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How to connect to your DVR over the Internet

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

One of the first things that people want to know about their surveillance system is whether or not they have the ability to connect it to the internet for remote viewing. In the past, security systems had to be monitored by a guard who was locked away in a room all day watching the monitors to make sure nothing would happen. The other option was to come back and review footage after something has occurred but then the damage may already be done. It’s extremely important nowadays to be able to view your security system remotely so that you can view it in real-time. Technology has progressed so much that you’re able to get notifications sent directly to your cell phone or tablet to let you know that your security cameras are capturing an event. This can likely save you the trouble of having to replace damaged or stolen property. By having the ability to view your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) over the internet, you will have a much better chance at stopping a crime from happening.

Not everyone is tech savvy. I have learned over the years that many of the things that may seem simple to those who use computers on a daily basis may be like trying to learn another language for most others without the extensive experience. Either way, by the end of this article I hope to show you how to connect your DVR to the internet from top to bottom so that you have a complete understanding of how to hook it all up, configure all of the settings as needed, and also understand why you need to set it up this way. Many tutorials online which show you how to connect your security system to the internet are very short and not detailed enough for you to have an understanding of what you’re actually doing.

Viewing DVR Live Over The Internet

First, here are some of the benefits of connecting your DVR to your network.

  1. Being able to watch your security cameras while you are away from the location is one of the most important features of current DVRs. This will give you the ability to prevent crimes as well as keep an eye on what is currently happening in the locations that the cameras are watching over.
  2. Being able to review and back up footage from your DVR remotely so that you have a copy of what is happening even if the DVR ends up getting damaged or stolen.
  3. Being able to configure the DVR and specialized cameras remotely. This is handy if you notice that the DVR needs to have some of its configurations modified.
  4. Being able to change settings on cameras that are all of a sudden not able to see due to conditions changing. Some people have had issues where their cameras looked great the whole first week that they had them set up but then all of a sudden a big storm comes in and they can’t see anything anymore and one of the camera’s may have a setting which can compensate for this condition change. If you’re not able to reach the location where the DVR and cameras are installed, this will allow you to change the settings from wherever you are so that you don’t miss out on anything in the meantime. However, please note that some cameras do not have these features, but for the ones that do, being able to access them remotely is a great feature to have.

There are a few basic things you will need in order to get started.

  1. Live Internet Connection. This can come from any internet service provider in your area. The faster the speeds they are able to provide you with, the better. However, it’s still possible to view your system remotely with a slower connection such as DSL. Usually the internet service provider will provide you with the option to rent a modem from them unless you have your own available for setup.
    Internet Connection

    Internet Connection

  2. Router. A Router is a device which forwards the data between your network connections. This will allow you to connect multiple devices to your single internet connection. Many homes today currently have Wi-Fi Routers that will allow you to connect your devices to your internet wirelessly. You will not need a wireless router to access your DVR remotely, so just about any router will do. Some of the larger router brands are Linksys (Cisco), D-Link, Netgear, Belkin, and even Apple.
    Cisco Linksys Wireless-N Router wireless router
  3. Ethernet Cables. These are usually sold as CAT5 (Category 5) cables which are used to connect you to the internet. Most DVR’s with the ability to be viewed remotely will come with a network port that you can attach your cat5 cable to. Sometimes the manufacturer will even include a cable with the system but unless you are planning on connecting your DVR near your router, most of the times the cable is too short. Be sure to measure out how many feet of cable you will need before purchasing your system. You will also need one Ethernet cable to connect the modem to the router. Routers usually come with their own short Ethernet cable as well.
    Ethernet Cable

    Ethernet Cable

  4. DVR with the ability to be remotely viewed. Not all DVRs have the ability to be viewed remotely. Some DVRs are just for recording and will not have the features that allow for you to connect to them through the internet. Make sure the DVR you have is capable of doing so by contacting the manufacturer or checking the manual that came with it.


  5. Monitor. For the initial setup, you will need some sort of monitor so that you can connect your DVR and view all of the settings you are configuring. Once these settings are configured, you will no longer need the monitor if you are only going to view the system remotely. Some DVRs have outputs that will also allow you to use a television as a monitor by connecting it using BNC, HDMI, VGA, or even composite RCA connections depending on the devices that you purchase.


Getting Started

  1. Make sure that your Modem is connected to the internet. Usually modems will have a series of lights on the front which are status lights to let you know that it’s currently working. All modems are different so many sure you get the information for yours from your service provider or its manual. Getting the model setup and connected is beyond the scope of this article and this step needs to be completed before moving forward.
  2. Connect your modem to the internet port on your router. Usually your router will have one port for the internet connection. This port is usually away from the other ports on the back of the router which are for the devices which will be connecting to the internet. Use a cat5 cable for this connection.
  3. Connect your DVR to one of the data ports of your router. Most routers come with at least 4 ports for hardware that will be connecting to the internet. You will also be using a cat5 cable for this connection. For the initial setup, you will not need the long cat5 cable if you are planning on relocating the DVR to a location that’s far away from the router. You may always move the DVR after the initial setup so the cable that came with your DVR should be fine.
    Internet Port On Router
  4. Connect your DVR to your monitor. This can be done using any of the methods available depending on the type of monitor you are using and DVR outputs available. If you have an HDMI or VGA port on both the DVR and Monitor, one of these are the preferable ones to be used.
    Back Ports On the DVR

    Now that you have your hardware setup and connected, make sure everything is powered on and working. Next, check out the next step to configure your router and DVR and you will soon be able to view it remotely. I will be using a Techpro Security DVR which I purchased from All of their DVRs have the same interface when you log into them so configuring them will be pretty much the same. Other DVR’s may have menus that look a bit different but the settings are all generally the same. Same goes for the Router settings.

Configure your DVR

    1. Log into your DVR using the username and password provided by the manufacturer. If this DVR has already been previously configured, use the admin login information.
      DVR Web Service Login Page

      DVR Web Service Login Page

    2. Select the menu for Network Settings. In this section you will be able to assign an IP address to the DVR. This will be an internal static IP address. (This usually begins with 192.168.XXX.X). I would suggest using these settings to get started, you can always change them later.
      • IP ADDRESS: (This will be the ip address of the DVR)
      • SUBNET MASK: (Leave this unless your network has a modified subnet)
      • GATEWAY: (This will normally be the IP Address of your router)
      • TCP PORT: 37777
      • UDP PORT: 37778
      • HTTP PORT: 88 (You can use port 80 but there are some Internet Service providers which block the use of port 80. I usually just change it to be on the safe side.)
DVR Network Settings Menu

DVR Network Settings Menu

  1. Configure Your Browser’s Security Settings In Order To Download the DVR Web Service. In order for you to connect to your DVR internally or externally within your network, you’re going to have to make sure that your browser is able to download the web service from the DVR. Just go to Tools > Internet Options > Security.
    IE Tools Menu

    IE Tools Menu

    In this tab, you will see a button that says Custom Level.

    IE Security Custom Level Button

    IE Security Custom Level Button

    Click it and make sure that the option for “Download Unsigned ActiveX controls” has “Prompt” (or Enable) selected instead of Disable.

    Unsigned ActiveX Prompt

    Unsigned ActiveX Prompt

    This will make sure that when you access your DVR, the prompt will allow you to install the ActiveX web service that allows you to remotely access and configure your DVR. You can do the same for the other ActiveX settings as well. Once you are done, close Internet Explorer then restart it to make sure the settings have taken change.

  2. Connect to Your DVR Internally Using Internet Explorer. You should now be able to connect to your DVR internally within your network. This is a bit different from connecting to it externally. You will use the Static Internal IP Address and Port number that you configured on your DVR in order to do this. This will be ’′ as you have configured in the second step. The ‘:88′ at the end is the port that you’ll be using to connect to the web service of your DVR.
    DVR Web Service Login Page

    Log Back Into Your Web Service

  3. Port Forward Your Router. The next thing you’re going to want to do is port forward your router. This is going to be necessary in order to connect to your DVR from a remote location. If you were to just type your external IP address into the browser, your router is not going to know which device you are trying to reach. There could be multiple computers and devices on that network so you need to tell the router which one to specifically connect to by assigning a sort of map to all of the ports you have configured.
    • Log in to your router using the gateway IP address and username and password that has been set to it. By default, most routers have their default gateway IP address set to This is what you will type into the URL bar of your browser. Once you put that in and hit Enter, a window should pop up asking you to log in. If you haven’t made any changes you should be able to put ‘admin’ into the username and ‘admin’ into the password field as well. Some Routers may have their password defaulted to ‘password’. You will have to check your router manual or with your network administrator to be sure. You can also search on Google to find out the defaults.
      Login to your Router

      Login to your Router

      Log In To Your router

      Use your Default Info If you Haven’t Changed It

    • Forward the Ports. Find the window or tab that is either called ‘port forwarding’ or ‘apps and gaming’. Go ahead and add a new port forwarding rule. The application name field is where you will put in anything you want that is descriptive to the device you’re port forwarding. In this case you can just put in “DVRWEB” to signify the DVR Web Service connection. External Port can be 88 (or whatever port you set it to on step 2), Internal Port is also set to 88, Protocol will be ‘both’ tcp/udp and the Device IP will be the IP of the DVR. In this case you will make sure it’s ’′. Make sure the rule is enabled by checking the box if there is one and save the rule. Then do the same for your TCP And UDP ports that were set on the DVR.You should have:
      • DVRWEB – 88 – 88 – BOTH – – Enabled
      • DVRTCP – 37777 – 37777 – BOTH – – Enabled
      • DVRUDP – 37778 – 37778 – BOTH – – Enabled
      Port Forwarding Menu

      Port Forwarding Menu

    • Find out your External IP Address. Find the IP address of the network you’re currently setting up the DVR at by typing in “WHAT IS MY IP” into google. You will get your public IP Address and make sure to make a note of it. This is the address that you are going to use in order to connect to your DVR when you are in another location.
      Google What is my IP

      Find out your external IP

    • Connect from the Outside. When you have the ability to connect from outside of the network you are in, type in your Public IP Address into the URL bar on Internet explorer and make sure to add the ‘:88′ at the end. You should see the ActiveX web service prompt. If you are able to connect to the DVR internally but are unable to once you are outside of that network, it will more than likely be a port forwarding issue. Check your settings and try again.
      Connect To your DVR Externally

      Connect To your DVR Externally


How To Avoid a Physical Confrontation When Things Get Out of Hand

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

How To Avoid a Physical Confrontation When Things Get Out of HandAlthough some people seem to be always on the lookout for a fight, most people would really prefer to avoid a physical confrontation whenever possible. If you are one of the many who would rather just walk away than raise your fists but who can’t seem to avoid fights in certain situations, consider following these tips so that you can help prevent things from escalating into something physical. Although you can’t always keep yourself out of sticky situations, following these tips can help you avoid getting in a physical fight in the event that things get out of hand.

Avoid Situations Where Things Might Get Ugly

One of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting into a fight is to watch out for potentially confrontational situations in the first place. For instance, it really isn’t a good idea to go to a bar that is known for being rough and having a lot of bar fights if you can avoid it. Try to stay in well-lit areas when you can, and try to patronize bars, clubs and other businesses that are known for being safe and secure and having plenty of security guards on hand. Although it might not seem like fun to restrict yourself, where you go and what you do this much, it is always a smart idea to avoid potentially bad –and violent — situations whenever possible.

Watch Out for Potential Physical Confrontations

Keeping an eye out for potentially threatening situations is another good way to prevent yourself from getting into some sort of physical confrontation. For instance, if you see someone sitting near you at the bar who keeps staring you down and who looks like they are ready to get in a fight, it is better to walk away and sit somewhere else than to stick close and make a confrontation more likely to occur. Also, knowing about potential situations that are going on around you can make you more alert and aware of what is going on and can prevent you from being taken by surprise by someone who seems dead-set on getting into a fight. Knowing about the problems that could occur before they ever happen can give you more time to think, calm yourself down and react appropriately.

Focus on You

You really can’t control what someone else does, but you can control what you do and how you handle situations. If you are the type of person who tends to get into physical fights on a regular basis, you should consider assessing why. Are you hanging out with the wrong people or going to the wrong places? Do you have a bad temper? By changing things about yourself that cause you to get into fights, you can help avoid them in the future. Although it might seem difficult to do this, it will get easier with time. You can even consider talking to a counselor or enrolling in anger management classes to get help with calming down your temper and learning how to avoid arguments and physical confrontations.

Ignore Them

In many cases, it is really best to just ignore a person. If someone is staring you down, saying bad things about you or saying hurtful things to you, you might be tempted to retaliate and say something back to save face. However, doing so probably won’t turn out well if you are dealing with a person who wants to fight with you. Therefore, the best thing that you can do in many of these situations is to try to ignore the person, no matter how annoying or mean they are being to you or the nasty or hateful things that might be coming out of their mouth.

Hand it Over

If you are in a situation where someone might want to steal something from you, it is typically advised to simply hand the item over. Although you might not want to give your wallet to the mugger that you pass on the street, it is better to give it over and avoid a physical fight than it is to get attacked and hurt badly and to still lose your wallet anyway. Therefore, it is important to just hand it over in a situation when you think that things might turn physically ugly.

Try to Calm the Person Down

Telling the person that you don’t want to fight, that you don’t mean them any harm and that you are just trying to have a good time is one good way to calm the person down. Although it might not always work, sometimes it does, and any fight that you can avoid can help you stay safer.

Don’t Raise Your Voice

Although you might be tempted to raise your voice when you are arguing with someone or if an individual makes you really angry, but it is best to keep your voice at a low, even and almost soothing tone. Raising your voice will make it seem as if you are angry, which could egg another person on. It can also cause the other person to start screaming at you, which can possibly result in a loud arguing match and potentially a fight. Therefore, maintain your voice level in order to avoid things from getting ugly.

Watch Your Tongue

Keeping your tongue in check is one of the best things that you can do to avoid causing a potentially threatening situation to escalate. Although you might think that you can use your words to scare someone off, this is typically a bad idea.

Therefore, first of all, make sure that you don’t make threats that you don’t mean. Telling someone that you will beat them up badly might seem like the right way to intimidate them and make them take a step back, but it can potentially backfire because the other person might see it as a challenge.

Also, make sure that you don’t make any sarcastic comments. Although you might be angry and might want to say something hurtful to the person, doing so is only going to make the situation worse because it can trigger physical violence or can cause an argument to escalate.

Watch Their Hands

If you are looking too intently at the other person’s face, you might miss their elbow moving as they are preparing to punch you in the stomach. Therefore, it is important to always watch the individual’s hands if you think that there is a possibility of things getting physical. This can help you watch out for punches or slaps that might be coming your way, and you can also tell if the person is reaching for a knife or other weapon that could be seriously harmful.

Along with watching the person’s hands, make sure that you know what to look for. Someone quickly reaching in their pocket could be an indication that they are reaching for a weapon, for instance, and someone who is balling their hands into a fist might just be ready to fight.

Maintain a Stance That Isn’t Confrontational

If you don’t pay attention to how you are standing when you interact with people, you could be accidentally giving off signs that you are in the mood for a little bit of confrontation. Although looking confident can be a good thing in a lot of social situations, seeming too cocky can egg your potential attacker on and make him or her think that you are looking for a fight. Therefore, try to stand with your legs slightly separated, and maintain a level, easy stance instead of trying to look like you are taller and bigger than you really are.

Show Your Hands

Just as you will be watching the individual’s hands to look for weapons and confrontational gestures, he or she might be watching your hands as well. Putting your hands in your pocket might seem like a non-confrontational stance, but in this type of situation it is one of the worst things that you can do. If a person thinks that you might be reaching for a weapon of some sort, for instance, he or she might attack you in an effort to protect him or herself. If you have your hands balled up in a fist subconsciously because of the situation, the person might think that you are ready to fight. Having your arms crossed in front of your body can also make you look angry and confrontational, so this isn’t a good idea either. Instead, keep your hands up and near your face; this is a pretty good way to signal that you really aren’t trying to get into a fight, yet having your hands near your face will make it easier to protect yourself in the event that something does go down.

Don’t Let Your Pride Get in the Way

Pride is one of the main things that can cause people to get into fights, so make sure that you keep your own ego in check when things get out of hand. Although you might not want to say no to a fight because you don’t want to look like you are afraid, try to remember that violence is never really a good thing. Therefore, in this case it might be the right thing to do to let your pride go for a little while and to simply walk away.

Alert the Authorities

If you are afraid that you are in danger, it is a good option to let the authorities know about it so that they can help you. If you are in a bar or club or at a concert or other similar venue, for instance, scan the crowd in search of a bouncer or security guard. By signaling to that individual or walking in their direction, you can get their attention and let them know that you need help. In many situations, all it will take is bringing one of these individuals into the mix to diffuse things.

Along with looking for bouncers and security guards at clubs and other similar places, you should also consider looking for a police officer or other authority figure if you get into a confrontation. If the individual seems like they really and truly might hurt you, such as if they have a knife or other weapon on hand, don’t be afraid to dial 911 from your cell phone; in a lot of cases, if you simply dial the number on your phone, authorities will be able to track down your address and will come to your aid.

Know How to Protect Yourself

Although it isn’t always possible to avoid a physical confrontation when things get out of hand, following these tips can help you prevent yourself from getting in a fight. This can save you from physical injury and can help prevent other things as well, such as getting in trouble with the law or getting kicked out of a business.

In the event that a physical confrontation cannot be avoided, however, make sure that you know how to protect yourself. Keeping a self-defense item like pepper spray on your person is a good way to protect yourself if someone attacks you, and it’s never a bad idea to take self-defense classes or martial arts so that you will know what to do to protect yourself in the event that you get into a physical confrontation. You don’t have to use this knowledge to pick fights or anything, but it is good to know a few self-defense moves in case you ever need them.

If you don’t have any experience in protecting yourself and someone attacks you, however, do the best that you can to fight for your life. Instinct will kick in, and you should be able to protect yourself in most cases. Trying to end the fight as quickly as possible is always a better option, however, especially if you think that you can get the help that you need.




How to View My DVR With My Cell Phone or iPhone

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

How to View My DVR With My Cell Phone or iPhoneTechnology is changing more and more every day, and it has affected all sorts of electronics, including security camera systems. Although you typically had to sit directly in front of the monitor in the past in order to monitor your surveillance camera footage, this is no longer the case. Nowadays, you can stream your surveillance footage onto your smartphone or other device from anywhere in the world, making it easy to keep a close eye on home or business-related security.

Why Monitor Your Home Security System From Your Cell Phone?

Although you might be wondering why you would ever want to monitor your home surveillance footage from your cell phone, you should know that there are actually plenty of reasons to do so. In fact, once you get used to being able to view your DVR from your cell phone or iPhone, you will probably wonder how you ever got by without being able to do so.

The first reason why a lot of people like to view their surveillance footage from their cell phones is because they want to be able to keep an eye on their kids. If you have children at home but spend most of the day at work, you probably know how it can feel to be worried about your kids. If you leave them with a babysitter, you might wonder if he or she is doing a good job, watching them carefully and making sure that they abide by household rules. You might even be a bit nervous that he or she is harming them in some way. If you have surveillance cameras installed in your home, however, you can check in on your little ones and their babysitter or nanny with the touch of a button from your cell phone. This can provide you with peace of mind and can allow you to do something about whatever might be going on in your home. Even if your kids are old enough to stay home by themselves, you might worry if they made it home safely. With security cameras that you can view from your cell phone, however, this doesn’t have to be a concern.

There are other reasons to view your DVR from your cell phone or iPhone as well, however. For instance, you can check on your home while you are on vacation, and you can even peek in to see if everything is OK at your house while you are working.

Should You Monitor Your Business Security System From Your Phone?

Although you might understand the benefits of monitoring your home from your cell phone, you might be wondering if you should look for the same technology for your business. However, there are just as many reasons to consider doing so at your commercial company.

First of all, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on your employees. Even though you might not want to think about it, your employees might decide that the time that you aren’t around is a good time to snoop through your office, steal from you or simply slack off or break the rules. Employee theft is a lot more common than you might think, and it can cost you a lot of money. If you are able to monitor your surveillance cameras from home or on the go with your cell phone, however, you can keep a closer eye on what your staff members are up to. From making sure that everyone still gets their work done while you are away to spotting out employee theft that is costing you a fortune, you can really find out what is going on at your commercial business when you aren’t around if you can use your cell phone to view your surveillance camera footage.

Another reason to consider watching this footage is so that you can check on your business and get peace of mind when you are at home relaxing or when you are traveling, whether for business or pleasure. It’s totally natural to worry about your company when you aren’t around due to all of the blood, sweat and tears that you have probably put into it, and it can be difficult to actually relax and enjoy yourself or get things done on business trips when you are feeling worried and anxious. With the capability to watch your footage from your cell phone or iPhone, however, you will be able to quickly and easily get peace of mind because it will only take a minute or two to zoom in on your surveillance footage and see what is going on.

Having surveillance footage that you can stream on your cell phone is also a good thing in the event that some sort of disaster or crime strikes your office. Being able to spot what is going on from afar can help you make the necessary decisions and moves in order to get the situation back under control, and you can also check on your business during a major storm or other natural disaster that might have you concerned about how company’s structure fared during the disaster. All in all, you can get a lot of peace of mind and make necessary moves in order to run your business more effectively and efficiently if you are able to view your DVR footage from your cell phone or iPhone.

Purchase a Cell Phone With These Capabilities

Before you will be able to view your surveillance footage on your cell phone, you have to make sure that the phone that you have is capable of streaming this footage. Older-model phones might not offer this capability, so consider searching for information about your phone or reading your cell phone manual to find out if you can stream footage on your phone. If you can’t, you might want to spring for another phone so that you can enjoy these capabilities and more. Although you might think it will be costly to purchase one of these phones, you should know that some of the more affordable phones do offer these capabilities, and you might be able to get a good deal on your phone if you sign a contract with your cell phone provider. Contacting someone from your local cell phone store is a good way to find out more about how to acquire one of these phones.

Where Should You Buy DVR System Equipment?

Since you are planning on making a pretty big investment by purchasing a new digital video recorder and other related equipment, you should make sure that you are purchasing the right model. Although you might have seen a few systems at your favorite mass market retail store that offer these capabilities, it is typically a better idea to avoid these systems completely. Instead, you should look for a system that you can rely on to provide you with high-quality footage and lots of good features, and you will also surely want a system that will last for a long time. By shopping at a store that specializes in selling cameras, digital video recorders and other similar security-related equipment, you can often get a better deal on a better system, and you can also benefit from talking to individuals who are highly experienced in selling and installing security-related equipment instead of a teenager who works in your average mass market retail store.

Shop for a DVR System That Will Link to Your Cell Phone
If you think that you can use your existing DVR system in order to watch your footage on your phone simply because you have a capable phone, you might be disappointed to find that not all DVR models offer these capabilities. You should still consider reading your system’s manual or looking for more information online before switching to another system, however, because you might find that you already have these capabilities in place.

If you don’t have a DVR system that allows you to send your footage to your cell phone or iPhone, you will need to shop for a system that does. Fortunately, there are more and more of these systems hitting the market today, and many of them are surprisingly affordable. You should know that some of these systems are a lot more user-friendly than others, however, so make sure that you look for a system that will be easy for you to use. By talking to a security professional, you can get tips about a system that is within your price range and that works well for streaming surveillance footage to a cell phone or other device.

Purchase the Appropriate Security Cameras

Along with shopping for a digital video recorder that allows these capabilities, you will also need to purchase and install security cameras for your home or business. When purchasing your cameras, make sure that they will work with your DVR system; in some cases, you can purchase cameras as a package deal. You will need to look for cameras that are appropriate for your needs, however, so make sure that you purchase cameras that are meant for outdoor use if you are planning on using them outdoors; if you can’t find an outdoor use camera, you can also try looking for a protective cover or box that will keep your security cameras safe from the elements when they are placed outside. It is also important to look for a camera that will be able to capture good footage in the lighting conditions that it is exposed to, so consider looking for cameras that automatically switch back and forth from night vision to regular vision when lighting conditions change for best results.

Install Your System

After you have purchased all of the equipment that you need in order to view your DVR from your cell phone or iPhone, you will need to install it. You can always hire a professional installer to help you, but it might be a task that you can handle on your own. When installing your cameras, make sure that you hang them in places where they can’t be easily tampered with, and also ensure that you are able to capture good footage of the area that you are putting under surveillance.

Set Up Your DVR System

After installing your cameras, you need to link them to your DVR system. This is generally relatively easy to do if you follow the manual. Then, you will need to link your footage to your cell phone by installing software or downloading an app that will allow you to do so; this is what will allow you to watch your surveillance footage remotely from your cell phone or iPhone.

Test Everything Out

Once you have everything installed, you will need to link your surveillance footage to your phone and test everything out to make sure that it works. There are a few things that you should look for; for instance, you should make sure that you can clearly see the important areas that you are trying to keep under surveillance, ensure that you are able to easily stream your footage onto your cell phone and make sure that you clearly understand how to work your system, both from your DVR device and from your cell phone. A bit of practice and tweaking in the beginning will help ensure that your system is ready for you to use when you really need it.

Alternatives to Watching Your DVR From Your Cell Phone

If you don’t have a smartphone, you might think that you won’t be able to monitor your surveillance camera footage from another location. Fortunately, however, there are other options. If you have a laptop computer, for instance, you can typically rig it up to watch your surveillance footage just as you would with a cell phone. Another option is to use your tablet for this same purpose, and you might even be able to use one of the newer e-readers for remote video camera surveillance as well.


How To Prevent Your Lock From Being Picked By a Burglar

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

How To Prevent Your Lock From Being Picked By a BurglarComing home to discover that your home has been broken into while you were away is one of the worst situations in the world. Many people fail to realize just how serious of a threat burglary is throughout the country. According to reports, more than two million burglaries have occurred throughout the United States. Even though there is no guarantee on whether your home is going to be broken into or not, you will want to do everything you can to ensure the property is safe and secure.

Windows and Doors Need to be Sturdy

One of the best things you can do to help prevent a burglary is to secure the property with doors and windows that are sturdy. Ensure your exterior doors are nice and heavy. Some of the best materials for your property are solid wood and metal. A flimsy glass door or wood door can be broken into with ease, which is only going to make your home more susceptible to a break in. Windows should have locks on them, but if they don’t, you will want to place a wooden dowel in them or some sort of track filler to help prevent the burglar from being able to open the window outside of the home. If you have a sliding glass door in your backyard, you will want to install one that has a secure locking mechanism and position a wooden dowel in the track to prevent it from being jimmied open.

Secure Your Home

Before leaving home, make sure that all of your doors and windows are securely shut. Deadbolt and lock all of the exterior doors to the home. Since deadbolts are one of the best ways to secure your home, you will have the peace of mind you need when leaving home. A burglar will not be able to break through a deadbolt with a crowbar or pick them open, which ensures the safety and security of your home. Any of the home improvement stores will sell deadbolts that can withstand a tremendous amount of pressure. You won’t have to worry about your doors being kicked in or someone trying to saw their way into your home with one of these units in place.

Another great means of securing your home is with that of security cameras. If you have a camera monitoring your property, you will know exactly when someone was around the area and trying to make his or her way inside of your home. Not only will you have the evidence you need to capture the perpetrator, but you will also have the peace of mind to know that your home is protected while you are away. When you have a security system installed, you will be able to watch the video feed from any Internet device. All you need to do is go to the IP address provided and you will be watching live feed. If you see someone lurking around, you can call the authorities immediately and catch them in the act.

Light The Exterior of Your Home

In the event you are going to be away from home, add some lighting to your property to help make it difficult for a burglar to try to remain hidden in the shadows. If you are going to be gone at night, leave a few lights on to help provide the impression that someone is home inside even when they are not. Motion sensor lighting is ideal for lighting up your home. They will activate when an animal or person sets the detector off, so it will always ensure no one can hide amongst the trees and bushes of your yard. Make sure to place them high out of reach to prevent a burglar from trying to break them and create a darkened area around a surrounding windows or door.

Depending on the situation, all it may take is a little deception to make the burglar think twice about trying to enter into your home. Purchase a timer that will trigger the lights at random times when you are planning to be away for a few hours. Not only will this help to deter the burglar, but also it will help confuse them as to whether your home is unprotected or not. If possible, leave a vehicle in the driveway to help add the illusion that someone is still at home. One of the other methods for deceiving burglars is to call your home phone, let it ring a few times and then hang up. The burglar will think that someone is there and answering the call, which helps deter him or her from trying to break into your home. If they think someone answered the phone, they are going to think twice about trying to make their way inside of the home.

Neighborhood Watch

To discourage crime effectively in the neighborhood where you live, a neighborhood watch program may be ideal. Develop various shifts of a few people that will monitor the neighborhood throughout the evening hours. The groups can take three-hour shifts to help ensure everyone gets their much-needed rest while still ensuring the safety of the neighborhood. You can also form a partnership with local authorities and ask them what forms of protection the watch members can carry. Everyone should carry a flashlight and cell phone with them to ensure he or she is protected while performing his or her watch duties.

Preventing a Burglar from Picking Your Lock

Beyond losing a number of your valuable items from a burglary, it can also cause you to lose your sense of security. The first step in protecting your home from a break in is to secure your front door. Installing good quality locks will help to convince a burglar to move on to a target that might be easier. Even though only a small portion of burglars gain entry into your home from picking a lock, it will help to put your mind at ease in knowing that you have an added layer of security in your home.

Beyond your primary lock, you will want to ensure you have a deadbolt lock installed. Since a deadbolt lock is a lot more resistant to someone trying to pick it than a traditional lock, the burglar would have to work twice as hard to get into your home.

Try upgrading your basic lock to a model that offers more enhanced security features. Look for locks that have a contoured shape for the internal pins or a side bar to help thwart any traditional lock-picking attempts on your home. You can also switch to one of the less common locks on the market, such as that of a dimple lock, tubular lock or rotating disc. All of these locks will require the burglar to have special tools to get through the lock, which most burglars are not going to carry with them.

Choose a lock that has ANSI Grade 1 classifications. These locks have the absolute highest designation of any locks found on the market today. For those who have these locks installed, they offer the absolute best in durability and security standards.

Ensure the lock is not vulnerable to someone who is trying to pick it. Even though it may take some time to pick a deadbolt, many burglars are well equipped to handle it with ease. Choose a lock that has a high security cylinder if possible. These locks will have a special pin inside of them, which cannot be picked using a standard tool. Even though they may be a little more costly in the beginning, they will help to ensure the safety of your home for years to come.

If you have a deadbolt lock that has a relatively short bolt, it will allow the door to be easily opened with a prying tool or crowbar. To help prevent someone from using one of these items to break into your home, you will want to ensure the deadbolt has at least a one-inch extension inside of your doorframe. Even though it may take longer to install the lock in your home, it will help increase your security level.

One of the manners in which a deadbolt may be vulnerable to potential burglars is when they are made from certain types of materials. Locks that are composed of a soft metal can be sawed through without a tremendous amount of effort on the part of the burglar. Many of the burglars today have equipped themselves with hacksaws to get through deadbolts that are lower in quality. To help prevent a burglar from making their way into your home, choose locks that are made of a steel material.

Depending on the type of deadbolt you purchase, the cylinder guard is easily infiltrated by being removed with a standard wrench. If you end up purchasing a deadbolt that has a tapered cylinder, it cannot be easily removed with a wrench. For those who want an added layer of security, you can opt for a lock with a free-spinning cylinder, which is a lot more difficult to remove with a wrench.

Consider the price you want to spend on your new lock. Depending on what it is that you want to spend, you may have to sacrifice spending more money for the sake of enhanced quality. Locks are an integral component of any security system, so you want to do everything you can to ensure they are going to do their part for you. Even though you may not think it is necessary to spend a large amount of money on a lock, it will help to add an extra layer of protection for your home and everything you hold dear on the inside of it.

Make your environment less inviting for any would be intruders. Ensure your front doors are easily visible from the street. Remove any statues or plants from around your door to help provide an unobstructed view. Trim any bushes or hedges that border the walkway to the entrance of your home. Position a strong light throughout the evening hours to help cast an illumination upon anyone who is trying to make his or her way into your home.

Even though you may not be able to guarantee that someone will not still try to make his or her way into your home, you can do your part to ensure everything is protected to the fullest. Beyond just enhancing the type of lock you have on your home, lighting, security systems  and other mechanisms play an important role to the safety of your home. You are in complete control of everything you do around your home, so make sure to choose products that will help to protect your home and prevent entry. The last thing you want to do is come home to find your home trashed and belongings missing because of a would be burglar.

Most of the time, a burglar will proceed elsewhere if they are having problems getting into the home. They also do not want to proceed with breaking into a home that has a security camera in place. Burglars want to get into and out of the property as quickly and efficiently as possible. The last thing they want is to be caught on tape in the act. A burglar’s goal is to take everything they can as quickly as they can and move on to the next target. Getting captured on tape ruins the entire plan, so they will tend to avoid homes that have security cameras in place. Make sure to choose something that is going to work for your individual needs. Plenty of different cameras are on the market, so choose one that is going to protect your property and fit into your budget at the same time. Soon enough you will have the peace of mind that you desire when leaving your home unattended.


How To Use A DVR Surveillance Camera

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

If you have been thinking about purchasing a DVR surveillance camera system in order to protect your home or business, you might be wondering how to use a DVR surveillance camera. Many people find electronics in general to be a little overwhelming, and those who do not have a lot of experience with digital video recorders, surveillance cameras and other security-related equipment are often a bit shy about purchasing, installing and using these components. However, it is important to think about the safety and protection of yourself, your family, your home or business and your belongings, so you shouldn’t put off learning how to use a DVR surveillance camera any longer. Instead, you should follow these simple tips in order to find, purchase, install and use your new DVR surveillance camera system; whether you simply want one or two cameras in order to keep an eye on your residential property or if you want to make sure that your entire large business is secure, you are sure to find a DVR surveillance camera system to be the perfect solution, and you might be surprised by just how easy it can be to use one of these systems.

Determine How Many Cameras You Need

One of the first steps to purchasing and using your DVR surveillance camera system is to decide just how much cameras you will need in order to protect your property. Many people go with small systems with only a couple of surveillance cameras at first, but this won’t allow you to properly protect your property. Therefore, you should make certain that you are purchasing enough surveillance cameras in order to keep your property under proper surveillance.

First of all, you will need to decide which areas of your property that you would like to keep under video surveillance with your DVR surveillance camera system. For instance, you might only need a few cameras for your residential property; you might not want to use surveillance cameras inside the house, and you might instead opt for a couple of well-placed cameras that will allow you to keep an eye on the exterior of your property. When choosing cameras for this use, make certain to keep an eye on all of the entrances to your home and your driveway, as well as your garage, storage shed or anywhere that you keep valuable items.

If you are looking to install a DVR surveillance camera system in your business, you will need quite a few more cameras in order to keep your commercial property under proper surveillance. Not only will you want to keep an eye on the outside of your property as well as your parking lot, but you will also need to keep proper surveillance inside; for instance, placing cameras over your cash registers and in your office can help protect you from theft, and placing cameras in your stock room and throughout your business can help protect you as well.

Although you might be thinking about using less cameras for your DVR surveillance camera in order to cut costs, you should consider using the highest number of cameras that you think you might need. This will allow you to keep your property safer, and it will also allow you to choose the right digital video recorder; this can save you money in the long run if you otherwise would have chosen a digital video recorder that wouldn’t have allowed you to use the number of cameras that you truly need for safety and protection.

Consider the Placement of Your Cameras

Along with choosing the number of cameras that you will need, you will also need to determine where to place them if you want to know how to use a DVR surveillance camera system properly. For instance, you should make sure that no hidden corners or “blind spots” are available for criminals to take advantage of, and you should also make sure that your cameras are placed high off of the ground or in another location where they cannot be easily tampered with by a thief or other criminal. Thinking about all of these things will help ensure that you end up with the cameras and equipment that you truly need.
Determine Other Components That You Need

Although your cameras are very important to your surveillance system, they aren’t the only thing that you will need in order to keep a close eye on your home or business. There are also other components that you will need in order to make your system work.

For instance, you will need a good digital video recorder. There are countless models out there that are great for a variety of purposes and that can be used for both large and small systems, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding the right digital video recorder for your system. When you are shopping, make sure to look at all of the features; since you will be using your digital video recorder as a means of recording, storing and viewing all of your surveillance system footage, you should make certain that you have a system that is worthwhile. For instance, you may want to look for a system that will allow you to transfer all of your surveillance footage onto a DVD or another storage device. There are plenty of other features to look for as well; if you talk to a security equipment professional about your needs and budget, he or she can typically help you find the right system for your needs.

Along with a digital video recorder and surveillance cameras, there are a few components that you will need to invest in. For instance, you will need a monitor that will allow you to watch all of your surveillance footage; typically, you can use a computer monitor, so you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money on this component. You will also need to make certain that the areas where you will be placing your surveillance cameras are well-lit so that you can get good footage; this can also help you keep your property safe since many criminals balk at the sight of a well-lit area. If this isn’t possible, however, you should look into the many cameras that are available that have night vision; with these cameras, you can capture footage in almost complete darkness, and you might be surprised by just how clear the footage is.
Make Your Purchase

After you have determined which components you will need and how many cameras you want to purchase, it will be time to buy your DVR surveillance cameras and the accompanying equipment that will complete your system. It is important not to make a rushed decision when you are making this investment; instead, make sure that you are getting the best possible system for your money. If you do, you are sure to be more pleased with your purchase in the long run, and you will probably end up with a system that works better for your needs.

If you are having a difficult time deciding on which system to purchase, you aren’t alone. A lot of people are a bit hesitant to purchase a DVR surveillance camera system, and you might need a little professional help in order to get pointed in the right direction. Fortunately, a good security camera equipment company typically employs plenty of professionals who have a good understanding of the various systems and components that are out there and what they are best used for. By speaking to one of these professionals, you can feel better about your purchase and end up with a system that is within your budget but that still provides you with adequate protection and security.

You might also want to think about reading customer reviews before making your purchase. Since there is no shortage of customer reviews online, you shouldn’t have a problem finding reviews about the system that you are thinking about purchasing. By reading these reviews, you can find out if the system you are thinking about buying typically works as well as it is supposed to.

Install Your DVR Surveillance Camera System

After you have purchased your DVR surveillance camera system, it is time for you to install it. Although you might think this is a particularly daunting task for someone who is inexperienced with security-related equipment, it is actually a lot easier than many people think it is. If you have purchased a system that utilizes wireless cameras, like most new systems do, you shouldn’t have a difficult time getting your system installed in one weekend.

First of all, you should read all of the instructions that come with your system. This can help you get a clearer understanding of how everything works, and it should give you step-by-step instructions for how to install your system yourself. You will want to make certain to install your cameras properly so that they will capture proper footage, and you should also follow any steps for setting up your digital video recorder. It might take a little bit of time and some trial and error, but you should be able to get your DVR surveillance camera system set up in a short period of time.

If you still feel uncomfortable with the idea of installing your own system, however, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. There are plenty of professionals out there who can make certain that your system is installed properly, and you can often pay for professional installation without having to shell out major money.

Check Your DVR Surveillance Camera System

Whether you decide to install your system yourself or if you decide to hire someone to do the work for you, you will need to make sure that your system is working correctly after it has been installed. There are several steps to doing so.

First of all, turn your digital video recorder on; you may have to go through a few steps in order to get your system set up correctly, but this process varies based on the unit that you purchase. Then, consider reading the instructions and playing with a few features on your DVR; this will allow you to get a feel for how the system works, and you can address any issues and learn how each feature works ahead of time. This can save you a lot of time in the future if you need to use your system and are unsure of how to do so at the wrong moment.

Then, you should check your cameras. Make certain that nothing is obstructing the view of any of your cameras; you might be surprised by how much of an obstruction a single leaf or a thin branch can cause. If necessary, consider adjusting your cameras so that you can get a better view of the area that you would like to keep under surveillance. You should also make sure that you aren’t missing any important spots in your surveillance and that you are content with the view that you can see from each unit.

Make Necessary Changes

After checking your system, you may find yourself making a few changes. Even if you think there is nothing wrong with how your system is set up at first, over time you might realize that you want to adjust a few of your cameras or make other changes. You shouldn’t put these adjustments off; if you do, you could find yourself in trouble when you least expect it. Instead, periodically take the time to make these important adjustments in order to ensure that your property is safe.
Enjoy the Benefits of Having a DVR Surveillance Camera System

Once you have installed your system and feel content with the footage that it captures, you can relax and enjoy the benefits of having a system that protects your property adequately. This can save you a lot of stress, and it can provide you with the protection that you need in the event of an emergency.