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Surge Protect Security Cameras

Surge protect incoming data pathways to modems and routers from security cameras with TPD surge protective devices. The latest NEC 2020 code now requires protecting all ethernet pathways leaving a structure or entering another structure be surge protected and or bonded correctly to the facility power grounding electrode.

 

How to Protect IP Cameras, NVRs and WAPs

When it comes to protecting IP camera pathways its best to make sure that the network switch that is feeding the outdoor cameras is protected. Protection can also be placed at the camera end however we recommend grounding the unit at the head end and not remotely. Adding additional ground points to any low voltage system can have negative effects. It is best to always float cameras on remote ends so that the frame of the cameras is not grounded in any away. The same goes for wireless access points. A designer my protect the network inside the facility from the WAP being stuck by lighting. The best way to protect the actually WAP is to make sure it too is isolated (floating) and not touching ground or building steel.

 

The Importance of Surge Protecting Security Cameras

TPD surge protection for security camera data pathways is an imperative consideration for safeguarding the integrity of surveillance systems in both residential and commercial settings. Let's delve into the profound importance of surge protection and its critical role in preserving data integrity and ensuring uninterrupted security monitoring for both homes and businesses.

Preserve Data Integrity
Security camera data pathways are the backbone of surveillance, capturing critical video footage for monitoring and analysis. TPD surge protection shields against electrical damage, ensuring the integrity of surveillance data. Whether it's safeguarding your home or a commercial property, surge protection preserves the clarity and reliability of recorded footage.

Protect Valuable Equipment
Surveillance systems consist of valuable components, including cameras, recorders, and data storage devices. Surge-induced damage can lead to costly repairs or replacements of these components. TPD surge protection serves as a guardian, reducing the risk of electrical damage and extending the lifespan of your surveillance equipment in both residential and commercial applications.

Continuous Security Monitoring
In both residential and commercial environments, a disruption in security camera data pathways can leave properties vulnerable to security breaches. Residential users rely on surveillance for home safety, while businesses depend on it for asset protection and personnel security. TPD surge protection improves the reliability of security monitoring, fortifying security measures in both contexts.

Cost Savings
Repairing or replacing surveillance equipment can be financially burdensome. TPD surge protection acts as a financial barrier against electrical damage, mitigating the risk of unexpected repair expenses. Whether it's safeguarding your home or securing a commercial property, TPD surge protection contributes to cost savings.

Operational Continuity
In commercial settings, security camera systems are integral to various operations, including access control, incident management, and compliance. Surge-induced failures can disrupt business activities, impacting productivity and security. Security camera data pathway surge protection plays a pivotal role in maintaining operational continuity, ensuring seamless security monitoring for both businesses and clients.

Compliance and Evidence Reliability
Compliance with industry standards and ensuring the reliability of surveillance evidence is paramount in both residential and commercial security setups. TPD surge protection helps meet these requirements, ensuring that surveillance systems perform reliably and adhere to industry standards. It ensures the credibility and admissibility of surveillance data in legal and compliance scenarios.

In conclusion, TPD surge protection for security camera data pathways is vital for preserving data integrity, protecting valuable equipment, maintaining uninterrupted security monitoring, achieving cost-efficiency, ensuring operational continuity, and meeting industry standards in both residential and commercial applications. It provides peace of mind, reliability, and data security for homeowners and businesses alike, ensuring that every frame of surveillance data is clear, reliable, and free from disruptions.


“Our Cameras Stopped Working”

We frequently receive phone calls and emails stating “we have cameras located outside and inside and lightning keeps taking them out! What do we do?” Cameras and DVRs monitor the grounds and record activity, and help keep us safe and secure at home and at work. A simple motion setting and email can let you know each and every time someone comes to the door or enters a facility. When programmed correctly the information captured by these systems is invaluable to a home or business. Reducing potential liability alone is priceless for a business.


How it Works

When lightning hits a structure or strikes the earth nearby the energy can be induced onto outdoor camera wires that come from inside the home or business. These copper lines acts like an antenna. Once lightning energy gets onto these copper lines it looks for ground. In most cases the energy will travel through NVR’s and network switches to find the power ground.

Another way lightning can damage camera systems is by creating ground currents (aka ground loops) in the system. When outdoor cameras are powered remotely, or any camera is powered by a different breaker panel than powers the DVR or network, a nearby lightning strike can produce damaging ground currents within the system. Parking lots, public garages, storage facilities, and large custom homes with multiple buildings suffer some of the most severe damage from nearby lightning strikes. This is the result of different ground potentials within the system. See our Transient Protection Design on Ground Loop Surge Filters for more information on how to protect your business’ or home’s DVR’s and network from damaging ground loops and surges.