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  • How To View Security Cameras from an iPhone or Android

    Once you have setup your security camera system by connecting the cameras to the DVR or NVR, and you have video displaying from each camera on a monitor, the next step is to setup remote viewing for your security cameras. All of our security camera recorders come with a built-in web server that is always functional when the recorder is powered up, and allows viewing over the local area network (LAN) or over the internet. This security camera remote viewing guide will show you how to connect to your surveillance system using an iOS or Android device.

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  • Setting Security Camera IP Address Using a NVR or DVR

    Most of the NVRs from CCTV Camera World utilize plug-and-play IP camera technology by offering built-in PoE ports. This allows a user to connect an IP camera to a NVR using only a single network cable.

    Some of our NVR models, however, are designed without built-in PoE ports, or have a lesser number of PoE ports than total channels supported. For example, we have 16 Camera NVRs that offer eight built-in PoE ports. To utilize the remaining eight channels, you need to fetch the eight video streams over the network. This is also the case for Tribrid DVRs and XVRs that don't have any built-in PoE ports but still have the ability to stream and record IP cameras. This guide provides the steps necessary to change the IP address of IP cameras that are deployed on a network using a PoE switch external to the NVR.
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  • How To Connect PTZ Cameras to a DVR

    PTZ cameras with RS485 connections can be challenging to setup for the novice user. This video based guide will simplify the setup process when connecting a PTZ camera to our security camera recorders, either that be a DVR or NVR. All analog PTZ cameras and some IP PTZ cameras have a RS485 connection that sends serial data control from the DVR recorder or PTZ joystick controller to the camera. Not only is it important to setup key configuration parameters for the RS485 commands to work, the hardware physical connection setup is very important. If the cameras are connected improperly, then they will not be able to receive commands from the DVR.
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  • How To Connect Security Cameras to a Power Box

    CCTV Security cameras require power to operate. Security cameras use RG59U coax siamese wire or CAT5e networking cable to transmit video. Whether you are installing a power box for a new or existing camera system, it is important to understand how to connect cameras to a CCTV Power Supply Box. DC current is polarized meaning it has two leads, a red one for positive, and a black one for negative. We recommend using a power box in a camera system because it allows for stable power distribution. A power box enables a cleaner installation versus using individual 12V power supplies for each camera.

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  • Best Practices For Using A Two-Way Audio Security Camera

    Whether you have a security camera system for a home or business, the need for two-way audio interaction with talk-back capability may arise. CCTV Camera World offers solutions for both one-way and two-way audio. One-way audio is great for listening to sound originating from the location of a camera, but it will not allow interaction with a person at that location. To be able to interact with a person at the camera, the camera would have to have two-way talk capabilities, i.e. a speaker and microphone built-in similar to an intercom. Our Security Camera Systems allow the end user to see and listen from their camera feeds, and grant the ability to speak into a microphone to talk through one of our two-way audio security camera's speaker. There are a few different ways to conduct two-way talk with our security camera systems. Setup of our two-way audio security cameras is simple, and we explain how to do so in this guide. Continue reading

  • How To Setup Two-Way Audio On Your DVR

    Almost all of our DVRs offer the ability to add a speaker using the RCA audio-out. This feature is meant for users looking to setup two-way audio or bidirectional talk in their security camera system. By using add-on security camera mics or security cameras with built-in microphone, you can hear audio from the person in front of the camera. To talk back to the person you would connect your own speaker to the RCA audio output on the back of the DVR. By using an audio amplifier, it is possible to use a PA speaker and connect it to the RCA audio output of one of our DVRs. Continue reading

  • How To Connect Wireless Cameras To Your PoE NVR

    Wireless security camera systems involve more setup and configuration than hard-wired camera systems. CCTV Camera World's wired camera systems incorporate plug and play technology, making connection a breeze. However, for applications where running cable isn't possible, we have secure wireless systems that will save you the hassle of running cable. Continue reading

  • Adding a Microphone to a PTZ Camera

    Outdoor PTZ Cameras do not come with a built-in microphone for weather proofing reasons. In order to record audio along with your security camera's video you have to use an add-on security camera mic of some sort. CCTV Camera World has microphones for both indoor and outdoor applications. Having an external microphone provides more flexibility when recording audio as you can run the microphone to a different spot from where the camera is installed. Setting up the wired connections between an external microphone and one of our PTZ cameras is simple as explained in this guide. Continue reading

  • Dummies Guide To Remote Viewing Security Cameras

    If you are not tech savvy and you are looking for an easy to setup surveillance system for your home or business, then look no further. CCTV Camera World's DVR systems and IP camera systems are easy to setup for remote viewing so you can watch your cameras from anywhere in the world. Once you have your cameras connected to your DVR or NVR, and you can watch your cameras using a monitor connected to the recorder, then follow this guide on how to remotely view your system without any recurring fees.
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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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  • 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

  • 4-in-1 Security 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

  • 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

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