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Marijuana Security Camera Law – Why it is Necessary and How it Protects Your Investment

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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After several studies were conducted over the last decade, Colorado and Washington State legalized the recreational use of marijuana after decades of it being outlawed based on information from the past. Partially because this is expected to stimulate both the local and state economies, several other states have begun to consider making similar changes in their laws. Politicians from across the country are closely watching how these controversial changes in the state laws will affect our society and economy.

The governments of these states are strictly regulating this industry and part of these regulations make the use of security camera systems a requirement to be a part of this lucrative industry, which is expected to generate over 2 billion dollars in 2014. This is not only one way that a good security camera system can benefit people involved in this industry at any level. Security cameras can also be a good idea because this industry is more vulnerable to theft as a result of the national bank’s policies toward handling funds for these types of businesses. High quality security cameras can even be useful during the growing process. In this article we’re going to take a closer look at these applications.

Legal Requirements For Marijuana Security Camera Systems

To get a general understanding of what these state laws require we’ll take a look at how the Washington State Liquor Control Board says that surveillance cameras must be used at any facility which is a licensed part of this industry. The DVR or NVR used to record the security camera footage must be accessible over the internet and be able to record video footage that is stamped with the accurate date and time. The DVR or NVR at any location which is a licensed part of this budding industry must also be protected by a lock box or similar method of preventing unauthorized tampering.

The security cameras have to be positioned in such a way that they can record video footage of the perimeter of the premises in order to be able to monitor both pedestrian and vehicular traffic traveling both ways.

At retail locations a fixed camera, which is able to identify all activity within twenty feet of all entry points, must provide video coverage of the point-of-sale areas at all licensed retail locations. There must also be additional cameras that are able to identify anyone inside this type of facility.

Growing facilities must have cameras that are capable of providing video in low light conditions located so that they will record video of all entrances from inside and outside the building and allow a viewer to easily identify the actions of anyone inside the building. Approaches to the premises must also be monitored with fixed security cameras. All areas where marijuana is grown must have a camera that provides an unobstructed view of any activity involving the plant, including the destruction of any waste.

Protecting the investment.

There are a couple problems facing this fledgling market because of the fact that federal government still considers this plant illegal even though these two states have made it legal and several other states have either already allowed the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes or are going to be voting on it in the near future. The first of these problems is that none of the financial institutions are offering financial services to any business that is involved in selling marijuana. The second problem facing this industry is the fact that the larger, national security camera installation companies will not provide their services to this type business.

The fact that banking institutions will not deal with these businesses means that it is becoming an all cash industry. A pound of marijuana sells for around 2,000 dollars so there is quite a bit of cash being handled and that combined with large amounts of the valuable product makes facilities at all levels of this process a tempting target for thieves. There have been reports of robberies happening all along the supply chain of this business: from the growing all the way to retail sites.

One daring robber cut a hole in the ceiling of warehouse where large amounts of pot was being stored and then used a rope to repel into the building. Once inside the thief gathered a significant amount of the valuable buds before figuring out that he couldn’t climb back down the way he came in and all the doors were locked from the outside. Another thief rammed a car through a warehouse door to gain entry. In yet another robbery people were dressed up like ninjas as they drove off on motorcycles after stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of product in broad daylight. These are just a small portion of the robberies which have been reported to officials and employee theft is always a concern in business.

Exacerbating the problem is the fact that all of the larger security camera companies won’t do new installations for anyone in this business. In many cases these security camera companies have terminated existing contracts without any advance notice. The fact that these businesses are such a tempting target combined with the hands off policy of the national security camera companies is creating an exceptional demand for the services of local security camera installation companies.

Helping to grow quality products.

Marijuana is in fact a weed that will grow in a wide variety of environments without any attention but to be able to consistently yield a quality product requires a lot more attention and care. There are many potential problems that can ruin these crops if you don’t address the issue quickly. Surveillance cameras can help to monitor the situation and allow you to respond quickly if the need arises.

In order to get a high quality bud, the moisture and lighting levels must be closely monitored and maintained throughout the growing cycle. These plants will need different amounts of these nutrients depending on the current stage of their life cycle and staying on top of the changing needs of the plant.

Insect and pest infestations are another thing that can be a sneaky and destructive problem which can ruin an entire crop. There have been studies published that say that there are 272 different types of insects and mites that can damage these plants. If an infestation by any of these critters begins then catching it early is the key to saving your crops.

The female of the species of plant is the only one that will produce the valuable bud. It is even possible for a whole room of marijuana plants to change sex, becoming males overnight if they are stressed enough in the early stages of growth. This stress can be caused by handling the plants too much, not being properly seated in the soil, poor lighting and many other possible factors.

The legal requirements, protecting the investment and that fact that surveillance cameras can help a business to consistently produce a quality product mean that finding quality video surveillance equipment and service are going to crucial for this industry for years to come.

For a cost effective approach to installing an HD Security in your Marijuana Retail Store, Marijuana Farm or Marijuana Distribution Center, check out an HD-CVI System from Security Camera King. It can record 720p over standard Coax cable and is Marijuana Law Compliant.


What is Encryption – How to Encrypt and Secure Your Data

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Monday, March 31st, 2014


It is easy to ignore the need to protect your Data, especially for small business owners. While large businesses have an IT department, many of these small businesses do not have that luxury and count on their Internet Service Provider (ISP) to give them the tools to stay connected. Small business owners frequently rely on consumer software which lacks security that is always monitoring the connections that are coming in and out.

Lets start with our Passwords:

The first step to think about with encryption is to start with a strong password as many software systems will require a password such as encrypting a file. Decrypting it will require a password to do so and if the password is weak it does not matter if the encryption is strong since you left the door open to your data. If you use a weak password a “black hat” hacker can break the encryption and access your files which defeats the purpose of utilizing this software.

A strong password should have at least 10 or more characters. It should include a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. If you need to have a password you can remember you can use a phrase. Just use a phrase that has 20 or more characters.

If after choosing your password you are still unsure that it is strong enough you can use run it through Microsoft’s free password checker. Never use a password rated less than “Strong.”


Encrypting your entire Hard Disk Drive:

Let’s assume that you already have login credentials (Username/Password) to gain access to your computer. This will not protect your data if someone steals your hard disk drive or your whole computer. They will simply need to use software to either remove the password by modifying the SAM file or in the case of a Macintosh computer simply popping in an OS installation disk and just simply click to change the password or remove it.

Microsoft’s BitLocker software makes setting up full-disk encryption in Windows incredibly easy, as long as your computer meets the following two criteria:

1. You have the Ultimate or Enterprise version of Windows 7 or Vista, or the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows 8.

2. Your computer has a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip.

The easiest way to see if your computer has a TPM chip is simply to attempt to enable BitLocker. Windows will let you know if you don’t have one.

To enable BitLocker, go to Control Panel>System and Security>BitLocker Drive Encryption, or do a search for “BitLocker” in Windows 8. In the BitLocker menu, click “Turn on BitLocker” next to the drive(s) you wish to encrypt. It’s as easy as that.

If your PC does not meet the requirements for BitLocker, you can still use TrueCrypt or DiskCryptor for free full-disk encryption.


Encrypting your external Hard Drives or USB Thumb Drives:

To fully encrypt thumb drives as well as USB Hard Drives, you can utilize “BitLocker to Go” encryption in Windows 8. It is especially designed for removable media devices.

All you need to do is to attach your removable media to your computer and once again go to the BitLocker menu. at the bottom of the menu, you will see “Bitlocker To Go” Section, where you can click and turn on Bitlocker next to the device.


Encrypting your external Hard Drives or USB Thumb Drives:

To fully encrypt thumb drives as well as USB Hard Drives, you can utilize BitLocker to Go encryption in Windows 8. Wish is especially designed for removable media devices.

All is needed is to attach your removable media to your computer and once again go to the BitLocker menu. at the bottom of the menu, you will see “Bitlocker To Go” Section, where you can click and Turn on Bitlocker next to the device.


Encrypting your Drop Box:

If anyone in your company or yourself use Drop Box, you will be happy to know that those popular cloud storage services already encrypt your data, protecting it while it is being transmitted, as well as when it is in their computer servers. The sad part is those services also hold the decryption keys which mean that they can also decrypt your files if, for instance, law enforcement directs them to do so.

If you have sensitive data, you can use a second layer of protection to keep it safe from any prying eyes. The easy and straightforward way to do this is to utilize TrueCrypt to create an encrypted volume inside of your Dropbox. If you have the need to access the data in other computers, you can use a portable version of TrueCrypt. Simply upload it to your DropBox and use it every time you are on a different computer. To do so, run the TrueCrypt installer. During the installation, choose the Extract option and choose to put the extracted files in your Dropbox or other cloud storage.


Encrypting your email:

Your email messages can contain sensitive information, which makes them a candidate for encryption. If you are using Outlook, keeping your E-mail’s it is easy.

Outlook encryption is not password-based. Instead, anyone who wants to use cryptographic security features in Outlook receives a digital certificate, which serves to automatically encrypt and decrypt messages. Before two users can send each other encrypted messages, they must share their certificates by sending each other digitally signed messages. It sounds sort of complicated, but the process is actually straightforward, and takes only a few moments. To set up Outlook for encrypted messaging, follow the steps in the official Microsoft guide.

Once you have received and exchanged digital IDs, you can send an encrypted message by opening the new message window, clicking Options>More Options>Security Settings, and checking the box for “Encrypt message contents and attachments”.

Sounds a bit complicated?


Simply start using Gmail before you would have to go and change some settings to enable the SSL. Now you can simply log in and start using your Gmail without the need to enable this. Session-long HTTPS has been an official option for Gmail users since 2008 (and unofficial for much longer), but Google says it hesitated turning it on for all since the encryption does slow down the service.

Surfing the Web in total Anonymity:

TOR Browser

There are many ways to complete this task. One of my personal favorites is using the TOR browser. It utilizes thousands of relays on its network and its intended to protect the personal privacy of users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored.

Here is a video going in depth into this great browser and how its growing in users.


Farm Surveillance – Installing a Security System on your Farm or Ranch

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Friday, March 28th, 2014


Farm Surveillance is important to every farm owner. One example is imagine it is night and you hear a persistent crying from your cow that is pregnant. You hurry and get on your feet, you pluck the soiled straw from your hair and look around anxiously. Has she decided to give birth tonight after all? You wonder if she is going into labor after all, as she has been showing signs of going into labor and it has been quite a while since she started showing these signs. It is a cold night and you have to endure the face-biting cold air. Weary from a sleepless night in your barn, you wait with grim determination for heavy labor to begin.

How many of us have spent so much time in our birthing stalls waiting for the moment?  I distinctly remember many such cold nights, sleeping near the cow that was showing signs, waking up at every sound she made and often checking her to make sure she was OK. Exhausted and shivering, I would look into the eyes of my frightened cow and wonder, “Isn’t there an easier way?”  Thankfully, there is.

It is as simple as adding a Surveillance System in your barn, so that you can keep an eye on your animals from the warm comfort of your home, instead of having to sleep on the floor next to your animals. This system can also be used to prevent any theft in your property for your equipment as well as your family. The security cameras can be set up to monitor your barn, feeding stations, birthing stalls, workshop, milking facilities, equipment, driveway, and home, to name a few.  These camera systems provide economical, cost-effective solutions and have literally hundreds of applications.  I tend to be frugal and thrifty when it comes to farming, but I judge a surveillance camera system to be a worthy investment for any rancher, worth every penny.


What you should be looking for

Predictably, there are a vast quantity of different types and models of surveillance camera systems.  Some are expensive while some are very affordable. Some have a few basic features; others are more complex. It makes you think, “What kind of features do I want for my surveillance system?” Each ranch or farm has its own unique needs and therefore it would be impossible to make such broad generalizations. Even so, I have narrowed down some variables to what I think are the most important features for any farming operation. While in other projects the cameras do not need to be waterproof, when it comes to farming you need weatherproof cameras as they are exposed to the elements it is essential to have a weatherproof system. A surveillance camera can take on several different shapes, and some are mounted on walls, while others to the ceiling or roof.

Usually, basic video surveillance systems feature one camera that you would monitor via a computer. One of my favorite features that I have come across is a DVR that would let you view the live feed as well as go back into the footage for review either by utilizing a CMS or a smartphone application. Personally, I consider camera systems that allow you to view multiple locations at once to be the most effective. The quality of the video footage is very important. Most of the cameras that are high resolution come with infrared LED’s allowing you to view at low light situations and at night. Most Surveillance Systems are Wired, utilizing Siamese cable and BNC connections while others like IP systems utilize PoE (Power over Ethernet) with a Cat5e Cable and RJ45 connectors. These cameras also have the ability to have motion sensing, letting you add the cameras to your existing Alarm System. All of these features are great when trying to keep intruders away, protecting your livestock and equipment. Additionally you can set your DVR to send you alerts via e-mail. If you have the TechproSS Plus App you can set the app to send you notifications when the camera senses movement. With a Surveillance System in your Farm or Ranch you will have the ability to view your Property without having to leave the warm cozy bed and if there is ever an intruder it will let you see their position and give you time to react efficiently.

You can also view your property from anywhere in the world as long as you have your system connected to your network and it has Internet connection via your Internet Service Provider. This is possible for the simple fact that most camera systems DVRs are stand-alone units running a Linux OS that will allow the cameras to be networked. In the IP realm the cameras themselves serve as their own self sustained unit. The only reason you would have a Network Video Recorder (NVR) is when you want to record the camera feeds. The IP cameras will encode all the data and some also allow a microphone connection to the camera. In the Digital Video Recorders (DVR) you would need to add a microphone and send the line back to the DVR from the microphone’s location.

There are new technologies that have arrived recently to the United States that make it affordable to have High Definition cameras. HDCVI is that technology and has this technology. HDCVI is cheaper than HD-SDI and IP, cables can be run longer than before at almost 5 times the distance. You can read more about this exciting new HDCVI technology here.

Of course there are numerous other features available and I couldn’t possibly list them all, but these are a few ideas to get you started.


Preventing Theft

With the widespread of unemployment, theft is spreading at a fast rate and mainly thieves are not waiting for night time. They are doing it at broad daylight when there is no one on the property, and there has recently been a dramatic increase of agricultural equipment and livestock stolen. With a fragile economic situation and with robbery festering in our country, purchasing a farm surveillance camera system becomes even more necessary. Although you may focus on outside thieves, sometimes your employees are the ones committing the crime especially if you have a large farming operation.

While each operation is unique in every way, a Surveillance System becomes an important investment that has large benefits to make a difference. Fortunately, there are numerous options and features available at affordable prices. This technology could and will make all the difference in how you farm. No more restless nights sleeping with your live stock. No more anxiety over stolen equipment or livestock.  No more wondering if your employees are doing their jobs or stealing from you.  With countless applications and positive results, these camera systems are paving the way to better security, stress-free farming, and safer lives. Next time you have some time come and visit or give us a call toll free at 866-573-8878.



The Differences Between HDCVI and Analog CCTV Security Camera Systems

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

When it comes to closed circuit television or CCTV systems, there are lots of different brands and types of systems to choose from. I am going to cover the differences between standard analog systems and HDCVI or High Definition Composite Video Interface (analog’s replacement in the near future). For the price of a high-end analog CCTV system, you can get an HDCVI system that will knock your socks off!

Analog Closed Circuit Television System

Analog System

Analog camera systems are the vast majority of camera systems on the market that are in use by the typical surveillance consumer. The best way that I can describe what the footage from these cameras looks like is the typical 7-11 robbery video that you see on the nightly news. With a standard analog camera system, the highest resolution you will get is 960h or 928×480 and most will only produce a standard D1 resolution of 704×480 or essentially 480i. This is equivalent to what television stations broadcast up until June of 2009. After the transition, all “full-power TV Stations” went into broadcasting HD. One of the best examples of the quality of the new transmission is before the change all the news personalities never had to worry too much about their complexion, after the change you could see the pores on these people and the makeup artists had to start working overtime to deal with the added details in their clients.

With a traditional closed circuit camera system, you will typically have a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) for encoding and storing of the video. A cable from the DVR location to the camera location, typically either a plug-and-play premade cable or a Siamese cable; there also could be an Ethernet cable with baluns used as well. A balun simply converts an Ethernet cable to a standard BNC connection; some can also send power and audio over the same Ethernet cable. A power supply is needed to power the camera from the DVR location. A camera with a BNC connector on it typically is under 700TVL or 700 TV lines.

Some of the higher end analog systems have great picture quality and are suitable for some people on the market, but with the fact that as a society, we have grown to expect better definition on any image or video we see. Over time, we will look back on analog camera systems the way we look back at vintage footage.

HDCVI Closed Circuit Television System

HDCVI System

Now you are probably wondering what the heck, another acronym in the security industry! HDCVI actually stands for High Definition Composite Video Interface, but think of it as high definition over any cable type. With HDCVI you will currently be able to get 720p high definition video, with 1080p resolution video in the very near future. While you can technically run HDCVI over any existing security camera cabling that has copper in it, the better the cable the better the results you will see. Let me explain that a little further. To receive the absolute best picture out your HDCVI system you should use either RG59 or RG6 Siamese cable. With most RG59 and RG6 cables on the market, they have more copper in them than most other cable types, and the shielding that surrounds the core helps to prevent interference from outside sources. The next best cabling method would be Ethernet cable (Cat5e/Cat6), preferably a high quality, with baluns. This is because with all the options of cabling this is the second best cable as far as copper content. You can use standard Plug and Play BNC cables, but keep in mind that the better the cable the better the video.

With HDCVI camera systems, you do get the same truly closed circuit television system that you are used to with an analog system, unlike what you get with an IP megapixel camera system. What that means is that all the cameras come directly back to the DVR (Digital Video Recorder) which is where the video is encoded and stored on the internal hard disk drive. This isolates the cameras from the network unless you have the unit connected to the network. Even when the system is connected to the network, it is protected by a three failed attempt lockout. What that means is that even if someone finds the system, if they fail three times on guessing the password, the system locks the account from access and continues to keep on operating as normal. It just helps to prevent unauthorized access to your surveillance system. With the fact that the DVR is doing all of the encoding, this helps to prevent lag in the video. What that means is that what you are truly looking at is what is going on in real time and not having the second or so delay from the live shot to what you are seeing. This is typically a downfall in an IP megapixel camera system. Another advantage of HDCVI camera systems are that all the OSD (On Screen Display), PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) control, and audio can be transmitted over the single coaxial cable that is also sending the video from the camera to the DVR.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a new security system, you can go with different options. You can go the traditional analog camera system route and have it be obsolete in a year or so. You can go with an HD-SDI (High Definition – Serial Digital Interface) camera system, which will give you some temporary benefits over HDCVI right now, but will be obsolete in a few years. You can go with an IP megapixel system that will give you the ability to constantly upgrade over the years. Alternatively, you can go with an HDCVI system which has some minimal limitations on the resolution at the time being, but this is the technology that will wipe analog and HD-SDI camera systems off the market. The cost of these HDCVI systems are only a few dollars more than a high end analog system.


Solar power and CCTV

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


A lot of Government agencies are utilizing Solar Energy to power their equipment that could not be powered in any other way than solar power. Maybe the reason is the equipment is in a remote area or for the efficiency and greener energy.

One reason that you would use Solar Power would be it is renewable energy.  Clean Energy does not depend on the grid. If there is a storm, this Solar Power system will still operate. Solar Energy has tax incentives. The Federal Government offers tax incentives for those who install these kinds of systems in their homes and businesses. Not only can you power your Surveillance equipment, you can also power a large amount of devices in your home and business.

Let’s go ahead and cover the basic math that you can utilize as a guideline

(Current draw x 24 hours) / Peak hours of sunlight = Amperage required

Current Draw : The amount of current (amps) consumed by a device in an electrical circuit.
In a Solar System, every milliamp of current that has been conserved can save a lot of money in the long run. You have to think about the total current draw of any application so that you can minimize total draw where possible especially with surveillance equipment.

Sunlight Peak Hours: Refers to “Solar Noon” which is when the sun transits the local meridian and it is highest in the sky. Depending on your location in the hemisphere and the time of year is the amount of hours you will get, usually people receive from 3 to 5 hours of direct sunlight.  It is the reason why Solar Power Systems are very popular in areas such as Arizona, Texas, Florida and other southern states.

Amps Required for your system : A Solar Panel is designed to absorb the sun’s rays as a source of energy for generating electricity or heating a charge controller. A special battery is used to store the power. This battery is designed to withstand the charging cycle as this battery will discharge and charge many times. The (DOD) number on a battery identifies how many times a battery can be run all the way down to empty before it is unusable.  Also, the battery has to be 10 times the size so that the Solar Panels do not overcharge the battery rendering it unusable. Standard Vehicle Batteries are not ideal for this task. A deep cycle marine or trolling motor battery is acceptable for this type of use.

When considering a Solar System some key points have to be taken into consideration.

Example :

Mr. James needs an installation in his property in Arizona. The front gate does not have any power source whatsoever and it is about 1,000 feet from any power source.  In this System we will be using an IPOB-EL1MPIR50 and a TP Loco M5 to connect this IP Camera to the existing network .

 What is the total current that this system draws?

We need to determine the total current draw for this type of system. So we would add the total draw for both devices. The IPOB-EL1MPIR50 draws 4w = 4000mA and the Tp Loco M5 draws 5.5W=5500mA .

Device (1) mA = Device (2) mA = Total mA

4000mA + 5500mA = 9500mA

What is the amperage needed to run this type of system?

To determine the total amperage we first must calculate the amp hours (Ah) required per day so we must multiply the total current draw by the total hours of one day which is 24 hours.

Total Current Draw X Total Hours of a Day = Amps per Hour

9500mA / 1,000 = 9.5A

9.5A X 24hr = 228Ah

How many hours of sunlight does this system receives?


Zone 1 = 6.0hrs        Zone 2 = 5.5 hrs

Zone 3 = 5.0 hrs         Zone 4 =  4.5 hrs

Zone 5 = 4.2 hrs         Zone 6 = 3.5 hrs

According to my location in Florida,we know that we get about 4.1 hours of direct sunlight. So we would divide the Ah by the average hours of sunlight that this location receives.

Amps Per Hour/Total Hours of Sunlight = Total Amps

228Ah / 4.1 = 55.6A

How can you  determine the Solar Panel Watts

We need to determine the size of the panel and wattage needed to operate this camera and the wireless access point. Solar panels are are rated in Watts at 17 volts. To determine the watts lets go ahead and multiply 55.6A times 17.

total current draw X volts in one Solar Panel = Total Watts

5.56A X 17 = 945.2W

In this example we need a Solar Panel that can produce a total of 945.2W

What size of battery do we need for this Application?

Lets say we need to provide at least 1-2 days of reserve.  Batteries are measured in amps.  Since we already know our total current draw for this system we multiply 9500mA by 48 hours.

Total Current Draw X 48 hours = Battery amperage needed.

9500mA/1,000 = 9.5A

9.5mA X 48 hours = 456Ah

The battery required for this system would be 456Ah a typical ‘deep cycle marine’ battery is between 60 and 80 amp hours.

Utilizing Solar Energy to power equipment such as a Surveillance System we first need to calculate everything to ensure that we have enough power and reliability to support the system being installed.

How to Install Solar Panels

Before you install any Solar Panels make sure you are cleared legally, some communities are not comfortable with Solar Panels being installed and others require a special permit.  Location must be either pointing East or West wherever it will receive the most sunlight.

Let’s figure your latitude tilt. If your location is below twenty-five degrees latitude, your solar panels should be tilted towards the sun in the amount of latitude number.  If the location is at 25 degrees latitude, you will have to  tilt your panels by 25 degrees.  After 25 latitude, add five degrees for each additional five degrees of latitude up to 40 degrees. ( 35 lat = 50 tilt and 30 lat = 40 tilt) At 40 degrees latitude,add 20 degrees of tilt to your latitude number. (55 lat = 75 tilt) Write down this on your notes. Lets assume these panels are being installed in a pole, in this case you will need a side pole mount. These are designed to hold about 1-4 modules and are mounted to the pole using U-Bolts. Some racks can accommodate different sized poles and are adjustable from 15-65 degrees. The best ones are the ones that will adjust in 10-degree increments.


After mounting the Solar Panels we will go ahead with our electrical connections.

If you need to make an Array of Solar Panels because your Project requires more output from the Solar Panels it can be tedious and very time consuming all depending on your wire termination. Preparing all your tools and planning what type of termination is essential.

  • Cut Wire to length make sure they will travel from one panel to another, make sure they will have extra length for any termination it is better to have more than to have less to work with.
  • Strip ¼ inch of the insulation from the cable end that will connect to your panel.
  • Crimp your connector to your wire if you are going to utilize a screw on contact or a multi connector.
  • Apply Solder to all terminals in your plates, by touching the plate with your iron then touching the solder to the plate, Not the iron.  Do this to all the panels in your array at the same time.
  • You can either solder bare wire to the solar panel terminal on all your plates or just crimp the contacts.  I prefer the Solder method.


  • Connect your positive (+) lead from the first panel to the negative (-) lead on your other panel in your array .
  • Connect your Negative (-) lead from the second panel to the positive (+) lead on your other panel in your array .
  •  Repeat this step throughout your system.
  • Keep any wires away from each other to avoid any shorting.


Parallel Wiring:

  • Connect your positive (+) lead from the first panel to the positive (+) lead on your other panel and continue throughout your entire array.
  • Connect your negative (-) lead from the first panel to the Negative (-) lead on your other panel and continue throughout your entire array.
  • Use conduit in your entire system . Use zip-ties and electrical lacing tape to keep all conductors together this will prevent any wire damage.

Final Connections


Connect your Solar panels to the Regulator input (- +) then connect your batteries (- +) last check your connections and voltage output ,make sure there is no issues with your voltage then finish your connections . VOILA!  Free Power.

Now you will need another of our Tp-Loco M5 at your base location to connect this camera to your existing network, it also has to be in line of sight.  You can do this same setup with any of our items just make sure your calculations are correct before purchasing or installing anything.  You can purchase any of our products at We will soon have some pre-built packages for this kind of system.


Final Product

Solar Powered Security Camera