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Cost of getting outdoor security cameras wired?

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Cost of getting outdoor security cameras wired?

My wife and I bought some battery powered Arlo cameras a few years ago. However, having to recharge them every few weeks is getting really annoying and we'd like to look into getting some cameras wired into the house. Does anyone know how much this sort of thing tends to cost? We would want three outdoor cameras wired to the house.
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Wired my own cameras. Under $1000 with ip cameras.
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I was quoted $400-$500 for 4 cameras. 3 outdoor + garage.
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If you get a newer IP Camera system say something from Hikvision you can run your own Cat6 cable from where you want the camera back to where the NVR will be. It will be much cheaper, many companies that run Cat6 for networks charge around $150-$200 Per cable depending on the situation so if you can do it yourself it would be worth it.
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if you run Cat6 cable does it need to be waterproof cable or maybe in conduit?
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clax66 wrote: if you run Cat6 cable does it need to be waterproof cable or maybe in conduit?
I don't think it needs to be waterproof since it's low voltage. Usually the cameras will come with waterproof connector, as long as it isn't directly exposed to the elements.

Had mine run into the garage from the basement and then out to the soffits outside.

OP Make sure to get soild copper cat6, paid 100 bucks for 500FT solid copper from primecables, cheap CCA cables are not good for PoE.

When we had our potlights installed, asked the installers to run two cables for us to the most difficult areas, since i supplied the cables after they left i ran extra myself.
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How easy is it to install cameras on soffits?
Did you need to remove it and put a 2x4 in there?
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I have a few solid Cat6 cable thats been on the outside of my house for at least 4 years maybe more through many different weather conditions in Toronto. Still no issues.
clax66 wrote: if you run Cat6 cable does it need to be waterproof cable or maybe in conduit?
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About $200 a camera (4K), $500 NVR (4TB HDD), $100 1000' box of cat5e, $100-200 Connectors, tool, etc.
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fooit wrote: How easy is it to install cameras on soffits?
Did you need to remove it and put a 2x4 in there?
I put up an outdoor Nest cam on the soffit. Bought a 1/8 piece of wood, cut it, sanded, sealed it and painted to match the soffit colour. I ran my cables outside connected to an electrical box outside but others have ran it inside or through the attic.
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Paid $250 to run 3 wires from basement to 3 outside locations, i supplied the cables. Mine run from the basement into the garage and then outside into the soffits.

Since i had my own cable after they ran the difficult runs I ran a few more myself.

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