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NAT and Port Forwarding Part 3

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

This will be the third and final installment of the NAT and Port Forwarding series. It is my hope that these articles will help you gain an overview of networking that allows you to walk into any situation and be able to figure out what the problem is quickly, and know what to do to fix it. Networking is not really difficult when you know some ‘basics’, or rules that must be followed every time. Once you have those tools at your disposal, identifying and fixing issues becomes a LOT easier. In the last article we learned how to discover Double NAT and Triple NAT by using the ‘tracert’ command. We have discovered that we are passing through three routers on our way to the Internet. So now, we need to map our way from the Internet back to our device using Port Forwarding rules to guide our incoming signal.
First rule of multiple routers – Every router MUST have a unique Network ID. The network ID is usually the first three octets in your IP Address, depending on the Subnet Mask. Lets assume that we have just a ‘standard’ setup on each router, where the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0. That mask means your first three octets in the IP address for everything connected to that router must match. Only the last number must be unique. So if your router’s Internal Address is 192.168.1.1, everything on the router must be addressed 192.168.1.xxx. (Where xxx= 001 through 255). The next router in line MUST have a different Network ID. It can be a simple as changing one number in the third octet = 192.168.2.xxx, or it can be completely different = 10.10.10.xxx. The rule being merely, they must be different. So if you run a ‘tracert’ (trace route) command and see replies from our routers, if any of them show the same network ID, then we have to change one of them to a unique ID. The reason for this is, using as example 192.168.1.1 on the first router, if your next router also has 192.168.1.1 as an address, that is called an IP Address Conflict. With 192.168.1.xxx as your IP range, you are limited by that network ID to 254 other devices that your computer can talk to. One of those other 254 devices needs to be a Gateway (router) so you can see other address ranges. (like Internet Addresses) That is called NAT (Network Address Translation) and since your router is doing that NAT, it allows you to see through to the next router, and everything connected to it. That gives you 254 more devices with the same address as the ones on the first router, hence the Network IP Address Conflict.  Think of the Highlander series where Duncan MacLeod says “There can be only one!” Routers always have a ‘LAN Setup’ where you set the Internal Address of the router – that address determines the Network ID of the LAN.
Here is an example of two routers in line behind a modem/router with a camera attached to the last router.
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Notice that each router has a unique Network ID =
Modem LAN   = 192.168.1.1
Router 1 LAN = 192.168.2.1
Router 2 LAN = 192.168.3.1
IP Camera is on the third router with an IP address of 192.168.3.2 and uses 3 ports = 3301, 3302, 3303.

To Port Forward your connection to the camera =
First make sure you set each router with a WAN (Internet IP or External IP) that works on the next router’s LAN  (Internal Range)
Set the address as ‘Static’ so it never changes. Look closely at the image above – see Router 2.
Router 2’s LAN (Internal IP) is set to 192.168.3.xxx and the camera is attached to that side of the router with a 192.168.3.xxx.address.
Router 2’s WAN (External IP) is set to 192.168.2.2 and is attached to Router 1’s LAN.
Router 1’s LAN is set to 192.168.2.xxx so router 2 can connect to it’s LAN.
Router 1’s WAN is set to 192.168.1.2 so it will connect to the Modem/Router’s LAN.
The Modem/Router’s LAN is set to 192.168.1.xxx
The Modem/Router’s WAN is the Internet Address you will use to connect to the camera.
When all three routers are set up correctly with unique subnet IDs, a PC connected to the same router as the camera will be able to connect to router 2, router 1, and the Modem/router using the LAN address of each device. (Example = open a browser and input 192.168.2.1 = Router 1 should respond with a logon prompt. Enter 192.168.1.1 and the Modem/Router should respond)
When you can connect to every device in line, and get past them to the Internet – you are ready to Port Forward them back to your camera.
Port Forwarding works from the Internet inward to your camera. That is why it is called ‘Forwarding’, it forwards your ‘call’ from the Internet to device to device until it gets to your camera.
To Port Forward the camera in the example above – log on to the Modem/Router first, using 192.168.1.1 (The Modems LAN address).
Find the Port Forwarding section of the Modem Router. (It may be hiding under ‘Security’, Advanced Settings’, ‘Firewall’, Virtual Servers’, Applications and Gaming’, ‘Pinholes’ or other sections)
In the Modem/Router = forward the ports 3301, 3302, 3303 to 192.168.1.2 (The WAN Address of Router 1) Save your settings.
Log on to Router 1 using 192.168.2.1 (Router 1’s LAN address) Forward the same 3 ports to 192.168.2.2 (The WAN Address of Router 2) Save your settings.
Log on to Router 2 using 192.168.3.1 (Router 2’s LAN address)
Forward the same 3 ports to 192.168.3.2 (The camera’s IP address on router 2) Save your settings.
You can see here that the Port Forwarding must be done in ‘Daisy Chain’ fashion from router to router to router, and finally to the camera.
When you have successfully set up Port Forwarding through all three routers – open a web browser and go to www.canyouseeme.org . This website will show you your Internet Address – this is the address you will use from off site to connect to the camera, your Port Forwarding will guide your query through the routers and connect you to the camera. This web site also has a very handy ‘Port Checker’ tool. Put in the port number you want to check and click ‘Test’. If you have forwarded correctly, the test will succeed.
**Note that the test on this site only works for TCP ports. If your camera uses UDP ports, the tool will return a ‘Fail’. If you get a ‘Fail’ on TCP port checking, you will need to double check all your forwarding rules in each router. If all settings look correct – reboot the routers and test again with the port check tool. Routers usually need to ‘reset’ when opening ports, and most inexpensive routers present the message  ‘The router needs to restart’ or similar, and then do a ‘soft’ reboot that fails to accomplish the task.
Also, when checking the ports, make sure your camera is powered up and running and connected to the network so the test can ‘resolve’ or it will fail every time.

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

 

 

 

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Options for Converting and Decrypting your CCTV video

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Thursday, November 5th, 2015

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If you’ve ever tried retrieving CCTV video and playing it back on a standard video player, you’ve probably had the harrowing experience of trying to open these tricky little .DAV files in your everyday, run of the mill video player and… Rats! It just won’t play. Why is that? Because for super-secret-safety reasons that would take hours and endless bar graphs to explain.. these files are usually encoded thus unplayable in your regular old player but there are Options for Converting and Decrypting your CCTV video.

Sadly… you’ll now have to spend an extra few hundred seconds more of your life to decipher them. I know, it’s a drag.. but we’re here to help walk you through it.

Now, depending on the type of camera (whether it be Analog, HD-CVI, HD-TVI, or Network IP) and the DVR, some converters will need more than one pass as conversion to fully decrypt the video. Some might only need one conversion but almost 98 percent of the time (from my own experience) it’s two. Most of the time.. you’ll only need 2 pieces of software to do this, but depending on how often you need to do this, and how many cameras and DVRs you’re dealing with.. having a backup converter comes in handy, just in case (kinda like a fire axe in the glass case . . .  you’ll probably never need it, but you feel fuzzy inside knowing it’s there). Luckily, there are several freeware options for making sure your video is fully converted, decrypted, and useful.

First, you’ll have to scan through your video and find the relevant sections you want to convert, leaving yourself about 30 seconds extra space before and after for safety. This can be done through the DVR user interlace, or via your computer or smart device if you’re dealing with an Network Video Recorder. Once you’ve selected the file, you may have to locate where the file has been sent to… which could be in several different locations, but it’s usually in the C drive directory, where it’s usually stored in a folder “RecordDownload”.

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But it may be in your “Users” folder.. in which case, look in Users/Username/Web/Recordfiles. But if you still can’t find it, just look in your DVR settings for the save / write directory.

Ok, so you’ve located the files… now comes the fun part (ok, not really). Start by going Here and scrolling down to near the bottom of the page to where it says “Video Player and Converter Downloads”, and select download, then run the install file.

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It’s a program simply called “Player” (such a creative name. And yes, I’m being very sarcastic), but it it’s also a handy little file converter that can handle converting your DAV files to AVI video files.

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To get a video ready to convert, click the “Open file” icon on the left side (the up arrow button), and select a file to upload. Scrub thourhg it to make sure the video is correct, then click on the “AVI” button.

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Select where you want to save your file, then click Convert. Step one is over, but odds are, you’ll have to put it through one more conversion to be able to use it in a a standard video player. Even though it’s now an AVI file, it’s still encrypted. Even some well known video converters, such as Adobe’s Media Encoder can have issues reading these kinds of files. So . . . what are the options from here?

1) Xilisoft Video Converter
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Xilisoft is quite a robust video converter.. sort of a Swiss Army Knife (wielded by MacGuyver) for video, but unfortunately it’s not freeware.. so sadly you may have to purchase it (which is a good thing as it helps keep the economy going strong). Otherwise, it will only convert up to 3 minutes of your videos. However, if you’re okay with this, and the sections of video you’re converting are shorter than that (and really… who wants to watch more than 3 minutes of security video these days), then this software should work just fine. The advantage Xilisoft offers is the sheer number of formats and options that can be utilized. But generally you’ll want to stick with the standard video export formats like AVI and MP4.

2) Any Video Converter (A.V.C.)
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No, not literally “Any video converter”.. that’s actually what it’s called. Sometimes, there are issues converting some types of videos on one converter.. so it pays to have a backup.

That’s how we discovered this piece of software.. a newer camera format (which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) started producing video files that would sometimes cause Xilisoft to hang and then crash… or they would only convert a few seconds of video, rather than the entire recording.. so, obviously.. this would not do. We needed an alternative and we needed it fast. So.. after a blistering 90 seconds of searching on the inter-webs, we found this handy little program. And much to our delight, unlike Xilisoft’s Video Converter, this one is freeware. While it’s not quite as feature packed as that converter, it allows you to even burn video DVDs of the files from right within the program itself, which can definitely come in handy and expedite the process of producing a hard copy of a video if it’s necessary.

3) FREEMAKE VIDEO CONVERTER

Here’s another freeware video converter that’s has a user interface that’s even more visually simplified than “Any Video Converter” (mentioned above).
But the simplicity of it’s interface is deceptive because it too outputs to dozens of video formats (mentioned above) but it also happens to handle a wide variety of files that may cause other converters to crash. Another thing it shares with AVC is the ability to burn a DVD right from the software, and even add a simple DVD menu if necessary.


And that folks, is about all there is to it. Here’s the simplified Cliff Notes version..
1) use the “Player” software to convert the .DAV file to AVI,
2) The another converter to take out that nasty encryption.
And it just so happens.. we have a handy play by play video on how to do that…

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Best Indoor Locations for Surveilling Your Business

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Best Indoor Locations for Surveilling Your BusinessSecurity cameras are a great means of prevention and detection of any unauthorized activity in your business establishment. A security camera is not an intelligent device, so you need to determine where the best place to locate a camera might be. They are only as effective as the location in which you place them. To ensure you are placing the cameras somewhere that makes sense, you will want to consider the areas that are most prone to any problems. When you have this information in the back of your mind, you will be able to place the cameras around your location with ease. You will begin to notice a decrease in the amount of criminal activity taking place with your new security cameras in place.

Security cameras are responsible for two main purposes: deterring criminal activity and investigating instances that may arise. Images collected with your security camera will be used to review any criminal activity to provide an overview of what really happened at the business. Cameras also prove to provide you with a deterrent around the property. When people know they are being watched, they will tend to act appropriately and do everything they can to be on their best behavior.

To realize the deterrent and investigative value for your security system, you will want to take time in determining where you are going to locate them around the property. Some of the best locations are outlined below:

Entrance and Exit Points

Entrance and exit points provide you with the best opportunity for recording and viewing any images to help identify the perpetrator. To capture a useful image, you will want your security camera placed into an area that is at least three feet wide, which is the average size of doorways.

Make sure to exercise caution when placing your camera facing the exterior doors. As the door swings open, it will cause a sudden change in lighting that can cause the individual to turn into a black blob. Instead of being able to capture a facial image, you are going to get nothing more than a dark shadow of a person. In a number of instances, you will have a lot easier time being able to view the exit. Lighting will be more abundant because the camera will be placed into a position that is away from the light coming in from outside.

Placing a monitor or television close to the entrance will also help you to capture quality images of the person and their facial features. As visitors and customers come into your establishment, their eyes will be drawn toward your monitor. If you position the cameras close to the monitors, you will be able to capture full-on, clear facial images. If you have the monitor displaying your surveillance footage, you will also have the maximum deterrent in effect.

Transaction Points for Customers

A security camera should be placed in locations where customers are going to conduct their transactions. Cash registers, kiosks and teller stations are all prime locations for security cameras to be placed. Entrances and exits provide you with the best opportunity to capture images that can be used for investigative purposes. Try to have your cameras a minimum of seven feet from the ground and looking directly at the area being monitored. If you mount cameras too high into the air, you will not be able to see anything beyond the top of the perpetrators head.

Targets

When it comes to targets, that means jewelry cabinets, cash drawers, filing cabinets, safes and any other area that a thief may want to steal from around your business. In these locations, you will want the camera to capture images in as wide of a span as possible. The underlying idea is not to necessarily identify the face of the perpetrator, but more to review and respond to any criminal activity that takes place. There may be areas where you can mount the security cameras into a high location that can monitor drawers and cabinets around the business.

Secluded Areas

Back alleyways and parking lots are great locations for the placement of a security camera. All of the images that you capture will prove to be useful in being able to investigate acts of violence or vandalism. Your camera system will also prove to be a wonderful deterrent for any potential criminals. When someone sees a security camera looking at them, they may stop and think twice before engaging in any criminal activity.

A surveillance system will provide you with a view into what is going on around your property. If they are connected to a recording device, they provide you with the opportunity to play everything back later on when you have time to look at all of the information. When you go through and install the cameras, you will want to make sure they are arranged in a manner that is going to observe all of the different areas of the business.

Determining Where You Need to Place Your Cameras

Before you install the security cameras, you will want to draw a map of the property and determine the locations where you want to place them. Make notes about whether there is an adequate light source in the area. If you do not have light in the vicinity, you will want to make sure a flood light or other source of lighting is installed where you plan to position the camera.

Figuring Out What it is That Your Camera Needs

Determine what your camera is going to need to power it up, such as a power source or electrical outlet. If you decide to purchase a wireless camera, you will want to make sure there is nothing that is blocking the elements that transmit the signal, which is often found at the top of your device. When you have a wired security camera, you will need to snake the wires underneath the trim of your property to help prevent the wires from being seen by others who may attempt to vandalize your surveillance system.

Placement and Testing of the Cameras

Mount your first camera onto the brackets, but avoid tightening the bolts to mount the camera just yet. Connect the power supply into an electrical outlet and then connect your video cable into the monitor. Power the camera on and adjust the lens and controls to ensure you are getting the absolute best setting before you tighten everything down and secure it into place.

Utilizing an Electrical Outlet

Connect the camera to an electrical outlet that doesn’t have any other devices connected to it. Air conditioners, devices with monitors and refrigerators should all be connected to a different outlet. Any of the aforementioned devices could end up causing interference with the operation of the camera and produce a rolling bar on the monitor or recording device. If you use a commercial grade power strip for connecting all of your cameras into one outlet, it will help minimize the amount of outlets you are going to need to power everything up. The power strip will help protect your cameras from any power surges or lightning strikes. You can find these power strips at any home improvement, hardware or electrical supply store. Avoid using the strips that are found at an office supply store or discount store because they are not as high of grade as the commercial ones.

Additional Accessories Required

To connect your security camera, you will want to use a double-shielded coax cable. Even though the cable may cost you a little more money up front, it will be well worth it to make sure you are getting the absolute best in picture quality for your video recording device. These cables are also less risky for damage from lightning strikes and power surges. For a longer cable run, you will want to make sure you purchase a cable that is capable of handling video signals over an extended distance.

You work hard to build your business up and make it into what you have always dreamed of, so you want to do everything you can to help make sure your money is not being thrown down the drain. Installing security cameras around your business will help provide you with the peace of mind you need when you are unable to be there watching over everything going on around your establishment.

Once you determine what type of cameras you want to purchase, you will have to make the decision about how many cameras you are going to need to do the job properly and make sure everything is under supervision. Even though you cannot prevent someone from making a stupid move, you can make sure you have it all caught on tape to bring the perpetrator to justice. Never assume you will not have to worry about an intruder. Take the time to protect your investment right from the start and save yourself all of the headaches and hassle.

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5 Key Reasons Why You Should Install a Security System in Your Home

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

5 Key Reasons Why You Should Install a Security System in Your HomeMore and more people are installing security camera systems in their homes on a daily basis, but you might not have taken the leap just yet. Although you might be apprehensive about spending the money that goes along with purchasing and installing one of these systems, you should certainly reconsider your decision. Even though it will take a small investment in order to install a good security system in your home, you are sure to find the investment to be worthwhile when you get to enjoy the many advantages of having one.

Even if you think that you live in a safe neighborhood and that you don’t need a security camera system in and around your home, you should know that crime can happen anywhere and at any time. Dangerous and horrible crimes happen in nice and “safe” neighborhoods all the time, and you don’t want to find out the hard way that your neighborhood isn’t as safe as you think it is. Therefore, you should certainly consider installing one of these systems as soon as possible. Not only can you enjoy the following five advantages if you do so, but you can enjoy other advantages as well.

#1 – Gain Peace of Mind

One of the first things that you will experience upon installing your surveillance camera system is an enormous sense of peace of mind. If you are the type of person who worries a lot, you really need one of these systems so that you can stop worrying so much about your home, possessions and family. You really can experience peace of mind.

Once you have your system in place, you won’t worry as much about whether or not your home is safe while you are gone at work or while you are on vacation. You can also feel more confident about leaving your children at home alone or in the care of a babysitter, and you don’t have to stress out about the things that you have outdoors and that might be valuable to strangers, such as your vehicles or the expensive tools that you have in the garage.

There are lots of devices and security camera systems out there that are perfect for people who do a lot of worrying. For instance, you can set up security cameras in the areas that you are most concerned about, such as in front of the entrances to your home and near your garage or storage building. You can also install other components that will work with your surveillance camera system, such as a burglar alarm that is connected to an alarm monitoring service. No matter how much of a worrywart you might be, there is plenty of equipment out there that will make you feel better. Therefore, you are sure to find your investment well worth it, even if no one ever tries to commit a crime on your property, since you will be able to enjoy a new feeling of peace of mind once you know that you have done what you can to protect your home, family and precious possessions.

#2 – Keep An Eye on Who Comes and Goes To and From Your Home

Knowing who enters and exits your home and who goes on your property is always a good thing. It can help you hold people accountable for the things that they do, and it can also narrow your options down when it comes to who to suspect in the event that some sort of crime is committed on your property. By having surveillance cameras near the entrances to your home and in your yard, you can always have strong video evidence of everyone who comes and goes on your property at all times.

#3 – Deter Crime Before it Happens

One of the best things about surveillance camera systems is the fact that they can help deter crime before it ever even happens. Although you surely find it comforting to know that your surveillance camera footage can help you find a criminal who commits some sort of crime against you, your family or your property, it is an even better feeling to know that a person might be too scared to try to commit a crime at all if he or she notices that you have surveillance cameras on the premises.

The truth is that the vast majority of criminals out there do not want to get caught stealing, vandalizing or committing another crime against you. Most criminals want to simply commit their crime for whatever reason they want to commit it for, then continue on with their day. Getting caught on camera and finding themselves in jail or court probably isn’t a part of the plan, so most of these individuals will look for a way to commit their crimes without getting caught.

This is positive news for people who have surveillance camera systems installed in and around their homes, but it isn’t the most positive of news for people who don’t. This means that if you have a surveillance camera system in place, a lot of would-be criminals and career criminals alike will look at your security cameras and decide to look for another home that doesn’t have such a system in place. Although this might not be the best of news for other people in your area who haven’t taken the proper security-related precautions in order to protect their homes, it can be good news for you because it will mean that a lot of criminals would rather leave your home, your stuff and you and your family alone than to risk getting caught on camera and potentially getting prosecuted for their crimes.

Therefore, you should definitely consider installing one of these systems if you want to keep your family and home safe from crime against most would-be criminals. When doing so, make sure that your cameras are visible but that they are placed in an area where they cannot be tampered with. Also, consider posting signs around your property letting people know that they are under video surveillance; this can work surprising wonders when it comes to fighting crime before it happens.

#4 – Do Something About Crimes That Occur

Although a lot of would-be criminals will just say no to a home that has surveillance cameras and signs about them prominently displayed, there is always the chance that someone will still take a risk and try to commit a crime on your property if you have a surveillance camera system in place. However, you will still be much more protected if you do have one of these systems in place than if you don’t.

With the proper number of surveillance cameras on your property and with these cameras being placed in the right areas of your property, you can capture valuable footage in the event that someone does commit some type of crime on your property. Once you have this footage, you can turn it over to the police officers in your area so that they can do something about the crime.

It is a lot harder for law enforcement officials to do something about a crime that has been committed if they don’t have any visual evidence that can help them find the criminal or any real proof that the crime occurred or that a specific person was the one who did it, but police officers’ jobs can be made far easier when they have surveillance camera footage. Therefore, it is always a good thing if you do have this video evidence in the event that a crime occurs.

It is also a good idea to install a burglar alarm system in conjunction with the surveillance camera system that you are thinking about installing. By installing a burglar alarm system, you will significantly increase the chances that law enforcement officials will make it to the scene of the crime quickly enough to do something about it. Then, these same law enforcement officials can use your surveillance camera footage to “seal the deal” and catch the criminal. They can also turn over this footage to local prosecutors and district attorneys so that they can use this proof in court in order to secure a conviction. This will help ensure that the criminal who has committed a crime on your property will pay the price for his or her crimes, and it can help make your neighborhood and community as a whole much safer against crime.

#5 – Watch Your Home While You Are Away

Going on vacation is supposed to be an exciting and positive time, but one thing that can overshadow the fun is worrying about your home while you are away. It is true that the home can be more susceptible to robbery and other crimes when you are away on vacation, and it is also true that a lot of people don’t feel comfortable when they leave their homes for an extended period of time. Luckily, you don’t have to worry so much about how your home is doing while you are away if you have a good security system in your home.

A lot of surveillance camera systems make it easy for you to stream your surveillance camera footage while you are away, which can be positive both while you are out and about in town — such as running errands, going out to dinner or going to work and while you are on vacation. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the feeling that can go along with thinking that everything is going wrong at your home while you are away. Instead, you can simply pull up your surveillance camera footage on your smartphone or laptop so that you can physically see what is going on.

Along with being able to watch your footage while you are on vacation — whether you are in the same state, halfway across the country or even on the other side of the world — you can also count on other aspects of your surveillance camera system to keep your home safe while you are traveling. For instance, if you have surveillance cameras in place and if they are noticeable to people who are walking and driving by, you might not have to worry about people attempting to commit a crime on your property anyway, even if you are away from home. You can also count on your burglar alarm system to alert you, the authorities and your alarm system company in the event that someone passes by your motion detectors or attempts to get into your home.

There are other things that you can do in conjunction with having your security system in your home in order to keep your home safe while you are on vacation, however. For instance, you can try asking a neighbor to check on your home and to take your newspaper and mail out of your boxes, and you can hire someone to cut your grass and tend to your lawn while you are away. Taking these precautions, as well as a few others, such as not making it known on your social media websites that you are going to be out of town, can help ensure that your home is safe and sound upon your return from your trip.

Not only can you count on these five reasons when it comes to reasons to install a security camera system in your home, but there are also plenty of other reasons as well. Therefore, you shouldn’t hesitate any longer if you are on the fence about installing a surveillance camera system. Instead, you should consider talking to a security-related professional right away to find out more about how much it will cost and what you will need to do in order to install one of these systems in your home. If you do, you are sure to be glad that you did when you can enjoy these five advantages and more.

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Indoor Security Cameras

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Indoor Security CamerasMany times, when people think about adding security cameras to their home or business, they mainly consider the outside. Indoor security cameras are just as important as outdoor security cameras, however. In both residential and commercial settings, indoor security cameras can help to prevent crime and help home or business owners to properly monitor their property at all times.

Why Do I Need Security Cameras Inside My Home?

Although many homes rely solely on security cameras that monitor and record activity on the outside of the house, indoor security cameras are important as well. Indoor security cameras allow you to monitor the activity inside your home, and with some security systems, you can even watch the footage from your indoor security cameras from your laptop or mobile phone while you are away from home, whether you are right down the street or on the other side of the world.

Indoor security cameras help to capture more footage in the unlikely event that your house is broken into. This footage can help to have the culprit caught and arrested, and it could lead to the recovery of your stolen property. Although outdoor security cameras are helpful for these surveillance purposes, an indoor security camera can sometimes capture video that is much more clear, making it easier to identify an individual.

Indoor security cameras can also work as a “nanny cam,” allowing you to supervise the activities of your nanny or babysitter. Many people feel uncomfortable leaving the care of their children in the hands of a complete stranger, but an indoor security camera can give you peace of mind as it allows you to see how your nanny treats your children and your home when you are away. Indoor security cameras also work to monitor the activity of maids or other service people, allowing you to catch someone who is dishonest in the act.

In some cases, indoor security cameras can also function to allow you to better supervise your children. If your child comes home by himself after school, an indoor security camera can allow you to see that your child is safely at home after school, all from your work computer, laptop or even your mobile phone. Indoor security cameras also help with the safety of your children, as they can help parents catch teenagers who arrive home after curfew or who sneak out of the house late at night.

Why Do I Need Security Cameras Inside My Business?

Indoor security cameras are an absolute necessity at any business, whether it be a tiny office or a large retail store. Indoor security cameras are relatively inexpensive to install, and the money they can save a business owner easily pays for the cost of the cameras and the installation.

If you have employees working at your business, indoor security cameras are a must. Employees who know they are on camera are usually more honest and less likely to attempt to steal money or merchandise from their employer. Indoor security cameras also boost productivity in the workplace, as your employees know that they will be caught if they begin slacking off on the job. It is important to watch the footage from your indoor security cameras frequently and reprimand employees when necessary, or the purpose of your indoor security cameras is defeated.

Obviously, employees are not the only dishonest people that you should be concerned about in a business setting. In the event that your business gets robbed, an indoor security camera greatly increases the chances of the robber getting caught and arrested. Indoor security cameras can also capture footage of any other foul play in the workplace, such as an altercation between employees or customers.

Petty theft and shoplifting cost many businesses a lot of money each year. It can be difficult to keep an eye on all of your customers at once, particularly when you are busy waiting on customers, doing paperwork or completing other tasks. Properly placed indoor security cameras are a great aid in loss prevention. If you are able to monitor your indoor security cameras throughout the day, you will be surprised by the amount of theft that you will be able to reduce. In fact, in large retail stores or in high crime areas, it might be worth it to pay someone to monitor your indoor security cameras during business hours, as the amount of loss you will be able to prevent just might be more than enough to pay that person’s paycheck. Indoor security cameras allow business owners to hold people responsible for their actions, and they help police to better do their jobs in the event that an investigation or arrest is required.

What Are The Different Types of Indoor Security Cameras?

There are several available options when it comes to indoor security cameras, and each option has its own set of pros and cons. Use common sense and good judgement when shopping for indoor security cameras to suit your home or business’s individual needs.

One of the most popular types of indoor security cameras are covered, or domed, security cameras. You have probably seen domed security cameras in retail settings and other areas before. Dome security cameras are typically installed on the ceiling and look like a dark, or even black, half circle. Dome security cameras are a great choice because they are non-intrusive, as they are safely tucked out of way overhead. These cameras are also sleek and attractive, and they do not take away from the appearance of your home or business at all.

Pan/tilt/zoom cameras are a bit more expensive than some other types of indoor security cameras, but they can be very useful. Pan/tilt/zoom indoor security cameras can detect motion and will “follow” an individual in order to capture good footage. It is not always necessary to have pan/tilt/zoom cameras in every area of your home or business, but having a few in key locations is never a bad idea.

Hidden security cameras are small and discreet, and they can be hidden in signs, smoke detectors and other discreet places. Hidden security cameras can be a great way to catch someone in the act, as they will have no idea they are being videotaped unless you tell them. However, because of their small size and because of some of the interesting places where hidden security cameras are sometimes hid, they do not always provide the best picture. Hidden security cameras often work best when used in conjunction with other indoor security cameras.

Fake security cameras, or dummy cameras, are designed to look just like a working security camera, although they do not work at all. Fake security cameras should never be substituted for real ones, but a few realistic-looking fake security cameras that are mixed in with your real cameras may help in deterring crime.

Wireless indoor security cameras are a must in many situations, and they are available in several styles. When shopping for indoor security cameras, your options truly are endless. The best course of action is to mix a few different types in order to achieve maximum results.

How Many Indoor Security Cameras Should I Have and Where Should They Be Placed?

Although it is obvious that indoor security cameras are an important part of any residential or commercial security system, it can be difficult to estimate just how many cameras each individual home or business needs. Several factors must be taken into consideration when determining the amount of security cameras required in each individual setting.

A home in a safe neighborhood certainly does not require indoor security cameras in every room, and some people would feel that monitoring the activity of each room of the house is a breach of privacy for other family members. In most family homes, placing an indoor security camera near each door that leads outside is sufficient, although some may feel more comfortable if each window on the lower level of the home can be viewed in security footage.

Families who are also using their indoor security cameras as nanny cams will obviously need to install more cameras. In this situation, it would be advised to install indoor security cameras in each room where the babysitter or nanny and children will frequent, including the nursery, each child’s bedroom and common areas, such as the living room and kitchen. If it makes a family with small children feel more comfortable, it is OK to install indoor security cameras in each room in the house, except for the restrooms. Once it is established that your babysitter or nanny is responsible and honest, you can slowly turn the cameras off in some of the less common areas of the house; if the cameras are still in place, the nanny or babysitter will never know that she isn’t on camera, but the privacy of other family members is then preserved.

In a business setting, far more surveillance is necessary than in a residential setting. Indoor security cameras should be placed near every doorway. Ample surveillance of the front counter or cash register area is a necessity. Test your indoor security cameras and make sure that you can get a good view of the cash register and of anyone standing around it, from all angles; if you can not clearly see the entire area on your monitor or TV screen, it is important to add more cameras. Ample surveillance of each private office, storage room and any area where money or valuable items are kept is also important.

In a retail setting, it is imperative to have enough indoor security cameras installed so that you can accurately and clearly monitor the entire store, just from your monitor or TV screen. In order to prevent shoplifting, it is important that each aisle of the store is properly monitored. Although you shouldn’t and can’t monitor individual dressing rooms or bathrooms, it is important to have ample surveillance at the entrances and exits of these areas, as they are the two most common areas where potential shoplifters hide their goods. Any suspicious behavior from a customer going in or coming out of a restroom or dressing room should be addressed, as many customers are notorious for putting extra clothing on underneath their street clothes or smuggling items into large purses, backpacks and even diaper bags. Make sure that every unpaid item that goes into your dressing room comes back out to prevent loss of profit.

Once you have installed ample indoor security cameras to accurately and clearly monitor your home or business, you are well on your way to having a safe and secure building. Remember that other security measures should always be taken seriously as well, such as outdoor security cameras and alarm systems, in order to keep your family and yourself or your employees and your customers as safe as possible.

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