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Point To Point with Nano M5 (Tp-LocoM5)

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Nano Station M5 PTP

Many Installers are requesting methods to connect their Security Systems. From running cable raceways in commercial buildings to installing conduit above or below ground in residential installations, running wired connections can take a lot of time – which equals more money to spend in labor. This article can serve as a guide on how to maximize the use of our Nano Station Loco M5. In this article we will be going to be utilizing an IP Megapixel system.

Example: IP camera System

Items Needed:

Before installing any hardware we first need to configure the Nanos. Lets start by Configuring the Nano that will act as an Access Point. This is the one that will be located at the Main Network.

Nano (Access Point)

Navigate to on your web browser.

If you get this page . Click on “Continue to this website (not recommended)”


This is the correct page you should see displayed on your browser. 1Once you are here you can log in using UBNT as Username and Password

Select your Country and agree to the terms of use by ticking the radio button.


Once you have gained access to the Main GUI, navigate to the Wireless Tab

Match the Settings displayed.

Wireless Mode: Access point
WDS : Enabled
Security : WPA-AES
Preshared KEY: UBNT2014

Hit Change but not apply.


Network Mode: Bridge

Static Ip

Match your Gateway as well as the DNS server. In this example we left this out as many networks are different.


Finally hit apply


Once you have applied the settings your Nano will restart and you can install the Access Point at the Main location where the Main network is.

Nano (Station)

Lets go ahead and open an internet browser.
Navigate to

1Use the following credentials to log in.

Username: UBNT Password: UBNT

Select your Country & Language

Check the radio button to Agree the terms of use as


Once you are loge in navigate to the Network Tab

Use the Following settings

Wireless Mode: Station
WDS : Enabled
Security : WPA-AES
Preshared KEY: UBNT2014


Navigate to Network

Use the Following settings

Network Mode: Bridge

Static Ip

Match your Gateway as well as the DNS server in this example we left this out as many networks are different.

5-STNavigate to the Ubiquity tab

Make sure to match these settings and hit apply .


Once you have completed both Nanos you can install them making sure that they both have line of sight between the devices, some minor adjustments can be done to ensure a good connection.

The Nano’s will lock onto the network by themselves or you can click on the SELECT button this will open up a tab that will display any Access Points in the area select the correct one and lock onto it.


If you wish to use the same settings as this tutorial you can download the configuration files here Configuration files- Nano M5. Download them onto your computer’s Desktop

There is a READ ME File which has the Configuration information that was changed on the two Nano Station locos

Once you have completed setting up your Point to Point Bridge we can focus on the location.

Once you have Downloaded the zip file go ahead and unzip it with your favorite extracting software like Zipeg  (Macintosh) or Winrar (Windows) Linux (Archive Manager)

Troubleshooting: How To Reset your Nano Station M5


In this illustration you can see that the Nano (Access Point) is in line of sight with the Nano (Station) that has an IP camera connected to it.



The Connections are simple

Site Side

  1. Connect the camera that you need to add into your Main network onto its own PoE Switch “POE Port”
  2. Attach the “LAN” Cable on the single port PoE switch to the “LAN” on the PoE switch from the Nano (Site)
  3. Attach the “PoE” Cable to the Nano Station “LAN” port.

Main Side

  1. Connect the Nano Station to its PoE switch  (“LAN” to “PoE”)
  2. Attach an Ethernet cable from your Router LAN port to the “LAN” port located on the Nano stations PoE switch.

*NVR connections are simple simply attach your NVR to the Router  by attaching a cable in between the LAN port on the NVR to the LAN port of your router.

Mounting Options:

The Nanos come already designed to be attached to a pole, there is a supplied Nylon Zip Ties.

nano Station contents

nano installed on pole building

The above illustration shows a nano installed using a tilt bracket .

This bracket is used to better position the Nano so that the bridge can be successful as both nanao’s need to be in line of sight.


Troubleshooting Tips:

If you have successfully connected all of the devices and you cannot seem to ping your camera on any device on the Station side, make sure that the WDS is enabled in both the AP and Station.

If signal is poor you can use the AirView Application to check your signals. If you are not that tech savvy you can use the Signal bars behind the units or simply log in to both and tweak your nano’s position.

Once you have completed mounting your camera and Nano stations as well as configuring your Nano’s, your system should be up and running. If you need to learn how to setup your DVR, see setup up your NVR

Also, to view your cameras outside your network, some port forwarding is needed. Since this is something that manufactures manage differently here is a link where you can search your Router’s make and model and find the correct way to complete this task. Ports that need to be opened are 37777,37778 and HTTP ports

You can also read this article

Basic Port Forwarding for the DVR & NVR

Our tech gurus can help you with this task as well. Never hesitate to give us a call and ask for any advice or help you with your system.



How to Connect a Microphone to a Security Camera System

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Powered Microhone

The importance of recording audio in a surveillance system

There are state laws that differ in what is allowed when it comes to Audio Recording. Some have 1-party laws where only 1 party needs to know that they are being recorded. Other states, like here in Florida require that both parties know they are being recorded.

When allowed and according to the law in your state, audio recording in addition to video surveillance can be very useful. For instance, in a retail/office setting, you wouldn’t be able to record your customers’ conversations, but you would be able to record your employees’ conversations (as long as they are aware they are being recorded). As an owner you would be able to find out if they were fooling around or planning to steal something. Another great way to use Audio Recording would be in an office meeting to document what is being said.

The possibilities are endless for the reasons why you would want to record audio, and please do not record anyone where privacy is an issue such as restrooms and changing rooms…it is against the law. If you know you are OK with Audio surveillance according to your state law, I am going to explain how you would connect a microphone to a security camera system.

Different ways to connect a security camera microphone

In each of these illustrations I am going to explain how to connect our microphone (product# MIC) in various setups including Analog and IP Megapixel configurations.

In an analog system, setting up a microphone is pretty simple and the great thing about an analog system is that you do not have to have the microphone next to the camera. You can have the microphone in a middle of a room and have the camera in the corner of the room for example.


In this configuration I want to connect a microphone using Siamese Cable to a mini DVR system from The microphone has 2 ports coming out of it. One is for power since this is a powered microphone. The other is for the audio stream. Connecting power is just like powering an analog camera. You will use a female power lead (PT-3) and plug that into the power port of the microphone. Connect the leads of the PT-3 to the 18-2 wire of the Siamese Cable and attach the other end of the 18-2 to a distribution box.

For audio, you will need an RCA male to BNC female (RCA-M-BNC-F) since the audio port of the microphone is RCA. In this illustration I am using the RG59 of the Siamese cable with a BNC Connector to transfer the audio. On a Mini DVR, the audio imports are RCA and so you will need the RCA-M-BNC-F in order to connect the RG59 to the Mini DVR. Note: You must plug the microphone to the same channel number as the camera you want to record. Since this Mini DVR only has 4 Audio ports, you only have a choice of Channels 1-4 for the camera.

In this next illustration, I will use basically the same set up, except with a Full Size DVR.


This configuration is the same exact set up as with a Mini DVR, except the Full Size DVR has a BNC Audio Port instead of RCA. So, the only difference is on the DVR side, you will not need the BNC to RCA converter. Just connect the BNC connector into the Audio Port. Note: Make sure that the microphone is going into the same Audio Channel number as the Camera Channel.

In the next 2 illustrations I have configured the microphone with plug and play cables that have Video, Power and Audio.


In these two configurations above, the microphone needs to be close to the camera since the power is being shared via a Power Splitter (PT-6). Plug one of the female ends of the power splitter into the power port of the microphone. Plug the other one into the camera. The other side of the PT-6 will attach to the female power port of the plug and play cable. The other side of the plug and play cable will plug into a power supply.

For Audio, just attach the red audio plug of the plug and play cable into the RCA port of the microphone. Plug the other end of the cable into the Audio-in jack of the DVR. For the Mini DVR, there is an RCA Audio jack. For the Full Size DVR, you will need a BNC Male to RCA Female Connector and plug that into the BNC Audio Jack. Note: The camera has to be plugged into the same channel number as the microphone audio channel.

In the next configuration, I will show you how to connect an IP Microphone to a IP Megapixel Camera.


In the IP world, the camera itself does the encoding for audio, so the microphone connects directly to the IP Camera. For our cameras at, the only IP cameras that accept video are the ones listed in this illustration and the next one. In the illustration above, you will need an RCA Male to Male Coupler (which is the only item we do not sell) to attach the audio port of the microphone to the audio port of the IP camera. To power the microphone you will use a PT-3 Female power lead connected to a PT-4 Male Power lead via 18-2 power wire. The Female connecter plugs into the microphone and the Male connector plugs into the power supply.

In the next illustration the IP microphone will connect to any of our IP Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras.


In this last configuration, I am showing how to connect an IP microphone to any of our IP PTZ cameras. The power will be setup exactly the same as in the preceding diagram. For audio, the IP PTZ has 2 wires coming out of it. Those 2 wires you will need to connect into a Balun-P and then the BNC connector of the Balun-P connects into an RCA-M-BNC-F which connects to the RCA port of the microphone.

In any of these 6 configurations, the audio is crisp and clear and you will be amazed of the quality audio you can record. Please, just remember to follow the laws of your state. If you ever need any assistance, our products come with Free tech Support.


No One Can Hide From a Thermal Imaging Security Camera

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Friday, April 11th, 2014

Imagine a situation where it would be important to find an intruder at night and Night Vision IR (Infrared) just won’t cut it. This is where Thermal Imaging will come into play. A Thermal Imaging camera picks up heat signatures of objects and thus no object or person can hide from its detection. This happened recently to find and detect the Boston Bomber.

Thermal Imaging Boston Bomber

In April of 2013, The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing, equipped with FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras, were able to find the suspect’s heat signature inside of a boat in dry dock after being tipped off by a witness that saw blood on the boat.

Thermal Imaging Cameras work by picking up the heat signatures of humans, animals and most objects that they emit. Recorded images will show in grayscale with objects that are cold in black, objects that are hot in white, and variations between the two in gray. Some cameras will display in color.

Another situation that a Thermal Imaging Camera would be great to use would be in an area where there should be no night activity like a row of stores. A Thermal Imaging Camera will register the heat signatures of all the cars in the area. Most cars parked overnight will register black (cold), but if a car pulled up at 3am (for example), that car will have the hood registering (white). If any alarms go off in any of those stores that car would be a good suspect, and should be closely watched.

Thermal Imaging is very useful in the marine environment and military engagements as well. Imagine you are the watchful eye of a beach or dock that you had to alert the authorities of any suspicious activity. Normal security cameras can’t project distances at night without IR but the Thermal Imaging camera can. Even if the would-be assailants came in by raft, the heat signatures of the warm bodied humans will be picked up and you can even set an alarm trigger for the movement of those individuals. For those that have to monitor illegal aliens coming from another country that system would be very useful. Also, if the enemy was trying to sneak in (even by swimming), there is nowhere to hide from a Thermal Imaging Camera.

A little history of Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging Cameras first hit the scene for military uses. It was developed in 1958 by a Swedish company. The military fell in love with this technology because for the first time they were able to see a clear image in complete darkness with the ability to view and target enemy forces through total black of night. Thermal Imaging Cameras have the ability to see through smoke, rain, snow, fog and any other weather, making it perfect for military applications.

In 1965, Thermal Imaging hit the commercial market being used for power line inspecting. Portable cameras were introduced in 1973, but were very cumbersome and contained liquid nitrogen as a coolant for the infrared detector. Finally in 1997 a Thermal Imaging Camera was introduced to the market that did not have to contain liquid nitrogen and was therefore not susceptible to breakdowns. This new technology in the Thermal Imaging Camera is called a microbolometer.

According to FLIR, the company that created the technology says “A microbolometer is a specific type of bolometer used as a detector in a thermal camera. It is a tiny vanadium oxide or amorphous silicon resistor with a large temperature coefficient. On a silicon element with large surface area, low heat capacity and good thermal isolation. Infrared radiation from a specific range of wavelengths strikes the vanadium oxide and changes its electrical resistance. Changes in scene temperature cause changes in the bolometer temperature which are converted to electrical signals and processed into an image.”

The introduction of the microbolometer made the Thermal Imaging Camera a practical device in both military and commercial uses as the cost started coming down.

Additional uses for a Thermal Imaging Camera

Big manufacturing production companies use thermal imaging since these cameras can detect overheating before a machine will actually break down. They are great for research and development firms that create products because the testing of products such as a blender would show if there is any overheating in the unit after many uses.

Thermal Imaging Car

Car Manufacturers are now taking advantage of thermal imaging to keep drivers safe. The Audi A8, for example, has implemented a thermal imaging camera to help drivers detect animals and people in the road that might not be visible with the naked eye. The monitor will show movement such as the orange slash in the picture above. That is a human crossing the road. You will also see a white area above that person and that is a transformer on a utility pole.

Where can I get a reasonably priced Thermal Imaging Camera?

thermal Imaging Camera

I’m glad you asked. For only $4,000 (way below the cost that big companies pay) you can own your very own Thermal Imaging Camera. Think of all the uses that I discussed above and I am sure you could come up with a few of your own. Back alleyways, waterfronts, warehouses, parks, parking lots…anywhere where the lighting is not good at night, is a great place to have a Thermal Imaging Camera.

You will find a great Thermal Imaging Security Camera at The OB-Thermal is their custom made Thermal Imaging Camera made exclusively for them. Security Camera King took the technology from FLIR and installed it in a custom-manufactured weatherproof box camera housing. It views heat signatures as discussed above and if you use this camera, there will be no one that can escape detection. A great way to use this camera is in conjunction with a Pan Tilt Zoom Camera. You can set an alarm trigger on the Thermal Imaging Camera for when it detects a heat signature out of the ordinary and the alarm will trigger the PTZ to zoom to the infiltrator and record along with the thermal signature. You can read more or order one at


How to configure TechproSS to display motion events when motion is detected

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Monitor Motion with TechproSS For Windows

Wouldn’t it be nice if you can get a separate window in your monitoring system that will display Motion events when they are triggered? Well, look no further because you can do it with our Client Software TechproSS For Windows if connected to a DVR, NVR and even and IP camera.

In this article I will show you how to setup this feature using one of our DVRs.

Video Detection Events

This feature on TechproSS For Windows allows you to see alarm events when they are triggered. The software is also capable of displaying events when there is video lost (Camera goes Blank) and video masking (Front of the camera gets covered by hands or spray).

You will have the option to display these events in the main window, or a separate window if you like. The window popup that is dedicated to show the alarm events will never go full screen, therefore you may want to set the video in the main window instead.

Where to download and Install TechproSS For Windows

You can download the latest version of TechproSS For Windows here.

Install TechproSS For Windows and click the desktop shortcut to run the software. The default user and password of the software is admin.

NOTE: This password is not the one that you use to access your DVR, it is just to access the software alone.

TechProSS-Login Screen
TechProSS-Main Screen

How to add a New Device to TechproSS

In this example we are going to add our 16ch Ultimate Mini DVR (DVR-LT16480MHD) to the Software.

Click on “Setting Manage”, “Device Manage”, on the right side menu.\

TechProSS-Device Manage

In the Device Manager, click the “Add” button.

TechProSS-Device Manager Screen

Enter the Title of the DVR and an optional description.

Enter the IP or Domain Name of the DVR, and the Port Number.

Select “DVR” from the “Type” drop down box.

Enter the user and password for login, and also enter the password in the “Confirm password” box.

Click “Save” to add the new device and “Ok” to close Device Manager.

TechproSS-Device Manage Screen2

Your DVR is now added and you can watch Live Video.

Test and connect to your DVR.

Click on “Device List” on the right side menu to show the list of devices.

TechProSS-Device List

To login simply double-click the name of your DVR. Another way to login is right-click and “Login”.

Once logged in, the red mark on the icon will disappear and a list of cameras and alarms will be available.

TechProSS-Device List Expanded

To view the live video, select the first video window, right-click on a device and then choose “Main Stream” or “Extra Stream”. This will load all cameras from that device into the video windows and will connect using the selected stream type.

TechProSS-Device List Extra Stream

Another way to add the cameras to the window is by dragging the device into the first video window to load all cameras; this will connect in “Main Stream” by default. Or you could select each video window individually and choose “Main Stream” or “Extra Stream” for the camera you want to add.

TechProSS-Drag and Drop

To logout right-click on your DVR’s name, “Logout”, or just exit the Software.

How to configure Alarm Monitoring

Click on “Config Manager”, “Alarm Config”, on the right side menu.

TechProSS-Alarm Config

Select the “Arm/Disarm” tab in the “Alarm Config” window.


In the “Add arm by type” frame check the “Motion Detect” box.
Select your device and check “Motion Detect” for each channel you want to activate. Do the same if you have multiple devices.

Select the “Activation Strategy” tab in the “Alarm Config” window. Select a device channel to be activated by clicking the + next to the device name.

TechProSS-Activation Strategy

In the “Type” drop down box select “Motion Detect” (default).

In the “Activation action” frame select the “Channel” to activate when there is a motion detection event for this device channel. For example, if channel 1 picks up motion you can have it activate channel 1 from this device or any channel from any device. You can add multiple channels to be activated.

Set the default video “Window” for this channel. This will auto adjust based on the activation order. For example, if channel 1 and 2 are set to window 1 and 2 and both are activated then they will be in the windows you selected. If only channel 2 is activated then channel 2 will be in window 1.

Change the “Stay time” to the length of time for the activated video to stay open. Click the “Add” button to add the action.

To edit an existing action double click on the action in the list, make changes, and then click “Modify”.

Click “Apply” to save the changes to.

Check “Alarm arm enable” to start the video monitoring, and click “Ok” to exit.

This will be the default action when the software starts up.

TechProSS-Alarm arm enable

NOTE – logout and then log back in to the device to enable the changes

Optionally you can use the Top menu or the System Tray menu to arm the alarm.

These menu options are linked to the global settings in the “Alarm Config”.

If “Motion Detect” is unchecked it will also disable all motion events.

TechProSS-Motion Detect

TechproSS Alarm Window

By default the alarm video will show in a dedicated pop-up window.

TechProSS-Alarm Video Default

To change the Alarm Video window settings click the “Config” icon, and select “Option”.

To use the main window instead of the pop-up then uncheck “Use pop-up window to display alarm video”.

To set multi-view for the alarm video, change “Alarm video window amount” to your desired multi-view.

TechProSS-Alarm Record Basic Setup

Set all devices to login on startup (optional).

TechProSS-Login All devices

Click “Ok” to save the changes.

Restart the Software (Close the software and open it again).

To show the alarm pop-up window manually you can use the Top menu or the System Tray menu.

You can also click on “Tools”, “Alarm Video”, on the right side menu.

TechProSS-Tools-Alarm Video

I hope this article helps you create this simple task to maximize the productivity of this feature.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail – From a Dealer Point Of View

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Why buy from

When you deal with, you will discover a new experience from a Security Camera distributor. I discovered this as a dealer for Techpro Security Products (The manufacturer and distributor of Security Camera King’s products. In my 40 years in the business, I had never found the level of professionalism, service, and quality found here. Need a quote? You will have it in minutes, instead of days, which is quite common with other suppliers. Need a shipment to go out fast? Same day shipping is the norm here, not two or three days later. Export? We do that, no problem. Worried about quality? In three years of working as a dealer for Techpro Security Products, I never had a bad DVR, and only one bad camera. This was out of literally hundreds shipped. The company claims an RMA rate of 1%, but my experience was better than that. Have a tech question? I have NEVER worked with better-trained techs in all my years. The sales people can answer most questions. The experts in the tech support department will quickly handle the tougher ones. In a very unusual arrangement for a company in this business, there are more techs than sales people. Because client service is such a vital part of the company’s ethos, we are growing and expanding to better serve our growing customer base. Yes, we always want to get that first order, but subsequent orders are far more important. That is the key to success. Excellence in product, service, and client satisfaction is our goal. We really understand that it is far easier to lose a customer than it is to get a new one, so we work hard to keep all happy.

As new products become available, we will carefully research, test, install, and abuse them. If they meet our rugged requirements, we will adopt them. Every one of the staff will be trained in the products, so when it becomes available, you can be sure that your questions will be answered intelligently. We will be bringing new products in regularly. Our latest is HD-CVI, a new technology that allows megapixel resolution over co-ax cable with long cable runs of over 1500’, compared to 300’ max for IP and HD-SDI. And, pricing is a good bit less than IP or HD-SDI. As it is so new, we have a limited product line now, but much more is coming. As they say, “Stay tuned!”

Where can you learn more about Security Camera Products?

As part of our drive for client satisfaction, we provide many tools to help you with use and installation of our products. Search Youtube for Security Camera King- You will find 299 videos that we have placed. Product descriptions, technical data, installation tips, troubleshooting, even some entertaining ones. A few are even scary, like a motorcycle crash in front of our building (caught on our 1.3mp bullet camera!) You can spend a lot of time on Security Camera King’s YouTube Channel, to your benefit. There are areas on our retail website, that are also packed with educational materials. Go to CCTV Learning Center, go in and check it out. We strongly feel that an educated customer will be the best customer. A truly unique area on our website is customer reviews of our products. And, no, these are not faked! In the event that we get a negative review, it will go up. I have not seen that yet.

Tech Support

Another area where we provide you with more is what happens if you have a challenge on an installation. Our tech team is happy to stay on the phone with you until everything is right. They can link directly into the system to make necessary adjustments or corrections. No charge for this service and it is available to you forever. This is a service that is just not found. As a former installer, I have unpleasant memories of being on terminal hold, waiting for a tech, and then finding out that he could not / would not help. Oh, if that product is out of warranty, we will still help you. I don’t think anybody else offers that service.

We understand that camera systems can be confusing and even intimidating. Don’t worry about it. Give us a call, we will talk. Newbie or old pro, no problem. We will explain the different technologies that are available and suggest the best solution for your application and budget. We will not try to upsell you just to add to the price. If we suggest something, there is a real reason for it. And we will take into consideration your level of expertise, or lack of it. Don’t worry about seeming unknowledgeable, we will be happy to help. We have solutions for just about any application. We have protected everything from corner stores and modest homes, to large scale military locations and DEA and CIA locations.

Going Global

Our clients span the globe: US, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad, Grenada, Barbados, Bermuda, Panama, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Grenada, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Australia. I hear some very interesting accents! Yes, hablamos Espanol. E Portuguese, tambem!

We are currently in the process of expanding our offices and warehouse. One aspect of this will be extensive video demonstration walls, highlighting our products, showing exactly what can be expected. This will be finished out in April. So, if you happen to be in Boca Raton, Florida, escaping the Frozen Northlands, or just on your way to the Keys, come on over to see our products and staff. We are easy to find, just two miles off I-95. The coffee is pretty good too.

Wrapping it all up

When you are considering a video system, it is very important to understand what you are getting. We only deal with professional level equipment. We have less expensive units, to be sure, but none can be considered consumer grade. In contrast to what is sold in the big box stores, all our products are built to a performance goal, not a price goal. You will get all that wonderful service I have explained, which you will never get from the consumer product resellers. Your security investment will be safe and will return benefits for a far longer time. Your satisfaction is secure. Some are tempted to bring cameras in direct from China. Yes, they are a lot cheaper. Support? Non-existent. Shipping delays? Yup. Real quality? One dealer that had used a Chinese supplier said he always had to add extra units to his order because of the failure rates. THAT headache will not happen here. Do it once, do it right.