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  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Security Cameras

    When installing a security camera system it is important to protect that investment. Security cameras are sensitive electronics packed inside plastic or metal shells. The construction materials offer some protection. Outdoor security cameras are subject to the elements like wind, rain, and lightning. It’s important to avoid cutting corners when installing cameras. Following our guide will give you some helpful hints to avoid the hassle of broken cameras.

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  • How To Use Video Baluns With Security Camera Systems

    Baluns are more easily understood as a way to make BNC cameras compatible for use with Cat5e/Cat6 cable. The benefit of using Cat5e/Cat6 cable is it's noticeably cheaper cost, and ability to significantly stretch out the maximum length of your runs. With multiple types of video baluns in existence, you'll want to closely look at the purpose of each and determine which is most appropriate for you situation. Continue reading

  • Using IP cameras over ONVIF with Synology NAS

    We are often asked if our PoE IP cameras will work with Synology NAS units that are running Surveillance Station software. We gladly test cameras with Surveillance Station if a customer is interested in using a specific model camera. Initial testing has found that most of our cameras work with Synology using the ONVIF protocol. Continue reading to find out how to add and use network security cameras purchased from CCTV Camera World with Synology Surveillance Station.

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  • Popular 4K Security Camera Equipment

    4K IP Cameras



     

    CCTV Camera World now carries the latest 4K security cameras that provide Ultra HD resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. 4K resolutions are available in cameras using 8MP and 12MP CMOS image sensors and require specific network video recorders like these 4K NVR recorders with high bit rate encoding capabilities. It is important to note that roughly 10 to 15 Mbps of bandwidth is required for a single 4K IP camera recording at 7fps at mid to low compression to yield acceptable video quality without significant compression artifacts. New for 2016 is the introduction of 4K security cameras with video streaming at 15fps which requires about 15 to 20 Mbps of encoding bandwidth. Hopefully in 2017 we will see product rollout with real time recording capabilities at 4K. All the 4K cameras we carry have robust Smart Detection capabilities as well which we will explore in the coming weeks. Below you will find our 4K camera reviews and more information about why choose 4K surveillance cameras.

  • Why You Shouldn't Buy Cheap Security Cameras

    If you are shopping for security cameras for your home or business you may wonder why there are large price differences between camera models that seem to have the same specifications but are sold by different companies. Truth be told, prices often reflect the quality of the product you are buying. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” It is important for savvy shoppers to know why it’s not recommended to cut corners when shopping for a security camera system. Is saving a couple of hundred dollars worth the thousands that you can save by investing in quality surveillance cameras?

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  • 2K vs 4K Security Cameras and Systems

    When searching for security cameras to buy you may be confused by all of the jargon or details involved with camera resolution. There are three important resolutions to consider when looking for surveillance cameras:

    • 1080P Full HD
    • 2K 4MP QHD
    • 4K 8MP UltraHD

    In the past 1080P cameras were the most popular security camera in the industry. With the advent of new technology, higher resolution cameras like 2K and 4K are becoming more affordable.

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  • How to Fix Monitor Display Problems with your Security Camera Recorder

    If you are having issues with using a monitor or TV to view your security camera system it usually relates to the resolution that the system is trying to display. It's important to take the necessary troubleshooting steps to gather information on why the display is not working. Often times it's easy to assume that the port is no longer working though it can be remedied by double checking settings.

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  • How to Record Security Cameras for Free

    One of the great things about network based security cameras is the amount of features they allow you to control and a variety of recording options. Recording using our central monitoring software is another great and easy feature to use after you purchase an IP camera and it's free! Read more in this guide about how to use the central monitoring software to record and playback recorded clips from a security camera for free.

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  • Sending Push Notifications From Your Security System To Your Phone

    A critical aspect of owning a professional security system is staying informed with what’s happening underneath your cameras at all times. A continuous live-stream of your cameras is made available to you and can be viewed using SmartPSS and IPTecno Pegaso. But what happens when you’re too busy to monitor the stream and see for yourself? CCTV Camera World offers surveillance security systems that will automatically send you email and phone notifications the instant they detect motion.

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  • Checking Security Camera System Log File

    When you encounter an issue with your security camera system it is important to take necessary troubleshooting steps. To aid with troubleshooting our recorders save system logs. They are accessible by using the Info section on the Main Menu of the recorder. This allows you to select a given date range to search for logs. The logs provide useful information that contain codes or relevant troubleshooting information. Some important logs include: powering off/on, restarts, Hard Disk errors, and account access.

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  • Outdoor Two Way Audio Security Cameras - How To

    Two way audio security cameras are becoming increasingly popular for home consumers and businesses. Most surveillance cameras with audio from online-retailers and big-name brands do not live up to expectations due to poor audio quality. Built-in microphones and speakers can be cheaply made, and produce hard to hear and low quality sound that can hardly be used to deter a would-be vandal or intruder. In this guide we show you the benefits of using an outdoor security camera from CCTV Camera World with an external microphone and speaker to setup your own professional two-way audio camera.

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  • Security Camera Cable - How to choose

    There are many factors that determine if someone will choose to purchase an IP camera system or HD DVR camera system. The main factor though would be whether there is any existing cabling in place that can be reused to avoid the cost of running new cable. There are two main types of cables used in installation of security cameras:

     

    When planning a new surveillance system installation, it is important to understand which types of surveillance cameras are compatible with each type of cable and the pros and cons of each cable type.

    This security camera cabling guide provides a practical explanation of each security camera cable type, and how to terminate the cable correctly for easy installation.

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  • How to setup an IP camera system on the network

    What are IP camera systems?

    IP camera systems comprise of one or more IP cameras that are connected over a computer network to a Network Video Recorder (NVR) or Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The IP camera sends video and other data in digital format over a network cable to the NVR. The NVR records the video stream from he cameras for playback and other functions like motion alerts. IP camera systems are also commonly referred to as NVR camera systems since they are commonly used with a network recorder at the heart of the system.

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  • How to add a microphone to an IP Camera

    Most security cameras that are outdoor rated do not come with built-in microphones to ensure that no water can leak in. This means that you must add an external security camera microphone to these cameras in order to record audio. CCTV Camera World carries microphones for indoor or outdoor cameras. Most IP security cameras with audio input capabilities have an RCA audio connector on their pigtail for connecting a microphone. Some dome IP cameras have a connection block on the inside of the dome. In either case, physically connecting and configuring external microphones to an IP security camera is easy as shown in this guide.

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  • How to add IP cameras to a Security DVR

    When connecting your IP cameras to a security camera recorder that supports IP camera channels like our XVRs, you will need to follow a few prerequisites. Once you have an understanding of the below steps you will be well on your way to adding all of your IP cameras to your security DVR.
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  • How to Change Camera Channel Type on a Security DVR

    DVR recorders these days support traditional analog CCTV cameras, new HD security cameras over coax called HDCVI cameras, and network based IP cameras. Security DVRs can vary in the variety of signal types they support, and can be called Tribrid DVRs or XVRs. These recorders sense camera signal automatically between HDCVI and analog security cameras without the need for user intervention. However, to add IP cameras requires changing the channel type to IP, configuring the camera on the network, and then adding the camera to the DVR. Continue reading

  • Security Camera Buying Guide

    You’ve decided to purchase a security camera. You’ve had stock stolen at your store, or someone hit down the mailbox. Regardless of the reason, you’re looking for one thing which is safety. Even so, purchasing a security system involves understanding highly technical terms that are difficult to interpret without any prior knowledge of the security camera industry. Terms like RG59U, hd-over-coax, ip cameras, and frames per second (fps) are confusing. Acronyms such as IP, PTZ and HDCVI seem foreign. Suddenly, your safety becomes an overwhelming and time consuming process filled with jargon. Let's break it down. In this guide we will provide you the basic knowledge needed to know which security camera you should buy.

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  • Understanding ONVIF and its limitations

    Anyone who is interested in IP security cameras will come across the acronym “ONVIF” at some point. The acronym has a lot of mystery behind it and can be difficult to completely understand. This article will explain and demystify common misconceptions surrounding the acronym.

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  • Difference Between Active vs. Passive PoE

    Power over Ethernet or PoE for short can be a new and potentially confusing term to a lot of people searching for security cameras. PoE connectivity simplifies cabling needed to connect a device by allowing power and data delivery over a single network cable such as CAT5e or CAT6. It makes it easy to connect devices such as IP security cameras, or office phones; a separate power supply or electrical outlet for each device is not needed. Continue reading

  • How to Setup Audio Detection with your Security Camera System

    Audio Detection is a feature that can be a very reliable way to capture a conversation or other important sounds that need to be recorded. It allows a security camera with a built-in microphone or audio input to trigger recording when sound is detected. You no longer have to rely on video-based motion detection to try and capture audio of an event and missing out on everything that was said. With audio detection you can even capture video/audio when persons are conversing outside the camera's field of view, but near enough to activate audio detection. You can finely adjust the sensitivity and threshold settings to decrease your storage needs. In this guide we show you how to setup and use audio detection with surveillance cameras purchased from CCTV Camera World.

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