by Jennifer Spears

Now I know this is going to sound really REALLY simple – because it is. But it is SO important and I just don’t think a lot of customers or installers (you know who you are) think to do it until it is too late.
Yup that’s it.
When you have a 4 channel DVR it’s not a horrible offense not to label your cameras…unless all of your cameras accept one are 24V AC, and that lone 12V DC camera is quaking in its boots because you guessed it! It’s going to get fried when you “thought” it was camera #1 and it was really cam #3 and you get to buy another one because you just saw smoke rising from the dome.
Now when you have an 8 channel system and some are indoor and some are outdoor, or some are in the break room or the main office, but I bet you thought cam #12 was this one and you plugged it into cam #12 on the back of the DVR but it really needs to be cam #5…so you unhook both and switch them, but then where does NOT cam #5 go?
And what if you have a 16 channel DVR that is filled with cameras from here to Timbuktu and you’ve run all of your wiring back to an IT closest and you are ready to terminate. Right? Ha! Good luck making sense of that rat’s nest with no little labels attached to the end.
See my point?
It takes simply a few extra seconds to wrap little colored labels around BOTH ends of BOTH CABLES. So the power and video cables at the camera end and back at the DVR and power supply end. This is going to revolutionize your world. I also highly recommend writing the voltage of the camera on the labels as well. Now you can number them, label them or both. It depends on how complicated your installation is honestly.
I also recommend that you make a list of all this information and then leave the list where you can find it again. With the DVR, in a file marked DVR system, in the safe, etc. No point in taking the time to make it simple on yourself now and later if you can’t figure out what you’ve done two days from now, or you can’t find the list.
This way you will know exactly which camera goes where, which number on the back of the DVR it corresponds to, what voltage that camera has, etc. This can also be very helpful if you ever change to a new DVR or move locations of any of the cameras or DVR equipment.
Trust me on this – get those labels!

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