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  • How to receive Push Notifications from security cameras

    A critical aspect of owning a professional surveillance system is staying informed with what’s happening in front of your cameras at all times. A continuous live-stream of your cameras is always available for review using our Camera Monitoring Software and Free Smartphone App for security cameras. But what happens when you’re too busy to monitor the cameras and watch for yourself?

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  • How to secure a security camera for use over the web

    In corporate or military network environments there can be strict requirements to use IP security camera equipment. One of those requirements is HTTPS access which safely encrypts data between the web browser and the network camera. All of the IP cameras and Network Video Recorders we carry at CCTV Camera World have a built-in web server and our models from 2019 onwards support SSL implementation for access. This guide will show you how to enable and setup HTTPS access on your IP camera. The same process can be followed on our NVRs.

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  • Security Camera Systems for the Marijuana Industry

    As more states are creating legislation for legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, security is becoming an increasing concern. Most states have strict requirements and guidelines for marijuana businesses ranging from cultivation, transportation, and distribution. Many requirements include video surveillance to capture criminal activities. CCTV Camera World is no novice when it comes to marijuana surveillance. Businesses we’ve helped include many marijuana cultivators in states like Oregon, Washington, California, and Michigan to name a few. We’ve helped dispensaries in nearly every state that has legalized medical marijuana. We hope this guide will help you make some determinations on what you need to meet regulations in your State.

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  • Viewing an IP Camera on a Smart TV

    Among the many different ways that security cameras are used, we are often asked if it is possible to view an IP camera directly on a Smart TV without using a NVR recorder. With most Smart TVs on the market there is no application that is available to watch IP cameras directly on the TV. In this guide we show how to use an Android TV box by downloading an App to connect an IP camera to a Smart TV or any monitor that has an HDMI input.
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  • How to Use a Security Camera as Standalone

    You may be looking at security cameras for a purpose other than security and safety. On a daily basis we receive inquiries about how to use our cameras for observation related uses, such as watching after animals in a zoo or animal sanctuary, live streaming a sporting event, or time-lapse capture of a construction project. Whether you want to capture video or snapshots, our cameras can handle any task. In this guide we show how to get started with your standalone camera project using our IP cameras.

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  • Security Camera Remote Viewing App - How To

    After you’ve connected our smartphone app to a camera or system, you may be wondering how to use the app. CCTV Camera World's mobile Apps allows you to do a lot more than just view your cameras live. You can playback recorded footage, control PTZ cameras or motorized lenses, and record short clips on your cell phone just to name a few. If you’re not sure how to use some of these features this guide will help you to get the most out of your security camera system purchased from CCTV Camera World.
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  • How to View a Fisheye or Panoramic Security Camera

    Fisheye cameras are becoming popular tools to view wide areas of a property without purchasing multiple cameras for the same job. These cameras generally offer a 360 degree or 180 degree view. Fisheye panoramic security cameras are often used for offices, warehouses, or retail stores. Ultra wide angle cameras by CCTV Camera World require our free software or compatible NVR recorders to dewarp and view their video streams. De-warp is the process of splitting the fisheye view into several virtual cameras.

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  • How to Set Presets and Tour on PTZ Cameras

    A great feature that’s often overlooked on PTZ or pan tilt zoom cameras is the ability to set presets and tours. By setting presets and tours you can avoid having to actively watch and control cameras to monitor your property. A PTZ camera that’s scanning your home or business can be the best way to capture multiple areas without purchasing multiple security cameras.

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  • How Are You Protecting Your Business during COVID-19?

    As COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus disease, continues to work its way through the United States and the rest of the world, business owners everywhere have become faced with some tough situations. Many have temporarily reduced their staffs to decrease the risk of person-to-person contact, while other businesses have shut their doors entirely.

    Of course, the most dire problem in the country right now is the health crisis, but another issue is actually following right behind that: the need to secure stores and other places of business that their owners have been forced to abandon. These locations now sit empty, their merchandise inside, unguarded by employees as they normally would be every day. Continue reading

  • Security Camera Installation Tips

    Security cameras are important for the safety of any and all property, but they will perform only as well as they are installed. Whether you install your security cameras yourself or have this professionally done, there are always going to be some important points to keep in mind to ensure maximum return on investment.
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  • How to Connect Hikvision IP Cameras to an NVR

    Hikvision IP cameras are very popular in the security camera industry. You may already own a Hikvision system or cameras. One of the recurring complaints we hear about Hikvision equipment is that it can be difficult to use. For your everyday home consumer complicated equipment can be time consuming, and just not worth it. Even installers have difficulties getting Hikvision systems to work exactly how they want. The good news is Hikvision’s cameras can connect and record to an Avalonix NVR.

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  • Dummies Guide to watching a Security Camera System from the Internet

    If you are not tech savvy and you are looking for an easy way to watch your security camera system from the internet then this guide is for you. Once you have your cameras connected to your recorder, and you can watch your cameras using a monitor connected to the recorder, then follow this guide on how to remotely view the system without any recurring fees.

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  • How Do You Protect Your Home or Property?

    Did you know that a burglary happens almost every 15 seconds in the U.S. alone? The police manage to solve only about 14 percent of them because, in most cases, there's no sufficient evidence to help the authorities find the thieves.

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  • How to set up a Zoo Cam Livestream for Free

    Using security cameras for other purposes is not unheard of and is becoming more popular. Over time more zoos, animal sanctuaries, and even individuals are looking to set up a livestream over the internet. Live streaming animals and birds can help spread information on conservation efforts, assist caregivers, educate and entertain children, and offer a way to view animals online from around the world. Previously, the process of live streaming zoo cams, animal cams, and bird cams was difficult, involving many different steps and pieces of equipment. Fortunately there are cameras that come with built-in streaming features to push video to popular live stream platforms.

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  • DVR vs NVR - Which is Best?

    When shopping for security camera systems you will need to choose the type of system you want. Knowing the difference between a DVR and NVR is very important when purchasing a security system. Learn more about the differences, pros and cons, and features of both in this article.

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  • How to prevent Frame Skipping on IP Cameras

    If you have a large number of cameras on a DVR or NVR, it is common that the user forgets to optimize the storage space inside. A hard drive has a certain amount of cache (usually 64MB in WD Purples that we use) that can properly accept incoming data and write data to the platter inside. Exceeding that cache threshold will cause data loss, which in a security camera system manifests as lost video frames. These lost video frames are commonly referred to as Frame Skipping.
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  • Security Cameras Must Show Accurate Time for Use in Court

    When using a security camera system to catch criminals it is important to make sure that the correct time is set up. If the time settings are not correct, any recorded footage will have a timestamp that is incorrect and may be inadmissible in a court of law. By following this guide you will be able to ensure your surveillance system keeps the correct time.

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  • How a Security Camera Can Protect Your Property

    Everyone might experience that feeling upon leaving the house in the morning, the vague feeling that, even though everything is locked, your property is not really secure when you’re gone. While it is true that you cannot and should not live in constant fear of someone trespassing on your property, it is also a fact that we leave our homes unattended all the time, sometimes for long periods. We have no idea what is happening there when we are gone, and it can get to worry us.
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  • How To Enable IP Camera Offline Alerts

    A very important feature that is not found with older or cheap IP camera systems is offline alerts. These offline alerts are extremely important for recognizing when a break-in is happening. Vandals and thieves will notice security cameras and try to destroy, damage, or disconnect the cameras. When that happens you will want to be notified and this is required by law for some businesses. Our Security Video Recorders support this crucial security feature.
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  • How to Use an HD Security Camera as Standalone

    In some situations, you may not need your security camera to be recorded. Maybe you are thinking of monitoring your front door, or driveway while you’re at home. A standalone camera is also useful for keeping an eye on pets, the elderly or children playing. In either of these situations, you do not need a camera recorder if you want to use a surveillance camera as a pair of eyes for monitoring.

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