How to Connect an IP Camera to an NVR (Network Video Recorder)



How to Connect an IP Camera to an NVR (Network Video Recorder)


For years, many customers have asked me what is the best way to to connect an IP camera to an NVR (Network Video Recorder). In this article, I will describe what I think are the best settings you should have in your NVR and IP cameras.

One thing I will recommend to you is to investigate how your network is laid out and have some knowledge of how many computers are connected to your network. This way, it will prevent any IP conflict when configuring the IP camera and the NVR security recorder. By default, all of our recorders will be set […] Continue Reading…

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Keeping Your Information Safe When Connecting to “Smart Devices”



Keeping Your Information Safe When Connecting to “Smart Devices”


Some questions that are always on people’s minds are, “Where is all my information getting routed to?” And, “Who has access to this data?” These questions are especially important when it comes to the new electronic devices making our home a “Smart Home”, such as our thermostats, Door Locks, Fridges, Television Sets, Light Fixtures, Garage Doors, etc. These devices are either connected wirelessly using your WiFi Router or a LAN connection. This means that if you do not take care of how this data is managed, it can land in the hands of an unauthorized user.

Firmware Updates 

Firmware is permanent software […] Continue Reading…

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A Guide to Motion Recording on Security DVRs and NVRs – Pros and Cons



A Guide to Motion Recording on Security DVRs and NVRs – Pros and Cons


Why do you use motion recording?

There are pros and cons of using motion recording, so this would be a good place to start.  The two reasons that I have heard from people as to why they like recording motion:  1) they don’t have to look through all the footage on their DVR or NVR to find an event.  2) It saves hard drive space.  There is no doubt that it saves hard drive space, but it is not often easier to find video footage.  For example, an outdoor camera can be recording most of the time because of how […] Continue Reading…

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Security Cameras – An invasion of privacy or necessary evil?



Security Cameras – An invasion of privacy or necessary evil?


It was 1984 and Rockwell must have seen the future when he flooded the airwaves with his hit “Somebody’s Watching Me”. The paranoid pop rant was catapulted to the top of the charts with Michael Jackson adding his distinct voice to the chorus of a song that spoke of “The Twilight Zone” and “Psycho” as the writer asked “can the people on TV see me or am I just paranoid”.

Fast forward 30 years and Somebody Is Watching You! From satellites hovering high above to cameras intruding on almost every aspect of your daily life, you might consider them nothing […] Continue Reading…

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CCTV Systems Networked Together: The Big Picture



CCTV Systems Networked Together: The Big Picture


You are benefiting from CCTV systems even if you don’t own one yourself. If you are saying “Huh?” to yourself, and asking yourself “How so?” That is a normal reaction and you are in the right place for some answers to this statement that might seem a little off the wall. Please, let me explain. Have you ever seen an episode of Cops, 48 Hours, or any of the other major TV crime shows? If you don’t know what I might be referring to you might want to check these shows out as soon as you can. If you […] Continue Reading…

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