the bottom of this page will go into depth about the properties of each cable type, teaching you the capabilities and drawbacks of each type.  You will be able to reference this article when planning for your own security systems.  Proper cabling is crucial as many issues can arise from using the incorrect cables for your system.  Some of the problems that can occur range from poor  connection/video degradation from trying to run a camera too far on  under powered cabling.  You can even completely burn out cameras from using incorrect power/voltage.  These issues are very serious and hinder your ability to have the most secure system possible.

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Siamese cables are actually two different cables fused together to provide both video connection and power connection.  The coaxial cable is RG59, you will be able to tell from the printed markings on the cable.  The video portion of the siamese cable runs a video connection from your security camera to your DVR, while utilizing BNC connections. the power cable supplies the power needed to keep your camera running from the CCTV power box. Siamese cable  is appropriate for use with any standard definition security camera system (aka analog CCTV), or HD over coax systems utilizing either HD-CVI or HD-TVI cameras.

One of the biggest factors to keep in mind when selecting the right siamese cable type is determining the proper gauge needed for your system.  These different gauges are determined by its AWG (American Wire Gauge) rating. An easy way to remember is that the smaller the gauge, the thicker the cabling is and thus enables it to supply more power effectively.  Pre-made coaxial  cables are of a thinner gauge (26 or 27 awg), while spooled siamese cable is normally 20-18 awg.

Pre-made cables are typically of a thinner gauge.  They will seem especially thin when compared to traditional coaxial cable from a spool. They are thin because not only is the actual wire thin (26awg), it also lacks the shielding that is commonly found in spool type coaxial cable. This wiring type comes with BNC and power connectors pre attached, eliminating the need for extra connectors or having to attach them yourself.  This is a very economical and convenient way to connect your cameras.  Unfortunately because of the thinner gauge, this type of cabling should only be used with standard definition analogsystems supporting up to 960H cameras.  HD-TVI and HD-CVI should not be used with this type of cabling as multiple issues can arise.  Pre-made coaxial cables are efficient up to 150 feet, but it is not recommended to go farther than this because the gauge of wire used on the power side of the cable is so thin that it cannot provide sufficient current for security cameras with infrared. On the video side, the thin gauge cable can also lead to ghosting and other video disturbances when used for more than 150ft.

Spooled coaxial is the more traditional alternative to pre-made coaxial cables.  Also referred to as RG59U 18/2 Siamese cable, there are two wires fused together providing both power and video connectivity.  The power cable is normally 18AWG, and the video coaxial cable itself is normally 20AWG. This is a substantial difference to pre-made siamese cables. This thicker coax cabling comes off a spool available in lengths of 500ft or 1000ft,  and enables you to find the exact length you need and cut to size.  There are no connectors already attached so after cutting the wire to the proper length you must go through the process of attaching the power and BNC connectors for your hookups.

Make sure you buy extra cable even after you measure. The last thing you need is to come up short. One of the most time consuming steps of setting up and installing your security system will be dealing with the wire and cables. That’s why you should first make sure that you buy the right cables and next, make sure that you have the proper tools to cut cable and tuck it away. Such tools include a wire stripper and staple gun.

You will also need to make sure that you have the right connectors and adapters for your security system, plus brackets if necessary. This is why making a list of needed accessories would be helpful, along with a sketch of how you would like your surveillance outfit to be.

And finally, you don’t want to forget about CCTV warning signs and decals. After all, you have already spent hundreds of dollars on a new security system, you might as well brag about it. By posting signs you will be announcing to intruders to stay away, you are being taped right now, and if you come any further the evidence will really pile up.

More importantly, these devices are meant for protection. A spy camera strategically placed in the office with a camera bracket can help catch thieves, while a system placed in the parking area, secured with proper camera housing with bracket, can prevent harassment. When connected to a 19-inch widescreen LCD video monitor, a CCTV camera system can yield footage with clarity. Home or business owners can then “patrol” the premises and make sure that nothing is amiss. A 4-channel 2.4 GHz receiver would allow them to have up to four video feeds simultaneously to detect possibly dangerous intruders without a face-to-face confrontation.

However, you can’t realistically keep watch 24 hours a day. Furthermore, pinning down a miscreant without proof is almost impossible. Thus, it is important to include in your surveillance equipment list the recording aspect of the system, which would make it easier for the police to put wrongdoers behind bars.

Some surveillance cameras have a built-in video recorder while others are connected to a separate recording device. Cameras with a DVR can be equipped with an 8, 16 or 32 GB memory card, or one with a larger storage capacity, which can be viewed in a computer later on using a memory card reader.

Cameras hooked up to an external DVR have to be connected using cables with corresponding cable connectors. Depending on your need, there are 25-foot and 50-foot power & video all in one camera cables. Wholesale sellers of surveillance camera accessories often offer longer ones, such as 100-foot or 150-foot power & video all in one camera cables. You can also opt for a 500-foot Siamese RG59 cable in black or white when needed. Before purchasing, you must determine whether you need a female DC power connector or a male DC power connector, and an RG59 BNC compression connector.

Suppliers often have various surveillance system accessories that you can select based on your need and preference, such as a CCTV tester for repairs and maintenance or an HD signal repeater for larger installations. Some security camera systems come in kits for convenience.