What’s an IP Rating?

Outdoor security cameras are always labelled with something like “IP66”. What is it, and what does it mean?

Those numbers are called an IP rating, although they’ve got nothing to do with the Internet. It’s a two-digit durability code that tells you how much punishment your outdoor surveillance cameras can take before they break. The first digit indicates how resistant the camera is to particulate matter – dust, dirt, and grime – and tools or tampering. The second digit will tell you how water-resistant your camera is. When you buy an outdoor surveillance system, make sure your cameras are sturdy enough to work in whatever challenges your environment can throw at them.

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