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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 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 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 in IP Cameras

    If you have a security camera system consisting of a large number of camera, it is common to forget to optimize the storage space inside the DVR or NVR inside that system. 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 that data to the platters inside. Exceeding the 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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  • 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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  • 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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