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  • How to add AXIS Cameras as ONVIF

    Our NVR and Tribrid or Pentabrid DVR recorders allow use of 3rd party IP cameras not purchased from CCTV Camera World. IP cameras and the recorder talk to each other over the network and have to sync URL for video, audio, PTZ controls, and motion events for each of these data types to pass from the camera to the recorder. If the URL for each of these data types does not sync, then that function will not work. The ONVIF standard tried to standardize this but its implementation is manufacturer dependent. It is not necessary an ONVIF camera you purchased elsewhere will work with an ONVIF NVR from us or a different vendor. Among manufacturers that are compatible with our recorders, we find AXIS cameras to have the best implementation of ONVIF and are the easiest to set up as an ONVIF camera with our DVR.
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  • How to Connect a Network PTZ Controller to a DVR or NVR

    CCTV Camera World has simplified the configuration and setup for controlling HDCVI and IP PTZ cameras. Using a network PTZ joystick controller, you can control PTZ cameras by simply connecting the controller to a security video recorder with a single network cable. This provides hands-on control over your PTZ camera with a setup that takes only minutes to complete.
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  • How to Connect an IP Camera to a Computer

    Many consumers find the need for a professional IP based security camera system for their home, business, or property, but are under the assumption that IP systems are complicated and too tech-heavy. This discourages them from purchasing one, preventing them the security they require. The truth is, though, that setting up an IP camera is easier than you think. It involves a basic understanding of networking, and by following some simple steps, you’ll have your IP cameras functioning in no time.

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  • How to connect your security cameras to the Internet

    Knowing how to network your security cameras is crucial to installing and establishing Internet connectivity to your security camera system. Security camera networking on a network with one router is not overly technical nor difficult, so hang in there! This article will help you understand basic computer networking, how it applies to your security camera system, and how you can be in complete control of remote viewing your system without any monthly charges besides what you pay your Internet service provider (ISP).

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  • How to do Port Forwarding on a Verizon Fios Router

    Being able to remotely view live or recorded video from your security camera system is a feature that customers find vital for personal security. Remote viewing eliminates the need to access a DVR or NVR physically by being in front of it. Surveillance systems from CCTV Camera World come with remote viewing capabilities without any recurring charges. As long as you have a broadband internet connection to connect your security DVR or NVR, you can watch your camera system using your smartphone or computer from virtually anywhere in the world. The way to get started with remote viewing is explained below.

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  • How to View Recorded Video and Audio Using Smart PSS

    Whether you have an IP, HDCVI, or Analog security camera system, CCTV Camera World offers security cameras with a built-in microphone, giving you the ability to stream or record HD quality footage with audio for each camera. Setting up your DVR or NVR to stream/record video with audio requires a few simple steps, explained in the text and video below.

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  • How To View Recorded Video On Your Smartphone

    Having a complete security camera system entails being able to access your cameras and view recorded video using your Smartphone. Products from CCTV Camera World give you this luxury. You can leave your home, business, or property with confidence knowing that you can view video on your Smartphone from virtually anywhere in the world.
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  • How to Find Your IP Camera on the Network

    In this article we show you how to find your IP camera or DVR on your network and change its IP address using our IP Config Tool for Windows 7, and Windows 10. The Config Tool will allow you to find all of the network devices from CCTV Camera World that are connected to your local area network (LAN). The Config Tool software acts like a network sniffer to find presence our device on your network regardless of whether they have correct IP addresses or not. It lists each device in a list with individual IP addresses that can be changed by a simple mouse click. This Config Tool software makes it easy to quickly configure our IP cameras or recorders on the network without having to actually login to the device using the web service.
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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 ppens 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. Continue reading

  • Setting Security DVR Display Resolution Over The Web

    If you have an older or inexpensive computer monitor or TV, chances are that it may not support all the different resolution outputs available on our security DVRs and NVR. Selecting a resolution unsupported by your monitor may leave you locked out of your video recorder unless you either connect it to a 21.5" or larger computer monitor from a reputable manufacturer like Acer or Asus. Depending on the model of your NVR, you can also adjust the resolution of the Display using your web browser. Continue reading

  • How To Set A PTZ Pattern Using Your NVR or DVR

    PTZ cameras are an important tool in a security camera system that allows for easy surveillance using manual commands from a PTZ keyboard controller, security video recorder, or our computer based monitoring software. To automate surveillance, most of our Pan Tilt Zoom cameras allow the user to set memorized positions of interest that account for position in the XYZ axis and zoom level; these memorized positions are called Presets. You can call these Presets using a command corresponding to the number of the Preset. If you have multiple Presets, you can call them in sequence by creating a Pattern and let the PTZ run on that pattern indefinitely.
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  • Using Google Chrome To Remote View Your Security Cameras

    Traditionally viewing your security cameras over the web has required the use of ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer (IE). This can be hard to do since many ActiveX controls are unsigned and trigger a lot of error messages in IE. It is also very difficult for the layman to figure out how to enable ActiveX controls correctly to view their security cameras or security video recorder from their web browser. Another reason for having another browser based option to view your camera system is the fact that IE will soon be discontinued by Microsoft. Continue reading

  • Checking Hard Drive For Errors In Your DVR Or NVR

    It is expected that hard drives inside a DVR or NVR recorder may fail. Hard drives having moving parts inside that can fail. There is no knowing how soon a drive may fail, as it all depends on build quality for the production run from the hard drive manufacturer, the temperature your security video recorder is running at, and whether any vibrations may be impacting the drive. Whatever the reason may be, it is a good idea to run a health check on your DVR's hard drive.
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  • Wireless Security Camera Systems Are Easy To Setup

    If you've been considering purchasing wireless cameras and are wondering how hard it is to configure a wireless security camera system then you need to watch this video we made. Up till now wireless security cameras have been riddled with issues. Up till 2012, the only kind of wireless security cameras available were those that used RF signals to transmit the video signal. Although RF signal is great for transmission of real time video (instantaneous transmission of action without delay), the signal is highly susceptible to interference from other wireless signals of the same frequency or from EMF transmitted by high power lines. Most importantly, RF wireless signals cannot traverse any obstructions whatsoever without significant degradation in video quality. Continue reading

  • How To Change The IP Address For Your IP Camera Using A Mac

    Although most surveillance equipment configuration tools tend to be Windows based, we are proud to introduce two IP configuration tools that allow you to find our IP cameras, NVRs, and DVRs on your local network, and change their IP address at the click of a button. These "IP Config Tools" make it easier to deploy multiple cameras, and recorders for the advanced user. Please watch the videos below to use each of these programs. Depending on your version of Mac OS, one of these tools will work better than the other. Continue reading

  • How To Enable IP Camera Offline Alerts

    Among the many email alert options available on our Security Video Recorders, one of the most important is Video Loss Alert to keep an eye on cameras going bad or being tampered with. To enable such alerts for IP cameras, you need to enable IP Camera Offline alerts in our NVR Recorders. The simple steps outline below will show you how to enable such email alerts on a NVR recorder purchased from CCTV Camera World. Continue reading

  • How to Setup Email Alerts Using An Office 365 Email Account

    All of the DVR and NVR video recorders offered by CCTV Camera World have the ability to send motion and alarm alerts. These can include emails alerts with or without a snapshot of the incident. You can send alerts based on motion detection, hard disk failure, or even camera loss. Integration of your email account and configuring email alerts can be challenging for the user unfamiliar with how email servers work. In this guide we demonstrate how to setup you Office 365 email account with our security video recorders using the web service menu. Depending on the model and year of manufacture of your DVR, the menu may not be identical, but this guide should still be easy enough to follow. Continue reading

  • How to Change the Name of an IP Camera on SmartPSS

    Sometimes setting changes on your IP cameras and NVR may not propagate over to SmartPSS easily. Using a computer with SmartPSS, an IP Camera, and a NVR with each device attached to the LAN we made some camera settings changes. We found that changing the name of an IP Camera via its web interface will not propagate the name change to the SmartPSS Device Pool. However, if we force SmartPSS to look in the right spot, those name changes will come through. Take a look at this quick video to see how to change the name of your IP camera in SmartPSS to match the names on the Camera and NVR.
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  • Configuring IP Cameras on a Network

    Connecting IP cameras to an existing network is a tricky task for first timers. You'll have to understand a few principles to really be efficient at setting up your new IP camera system. Continue reading

  • 4-in-1 HDCVI TVI AHD Camera Review

    High definition CMOS camera image sensors are quickly replacing older analog resolution CCD sensors. For customers with older analog DVRs and cameras, upgrading to a HD security DVR is price prohibitive in many cases. If you are looking to replace an older analog security camera there are still some choices available while supplies last. You can find what remains of analog only security cameras here. If you are looking to replace a camera on your older analog system, then we suggest you consider our new 4-in-1 security cameras that have a 2MP CMOS image sensor and can output in Analog (aka CVBS), HDCVI, TVI, and AHD formats. In this post we show you a quick image comparison of the image quality between these new cameras of ours and older 1000TVL analog security cameras. Continue reading

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