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  • How to Replace the Pigtail on a Outdoor IP Security Camera

    Properly protecting a camera's pigtail from the weather is a necessary step that every installer should take. In the off chance that this wasn't done, you probably lost your outdoor IP camera the first time it rained. In most cases this can be repaired by replacing the pigtail itself. The pinout on the pigtail's RJ45 connector does not follow TIA/EIA-568A or B standards. Therefore, a complete pigtail replacement is necessary. This guide will take you through the steps of replacing the camera pigtail on one of our IP bullet cameras. Continue reading

  • 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 video below shows you how to configure settings for your NAS on our digital video recorders (both NVR or DVR) so you can commit live video backups via FTP. Continue reading

  • How to Change the IP Address for your Ubiquiti Access Point

    When you're setting up access points for Long Range Wireless Transmission, especially point to point access, you will need to change the IP address of the access points that you're using to make sure there is not an IP conflict on the network. An IP conflict occurs when two or more devices on the same network have the same IP address. In order for a device to communicate on a network, it needs to have a unique IP address. When more than one device on a network has the same IP address this gets noticed and the network interface on all of the devices with that particular IP address gets disabled. This causes each device to lose its connection to the network until the IP conflict is handled. It could be resolved by simply removing all the devices with that IP address and manually changing the IP address to a number that is unused on the network and outside of the DHCP range. That process is repeated until all of those devices are connected to the network with unique IP addresses. Continue reading

  • Wireless IP Camera Setup Guide

    We receive many requests for wireless camera streaming for security and other unrelated applications such as monitoring manufacturing processes or placing cameras on UAVs. Until 2012, the options available were limited to analog D1 resolution wireless video transmitters of 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies such as the one found in this outdoor wireless security camera. These RF or Analog wireless transmitters were limited to clear line of sight, meaning there must be a unobstructed view between the antennas connected to the receiver and transmitter. While this requirement was doable for outdoor applications, it made it impossible to use these devices for other applications because of interference from obstacles. Continue reading

  • How To Setup a Point To Point Wireless Access Point Link for IP Cameras

    Our 2.4GHz wireless access point radio is a great product to use for long range wireless video transmission, especially in cases where your camera's built-in wireless radio or wireless router are just not strong enough to provide a stable video signal. If you currently have a wireless IP camera and noticed your camera is frequently dropping frames or is getting disconnected, then a wireless access point at either the camera or router, or both, may resolve the issue.

    Let's say you don't even have ip cameras, and you would like to send your internet signal from one building on your property to another, then the setup described in this article will help you achieve that task. You will be able to tie in a powerful high gain wireless radio at each end to send a stable and robust WiFi signal. We show in this guide how to setup a Point to Point WiFi connection.

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  • Recording IP Security Camera Systems to FTP or the Cloud

    Cloud storage has become increasing popular the last few years for storage solution needs that arise in companies. It has also become very popular as a solution for off-site storage and backup of footage from IP cameras and IP camera systems that need lots of storage space, as recording in HD resolution is very memory intensive. HD video uploads require a high bandwidth and immense amounts of hard drive space. As security camera video quality keeps getting better with the advent of higher resolution CMOS image sensors, this only adds to the need for more storage space . Continue reading

  • Security Camera System Port Forwarding on your Airport Extreme Router

    In order to view your cameras while you’re out shopping, at work, on vacation, or anywhere but home you’ll need to forward the ports on your router's firewall to stop the packets being sent from being filtered by your router. What does this mean?

    Our DVRs and NVRs are always open to communications and are natively configured to serve video over the web. In order to be able to use this feature, you’ll have to configure the router you’re using to stop blocking the data and let it through. This is a simple task for an experienced Network Technician, but can be difficult the first time you attempt it. If you follow this guide, you'll be up and running in no time. Continue reading

  • Port Forwarding Bell Hub 1000 for Security Systems


    If you want to view your cameras remotely and are not familiar with networking, then you might be stuck wondering why you time out all of the time. Don't worry, you're not alone. This is due to ports on your network being closed and unavailable for network packets to travel through on layer 4 of the OSI model. You might ask, "Well, how do I open it up?" The answer is port forwarding. Creating rules for a specific port on your network to get piped over to a specific device will direct the traffic and keep you from getting those "time out" errors or "unable to connect to host". Networking can be very complex, and getting your feet wet can be difficult. There are tons of anagrams standards and specs to remember, but we're going to simplify all of that for you today. We have another port forwarding article to ease your mind. Those of you with a Bell Hub 1000, you're in luck. Continue reading

  • Port Forwarding for Actiontec GT784WN

    In order to view your surveillance system remotely there are a few things that have to be configured on your network. First, you will have to create port forwarding rules in your router in order for the data that's put out by your DVR/NVR to pass through the firewall within the router on your network. Second, optionally you may need to set up DDNS in order to have a constant pointer to the network your surveillance system is connected to. If you have a static IP address provided to you by your ISP this step is unnecessary. If you do not have a static IP, when the lease on the IP address assigned to your modem runs out it will renew. When the lease renews you could end up with the same IP address, or a new IP address. It's more likely that you'll end up with a new one. When you point back to that network using the now old IP address you will not be able to connect to your surveillance system because you are now pointing to another network or no network at all. Continue reading

  • How to Reset Your NVR or DVR

    Sometimes a single configuration can mess with your entire surveillance system's functionality. Zeroing down the exact cause can be very time-consuming. If you have a misconfigured NVR or DVR recorder and want to correct it, but don't know what setting is the culprit, you can use the "DEFAULT" feature to reset the digital video recorder back to factory settings. Continue reading

  • How to Connect a HDCVI PTZ Camera to your DVR

    In order to install a PTZ camera and have its features work generally you will need to connect two additional leads for RS485 Serial Data. RS485 will control the Pan/Tilt/Zoom functions on your PTZ. With HDCVI there is an alternative, you can send video and PTZ controls over the same line with this technology. Today we'll be showing you how to connect the HDCVI PTZ camera to a DVR. Continue reading

  • Port Forwarding ASUS RT-N66U for your NVR Recorder

    Port forwarding is essential to viewing your surveillance system remotely. Without redirecting your packets you'll be stuck timing out every time you try to view your feed from a remote network. We try to make this process as simple for our end users as possible. I remember the first time I attempted to forward ports in 2005. It took me a few hours. I had a grasp on the idea, but not the concepts behind it, nor did I fully understand networking at the time. So, I sympathize with you attempting to do this on your own. Therefore, I'm making another port forwarding article in order to help anyone with this device view their cameras feed remotely. Continue reading

  • How to Connect an Analog PTZ Camera Using Video Power Data Baluns and Ethernet Cable

    Installing an analog Pan Tilt Zoom Camera (PTZ Camera) has a little more complexity to it than a regular camera alone. There are 2 RS485 leads that also need to be wired to the DVR or PTZ Controller. Using Video/Power/Data Cable can be costly. However there is an alternative. If you use a pair of Video Power Data PTZ Baluns you can wire the camera to your DVR using a cost effective CAT 6 network cable. Continue reading

  • How to make your own Inspection Camera

    Here at CCTV Camera World, we customize our products to fit our customer's needs. A ton of time goes into developing new innovative ways to use our products. Today we discovered a new way to use our cameras, and we're going to share it with you. I'm telling you, the possibilities are endless. Continue reading

  • How to change the order of IP cameras connected to your NVR

    Want to change the order of PoE IP cameras connected to your PoE NVR, then this is a must watch video for the quick trick needed to reset the camera settings on the NVR. First, make sure you connect the cameras to the numbered PoE ports on the back of your NVR recorder. Disregard the on-screen order of the cameras even if they are connected to the numbered ports in the order you want them to appear in. You have to reset the NVR's camera settings Continue reading

  • DDNS Setup using NO-IP and your Computer

    So you’re having trouble viewing your surveillance system remotely, and you’ve already read our articles on forwarding your ports. Unless you pay your internet service provider for a static IP address you will need to set up Dynamic DNS (DDNS) in order to access your home network remotely. This article will explain what is DDNS, how to get free DDNS service, and configure it on you security cameras and DVR recorders purchased from CCTV Camera World. Continue reading

  • How to Secure an IP Camera System from Hacking

    Security systems are jumping aboard the technology train. Therefore, configuring these systems are starting to get more difficult. Keeping your IP camera system safe from accidental or malicious misconfiguration might seem like a large headache. There are a few layers of protection you can take to make sure no one can access something they aren’t supposed to. The last thing you want after installing your system is to have it ravaged by someone on the back-end rendering it useless. Continue reading

  • Wireless Security Camera System Setup Guide for Long Range Transmission

    This How To guide discusses the steps necessary to setup a wireless camera system for long range transmission that can be used indoors or outdoors. We show how our wireless security cameras with built-in WiFi radios can be used with professional 2.4GHz WiFi access points to establish reliable signals for transmission up to 600ft. Clear line of sight is recommended as obstructions can cause signal degradation depending on the density of the obstruction. This setup is great for outdoors where you can mount a radio on the exterior surface of a building and broadcast WiFi to cameras mounted in the signal path, for example, a parking lot, apartment complex, factories, warehouses, lumber yard, sanitation processing, mining operations, cranes, and other industrial applications. Since the signal is WiFi, the transmitting radio can also be placed indoors inside the home or business to broadcast a signal, however the signal strength will vary as explained above. You can also use indoor access points or your own router which are compact and aesthetically pleasing to connect to these WiFi wireless security cameras. The applications are countless in indoor business applications such as hospitals, offices, retail stores, warehouses, restaurants, and manufacturing plants. Continue reading

  • How to make wired IP cameras in to Wireless IP Cameras

    If you are looking to set up one IP camera as a wireless web cam for your home or business that is also accessible from anywhere in the world, then this guide is for you! In this setup we will discuss how to make your wired IP security camera in to a wireless camera so you can view it on any WiFi enabled device. You will be able to use a laptop, iPhone, iPad, or Android Phones and Tablets to view the camera as long as you are within range. The following is a list of equipment that is needed. Continue reading

  • How to view IP Cameras from a web browser

    Let's say you know very little about IP security cameras and you just purchased one. You have it in your hands, and you are wondering how to view the darn thing. If you've purchased one of CCTV Camera World's IP cameras then it's easy to view your camera on your computer. The guide below is for Windows computer users, however the process is very similar for Mac computer users as well. The same process outlined in this article should be applied when trying to view your NVR or DVR from your computer using a web browser. Continue reading

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