Recently, we have put up some cameras on our house. After looking around, we could have complete front coverage of house with two cameras. One mounted on the garage to show down the driveway, and the other on the porch to cover the front door and the remainder of the driveway (which is currently a giant, muddy puddle).

Cabling was going to be an issue, as we wanted it to remain looking somewhat neat. IP cameras usually support PoE (power over ethernet), which mean we only needed one cable for each camera. Being network cameras, we could plug them into our router, or directly into the NVR (network video recorder). We decided the latter, as the NVR was right next to the router.

First up, we sited the cameras, one on the garage, and one on the porch:

The porch camera ethernet cable was going to run straight into the NVR, so the cable ran up the wall of the house, into the loft and down into the airing cupboard:IMG_20151121_160003Obviously, it was a pain to get the ladder over the porch, miss the bedroom window and be high enough to reach the roof – but we reached nonetheless.

The garage camera needed to be wired slightly differently. We could have run a cable from the garage to the NVR, but it would have been a little messy, considering how the other wires run from the garage to the house. Instead, we came up with this:IMG_20151115_165042On the left, we have a Home Plug, which puts your ethernet onto the same circuit used by the mains. You use a pair of these, one at either end (in our case, one at the camera, and one at the NVR). Unfortunately, they don’t provide the PoE which we needed to power the camera. We could have run a power cable, but instead opted for the box on the right hand side of the image. This is a PoE injector, put simply, you connect your device to be powered up to one end, and your non-powered network cable into the other end – simple!

With all of the cameras mounted and cabled in, it was time to try and get some form of cable management going on in the airing cupboard. It was easier to start from scratch.

Wouldn’t you know it? The cable for the UPS (uninterruptible power supply) was an inch too short. Thankfully, there was a box nearby to stand it on until the new floor is ready to go in. After making up an extension lead, so that we could plug everything into the UPS, rather than just one device, we were ready to carry on.

The router went in next, the gap behind the UPS makes a great place to store excess cable! All of the cables are colour cabled (or at least have coloured boots) to help identify which one is which. The NVR went in, alongside a network switch (in order to expand the network further). The cameras plugged into the NVR, and we were all set.