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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

A Guide On Product Series and Product Technology

On you may have noticed the following logos in relation to our products. Well, excitingly enough, they are here to help as we grow. Elite and Techpro series products have been a staple to our product line up for quite some time now. As technology advances, the industry changes and customer demand increases we have add to modify our line up and this fall of 2015 we are happy to be introducing our new prime series to our product line up.

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These product series labels were created to help you, the user, understand our product lineup and product compatibility features. Each Series is equal in quality, but the difference is in software and compatibility between products.

Shopping guideline

Step 1: Start with Technology

Under each series title you will notice the type of technology associated with it.



This is Important because not every product inside a series will be compatible. For example, an Elite Series Network Video Recorder (NVR) will NOT be compatible with Elite HD-CVI or Analog cameras and HD-TVI Cameras will not be Compatible with HD-CVI DVRs.

Just Because they are the same Series does not always mean they will coincide. Their Technology compatibility must be able to match up as well. Network Video Recorders must be paired with IP Network Cameras and HD-CVI DVRs Must be paired with HD-CVI or Analog Cameras. So along with each Series of device (Recorder or camera) be aware of each technology associated with it.

Technology Compatibility Breakdown:

HD-CVI Tribrid DVRs: Compatible with HD-CVI Cameras and Analog Cameras

HD-TVI Tribrid DVRs: Compatible with TVI Cameras and Analog Cameras

IP Network NVRs: Compatible with IP Network Cameras.

Note: if the NVR is ONVIF compatible the device has the ability to sense and search for any ONVIF IP Network Camera as long as both the devices, recorder and the camera, have ONVIF.

Technology Overview

What is HD-CVI? High Definition Composite Video Interface: This technology was developed by ZheJiang Dauha Technology Co.  Dauha made the technology open access in July of 2014 allowing other manufactures to utilize the technology and improve upon the chipset. The name has to do with its baseband and quadrature amplitude modulation technology which is able to avoid CVBS cross talk, completely separate the brightness and hue signal, and further enhances video quality.

What is HD-TVI? High Definition Transport Interface: It is a DSP-TVI technology developed by Techpoint in 2012. The chipset was sold and is now also open access allowing other manufactures to utilize and develop the technology. HDTVI technology can be implemented in an existing setup over coax  and produces reliable HD video signal transmissions over a single coaxial cable.

Both HD-CVI and HD-TVI are affordable HD over Coaxial cable solutions. The HD-CVI and HD-TVI chip sets have similar features and both can provide analog high definition solutions

Coax. Transmission Distance 1000 – 1500 feet 1000 – 1500 feet
Cat5 Transmission Distance 700 feet 329 feet
720p Supported Features (FPS) 25, 30, 50, 60 25, 30, 50, 60
1080p Supported Features (FPS) 25, 30 25, 30
DVR Features 720p & 1080p Signal Simultaneous Choose 720p signal or 1080p Signal. One or the Other


IP Network Technology Overview: IP Network Surveillance Systems provide the highest resolutions along with the most adaptable infrastructure. Our current product lineup includes cameras and NVRs that have resolutions from 2MP to 12MP (4K). IP Systems offer a few benefits over traditional CCTV, HD-TVI and HD-CVI. IP (Internet protocol) network surveillance systems have improved search and storage features as well as a more flexible infrastructure.

Step 2: Review of the product series


The Elite Series has been our staple series on up to this point. This series is primarily HD-CVI and IP Network Technology. The DVRs, NVRs and IP Network Cameras utilize the SmartPSS Software in this series. Elite Cameras work best with Elite NVRs and DVRs. NVRs that are ONVIF compatible will work with ONVIF Compatible cameras.


The Prime Series is new to the’s product line up. This Series is not an inferior series compared to the Elite Series. The Prime series simply offers features and software that are different from that of Elite series. The Prime series is primarily composed of HD-TVI Technology and IP Network Technology. It also has ONVIF compatible NVRs.

In best practice and for seamless integration we do recommend pairing Prime Cameras with Prime Recorders and Elite Cameras with Elite Recorders. Just remember to compose your set up with the appropriate technology.


The Techpro Series of Cameras have also been a part of for quite some time. The TechPro Series of cameras are openly compatible with the Recorders on the website. Simply utilize the appropriate technology when pairing these cameras with Prime or Elite recorders.

How do I know what camera series is compatible with my Recorder?

Under the Description Tab of each NVR or DVR product page. If you have questions regarding what cameras to choose we will gladly display the type of cameras that are compatible. See example image below.


We also offer a number of multi-technology solutions with Tribrid and hybrid recorders and with you receive flexible and affordable options.

Tribrids allow up to three technologies. As an example, most of the Elite Tribrids allow for all channels analog, all channels HD-CVI with up to two channels IP. Some Tribrids offer all channels for all three technologies. These recorders are designed primarily for Analog users looking for an affordable upgrade from analog. Pick a tribrid recorder and slowly upgrade to HD cameras as your budget allows. Just make sure to check under the description tab for a quick reference you your series and technology compatibility.

Still need Help?

Simply give us a call 866.573.8878 or contact us one of our experts who will be able to answer your surveillance system questions or they will be able to help you design a system custom to your security needs. was developed to help you design, customize and put to together a surveillance systems unique to your own security and surveillance goals.


Understanding IP Cameras and ONVIF Compatibility

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Monday, September 21st, 2015

When choosing to use IP network cameras for your residential or commercial security camera system there are a few things to take into account. This article will focus on clearing up some common questions regarding Network IP Cameras and NVRs (Network Video Recorders). In order to clarify some of the topics covered, I will often refer to “Techpro Security Products” brand of NVRs and cameras.

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Analog Cameras & DVRs
First, it is important to understand some differences between IP cameras and analog cameras. In most cases, an analog camera simply sends the video signal back to the DVR over a coax cable. The DVR is where the encoding and recording is done. It also contains the software for managing the camera settings and camera options. You can access and modify each camera’s settings through the DVR itself. The DVR also provides the ability to view the cameras in real-time and review recorded footage. Without a DVR you would not be able to record or view recorded video.  Essentially the DVR is the brains of an analog security system. Usually, analog cameras are powered with a 12 or 24 volt power source.

IP Cameras
Network IP cameras, on the other hand, are standalone units that can be accessed via the camera IP address. All of the software and settings (the brains) are embedded in the camera itself. Many IP cameras also have an SD card for storing recorded video. IP cameras are just like any other computer or smart device that is accessible on your network. IP cameras use CAT5 or CAT6 to transfer the video, and in most cases can be powered over the same cable when use in conjunction with a POE (Power Over Ethernet) switch.

Essentially this means that you can have 1 IP camera on your network or several if you choose. Each IP camera would have its own user interface and specific settings that can be viewed or managed individually by going to the IP address of each camera and logging in to it.


Viewing Multiple IP Cameras Simultaneously
As you might guess, if you have multiple IP cameras, it quickly becomes a hassle to have to go to different IP addresses and log into each camera individually in order to view in real-time or re-view recorded video.

So, what do you need to view all of your IP cameras in one place? The answer is an NVR (Network Video Recorder). You can think of an NVR as a hub with a single IP where you can view all of your cameras simultaneously. The NVR can also house a hard drive(s) to store the recordings of all your IP cameras and dramatically increase your storage capacity.

IP camera compatibility
Because each IP camera has its own user interface and camera options built into the camera itself, not all IP cameras are completely compatible with all NVRs. Next I will talk about the various IP camera compatibility options.

Compatible Network IP cameras and NVRs
Your best option is to buy network IP cameras that have a compatible NVR. This means that the manufacturer of the cameras specifically designed the NVR to be compatible with the user interface, software, and options that are embedded in the camera itself.

For purposes of this example we will talk about the “ELITE” line and “PRIME network IP lines by Techpro Security Products. If you were to buy Elite IP cameras along with an Elite NVR, you can expect that the cameras will work seamlessly with the NVR. This means that all of the camera options and functionality are directly accessible and configurable through the NVR itself. There is no need to log into each camera individually for the initial setup or to access the camera’s functionality thereafter.

The same can be said for the PRIME IP line. If you were to buy Prime IP cameras with a Prime NVR you are guaranteed to have full functionality directly through the NVR.  Buying IP cameras that are fully compatible with the NVR can make for a fast and convenient setup as well as streamline the maintenance and usability of your new security camera system.


The ONVIF Protocol
What if you already have IP cameras and just want to replace your NVR or vice versa, you have an NVR but you want to add new IP cameras?

All cameras use a specific protocol for communication between the NVR and the camera itself. One of the most common protocols is ONVIF. In most cases, if the camera is ONVIF compatible it will be able to communicate with an NVR that is also ONVIF compatible. This means that you are guaranteed to get video output from each camera to the NVR. But in many cases, not all of the cameras functionality will be available directly through the NVR.

TechPro Security Products also has a TP line of IP network cameras. The TP line uses the ONVIF protocol and can be used in conjunction with the Elite NVRs, Prime NVRs or any ONVIF compatible recorder.

When using ONVIF, it is recommended that you log into each camera individually to configure the settings at the camera level prior to installing or mounting it.  Once all of your cameras are configured the way you like, you are ready to install them and video will be transferred back to the ONVIF compatible NVR.

Some common things you will want to set up on your ONVIF cameras include but are not limited to the following:

The Camera IP address – If the cameras you are using do not have a DHCP option you will want to manually assign each camera a unique IP address to avoid IP conflicts on your network.

Main Stream Resolution
Extra Stream Resolution
Date & Time Format
Camera Label
Motion Detection
Motion Masking
Color and Contrast settings
IR Configurations

It is also recommended that you update the camera firmware at the time of setup as it may not be able to be updated through the NVR.


Remote CCTV System

Friday, May 6th, 2011

There was a time in the not-so-distant pass where a remote CCTV (Closed Circuit TeleVision) system would be unheard of.  Today, thanks to the leaps and bounds of electronic technology, all of Security Camera King’s featured packaged systems include remote control of the system as a standard feature.

Security Camera King offers several different complete system packages and very competitive prices.  These systems are based on the number of cameras and the type of Digital Video Recorder or DVR.  We offer 4, 8, 16, and 32 channel systems that should appropriately fit just about any application.

In addition, we offer 4 different DVRs.  Each DVR has slightly different features (usually on the plus side) that make them suitable for your specific situation.  We offer the Elite Mini Economy, the Elite Mini HD, the Elite Series, and the Ultimate Series DVR systems.  Each one of these systems can be a remote CCTV system.

Before we go any further, let’s create a definition for remote CCTV systems so we know just exactly what we are talking about.  Each one of the DVR systems previously mentioned above come with an InfraRed or IR remote control that can be used to operate the DVR.  By strict definition of remote, each one of these systems qualify as a remote CCTV system.  However, this is not what we are talking about, in this article at least, when we say remote CCTV system.

Our definition of a remote CCTV system is one that can be easily controlled by an individual who is no where near the system.  Here is a good example:

You’re vacationing in Rome and are standing in line waiting to enter the Sistine Chapel, when you suddenly get the feeling you should check back with home because of the escalated rates of vandalism that have been occurring in your neighborhood lately.

So you get out your iPhone and start the application for your digital video system and while you’re standing in line you view each one of your cameras.  In addition, one is a Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera that covers your entire driveway.  You can control this camera right where you are to get a good view of your entire home and drive way after manipulating the PTZ by just using your iPhone.  You find that everything looks ok, and you have a better peace of mind feeling, just before you are ushered into the chapel to view the beautiful art work.

To some, this may sound a little like science fiction but it’s not.  Furthermore, it’s very easy to achieve with this remote CCTV system.  No matter where you are located, as long as you can connect to broadband internet through your 3G or 4G telephone you’ll always have remote control access.

In fact, you don’t have to have a smartphone to operate your CCTV system remotely.  You can even use a personal computer or Mac with a Web browser to access your system remotely and it only takes a couple of minutes to set up the system to do so.

How is this possible?  First, all of our DVRs run on an embedded Linux operating system.  This also includes the technology for an embedded Web server.  Just connect the DVR to a broadband internet perform a little set up work and you’re ready to “Go Remote.”  For those that are techno-savvy, our DVRs also have Dynamic DNS support, another indication of the versatility of these systems.  Since it is not necessary to have a Static DNS this saves you money (normally, Internet Service Providers can provide you with a Static DNS but will do so for an additional monthly fee).

Another function of our DVRs that contribute to the remote CCTV system is email capability.  Instead of checking your system all the time when you are on the road, you can have your system send you an email based on your own criteria.  You can then use your smartphone to access y our system and “see what’s up.”

As you can see, remote CCTV systems are no longer science fiction and are a very dynamic feature for your digital video security and surveillance system.

If you have any additional questions about remote CCTV systems, please feel free to contact one of our security experts.  They can be reached on-line through the “Live Chat” feature or by telephone at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.


PTZ Security Cameras

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ security cameras can really extend the field of view of an otherwise stationary camera.  There are a variety of PTZ security cameras that can perform many functions in addition to PTZ perhaps making this camera the most versatile in application of all the different types of security cameras.   Security Camera King has a large selection of only the highest quality PTZ security cameras in the business.

A horizontal movement of a camera’s field of view (or direction of aim) is called a “Pan.”  Likewise, vertical movement of a camera’s field of view is called “Tilt.”  Using combinations of telephoto lens moving in and out to enlarge or shrink the field of view or magnify specific objects within the field of view is called “Zooming.”  A PTZ camera of course, can do all three of these actions.

Several years ago, a PTZ security camera was incredibly expensive; especially if it was the older analog type camera.  These cameras were often bullet or box type cameras that were mounted on electric motor operated pedestals to produce the movements necessary to pan or tilt.  They were often awkward, bulky, and bumpy in their movement.

Today’s modern digital video PTZ cameras are very light weight and move with incredible precision and fluidity.  They are much cheaper than their analog ancestors thanks to modern technological improvements in both electronic circuitry and mechanical design.  The majority of PTZ cameras on the market today are the dome type camera.  They can be mounted on the ceiling or on the wall using horizontal mounting brackets.

Regardless of whether the camera is mounted on the ceiling or the wall, the camera itself is oriented in a position that always puts the camera dome opposite the floor or ground.  In this position, the camera has the advantage of being able to pan around in a circle of 360 degrees and tilt in a full semi-sphere of 180 degrees or more.  If possible a ceiling mount or side mount on a pole is more desirable than a wall mount because providing there are no additional objects blocking the view of the camera, it has a greater total viewing area (not being blocked by a wall).

PTZ security cameras are controlled by any a variety of different methods.  They can be controlled using a PTZ controller board which has a joystick and push buttons or they can often be controlled by keyboard buttons alone. Each of Security Camera King’s featured DVR’s the Elite-Mini, Elite, and Ultimate series also offer’s a unique mouse PTZ control.  The camera movements can be controlled by clicking the camera’s view on the monitor screen and pointing and dragging the mouse.  The PTZ camera will follow the mouse’s movement.

In addition, PTZ security cameras can also be purchased with optional auto-tracking features.  Auto-tracking is a special function that enables the camera to detect motion, follow the object, and zoom in on the object automatically to provide the most advantageous view.  This feature is often used by security departments responsible for large retail parking lots or industrial employee parking lots to maintain security coverage in these areas.  When cars or individuals enter or move around the parking lot the camera can keep track of them every inch of the way.

Another common feature of PTZ security cameras is area specific preset patrol.  In this mode the camera is preset to patrol a specified area.  It can be set to track and follow in that specified area or when triggered can be set to pan, tilt, and/or zoom to a pre-determined specified area.

When choosing your PTZ security camera, make sure you purchase the appropriate type for the environment; cameras are either rated for use indoors or outdoors or both.  Next you’ll need to determine if you need the optional auto-tracking feature.

You will also need to determine the magnitude of the zoom function that you desire.  Generally, the greater the magnification of the zoom function, the more expensive the camera due to the precision lenses and electronic circuitry that are required to support it.  Lastly, you will need to determine what type of mount you’ll need for the camera.

Checkout Security Camera King’s full line of PTZ security cameras by clicking on  “Pan Tilt Security Cameras“.



Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Digital video security and surveillance systems are such a cinch to install that they are now available easy do-it-yourself CCTV kits. Security Camera King’s CCTV kits contain just about everything you’ll need to install your own digital video security system except the tools. In addition, we’re available to help you design your system to ensure you receive the maximum efficiency and protection possible. In addition, we also offer full support through every step of the installation process and can offer our unique virtual on-site technical assistance.

If that’s not enough to get you interested in Security Camera King’s high quality CCTV kits, we can also remotely configure your Digital Video Recorder or DVR and system through your personal computer and an Internet connection. Further, we offer free shipping on all orders over $500.00.

Just take a look at our security camera systems CCTV kits. We feature three different levels of HD DVRs including the economically priced Elite mini, the Elite Series, and the high-resolution enterprise level Ultimate Series. Each system is available in four, eight, or sixteen channels (cameras) which include 420TVL digital video cameras except the Ultimate Series that includes high-resolution 520 TVL cameras. In addition, we now feature a thirty two channel Elite Series DVR package.

Our CCTV kits offer top-of-line DVRs that come with tremendous amount of valuable features that are standard and cost nothing extra. Our DVRs all use the H.264, the latest CODEC or COmpression/DECompression utility available to prepare your digital video files for storage and viewing.

Plus, each on of our DVRs is IP or Internet Protocol ready. They can be plugged into an internet connection and offer a variety of Web related features such as remote viewing and camera control and e-mail alert notification. You can access your system anywhere in the world there is broadband Internet access and that includes using 3G and 4G smartphones.

Security Camera King offers six different configurations for each of our four, eight, and sixteen channel systems. For example our 4 Channel systems we offer two Elite mini, two Elite Series, and two Ultimate Series CCTV kits. Each kit comes with the DVR, your choice of digital video cameras, wiring, connectors, and power supplies. In addition we allow you to custom design components so that the system is tailor made for your specific applications (some modifications may require an additional charge).

The Elite Mini system CCTV kit comes in two variations for four, eight, or sixteen channels. Our first variation Elite Mini system CCTV kit (for each channel configuration) in addition to the Elite Mini HD DVR and Indoor/outdoor weatherproof high-resolution infrared vandal dome security cameras, includes four plug and play cables and a four channel space saving power supply. Our second Elite Mini system includes the same DVR and cameras, but includes one four-channel power distribution box, 1 box of RG-59-18/2 Siamese cable, and four power leads for the power box.

These two variations of CCTV kits are also offered for Elite Series and Ultimate Series DVRs. Our eight channel kits offer the same items except there are two four-channel space saving power supplies and 8 plug and play cables in the first variation and one eight-channel power distribution box, 2 boxes of RG-59-18/2 bulk Siamese cable and 8 power leads for the power box.

We have two variations for our sixteen channel systems as well. They include the same items mentioned above except there is enough equipment to support the included sixteen digital video cameras.

At this time, we also offer a thirty two channel CCTV kit. At the present, we only offer this kit using the 32-Channel Elite DVR. However, we do offer it in the two equipment variations as the ones already mentioned.

One of these systems is bound to meet your needs and price range. Our DVRs feature a three year warranty and our cameras and accessories offer a one year warranty. Speaking of accessories, we literally have hundreds of accessories available to further enhance and/or customize your CCTV kit.

If you are interested in purchasing one of Security King’s CCTV kits, you can purchase them using our on-line catalog site at “Security Camera Systems“. If you need anymore information or have any questions about our security camera systems you can also contact us on-line via our “Live Chat” service or by telephone at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.