Here’s why you should use fibre when installing CCTV

30th November 2022

Fibre optic cabling is the new kid on the block when it comes to CCTV. If you’re looking for the reasons people are choosing fibre over copper cabling, read our blog on the reasons that fibre beats copper. 

To install CCTV in your home or business, you’ll need the following:

  • Camera

  • Monitoring station

  • Cables and routers

  • Data storage

  • Video recorders

The cables could make or break the effectiveness of your CCTV system. If you’re not sure which kind to pick, read the key benefits to using fibre cabling when installing CCTV:

Better quality images over greater distances

The main thing you want to gain from CCTV is high quality images, right? Possibly the biggest reason people choose fibre, the image’s quality can be maintained over far larger distances than with copper. Pictures become distorted and lose quality with copper after around 90 meters. There is not much limit to the lengths fibre optic transmission can go to. Fibre cables can reach distances of 60kms or more in some cases. This means it’s not a difficult decision between the two. What’s more, fibre transmission operates at the speed of light, meaning your images are streamed in pretty-much real time.

Ability to connect multiple cameras into feed

As we explain here, higher bandwidth = better network speed. Data travels along fibre optic cables at the speed of light, which means bandwidth is not something you have to worry about. You can therefore connect multiple cameras to the same feed without compromising on image quality. And while fibre cables may be more costly to install, it makes it easier if you were to expand your feed. If you were ever to want to add more cameras, this would be quick and easy to do as they would be added to the same feed. Less hassle and expense in the long run – it really is the best way to go.

Cheap to maintain

These cables do not diminish in quality over time; connections can last for several decades and beyond. The materials used to produce fibre optic cabling is damp resistant and is not affected by temperature changes. This means they work as effectively underground as they do above it. This resilient form of transmitting data really does stand the test of time.

The consensus with fibre cabelling is that it is more costly, but when you do the sums and think of the ‘whole life’ cost of fibre, it can work out more cost effective than other options. What’s more, over time fibre is likely to reduce in price as the materials used to produce it are more available than copper. Fibre cables are also guarded against future developments as they have the capacity to cope with higher demands for data sharing.

Secure and safe

Fibre optic cable is really difficult to intercept. If you are worried about security, fibre optic is the way to go. Hackers would need highly sophisticated tech to tap into your images. This means less chance of your images being leaked or stolen.

Do you need to speak to an expert about installing fibre optic CCTV? Get in touch with us today!

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