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TechPro Security Products – 2015 – Our Biggest Year Ever!

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Monday, June 1st, 2015

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In 2015, Techpro Security Products, manufacturer of surveillance systems, security tech and equipment for residential and commercial markets, and it’s retail site SecurityCameraKing.com, saw its largest and fastest expansion to date. Starting with one facility in Boca Raton, Florida, the company now has opened a brand new location in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

This new 9500 square foot facility has almost over 4000 feet of office space, and almost 5000 square feet of warehouse space, which allows us incredible flexibility for product storage and shipping.

Previously, deliveries of our security systems to the west cost of the united states could take up to 5 days or more depending on location, but now with the new Colorado warehouse, no matter where you are in the contiguous united states, we can usually deliver your security system within 3 business days. The new location also allows us to provide tech support for several additional hours, extending our tech support until 8PM EST!

Over the past few years, Techpro Security and SecurityCameraKing.com have become the leading experts in I-502 and Amendment 64 Compliance. Each of these painstakingly designed security packages is created specifically to pass government inspection and meet all I502 and Amendment 64 the requirements.

Also in 2015, Techpro security products continued it’s expansion by acquiring e-Line technology. In addition to greatly expanding our total inventory with hundreds of new and innovative security products, this acquisition allows TechPro to enter the distributor market and give the company an overall wider reach. With the combined strengths of Techpro Security Products, SecurityCameraKing.com, and e-Line Technology under one roof, the future is looking bright.

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Low Powered FTP Server with Raspberry Pi Goodness.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

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There comes a time where you need to have an FTP server and do not want to spend money on a machine that will be there 24/7. Here is the solution. All you will need are the following items and some optional ones to make it awesome ;).

(1) Raspberry Pi B /B+ or 2.

(1) 2amp 12VDC Adapter [USB] for power.

(1) USB to Sata Drive, for storage

Installing the OS Image onto the SD Card
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Lets start by installing the image of Raspbian onto an SD card, I will be using a 32GB Class 10 SD card. These are great as they are fast and reliable.

Lets find the letter that the computer assigned the SD card and lets open the SD formatter tool, format the correct drive and move onto opening up the Win32 Imager tool.

select the correct Image and hit “Write” this will take some time so go make a cup of coffee…..

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Once we have done this we will install the SD Card onto the raspberry pi ensuring that it is well seated. Lets turn it on by connecting the USB Connection.

Go ahead and expand the system files, select the “PI” Password and your local time. I also changed my local host name as I will be using this raspberry pi for other purposes and I already have another in my home network. After this is done the raspberry pi will boot up asking for a username and password. I elected to leave it in “command line mode” I do not need it to be running a desktop style background for this and it helps with performance. If you are skilled, you can also overclock this baby and just add heat sinks and fans to cool down the raspberry pi.

Installing updates

Lets go ahead and download any updates and install them, we will do this by imputing the following code onto the terminal

#sudo apt-get update

#sudo apt-get upgrade -y

This will take some time, after this is done we will install “VSFTPD

#sudo apt-get install vsftpd -y

After this is done we need to use nano to edit a configuration file we do this by imputing the following command.

#sudo nano /etc/vsftpd.conf

We will need to edit some lines and writout the file and exit.

Here are the lines that need to be changed.

anonymous_enable=YES  
to 
anonymous_enable=NO

We need to uncomment a few things to enable them. Uncomment by removing [#] 

#local_enable=YES 
to 
local_enable=YES

If you want to enable FTP uploading for the user in their home directory, uncomment the write_enable line by changing

#write_enable=YES

to

write_enable=YES

You have the ability to have users locked onto their home directory

chroot_local_user=YES

After this click on CRTL + O to write out the file and exit by clicking on CTRL X
We next need to enable FTP Root user this may be already set but its good to check you can also add pi to the list or any other users.

We will use again the awesome command nano.
#sudo nano /etc/ftpusers

Uncomment the
#root

After this click on CRTL + O to write out the file and exit by clicking on CTRL X
You also want to change the Root Password to set the root password use the following command where root can be any other user.

#sudo passwd root

This will ask you for a new password and confirm it by imputing once again.

We will then restart the service by entering the following command.

#sudo service vsftpd restart

This will allow you to log into your system via FTP but there is more you will need to add a USB External Drive so as to not use the internal storage on your SD card.

We will do this by shutting down your raspberry pi and plugin your USB External drive onto the raspberry pi USB ports.

We will use the following command as we do not want to just unplug the raspberry pi as a method to shutting it down.

#sudo shutdown -h now

Setting up an External Drive to handle the files

We will need to ssh into the raspberry pi once more and input the following command to create some directories.

#sudo mkdir /media/shares

#sudo mkdir /media/shares/data

Then we input:

#sudo blkid

This will give you the following output, in mine it is

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our drive is /dev/sda1 with a UUID=”3CD8-1613″

Once you know this information you will need to input this command

#sudo nano /etc/fstab

Add this line

#UUID="3CD8-1613/media/shares/data auto uid=pi,gid=pi,noatime 0 0

hit CTRL + O to write out the file and exit by CTRL + X

Then we mount the drive by using this command:

#sudo mount -a

after this you should be able to access the folder/files

#cd /media/shares/data

and display the file contents using

#ls -lah

If you external Drive has a format of NTFS we will need to install ntfs-3g

#sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

then mount your drives

#sudo mount -a

Once you have done this we will move to our Recorder.

Setting up our NVR/DVR to send information to our Low Powered FTP Server

We will need to access the recorder’s IP address – in my case it is 192.168.1.130

I have the default passwords set for this demonstration.

I navigate to the “Setup” tab then select the “Network” tab and finally click on “FTP”

A new window will appear and we will be imputing the Raspberry Pi FTP servers IP address.

Host IP = 192.168.1.134

Port = 21 (default) can be changed in the raspberry pi.

User Name = root (lower case)

Password = your password

remote directory is = /media/shares/data

File Length = I set this to 20 Minutes

Image Upload Interval = 2 (Default)

Channel = All ( Or any of your choosing)

and select the periods and recording based on motion, alarms or Regular. Click on Save and you are done.

Once last thing is to set the Raspberry pi to that specific IP address, meaning Static IP Address.

Setting the Raspberry Pi Static IP Address

Setting up the RPI to Static IP is simple.

Log in as usual with SSH using Putty

We will back up some files just in case.

#sudo cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.sav

Then we will open the configuration file

#sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

uncomment the line “iface eth0 inet dhcp”

It should be

#iface eth0 inet dhcp

then we will add
 # The loopback interface
 auto lo
 iface lo inet loopback
 auto eth0
 iface eth0 inet static
 #your static IP
 address 192.168.1.118  
 #your gateway IP
 gateway 192.168.1.1
 netmask 255.255.255.0
 #your network address "family"
 network 192.168.1.0
 broadcast 192.168.1.255

The comments will let you know what items to change in my case I only had to change the IP address to 192.168.1.134.

Voila!
You are done. Reboot the RPI and you should be set.

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How to Integrate a 2 Door DX Access Control Board and Our DVRs with Alarm Inputs

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Access Control has been a booming part of the security industry, and within the last year we started to dabble in it ourselves. We have written several articles on wiring as well as how to configure the software, so this article’s purpose will not be demonstrating that. I will show a bit of wiring, but my main goal with this article is to connect a 2 Door DX Access Control Board to a 32 CH DVR we have in our office. You may be familiar with the alarm inputs of the DVR or you may not, makes no difference. The reasoning for connecting this board to the alarm inputs on the DVR is simple. For example, you might have a side door to your building and you want to know every time someone enters or exits it. It may not be practical to have the live recording showing all the time that shows you when a card is scanned via the DX software. If you had an entire security system from us including cameras and a DVR, you could mount a camera on both sides of this door and every time someone enters or exits have the camera blow up full screen on your monitor. Well, what if I am busy and not watching the monitor? I can show you how you can also have the camera send a snapshot to your email when someone swipes a card or pushes the push to exit.

Keep in mind that the reader and push to exit are on opposite sides of the door, so you will have to configure this in a way where when either is used to enter or leave you get a snapshot of both cameras, outside and inside, and the DVR will start to record on both channels as well. It is easy so lets get into it.

PLEASE, BY NO MEANS AT ALL, DO NOT LET A MAG LOCK OR DOOR STRIKE BE YOUR ONLY MEANS OF SECURITY. A DEAD BOLT OR LOCKING THE DOOR HANDLE WILL STILL BE NECESSARY!

First, you need to wire the access control system, and you can see a picture representing my explanation below. I have 12v power coming into the board powering the entire board, and it will also power the lock and the push to exit as well. Then I have a jumper going from 12V+ to the COM (Common) port for DR1 (Door 1). This jumper powers the pole in that relay for your NO (Normally Open) or NC (Normally Closed) Device for DR1. The mag lock I used is a NC device so I then have a wire running from the NC of DR1 to the 12v+ of the lock. Then there is another wire running from DR1 GND(Ground) to the 12V- of the lock. This gets power to your lock through the board and allows it to be controlled as a NC device.

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Now, you need to have the reader setup and access allowed in the software for your card or fob. As I said before, this article is not to teach you how to wire, I am assuming you have the reader hooked up, and at this point the lock wired and access granted within your software for your fob.

Now we need to get the access control board wired to the DVR. This is exactly the same as wiring the lock to the board. You will run a wire from the NC of DR1 on the board to the first alarm input on the back of the DVR. Then run a wire from the GND of DR1 on the board to the ground a few spaces to the right of the alarm in on the DVR. That is all that needs to be wired to the DVR for this to work. Easy, right? See Below.

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Now all that needs to be done is to wire the push to exit to the board. The one I am using uses the red wire for normally open, and the white wire is for COM. You need to run the NO from the push to exit to a block to the right of the 12V+- for the board so the NO of the exit button goes to P1 (Push 1), then the COM for the exit button runs to the GND to the right of P1.

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Now all that is left is to configure the DVR to do what you want it to do. I have my DVR configured to have channel 1 go full screen when the reader or push to exit are used, and I will also have an email with a snapshot be sent to my email. The way you need to do this is to go into the main menu and find the alarm tab, then you will need to configure the alarm input#1. The event type will be “Local Alarm” and set for alarm in 1, and for this scenario it is a NC Device. Then we will set “Record Channel” to 1 and 2. This way both cameras on both sides of the door record. Then for the two channels to go full screen you need to enable the tour under display, but make sure the only tour selected is for 36 view in this case. Ultimately, you need to enable the tour and have only the full camera grid selected so 16 if its a 16 channel so on so forth. Then, back under the alarm tab enable tour and select channels 1 and 2, or which ever two channels are on this door. Then when the lock releases it will go from all cams to channel 1 then after 5 seconds switch to channel 2 then after another 5 seconds it will go back to all cameras. For email, make sure the email page is configured and once it is, under alarm enable snapshot and “send email” then select the two channels you need the snapshots from and you are all set. Please review all my pictures and make sure everything is configured correctly. If you need any help with a setup of your own please feel free to contact our support at (866) 573-8878 option 3 and we will be more than happy to help you.

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Your CCTV system was hacked! Can you prevent it?

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

In the last few years the CCTV industry went through major changes, from analog to digital and from stand alone to network connected. And, setting up a system today, you need more knowledge in networking then in Video Audio systems. The majority of end users prefer their system connected to their business or home computer network. The main advantage of that decision is so they can access their CCTV system from multiple devices or multiple locations. The main disadvantage of such ability is security.

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3-4 years ago, the main complaints about the failure of the surveillance system were fairly ordinary: splattered paint, broken camera, stolen camera, failure to record and etc. Today, when your CCTV system is integrated into your corporate network, the system becomes a target as well as a weak spot for hackers that will take advantage and will use your CCTV system to do one of of the following:

  1. Watch and listen to any video/audio content that your system is recording or viewing
  2. Share the privacy of your home with the rest of the world
  3. Access your computer network through the back door of the CCTV system
  4. Simply turn your system off when they need to illegally infiltrate your property

Be sure to consult with experts in the installation of video surveillance systems. They are always exploring new as well as the most likely vulnerabilities. In each case, security protection requires expertise and may result in a high or low degree of protection of CCTV devices. But, right now, I want to talk about the basic configuration of a security setup for a CCTV system that will eliminate 99% of the hack attempts on your system. Here is an example!

In the last couple of weeks we started to get phone calls from customers that complained about strange occurrences with their DVR/NVR. When they access their security recorder through a web-interface they cannot view their cameras under live preview. An error message pops on their screen that says, “No Rights”. Some of the users can view the cameras but cannot login into the “Settings” tab getting the same error message on their screen. Those issues occurred only when they try accessing the DVR/NVR through web-interface. When local access is used, there is no issue at all. The Techpro technical support team researched the issue for a couple of weeks and here what we found.

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Any DVR/NVR that is purchased from our securitycameraking.com has a default setup of 4 user accounts. 2 of them are admin accounts and the other 2 are the guest accounts. The 2 guest accounts, the “guest” is for web-interface access and the “666666” is for local access. Both are very limited and are used to limit the access of your guest with what they can view or use. The other 2 admin accounts are the important ones. The “888888” account is for local use only and the “admin” account is your most important account since it can be used to access the DVR/NVR in any way you like and make changes as you wish. Those capabilities make this account very important and also very important to protect. When we checked the user accounts, we found a fifth account, “system” account. The name has nothing to do with your system and it is implemented to conceal the real objective of this account which is to gain administrative privileges to your system. We started to investigate on how this account could have goten there and discovered that all the users that got hacked by this method had one thing in common. They were using the default password “admin” for the admin account, which is a violation of the most basic security protocols in any computer system. The solution for this security breach is simple! Delete the fifth account, named “system” and change your administrative password for the “admin” account from “admin” to your chosen password. Remember that your password cannot exceed 6 characters in our systems. Don’t forget also to change the password on all the devices you are using to access this DVR/NVR system.

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It is still hard for us to understand why 50% of our customers that is so aware of the security on their computer system, fail to secure their CCTV system and keep the factory default password, which makes it even worse than an unsecured computer network. Can you imagine if someone is using your system to watch and record your actions when you are in the privacy of your own residence and they also know when you are not at home so they can break into your house or mess up your alarm system without you suspecting anything? These are incidents which can be avoid by simply changing the default password.

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There are many additional tips on securing your CCTV system when setting up your remote access. Here are a few simple rules that you should follow:

  • When forwarding ports for your CCTV system on your router, do not use the DMZ (demilitarized zone) feature for your surveillance system on your router since enabling this feature will give the user unlimited access to the DVR/NVR that is on the network.
  • When you have multiple cameras connected to your NVR, do not forward the ports for all those network cameras. It is unnecessary, since the cameras are used by an NVR that is already forwarded for the remote access.
  • Instead of giving the user your admin password, create a user account and allow access only to features that he needs and uses.
  • Remember to change the password as often as you can, it will definitely make any hackers life harder to access your system.

Today’s hackers have the ability to hack any system that surrounds us. Every day more new malicious programs are invented and they become more aggressive and unsafe. Since any device or gadget cannot work without human factor the simplest safe way we can protect ourselves is to limit the access to our devices by following some basic safety rules.

For more information please call Techpro Security tech support department at 866-573-8878. You can also post questions and read up on other technical savvy people at our Online CCTV Security Camera Forum.

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Is it possible to get an HD Security Camera System on a Budget?

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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Until recently you would be hard pressed to find a security camera system that didn’t look like the stereotypical, jumpy, grainy, black and white “Convenient Store” security camera video without spending a small fortune. Luckily, over the past few years HD (High Definition) security camera systems have significantly evolved in quality and have been reduced in cost. This article will explain that if you are on a budget, then there is an HD Security Camera System for you.

A great example is the ELI-SIP-NVRKIT-4D 4 Channel 1080P high definition security system from securitycameraking.com for only $466.65. This incredible deal includes every thing you need to protect your home or business straight out of the box. It is truly Plug and Play and simple to setup. It includes a 4 channel NVR (Network Video Recorder), 4 ports of built-in POE(Power Over Ethernet), 2 x 1080P Indoor/Outdoor bullet style cameras and 2 x 1080P Indoor/Outdoor vandal dome style cameras. All 4 cameras have a 3.6 mm lens providing a crisp & clear wide field of view as well as 20 foot of IR (InfraRed) for night vision. These cameras can be powered using 12-volt power or using the built-in POE.

In addition, the package comes with free software and apps for video playback, remote viewing and system maintenance.

You will truly be amazed at the 2-megapixel video quality of these cameras, especially when you consider that watching the footage they record is equivalent to watching a 1080P high definition movie on your big screen TV in your living room.

The NVR can accommodate storage up to 4TB. This means even if you record video 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in real-time 30 frames per second and you will still get almost 2 weeks of stored footage.

You can increase your storage even further by simply adjusting any or all of the features mentioned above. As an extra benefit each camera can be setup individually. This means that if you wanted the cameras near your front and back door to record all the time and the rest of them to only record when motion occurs, you can.

Setup and Installation

In addition to the incredible price and superior video quality, installation has never been easier. This Network IP system can transfer the power and video to and from the each camera on a single cat5 cable with the built-in POE switch. When using this system with the 100 foot pre-made Cat5 cables (also available at securitycameraking.com) it makes running your cables and hooking up your cameras a snap… literally!

Don’t forget these cameras can also be powered with 12-volt power in situations were you have long cable runs or specific mounting situations that require a local power supply.

Need help getting your software, apps, and remote viewing setup? No problem, this system comes with free tech support for the life of the product. As a matter of fact, every DVR, NVR or camera you buy though securitycameraking.com has this level of service.

Our expert staff is available on both the east and west coast to provide live phone support in addition to the robust, information packed CCTV Security Camera Forum, Live Chat and Free Software Downloads.

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Are you not comfortable installing this system on your own? Well, don’t fret, securitycameraking.com has a full team of installation services available. Their technicians are not only experienced in CCTV and security camera systems, but can also help you with an alarm system for your home or business as well as Home Automation and Access Control.

What’s included?
The ELI-SIP-NVRKIT-4D security camera system includes the following:

2 Bullet Style 1080P (2 Megapixel) security cameras with IR
A bullet camera is a common design and the most versatile option for many installation scenarios. The camera is attached to an armature making it very easy to mount and point in any direction.

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These cameras are high-resolution cameras recording full 1080P HD video. At a resolution of 1920x1080px, each frame of recorded video is almost 3 times larger than the resolution of traditional D1 CCTV video. IR or night vision infrared enables these cameras to see in complete darkness for up to 30’ but these cameras are also extremely good at using any available natural light without the assistance or the internal IR .

2 Vandal Dome Style 1080P (2 Megapixel) security cameras with IR.
The vandal dome cameras have all of the features and functionality of the bullet cameras mention above but the covered dome proof design protects the camera from debris and vandalism.

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4 Channel NVR (Network Video Recorder)
Although each Network IP camera and be setup and accessed individually as a stand alone unit, the included 4 channel NVR acts as an network hub, power supply and recording device. In conjunction with the free video monitoring software and apps you will be able to view real-time video, review recorded footage and remotely access all of you cameras at once.

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