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  • How to replace Q-See Security Cameras and Systems

    Large corporations that prioritize sales volume over quality of their products and support are on shaky grounds. Unsurprisingly the closure of one of the largest competitors of ours was a long time coming. Q-See is the latest business in the CCTV industry to go out of business because of their ill-fated business practices. QSee Corporation was a fairly large corporation based in California that specialized in low-cost surveillance products for the home consumer and small business market. For the last 18 years they were in business, you could find their products in Costco, Amazon, and Newegg at low-low prices. Unfortunately such low prices only mean one thing, i.e. lack of competent support. According to the BBB profile about QSee their support was non-existent. If you visit Q-See.com you will find a message stating they are closing their doors for good on January 31, 2021, and leaving their customers hanging to find ways to ensure their security camera systems are still remotely viewable after the cloud services are terminated at the end of January.

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  • How to reset an IP camera or PoE Camera

    If you'd like to reset your IP camera or PoE Camera because you are locked out, the recommended way to do a reset is to login to the camera's web interface and press the forgot password button. You will be prompted to either answer some security questions, or a password recovery code will be emailed to the address entered at the time of initialization.
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  • Security Camera System Troubleshooting

    When your security camera system stops working it is one of those events that make you go “Now what?” There's plenty of stuff in life going wrong and the last thing you need is your camera system to stop working. Fortunately for you, as our customer, the reliability of our systems is barnone. Most of the time any issues that arise are due to user error, or misconfigured settings.

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  • Network Security for Security Cameras

    There has been a lot of buzz lately in the news about the network security while remotely monitoring your security camera system. The news stories we watched notified its viewers about the vulnerability and informed anyone who owns a system to change their default passwords. While press releases are good, some information seemed to be lacking. So we've written this article to add more information that will be helpful to any end user of a security camera system.

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  • How to Get Started with your Security Camera System

    Purchasing and setting up a security camera system, big or small, can be a daunting task for people who are not accustomed to CCTV technology. For a home or business there are many different ways to install an IP camera and NVR recorder. This article focuses on the easy to use plug and play PoE IP camera systems that CCTV Camera World offers. If you’re on the fence about purchasing, or just received a new security camera system read this article to learn more about the initial setup and some great tips to get started.

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  • How to connect an IP camera to a PoE NVR

    In this very brief article we’ll cover just how easy it is to connect a plug and play IP camera from CCTV Camera World. Plug and play means that with a camera and a cable the setup is very easy. Simply connect an Ethernet cable to the back of the NVR and connect the other end of the cable to the camera. There’s not much else to it, unless the passwords don’t match and even then there’s an easy set of steps to clear out password errors.

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  • What is RTSP?

    RTSP or Real Time Streaming Protocol is included on all IP cameras, NVRs, and DVRs that CCTV Camera World sells. RTSP provides the flexibility to integrate video from products manufactured by one company in to third party products. RTSP is a video streaming protocol that provides a video stream for use in third party software or recorders, or for use in live streaming applications. Continue reading to learn more about RTSP streaming and what it can be used for.

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  • How to configure an IP camera on the network

    As easy as a plug and play PoE IP security camera system can be there are other ways to set up a security camera system on a network. However, someone might want to set up only one camera on their network, or have a stubborn camera that is causing issues. This article aims to assist those who are having issues with setting up a system, or want to learn more about configuring a single IP camera on a network.

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  • How to get Support from CCTV Camera World

    Worthwhile technical support can be a difficult thing to find in this day and age. With so much commerce happening online it is a challenge to find reliable help. CCTV Camera World is proud to support products purchased from www.cctvcameraworld.com for the lifetime of the product. We provide professional US-based support Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM EST. In this article we explain how to get support from our company, and why we provide support the way we do.

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  • Watching security cameras with a slow internet connection

    Now that remotely viewing security cameras is becoming more popular, it is important to know what internet speeds are needed to remotely view a camera system. While it's great to have a system that allows for remote viewing from anywhere, many times customer expectations are not met because of no fault of the cameras or surveillance system. Remote viewing video security cameras requires internet upload speed, which unfortunately is lacking on most internet service plans for the home and small business in the USA.

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  • How to connect your security camera to the Internet

    Security cameras that can be connected to the internet directly are called IP cameras or PoE cameras. They are digital cameras that allow the camera to be connected to an internet connection without the need for a recorder or a computer to allow internet connectivity. In this guide we demonstrate how to configure a new uninitialized camera and connect it to the internet for remote viewing.

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  • Security Camera Color Night Vision: Setting Day & Night Mode

    Sometimes a camera's automatic image settings don't provide satisfactory video for capturing faces or license plates. When this happens you need to manually adjust your image settings to capture what is necessary for prosecution. With day and night time profiles on our security cameras, you can finely tune the image settings to produce vibrant and clear pictures no matter what conditions are present.

    Our IP cameras can be set to a schedule for day and night mode, meaning you can control the hours of the day the camera will be in color or black and white mode and optimize their image settings for the time of day.

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  • Ways to Secure Your Security Camera System on the Internet

    Everyone wants to watch their security cameras remotely, and to do so requires placing the camera system on the internet. Having a security camera system is one thing, keeping it secure on the internet is another. Putting a surveillance system online for remote viewing is like having a house on the road that anyone can drive by and see. Like your home, you’ll want to make sure your camera system is secure. If someone hacks your system it is almost the same as them breaking into your home. In this article we discuss the different methods available to secure your security cameras on the internet.

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  • iPhone iPad App for Remote Viewing your Security Cameras

    Remotely viewing your system is a standard feature on security camera systems from CCTV Camera World. All of our equipment passes our strict testing and is compatible with our free PC or Mac viewing software, and the DMSS app available from the Apple App Store for iPhone or Google Play Store for Android. No matter which remote viewing method you use, you can access your system from anywhere in the world. All that is required is a good internet connection at the location of the recorder, and a good data connection on your smartphone.

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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 set up a Zoo Cam Live Stream for Free

    Using security cameras for purposes other than surveillance 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 the use of a dedicated PC. Fortunately there are cameras that come with built-in streaming features to push video to popular live stream platforms such as YouTube Live. In this post we review the equipment that is needed to setup a YouTube Live Stream using one of our IP cameras that features built-in live streaming functionality.

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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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