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  • How to Find Your IP Camera on the Network

    Configuration tools are important when it comes to setting up, owning and managing a security camera system. These tools are especially useful when it comes to configuring IP security camera systems. This includes configuring recorders such as NVRs, DVRs, and XVRs for a network to set up remote viewing. In the article below we show how to install and use the Config Tool for various useful functions. There are more things you can do with the Config Tool but they are advanced and usually unnecessary. We even use the software on a day to day basis to test and prepare equipment for our customers.

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  • How to connect an IP camera to a PoE NVR

    In this very brief article we’ll cover just how easy it is to connect a plug and play IP camera from CCTV Camera World. Plug and play means that with a camera and a cable the setup is very easy. Simply connect an Ethernet cable to the back of the NVR and connect the other end of the cable to the camera. There’s not much else to it, unless the passwords don’t match and even then there’s an easy set of steps to clear out password errors.

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  • What is RTSP?

    RTSP or Real Time Streaming Protocol is included on all IP cameras, NVRs, and DVRs that CCTV Camera World sells. RTSP provides the flexibility to integrate video from products manufactured by one company in to third party products. RTSP is a video streaming protocol that provides a video stream for use in third party software or recorders, or for use in live streaming applications. Continue reading to learn more about RTSP streaming and what it can be used for.

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  • How to connect your security camera to the Internet

    Security cameras that can be connected to the internet directly are called IP cameras or PoE cameras. They are digital cameras that allow the camera to be connected to an internet connection without the need for a recorder or a computer to allow internet connectivity. In this guide we demonstrate how to configure a new uninitialized camera and connect it to the internet for remote viewing.

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  • Security Camera Color Night Vision: Setting Day & Night Mode

    Sometimes a camera's automatic image settings don't provide satisfactory video for capturing faces or license plates. When this happens you need to manually adjust your image settings to capture what is necessary for prosecution. With day and night time profiles on our security cameras, you can finely tune the image settings to produce vibrant and clear pictures no matter what conditions are present.

    Our IP cameras can be set to a schedule for day and night mode, meaning you can control the hours of the day the camera will be in color or black and white mode and optimize their image settings for the time of day.

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  • iPhone iPad App for Remote Viewing your Security Cameras

    Remotely viewing your system is a standard feature on security camera systems from CCTV Camera World. All of our equipment passes our strict testing and is compatible with our free PC or Mac viewing software, and the DMSS app available from the Apple App Store for iPhone or Google Play Store for Android. No matter which remote viewing method you use, you can access your system from anywhere in the world. All that is required is a good internet connection at the location of the recorder, and a good data connection on your smartphone.

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  • How to receive Push Notifications from security cameras

    A critical aspect of owning a professional surveillance system is staying informed with what’s happening in front of your cameras at all times. A continuous live-stream of your cameras is always available for review using our Camera Monitoring Software and Free Smartphone App for security cameras. But what happens when you’re too busy to monitor the cameras and watch for yourself?

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  • How to secure a security camera for use over the web

    In corporate or military network environments there can be strict requirements to use IP security camera equipment. One of those requirements is HTTPS access which safely encrypts data between the web browser and the network camera. All of the IP cameras and Network Video Recorders we carry at CCTV Camera World have a built-in web server and our models from 2019 onwards support SSL implementation for access. This guide will show you how to enable and setup HTTPS access on your IP camera. The same process can be followed on our NVRs.

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  • Viewing an IP Camera on a Smart TV

    Among the many different ways that security cameras are used, we are often asked if it is possible to view an IP camera directly on a Smart TV without using a NVR recorder. With most Smart TVs on the market there is no application that is available to watch IP cameras directly on the TV. In this guide we show how to use an Android TV box by downloading an App to connect an IP camera to a Smart TV or any monitor that has an HDMI input.
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  • How to Use a Security Camera as Standalone

    You may be looking at security cameras for a purpose other than security and safety. On a daily basis we receive inquiries about how to use our cameras for observation related uses, such as watching after animals in a zoo or animal sanctuary, live streaming a sporting event, or time-lapse capture of a construction project. Whether you want to capture video or snapshots, our cameras can handle any task. In this guide we show how to get started with your standalone camera project using our IP cameras.

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  • How to View a Fisheye or Panoramic Security Camera

    Fisheye cameras are becoming popular tools to view wide areas of a property without purchasing multiple cameras for the same job. These cameras generally offer a 360 degree or 180 degree view. Fisheye panoramic security cameras are often used for offices, warehouses, or retail stores. Ultra wide angle cameras by CCTV Camera World require our free software or compatible NVR recorders to dewarp and view their video streams. De-warp is the process of splitting the fisheye view into several virtual cameras.

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  • How to Connect Hikvision IP Cameras to an NVR

    Hikvision IP cameras are very popular in the security camera industry. You may already own a Hikvision system or cameras. One of the recurring complaints we hear about Hikvision equipment is that it can be difficult to use. For your everyday home consumer complicated equipment can be time consuming, and just not worth it. Even installers have difficulties getting Hikvision systems to work exactly how they want. The good news is Hikvision’s cameras can connect and record to an Avalonix NVR.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • How to setup an security camera system on the network

    What are IP security camera systems?

    IP camera systems comprise of one or more IP cameras that are connected over a computer network to a Network Video Recorder (NVR) or Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The IP camera sends video and other data in digital format over a network cable to the NVR. The NVR records the video stream from he cameras for playback and other functions like motion alerts. IP camera systems are also commonly referred to as NVR camera systems since they are commonly used with a network recorder at the heart of the system.

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  • How to add a microphone to an IP Camera

    Most security cameras that are outdoor rated do not come with built-in microphones to ensure that no water can leak in. This means that you must add an external security camera microphone to these cameras in order to record audio. CCTV Camera World carries microphones for indoor or outdoor cameras. Most IP security cameras with audio input capabilities have an RCA audio connector on their pigtail for connecting a microphone. Some dome IP cameras have a connection block on the inside of the dome. In either case, physically connecting and configuring external microphones to an IP security camera is easy as shown in this guide.

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  • Understanding ONVIF and its limitations

    Anyone who is interested in IP security cameras will come across the acronym “ONVIF” at some point. The acronym has a lot of mystery behind it and can be difficult to completely understand. This article will explain and demystify common misconceptions surrounding the acronym.

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