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Extension Cables for Lorex HD Security Camera Systems

Lorex offers a variety of HD systems, which use different technologies to provide a high-definition image. The type and length of extension cables you can use depend on the type of system you have.

Select your system below:

If you have an analog system, such as ECO Series, click here for information on compatible extension cables.

720p HD DVR Series

Lorex HD DVRs, such as LHV1000 Series, and wired 720p HD cameras use a proprietary analog standard to provide high definition images. HD wired cameras and HD wired DVRs are not compatible with older analog or HD-SDI equipment. Lorex HD wired cameras transmit high-definition video over BNC cable (such as RG59). They use analog signals and can transmit video signals over long cable runs.

Because these systems use coaxial cabling, they are ideal for upgrade projects. However, you should make sure that any cables you buy come with pre-installed BNC connectors on each end and follow the specifications below.

Extension cable options

You can extend the cable run for your camera depending on the cable type used.

NOTE: The extension cable must be a single stretch of cable between the DVR and camera. You cannot connect multiple extension cables to each other.

You cannot connect multiple extension cables to each other

Option 1: RG59 coaxial siamese cable up to 300ft / 92m (video and power)

You can extend the video and power signal up to 300ft / 92m using RG59 coaxial cables available from Lorex.

RG59/Power extension cable
RG59/Power cable

If you need to extend the cable beyond the length of the included extension cable, Lorex provides the following options:

  • MCBL-100MRG59B: 100ft high performance mini-RG59/Power cable (click here)
  • MCBL-200MRG59B: 200ft high performance mini-RG59/Power cable (click here)
  • MCBL-300MRG59B: 300ft high performance mini-RG59/Power cable (click here)

Option 2: RG59 coaxial cable up to 800ft / 242m (video only)

You can extend the video signal up to 800ft / 242m using RG59 cables. In order to do this, you must connect the power adapter directly to the camera (see diagram below).

You can purchase longer cable runs from your local building supply store. Make sure any cables you buy come with pre-installed BNC connectors on each end and follow the specification below.

  • RG59 or RG6 20AWG Conductor 95% Braid CSA/UL or C(UL) approved

1080p HD NVR Series

Lorex HD NVR systems use Ethernet cabling to connect IP cameras to an NVR through either the built in Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch in the NVR, or by connecting the cameras to the network on a standalone PoE switch.

Extension cable options:

IP cameras use CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cables to communicate with the NVR. These are standard Ethernet cables that you can buy from your local building supply or electronics store.

Ethernet cable
Ethernet cable

Option 1: Connect cameras directly to NVR

You can use CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cables to extend the cameras up to 300ft / 100m from the NVR. It is recommended to use a single run between the NVR and camera.

Option 2: Connect cameras to network

Extensions up to 600ft / 182m (2 runs of 300ft Ethernet cables) can be made by connecting cameras to your local network using an accessory PoE switch. For details, click here.

For flexibility, it is also possible to connect IP cameras to your router. You can use CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cables to extend the cameras up to 300ft / 100m from the router. If IP cameras are connected to a device that does not support PoE, you must connect a power adapter to the camera. Check your camera's specifications to find a compatible power adapter.

NOTE: You must connect the IP cameras to the same router the NVR is connected to. A short setup process is required to ensure your NVR can connect to and record your cameras (check your NVR's manual for details). Lorex does not support connecting to the cameras directly or recording without using the NVR.

1080p HD-SDI Series

Lorex HD-SDI Security Camera Systems, such as LHD100 Series, use HD-SDI technology to ensure a high definition picture. HD-SDI is a standard for transmitting uncompressed, high definition video along high-grade coaxial cables (such as RG59). It uses digital signals that carry large amounts of information (over 1Gbit/second). Due to high data transmission requirements, the cameras are not compatible with standard BNC extension cables used with our traditional security cameras.

You can extend the cables up to a maximum of 300ft (92m) using one of the recommended cable types. The extension cable must be a single stretch of cable between the DVR and camera. You cannot connect multiple extension cables to each other.

You cannot connect multiple extension cables to each other

Extension cable options

If you need to extend the cable beyond the length of the included extension cable, Lorex provides the following options:

  • MCBL-100MRG59B: 100ft high performance mini-RG59/Power cable (click here)
  • MCBL-200MRG59B: 200ft high performance mini-RG59/Power cable (click here)
  • MCBL-300MRG59B: 300ft high performance mini-RG59/Power cable (click here)

RG59/Power extension cable
RG59/Power cable

You can also extend the cables by purchasing one of the following cables from your local building supply store:

  • RG59 or RG6 20AWG Conductor 95% Braid CSA/UL or C(UL) approved: Up to 300ft / 92m. Please note that this cable provides video only; you will need a separate power extension cable.
  • Siamese 20AWG Conductor 95% Braid with 2C/18 for power CSA/UL or C(UL) approved: Up to 300ft / 92m.

NOTE: Make sure any non-Lorex branded video cables are terminated with BNC connectors.

Last Updated: 6/11/2014

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