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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 Troubleshoot a Security Camera

    The simplicity of network based security cameras offered by CCTV Camera World makes troubleshooting a relatively easy process. Our IP cameras, network cameras, and PoE cameras feature plug and play technology that allows them to intelligently talk to our PoE NVRs. When you purchase a NVR with a built-in PoE switch, and our PoE Cameras, you are purchasing components that are designed to recognize each other as friendly devices. Connecting them together simply requires a working network cable. If for some reason your security camera is not working, it is easy to figure out whether it is the camera, your cable or something else that is the culprit.

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  • The Best License Plate Capture Camera Guide

    When shopping for a security camera system, customer's usually focus on purchasing the best resolution cameras such as 4K security cameras to capture the greatest detail possible of intruders. While that logic may suffice in some instances, it doesn't help when they get robbed in the middle of the night by suspects wearing masks and the only way to identify the perpetrators is by the license plate on the vehicle that was parked right outside the main door. We hear about this too often that the surveillance camera looking right at the car didn't get the plate numbers, but instead captured a really bright and shiny license plate at night like that pictured below.

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  • How to Record a Barking Dog Problem

    It’s no surprise that we get a lot of customers looking to record a particular nuisance that is common in rural, urban, and suburban areas alike. That nuisance is a dog barking at odd hours of the night and the dog’s owner doing nothing to keep their pet quiet. Customers who are on the receiving end of a dog barking at odd hours contact us expressing frustration that when bringing the issue up to authorities their claims are often met with dismissal. Animal control and the police usually require a well documented history of a dog barking to consider it a submissible complaint. In this article we’ll show how the audio detection feature in our IP cameras and security camera systems can help to build a history of the dog being a problem.

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  • How to Setup Audio Detection on a Security Camera System

    Audio Detection is a feature that can be a very reliable way to capture a conversation or other important sounds that need to be recorded. It allows a security camera with a built-in microphone or audio line-in to trigger recording when sound is detected. You no longer have to rely on video-based motion detection to try and capture audio of an event and missing out on everything that was said. With audio detection you can even capture video/audio when persons are conversing outside the camera's field of view, but near enough to activate audio detection. You can finely adjust the sensitivity and threshold settings to decrease your storage needs. In this guide we show you how to setup and use audio detection with surveillance cameras purchased from CCTV Camera World.

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  • How to access PoE cameras in an NVR system

    PoE Cameras are types of IP cameras that come with a web server built-in that is easily accessible using the camera IP address when the cameras are deployed in an IP camera system over the network. The web interface contains settings on PoE cameras like license plate cameras, PTZ, and Smart Security Cameras that require fine tuning for the best possible performance. To finely adjust these settings the camera usually requires the user to access the camera through the web interface. When using our PoE Cameras with a plug and play PoE NVR, users may wonder how they can access the settings of their cameras. Fortunately CCTV Camera World’s NVR support direct access to the web interface of most of our PoE cameras through the NVR with ease when using a Windows PC.

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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 Q-See Cameras to an Avalonix NVR

    This post is meant to assist customers who are moving away from their Q-see NVRs and attempting to connect their old QC series IP cameras with NVRs from CCTV Camera World. It is important to understand that IP cameras require a correct username and password for the admin user to allow the NVR to connect to the camera and stream video. In this post we explain how to connect old QC series cameras to our NVR recorders.

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  • How to power a PoE security camera using a PoE injector

    PoE injectors come in many different shapes, sizes, and ratings. PoE or Power over Ethernet technology greatly simplifies installation of surveillance cameras, which mostly feature PoE technology built-in if you've decided to purchase network based cameras. PoE injectors are usually required when using one camera as a standalone security camera or if you are powering a PTZ camera with night vision which usually have high wattage consumption.

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  • How to power a PoE security camera using a PoE switch

    PoE switches enable customers to fully customize their PoE security camera systems. Power over Ethernet or PoE technology is extremely useful for security cameras. PoE switches are commonly used for installations at larger facilities like warehouses or factories, or when installing a system between two buildings. PoE switches can be "daisy chained" to act as camera hubs, or extend cable runs. We recommend exercising caution before using any PoE switch to ensure that it is not capable of outputting Passive PoE power. While powering a camera using a PoE switch, the optional 12V DC connector is unneeded.

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  • How to power a PoE security camera using a 12V DC power supply

    Learning how PoE security cameras are powered is necessary when considering security camera systems or using a standalone security camera. All IP security cameras from CCTV Camera World have a RJ45 Ethernet connector for PoE and data, and a separate connector for power when not using PoE. In this article we cover how to use the power connector, with a compatible 12V DC power supply. 

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  • How to reset an IP camera or PoE Camera

    If you'd like to reset your IP camera or PoE Camera because you are locked out, the recommended way to do a reset is to login to the camera's web interface and press the forgot password button. You will be prompted to either answer some security questions, or a password recovery code will be emailed to the address entered at the time of initialization.
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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 configure an IP camera on the network

    As easy as a plug and play PoE IP security camera system can be there are other ways to set up a security camera system on a network. However, someone might want to set up only one camera on their network, or have a stubborn camera that is causing issues. This article aims to assist those who are having issues with setting up a system, or want to learn more about configuring a single IP camera on a network.

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  • Watching security cameras with a slow internet connection

    Now that remotely viewing security cameras is becoming more popular, it is important to know what internet speeds are needed to remotely view a camera system. While it's great to have a system that allows for remote viewing from anywhere, many times customer expectations are not met because of no fault of the cameras or surveillance system. Remote viewing video security cameras requires internet upload speed, which unfortunately is lacking on most internet service plans for the home and small business in the USA.

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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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