7th November

What do IP ratings really mean?

The IP (Ingress Protection) rating is something that is given to various electrical items (in this case CCTV products) made up of the abreviation IP & a two digit code, which indicates the amount of protection the enclosure/housing provides the product. Basically, in layman's terms, it tells you how weatherproof a product really is.

The first digit represents protection against penetration by solid objects accessing internal parts, the second digit describes the enclosure/housing's protection against the ingress of water.

All of our CCTV camera's have a minimum rating of IP66 and go up to IP67. So, what do the numbers really mean? Let's take IP66 first, the IP means Ingress Protection, that much you know now. The first digit after IP shows what the Mechanical Protection is. IP6 means that the product is totally protected against dust. The second digit shows us what the Water Ingress Protection is. IP66 means that the product is protected against low pressure water jets from all directions.

Camera's with the rating of IP67 is pretty much as above in terms of it is totally protected against dust that could potentially harm the internal equipment. IP67 means that the product is protected against the effects of immersion in water to a depth between 15cm & 1 metre.

To sum it up, any of our cameras with an IP rating of IP66 or IP67 are totally weatherproof, and are suitable for external installations without coming to any harm from the weather because lets face it. British weather isn't the driest!