Preventing water damage to outdoor cameras
Instructions to waterproof outdoor cameras
Updated over a week ago

Waterproofing outdoor cameras require the Ethernet cable to be sealed and the desiccant pack needs to be installed properly.


Insert the cable into the through-hole, then press the rubber seal onto the cable. Slide the plastic collar and metal nut onto the cable oriented as shown in the diagram. The plastic collar is then pushed over the top of the rubber seal.

CD-E Series Camera

D50 & D80 Cameras

Ensure there is about 3 to 5 inches of ethernet cable run through the pass-through hole.

Move the rubber seal into the through-hole then place the nut on top. Leave three to five inches of Ethernet cable through the through-hole at a 90-degree angle to the base of the camera, then use a wrench to secure the nut. The nut needs to be tightened until the bottom is flush with the base plate. No threads should be visible.

Finished Look

In this photo, you can see how the cable gland shows no exposed threads, versus an improperly installed cable gland.

Properly Installed

Cable Gland Not Fully Tightened

Move the cable through the cable gland, and insert the jack into the port.

Before the desiccant is applied mount and position the camera, then attach the camera case to ensure it is completely ready for installation.

Remove the camera case, attach the desiccant to the side of the camera, then re-install the camera case, tightening it with the provided Torx screwdriver.

Note: The bullet series cameras and the CF81-E are sealed so no desiccant pack needs to be applied.

Here's a video on attaching the desiccant pack:

Waterproofing Mounting Equipment

To waterproof mounting hardware after installation, we recommend using waterproof silicone caulk as a way to seal any gaps.

Note: You will need to remove the black ring from the camera when installing the pendant cap mount (ACC–MNT–1), if not, it can cause water damage.

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