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CCTV Power Supply and Electricity

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Using the right CCTV power supply is important. Without the right power supply, cameras will not function properly. This isn’t good if one day your camera goes bad and you get robbed. You would not have any footage to back it up or prove that you got robbed. With multiple options to choose from we offer a huge variety of power supplies.

You need to figure out before you purchase a power supply how many cameras your system will be running. You also need to know how much current each camera will use. I recommend to get a bigger power supply then you need in case you want to get more cameras, or just to make sure your power is adequate.

Knowing how many cameras you want is the most important role in determining whether you need a power adapter or a power supply box. If it’s just one camera you’ll only need a 12v DC power supply, such as the one pictured below.

1 Amp Power Supply

If you have 16 cameras then you might want a power supply box. You can mount a power distribution box on a nearby wall and plug it into a standard outlet. A power distribution box is also secure as it is a metal box and is usually locked and requires a key. They are also durable and sometimes weatherproof. A power distribution box makes it easier to manage the power for multiple cameras at a central point, which is usually near the DVR. It makes the camera installation look better and it’s easier to run cable and have it organized. Instead of having 16 power supply plugs, you can just connect all the wires into the power distribution box. All your wires that power your cameras can run easily into the power supply, instead of have wires hanging all around your DVR. The power supply plugs into a standard 110 volt wall outlet. There are 4,8,16,and 18 channel power supply boxes.

8 Channel Power Distribution Box

With IP cameras a POE switch can be used to send power over the Ethernet cable. POE (Power over Ethernet) has made it a lot easier to power cables and have network access. By having them be powered over the samecable that delivers data it makes it a lot cleaner installation and less trouble to the installers, or yourself if you are doing your own installation. An analog camera usually requires two cables. One for video/data and one for power. With an IP camera, the video and power can run down the same cable using a POE switch. This saves time and costs.

4 Port POE Switch

When you buy a new system and already know what power supply to buy it will save you a headache later on.

When buying a surveillance system package, the right power supply is usually included and it will be practically plug and play. If you need to get a new power supply for any reason, keep your eye out for how many cameras it could withstand and also the brand of the power supply. Also look for the UL certification to make sure it meets the highest safety standards.

When connecting wires to your power supply, make sure you have a screwdriver and wire-strippers. Also it helps to have a staple gun with rounded staples to secure any visible wire to a wall. It should only take a few minutes to install a power supply. However, if you are not very experienced with any DYI projects call your installer or a handyman to help you install it.

To avoid any problems in the future sometimes it’s a good idea to call a qualified installer. A professional. There are plenty of professional installers that will do all the dirty work for you. If you have the extra money it’s a good idea to get it done professional as they run wires correctly and make it look neat.

TIP: half an amp is 500 milliamps.

What does 12vDC and 24vAC mean? what’s the difference? Lets start with 12vDC. What does DC mean? DC stands for direct current, meaning its electrical current running through a wire is unidirectional (it only goes one way). The electrons keep cycling through one path going one way. This was made famous by Thomas Edison. He tried using it in houses and almost powered towns with it.

AC on the other hand stands for alternating current. It means electrons travel in two directions and alternate back and force. This is now used in household electricity and was made famous by Nikola tesla (The Tesla automobile was named after him). AC is what we use today. We use 60 htz, which means it alternates 60 times a second. The electricity switches direction 60 times per second. In the United states all wall outlets use AC power.

AC/DC… the band got there band’s name after there younger sister saw the initials AC/DC on a sewing machine.

What is voltage? Voltage is basically electrical pressure that runs through a wire. For example, on a battery with 1.5 volts it is safe to touch because 1.5V is too low of voltage to give you a shock. Although high voltage is dangerous like the 120V that comes out of a wall outlet. To begin to understand voltage you need to know what an electron is. A battery is designed to create the force to move electrons. Conductors (usually copper) provide a path for electrons to flow on, which is called current. A electron is a negatively charged particle that spins around the outside of an atom. Electrons are what moves through wires and make electricity work. When electrons move through a wire its called current. Electrons travel outside the negative side of a battery and are attracted to the positive side. But, never connect a wire directly from the negative side to the positive side, that will cause a short circuit. The conductor will get hot and the battery will quickly lose energy.

For more information on different power supplies, take a look at some of our CCTV power supplies.


Interesting Ways to Utilize Your Video Surveillance Systems

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


You can do that? Or, in other words, a few interesting ways to utilize your video surveillance systems.

OK, we know the basics of a camera system. Record video, see what happened. But, it turns out that there are quite a few unusual ways to implement video surveillance systems.

We have seen time lapse recordings of building construction, plants growing, and flowers blooming. Bet you didn’t know that you can do that with your surveillance system, did you? This was developed by Jose Malave in our sales department. He did a beautiful job with it.

Also, you can check out the whole article How to use an IP camera to create a Time Lapse Video for a Web Page

Another interesting thing is when you have two areas that you need to get video from, but there is no way to run wire. Across streets, across pavement, where you physically cannot trench or hang wires. OK, we have a solution for that. Our TP-LocoM5 wi-fi bridge will transmit video over 9 (NINE!) miles. You can also use these to get Internet to remote locations. Even VOIP phone systems. Your imagination is the only limit. Comparing to the old generation of wireless for analog signals, these are far better performance and far better costs. Oh, I said two areas? You can run many more that just one set. Each set can handle up to 8 two megapixel cameras, lots of bandwidth available here.


Our Wireless access point/bridge will allow you the ultimate flexibility when it comes to IP cameras and DVR wireless transmission. The TP-LocoM5 is very versatile and can be used in several different ways. The most common use is as a wireless IP bridge. You can use 2 of these units to allow you to mount an IP camera or DVR outside in a location that would be either difficult or impossible to wire to. You will connect an Ethernet cable from your network to one of these wireless devices, then mount the device outside (these units are weatherproof) facing in the direction of where the IP camera or DVR will be mounted. The second unit will be mounted on the pole, tree, wall or wherever you have the IP camera or DVR mounted. This will allow you to create a wireless bridge between your network and the IP camera or DVR you have mounted outside. One of these units is powerful enough to provide wireless transmission of several IP cameras or DVRs if they are in the same general location and connected to a switch. With up to 150mbps of bandwidth available and up to 15KM of line of sight distance capability, you are sure to be thrilled with the results. Each of these devices can be configured as an access point and can connect a non wireless device directly to your wireless network. When you purchase this unit from us, you also get our free tech support to help you with your configurations and setup. Oh, the price is right too! In the past, analog transmission systems were in the thousands of dollars. Now you can have a really good IP transmission system for under 200.00!!

How about a camera that will track an intruder? And also will generate an alarm if an invisible line is crossed? You can do that, too.

Here is a 2MP ONVIF Pan Tilt Zoom Camera (PTZ) that has an amazing auto tracker built right in. Auto tracking is the ability for the camera to follow an object such as a human or vehicle until that object is beyond the view of the camera.


One feature of this Auto Tracking PTZ is within its Intelligent Video Surveillance Function. Using virtual “tripwires” you can literally draw with your mouse on screen lines where you would like to put a “tripwire”. It will act as if you have a laser beam outside, but instead this camera is so smart, it knows when an object moves across this tripwire and will set the auto-tracking into motion. When hooked up to our NVR, it can also send an email alert when an object crosses the tripwire or set off a siren or strobe when connected to a relay system.

Patterns and tours can also be programmed into this camera. It comes preset with 5 patterns and 8 tours.

This ONVIF IP PTZ has a 4.3mm to 119mm lens giving you up to 30X Optical zoom, and comes equipped with a 1/3 inch Exmor CMOS Image Sensor.

At night this PTZ has a powerful IR of up to 250 feet, so day or night it will send a 2 megapixel (1080p) TRUE HD Image to our NVR.

This 1080p Pan Tilt Zoom camera also features a 4000 volt anti-lightening surge protector and is IP66 rated making it weather resistant.

There is also an SD card slot with a max of 64GB. The SD card is not included. A 24v AC Power Cord is included, as well as free tech support and a 2 year warranty.

Pretty cool, huh? For a LOT more info on these sophisticated features, look at an article written by one of us, Ian Bailes. He is much more than the funny guy dancing around on our product demo videos. Check out the Smart Features of an IVS Camera and what this camera can do.

Our suggested camera for this application, use our IPOB-EL3MPIR100L2812-US.


Have you heard about the newest tech in CCTV? 4K. 12MP video, supreme clarity. We now have a NVR that offers this feature, along with many more. NVR-ELHS-64-4K-DH, 64 camera capacity, hot swappable hard drives, Our 64 Channel High Definition NVR is a powerhouse of a security recorder. It can record up to 64 ONVIF IP Megapixel Cameras at the same time up to 12MP each. Wow! This is one of the most powerful NVRs on the market today. It also utilizes the new 4K display technology so that you can view your cameras on your Super High Resolution 4K Monitors. Of course the detail is amazing on a 1080p monitor as well.


The hard drives are completely Hot Swappable and are easy to install. Just click open the front panel and put the hard drive in. When you want to swap it out, there is no need to shut down your NVR. That is the great thing about a Hot Swappable Hard Drive capable security recorder. You can install up to 8 Hard Drives at one time. We currently sell hard drives from 1TB to 6TB, so there is a potential of 48TB total hard drive storage..

Another of my favorite functions is Facial Detection. This means that when the video catches a face, it will recognize that image as a face, record it on a special file, e-mail an image (if programmed to do so), and let you know to check it out. This is not a true facial recognition system that requires a huge data base, but a simple version. IPOB-EL3MPIRL2812-US is our camera with this function.

So, as you can see, there are a lot of interesting things that you can do with our camera systems, and probably a lot more not shown here. Please, let me know if you have some that you feel like sharing.


Using Security Cameras in Shipping and Receiving

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

HD-CVI Camera

Security cameras, also referred to as the surveillance cameras, are one great way of providing security at the place of work and at home among other places. Usually the cameras provide owners with video footage which is recorded when events occur. Security cameras usually act as a visible deterrent especially when it comes to criminal activities. Over the years, the trucking as well as the freight distribution industries have been faced with a lot of challenges, especially when it comes to security. In the ports, for instance, as well as in the distribution centers, the container parks tend to grow while the number of the incoming and outgoing trucks also tend to increase. This means that the opportunity of fraud, theft, and injuries, as well as other costly inefficiencies also tend to increase.

Security cameras and video surveillance play a very important role in the shipping industry, container parks, and in the distribution centers. The cameras normally assist in the prevention of any crimes by deterring criminals or perpetrators because they know they are being watched and at the same time that evidence is being recorded. The security cameras have opened new ways that tend to integrate with different security devices and systems that enhance monitoring and surveillance, hence improving the operational efficiency. In other words, security cameras tend to provide proven strategy that simultaneously improves and also reduces the security cost.

Preventing Mistakes
The security cameras are in most cases used to prevent mistakes as well as to monitor a company’s inventories. Some of the things that the cameras usually help with shipping companies is the prevention of losses. One of the effective loss prevention strategies in the security department of any institution is by catching the persons perpetuating a crime which could be in the form of a theft. Most of today’s surveillance cameras have the capability to enable the warehousing and the freight companies to track the warehouse deliveries as well as unloading and making sure that the trailers and trucks are fully unloaded. The cameras also document the fraudulent workers compensation claims in case of accidents that did not happen. More importantly is that the cameras help in the making of better decisions especially on how to make adjustments that can assist in improving the security around the distribution centers.

These are just two of many incidents(from where packages have been mishandled. With Security cameras these occurrences are less often to occur.

Companies that have many store locations, for instance, may use the security cameras to ensure that security is at par and that every detail is being collected and documented. The cameras are usually placed or fixed at one specific point in order for them to pin point certain specific activities. With such surveillance, criminal activities can easily be spotted and documented. These activities include theft and fraud among other acts that are illegal or tend to pose security threats for the company and the shipping industry.

Improvement of Operations
The security cameras also improve the operations for the shipping industries as well as company warehouses. Through centralizing the security cameras, the surveillance system tends to provide excellent tools for the management to use especially in the improvement of the operations. This system can then be used in monitoring the cargo movement in the freight terminals in order to review them later. As a result the management also tries to look for strategies as well as techniques that can be used to improve the efficiency on safety of the personnel, for example, and the loading procedure among other activities.

Security cameras help keep an eye on every piece of inventory a shipping company has. Also the security recorder’s will provide footage of when inventory was moved, where it was moved to, and who moved it.

Many companies use security cameras in their operations. An example would be to monitor trucks at the companies’ warehouses as well as at the distribution centers. The surveillance cameras tend to track all the movements that are made at that particular time. The cameras are able to record all the loading and unloading processes, the details of both the truck and the driver as well. One advantage of this kind of system is that it is able to provide visual evidence in the event when there is a shipping problem. This system plays a very crucial role in giving protection against intruders or any other possible theft that is likely to occur outside or inside any of the shipping facilities. In case of other mistakes that may occur, such as loading the wrong truck with the wrong merchandise, the cameras are very effective in recording as well as documenting where the problem was. This, therefore, implies that the truck is identified as well as the workers that may have done the mistake so tracing the lost merchandise becomes easier and effective. The quality of the products that are being brought in are also improved, for instance in case of perishable products, the cameras are able to track them as they are being removed from the truck. This implies that the suppliers of such products are likely to be very careful with the quality of the produce they ship in, since they know that they are being watched.

Tightened Security
In most cases, companies tend to acknowledge that there is a need to ensure that the company has greater security. Most often many companies tend to focus mostly on the human resources to implement the company’s need for security thus using a lot of financial resource for its efficiency. However, security cameras as well as the surveillance system tend to be perfect and also cost effective in patrolling the perimeter and ensuring security of the company’s warehouses and also the shipping facilities. For instance, the loading docks sometimes may be overlooked by a larger security department, yet this is a perfect place where a shipment can easily be shortchanged or even get stolen.

In the warehouse as well, good warehouse systems tend to have very comprehensive operational rules that are well backed up by appropriate security systems such as the surveillance cameras. This therefore implies that the guards only need to watch the video and respond to any security threats. The cameras also increase the scene safety for the response through providing clearer video.


Power Distribution Box

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Friday, April 10th, 2015


Power runs through everything right? Power is needed to watch your TV, to use your phone, and to start a car. So how do you think all of your surveillance equipment works? Well, if you have a Surveillance system in your home or business, or even your vacation home, you would know that in order to be able to view your cameras you need a power distribution box for all your CCTV equipment. Many of you may not know what these distribution boxes are, how they affect your surveillance cameras or how to install this box. Here at Techpro Security Products we will be sure to teach you a bit about these power boxes to enhance your knowledge and how they work to power your security camera system.

These power supply boxes, or power distribution boxes, allow surveillance owners to make it as simple as possible to manage and give power to their multiple cameras around your business or home from one central point. Usually the Power Distribution Box is plugged in at the same location where your DVR is placed. Our power supplies are very easy to install in your homes or for any of your other reasons. Each camera’s power cables all just need to be simply screwed into the power supply for the amp voltage. There are a variety of power supplies for the different amount or variety of cameras you own and must power.

Here at we are able to offer you a variety of power distribution boxes to go along with the amount of cameras you may own to be powered by. We also sell packages, so if you’re new to all this type of technology we offer complete systems that come with a set of cameras, a DVR to record, and the correct power supply needed to run your system. We take all the guess work out of the equation for you. You may also call our sales department who will be able to assist you for your best selection of your choice of cameras or money suiting for your business or home. We are located in South Florida and have expanded now to Colorado as well providing later hours for sales questions as well as tech support. Our power boxes provide a better quality electric flow than other small power adapters. They are metal boxes that help protect the inside from being damaged, and must be protected as well from any weather occurrences unless having the weather proof box to apply power to your systems.

The 4 Channel Power Distribution Box (PWR-4)
We at can offer you what we have as a starter, our 4 channel CCTV power distribution box. It is a 12V DC and 110V box. This is a high-quality and very reliable power supply box. Every channel is protected, not allowing fuses to blow. This power box can be mounted on any type of surface and plugged into an AC outlet to power up your cameras in no time. It can handle up to 4 security cameras. It is DC regulated meaning over current and voltage protected. It’s especially a perfect solution if you have a couple cameras set up outside your home in different locations because it could allow you to run your own low-voltage wire to each one.

4 Channel Power Distribution Box

The 8 Channel Power Distribution Box (PWR-8)
Our 8 Channel power distribution box carries 12 V DC with 110 V input. Use a large Phillip screw driver to open the box. You must punch out the ports for your power cables and attach them to the terminal block. Once your cameras are well connected you may turn on your power 8 supply box for eight cameras. Powering multiple amounts of cameras couldn’t get any easier than this. Connections are very easy and a highly recommended product for all to supply power to 8 cameras with just one circuit.


Weatherproof Power Distribution Box (PWR-9-10AWP)
In stock we have a 9 channel 12V DC Weatherproof power distribution box with 10 amps of output and is water resistant. This DC power supply box was designed for the use of being outdoors. It was meant for it to be resistant towards water and for it to be easier to use local power instead of using long runs to use power back to an indoor power supply. It can power up extra items that you may need for your system, for example illuminators, along side with 8 cameras being powered up. It is a solid built power box that will last a long time.


18 Channel Power Distribution Box – UL Listed (PWR-1810A-UL)
At we carry an 18 Channel 12V DC 10 AMP UL listed power distribution box for CCTV cameras. It supplies a total of 10 amps and can be used for most of your 12V DC accessories. This power box has an LED indicator. Also assuring a surge protection and power on and power off switch.


Distribution boxes as we all know are meant for powering your surveillance systems for your home or business. These boxes will supply power to turn on all of your cameras that are connected to your DVR recorder. Now, depending on what kind of video recorder you own and how many channels it contains to hold cameras will determine what kind of power supply you must obtain to supply enough voltage power to all your cameras in order to be able to record or view footage. Connections are extremely easy when it comes to connecting your cameras to these power boxes.

For more information or to take a look at different power solutions for your CCTV Camera System, check our our CCTV power supplies.


CCTV Testimonials and Success Stories

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015


We all like to hear about it when our systems do what we want them to do. Captures, employee thieves caught, bad guys being arrested, cool chases, etc. Here are a few good CCTV testimonials and success stories.

A Bar in California
Thirteen years ago, Tom Bromley became owner of Two Bits and a Bite Tavern and inherited a CCTV video surveillance system. Tom understood immediately the benefit of video surveillance as a tool to boost profits and minimize loss. He used the system to monitor and uncover dishonest employees and to improve operation inefficiencies. (How long are the cooler doors open each evening?)

But Tom quickly realized that upgrading his video surveillance system was just as important as using it every day.

The new high-definition cameras and monitors increase the accuracy and range of the viewing angle. With stunning 1080p resolution, images are sharper than ever before…even at night, and even when you zoom in. Crisp detail and clear facial recognition kept the Tavern business safer and employees more productive.

“The new high-definition system is excellent. You get more of a view and the detail…it’s just amazing.”

In fact, just recently, a customer accidentally backed into his building causing significant damage to his front entry posts. With high-definition images the car and driver were easily identified, captured on a thumb drive, and an expensive repair bill saved. “If I did not have high definition, I wouldn’t have even known who it was. That saved me $4000 right there in one incident.”

A Grocery Store
“We’ve had our Camera system since 2002. Over the years we have upgraded and now have 24 cameras watching the entire floor….cashiers, stock room, delivery area and parking lot. My previous expertise in loss prevention in the grocery industry taught me that a good surveillance is mandatory to reduce and control shrinkage, employee theft, and shoplifting.

But while controlling inventory shrink is vital, it is not the only benefit of installing a good CCTV system. We use it for vendor theft issues, to help increase employee productivity, and liability issues…it’s just like having a lawyer on your side!

There’s no question that there is more effort and support on the floor as we can monitor from our office and our home. It definitely makes a big difference. The remote viewing is key for us. The peace of mind you get from knowing you can view from home or anywhere in the world is so positive for us and the store, it’s huge! We love the new I-phone app, now we’re really connected.

Our camera system is an essential part of our business and mandatory for a meaningful loss prevention program. If you add in labor, productivity, deterring theft, and peace of mind, it can literally pay for itself IN MONTHS!”

A Major Hardware Home Improvement Store
“Most theft is not external, it is internal…employee theft. I think that this is one of the obstacles in many owners minds about moving ahead with cameras. It’s hard to imagine somebody you know is actually stealing from you.

It’s up to ownership as to how they want to control theft, internal and external. But good controls like our video system have a very high return on investment…and that adds more to the bottom line profit.

A big plus is being able to watch your entire store from our office. Right now I’m watching activity on aisle 4. I’m watching my sales staff work. I’m watching patterns…these areas we have had issues with….our shrink is noticeably down.

Our core shrink is probably 45k annually (cost basis) which is quite a bit. I’m talking 70k retail. We’ve made profit but I know if I can cut my shrinkage by a third, I can pay for the system. And that’s just for the first year. Years 2,3,4,and 5 would be gravy. That gives us more profit and more money to re-invest into our business.

Everybody likes to save money, but what you really get with our Video System is peace of mind knowing we are protected 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We should have done this 2 years ago.”

A Word from the Sales Department
One of my favorite clients is Night Hawk Security here in Boca Raton. He offers a service that is very interesting and valuable. They provide security camera monitoring of your system. Their operators are on duty 24 / 7 , watching protected areas. When something happens, they dispatch responders and tell them exactly what is happening. Cops know where the bad guys are, how many, and if they are armed. A LOT safer and more effective. If it’s just one kid, looking to steal something, send a guard. Three guys with guns trying to steal a big boat, send more. This takes a camera system from being reactive, showing what happened, to a proactive system, showing what is happening right now. Huge advantage. Watch these videos. First, detecting a fire at a marina before it spreads.

Night Hawk scores again! Thieves apprehended before they even got inside!

A domestic violence event at a condo building-

Scott, the owner of Night Hawk, offers his service to all installing dealers. If you are interested, we will send contact information. As the video is transmitted via internet, distance and location is unimportant.

This one is actually a TV show, but is very informative dealing with shoplifting.

Another from the same TV show, a lumber yard I have been to many times-

Shell Lumber & Hardware-Miami Undercover specialists converge in Miami to rescue a massive home improvement store that’s under siege by shoplifters. The team will work night and day exposing outrageous scams and ridiculous alibis. Watch as they tackle a ring of thieves stealing a forklift, and a weekend warrior trying to pinch a new power tool. But their biggest challenge comes during a sting to expose the clever thief who’s making off with thousands of dollars worth of pricey lumber

Those were some very brazen guys! Without the cameras, they would have no idea what was happening.

If you have any success stories, please share with all of us. We will be happy to give you full credit for your accomplishments.

If you would to see some of our cameras in action, check out some of our security camera day/night video examples.