Benefits of an NVR with a Built-in POE Switch



Benefits of an NVR with a Built-in POE Switch


Many of our customers call us to ask why they cannot change the camera’s position when using a built-in POE NVR. The short answer to that is that it is not possible after the cameras are connected for the first time on the NVR. See, the NVR’s POE built-in switch is a separate entity. The idea behind this technology is to offer security, avoid broadcast storm, and in theory separate the traffic from the IP cameras and NVR completely. Also, the most obvious reason to use a built-in POE on these NVRs is to power the cameras from one […] Continue Reading…

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A Bit on Bit Rates



A Bit on Bit Rates


What are Bit Rates?
Let’s start with “what is a bit, and “why do I need to know?” A bit is short for “binary digit”, the smallest unit of information in computing. It takes 8 bits to make a byte of information. “Bit rate” refers to the number of bits of data transferred in a file over a set length of time usually measured in number of “bits per second” or “bps”.

Constant bit rate (CBR) and variable bit rate (VBR) are the main types of bit rate encoding. Scene complexity can vary significantly over several hours of recorded video, and the bit rate you […] Continue Reading…

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Why You Should Choose TechPro Security for Your Security Camera Installation



Why You Should Choose TechPro Security for Your Security Camera Installation


You’ve Googled it. You’ve read every article you can find. You think you’re good around the house because you got the toilet unclogged! You’re confident that you can install that box of cameras packaged with an NVR and “Everything You Need To Safeguard Your Home”, because your wife told you that you’re “pretty darn handy”.  You can, but at what cost? Your sanity? Your marriage? Your masculinity? Choosing to do your own security camera installation can be a great hassle.

You can go to one of thousands of retail locations and spend a few hundred dollars  on a boxed system […] Continue Reading…

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What is a Subnet?



What is a Subnet?


When configuring IP devices such as IP cameras, NVRs, and DVRs, you need to set up IP addressing so each device can communicate with the other devices. If you don’t understand how IP addressing works, this can be a frustrating experience.

“Are You on the Same Subnet?”

You may keep hearing this question when you call a Tech Support representative. If you don’t understand what that is and why it’s important, then you have come to the correct place. A subnet refers to the IP address range that a computer ‘lives on’. Every device that is connected to a network has a unique address on […] Continue Reading…

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What are all These Ports on My Security Camera DVR?



What are all These Ports on My Security Camera DVR?


When you receive your Security Camera DVR you might be wondering what some of the ports are for. This article will explain some of them, the reason they are their as well as a little bit of history.

USB = Universal Serial Bus

Universal Serial Bus is an industry standard developed in the mid-1990s to replace the slower serial and ps2 communication ports on a computer.  The purpose was to be able to attach devices like a mouse, a keyboard, disk drives, network adapters, portable media players, and other devices that help qualify the word Universal in the name of the […] Continue Reading…

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