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How Many Channels Does Your Security DVR System Need?

When shopping for a security DVR system, whether for your home or for your business security needs, you are going to hear a lot of discussion about channels. The meaning of the word channels in video surveillance lingo is slightly different from the meaning of the word in other forms of media. You need to have a complete understanding of what channels means in regards to a video surveillance system before you purchase your security DVR as channels play an integral role in the size of your system. I want to teach you about channels in this blog, so that you’ll be able to pick the perfect system with the right amount of channels for your security needs.



Q: What does “channels” mean in video surveillance lingo?A: “Channels” in video surveillance lingo mean the amount of cameras your security DVR system can support. Simply put, if your security DVR system has four channels, it can support four surveillance cameras. Eight channels can support eight cameras, and so on. If you’ve seen a comm…

What is smart IR for security cameras?

A common question that CCTV Camera Pros sales engineers are asked is “What is smart IR”? Smart IR is a technology built into some security cameras that adjusts the intensity of the camera’s infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object so that the infrared does not overexpose the object. Smart IR technology was invented to solve the problem of infrared LEDs whiting out images, such as people’s faces, when they are too close to the IR LEDs of a night vision camera. For example, this can easily happen if a customer purchases an infrared camera with a 65 foot IR range, but the camera is monitoring an area where people can approach the camera at a much closer distance (5 to 10 feet for example). Many infrared cameras that are available today include this technology, but not all do, so check your camera’s specification. Smart IR Video Sample The following video compares the night vision capability of a CCTV camera with smart IR to one without. Notice that when the man gets clo…

What Type Of Home Security System Is Right For You?

When securing your home, you want to best security protection money can buy. There are so many types of surveillance systems to choose from, it might seem like an insurmountable decision figuring out which one is best for your home. That’s what I’m here for – to help you. So, let’s talk about the different types of security systems to help you decide which one is best for your home. I’m going to begin with a quick synopsis of your purchasing options, and then I’m going to provide you with some scenarios to help you with your home security decision. Hopefully, pairing the two will give you the security – pardon the pun – you need to feel comfortable in your home security system decision. Let’s start with cameras: Security Camera OptionsNight Vision/IR Cameras – Night vision or infrared cameras are what their name suggests, cameras that can record images in the dark. Night vision/IR cameras emit infrared lighting that allows them to “see” in the dark.Dome Cameras – Dome cameras are sur…

How to Attach a Crimp-on F Connector to RG6 Coaxial Cable

Using a crimp-on style F connector with BNC screw on connector is a popular method or preparing RG59 coax cable for CCTV system installations. Almost all CCTV cameras and DVRs use BNC connections and RG59 coaxial is the most popular cable solution for CCTV.
Why use F connectors to attach BNC connectors? At first, it may not make sense to use two connectors to attach a BNC connector. Here are some reasons why professional and DIY installers use this method. Many low voltage / cable installers are already trained and comfortable attaching crimp-on F connectors to coax cable.Crimp-on style F connectors are much easier to attach when compared to other solutions, such as BNC compression fittings.Because of the way the coax core is exposed on F connectors, there is no guessing if you have enough cable stripped before you crimp. Some other type of connectors are not as simple to judge (such as BNC compression connectors) because the core is concealed when you attach the connector to the cable…

Whats is the Best Coax Cable for CCTV Camera Installations?

Not all coaxial cable should be used for CCTV camera installations. RG59 coax cable is the industry standard and best choice for CCTV systems, however, not all RG59 is created equal. Be sure to read the spec before you buy. This is what you need to know. Be sure to select RG59 cable with a solid copper core / inner conductor and 95% copper braiding. Look at the specification in the above image. These two elements are highlighted and the arrows point to the parts of the cable they refer to. RG6 can also be used for CCTV. It is also available with a solid copper core / inner conductor and 95%copper braiding. RG6 can be run farther distances than RG59 without video loss, however, RG6 is a thicker, more rigid cable which is not as convenient to work with (especially around corners). RG59 is rated at 700 feet and RG6 is rated at 1000 feet for analog CCTV. RG59 is more typically used. Can I use CATV Coax Cable for CCTV? Like CCTV, cable television (CATV) is also typically wired using RG59 …

Remote Access for Security System

Security is about peace of mind for your business and home but in order to achieve that it is important to have the right system installed having the top level of technology. There are several different camera types and system setups to choose from which is why partnering with the experts can help clarify the differences and provide cost estimates for packages. The most critical step in the process is to research the available technology and talk to resources that are familiar with the industry. The IP surveillance camera system is an excellent tool that can be used with the various camera options, DVR recorder and interconnected network. The benefit to this system above others is that it can be controlled onsite or remotely including camera re-positioning which puts the owner in control of what images are captured. It works with any size setup so that both small businesses, residences and large corporations all receive the same level of security coverage. Purchase surveillance camera…

How-to Embed IP Camera Video in Web Page

Although it is not their primary purpose, Glisten IP cameras support the ability to embed live video into a web page. This allows companies, organizations, and individuals to broadcast live video from their IP camera onto a webpage. Restaurants, hotels, and resorts that have a nice view or some point of interest can position a Glisten IP camera to capture these views and display the live video feed for website visitors to enjoy. CCTV Camera Pros has also helped people setup wildlife and animal cameras for this purpose. The possibilities are limitless as far as what content you want to stream. Please note that for highly trafficked sites, this is not the ideal setup because you will be limited by the number of simultaneous users that the camera supports and you will also be limited by the upload speed of the Internet connection at the location of the camera. If the webpage that will have more than a handful of users accessing the video stream at the same time, you should use a professio…

“Dining and Dashing” and Restaurant Security Camera Systems

Restaurants and bars can make for very successful businesses, but with success comes many opportunities for crime. One of the most obvious sources of illegal activity would be for your employees to steal from the cash register, but there are many other ways for your employees or customers to commit illegal activity. A growing trend for restaurant burglars is eating or drinking to their heart’s content and then hitting the road before paying the bill.
















Theft of service arrests, or arrests for people who eat and then decide to skip out on their bill, are on the rise. Although theft of service is not as prevalent in bars as it is in other restaurants, it can still happen if a customer is running a tab. This method of crime has been dubbed by many as a “dine and dash”, and an example of this crime can be found in the surveillance footage from the video below.


If you are a restaurant or bar owner who is having this happen frequently, you might be getting bamboozled by more than just your clie…

10 Innovations to Ensure Home Safety

Over the last few years, the home safety market has blossomed into a larger competitive market. There are many new technological offerings available to homeowners. Some of the products are designed to ensure safety and help catch would-be criminals in the act of burglarizing your home. Others are meant to help prevent mishaps and to alert others when an accident occurs. Millions of people everywhere are investing in home protection and safety equipment. These products help to provide a piece of mind to those that want to protect their property and loved ones. There are many different options to choose from. These are some of the most popular and effective products out on the market today. Some of the items on the list are quite inexpensive while others may cost several thousands of dollars. For most people; the cost to purchase and install these items is well worth it. If you can prevent break-ins and personal injury you would be saving money in the long run. Here are 10 technological…