Don Stephens

  1. How to Enable Audio Recording and Streaming on your DVR

    How to Enable Audio Recording and Streaming on your DVR
    Audio recording and streaming capabilities are a standard part of almost all of the security camera DVRs that we sell. For the analog CCTV camera DVR and the HDCVI DVR it is necessary to enable audio recording through the user interface, whereas for IP cameras with built-in mic the NVR auto detects the presence of […]
  2. How to setup a recording schedule on your NVR or DVR

    How to setup a recording schedule on your NVR or DVR
    Our DVRs and NVRs offer a variety of recording options. You can configure recording schedules based on the following methods: 1) calendar based, 2) motion activation based, or 3) alarm based. These schedules can be set individually for each camera, or copied to several or all cameras. You can configure recording schedules in several ways. […]
  3. How to Backup Video from your DVR or NVR

    How to Backup Video from your DVR or NVR
    Video backup to a USB flash drive is very easy from any of our DVR recorders or NVR recorders. Simply format a USB flash drive using the FAT or FAT32 file system and insert it in to the front USB 2.0 port on your DVR. Then follow the steps demonstrated in the video below
  4. The Evolution and Applications of the Camera

    The Evolution and Applications of the Camera
    Today, we take cameras for granted—we all have one on our cell phones and can snap photos or selfies whenever we want. But cameras weren't always so portable, affordable, or even that useful. The First Camera The very first type of camera was called a camera Obscura, or a pinhole camera. It's difficult to tell […]
  5. Video Camera Technology in Zoos

    Video Camera Technology in Zoos
    Technology today has become a huge part of our everyday life, and our reliance on it continues to increase. Advancements in technology further increase our dependence in all areas of our lives because of how it makes our personal lives and work easier and more efficient. While it is obvious how the newest gadgets like […]
  6. Underwater Photography - Career Resource Guide

    Underwater Photography - Career Resource Guide
    Underwater photography is for many people the pinnacle of career choices when working with marine life.  It is a field that attracts people from many different backgrounds and professions. However, this is a very specialized career field that after getting into, many find it hard to progress in. It takes a lot of extensive knowledge […]
  7. Security Camera Community Registration Program Overview

    Security Camera Community Registration Program Overview
    Community owned security camera registry programs like SafeCam or Citizen’s View are relatively new. The basic point of these programs is to enlist the general public, homes and business alike, to register with the police department if they have a security camera system. Think of it as the neighborhood watch of the 21st century where […]
  8. Dahua 4K IP Camera Bullet IPC-HFW4800E

    Dahua 4K IP Camera Bullet IPC-HFW4800E
    Technology is rapidly advancing on a daily basis in terms of quality, reliability and affordability. In the security camera world, cameras are becoming more compact and efficient in their design, while offering better features and higher resolution. One such example is the brand new product we are reviewing here, the 4K Ultra High Definition IP […]
  9. Using Security Cameras for Pool Safety

    Using Security Cameras for Pool Safety
    Swimming has been a growing sport in the world for years. From colleges and the Olympic games, to your neighborhood swimming pool and your own backyard. Every summer, the number of people swimming goes up immensely as everyone wants relief from the heat. While swimming is an excellent form of both exercise and recreation, it […]
  10. 4K Fisheye Dome IP Camera Dahua IPC-EBW81200

    4K Fisheye Dome IP Camera Dahua IPC-EBW81200
    Surveillance technology has come a long way. Demand for higher resolution cameras and related advancements in CMOS sensor technology have led to some phenomenal security camera products in the industry today. This Dahua 4K Fisheye Dome IP Camera IPC-EBW81200 has an astounding 12MP (megapixels) resolution CMOS image sensor. It produces 4K resolution video that is […]
  11. Swimming Safety and Technology, a Resource Guide

    Swimming Safety and Technology, a Resource Guide
    Swimming is a fun activity that many participate in every year as the weather starts warming up for the summer months. It is excellent exercise for all of your body’s muscle groups and a very competitive sport for many colleges and universities. Before all of this however, swimming is a life saving skill that everyone […]
  12. How to connect an IP Camera to NVR or Tribrid DVR

    How to connect an IP Camera to NVR or Tribrid DVR
    IP cameras are sophisticated pieces of technology that have many features that other security cameras do not have. IP cameras at this point have the capability to surpass modern HD cameras in visual resolution and clarity once you start getting into the higher end models. There are many reasons to choose to go IP, but […]
  13. About 4K IP Cameras

  14. Dahua IPC-HFW2300R-Z 3MP HD IP Bullet Camera with Motorized Lens

    Dahua IPC-HFW2300R-Z 3MP HD IP Bullet Camera with Motorized Lens
    What can we say about the Dahua IPC-HFW2300R-Z (2300R-Z)?  For a more economically designed and produced camera, we we're actually very impressed for what we got for our money.  Being a Dahua manufactured product, we've come to expect a certain level of functionality and quality, and we certainly get both with this Dahua IP Camera. […]
  15. Hikvision DS-2CD2632F-I vs. Dahua IPC-HFW5300C

    Hikvision DS-2CD2632F-I vs. Dahua IPC-HFW5300C
    We’re back again to take a look at some more cameras from Hikvision and Dahua.  This time we’re going to step it up to some varifocal, or adjustable lens, IP bullet cameras.  Like last time, we’re going to be comparing a model of IP camera from each manufacturer that are as close to each other […]
  16. Network Video Recorder (NVR) - "Built-in" or Dedicated Network Switch

    Network Video Recorder (NVR) - "Built-in" or Dedicated Network Switch
    The introduction of a Network Video Recorder (NVR) with a built in network switch confused a good portion of the professional market.  It very much seemed to be something that was geared towards catering to a side of the market that was completely unfamiliar with how an IP camera system is setup and installed.   […]
  17. Connecting a Hikvision or Onvif IP Camera to a Dahua NVR

    Connecting a Hikvision or Onvif IP Camera to a Dahua NVR
    Dahua has built a pretty strong reputation for manufacturing standalone Digital Video Recorders (DVR) and Network Video Recorders (NVR) that live up to peoples expectations.  Not only do they possess all of the features people have come to expect, but they also stand the test of time where others fail.  With Hikvision arguably not having […]
  18. Personal Safety and Security

    Personal Safety and Security
    Many people leave their personal safety up to chance, believing that a break-in, natural disaster, or other safety crisis couldn't possibly happen to them. This is a dangerous mindset, as it can leave you ill-prepared to handle an emergency situation. Unfortunately, no amount of preparation will protect you from all possibility of becoming a victim, […]
  19. HD-CVI vs. HD-TVI - A Comparison of HD Over Coax

    HD-CVI vs. HD-TVI - A Comparison of HD Over Coax
    We’ve already taken a look at High Definition Composite Video Interface (HDCVI) in previous articles and we may not have mentioned it, but we also took a pretty long and hard look at High Definition Transport Video Interface (HDTVI) as well.    In addition to comparing these two "HD over coax" technologies side by side, we’ll […]
  20. Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I vs. Dahua IPC-HFW4300S

    Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I vs. Dahua IPC-HFW4300S
    The Hikvision model DS-2CD2032-I and Dahua model IPC-HFW4300S are easily two of the most popular bullet style IP security cameras on the market.  This only makes sense with these two manufacturers being as popular as they are.  When posed with the question of which manufacturers, or brands, give you the most “bang for your buck,” […]

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