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Connecting cameras with wireless

July 17, 2024

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Universities, K-12 schools, warehouses, factories, airports and other enterprises are installing video surveillance cameras for improving safety and security. These cameras often need to be installed in locations where Ethernet drops are not available. There are several wireless connectivity options for connecting cameras in these locations back to the enterprise network.

Connectivity for Surveillance Cameras

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Universities, K-12 schools, warehouses, factories, airports, and other enterprises are installing video surveillance cameras for improving safety and security. Most of these are mounted on buildings and connected via Ethernet. However, to provide visibility on large campuses, they often need to be mounted where Ethernet or Wi-Fi are not available. In these situations, we recommend you speak with us to understand the various options:

  • Point to Point connectivity
  • Cellular connectivity
  • Over a Public Network
  • Over a Private Network

Point to Point link (PtP)

If there is a line of sight between the camera and the network attachment location, P2P is a viable option.

Cost: The equipment cost for P2P devices range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Please send us a map at camera_setup@rameninc.com showing locations where you want the cameras installed and where you have connectivity available, and we will provide you with a solution recommendation.

Pros: Ideal for connecting only a handful of remote sites, this solution offers high throughput to accommodate high-quality video and simultaneous operation of multiple cameras.

Cons: Line of Sight between your network and the connection point is an absolute requirement. The cheaper radios operate on the Wi-Fi bands and are vulnerable to interference. Cost scales linearly per camera and the deployment becomes expensive when you have more than a few cameras.

Cellular

Connecting the camera over a private or public cellular link is also a viable option. This requires adding an adaptor that brings the cellular connectivity to an Ethernet port that will connect to the camera. It also requires a SIM to enable a secure authenticated connection. Ramen can provide adaptors, SIMs, and management visibility for this cellular option.

Public Cellular: Available in dense urban areas, but spotty in suburbs. Monthly costs can run into $100s per camera if you stream in high resolution continuously.

Private Cellular: Can be customized for every location with no per/byte or per camera service charges.

Public vs. Private: This is a complex decision depending on the quality of public coverage at the camera locations, the quality of video to be viewed and the number of cameras to be installed. Please send us a map at camera_setup@rameninc.com showing locations where you want the cameras installed, and we will provide you with a solution recommendation.

Other Costs: The cellular connectivity adaptor can cost anywhere between $200 to $600.

Ramen’s Uncarpeted NaaS solution is extensively deployed in universities, educational institutions, warehouses, and other large venues. If you're interested in receiving a no- obligation consultation for your video surveillance deployments, please contact us at camera_setup@rameninc.com.

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