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Lets talk Security Camera Installation!

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

So you just ordered all of your equipment from, and now it is time to do your very first Security Camera Installation.  Don’t panic! We are going to cover the knowledge you must have along with the equipment that will be needed to install your very own CCTV system. But first, I want to stress how important it is to have a solid plan. Planning camera and monitoring locations is crucial for a smooth installation. Let’s kick this off!


When planning your security camera installation there is a lot to consider. When plotting an area for your camera, consider the lighting and environment. Never install a camera in a low light room that points directly into a sunny area.  You should consider testing the camera in all scenarios before you make it a permanent camera location. Another thing to consider is the length and space that the camera will be utilized for. There are specific lenses for different circumstances, so make sure you have the right lens for the job.


Now let’s talk about camera placement.  You want to get the most out of your system for the least amount of money, right? Being strategic in this effort will give you the most bang for your buck. Camera placement is so important. I cannot stress this enough. You will also want to avoid overlapping cameras.  When you do your preliminary setup, make sure that the camera placement is practical to run cable to. This is very important, as it will save you a lot of time, money, and energy.  If it isn’t practical to run cable to the camera then you might want to reevaluate the setup.

You will need many tools to complete this job to a high standard.  So lets do a little check list of what we will need to complete this task. Ladders are very important in the CCTV world. I advise on scoping out the job to see what size ladders you will need for the job.  You are also going to need power drills depending on the job. Power drills….drills with concrete bit, metal, and a wood bit. Don’t get caught off guard without the proper equipment!  Power supplies for the cameras… I prefer to use a Power supply box for this task. The power supply should be installed near your DVR for when you connect your BNC to your DVR so it will be close by to use your Siamese power connector to install into the Power Supply.

Next would be the connectors. After you run your desired cable you are going to have to attach the proper connectors. I like to use a BNC COMPRESSION connector, but there are many to pick from such as a BNC TWIST, BNC CRIMP, ETC. It comes down to preference here.

These connectors require special tools to function. For example, the BNC COMPRESSION requires a Compression tool, and a BNC CRIMP required a Crimp tool. Make sure you have the correct tool BEFORE you start the job as this will cause another HEADACHE. You also need to have a stripping tool to strip the desired cable that you need.  And don’t forget your wire cutters! The purpose of the wire that we will be using for your CCTV system will be to transmit power and data to your surveillance cameras and recorder. What you will need to know is how to assemble connectors to your wires, and how to run the wires through the home, building, etc. You will also need certain tools to get this job done, so I do recommend having all of your tools ready before you start the job. I have first-hand experience with not having what you need, and it can be a painful headache!

It is very important to understand the layout of the job that you are doing. Reason being, is that there are a few different cable solutions to fit specific needs. The first thing you need to know is if the camera is going to be powered remotely or locally. If there is a power outlet within a few feet of the camera then you can get away with plugging that in directly, and running a RG-6 for video. If the camera is not near a power supply you are going to have to run a Siamese cable, or RG-6 along with a power cable.

The most physical part of the job is going to be running the cables. So be ready to pull that ladder out and do some stretching before you go up in that attic. Some things you need to know before you start this job is to never run cables alongside high power lines. Also, not running too many feet of cable as the video will distort and you might lose some quality. I also recommend high quality cable as well. A CCTV system is well worth the money. Also keep in mind that it is always better to run too much cable then not enough… Don’t put yourself in that situation!


Ok, so now you have run all of your cables to your desired monitoring location. Let’s say you have used Siamese cable for this job and you installed 8 cameras. You will now have to connect the Siamese to both ends. At the camera and also at the recorder. Connect the Siamese to the camera, connect to the recorder as well as the power supply. Now it is time to test the camera for power and clarity. It is very important to test the camera before you mount it. You do not want to have to do more work then you have to!!

It is now time for the finishing touches.  A big part of doing a job is the appearance. You don’t want cables all over the place and looking sloppy.  Take the time to do the job right the first time. It will be well worth it!  Set up your DVR to your personal preferences and start your recording. See, it wasn’t all that bad now was it?

For more information on CCTV Installation or to hire a professional, check out our CCTV Installation Services.


Shelters, Doggie Day cares and Kennel Security Camera Systems

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


Video for Doggie Day Care, Animal Rescues and Pet Surveillance

Are you a pet lover? Or a business owner who runs a doggie day care?  Or perhaps you are a shelter looking for your animal’s forever home?  Whether you are a veterinarian or a person who simply loves to care for animals, pet surveillance cameras may be a great solution for you. Surveillance systems can benefit animal lovers in every shape and size. From a working a pet owner to a doggie day care facility, any animal lover would like the opportunity to peek in and make sure their pet is safe and happy and in a healthy environment, wherever they may be.

“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” – Joaquin Phoenix

How do Surveillance Cameras Benefit Animal Shelters and Animal Rescues?

Animal shelters and rescues take more than just homeless dogs and cats. Sometimes they are the caregivers and life savers of abused and injured animals. Sometimes animals that would have never received a second look get a second chance when they come into the care of an animal shelter. The goal for these compassionate people is to rehabilitate and to locate forever homes for their shelter residents. Having a surveillance system not only allows the shelter the added benefit of increased security, but also volunteers, veterinarians and even potential adopters have the ability to check in on the resident animals. Essentially, shelters could use security cameras as a marketing tool for potential adopters. Shelter cameras can stream live video from the camera at the animal’s kennel, or a central play yard location, to the shelter’s website where potential adopters can log in and view the animals. Sometimes seeing the animals at play and in action will make a larger impact than just a simple photograph of the animal. Not only can shelters benefit from cameras to increase the security within the facility but in this case they have the opportunity to utilize the camera as a tool to find potential adopters. In the case where a shelter takes in a sick, injured or recovering animal, security cameras can be set into place for around-the-clock surveillance. When caring for a sick or injured shelter resident, a camera that is accessible any time day or night allows the volunteers, veterinarians and vet techs instant access to that animal. This could potentially increase recovery rates by providing around-the-clock access to a health provider.

Kennel Security Camera Systems and Doggie Day Care Business and Retreats

Surveillance cameras for Kennel and Doggie day care business are almost essential to running a successful business of this nature. Pet owners are investing in your staff as well as your facility to take care of their pet, whether they are at work, on vacation, or out of town on a business trip. Let’s face it. Some owners treat their pets like royalty and when they leave their pet in your care they want to know, “what is my baby up to?”  Setting up a camera surveillance system is the perfect solution to put your customers at ease. Give your customers access to your facility’s cameras where they are able to see your care for themselves. There will be less worrying on their part and more credibility on yours. A surveillance system added to your facility can also be considered an additional service to your business reputation. Access to video surveillance shows that your business has nothing to hide and your customers have nothing to fear. Do not let potential customers bypass your pet care facility just because they desire a way to access their pets. Increase your potential with quality HD security from a surveillance system built by Our industry experts are available to create the perfect system based on your unique business and security goals.

Pet Lovers and Home Surveillance Systems

What does my dog do when I am away? How did he get out of the yard? Most importantly, is my pet okay while I am away? We at know how you can find out what your pet is up to. What better tool to have than a home security system. Home surveillance systems can add more than just value to your home, you will never have to wonder again. With video surveillance you have the ability to keep an eye on whatever and whoever you care about, wherever you may be. A good home surveillance system secures your property, allows you to visibly manage your assets, and also allows you to keep an eye on your your beloved four legged family friend while you’re away a work. Your home surveillance system can include indoor and/or outdoor cameras so whether your furry friend is inside or out, you are able to find out exactly what they were up too. Have you ever come home to a situation like the image below?


Well with your home surveillance system you can find out who, what, when, where and exactly how.  For residential surveillance systems, has a number of pre-packaged security camera systems that will fit perfectly into most homes. When choosing, your system comes complete with applications that allow easy access from a smartphone, tablet or web browser.

Pet owners, pet businesses, veterinarians, animal rescues and animal lovers of all types can benefit by adding surveillance video to their list of security needs. It is a fact that having a camera visible will detour criminal activity. Whether you are a pet owner who just wants to keep an eye on your fur baby, or an animal rescue who is looking for creative tools and resources for animal care, video surveillance systems give you and your business the tools you need to keep an eye on all the important things you care about.

If you think a security and surveillance system can benefit you or your business feel free to contact our team of surveillance experts at or call 866.573.8878


CCTV Camera Power Supplies

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Friday, July 10th, 2015

When you are thinking about purchasing a CCTV camera system, whether it’s HD-CVI, Analog, or IP, you will need to power those cameras. This article will explain briefly the different types of power supplies available and which camera technologies they are good for.

Single Camera Power Supplies

For HD-CVI and Analog, and IP Cameras (when not using POE).
Single Camera Power Supplies are used to power 1 camera with 12v DC power. We have 3 different kinds that supply different amperages, depending on your camera’s amperage needs. Currently we have a 1 Amp, 2 Amp and 5 Amp power supplies.

Single Camera Power Supplies

4 and 8 Camera Output Switching Power Supplies

For HD-CVI and Analog, and IP Cameras (when not using POE).
Multiple camera output switching power supplies are useful when you have up to 8 cameras and do not want to have a bunch of cords from single camera power supplies. There is one plug that plugs into an outlet and on the other end, each port plugs into a single camera. Currently we have a 4 Camera Power Supply and an 8 Camera Power Supply.

4 and 8 Camera Power Supplies

12v DC Power Distribution Box

For HD-CVI and Analog, and IP Cameras (when not using POE).
When you do not want to deal with a bunch of cords and power supplies, the best choice is powering your cameras with a power distribution box. These power distribution boxes are easy to use. It is optimal to install it near where your security recorder and plug into a standard outlet or Back Up Power Supply. If you are using Siamese Cable for your installation, the 18-2 wire of the Siamese will connect directly to the distribution box. Currently, we sell a 4 Channel, an 8 Channel, a 9 Channel, a 16 Channel and 18 Channel Power Distribution Boxes.

Power Distribution Boxes

POE (Power over Ethernet) Switches

For IP Cameras
When you are powering IP cameras, you have your choice of either powering them with the standard 12v DC power supplies above or by supplying power through a POE (Power over Ethernet) Switch. These POE Switches are simple to use. All you need to do is connect the IP camera to the switch using a Cat5 or Cat6 Ethernet Cable. The POE Switch plugs into a standard outlet and then needs to be connected to your network to be seen by your NVR or via the Internet. Currently we have POE Switches with 4, 8, 16, and 24 ports. Some NVRs that we carry have built-in POE ports, so in that case, the NVR would supply the power to the camera and no external POE Switch would be needed.

POE Switches

NVR with built-in POE

Single Port POE Injector (30W)

For IP Cameras
There are some POE cameras, such as some of our IP PTZ Cameras, that will not work with standard POE and require POE+ and so this is when the Single Port POE Injector could be used. It is as easy to use as the POE Switches above. You will connect the camera to the POE Injector with Ethernet Cable and then connect the injector to your network. The injector will plug into a standard outlet.

Single Port POE Injector

24v AC Power Distribution Box

For HD-CVI and Analog, and IP Cameras (when not using POE).
24v AC power is used when you need to supply power for a longer run of cable. Typically 12v DC starts to drop at around 300 feet and 24v AC can supply power up to 600 feet. If your camera accepts dual voltage (12vDC and 24vAC), then the 24v AC Distribution box is a great choice when you need to supply power over 300 feet. However, and this IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, if your camera is 12v DC only, you will need an additional Voltage Converter to downgrade the 24V AC Power to 12V DC at the camera side. If you do not use the converter you will fry your camera. Currently our 24v AC Distribution Boxes come in an 8 Channel and a 16 Channel version.

24v AC Power Distribution Boxes

24v AC to 12v DC Power Converter

24v AC Single Channel Power Supply

For HD-CVI and Analog, and IP Cameras (when not using POE).
When you have a single camera you want to power on a long run up to 600 feet, then the 24v AC Single Channel Power Supply is a great choice. The same info works for this as the 24v AC power Boxes above. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you use the 24v AC to 12v DC Power Converter at the camera side if your camera only accepts 12v DC power. Not using the converter will burn out your camera and render it useless. If your camera accepts 24v AC such as a camera with Dual power, then the converter is not needed.

24v AC Single Channel Power Supply


As you can see, there are many options available to provide power to your HD-CVI, Analog, or IP Security Cameras. At we have the most knowledgeable sales staff and tech support professionals as well as the high quality security camera products and accessories to complete your system. Before you purchase your security camera accessories, it is always helpful to talk with one of our experts to make sure you are getting the right equipment for your power needs. Power is nothing to be careless with and you do not want to fry your cameras or not be able to supply enough power. For a more detailed explanation and specifications on all the above categories, I would suggest checking out our CCTV Camera Power Supplies on our website.

Whatever you decide for power, you will also need to think about how you are going to run your wires and where you are going to install your cameras. It is always better to hire a professional especially when working with power. They will make sure that your circuit breaker can handle the load where you will be installing your power supplies as well as make sure the wires are run and installed correctly. When it comes to installing anything with power, it is always better to be cautious and knowledgeable in your decisions.


The Effects of Marijuana Legalization in the United States

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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

In the last few years, the attitude toward this plant has begun to drastically change in this country. In 2012, the people of two states (Colorado and Washington State) voted to legalize, regulate it and tax it. Surprisingly, the federal government decided to stay out of the way on this issue. The President even went so far as to say that if enough states legalize it then the federal law may follow suit. After billions of dollars have been spent to combat it, national polls show that the majority of Americans are in favor of Marijuana Legalization. This article is going to take a look at the changing attitude toward marijuana and how it has affected us and may in the future.


Cannabis was federally banned by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Throughout our history this was not always the perception of marijuana. Pottery has been found in present day Taiwan which was made 10,000 years ago and with hemp fibers, possibly making this plant one the very first agricultural crops.

As far as the history of this plant in our country:

– The Virginia assembly passed a law in 1619 requiring every farmer to grow hemp.

– It could be used as legal tender in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

– Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and George Washington grew cannabis on their lands.


The hemp industry was massive in the United States for centuries until it faced off against other large industries, led by some of the most powerful men in the country. The following men were a major part of demonizing cannabis entirely because of hemp and nothing to do with getting high:

– William Randolph Hearst: He was an American newspaper publisher and built the largest newspaper chain in the country, dominating journalism for almost 50 years. This millionaire was heavily invested in the lumber industry and he made it his mission to destroy the hemp industry through an extensive propaganda campaign because of the threat that it posed to his lumber holdings.

– Andrew Mellon: He was the 3rd richest man in the U.S. and heavily invested in the lumber as well as a very large paint and textiles company. Approximately 58,000 tons of hemp oil was in the production of paints in 1935. This would be reduced to zero in the next few years, just as a new machine would have improved the processing of hemp dramatically. This invention would have made it possibly for the hemp industry to take the majority of business away from these other industries.

– Henry J. Anslinger: The paint and textiles company was run by this man, Andrew Mellon’s Nephew-in-law, and he was the first commissioner of the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He presented the Marijuana Tax Act to congress and helped get it made into law with the financial and political influence of the two men above.

Cannabis was listed as a schedule 1 drug by congress in 1970. In order for a substance to be classified this way, it must have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and have a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision. While only four states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana so far, there are over twenty that have legalized cannabis for medical use. This application for cannabis may end up being the biggest change in our country because this trend seems to be growing as more medicinal uses are found. Until the last few years, research into medical applications has been very difficult to do because of the legalities involved. In the last few years cannabis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of pain, seizures, multiple sclerosis and even cancer. This is just a few examples of what it’s being used for right now and since official testing is really in its infancy, we may very well see this list grow exponentially.


It’s not really a surprise that the legalized marijuana business has been profitable, but the extent has been a bit of a shock in the two states that really have their system in place. Washington State is still working out some pretty major kinks in their system but Colorado’s legalized system has been lucrative for everyone involved. In 2014 this industry made about 700 million dollars and many of the businesses involved in it were still getting off the ground through a major chuck of the year. Experts are estimating that it can easily do a billion dollars in 2015. The state actually made almost 60 million dollars more in taxes then it’s legally allowed to keep and is currently trying to figure out what to do with the additional funding. Can you imagine how much money there is to be made if all 50 states legalized it? You also have to take into account the billions of dollars that our country spends annually enforcing marijuana prohibition.

Another positive aspect of legalizing this plant will hopefully be us taking full advantage of it. For thousands of years, hemp has been used in many industrial applications and the ways that it can be used in the future are almost limitless. Fuel, paper, building supplies, healthy food and beverages are just a few examples of how this versatile plant can be used. In the early 1940s Henry ford built 40,000 cars with hemp plastic panels (which are 10 times stronger than steel) and ran them for a year on hemp fuel grown on just 10,000 acres. In 2014, congress took a step in the right direction by passing the farm bill which allows hemp farming in limited amount.

As our attitude towards this plant continues to change, it can also have a very beneficial effect on our environment. Hemp rarely requires pesticides and no herbicides need to be used since the plant is natural resistant to weeds and insects. Products made from this plant are non-toxic and biodegradable. Growing this plant has little strain on soil, making this a great crop for alternating with other types of crops in order to not drain the land of nutrients.


In order to become a licensed part of this industry, an applicant is legally required to have a significant amount of security cameras. Although the number of cameras legally required may be a bit excessive it provides accountability from seed to sale, helping to reduce loss drastically. I’m happy to say that I work for Techpro Security Products, which is a security camera supplier that makes it as easy as possible while meeting the legal requirements. I’m even able to explain how the cameras can actually be helpful to the business in addition to meeting the legal requirements. For more information on the marijuana laws check out our I-502 Security Camera Law Page as well as our Colorado Amendment 64 Page.


Technical Support Might Be the Most Important Part of your Security Camera System!

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

If you’ve ever shopped for a security camera system you know there are a lot of options available. Do you go with an economical analog CCTV system or one that’s a high definition and state-of-the-art? Should you go with HDCVI or a Network IP setup? Analog cable, CAT5, POE switches, small hard drive or a large hard drive? There is a lot to think about if you want a solution that is going to work for you reliably and give you the quality and functionality you expect.

But one of the most over looked and under-valued components of any modern day security system is TECHNICAL SUPPORT! Without good technical support you might end up with a pile of expensive hardware that was not installed or configured property. Worst it might never get setup at all.


One company that realizes that quality technical support is just as important as the superior products they provide is In addition to all of the product information, product videos, and downloadable content, they also have live technical support for the life of the product. This means you will get FREE lifetime support for any security camera or recording device you buy from them.

Locations in the USA on the East and West Coasts allow for to have extended support hours. Live industry experts are available to help you with the installation, initial setup, system configurations, networking and remote viewing / mobile app implementation.

This support starts with the knowledgeable sales team. Whether you are a professional installer or just looking to secure your home or business you are sure to get all the help you need. Many of the sales team members are also experienced security system installers. This level of expertise ensures that the sales associates will be able to answer all your questions and recommend the best security system to fit you specific needs.

Security cameras

The sales staff can also help you plan your installation. They can help you choose the technology that’s best for you and they can help determine power requirements, what type of cameras you need, how much storage capacity you want and much more.

Once your equipment has been purchased you will have access to a U.S. based technical support team. As mentioned earlier tech support is Free for the life of the product. Here are just a few things a technical support representative can help you with:

DVR Settings: Including but not limited to the following:

  • Setting up your DVR time and Date format
  • Setting up Motion Detect for you cameras
  • Setup you cameras recording resolutions and recording stream settings
  • Setup motion masking and privacy masking on your camera
  • Setup text alerts
  • Setup storage management
  • Review recorded video
  • Export recorded video

IP Camera Settings:

Unlike analog cameras and DVRs, IP camera settings are usually stored in the camera itself. Each camera has it own IP address and they can be accessed individually or simultaneously through the use of an NVR (Network Video Recorder). IP cameras also use CAT5 cable instead of coax and can transfer power and video on the same cable with the use of a POE switch (Power Over Ethernet). Technical support can help you setup the IP addresses for your IP cameras and assist with your POE switch and network setup.

Remote Access, Remote Viewing & Mobile App Setup

Every DVR or NVR that sells has remote access capabilities and FREE remote viewing software or mobile apps. The Pros at can help you set up up remote access as well as get you set up on your PC, MAC, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone or tablet.

If you want to access your home DVR or NVR from a remote location, you must first connect to the IP address that was provided by your ISP. An ISP or Internet Service Provider is the company that provides your Internet like Comcast, Brighthouse or Verizon.

Once you have accessed the home IP address, your router needs to direct your connection to the home DVR or NVR, this is called Port Forwarding.

In addition to setting up your remote viewing apps the technician can also assist you with your router configuration and port forwarding to your recording device.

DDNS Account

One more thing to consider when accessing your DVR or NVR remotely as mention above is that you will need to know what IP address your Internet Service Provider has assigned to you. Once you know that IP address you can set up your software or app to go to that IP address (your home’s IP) and direct you to your Recorder.

One problem you may face is that ISPs often change your assigned IP address (unless your pay for a static IP address). If the IP address of you house changes, then your software or app will not be able to connect to your home’s router until you update the setting with your new home IP address. One way to avoid this is to sign up for a DDNS account (Dynamic Domain Name Service). Simply put, this is a domain name like ( that is aware of you current home IP and will always resolve to your home IP even if it changes.

The great news is that all DVRs and NVRs support DDNS and for each recorder you buy, will give you a FREE DDNS domain name. Better yet, one of the support representatives will be happy to get it all set up for you.

Even More Support


In addition to the Sales and Live tech support offers alternative methods of support including upward of 1000 high quality products, support and how-to videos. There is also an extensive download area where you can find the latest drivers, firmware, software and tools for your CCTV and security equipment.

Live chat for the sales and support department is available on the website Monday through Friday 9am to 8pm EST.

Last but certainly not least there is the CCTV Forum. This is the place to connect with experts in the industry, find answers to common problems and get help on your specific problems. The forum is a 24/7-support source for anyone in need of help regarding CCTV, Home Security, Access Control and more. This forum is constantly monitored by the support staff at and is sure to get you the answers you need fast.

As you can see there is much more to a quality security system then just top quality products. The support you receive is just as important and the equipment you buy and the experts at are there to give you both.