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Understanding Security Camera IP and IK Ratings

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Saturday, December 12th, 2015

IP and IK Ratings

IP: Ingress Protection

IK: Impact Protection

If you’ve ever wondered what those numbers are that you see on our web pages or in the product spec sheets then today’s your lucky day! Wonder no more!

IP Ratings

The IP system is an international standard that defines the level of protection against intrusion (ingress) into enclosures by various things such as dust, solids and liquids. For years, Europe and most other countries have been using the IP rating standards based on IEC 60 529 while Canada and the US use the NEMA Standard 250. While the two standards are similar, there is no direct correlation other than the protection provided against dust and moisture. This is because the IEC IP rating only covers two aspects of intrusion whereas the NEMA ratings cover thirteen! Fortunately, our only concern here is going to be CCTV security camera enclosures manufactured outside of the USA that are covered by the IEC IP rating.

When looking for the IP rating you should look for the letters “IP” followed by two numbers ranging from 00-68. Every number in the IP rating chart represents a unique test and the greater the number, the more severe the test. Every test has stringent requirements that are tightly controlled during the testing procedure to ensure consistency. This way, customers can look for the desired ratings based upon their specific needs and they can feel comfortable knowing that their cameras have been tested to be compliant to the specified requirements.

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First Number

The first number indicates the degree of protection of people in relation to their ability to access moving or hazardous  parts, other than smooth rotating shafts and the like, inside the enclosure and/or the protection of the equipment against intrusion of solid foreign objects in accordance with IEC 60 529. The information below should help clear up any confusion:

No protection against contact or entry of objects.

Protection against solid objects larger than 50 mm in diameter.
Accidental contact with a large object or part of the body, such as a hand (not protected against deliberate attempts to access).

Protection against solid objects not greater than 12 mm in diameter.
Fingers or similar sized objects not exceeding 80 mm in length.

Protection against solid objects larger than 2.5 mm in diameter.
Tools and other objects that are of a diameter or thickness greater than 2.5 mm.

Protection against solid objects that are larger than 1 mm in diameter.
Wires or other similar solid material of thickness greater than 1 mm in diameter.

Protected against dust.
No sufficient quantity of dust can enter that would impede the satisfactory operation of equipment.

Completely protected against dust.
No penetration of dust.



Second Number

The second number indicates the degree of protection against the penetration of moisture as defined in IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Standard IEC 60 529.

No protection

Protected against drops of water falling vertically.
Dripping water (vertically falling drops) will have no adverse effect.

Protected against drops of water falling straight with a slope of 15º.
Vertically dripping water will have no harmful effect when the CCTV enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15º from its normal   position.

Protected against  sprays  of  water  from  any  direction,  up  to  60º  from  the  vertical.
Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60º from the vertical will have no harmful effect.

Protected against splash water coming from all directions.
Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction will have no harmful effect. Limited ingress permitted.

Protected  against  low  pressure  water  jets  from  any  direction. For instance, water from a sprinkler or faucet. Limited ingress permitted.
Water sprayed by a nozzle against the enclosure from any direction will have no harmful effects.

Protected  against  high  pressure  water  jets  from  any  direction.  Limited ingress permitted.
Water from heavy seas or projected in powerful water jets shall not enter the enclosure in harmful quantities.

Protected from ingress of water in harmful quantity when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (between 15 cm and 1 m depth of submersion). Limited ingress permitted.
Intrusion of water in a harmful quantity will not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time.

Protected from intrusion of water when the enclosure is completely submersed in water continuously for long periods of time. Limited ingress permitted.
This would typically mean that the camera is securely sealed but in some cases, water may still enter but should not have adverse effects. This equipment is suitable for continuous submersion in water under conditions which will be specified by the manufacturer. Submersible cameras with an IP68 rating are specialized products that are meant to be used for specific applications (e.g., underside of dock, mounting on a boat). Any camera that is rated IP68 will be clearly labelled..



Impact Protection (IK) Rating

This rating, IEC standard 62 262, is used to specify how mechanical impact protection tests on enclosures (specifically CCTV enclosure for our purposes) are conducted. IK ratings fall into a numerical range from 00 to 10 and indicate the degree of protection provided by enclosures against external mechanical impacts. The different IK ratings relate to the ability of an enclosure to resist impact energy levels measured in joules (J). The equipment being protected cannot exceed a voltage rating of 72.5 kV in accordance with IEC 62 262.

Note: While our cameras are tested and meet the requirements to be certified as they are, please refrain from attempting to confirm that they will meet or exceed their respective ratings!

IK Ratings




Not protected

Protected against 0.14 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 56 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 0.2 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 80 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 0.35 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 140 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 0.5 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 200 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 0.7 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 280 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 1 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 400 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 2 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.5 kg mass dropped from 400 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 5 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 1.7 kg mass dropped from 300 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 10 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 5 kg mass dropped from 200 mm above impacted surface.

Protected against 20 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 5 kg mass dropped from 400 mm above impacted surface.


If you ever have any questions relating to Security Camera Surveillance, make sure you give us a call and speak to someone in our sales department and they will be happy to answer any questions you have! They’ll help guide you in the direction that will work best for you, your budget and your space. We can help you with HD-CVI, HD-TVI, IP Network, Tribrid DVRs, Hybrid DVRs and whatever else you may need. Just give us a call at 866-573-8878 or check out our website at www. for sales or information from our CCTV learning center, product downloads, our CCTV forum and even information on installations!



Oregon and Alaska Marijuana Laws: The Green Rush Continues

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Friday, December 11th, 2015

As we leave 2015 the green rush continues as new Oregon and Alaska Marijuana Laws  are created and these states enter in the world of recreational marijuana sales. By now, it’s no secret how successful the legalized marijuana industry has been to this point and there is every indication that this boom will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. After stumbling a bit initially, the money generated by the Washington State pot industry has increased dramatically over the last several months and all reports indicate that Colorado is going to make over a billion dollars in 2015 through its recreational and medical marijuana sales. This success is sure to draw other states into the industry and many of them are preparing votes on it in the near future. We (Techpro Security Products) are happy to be a part of this movement and I am proud of the small role that I play in helping to get these people licensed.


The change in attitude toward pot in these states has had an amazingly positive effect across the United States. The effect in the states where complete legalization has happened is fairly obvious but the benefits are not limited to them.
– Currently twenty three states have legalized medical marijuana, which is helping with several health conditions and major illnesses. This has led to a new level of testing for the medical applications of this plant.
– The industrial applications of the cannabis plant are finally starting to be utilized again. Hemp has many uses which humans have known about for thousands of years and now that our attitudes toward this plant are shifting, we are starting to be able to utilize it for this purpose again.
– This industry has also been a boost to the US economy. The money generated from sales and the taxes levied are not the only reason for this although it’s a pretty big part of it. It is helping to stimulate many peripheral industries that don’t seem to be connected in any way, like construction for example. These states no longer have to spend the substantial funds necessary for the judicial and correctional system associated with the marijuana ban.

Oregon and Alaska Marijuana Laws

Oregon and Alaska are going to be the next two states to get in on this green rush. They have already voted to legalize both the medical and the recreational industries. Both of these states are currently finalizing the requirements to become a licensed participant. Our company is working with these law makers in order to help refine these guidelines in order to get the video coverage and storage they are looking for, in a reasonable manner which can be realistically implemented. We are hoping that this process is going to go smoothly for everyone involved since we have experience with this after helping Washington State in the same way.

In Washington State, we have been very successful in helping members of the I-502 community to get set up with the camera system which will do the following–
– Meet the LCB requirements for an I-502 applicant.
– Meet the applicant’s budget requirements.
– Meet or exceed the applicant’s performance expectations.

I am pleased to report that we have been able to help dozens of I-502 participants get licensed through this program and have many more that are still making their way through the process. When a customer from this industry contacts us we set them up with a suggested camera layout and three quotes for different types of systems that we carry. Then we help them get the type of security camera system that best suits their situation, even combining the systems to create hybrids. We have a 100% success rate; every customer that has followed our suggested camera layout has passed their final LCB inspection. We are very much looking forward to doing our small part to help the fledgling industries get off the ground smoothly in the same manner.

We have also been able to show several of our customers how these camera systems can actually help make their business more profitable and help to protect their investment. The general idea is – if you are required to get the camera system then you might as well get something out of it as well.
It’s obvious how these cameras can help with the security of the licensed premises, most people have seen security camera footage on the news which is used to help solve crimes of all types on a regular basis. We will be able to set you up with remote access to both your live and recorded footage, free of charge. This means that you will be able to remotely access your security camera system from any computer in the world, a smart phone (Android or Iphone) and/or a Tablet (based on those on the Android or apple operating system) as long as you have an internet connection.

There are also less obvious benefits which this type of system can offer you. If our high definition cameras are located within approximately 15 feet of your plants then it can actually help to optimize the production/quality of your crops and help to protect them from the disaster. If you have a measuring stick near the plants and in the view of one of these cameras then it can help you collect data about the growing method being used. Typically this may be more difficult to understand while you are interacting with the plants on a daily basis. You will be able to review the recorded footage at the same time each day over a period of weeks to monitor the growth that happens under each set of cultivation circumstances that occur.

This type of camera set up can also give you high enough picture quality that you will be able to see enough detail like the warning signs of many of the harmful conditions which can affect your crop negatively. When you remotely access your camera system’s live video feeds then you will be able to examine your plants from anywhere on the planet. Most of my I-502 customers are very reluctant to leave their operation but this feature means that you can go on vacation or leave for a family emergency and still keep an eye on things.

A large number of the most severe problems that a cannabis plant can experience have visible warning signs. You can limit the damaged caused by these potentially catastrophic issues if you catch them early enough. Even if you’re far from the site then you can contact someone on site in order to get the issue handled promptly. Below several of these conditions and their visible signs are shown.

Fungus gnats.

Spider mites.

White powdery mildew.

Phosphorous deficiency symptoms
Nutrient Deficiency (Phosphorous deficiency symptoms pictured).

Sex change or hermaphrodite.


NAT and Port Forwarding Part 3

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

This will be the third and final installment of the NAT and Port Forwarding series. It is my hope that these articles will help you gain an overview of networking that allows you to walk into any situation and be able to figure out what the problem is quickly, and know what to do to fix it. Networking is not really difficult when you know some ‘basics’, or rules that must be followed every time. Once you have those tools at your disposal, identifying and fixing issues becomes a LOT easier. In the last article we learned how to discover Double NAT and Triple NAT by using the ‘tracert’ command. We have discovered that we are passing through three routers on our way to the Internet. So now, we need to map our way from the Internet back to our device using Port Forwarding rules to guide our incoming signal.
First rule of multiple routers – Every router MUST have a unique Network ID. The network ID is usually the first three octets in your IP Address, depending on the Subnet Mask. Lets assume that we have just a ‘standard’ setup on each router, where the subnet mask is That mask means your first three octets in the IP address for everything connected to that router must match. Only the last number must be unique. So if your router’s Internal Address is, everything on the router must be addressed (Where xxx= 001 through 255). The next router in line MUST have a different Network ID. It can be a simple as changing one number in the third octet =, or it can be completely different = The rule being merely, they must be different. So if you run a ‘tracert’ (trace route) command and see replies from our routers, if any of them show the same network ID, then we have to change one of them to a unique ID. The reason for this is, using as example on the first router, if your next router also has as an address, that is called an IP Address Conflict. With as your IP range, you are limited by that network ID to 254 other devices that your computer can talk to. One of those other 254 devices needs to be a Gateway (router) so you can see other address ranges. (like Internet Addresses) That is called NAT (Network Address Translation) and since your router is doing that NAT, it allows you to see through to the next router, and everything connected to it. That gives you 254 more devices with the same address as the ones on the first router, hence the Network IP Address Conflict.  Think of the Highlander series where Duncan MacLeod says “There can be only one!” Routers always have a ‘LAN Setup’ where you set the Internal Address of the router – that address determines the Network ID of the LAN.
Here is an example of two routers in line behind a modem/router with a camera attached to the last router.
Notice that each router has a unique Network ID =
Modem LAN   =
Router 1 LAN =
Router 2 LAN =
IP Camera is on the third router with an IP address of and uses 3 ports = 3301, 3302, 3303.

To Port Forward your connection to the camera =
First make sure you set each router with a WAN (Internet IP or External IP) that works on the next router’s LAN  (Internal Range)
Set the address as ‘Static’ so it never changes. Look closely at the image above – see Router 2.
Router 2’s LAN (Internal IP) is set to and the camera is attached to that side of the router with a
Router 2’s WAN (External IP) is set to and is attached to Router 1’s LAN.
Router 1’s LAN is set to so router 2 can connect to it’s LAN.
Router 1’s WAN is set to so it will connect to the Modem/Router’s LAN.
The Modem/Router’s LAN is set to
The Modem/Router’s WAN is the Internet Address you will use to connect to the camera.
When all three routers are set up correctly with unique subnet IDs, a PC connected to the same router as the camera will be able to connect to router 2, router 1, and the Modem/router using the LAN address of each device. (Example = open a browser and input = Router 1 should respond with a logon prompt. Enter and the Modem/Router should respond)
When you can connect to every device in line, and get past them to the Internet – you are ready to Port Forward them back to your camera.
Port Forwarding works from the Internet inward to your camera. That is why it is called ‘Forwarding’, it forwards your ‘call’ from the Internet to device to device until it gets to your camera.
To Port Forward the camera in the example above – log on to the Modem/Router first, using (The Modems LAN address).
Find the Port Forwarding section of the Modem Router. (It may be hiding under ‘Security’, Advanced Settings’, ‘Firewall’, Virtual Servers’, Applications and Gaming’, ‘Pinholes’ or other sections)
In the Modem/Router = forward the ports 3301, 3302, 3303 to (The WAN Address of Router 1) Save your settings.
Log on to Router 1 using (Router 1’s LAN address) Forward the same 3 ports to (The WAN Address of Router 2) Save your settings.
Log on to Router 2 using (Router 2’s LAN address)
Forward the same 3 ports to (The camera’s IP address on router 2) Save your settings.
You can see here that the Port Forwarding must be done in ‘Daisy Chain’ fashion from router to router to router, and finally to the camera.
When you have successfully set up Port Forwarding through all three routers – open a web browser and go to . This website will show you your Internet Address – this is the address you will use from off site to connect to the camera, your Port Forwarding will guide your query through the routers and connect you to the camera. This web site also has a very handy ‘Port Checker’ tool. Put in the port number you want to check and click ‘Test’. If you have forwarded correctly, the test will succeed.
**Note that the test on this site only works for TCP ports. If your camera uses UDP ports, the tool will return a ‘Fail’. If you get a ‘Fail’ on TCP port checking, you will need to double check all your forwarding rules in each router. If all settings look correct – reboot the routers and test again with the port check tool. Routers usually need to ‘reset’ when opening ports, and most inexpensive routers present the message  ‘The router needs to restart’ or similar, and then do a ‘soft’ reboot that fails to accomplish the task.
Also, when checking the ports, make sure your camera is powered up and running and connected to the network so the test can ‘resolve’ or it will fail every time.

To sum up what you did here =
You found three routers daisy chained between you and the Internet by using the ‘tracert’ command.
You identified a private IP range (Network ID) on each router’s LAN that is unique to each router.
You set a static address on the WAN of each sub-router that works in the LAN of the router it is attached to.
You forwarded the required ports from the Modem/Router to the second router, from there to the third router, and from there to your camera.
Then you tested connectivity by going to and checking your ports.
Those five things are all you need to do to ensure off site connection to your device.
Now that you are a virtual ‘Networking Dynamo’ go out there give it a go! If you run into trouble, never fear, you have the best technical support available anywhere ready to help you out.
Happy Networking!





IDTECK Fingerprint Reader With DX Boards

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

We had an interesting phone call not too long ago. A customer was using an IDTECK fingerprint reader in conjunction with one of our DX boards. This customer needed to know how they could use this fingerprint reader with their DX boards and not have to use a card, but rather use just the fingerprint scanner. We immediately started wiring one of these to our DX board we have and were then able to show them how it is done and now I am going to show you.

First and foremost, this reader is a bit different than most of our readers. On this reader, the wires come separate from the unit itself. For this set up, you will need two sets of these wires. You will need the 2 pin connector for power and you will need the 8 pin connector as well. The manual that this reader comes with will help you to figure out which wire is which and there are plenty of pictures and diagrams in there as well so you know you’ll get the correct set of wires.

In my scenario there are only 3 pieces of equipment. The DX board, the IDTECK fingerprint reader, and a door strike. The first thing I wired was the reader. You have 4 wires for a reader, there is 12v+, 12v-, and Weigand which is two wires D0 and D1. From the reader you have the 2 pin connector for power, red and black, which will run to RD1 on the board. Red will go to 12v+, and Black will go to GND for ground. Then, on the 8 pin connector you will really only need 2 wires from it, Green and White. That is your Weigand, Green is D0, and White is D1. These will run into the same block as the + and – for the reader will, RD1. Green goes to D0, and White goes to D1. Now your reader is connected and you can move on.

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I went with the door strike next. Now on the strike there are only 2 wires coming off of it. They are only for power and they are not labeled + or – so it will not matter either way. One of the wires from your strike will go to NO or NC (depending on which state it is) and the other wire will go to the ground of the power supply. I just put it on the ground where the 12v comes into the board for power. Then for me the other wire went to NO. Next you will need to wire a small jumper from 12v+ coming into the board to the COM (Common) of DR1, this is how you will get power to that relay which controls the strike, open or closed.

Now when you plug the board into power you will have the reader and the strike powered as well. At that point you have to configure a card and your fingerprint into the reader. You will have a “master card” that came with the reader. Once the reader has power, scan your master card and the reader will say “Registration and deletion mode, scan your card”. At that point scan your card or fob and it will say “Put Your Finger“, then ask you to remove it and place it again, then it will say “Fingerprint Registered”. Now, scan the master card one last time and it will say “Reader Mode”. You need to do that with EVERY user. Remember that now when you scan your card or fob, the fingerprint will be required or you have the option to just press your finger on the reader.

Now that your fingerprint and card are registered you are all set to configure the software now. If you have not downloaded it you may do so here,

If the software asks you for a register code, please enter 2004. Once downloaded, choose “Basic Config” > “Controllers” > then search for your board on the network. Once found and added to the software, you need to add your users, so go to “Personnel” and choose “Auto Add” > choose Door and choose the door you are going to press your finger on to add yourself to the system. Go ahead and put your finger on the scanner, you will hear the reader tell you “Access is granted” and you will see the card number shows up, hit OK and add your card even though its your finger. Then be sure to rename that entry to the person’s name so you can track who comes and goes.

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Then you need to allow your users access and you can do so by choosing “Access Control” > “Access Privilege”Access Control” > “Access Privilege” > and “Change Privileges”. Make sure you add the correct users to the correct time profiles (if any), and allow them access to the correct doors at the bottom of that page, then be sure to choose “Allow And Upload”. Then choose “Basic Operate” > “Select All” > “Adjust Time” > and “Upload”. As long as you have followed the steps in this article correctly then you should be all set and have access now. Always be sure and test it first before you take my word for it. Under Basic Operate, you can select all and choose monitor, then go ahead and scan your finger and make sure the reader says access granted and the system also allows you access.

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Again, please remember that if you swipe your card it is going to require your finger, but if you want just the finger that is fine! Go ahead and use it by itself . . . no card needed, the system will allow you access either way. Also, something that is very important. If you wish to enroll fingerprints only keep in mind that each fingerprint needs a unique card. You CAN NOT register a fingerprint without a different card than the last person. If you scan the Master Card, then scan the same card or fob for the second time it WILL delete the card and finger along with it!!

One last thing, just because the reader says “Access Granted” does not mean you can enter the door. The reader will tell you access granted as soon as you register your card and finger but, the software still needs to be configured, please remember this or else you will be locked out after you leave thinking it’s all ready to go. If you have any further questions or concerns you can reach us at (866) 573-8878 Option# 3 for tech support or Option #2 for sales if you want to buy your IDTECK reader with DX board set up today!


Tips & Tricks – Get the most from your Security Camera System

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
The days of analog residential and commercial video security systems are coming to an end. No more scratchy grainy and jumpy video like you’re used to seeing in most convenience store surveillance videos.


Get The most from your Security Camera System. Today HD is the new standard for video security systems. In the very near future it is going to be very hard to find traditional analog security cameras and DVRs. Most places that you go now are selling IP security cameras or HD-CVI systems and both give you high definition quality. The new standard is a minimum of 720p or 1.3 Megapixel and as high as 4K resolution high definition video.

So what do you do if you have an existing DVR and just need to replace a few cameras? Fortunately there are now Hybrid and Tribrid DVRs available. These units are capable of handling traditional analog cameras, HD-CVI and Tribrids also have the option to add IP cameras.

You can find these units sold on The options are flexible enough that you can choose to set each type of camera you want on a channel by channel basis. This means if you have existing analog cameras and replace your DVR with one of the new units, you can continue to use your existing cameras and slowly add high definition cameras to your system as you please.

You will also be surprised to find that the cost of 1080p high resolution cameras is very close to what you would pay for a good quality analog camera and in some cases you can get them even cheaper.

One of the things you’ll have to take into consideration when recording these higher resolution images is that you will be using more disk space.


In other words, each frame of a video that is being recorded is a much higher resolution than standard analog; therefore it takes up more storage space. But don’t worry there are a few simple things that you can do to double or triple your storage capacity.

Let’s take a scenario where you have a 2 megapixel camera that is recording 30 frames per second (real-time), and we will also assume that you’re recording 24 hours a day. If this were the case you would need about 500 gigabytes for 7 days of storage.

The first thing you can do to save disk space is set your frames per second from 30 frames to 15 frames per second. This will essentially double your disk space because you’re recording half the amount of frames per second. And don’t worry 15 frames per second is still very smooth to the naked eye and in most cases is more than sufficient for watching the playback of your recorded video.

The next thing you can do is record on motion only instead of 24 hours a day. This is a setting where the camera or recorder will only record when motion is detected, instead of recording all the time. This can essentially cut the hours per day that you’re recording down to between 12 and 15 hours, therefore doubling your disk space once again.

If you were to use both of these techniques; recording at 15 frames per second and on motion only, you would essentially triple your storage capacity.

The really nice thing is that on all of the equipment sold at, these settings can be set up on a camera-by-camera basis. This means you could have the camera by your front door recording 30 frames, 24 hours a day and set other cameras to record 15 frames a second on motion only.

If you like, you can test some of the settings to see how much disk space you might be able to save with this handy hard drive calculator.

Sometimes you might want to install a camera where it’s just impossible to run a cable to it. In these cases you can wirelessly transmit your video using a wireless bridge.


A wireless bridge can be set up as a transmitter or a receiver. You will need one transmitter for each camera that you want to transmit video from, but the receiver is capable of receiving signals from multiple transmitters.

A few things to note is that this will only work with Network or IP cameras and in most cases you will still need power at the camera. If you’d like some more information on wireless bridges and access points, please take a look at the TP-LocoM5 Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Access Point/Bridge.

In many cases the wiring of your security system is the most time consuming and costly aspect.


Depending on what type of security system you decide to use you may have run CAT5 or Siamese cable.

Most IP camera systems use CAT5 or CAT6. Traditional analog Systems and HD-CVI systems run on cables more commonly known as Siamese cable, which is a coaxial cable along with an 18/2 power wire.

What happens if you already have CAT5 and want to run HDCVI or the opposite? You’ve already run analog cable but now you want to run network IP cameras.

Well don’t worry . . . this is where you can use Baluns. A Balun is a type of converter that you put on each end of your existing cable. Depending on the type, it will either allow you to convert CAT5 to an analog signal or use your analog cables with IP cameras.

Just think of the time, money and effort you’ll save not having to rewire simply because you want to change or upgrade your security camera systems.

These days anybody who has a security camera system will want to view or review their footage from a remote location.


The problem is, in order to do this you need to connect to your home or business IP address. This IP address is usually provided by your internet service provider or ISP. Many ISPs will change this IP address often, making it virtually impossible for you to connect to your  security system.

This is where having a DDNS or dynamic domain name service comes in handy. The DDNS is a personal domain name; like “”.  This domain name will always resolve back to your home IP address regardless of what the IP address is, even after it has changed. Most new security recorders have a DDNS configuration built-in and when your home IP address changes it will contact the DDNS service and update it so that your domain name will always resolve back to your home or business.

These are just a few things you can do to get the most out of your home or business security camera system.