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CCTV Camera World Knowledge Base

  • How to Identify Types of Security Cameras and Video Recorders

    It's not uncommon for people to inherit CCTV systems. The problem is that most of the time, the previous owners aren't very forthcoming with information and people normally don't know to ask. More often than not, you'll find yourself needing to repair, or wanting to upgrade these systems. You'll soon find that not knowing the finer details of what you have is going to cause you problems down the road.

    **If you have a proprietary system, you will not be able to identify it without locating a brand name on the devices. Continue reading

  • Nanny Cams, Barn Cameras, and Other Uses of Security Cameras

    Security cameras are much more diverse than you may think. The purpose we have in our head for our CCTV systems is the surveillance of people and property, but the truth is, they're used for a lot more than just that. We don't always have to look at them as a way to avoid disaster anymore. Continue reading

  • Google Glass, Watch Your Privacy, and CCTV Security Cameras

    Google Glass hasn't been around long enough yet for us to form much of an opinion about it. The fact of the matter is that people are already saying that it's opening the doorway for all other kinds of wearable tech, even though it already has users being labeled as "Glassholes." Whether you've formed an opinion or not, you may find yourself needing to jump on the band wagon fast before you get left in the dust. Continue reading

  • How To Use Video Baluns With CCTV Security Systems

    Baluns are more easily understood as a way to make your standard analog 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 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

  • CCTV Camera Cable Variations

    We know that selecting your CCTV cameras and video recorder may have been a little more work than you might have anticipated. We’re sorry to say that the decision making process isn’t over just yet. We can say with confidence that about 90% of tech support related issues are a result of problems with cabling. This makes your choice in cable one of the more important decisions you’re going to make. Continue reading

  • Dynamic DNS: An Explanation & How To Accommodate It

    A dynamic DNS can cause you quite a headache down the road after installing a CCTV security camera system. For that reason, it's better to deal with it right away than wait until it becomes a major problem for you. The truth is, if you wait for it to become a problem, you probably won't be in a position to fix it in the immediate future. Continue reading

  • Network and IP Camera Based Installations

    Network security camera systems, also known as IP camera systems, are some of the nicest cameras and surveillance systems available on today’s market. The high definition resolution and remarkable fluidity do come at a small price. We’re not talking about dollars here, but rather a time investment. You’ll probably find yourself needing to add a few steps to your installation procedure that you wouldn't have had with an analog system. Continue reading

  • DVR vs NVR vs Hybrid - How To Choose

    The Beginning

    You need to start somewhere and if you've gotten as far as this article, you know by now that picking out the equipment for your CCTV system isn't as simple as you originally thought. Don’t worry; we’re going to make this fun again. We just need to cover some more of the basics and you’ll be back in business.

    Like the names of all these devices imply, they are all meant to record video from security cameras. The main difference between them is what types of cameras they’re meant to play nicely with. Continue reading

  • AT&T : What It Means To Your CCTV Security Camera System

    As of October 2013, it seems that AT&T has gone through some pretty monumental changes. Unfortunately, none of these changes seem to be for the better from the customer standpoint. Whether you’re an existing customer or looking into the possibility of becoming a customer, this applies to you. Continue reading

  • Port Forwarding and How it Relates to Your CCTV Security Camera System

    Port forwarding is one of the most important steps in setting up a security camera system. Although it is an easy task for an experienced IT professional, it is difficult for most CCTV installers that are used to just running simple coax setups, and almost impossible for most home consumers unless they have some sort of networking knowledge.

    Port forwarding is actually a very simple concept. However, our ability to explain it in a simple way doesn't always work out. Instead, we're going to try something a little more metaphoric. Continue reading

  • Choosing a Monitor and HDMI Cable

    Over the years audio and video technology has drastically evolved. Today the current standard in high definition audio and video is HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface.The HDMI interface is designed to transfer both high-definition audio and video through one cable (HDMI Cable). CCTV security camera systems have also added HDMI capabilities (RCA, BNC, and VGA capabilities are still there as well). This may lead to the question, “How do I choose a proper HDMI cable for my DVR?” The two most important things to take into consideration are the type of monitor you will be using to view your DVR and the the distance between your monitor and DVR. Continue reading

  • Changing The Resolution On Your DVR

    One question that comes up frequently with any DVR is, “What do I do when my DVR isn't displaying any video through my monitor?” Most of the time the answer is as simple as adjusting the resolution on the DVR itself to a resolution that is compatible with your chosen monitor. Please note that these instructions are for people who have no image displaying on their screen at all and not just the individual screens for each camera. Continue reading

  • Adding an Alarm Motion Sensor to a Security Camera System

    CCTV systems are highly customizable and can be configured to fit the specific needs of any user. One optional component that can be added is the PIR sensor which stands for Passive Infrared sensor. PIR sensors are motion sensors commonly used in home security systems but can also be added to some of our security camera systems. Using this additional sensor, you can configure your camera system's DVR recorder to do a number of different things based on what you specify.

    The PIR sensor is an electronic sensor that is triggered by measuring infrared light that radiates from objects that fall within its field of view. Passive is part of its name for a reason and that is because the sensor doesn't use energy for active detection. It is only triggered if energy is being given off by an object. Continue reading

  • Protecting Security Camera Systems from Surges

    Lightning strikes can be, and usually are, a major hazard to electronic devices. CCTV security camera systems are no exception to the list of susceptible equipment. By properly installing and maintaining your system, you can greatly reduce the risk of damage from potential lightning strikes. By no means are these methods required, just simply recommended for those of you who may be susceptible to lightning strikes. Continue reading

  • How to Troubleshoot a Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) Camera

    A very popular choice of camera is the Pan Tilt Zoom camera and it can do just that. Using an additional PTZ controller or the on-screen controller of the DVR, the user will be able to move the camera lens around and zoom in and out. This is a major advantage over standard security cameras because they don’t have to be focused on one specific location. With that being said, PTZ cameras need additional setup to ensure that it functions properly and keeps functioning properly. If something does go wrong after the initial installation there are two main things the user should inspect to get their PTZ camera working again. Continue reading

  • Protect Your Investment

    A CCTV security camera system can be a huge financial investment. Taking a proactive stance in protecting this investment should be a no-brainer. There are several things you can do to ensure and prolong the longevity of their newly purchased CCTV security camera system. Continue reading

  • Resolution Variants in CCTV Security Camera Systems

    Several factors come into play when setting up a CCTV security camera system that is right for you. You must determine where the system will be installed, how many cameras you will need, the type of camera, which DVR you want, how much storage space you will need, and much, much more. Something that shouldn't be overlooked but sometimes can be, is the resolution of the cameras themselves. Continue reading

  • DVR & NVR: Adding or Removing a Hard Drive

    As time goes on, users of CCTV security camera systems may find that they want to add extra hard drives to their DVR, or possibly need to replace hard drives that are no longer functioning. Whether it's to add storage capacity or make repairs, not all of us are familiar with how to make these things happen.

    *The instructions below are general due to the fact that there are several different models of DVRs and NVRs. The process of adding or removing hard drives will vary slightly depending on which model you own.

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  • Enabling ActiveX to view your IP Cameras and DVR over the web

    After installing your security camera system, one of the first walls you might find yourself running into is getting your camera feed pulled up on your internet browser. Assuming you've connected your DVR/NVR to your network correctly, this is a pretty simple issue to fix. Continue reading

  • No Longer Able To View Remotely

    If you've found yourself in a situation where you can no longer remotely access your DVR as you once could, you've come to the right place. While you may have gone through the efforts of port forwarding, it’s not always permanent. Continue reading

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