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Security Camera System Guides

  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Security Cameras

    When installing a security camera system it is important to protect that investment. Security cameras are sensitive electronics packed inside plastic or metal shells. The construction materials offer some protection. Outdoor security cameras are subject to the elements like wind, rain, and lightning. It’s important to avoid cutting corners when installing cameras. Following our guide will give you some helpful hints to avoid the hassle of broken cameras.

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  • How To Use Video Baluns With Security Camera Systems

    Baluns are more easily understood as a way to make BNC 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 video 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

  • 2K vs 4K Security Cameras and Systems

    When searching for security cameras to buy you may be confused by all of the jargon or details involved with camera resolution. There are three important resolutions to consider when looking for surveillance cameras:

    • 1080P Full HD
    • 2K 4MP QHD
    • 4K 8MP UltraHD

    In the past 1080P cameras were the most popular security camera in the industry. With the advent of new technology, higher resolution cameras like 2K and 4K are becoming more affordable.

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  • How to Fix Monitor Display Problems with your Security Camera Recorder

    If you are having issues with using a monitor or TV to view your security camera system it usually relates to the resolution that the system is trying to display. It's important to take the necessary troubleshooting steps to gather information on why the display is not working. Often times it's easy to assume that the port is no longer working though it can be remedied by double checking settings.

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  • Checking Security Camera System Log File

    When you encounter an issue with your security camera system it is important to take necessary troubleshooting steps. To aid with troubleshooting our recorders save system logs. They are accessible by using the Info section on the Main Menu of the recorder. This allows you to select a given date range to search for logs. The logs provide useful information that contain codes or relevant troubleshooting information. Some important logs include: powering off/on, restarts, Hard Disk errors, and account access.

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  • How to setup an IP camera system on the network

    What are IP 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 view a Security Camera System on Two Monitors

    Most of our security camera video recorders feature dual video outputs that include a VGA and HDMI connector. These two video outputs display the same exact screen, meaning what you see on your VGA monitor will be the same as the HDMI monitor. They will not allow you to have your cameras split between two screens. For customers looking to have their security camera system displayed in a split screen view between two monitors, we suggest the purchase of our recorders with Dual HDMI outputs.
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  • How to use your Security Camera System

    In this comprehensive video guide, we demonstrate the plethora of basic functions that our security camera recorders have to offer. After you purchase your system, this guide is a starting point for learning how to use your security camera system. We start from learning to login to the recorder, and end with downloading video from the recorder and playing it back on your PC. For other functions, feel free to check out our DVR NVR help section.
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  • CCTV Security System Consultations and Education

    Consultations are quickly becoming a lost art form in the CCTV security camera industry. There is an ever widening gap in our understanding of what a consultation in this industry actually means. In the spirit of educating ourselves, let’s begin. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Securing Your CCTV Security Camera System

    Electronics are very obvious targets for theft. The security cameras and video recorders that are meant to deter criminal activity can, at times, become the target. Paying attention to where and how you’re installing your security cameras and DVR can make a world of difference in keeping them out of the hands of would-be thieves. Continue reading

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