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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 3
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Security Camera Baluns handy – CCTV via Cat-5 Twisted Pair Audio/Video/Power Balun Transceivers (Pair) Reviews

posted by Criggie on 05/25/2013 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

Pros:
I've used these things to put security cameras around my house. Using these means I can get away with running a single cat5 cable which is a lot cheaper than a coax + two power leads. These also support Audio but I don't record that.
Cons:
They're a little bulkier than others, but these ones work well. The wire in the power lead could be thicker - I've had to snip and bare a couple to connect to older cameras with those cable gripper connectors, instead of power sockets. I'm pretty sure these add a bit of noise to the image, but they don't make it fuzzier or anything.
Other:
They're actually reversible - you can use two output ends or two input ends together, if you want to hack something together. I've also used structured cabling to patch a camera through the house. Works well. Joiners or poor-quality cabling make these work worse, so use decent cat5 and terminate them well. No need for cat6. I have a single 5 A 12V power supply that runs 6 cameras without issue, throgh a couple of splitters.
Bottomline:
Flexible and convenient for cameras. You'll also want a stack of adapters, like BNC/RCA (both ways around, and both available on trademe)

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