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Difference between MPX & HDIP security systems
Power-over-ethernet cable for IP security camera systems


Choosing the right security system

Lorex is proud to design versatile security systems that are able to fit the needs of all our customers. The majority of Lorex security systems can be divided into one of two categories - analog MPX and digital IP.

Analog HD MPX security solutions from Lorex

MPX Security Solutions
(Megapixels over Coax Cable)

MPX is a revolutionary video surveillance format that delivers 1080p HD video over coaxial cabling. In this type of system, the security cameras will transmit footage to the digital video recorder (DVR) for encoding and storage.

Digital IP security solutions from Lorex

IP Security Solutions
(Internet Protocol)

In digital IP security systems, the video capture and encoding is accomplished by the IP camera itself. The footage, after it has been converted and compressed, is then streamed over a network to the network video recorder (NVR) for storage.


HD MPX and HD IP security systems share many qualities, but there are some fundamental differences between them, too. The chart below shows some of the most important ones and is designed to help you determine which type of security system is right for your family or business.

  DV700 Series DVRDVR back panel from Lorex
4-channel DVR - 1TB
8-channel DVR - 2TB
16-channel DVR-3TB
NR800 Series NVRNVR back panel from Lorex
8-channel NVR (8 PoE ports) - 1TB
16-channel NVR (16 PoE ports) - 3TB
32-channel NVR (16 PoE ports) - 6TB
Resolution 2mp sensor
1080p (1920x1080)
2mp, 3mp, 4mp sensors
1080p (1920x1080)
2k (2048×1080)
FPS 1080p @ 15fps
720p @ 30fps
960H @ 30fps
1080p @ 30fps
2K @ 20fps
960H @ 30fps
Audio Single audio channel per DVR Audio on every channel
(8, 16, 32 audio channels)
Remote Connectivity FLIR Cloud™ FLIR Cloud™
External hard drive (eSATA) No 16-channel NVR - 4TBx4 (16TB max)
32-channel NVR - 4TBx4 (16TB max)
External monitor 2 Monitors outputs
2 Monitors outputs
Cable run Up to 2000ft (video only) Up to 300ft (use PoE switches and multiple NVRs to expand distance up to 3000ft)
Connection BNC coaxial Power-over-ethernet
Analog HD security cameras using RG59 or RG6 BNC cables

BNC Installation

MPX security cameras only require a single siamese BNC coaxial cable to connect them to power and the DVR. This all-in-one cable provides both video and power transmission up to 300ft. For larger properties, a single run of RG59 or RG6 coaxial cable can extend the video signal up to 2000ft / 609m. Analog DVRs are also backwards-compatible so you can use your old compatible analog cameras or choose from our wide range of analog security cameras to expand your system.

Digital IP security cameras with cat5e or cat6 ethernet cables

Power-over-ethernet Installation

Digital IP systems utilize power-over-ethernet (PoE) technology for an easy and flexible installation process. With PoE technology, each camera only needs a single ethernet cable run to connect it to the NVR. This ethernet cable provides both power and video transmission up to 300ft / 91m. A PoE switch will allow you to extend the distance of your cameras from the NVR. It also opens up the space to accommodate additional IP cameras and helps minimize the amount of cabling needed for larger installations.