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  • IP Camera Repair: Pigtail Replacement on a Dome Security Camera

    This guide will show you how to replace the pigtail on a Dome IP Camera. Damaging the pigtail can be pretty frustrating. When you purchased your IP camera you wanted a good quality product, and you spent $100 or more on it. Generally, these issues come from installation mishaps, not sealing the RJ-45 connector at the end of the pigtail and leaving it exposed to the elements, or falling victim to vandals. The out of pocket expense to replace the camera can be pretty pricey. Luckily, we have a solution for you. It involves some work on your end and a little bit of time, but potentially saving hundreds of dollars by replacing a part vs. the whole camera is something that we think most people can get on board with. Continue reading

  • 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

  • How to Improve Security Camera Video Quality

    You can have video disturbances for several reasons. When you have cyclical video disturbances, ghosting, or colored lines appearing in your security camera video, they are 99.9% of the time a result of any of the reasons mentioned below. In any of these instances, it is a common misconception to blame it on the equipment, therefore we advise that you bench test your cameras at your location. Continue reading

  • Connecting a Hikvision or Onvif IP Camera to a Dahua NVR

    Dahua has built a pretty strong reputation for manufacturing standalone Digital Video Recorders (DVR) and Network Video Recorders (NVR) that live up to peoples expectations. Not only do they possess all of the features people have come to expect, but they also stand the test of time where others fail. With Hikvision arguably not having options that are as highly sought after, but with their IP cameras still being as popular as they are, it makes sense to look at Dahua to fill the gap. Continue reading

  • How to Repair Security Cameras?

    First and foremost, we'd like to state that any and all of what we're about to discuss can be harmful to your camera if done improperly. Having said that, you should not attempt any of the following repairs unless you are confident in your ability to properly do so. Also, It should go without saying that your camera should be disconnected from power before attempting any of this. Please feel free to leave any comments and/or questions in the comments section. Continue reading

  • Common Issues with Security Camera Infrared (IR)

    If you're not familiar with Infrared, it's what grants CCTV security cameras the ability to see in the dark. Unlike true "night vision", Infrared LEDs emit their own source of light instead of using existing sources; these LEDs essentially become a spotlight for your camera. While this is a magnificent feature to have in a camera, we live in an imperfect world and like everything else, it's not always what we'd like it to be. This short list of common problems people encounter with Infrared should provide you with some finer details to consider while installing your security cameras and potentially troubleshooting at a later date. As always, if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments section and we'll be happy to answer them. Continue reading

  • What is Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)?

    Glare is a very common problem for security cameras. Due to the environments in which they are commonly installed, it’s a frequent occurrence to be dealing with or adjusting for glare. Regardless of the surface or source that’s causing the glare, the fix to the problem lies in a particular feature that not all security cameras have. Continue reading

  • What is frames per second (fps)?

    Standard definition (SD) and High definition (HD) systems that run over coaxial cable have already had their cameras measured by frame rate. Once we understood what it was, it provided us with a good idea of what kind of capabilities a camera may have. Network camera, or IP cameras, are measured differently; instead of a frame rate, IP cameras depend on bandwidth. These types of cameras can still have their frame rates limited to certain numbers, but it’s really going to come down to what the bandwidth requirement for that camera is, and what the video recorder (NVR) is capable of supporting. Continue reading

  • Security Cameras - Common Image Problems

    There a lot of things that can go wrong with security cameras. The most noticeable are going to be problems with the image itself. The good news is that identifying the problem isn't as difficult as you may think. For as many things that can potentially going wrong, each one of those problems presents themselves with their own set of unique characteristics. Continue reading

  • CCTV Camera Lux Rating - A Simple Explanation

    Simply put and as it pertains to security cameras, a lux rating is a way of determining a cameras ability to see in various degrees of darkness. It’s very important to note that lux ratings for IR cameras are rated differently from cameras without that Infrared capability; be careful not to compare these two side by side as they are going to need to be interpreted differently.
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  • How to Install Security Cameras on Your Home

    It may seem a bit basic, but most people aren't in love with the idea of possibly defacing their home. Not only is it a matter of not creating an eyesore, but also the effective placement of surveillance cameras. There are times you may need more cameras than you think, and sometimes you may not need as many as you've planned for. Continue reading

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