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genner 04-14-2009 12:02 PM

Analog Vs. Digital
I'm not sure if this is the right forum but here it goes...

So i'm interested in getting this video system by where it uses Power over ethernet cameras. These are not IP cameras but instead they just use CAT5 wires to carry power ing and signal.
Now the thing is is that I hate to be stuck with having to purchase their cameras. I called a vendor and they said you'd have to use their cameras because they use special wiring. meaning I can just buy any cameras that uses CAT5s and plug them in.

So now I'm wondering if i can use any analog video security cameras and I should be fine right? I'd just have to find which pair of wires in the ON-Q systems that uses power and signal and wire them accordingly to the analog camera right?

PaliBob 04-14-2009 12:41 PM


Originally Posted by genner (Post 259727)
I'm not sure if this is the right forum but here it goes...

Genner you might get more responses on the DIY Home Theater page:

or the Computer page:

KE2KB 04-14-2009 04:44 PM

It looks to me that what you've got are digital cameras. Analog would be 75 ohms, and require coaxial cable.

So, the answer to your question would be no. You cannot use any analog camera. Digital output is not likely to be compatible with equipment other than that designed for this system, unless it were standard TCP/IP, which you say it is not.

IMO, you would have been better off using standard web cameras, which use Cat5E cable, or no cable (wireless) and are compatible with everything.


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