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I-502 and Amendment 64 Contingency Planning: Part 2 – Backup! Backup!

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


Several months ago I touched on the need for contingency and congruency planning in Part one to this article. In regards to I-502 and Amendment 64 as well as any situation, it is important to have proper planning in place. The truth is, the best contingency plan is having backup solutions.  Backing up your data ensures you always have proof you’ve been in compliance with the state minimums.  Having backup equipment means that even the worst disasters won’t cripple or possibly even slow your business. Having extra cable and connectors means you can add or move cameras without breaking pace. In short, back up everything and have a backup for everything!  Doing so will benefit yourself and your business tremendously!

64 CH Channel NVR

Backing up your data protects you by guaranteeing you always have proof that you have been in compliance with the state minimums. Dealing with a government entity often makes it important to go beyond those state minimums by having such a backup for a multitude of reasons. And when we talk data, the reasons for doing so cannot be under emphasized especially when you have several solutions open to you.  The first and most obvious reason is to avoid possible fines if a part of your system becomes damaged in a major accident.  The second, is if you expand, you have room to store the extra surveillance data you may need to collect to keep in compliance.  The third is having extended backups which ensures you have the ability to look back even further if you discover a cause for loss of product or damaged product. Backing up your system by mirroring the data with our new NVR-ELH-64, for example, can save you much time and money! Another option with this NVR is that the hard drives are hot swappable. This means you can switch out the drives without having to restart the machine! Another alternative is having an external hard drive attached via an E-SATA port that can be found on most of our Full Size, 2U systems. And of course, the simple but effective preparation of stacking extra internal hard drives will also offer increased storage options! With our new 6TB hard drives this is easier than ever!  Even if you are just backing up your files once a week, the potential to save you incident is worth the time invested. And, the peace of mind is priceless.  There is of course one other option that we generally don’t recommend, but is possible if you have a competent tech team. That is an File Transfer Protocol server.  Saving or backing up your data to an FTP can be configured at the DVR and can be an effective way of duplicating your data.

CCTV Hard Drive

Having backup hardware or equipment offers you further protection from even the worst Acts of God, preventing what might be potentially business crippling loss, or possibly even slowing your business down.  We believe so much in this option that any equipment you request beyond what we quote you as necessary to pass inspection we offer an additional discount on!  This can save you hundreds if not thousands on later expansions, express/emergency shipping, not to mention delays in production!   Losing a Digital Video Recorder to fire could seem monstrously crippling, but if you have a backup on hand you can simply swap without having to cut those areas from your production cycle!  This can be invaluable!  From grower to producer to Retail, losing any integral segment of your flow can slow profits and cost you exponentially more than the equipment itself.  Any equipment that is vital or integral to your system should receive the same level of backup planning; your surveillance system is no exception.  Backup equipment is an investment in your business a preparation for your future.

Siamese Cable

Having extra cable and connectors means you can add or move cameras without breaking pace.  In the old days of wired networking, network engineers would pre-run all the cables to all the potential desktop locations. Whether these locations were being utilized or not was irrelevant as they wanted to be able to have the ability to move a system wherever it was needed without having to re-run all the lines or call in for extra man hours to move an existing line.  The same type of method is effective for surveillance systems.  As wireless is still not stable enough for a camera system that must remain running for 45 days without interruption and sending high amounts of image data across the network, surveillance is still limited by cable.  Since it is, it is best to run as much cable in advance of your infrastructure as possible. God forbid you have to dig up a new line through an outdoor grow.  Or turn off a light breaker while running a new line through the wall on an indoor grow.  Doing so in advance allows for growth and other contingencies to transition smoothly and without interrupting your operation.  It is also important to consider a higher quality of cable as a built-in back up.  Our braided shielded cable can provide you with extra protection from interference that can cause distorted or grainy video content.  In the long run this can pay for itself in its loss prevention and more stable connection.  Before we close this topic, a final consideration in regards to cable is surge protection.  At your request we have cable surge protectors that can protect your cameras from damage, securing your investment even further. You can also find third party surge protectors which can provide an extra layer of protection to a variety of your electronics and is more than a worthwhile investment.

Cox Surge Protector for Surveillance Cameras

So now we’ve had the opportunity to go further in depth on our contingency options as well as made some recommendations to you or at least offered you some avenues in which to further secure your investment.  Backing up and having alternative solutions to your data, equipment, and cabling provides you with security from the state and from theft that can cost you thousands over the long run.  Protecting your best interest is in our best interest and in that endeavor we look to offer more service and products as your business grows.


Security Camera Footage is the Best Evidence to Catch a Criminal – Especially Celebrities

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Rice elevator video

As a society we expect the members of it to maintain a certain level of moral and legal behavior. Since public figures in our society have such high visibility when they do something wrong it tends to draw more attention. Because of this increased exposure, these people end up influencing what is considered normal behavior throughout our society more than the average Joe.

Sometimes these people are able to get away with criminal activity because of their increased influence. This may result in them getting lesser penalties for crimes then most members of our society would receive. Security camera video can provide the evidence to make sure that everyone is held accountable for their actions, regardless of their public image or resources. The incident with NFL running back Ray Rice and his then fiancé is prime example of this.

This successful running back was arrested in March of 2014 and charged with 3rd degree assault because of an altercation between him and the woman he planned to marry. These charges were the result of security camera footage that was posted on a public website which showed the couple arguing as they went into an elevator and then Rice dragging the unconscious woman out of the elevator a short time later. The charge carried a possible sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. The NFL suspended Rice for the first two games of the season because of the incident, but the charges were later dropped after he agreed to attend court-supervised counseling.

In September of 2014, the security footage from another camera was made public. This camera was located inside the elevator and showed the missing part of the altercation. This video clearly showed that Rice struck his fiancée twice, the second time being hard enough on the side of the head to knock her face first into the hand railing. She wasn’t moving when she hit the ground and appeared to be unconscious. The video footage went on to show the muscular football player dragging her limp form out of the elevator and begin trying to sit her up.

Once this additional footage was released, the National Football League significantly increased Rice’s penalty. His team ended his contract and allowed fans to turn in his jersey for those of other players from the team. The NFL also increased his punishment from a two game suspension to an indefinite suspension. He lost over 10 million dollars in salary and endorsement deals as a result of the punishment that he received. Some people felt that the original punishment that he received after the first video surfaced was not severe enough but the more in-depth video helped to ensure that the disciplinary action was more fitting.

This was not the only recent case of security camera footage providing key evidence in a crime by a sports figure. New England Patriot’s tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on weapon and murder charges on June 26th, 2013 after an acquaintance of his was shot 5 times on June 17th, and later found dead less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. There was already some evidence against him in this case but security camera video help the police to build a solid timeline in this murder.

-Video recorded by Hernandez’s own camera system showed him leaving his million dollar mansion at 1:12 am with a large caliber pistol in his hand.

– The security cameras at a nearby gas station recorded video of Hernandez driving a rented silver sedan while purchasing gas and a few other smaller items at 2:09 am. This gas station was along through route from Hernandez’s mansion and the victim’s residence.

– Around 2:30 am police surveillance cameras show that he picked up the victim from his home.

– At 3:23 am public security cameras showed the silver sedan pulling into an industrial park where the victim was killed. Witnesses later told police that they heard shots fired a short time later.

– At 3:33 am surveillance images showed Hernandez returning home with the same handgun in his possession.

The court case is still ongoing but the prosecution has been able to build a solid case largely in because of the comprehensive surveillance video showing many events during the night of the murder. Since this case began, Hernandez has also been implicated in the shooting death of two other men in July of 2012. Security camera footage is also a key component of the prosecution’s case against this previously successful football player. Hernandez was released from his team shortly after these cases began. These murder trials have cost the tight end a considerable amount of money in part because less than a year before the arrest, he signed a 5 year contract extension worth over 37.5 million dollars. When he was released from the team the contract became null and void.

The recorded footage from security cameras is helping to make sure that all types of people are held accountable for their actions. This pertains to all types of people which may have enough money or connections to influence the outcome of a court case, not just celebrities.

On September 11th, 2014 two homosexual males were viciously attacked around 10:45 PM on the streets of Philadelphia. Witnesses to the attack said that they heard angry slurs being hurled at the gay couple before and during the attack. One of the victims was beaten so badly that he was rushed to the hospital with a fracture orbital bone and had to have his jaw wired shut.

The police were able to locate security camera footage of the suspects just moments before the attack. Although witness testimony helped the investigators to confirm that the video showed the two males and a female who beat the couple, they were not able to get a positive identification of the three individuals. A short time later the video footage was posted online and several members of social media were able to identify both male suspects and the female who is the daughter of the local police chief.

A short time after the suspects were identified they began turning themselves into the police. They were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.


A Beginner’s Visual Guide to Security Camera Features

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

The security camera market today is a quickly evolving field with a multitude of camera styles and features to choose from. For beginners, this can be initially confusing especially when looking to purchase a multi-camera system. What features are most important, or more to the point, what features will be most important for your security needs? This article will attempt to help illustrate some of these security camera features with the help of some demonstration videos and graphics to help give you a better idea what features to consider when purchasing a security camera system.

1) Video Resolution


One of the first and most important things to consider when selecting a security camera is the video resolution. Older cameras used standard definition analog resolution and many cameras still made today also use this format. Due to the older technology, analog cameras do tend to be less expensive and offer the ability to record for much longer time periods while using far less memory / hard drive space. But, analog cameras do lack the fine detail that high definition cameras have. Megapixel, or High-Definition recording, generates an image that is several times larger than analog, which allows them the capability to capture far greater detail, including faces, tattoos, and other minute details that could be important if the footage has to be later used as evidence.

The higher the megapixel value of the camera, the more detail you’ll be able to discern from the footage. Keep in mind, as the resolution size increases beyond 1080p, the maximum frame rate will decrease. This is because each frame rendered at an extremely high resolution uses exponentially more memory and network bandwidth to encode.

This video will give you an idea of how the different resolution sizes and frame rates compare to each other.

For instance, a 2 megapixel (1920 X 1080 pixels) high definition security camera can easily record at a full 30 frames per second, but a 5 megapixel (2560 X 1920 pixels) camera will max out at 12 frames per second. Note: Higher megapixel cameras can also be set to lower resolution settings, with higher frame rates, if necessary.

3 MP vs Analog
Side by Side – 3MP vs Analog cameras @ approx. 20 feet away, digitally zoomed on both to show detail

Camera resolution will also factor into how much hard drive space you’ll need to archive your footage. The higher the resolution, and the more cameras you install, the more hard drive space you’ll need inside your DVR. Fortunately, most DVRs have the capability to hold several hard drives for storage. An easy way to figure out exactly how much hard drive space you’ll need for any given number of cameras is by using our Online Hard Drive Calculator

CCTV hard drive calculator
Screenshot of the CCTV Hard Drive Calculator

2) Infrared Mode

Some security cameras have a built in ability to see in complete darkness using infrared light. The way this works is infrared lights that surround the camera lens send a strong beam of infrared light (which is invisible to the naked eye).

These infrared LEDs switch on automatically when the lights are turned off or when the sun goes down and not enough visible light is hitting the camera’s image sensor. Some of that infrared light beaming out of the camera bounces back when it hits an object and that residual infrared light is captured by the Infrared sensor, which is usually directly above the lens of the camera. IR images usually lack color, but allow small, important details to be seen clearly.


The higher the IR rating of the camera, the further it can see into the darkness. For instance, a camera with an IR of 50 can see 50 feet, an IR of 250 feet can see 250 feet, and so on. NOTE- Be careful not to install a camera too close to another object, especially when installing a PTZ with infrared lights. This can cause the camera’s IR sensor to flood and will end up washing out any detail.

3) Lenses – Fixed, Zoom and Interchangeable Lenses

Many security cameras have static, fixed wide angle lenses, and are only intended to be used to capture an overall view of the environment. Varifocal lens cameras have the ability to go from a wide angle to a closer shot, and can be sometimes be controlled though the interface of a DVR or NVR, through a web browser, and others. However, most varificol cameras have a manual zoom and focus that need to be adjusted at the camera.

varifocal manual zoom lens
Some varifocal cameras need to be manually zoomed and focused. These controls are usually found near the lens. On dome cameras, it’s usually necessary to remove the protective dome to access these controls.

Interchangeable Lenses

cctv camera lenses
Fixed Lens vs Interchangeable lenses.

There’s a style of security camera that uses external interchangeable lenses rather than built in lenses. These are called “Box Cameras”. The lenses for these cameras can be purchased separately and are screwed into the front port on the camera.

The advantage of these cameras is that they can allow for exceptional zoom capabilities when paired with certain lenses, but they must be zoomed and focused manually via control knobs on the side of the lens.

This style of camera is also designed to be installed inside an outdoor camera housing, which protects it from the weather and supplies a cooling mechanism, and has a port for power.

camera housing article graphic
Box cameras can be easily added to a protective housing for outdoor use.

4) Pan-Tilt-Zoom

If you need to record an area where on-the-fly camera movement will be a necessity, and you don’t want the hassle of having to manually adjust, zoom and focus the camera, then a Pan tilt zoom camera is the best option. These cameras are typically rather large, so if you’re looking for a small, easily hidden camera, they may not be the best option. But, in terms of overall breadth features, Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras (or PTZ’s) are truly state-of-the-art.

Here’s an example of a PTZ camera in action.

Due to their range of movement (which typically 360 degrees horizontally and 90 degrees vertically), PTZ cameras have an ability other security cameras are incapable of, such as the ability to detect and track movement.

Parameters can be created within the interface of your NVR such as a virtual trip wire drawn within the software in front of a doorway, as an example. When that invisible line is crossed, the camera will follow that movement until the person or object goes out of frame.

virtual tripwire
A user can create a virtual tripwire, so anything that crosses the line causes the camera to start tracking that moving object.

Additionally, parameters can be set to tell the camera what movement or areas within the camera’s view to ignore while it’s tracking movement, such as windblown trees, clouds, or small objects such as birds. All of these might trigger the camera to start tracking otherwise.

You can also set a PTZ to look around a given area on a predetermined scan cycle, and these cameras typically come with several of these cycles pre-programmed into the camera itself.

5) Wired versus Wireless

Many people have asked us why we cannot recommend a wireless security camera. The answer is simply that the battery technology needed to make wireless security cameras viable isn’t quite there yet. Cameras need a constant, reliable source of power, and there hasn’t yet been a battery designed that can run a security camera for days or weeks on end. So, for the foreseeable future, wired security cameras will be the standard.


Amendment 64 and I-502 Security and Record Keeping: Part One – The Hardware Setup

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014


Welcome to the new age of Security.

What is security?


Security is the degree of resistance to, or protection from, harm. It applies to any vulnerable and valuable asset, such as a person, dwelling, community, nation, or organization. In this article, I will be demonstrating a couple of examples of security using Access Control such as our iEDC PACK (NIMA BOX) and a Security Camera System, like one of our Digital Video Recorders (DVR) or a Network Video Recorders (NVR) that support onboard alarm inputs and outputs. These are perfect setups for both Colorado’s Amendment 64 and Washington’s I-502 Security Laws. Of course, these configurations will work for any business that needs extra security measures as well.

What is an alarm?


An alarm device, or system of alarm devices, gives an audible, visual or other form of alarm signal about a problem or condition. Alarm devices are often outfitted with a siren. You can keep records using Access Control and a DVR/NVR system to send snapshots to a FTP Server for every entry point, and also incorporating POS capture control so every transaction is recorded both physically and electronically.

The Hardware Setup for Amendment 64 and I-502 Security

Access Control Snapshot

Hardware you will need:

1 iEDC 8 Door Access Control Package (NIMA BOX)

8 ACR-RF10 is an Indoor/Outdoor Access Control Proximity Reader

8 ACDS-DX1500SE is a Fail-Secure Electronic Door Strike


1 Router

1 Dedicated FTP server

1 PC computer

1 500ft 22 Gauge 6 Conductor Stranded and Shielded Cable (Gray)

1 VGA to BNC Composite Video converter for DVR Surveillance System, Dual Output

The Install


Step one: Installation of all hardware. Installation of any security equipment can get really tricky most of the time. If you’re not comfortable handling wires and climbing through attics then you should consider hiring a contractor to do the hardware installation. But, if you are one of those “do-it-yourselfers” like me ,then TechPro Security Support is here to help you all the way from the hardware install and wiring to the installation and training on all the software.

Installation of the iEDC 8 Door Access Control Package (NIMA BOX)


Article on the wiring of the board written by Jesus Ragusa

The great thing about the NIMA BOX is that it comes already wired for power and the connections of all inputs and outputs are clearly described on the motherboard itself, so configuration is easy. You would want to install the NIMA BOX in a cool, dry and secured location and were you can easily pull all the alarm cables to the box.

Wiring the Inputs and Outputs:

RF10 Front

When installing and wiring the ACR-RF10 Proximity Readers make sure that you put them on the outside of all exit doors that you want to keep secured and make sure you keep the wires from being exposed to the environment. Wires to be connected to the NIMA BOX are the buzzer, LED, wiegand 0 and 1, 12v power and negative for ground.


The final step when configuring the snapshot feature when an employee accesses a door would be running an extra wire from the readers normally closed wire to the alarm 1 input. And, the negative ground wire can be connected to the alarm ground port of the DVR, so when someone scans a fob card or types in a code will use a camera installed at the doorway to take a snapshot picture of the person at the door and sends it to a FTP server for record keeping.


Using basically the same process as mentioned above when installing the ACDS-DX1500SE Fail-Secure Electronic Door Strike you would want to drill, secure and wire them professionally. You don’t want to compromise the door and frame, as repairing those would be costly. Wiring the strikes is very easy. You only need to use 2 wires for the connection because the strike is a normally closed device, so when 12V power is initiated the strike will open.

Electronic Door Strike - Lock fail secure

Now we get to’s COMPLETE 32 CHANNEL DVR ULTIMATE SECURITY CAMERA PACKAGE which includes everything you will need for the install

This package includes:

  • 32 Channel Federal Series 2U 960h Realtime Security DVR – DVR-FE032960-DH
  • 32 x Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof High Resolution 800TVL Infrared Vandal Dome Security Cameras – OD-CM800IR50-B
  • 2 x 16 channel power distribution box – PWR-16
  • 32 x 100ft Plug and Play Cables – BNC-100
  • 32 x Power leads – PT-3

You would want to install the 32 channel DVR in a dry, dust free and a well cooled and ventilated area because Amendment 64 and the I-502 initiative requires all recorded devices to be secured in a lockbox of some sort like the our 16 GAUGE STEEL SECURITY DVR LOCKBOX WITH FAN (LARGE)

DVR Lockbox

When installing the Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof High Resolution 800TVL Infrared Vandal Dome Security Cameras you should test all power supplies, cables and cameras before installation in case something went wrong during shipping. You are still able to RMA the hardware asap and complete the install on time. Because this complete package comes with the cables preconfigured you don’t need to compress any BNCs or CAT5 cables.




Investing in a hand held monitor like our 2.5 inch LCD Service Monitor with Wrist Strap will completely help in the cameras installation, having the ability to see the view of each and every camera before the final screw being put in is priceless. Also included are two 16 channel power distribution box delivering the proper Volts and Amps to each camera. Remember to install the power 16 boxes in a secured well ventilated place, you don’t want anyone pulling the plug on the video feed to your recording device. has your back; we can show you how to configure push email alarm alerts just in case you do come across any issue compromising recorded footage that set up will be written in my next article Part 2 the software set up.


Sometimes when customers hear the word networking they get a little intimidated. There are no worries when purchasing anything from, because you also get 100% free 5 star technical support for the life of every device. We are very passionate in what we do and we will always go above and beyond, and take that extra step to help each and every customer.


The 1st thing you will need to achieve when accessing the IDTECK and DVR systems using a computer or mobile device is adding the units to a network. To do so you will need a router like our Indoor High Powered 802.11N WIFI Router with 100m+ distance and 150mbps. The setup is easy. All you need to do is connect your modem’s outgoing port to the uplink port of the router. Then all you do is connect a cat5 cable from the network card port on the back of the DVR and the one port on the NEMA box main board to open ports of the router. If using a separate FTP server setup to capture snapshots then you would have to also network that server. (If your devices IP address is not on the same IP scheme as the router then you will not be able to connect to the device.)


The computer is one of the most important parts of the installation. You will need a computer with strong video cards and resources to handle all the hardware (all newer computers on today’s market should suffice). The software installation and features will be written in the next article part 2.

POS capture set up:


Great article on POS Capture written by Dan Millard

This setup is easy. All you will need to do is connect a VGA to BNC Composite Video converter for DVR Surveillance System and a Dual Output from the POS desktop to one of the DVR BNC input ports to record ALL transaction that the POS does. Remember, all the equipment purchased from comes with detailed instructions and manuals, but if you need real time remote support we are here from 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday Eastern Standard Time.


In conclusion, using the setup mentioned in this article you can keep supreme records for your personal files and for all authorities, by using software and hardware to manage all entries and exits. It is very essential in today’s businesses. You never know when you will need to produce such evidence. Cheers to the future of technology.

Hurray to Security Camera King !!!!!



How to Prevent a Christmas Theft (as Well as All Year Round)

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014


As you all know Christmas is already here and thieves are on the loose. In this day and age, electronics are what are being gifted and criminals are simply waiting for packages to be delivered to your homes. They are even bolder to go to your door and steal them. Some even break into your home while you are  hard at work and grab all the items under your tree. There is also a black market for electronics that are even set on an Order basis unfortunately. These thieves are more coordinated where they are following delivery trucks and have “look outs” once a package or multiple packages are delivered and steal them to gain a profit. How can you prevent theft at Christmas and all year round?

The video above shows how a criminal hits two houses at the same time, and sadly, even though they have a surveillance system, you cannot make out their faces. There are solutions to these issues.

There is a Startup company that will accept your packages and ship them to you at your convenience. The company is called DoorMan. Their services costs $4 per package or $20 a month. a small price to pay when you are not home. Although this is only at the moment available in California it could become a trend nationwide. There is also Amazon. They allow customers to use lockers in public spaces to pick up packages.

The Importance of Having a High Definition Security System

Below is a video showing the differences between resolutions so that you can understand the necessity of having a High definition system.

**Please make sure that the settings gear is set to 1080P

As you can see with a 1080p camera you can zoom in further and get the facial recognition that you are looking for. The 1080p camera in this video is an HD-CVI camera which is a newer technology that launched this year and is taking over the industry, as it is not as expensive than an IP based System. It delivers the same great High Definition signal as IP.

Integrating Alarm Outputs from Your Security Recorder

You can also integrate our DVR/NVR systems with other devices such as a garage door, which you can have the UPS, Fed EX or USPS guy drop your package inside of your home. You can utilize one of the security recorder’s relay-out to the signal on your garage door opener, which will allow you to open the garage door, monitor what he or she is doing, and closing once he or she has left the garage. You can also have a microphone and a speaker connected to an amplifier and have audio and give commands to the Delivery guy as to what to do.

You can use this diagram here to connect your recorders alarm output here.

The above illustration shows an ELK 912 which is a very popular relay. As you can see you can connect a siren as well if you wish but for our purposes you can see Figure 2 which illustrates how the relay will connect to the Garage Door system.

This works with your Mobile Application as well with TechProSS  (IOS & Android). You can see the channel where the camera in your garage is set, as well as engage the Alarm triggers within the application. Please make sure before making a purchase or getting these items to check to see if your recorder does have the alarm outputs.

Lets move on to the Microphone and Speaker attached to the Amplifier.

As the above video illustrates you will need an amplifier and a horn. There are a few different  amplifiers that you can pick up. Some have even a built-in speaker on them. The video is old but it gives you the idea of how this functions. Let move on to the items that you will need.

  • Mono Amplifier
  • Speaker Horn or normal Speaker if indoors
  • cables and connectors

Connect the Speakers or horn to the amplifier output. Then we need to connect the audio-out to the amplifier. Once this is done we have the Audio Output.

We can now move onto the Microphone side just in case you want to hear the person inside of your garage.

The video below will show a basic installation for a microphone using Plug and Play Cables.


To read more about connecting a microphone to various DVRs and NVRs click here

Integrating Snapshot Alerts through an FTP Server

We can also further integrate this system to capture and send images base on a momentary switch such as a doorbell. This will send a snapshot to an FTP server.

*This feature can only be set up to transmit the snapshots based on a timed interval.*

This can also be used by adding a PIR that will interface with an alarm input in your recorder. This will allow it to receive the signal and take a snapshot of the person in front of the door or sides if you wish to use this. Many installers will also use PIRs [Passive Infrared Sensor] instead of having the recorder creating a motion from a camera. This allows you to pin point where you want the motion to be captured from, as well as having the ability to set the cameras to 24-hour mode as opposed to motion only.

If you are wondering what application or how to obtain a File Transfer Protocol server, it is as simple as installing software like Filezilla onto your computer.

You will need to open some ports in your computer’s firewall rules. Port 21 is what is used normally and this can be changed to better suit your needs as many other devices might be using this port.

Since we are using this internally we are not required to open the ports on our router.

Open your Windows Firewall and set your rules here. Set an exceptions.



Set your directory. This is where you will have your files stored, and finally  you will need to set it up with users who will be accessing files.

Within filezilla, click Edit->Users

Set your passwords and users along with their permissions.

If you want to go all the way, meaning having the ability to access your FTP server anywhere that you have access to the internet as well as an FTP Client, ensure that you have the manual or gather the information on how to properly open the ports on your router for the FTP server and input your computer’s IP address. Be sure to set your computer to Static IP. I am assuming you have  a Windows computer.


Navigate to your Control Panel, Network and Internet, Network Connection and select or highlight the correct adapter. In my case my computer is wired so I select the correct adapter and right click hit properties and IPV4. This opens a window where you can designate the IP address for the computer.

If you are unsure if the IP address is being used in your network by another device you can open up a command prompt  [ Windows Key + R] . This will open a window where you can input “cmd” for command prompt and click OK.

command prompt

Once you have the command prompt open you can input “arp -a” this will show all the IP addresses being used on your network.


This command will come back with all the IP addresses that are live or assigned in your network. It will also show if the IP is Dynamically assigned or statically assigned.

cmd arp

*** You can also used on of my favorite IP scanners. Angry IP Scanner ***


After reviewing this solution and gathering that you can protect your property as well as any packages coming in or out of your property, you can have the time to enjoy the Holidays without the worries of not having your property not protected.

Happy grinch