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Types of mounting


Network cameras need to be placed in all kinds of locations and this requires a large number of variations in the type of mounting.

Ceiling mounts

Ceiling mounts are mainly used in indoor installations. The enclosure itself can be:

  • A surface mount: mounted directly on the surface of a ceiling and, therefore, completely visible.
  • A flush mount: mounted inside the ceiling with only parts of a camera and housing (usually the bubble) visible.
  • A pendant mount: housing that is hung from a ceiling like a pendant.
Surface mount, flush mount and pendant mount
An example of a surface mount (left), a flush mount (middle) and a pendant mount (right).

Wall mounts

Wall mounts are often used to mount cameras inside or outside a building. The housing is connected to an arm, which is mounted on a wall. Advanced mounts have an inside cable gland to protect the cable. To install an enclosure at a corner of a building, a normal wall mount, together with an additional corner adapter, can be used. Other special mounts include a pendant kit mount, which allows a fixed network camera to be mounted in a style that is similar to a PTZ dome enclosure.

Wall mount with pendant mount, for a fixed dome camera
An example of a wall mount with a pendent mount kit for a fixed dome camera.

Pole mounts

A pole mount is often used together with a PTZ camera in locations such as a parking lot. This type of mount usually takes into consideration the impact of wind. The dimensions of the pole and the mount itself should be designed to minimize vibrations. Cables are often enclosed inside the pole and outlets must be properly sealed. More advanced PTZ dome cameras have built-in electronic image stabilization to limit the effects of wind and vibrations.

Parapet mounts

Parapet mounts are used for roof-mounted housings or to raise the camera for a better angle of view.

Parapet mount
An example of a parapet mount.

Axis provides an online tool that can help users identify the right housing and mounting accessories needed. Visit Axis housing configurator.


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