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Cat 5, cat5e, cat6 and security system

allison77090 236 14 September 8, 2015 at 04:58 PM
So I have a security system (night owl brand) and my internet is a little slower than usual (before installing it). Would it be better to install a cat5e, cat6 or (whatever else is out there) to make remote playback faster.

Any recommendations would be helpful.

I would use these particular cat?? From the router to the hard drive system itself.

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Internet playback most likely wouldn't be affected by the cables you install. The internet connection is a slower than the internal network.

From an internal perspective you just want the cable to match the technology that you are using, so if you are have 10/100 network then that would be Cat 5E, GigE then i'd go for Cat 6. Technically Cat 5e can support GigE networks, but 6 would be better. I'd avoid Cat 5. Though honestly, I don't foresee any performance differences between the two regardless unless these are high quality cameras (which most are not).
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I doubt that cat 5/6 on the cameras will not change the speed of your internet. cat 5 should be able to do 100mbps ...

Is the cameras sending data to a web server in the cloud? That could slow down your network.

If not then the cameras could be overloading your router with data. Putting the camera behind its own router could fix that.
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Cat5e is entirely sufficient for what you're doing and almost certainly future-proof as well. It's rated for distances up to 100m for 1Gb/s ethernet and up to 45m for 10Gb/s ethernet (which probably won't hit consumer hardware for years).

More info: http://www.kit-communications.com...vsCat6.htm

Edit: I interpreted this question as replacing wifi with wired communication. If you've already run Cat 5, I don't think replacing it with Cat 5e will help either.
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I think quotidian nailed it, its a wifi based system and its saturating the wireless bandwidth...
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Quote from allison77090 View Post :
So I have a security system (night owl brand) and my internet is a little slower than usual (before installing it). Would it be better to install a cat5e, cat6 or (whatever else is out there) to make remote playback faster.

Any recommendations would be helpful.

I would use these particular cat?? From the router to the hard drive system itself.
What is your current setup? ISP speed, wired vs wireless, router model, modem model, etc. Do the cameras upload the footage continuously to a cloud server?

If the cameras continuously upload, that's using up some available bandwidth and so the rest of your browsing may appear slower. If everything is wireless, that means everything is likely more saturated.
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IS this wireless? If so then I'd say all the way try to wire everything you can - routers are great an all but homeowner stuff isn't designed for 30 concurrent connections like wifi cameras sucking it up. If it's easy, wire it.
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