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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 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 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 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

  • How to setup a 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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  • Difference Between Active vs. Passive PoE

    Power over Ethernet or PoE for short can be a new and potentially confusing term to a lot of people searching for security cameras. PoE connectivity simplifies cabling needed to connect a device by allowing power and data delivery over a single network cable such as CAT5e or CAT6. It makes it easy to connect devices such as IP security cameras, or office phones; a separate power supply or electrical outlet for each device is not needed. Continue reading

  • How to access a PoE Security Camera from a Computer

    We’re often asked how to modify an IP camera’s video settings once you already have it up and running on your NVR. This process can be difficult without any knowledge of computer networking or setting up a standalone IP camera. In this article we explain the technical details of taking a camera from the back of your NVR and connecting to it with either a direct connection or through your network.

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  • How to record snapshots to a Network Video Recorder

    Security cameras are usually used to record video, but in some scenarios, you can leverage the combined power of our cameras and recorders to record snapshots at specified intervals. As discussed in this guide, our IP surveillance cameras with an available microSD slot allow for snapshot capture and storage on the internal microSD memory card. Storage to a microSD on the camera is a convenient option when recording on one camera, but for projects requiring snapshots capture from multiple cameras and easy review from a central station, the use of an NVR along with IP cameras is a more practical choice.

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  • Using Network Security Cameras over the Web

    In 2018, security cameras offer a plethora of features that were unheard of a couple of years ago. Frequently, we are asked whether a HD over coax or IP camera is better. The answer is, it depends on the application and the environment you intend to use the camera in. To help understand why a network security camera (aka IP camera) might be better in one respect, is to understand the plethora of tweaks that can be done inside the camera's web interface.

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  • How to Setup Alarm Activated Snapshots on your Security Camera

    Security cameras are not strictly for standard video surveillance. A customer had a request for his employees to capture a number on a gift card he was shipping to his customers. Doing so would allow him to capture the gift card number that was shipped and go back to it if the card was lost or damaged in the mail. This guide discusses the best method to capture footage for such an application.

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  • How to stream a security camera to YouTube Live

    There are many reasons you may need a security camera to broadcast to YouTube. These include animal cams at a zoo such as a PandaCam, or an EarthCam located in Time Square to show what's happening at your favorite vacation spot. Live streaming is also frequently used in streaming any live event such as a First Robotics Competition or a Diving Event. Even for commercial applications, a builder may want to showcase progress of their famous building project to the community or their investors. All of these scenarios require a camera to stream to a website where multiple users can watch live video.
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  • Recording Security Cameras to a FTP Server

    Security camera systems from CCTV Camera World are designed to provide the end user with several methods for storing security video and snapshots. Our DVRs and NVRs support local recording to an internal hard drive as most surveillance recorders do. In addition, with our security camera recorders you can record video and snapshots to a FTP server using the FTP protocol. This can be done to a local server or NAS or to a remote sever in the cloud. FTP video and snapshot storage is great for backup as a secondary method to safeguard against theft of the primary recording unit.

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  • How To Record Pictures and Snapshots on a Security Camera

    Security camera systems are commonly used to record video as a way to ensure homes, businesses, and properties are protected. Security footage can consume a lot of storage space, especially if you're recording high resolution security cameras such as 8MP 4K security cameras. Rather than storing large video files that take up lots of hard drive space, certain camera applications may only need to record video snapshots, which are still pictures from a live video stream. Continue reading

  • How to Turn Off Infrared on a Security Camera

    CCTV Camera World's professional quality security cameras offer a plethora of options that can be set within the camera. Many cameras on the market offer settings to control brightness and contrast, WDR, and image flip, but very few offer the ability to control the day and night settings of the camera. All security cameras with infrared LEDs have a photosensor commonly found in the front of the camera that allows the camera to switch to black & white mode for night when there is darkness, and color mode for day where adequate light is sensed by the photo sensor. For most surveillance cameras with night vision this process is automatic and cannot be controlled.
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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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