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How to Configure an Eline ELI-SIP-EMVD-21-4R ONVIF IP Security Camera

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

ONVIF cameras are getting very popular and more of these type of cameras are able to integrate almost 100% with our NVRs. Today I will explain how to use the ELI-SIP-EMVD-21-4R ONVIF IP Dome Security Camera with an NVR-ELT4-POE4. I will demonstrate how to find the camera on the network, basic IP configuration to use with the POE NVR, and some of the settings you will need to set to record motion.

Lets start by connecting the cameras on a POE switch on your network. It is recommended that you install all the necessary tools to find the cameras on the network once they are connected.

Tools and utilities can be found in here

After one of the cameras is connected to the switch, open the search tool and select the option labeled “Device obtain an IP address automatically” option to make the camera get an IP address from the DHCP server of the router.

Device Search tool

Once the camera appears in the tool, select the device ID, “Device obtain an IP address automatically” and click modify.

The next option will be to access the cameras web interface and change some settings. We will need to change the encoding, FPS (Frames per Second), bit rate and bit rate type. Below is a screenshot of what I recommend these cameras to be set at:

Stream 1Stream 2

In this kind of setup, it is very important to be consistent. The key to having your network stability good at all times is to a consistent bandwidth throughout your devices. IP cameras can definitely make your network unstable if these devices are not set correctly. Some cameras can be set to use a higher amount of bandwidth when there is a lot of motion happening, as an example.

Another thing to configure in these cameras is the Time. In order to have the time in sync with the NVR, the GMT for both the camera and the NVR needs to be set to (GMT+08:00). Also, make sure that DST is set to “ON” on both the camera and NVR and the NTP is OFF. We need to make sure that after the GMT & DST has been set on both devices, the time needs to be changed manually to your current time. Save these settings and reboot the NVR.

Time GMT

Another setting I would change is the channel name. This is not required but is just a personal preference. I like to identify my cameras based on location so they are easy to manage when pulling footage.

Camera name

Our next setting to be configured is the Motion Alarm on the camera. Most likely the camera will be already configured to record motion, but just to be sure I will check the settings as follows:

Motion 1 Motion 2 Motion 3

Click on the tool range icon and select all to get the days of the week selected. Select for the beginning time 00:00 and for the end time 24:00. These settings will allow you to have a period of 24H of motion recording. What this means is that the camera will have the schedule for motion alarm for a 24H period but motion recording will only occur when there is an object on from of the camera.

Click on “motion area” to make sure the entire region is selected. You can click on the reverse button to clear the entire area, then you can simply select different areas as you like. This particular type of setting allows you to mask shadows or any other unnecessary objects that could possibly trigger false alarms.

Now that we have configured the camera we can add the camera to the NVR. Connect the camera to the back of the NVR on port 1 of the build in POE port. 


After the camera is connected, allow a few minutes for the NVR to assign an IP address to the camera. We will need to make sure that the NVR settings are correct.

The easiest way to figure what to do at this point is to connect the recorder to the power supply that comes with the unit and then connect an Ethernet cable from your router to the Ethernet port of the NVR. After the unit turns On, you will then need to go to the network settings of the NVR. Of course, you need to be connected to a monitor to see these settings.

Most of our NVRs will have a new interface, the “blue interface”, and the menus will be spread out a bit different than the previous version. At this point you will notice that there are 3 parts of this window menu: The top is operation, mid is info, and bottom is setting. Go to network and the following page will display:


Depending on the type of NVR you have, some will have additional settings, but overall the steps are the same. We will be focusing on getting an IP address for the NVR. Click on DHCP, apply and save. You will be kicked out of that menu and in a few seconds your NVR will contact the router to get an available IP address.  Go back to the network settings to see what IP address you received. Normally, what I will do is to set the IP address to a digit higher than what the NVR was assigned. This way I will avoid any IP conflicts in the network. Certain router’s DHCP settings will start from all the way to and it also depends on the network scheme and who configured the router initially. Assuming that the router’s scheme is within the numbers above I will set the NVR with the following IP:

Now that I have that out of the way, the next thing to do is to configure the IP cameras address. Many times customers and installers connect all the cameras at the same time without considering that it could cause a major problem when trying to assign an IP address to the camera or even to have the cameras show up in the tool finder (IP Search). Nowadays, most of our cameras are configured as DHCP. Therefore, if you have a router in the same network as the NVR, then most likely the camera will get an IP address from the DHCP pool setup in the router as soon as it is connected to the the POE switch that they will be connected to.


Access Control Anti-PassBack – Why Use it and How to Configure It!

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015


What is Anti-PassBack?

Anti-PassBack is a feature in our access control software that can be used to make sure people scan in and out of your building in that order. You need to have 2 access control readers per door; one on the outside and one on the inside. When an employee comes in they will scan their card on the outside and the door opens. Then when they leave, they must scan the reader on the inside in order to get out. If they do not scan out, the card will not work on the outside reader again, and so they will not be let in. What that means is if they scan in, in the morning and do not scan out, the outdoor reader will not let them in the next time they try and scan in. You must scan in, scan out, and then they will have access granted from the outside again.

Why would I use Anti-PassBack?

The only reason why I would use Anti-PassBack is simply for tracking when employees are coming and going and how often they are coming and going. It is also useful for when you require employees to have their access control cards on them at all times. In my testing I used two users, Kuchuk and El Jeffe. If Kuchuk walks up to the door first, and before he can scan in El Jeffe says “Dude I forgot my fob at home, can you scan in and throw me your fob out the window so the cameras see me scan in?”.

Unfortunately for El Jeffe, this will not work, because the user Kuchuk scans in, throws his fob to El Jeffe and the card will not let him in a second time, unless that user scans the indoor reader to get out first, and then he will regain access from the outside.

How Do I Configure Anti-PassBack?

First thing’s first. You need to build your access control database in the software. You need to start by getting your access control board on your network and then adding it to the software. You can do so by using the tool below. This is a web service enabler which is where you change the IP address to your scheme.

Web Service Enabler –

Once you have done this, you can add the board into the software by choosing “Basic Config” > “Controllers” > “Search” and then add your board to the software. Once you have done that you need to add your departments by choosing the “Department” tab under Basic Config and “Add Top”. For my article I used “Article Test” as my department name. Once you have that, it is time to add users. The way I like to do this is to add them by swiping the cards, look at the top left of the software and choose “Auto Add Cards By Swiping”. When you have that up scan the first card, choose the department, and click OK. As soon as you have added the card, go to Basic Config > Personnel > and enter the name that will go with that card. make sure to do this for every card you scan so you do not get confused and be sure to label them as you go so you know which card belongs to who.

Now that all of your departments, and users have been added to the database you need to enable Anti-PassBack. At the bottom left side of the software choose “Tools” > “Extended Functions” > 5678 is the password. Look at the picture below (left) and see that “Activate Anti-PassBack” needs to be enabled. To enable it, check the box for it and click OK. The software will make you close it and reopen it, if you click yes to do so it will do it on its own and all you have to do is log in again. Now when you go into “Access Control”, you will see a new tab for Anti-PassBack. Open it up, choose your board, and click edit. I am using a 4 door board so mine looks like this, below (right). In this case I will choose No. 1 /No. 2 No. 3 / No. 4. This is showing you that readers 1 and 2 are grouped to the same door and 3 and 4 are grouped to another door.

Anti-PassBack Art.Anti-PassBAck Art2

That wasn’t so hard was it? Now all there is to do is to upload it all to the board and watch it work. To upload it all to the board go to “Basic Operate” > choose “select all” > “Upload” and pres ok. It will let you know this is successful. As soon as this says it was successful you are ready to go. I will show you that it works here by monitoring the readers. I will choose select all, then monitor, and if you see the picture below you will see how it works. Notice how Kuchuk scans in, then passes his fob to El Jeffe but El Jeffe is denied access. El Jeffe then throws the fob back to Kuchuk who then scans out and back in successfully. Then you will notice that El Jeffe has learned his lesson and comes to the office tomorrow with his fob, scans in, scans out for lunch and then back in all successfully. Remember, once you have scanned in, you can not gain access from outside without scanning yourself out first.


I have to say, not too many people will have a need for this feature, but if you do feel the need to know when employees are coming and going this is the best way for you to know. If you have a guy who decides to take several smoke breaks a day to the point where it gets out of hand, he will have no choice other than to scan in and out every time he leaves the building in order to get back in. That will tell you, as the employer, how much of your time he is wasting. If for any reason at all you feel like you need some help or a clearer explanation please give us a call at (866) 573-8878. Thank You!


How to Set Up Your ELI Series Network IP Cameras

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Monday, July 20th, 2015

In this article I will teach you on how to set up your ELI Series network IP cameras. The ELI cameras are a great value for the money and produce a great video image. They are a little tricky to set up since they are ONVIF cameras and that’s why this article will be very useful to you.  Much as ELI cameras are fully compatible with our NVRs, remember that ONVIF cameras will not have full functionality with an NVR from a different manufacturer. Unlike our EL series cameras the ELI series cameras by default are not plug n’ play cameras and it’s important to remember that. That’s why it is very important to plan your installation and purchases, in that order.

First, you have to know your hardware since there are a few ways to set up any network camera.

ONVIF 2MP IP Camera eLine

The Simple Way

The simplest way to connect a camera to your network is to connect it to your router and power it with a 12v DC power supply. This method saves you the need for additional devices on the network, and it will suit you if you only have a few cameras to connect. Remember that the down side is that you have to plan thoroughly on how to power each camera.

Using an External POE Switch

Another way is to use an external POE switch that will be connected to your existing network, will provide a network connection, and provide power to your cameras. This method is great if you are planning to have multiple cameras on your network. This is the way that is preferable by me personally since after the setup, you have access to any camera on the network which makes it much easier to access and configure each camera. The downside of this method is the cost of an external POE switch.

Built-in POE switch

The use of a built-in POE switch in an NVR simplifies the connection of your cameras since it separates your cameras from your network. It means that the built-in POE switch creates its own network environment that will work on a completely different IP scheme. Usually the default IP for the built-in POE is The advantage of such a setup is that since the cameras are separated from your main network, your network is not affected by your cameras.

On the other hand, it means that the cameras will not be accessible from your main network and need to be configured before you plug them into the built-in POE switch in the back of your NVR.

The 2 first ways are easier for the end-user since the customer can get help by our Techpro Security support department. If the customer will give us access to their computer, we can easily access any of the cameras and help set up and configure the installation. The tricky part is with the third way since, as I mentioned, the cameras are not accessible from the main network and the customer we work with has to assist us by plugging the cameras to the main network for configuration and then back to the built-in POE switch. The most absolutely necessary tool in this case is a 12v DC power supply which is a must-have when temporarily connecting a camera to the main network.

Now we get to the business! How do I connect and configure an ELI network camera?

First, you need to download the entire contents of this folder from this link:

The package will include: Update Tool, IP Search tool, firmware file, instructions, and capture screen pictures.

  1. Please connect the camera to your network (your router) and power it with a 12V DC power supply. Remember! If you have multiple cameras always plug-in and configure one by one otherwise you will have an IP conflict since all your cameras come with a default IP address of

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  2. Go ahead and run your IP Search tool. When the software opens, click the ‘Start Search’ button and wait until the camera shows up. Click the camera that shows up and change the Device IP to the IP of your choice. For demo purpose I gave mine: You also need to change the Default Gateway  

    Device Search Tool
  3. Go ahead and run the Sunel update tool. When the software opens, put the address of your camera into the Address field and click ‘Add’. After the camera shows up, wait until the Update State will show ‘connect success’ and click ‘Browse’. Find your downloaded Eline folder and choose the firmware file. Last thing, uncheck the ‘Add online device’ box and click ‘Update’.
  4. It will take a few minutes to update your firmware. Update State will show ‘updating’ and the update process will begin. At the end of the process Update Progress will show 100% and the status bar should turn green. This will give you the indication that the process is complete.

    Update tool

After the update process, you can turn your camera into plug n’ play. There is only one more thing you need to do to make it happen. You need to run the IP Search tool again, choose the camera and check in the box for ‘Device obtain an IP address automatically’. That will turn on the DHCP and find the IP address automatically. There are additional settings you need to change so the camera will detect motion with our NVRs. Go ahead and log into the camera using your internet browser. The user/password are default admin/admin.

  1. Under ‘Device Configuration’ check the box ‘Adjust clock for daylight savings changes’ and fill in the Start and the End for DTS. The time zone should remain on +08:00. Hit OK.

    Setting Time Zone in ONVIF camera
  2. Under ‘Alarm Configuration’ click on ‘Motion Alarm’ and change the interval to 5 sec, hit ‘Set’ Check box for ‘Enable Motion’ and click ‘Schedule’. Under Period 1, end time should be changed to 24:00 at all fields. Hit OK. Click on ‘Motion Area’ and mark by dragging the whole visible image. The whole image should turn blue. Hit OK.

    ONVIF Alarm Configuartion

    Motion Area Setting ONVIF Camera

You are done! Now you have to do the same process with the rest of your cameras. If for any reason you were unable to complete the task, please feel free to call us at 866-573-8878 and hit option 3 for tech support. You can also visit our CCTV Camera Forum for additional support after hours.


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