September 10, 2020
CAT5 cables are generally designed for communication and not for power — but that works well when a doorbell is concerned. Many of the smart doorbells on the market today require these kinds of cables for communication because they provide two-way audio along with video or still pictures. The power can be a separate cable, or it can even be a battery or other type of device. The main goal of a security system is that it works for the homeowner. If they want to use CAT5 cables for the doorbell, there are several good options.
It’s not necessary to use these types of cables, but there are doorbells offered through a few companies that use them. DoorBird is one of the most used doorbell cameras that allows for easy use of CAT5 cables. Most doorbell cameras either don’t need them or don’t recommend them, and some also require CAT6 cables instead. It’s important that a homeowner research what cables might be needed before they start using CAT5, in case that’s not going to work for that particular brand and type of doorbell.
Most people think CAT5 cables are a good idea for a doorbell because they allow two-way communication. It’s important to note, however, that these cables aren’t for power or electrical. If they are used improperly it could be dangerous and increase your risk of an electrical fire. When used properly, CAT5 cables can work successfully, but it’s very important that homeowners pay close attention to what’s going to be run through those cables.
With security system options today, a doorbell camera is starting to become much more standard than it was in the past. Many security providers offer these cameras with their main packages, and they can provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing who is at the front door.
Getting help with doorbell cameras, whether they use CAT5 cables or not, is easy with the right security company. A homeowner looking for a security company should also consider:
good customer service
fast response times
ease of installation
Interested in monitored home security? Contact Brinks Home Security™ today.
Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.
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