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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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  • Recording a DVR or NVR to FTP on your NAS

    NAS storage devices are prevalent and relatively inexpensive these days. They can not only be used to store your personal or business documents, pictures, and videos, but they can also be used as a redundant backup point for your security camera system. The videos below shows you how to configure settings for your FTP on our digital video recorders (both NVR or DVR) so you can commit live video backups via FTP. Continue reading

  • Professional Video Doorbell Setup

    Consumer based doorbell intercoms are available everywhere these days promising easy remote viewing and cloud storage. All of them are promoted based on remote viewing, notifications, and cloud storage which might be great if you are going to be using the cloud based doorbell intercom as the sole security camera on the property. There are shortcomings with all those systems that cannot be ignored when trying to integrate into a complete security camera system for your home or business.

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  • How to Setup an IP Camera System

    If you've been considering purchasing a IP camera system and are wondering how hard it is to configure the system since it is IP based, then you need to watch this video we made. We get a large number of callers every week asking how hard it is to setup a security camera system using PoE cameras versus BNC cameras. Some customers even think they need an IT person to get the system going. Well, thanks to advances in technology and lots of refinement in coding, connecting a PoE IP camera to a PoE NVR is truly a plug and play task. Watch for yourself! Continue reading

  • 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

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    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 Not To 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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