Point to Junction Boxes for Soffit Mount?

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  1. mercfh

    mercfh Young grasshopper

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    So I have 3 IPC-HDW2231R-ZS camera's. When I originally ordered the first 2 (Thanks Andy!) I ordered them with junction boxes. However I ended up actually mounting them directly to the soffit (Which we don't have any crazy weather here and they actually seem VERY secure for just being to the soffit) I didn't end up putting the junction boxes on them. I have the waterproof connector on them (but the connector is up in the attic and not exposed).

    For the 3rd camera I ordered I didn't get a junction box. Am I missing out? it doesn't seem like it would help that much when it's mounted directly to the soffit?
     
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    TonyR IPCT Contributor

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    The box provides a place for the pigtail to reside and be protected from the weather, thus requiring a smaller hole for the CAT-5e cable in the soffit (3/8" vs 3/4", half the size). One mounts the box, pulling un-terminated cable into the box, installs the RJ-45 on the end of the cable and tests, plugs it into the pigtail after applying dielectric grease, mounts the lid/cam to the box. Side ports in the box provide alternate means of cable entry/exit.
     
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    mercfh Young grasshopper

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    If the pigtails sit above the soffit into the attic though it seems like they would be pretty protected (I ended up putting on the weatherproof connectors for all of them);
     
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    They would be, it just depends if you want to drill a 3/8" in the soffit for un-terminated CAT-5e or 6 cable into a box or drill a 3/4" hole (or larger) in the soffit for the connector on the pigtail.
    Your soffit, your call.
     
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    looney2ns IPCT Contributor

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    you still need some di-electric grease in each connection.
     
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