Don Stephens

  1. What is HDCVI?

    What is HDCVI?
    High Definition Composite Video Interface (HDCVI) is brand new to the CCTV and security camera industry.  With it, comes a few new, and very cool capabilities.  While you may not see any great advancements in the high definition (HD) resolution, these new features that come at a pretty incredible price do more than impress.
  2. How to Install Security Cameras on Your Home

    How to Install Security Cameras on Your Home
    It may seem a bit basic, but most people aren't in love with the idea of possibly defacing their home.  Not only is it a matter of not creating an eyesore, but also the effective  placement of surveillance cameras.  There are times you may need more cameras than you think, and sometimes you may not need […]
  3. How to Identify Types of Security Cameras and Video Recorders

    How to Identify Types of Security Cameras and Video Recorders
    It's not uncommon for people to inherit CCTV systems.  The problem is that most of the time, the previous owners aren't very forthcoming with information and people normally don't know to ask.  More often than not, you'll find yourself needing to repair, or wanting to upgrade these systems.  You'll soon find that not knowing the […]
  4. Nanny Cams, Barn Cameras, and Other Uses of Security Cameras

    Nanny Cams, Barn Cameras, and Other Uses of Security Cameras
    Security cameras are much more diverse than you may think.  The purpose we have in our head for our CCTV systems is the surveillance of people and property, but the truth is, they're used for a lot more than just that.  We don't always have to look at them as a way to avoid disaster […]
  5. Google Glass, Watch Your Privacy, and CCTV Security Cameras

    Google Glass, Watch Your Privacy, and CCTV Security Cameras
    Google Glass hasn't been around long enough yet for us to form much of an opinion about it.  The fact of the matter is that people are already saying that it's opening the doorway for all other kinds of wearable tech, even though it already has users being labeled as "Glassholes." Whether you've formed an opinion […]
  6. CCTV Camera Cable Variations

    CCTV Camera Cable Variations
    We know that selecting your CCTV cameras and video recorder may have been a little more work than you might have anticipated. We’re sorry to say that the decision making process isn’t over just yet. We can say with confidence that about 90% of tech support related issues are a result of problems with cabling. […]
  7. Dynamic DNS: An Explanation & How To Accommodate It

    Dynamic DNS: An Explanation & How To Accommodate It
    A dynamic DNS can cause you quite a headache down the road after installing a CCTV security camera system.  For that reason, it's better to deal with it right away than wait until it becomes a major problem for you.  The truth is, if you wait for it to become a problem, you probably won't […]
  8. Network and IP Camera Based Installations

    Network and IP Camera Based Installations
    Network security camera systems, also known as IP camera systems, are some of the nicest cameras and surveillance systems available on today’s market. The high definition resolution and remarkable fluidity do come at a small price. We’re not talking about dollars here, but rather a time investment. You’ll probably find yourself needing to add a […]
  9. DVR vs NVR vs Hybrid - How To Choose

    DVR vs NVR vs Hybrid - How To Choose
    The Beginning You need to start somewhere and if you've gotten as far as this article, you know by now that picking out the equipment for your CCTV system isn't as simple as you originally thought.  Don’t worry;  we’re going to make this fun again.  We just need to cover some more of the basics […]
  10. AT&T : What It Means To Your CCTV Security Camera System

    AT&T : What It Means To Your CCTV Security Camera System
    As of October 2013, it seems that AT&T has gone through some pretty monumental changes. Unfortunately, none of these changes seem to be for the better from the customer standpoint.  Whether you’re an existing customer or looking into the possibility of becoming a customer, this applies to you.
  11. Port Forwarding and How it Relates to Your CCTV Security Camera System

    Port Forwarding and How it Relates to Your CCTV Security Camera System
    Port forwarding is one of the most important steps in setting up a security camera system.  Although it is an easy task for an experienced IT professional, it is difficult for most CCTV installers that are used to just running simple coax setups, and almost impossible for most home consumers unless they have some sort […]
  12. Choosing a Monitor and HDMI Cable

    Choosing a Monitor and HDMI Cable
    Over the years audio and video technology has drastically evolved. Today the current standard in high definition audio and video is HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface.The HDMI interface is designed to transfer both high-definition audio and video through one cable (HDMI Cable). CCTV security camera systems have also added HDMI capabilities (RCA, BNC, and VGA […]
  13. How to Troubleshoot a Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) Camera

    How to Troubleshoot a Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) Camera
    A very popular choice of camera is the Pan Tilt Zoom camera and it can do just that.  Using an additional PTZ controller or the on-screen controller of the DVR, the user will be able to move the camera lens around and zoom in and out. This is a major advantage over standard security cameras […]
  14. Protect Your Investment

    Protect Your Investment
    A CCTV security camera system can be a huge financial investment. Taking a proactive stance in protecting this investment should be a no-brainer. There are several things you can do to ensure and prolong the longevity of their newly purchased CCTV security camera system.
  15. Resolution Variants in CCTV Security Camera Systems

    Resolution Variants in CCTV Security Camera Systems
    Several factors come into play when setting up a CCTV security camera system that is right for you. You must determine where the system will be installed, how many cameras you will need, the type of camera, which DVR you want, how much storage space you will need, and much, much more. Something that shouldn't […]
  16. Enabling ActiveX to view your IP Cameras and DVR over the web

    Enabling ActiveX to view your IP Cameras and DVR over the web
    After installing your security camera system, one of the first walls you might find yourself running into is getting your camera feed pulled up on your internet browser.  Assuming you've connected your DVR/NVR to your network correctly, this is a pretty simple issue to fix.
  17. No Longer Able To View Remotely

    No Longer Able To View Remotely
    If you've found yourself in a situation where you can no longer remotely access your DVR as you once could, you've come to the right place. While you may have gone through the efforts of port forwarding, it’s not always permanent.
  18. Baby & Nanny Cams

    Baby & Nanny Cams
    We all worry about our children. More specifically, we worry about them the most when we can’t see them. This shared fear among parents is what birthed the modern day baby monitor, originally invented in 1937. These baby monitors provided some overdue relief for parents who didn't always find themselves in the same room as […]
  19. A Basic Guide To Port Forwarding - How To

    A Basic Guide To Port Forwarding - How To
    Port forwarding is the act of creating openings in your network so that people on the outside can access information and data on the inside.  Why do you need to go through this process for CCTV systems?  This is the step in the installation that allows for remote access of your DVR and/or cameras.  For […]
  20. Securing Your CCTV Security Camera System

    Securing Your CCTV Security Camera System
    Electronics are very obvious targets for theft.  The security cameras and video recorders that are meant to deter criminal activity can, at times, become the target. Paying attention to where and how you’re installing your security cameras and DVR can make a world of difference in keeping them out of the hands of would-be thieves. […]

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