How to Set Up Remote Access for a Standalone ONVIF IP Security Camera



How to Set Up Remote Access for a Standalone ONVIF IP Security Camera


A few of our customers showed interest of connecting a standalone IP camera without using an NVR. There are a few reasons to do so. Mainly customers don’t want an over-sophisticated surveillance system, but would prefer a solution using one or two cameras. It is not hard to do since all the cameras that we sell support a standalone operation. Each camera can operate individually as a CCTV system. The downside is that some cameras do not have all the features that the NVR has, and some cameras are just designed to work with an NVR and not as […] Continue Reading…

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Taking the Confusion out of a Security Camera System



Taking the Confusion out of a Security Camera System


So, you want a new Security Camera System for your home or business. Or, you just need to update an existing one but you don’t know exactly where to start. Here is a simple and useful checklist/flowchart that will take you step by step to help you determine the best plan of attack to tackle your Security Camera System needs.

Maybe you have an existing analog CCTV system using D1 or 960H cameras with standard coaxial cable.

Do you have an existing security system?

For years, the standard has been RG59 coaxial cable with BNC connectors to hook up your CCTV system. […] Continue Reading…

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Getting Started With Your TP Series ONVIF IP Camera



Getting Started With Your TP Series ONVIF IP Camera


You bought a TP series ONVIF IP security camera for the excellent picture quality at an excellent price point, but now realize that they are not as plug and play as the EL series IP cameras.  This article will help you make sense of it all, and give you a baseline to get started.  If you have not done so yet, read my article on networking IP cameras by clicking here.

The TP series IP camera is first and foremost an IP camera, so there has to be a network in place in order to have the camera work.  If […] Continue Reading…

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IDTECK Access Control IFDC/IEDC Web Interface Demo



IDTECK Access Control IFDC/IEDC Web Interface Demo


Almost any Ethernet enabled device nowadays has the ability to be accessible from a computer to configure some or all of its settings. They are running a service that allow us to interact with the device from our PC over the network using almost any web browser.

The service is called Web Service and on certain devices it will be disabled. In this demonstration I will go through how to enable the features and some of the settings of the Web Service of the IDTECK 4 Door and 8 door Access Control Boards.

First, let’s make sure that you know what […] Continue Reading…

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What’s the Big Deal About Baluns?



What’s the Big Deal About Baluns?


As new technology appears and its availability increases, so does the different types of cabling. However, there are ways of simplifying and “future-proofing” your cabling layout and surveillance architecture to prepare for these new technologies. With the Introduction of HD-CVI (High Definition Composite Video Interface) Baluns, it is now possible to run any and all of our systems off of CAT6. To put it bluntly, this will allow you to use Analog through traditional Baluns, IP without any Baluns, and HD-CVI over HDCVI Baluns. In doing so, you will set yourself up for any system or combination of camera […] Continue Reading…

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