Protecting Outdoor Cameras from Lightning

Arjun

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What are your thoughts of protecting outdoor cameras against lightning strikes? Assuming that the camera base sports an all-metal design, using non-shielded Cat-6 cabling, relayed to network switches that either connect to grounded outlets or non-grounded outlets (combination of both)
 

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You can not protect it from lighting. There are a number of posts on lightning in the forum. use google search
site:ipcamtalk.com lightning
 

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^^^ Not a bad idea and can help with some surge issues on incoming power line but won't help with induced, severe EMI on Ethernet cables in the home network due a nearby strike.
Being in a state (AL) with plenty of severe lightning I know of what I speak, having had 3 TV's, a satellite DVR, a wireless access point, a switch and a PC motherboard damaged over the last 4 years from such events.
FWIW, I have whole-house arrestor installed behind the meter by our local electric utility.

I have UPS's and brand-name surge strips but I unplug wherever possible and have good insurance on my high $$$ items.
 
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