August 6th, 2015
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…
August 5th, 2015
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…
August 3rd, 2015
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…
July 31st, 2015
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…
July 30th, 2015
The importance of “bench testing” your security camera equipment can often be overlooked and this can lead to unforeseen delays in the installation process. There are many advantages to bench testing that are often overlooked by many installers and this can make the process of installing the cameras longer and cause unnecessary damage to the equipment. In order to avoid these potential pitfalls we are going to discuss some basic questions you should know that can make this process simple and easy for you to complete yourself. What is bench testing? How do I conduct a bench test? What are […] Continue Reading…