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How to turn on and off an IP camera using Smart Devices | Getting more of your Smart Devices

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

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Many of you are installing cameras inside and outside of your homes and there are many times where you wish you could turn off your camera (at least the one in your bedroom) with the push of a button. Maybe by just giving a verbal command or simply pulling out your smart phone and using that to turn the camera. With “Smart”  items coming out for your home that are basically interconnected with your network, this is possible. I recently got a customer asking why there were no solutions to do this with his security system and after a brief pause I got a Eureka! moment. I figured that I already have some of these items and I can add them to my system. There are some items that you will need to accomplish this task. We are going to showcase some items that you will need and optional ones that will help you make your Home a Smart Home. Just follow this easy document on “How to turn on and off an IP camera using smart devices”

Items that you will need:

Single port Power Over Ethernet Switch POE-1G



Belkin WeMo Insight Switch


ivee – Sleek Voice-Activated Smart Clock [Optional for voice Command]



The main items would be a Single port PoE Switch POE-1G which will power the camera via an Ethernet cable and that would get connected to a Wemo Insight Switch.

The Belkin WeMo Smart Switch communicates with your  IOS or Android Device to turn the power on any 15 amp 120V AC device on or off. This can be used to to control lamps, Christmas lights or anything that will use a 120VAC power source. We will be connecting the PoE single port switch to this device allowing us to power the device or turn it off, but I always like to push things even further. Why not add a Siri like device to operate not just this but any other Belkin WeMo Switch or Nest Thermostat devices? Well for this we need a device called ivee which doubles as a Smart Clock that connects to any smart device. I found myself needing to change my alarm from time to time and found this smart clock that also allowed me to turn up or down my temperature using my Nest Thermostat as well as turn on of off the lamps or even open or close my front door making my life a little bit easier since in times I forgot if I set my alarm correctly and also if my front door dead bolt was in the locked position, a simple command to the ivee from the comfort of my bed allows me to do this as well as allow me to turn off the camera in my bedroom when I decide I need some privacy.

There are so many things that can be done with this type of device that people do not realize it. For example you can add a command to enable one of these Smart Switches and on this smart switch you can have a relay that will accept any high or low voltage device, lets say you want to turn off a non smart device such as a fan. If you are a techie you can have this device restart a router or any network device that does not have the ability to be accessed or the manufacturer failed to add a shutdown feature to it.


One big project that I will be integrating this would be to add this as Do it Yourself Pet Feeder where I will be ordering one of these and dismantle it and use it to operate a stepper motor that will have an auger drill with a hopper that will have a “V” shape. This will enable me to command Ivee to feed my cats in the morning while I get ready to go to work relieving from doing so as well as giving me the ability to feed them once I get home.


This gentleman here has a Feeder for his fishes, You can see how it works. You have a drill that will be used as an auger and a hopper that will have the feed. You can time the feed for my cats I would say 3 minutes or so for each cat once it has does its thing it should turn off , a simple time that resets itself should do the trick for this now keep in mind that for indoors you need to enclose this device so that any children or pets do not mess with the device since it does power using alternate current. As well as adding fuses to protect the circuit.




Smart Home Devices should not only allow you to enjoy Media but assist you with the smaller tasks that take so much of your time. Having these devices will enable you to view you home from anywhere in the world, open or close your front door when ever you wish to do so, like when you are at work and all of a sudden something breaks in your home there is no longer a need to call in off because you need your washing machine fixed , you can simply have the Handy Man work on the washing machine while you view him or her on your Surveillance system and allow him entry using your Smart Lock. Since I have cameras all over my interior and exterior I can monitor anything that happens in my home as well as allow anyone entry. Another example is if you are renting your Home or Apartment,there are times where landlords do not know they are not allowed into your apartment or home, knowing if your landlord is coming and going at times they are not allowed will help you in a situation where the landlord or any individual has entered without your consent.

So next time you are buying or have an item laying around look at what else you can do not just what the manufacturer designed it for, Keep in mind that these and any hack can lead to voiding your warranty but if you are aware of this and the item is already out of warranty go ahead and learn , Trust me you will enjoy it. One big example is when I helped a Customer use an Auto tracking IP camera to track deer and other wild animals in here property and have the video footage go to her webpage as well as her Youtube account. She was happy with her setup as well as I was happy after I had completed this task. 😉



Best HD PTZ IP Cameras for Outdoors

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

Best HD PTZ IP Cameras for OutdoorsOutdoor surveillance systems differ from that of others on the market because of the level of protection and durability they provide you. Those cameras that are used on the outside of your home or business need to be weatherproof and able to withstand any vandal attacks on them. The addition of these two features can help to increase the cost of the cameras.

Weatherproof Surveillance Systems for Outside Use

Weatherproof cameras are available in a number of different styles such as dome and bullet cameras. Their prices range from a couple hundred dollars up to a thousand each. The price is determined by the total functioning capability of the camera. If you are planning to purchase an outdoor camera with infrared technology, the price is going to depend upon the total LEDs the camera has in it. All of the weatherproof cameras are also capable of resisting water. Dome cameras are the best for protecting your property against any potential vandalism and the elements of the great outdoors.

Dome Cameras

Dome cameras are able to protect your property while withstanding the elements and vandalism. They have an amazing stealth feature that makes them perfect for securing your business or home. Since there is a tinted glass that covers your camera, you will never be able to tell exactly where it is that the camera is pointing. The dome helps to protect the camera and ensure it is safely hidden away inside. They are not only waterproof, but they are able to withstand other elements that come along.

Since you normally have to affix these cameras to your roof, they are not easily stolen from around your property. The dome serves as a protective barrier against any attempts from breakage to the lens of the camera, unless someone comes at the camera with a gun. There are dome cameras that come equipped with bulletproof housing. A decent camera will run you around $250. If you choose to purchase one with an array of features and bulletproof housing, you may be spending more money on the cost of the camera. Just about every dome camera comes equipped with infrared technology in it.

Protect Your Property Against Vandalism

Countless methods exist for protecting your camera from vandals beyond having to buy an expensive one for use outside of your home or business. One of the best methods is to place the camera behind a glass enclosure. If you have a great location for placing your camera to get a good view of the property, you might consider purchasing one that is not waterproof or weatherproof.

Best HD PTZ IP Cameras for OutdoorsHide Your Security Camera

The best method for protecting your camera against vandalism is to hide the camera out of view. There are disadvantages to this method, so you will want to consider that beforehand. Beyond video surveillance, outdoor systems are able to prevent about half of all criminal activity. Criminals tend to think twice before they end up trying to enter your property with a security camera watching them. If you are contemplating on whether you should hide the security camera or not, you will want to determine what the purpose is for installing the camera in the first place. Are you looking to scare the criminals away from your property or catch them in the act of vandalizing or stealing from you? If your main goal is to catch the crime on tape, you could look into a nanny cam or micro cam. The nanny cam can be installed inside of a clock to hide them out of sight. Depending on the type of spy camera you get, there are those that look like a pen.

Surveillance Systems Versus an Outdoor Security System That Stands Alone

When you choose to buy an outdoor camera, you will want to determine whether you should get a single camera or one of the sophisticated surveillance systems on the market today. Surveillance systems come equipped with more than one camera, software and monitors. On average, the system will cost you around $1,200 with two cameras. You have the option of purchasing a less expensive camera for around $1,000. Surveillance systems are more difficult to install, so you will want to enlist the advice and assistance of a professional installer. As you prepare to get your surveillance system, you will want to get an outdoor camera that is weatherproof and durable.

Installation of an Outdoor Security System

As you contemplate installing a security camera outside, you will want to consider the source of power first and foremost. Plenty of times a building code gets in the way of installing your electric connection on the exterior of your property. If you plan to set up your security system outside, you will have to deal with those things on your own.

Needs in an Outdoor Camera

Most of the time, people will deal with this particular situation by connecting their camera onto the power source in their garage or some other outlet to conceal the wiring from plain view. If you are installing the system somewhere without a power source, you will need to create your own source for powering up the cameras.

Once you have addressed the issue in a power source, you will need to determine what the right type of equipment will be for the area in which you live. You want to ensure your camera is going to be protected from all of the elements that surround you. No camera is going to work for everyone, which is why there are so many different cameras on the market today. Systems that work for those who live in Maine with freezing temperatures will not be able to withstand the elements in Arizona where the temperatures can climb to more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. No single system is capable of withstanding all of the climates that are thrown at it.

The next thing to consider is the type of lighting you will have for your camera. Video cameras are similar to any other traditional camera you can purchase. To produce a decent picture, you will need sufficient light to gain a good view of the subjects in question. The camera uses a lux rating to calculate the light in its environment. If the rating is low, the light that is used will be minimal when presenting the images caught on camera.

If you are planning to install your camera in a place where there is not a lot of light, you will want one with the smallest lux rating around to see everything that the camera captures on tape. If you are unable to find cameras with a low rating, you will have to install an additional light source where the camera is located. When this is not an option, you will want to consider an infrared camera that is capable of capturing images when there is no light in the area.

Best HD PTZ IP Cameras for OutdoorsBenefits to Installing a Wireless Camera System

Not only are wireless cameras easy to hide, but they are also cost effective. Many people are making the decision to outfit their business and home with these amazing cameras to monitor everything that is going on around their property.

When you first make the decision to install a wireless security system, you will want to consider the manner in which you are going to monitor the video that you capture. You have the option of doing this in two different ways: record the footage on your camera for retrieval later on or have it sent into a remote location. Remote locations can be anything from a computer, television and much more.

Depending upon what type of quality you have in a wireless security camera, you will be able to have your feed location as far as one mile away. Wireless cameras come in a variety of different sizes. If you want a wireless camera that can easily be hidden from plain site, consider choosing a wireless model that comes equipped with a pinhole lens. When you use this type of unit, you will be able to attach it onto just about anywhere around your property that will keep it out of sight.

The main benefit in a wireless camera is the fact that you can transport them anywhere you desire with ease. They can easily become mobile, so you can move them wherever you desire in no time at all. Not only can you move them from one room to another, but also you have the option of attaching them to calculators or pens and transporting them with you on the go.

These cameras are the easiest of all to hide out of sight. If you are trying to go covert with your surveillance system, you will want to go with the wireless model for your business needs. You don’t have to worry about finding a source of power to plug these cameras in, nor are you going to have to worry about spending a fortune on batteries to operate these units.

One of the biggest disadvantages to these cameras is that they cannot provide you with the type of resolution you need in a camera that is not wireless. When it comes to monitoring your home, you will need video quality that resembles that of a movie. For those who want to monitor their home, you will not necessarily have to have video quality in your recording. You need to consider what you are surveying to get the proper type of camera for your needs.

High definition cameras can help provide you with an exceptional picture, which works great for those who are monitoring their business. You want to ensure you have the best picture around to bring the criminal to justice. When you employ the high definition cameras around your property, you will have video footage that is of exceptional quality. The last thing you want is video resolution that is less than superior. In the event something was to happen, you want to be able to provide the law enforcement officials with video footage that will help to identify the perpetrator clearly and easily.

Using an IP camera will allow you to see your home or business while you are away. If something were to happen, you would be able to summon the assistance of the professionals who can catch the criminal in the act. From burglary to abuse and neglect, your IP camera will come in handy in a number of different ways. All it takes is an Internet connection to access your cameras. You will be able to log in and view everything that is happening in real time footage. Instead of stressing yourself out over what is going on around your home, you will be able to sit back and relax in the fact that you can always access your footage. From cell phones to computers, you can log in and view everything that is going on around your property.

Since you will be able to monitor the outside of your home or business, you will always know what is going on and who is approaching your property. There is no reason to wonder about your safety and security when you can implore the use of a surveillance system. Thanks to the pan/tilt/zoom features, you will always be able to see what is going on with ease. Zoom in on suspicious activity and see whether you need to alert law enforcement officials before something serious transpires in your area. Protecting your home or business has never been as easy as it is today with the thanks of security cameras for your property. Take the time to browse through all of the different options in today’s marketplace and see which one is going to work the best for your needs. Before you know it, your property will be protected and you will have the peace of mind you desire in a surveillance system. Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of installing an IP security system.


How Networked Security Cameras Work

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Friday, September 14th, 2012

How Networked Security Cameras Work

In recent years, the question of home and business-related security has gotten much more serious. More and more individuals are beginning to place full surveillance systems in their homes, and it is rare to find a business owner who does not have some sort of camera system in and around his business and his property.

However, although security cameras are getting much more popular, many people still do not understand them. A lot of people make the mistake of purchasing the first surveillance camera kit that they find at a local retail store, but they are really missing out on a lot of features and components that can help them to monitor their home or business even more effectively.

One type of security camera system that many people do not understand is a security camera system that uses a network and networked security cameras. Although many people use their computers on a regular basis, they often do not realize just how much their computers can help them with safety and security if they purchase the right security camera system.

If you are in the market for a surveillance camera system for your home or business or if you feel that your existing security camera system is not sufficient for providing the level of security that you feel you need, you should learn more about networked security cameras and their systems. Many people who have older surveillance systems quickly realize that they could benefit greatly from having a networked security camera that streams surveillance footage straight to their personal computer. Networked surveillance systems are increasing in popularity among both business owners and home owners, and anyone who is interested in security should learn more about them before settling for another type of security system.

What Are Networked Security Cameras?

Network security cameras are also known as IP cameras. Although older analog security cameras were once the main type of camera used for security systems, network security cameras are quickly becoming much more popular.

Network security cameras use both network communications and digital imaging in order to send surveillance footage to your computer. These types of cameras can capture surveillance footage from anywhere that you choose to place them — including anywhere in the world — and they will then send the footage straight to your computer, no matter where you are.

How Do Networked Security Cameras Work?

In plain English, a networked security camera is simply a type of computer that captures pictures in rapid succession. The camera itself is very high-tech, and it has a lot more features than your average surveillance camera. For example, it contains its own CPU, memory, Ethernet connection chip and both input and output interfaces. In fact, a networked security camera is basically its own part of the network and does not depend on wires and external computers in order for it to work.

First of all, your IP camera will capture photos. Next, it converts the picture to a digital image itself and then send the footage via Ethernet to the computer that it is networked with. Once the footage has been sent to the computer, the user of the computer can then watch the surveillance footage and fast forward, rewind, pause and otherwise take in the footage however he wants to.

What Are The Benefits of Networked Security Cameras?20X 2 Megapixel IP Network PTZ Security Camera

There are tons of benefits of networked security cameras that many people do not even realize. Networked security cameras offer premium quality that cannot be matched by older cameras, and the surveillance footage that is captured from one of these cameras is top-notch and is of high-resolution quality.

You can also capture better footage due to the way that networked security cameras are made. Because these cameras do not come with long and bulky wires, it is easier to arrange your camera at an angle that will capture better footage. These cameras are also more inexpensive to run and maintain, and you do not have to worry about going through the trouble of installing a complicated system yourself or paying someone else to do it for you.

From a security standpoint, networked security cameras are far superior to analog cameras. One of the first things that you should think about is the fact that there are no long and bulky wires for a thief to cut; therefore, you do not have to worry about your surveillance footage being compromised. You should also take a look at all of the features that networked security cameras offer. These cameras have a lot more features than your average security camera, and each of these features can help you to increase security in your business or home.

For instance, networked security cameras often include built-in motion sensors, which can be useful in a number of ways. They also often include integrated audio to allow you to hear everything that is going on around your camera, and the audio is even streamed directly to your computer. They even offer infrared detectors that allow your camera to provide crystal-clear footage in low-light situations and in even in the dark of night while still providing you with a brilliant picture quality during the day.

Depending on the camera that you purchase, you can also opt for a few other options as well. For instance, you can put a lock on your camera that will only turn on and operate for certain individuals, and you can set an alarm on it as well. In fact, you can sometimes directly control the pan/tilt/zoom capabilities of your camera directly from your computer, giving you the ultimate control over your surveillance footage.

Are Network Security Cameras Better Than Analog Cameras?

Network security cameras are quickly replacing the more common analog cameras for a reason. Although analog security cameras were once an important part of any security system, users now realize that network security cameras are far better because they have many more features and can be used in many different situations.

First of all, network security cameras are better than analog cameras because they do not require as much equipment or as many messy wires. Analog cameras must be hooked up directly to a system in order to function properly; this means that you have to go through the trouble of running lots of wires through walls and under the flooring in order to give the room a neat and tidy appearance. This is not a problem with network security cameras, however; instead, you just set them up and leave them alone without having to worry about a lot of installation issues.

Network security cameras are also safer from vandals and thieves as well. A lot of important security footage has been lost in the past due to crafty thieves who knew to cut the wires that led up to the security cameras. This is not an issue with network security cameras, however. As long as they are placed up high where a vandal or robber cannot get to them, they are safe from these issues and can continue to capture your surveillance footage. Not only will this prevent you from losing valuable footage or having to replace expensive equipment after wires have been cut, but it might cut down on crime in a much bigger way: If a criminal sees that there is a camera in the area that he is unable to move, he might decide to go elsewhere to commit his crimes.

Also, you can get a much better picture and a much better overall performance out of a networked security camera than an analog camera. Networked security cameras can capture much better footage with a more high-resolution picture, making it possible to see much more in your surveillance footage than you ever could with analog cameras.

You can also benefit from the versatility of network cameras. Instead of having to go through a lot of trouble installing them, you can simply place them anywhere that you would like to begin capturing surveillance footage. Setup is a snap, and you can watch the surveillance footage from anywhere in the world once you have networked your camera to your computer.

Should I Replace My Analog Surveillance Cameras?

Although the features and versatility of networked security cameras far surpasses analog surveillance cameras, the good new is that you do not actually have to replace your analog surveillance cameras in order to get in on the action. You can purchase a network video recorder that will convert your analog surveillance camera into a digital picture, and you can also use a network video recorder that will store your footage.

Taking these steps will allow you to enjoy the technology of having a networked security camera for a while, and it is a great idea if you are on a budget and do not want to replace your existing security cameras. However, you should think about replacing them when you can. Although taking the above steps will allow you to watch your surveillance footage through a network, it is important to remember that your footage will not be of as high of a quality as it should be if you take those steps. It is certainly better to use this technology than to stick with your old method of surveillance, but you will be surprised by the change in technology if you switch to networked security cameras. If you want to, you can purchase one networked security camera at a time until you are able to replace your entire system.

Who Should Use Network Security Cameras?2 Megapixel IP Weatherproof Network Bullet IR Security Camera

Network security cameras are most commonly used in business-related situations. Business owners often have a lot to lose, and it is important that they have plenty of surveillance in order to keep an eye on both their employees and their customers. Network security cameras allow these business owners to watch what is going on in and around their business while they are at home relaxing or if they are across the country or the world on business. Since many business owners worry about leaving their company unattended, this type of surveillance can be a real life saver for these individuals.

However, you should not think that network security cameras are only for business owners. More and more home owners and renters alike are beginning to get a lot more serious about safety and security, and networked security cameras are perfect for these individuals. Networked security cameras not only allow home owners to watch surveillance footage from home, but they can also keep an eye on what is going on in their home while they are away on vacation or while they are at work; this can provide a lot of peace of mind for those who are concerned about their valuables while they are away or who want to keep an eye on their babysitter while they are at work.

Regardless of what type of property you are looking to protect, you could probably benefit from purchasing a networked security camera system instead of an analog system. Over time, more and more people will realize just how valuable networked security cameras really are, and analog cameras will soon be a part of the past. If you would like to provide your business or your home with the best possible security measures, you should consider purchasing a networked security camera for the optimum security features and for easier and more versatile everyday use, regardless of if you are protecting your home or your business.

If you have any questions or looking for further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. It is our pleasure to help you.


How To Easily Access Your Security Camera Footage

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Monday, September 10th, 2012

How To Easily Access Your Security Camera FootageSecurity camera systems are continually revolving with new and improved technology, which allows the user to record their security footage through a digital video recorder instead of simple tapes. This gives you the opportunity to view the footage online. It may take a little networking information to be able to set your digital video recorder up to view all of the information online. You will need to know what your router’s IP address is, as well as the information relating to your digital video recorder.

Step-by-Step Information

1. Connect the security camera digital video recorder into your router through a Cat-5 cable. Log into your wireless router and go into the configuration settings. Enter your IP address into the Web browser. Check with the manufacturer of the router to find out what the IP address is. Enter the password for your router and then press enter.

2. Access your local network settings on the router and create a static IP address onto your local network for your security system digital video recorder. This provides you with the option of setting your digital video recorder to provide access for the specified address and eliminate any other devices found on the network from being given the same Internet address and creating a conflict down the road. It should have a subnet mask of

3. Forward all the ports from your digital video recorder’s Internet address. Settings may vary based upon the router, but on average, you will be able to add in a port and specify the designated IP address. Type in the assigned address for your digital video recorder and set the ports to forward to port 80. Depending upon your recorder, you might need to forward multiple ports. Repeat until you have all the ports forwarding appropriately.

4. Power the recorder up and go into the networking system. Enter your setup section and select your static IP address. Insert the IP address previously assigned during router configuration. Put the subnet mask into the system. Make sure all the ports on the recorder are forwarded to those of the router. Save all of your settings.

5. Enter the IP address into your router from the Internet browser outside of your local network. This should ask you for the ActiveX control to access the Web server. Install the application and then log into your recorder to view your internet protocol cameras through the Internet.

If you have any questions or looking for further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. It is our pleasure to help you.