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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.


Technical Support Might Be the Most Important Part of your Security Camera System!

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

If you’ve ever shopped for a security camera system you know there are a lot of options available. Do you go with an economical analog CCTV system or one that’s a high definition and state-of-the-art? Should you go with HDCVI or a Network IP setup? Analog cable, CAT5, POE switches, small hard drive or a large hard drive? There is a lot to think about if you want a solution that is going to work for you reliably and give you the quality and functionality you expect.

But one of the most over looked and under-valued components of any modern day security system is TECHNICAL SUPPORT! Without good technical support you might end up with a pile of expensive hardware that was not installed or configured property. Worst it might never get setup at all.


One company that realizes that quality technical support is just as important as the superior products they provide is In addition to all of the product information, product videos, and downloadable content, they also have live technical support for the life of the product. This means you will get FREE lifetime support for any security camera or recording device you buy from them.

Locations in the USA on the East and West Coasts allow for to have extended support hours. Live industry experts are available to help you with the installation, initial setup, system configurations, networking and remote viewing / mobile app implementation.

This support starts with the knowledgeable sales team. Whether you are a professional installer or just looking to secure your home or business you are sure to get all the help you need. Many of the sales team members are also experienced security system installers. This level of expertise ensures that the sales associates will be able to answer all your questions and recommend the best security system to fit you specific needs.

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The sales staff can also help you plan your installation. They can help you choose the technology that’s best for you and they can help determine power requirements, what type of cameras you need, how much storage capacity you want and much more.

Once your equipment has been purchased you will have access to a U.S. based technical support team. As mentioned earlier tech support is Free for the life of the product. Here are just a few things a technical support representative can help you with:

DVR Settings: Including but not limited to the following:

  • Setting up your DVR time and Date format
  • Setting up Motion Detect for you cameras
  • Setup you cameras recording resolutions and recording stream settings
  • Setup motion masking and privacy masking on your camera
  • Setup text alerts
  • Setup storage management
  • Review recorded video
  • Export recorded video

IP Camera Settings:

Unlike analog cameras and DVRs, IP camera settings are usually stored in the camera itself. Each camera has it own IP address and they can be accessed individually or simultaneously through the use of an NVR (Network Video Recorder). IP cameras also use CAT5 cable instead of coax and can transfer power and video on the same cable with the use of a POE switch (Power Over Ethernet). Technical support can help you setup the IP addresses for your IP cameras and assist with your POE switch and network setup.

Remote Access, Remote Viewing & Mobile App Setup

Every DVR or NVR that sells has remote access capabilities and FREE remote viewing software or mobile apps. The Pros at can help you set up up remote access as well as get you set up on your PC, MAC, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone or tablet.

If you want to access your home DVR or NVR from a remote location, you must first connect to the IP address that was provided by your ISP. An ISP or Internet Service Provider is the company that provides your Internet like Comcast, Brighthouse or Verizon.

Once you have accessed the home IP address, your router needs to direct your connection to the home DVR or NVR, this is called Port Forwarding.

In addition to setting up your remote viewing apps the technician can also assist you with your router configuration and port forwarding to your recording device.

DDNS Account

One more thing to consider when accessing your DVR or NVR remotely as mention above is that you will need to know what IP address your Internet Service Provider has assigned to you. Once you know that IP address you can set up your software or app to go to that IP address (your home’s IP) and direct you to your Recorder.

One problem you may face is that ISPs often change your assigned IP address (unless your pay for a static IP address). If the IP address of you house changes, then your software or app will not be able to connect to your home’s router until you update the setting with your new home IP address. One way to avoid this is to sign up for a DDNS account (Dynamic Domain Name Service). Simply put, this is a domain name like ( that is aware of you current home IP and will always resolve to your home IP even if it changes.

The great news is that all DVRs and NVRs support DDNS and for each recorder you buy, will give you a FREE DDNS domain name. Better yet, one of the support representatives will be happy to get it all set up for you.

Even More Support


In addition to the Sales and Live tech support offers alternative methods of support including upward of 1000 high quality products, support and how-to videos. There is also an extensive download area where you can find the latest drivers, firmware, software and tools for your CCTV and security equipment.

Live chat for the sales and support department is available on the website Monday through Friday 9am to 8pm EST.

Last but certainly not least there is the CCTV Forum. This is the place to connect with experts in the industry, find answers to common problems and get help on your specific problems. The forum is a 24/7-support source for anyone in need of help regarding CCTV, Home Security, Access Control and more. This forum is constantly monitored by the support staff at and is sure to get you the answers you need fast.

As you can see there is much more to a quality security system then just top quality products. The support you receive is just as important and the equipment you buy and the experts at are there to give you both.


Our CCTV Forum is the Best Source for Questions about Security Cameras, DVRs, NVRs, and Access Control

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Security Camera King CCTV Forum


Our CCTV forum is a great resource for both newbies as well as experienced security camera users. In the CCTV Security Camera Forum, everyone learns from one another. Perhaps you have a question about how to configure a specific item such as an HD-CVI camera, an IP camera, or a Security DVR or NVR. Maybe it’s after hours, or on the weekend, and our “live chat” or phones are not available. Well, the good news is that our CCTV forum is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find answers to most of your questions by using the search as shown below.


If you do not see a question related to what you need then feel free to post your question to the appropriate forum. Our knowledgeable staff, and even other users, are usually monitoring the forum so your question will be answered in a timely manner.

But, before you can do anything you need to register for the forum… and it’s free! See Below.


Once you are registered, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with our posting guidelines and you can see the link in the image below. In there we discuss how to use our forum and also some of our policies regarding posting, instant messaging, contacting members, etc.

Another place you might want to post to right away is our introductions section, also in the image below. Here, we can learn a little about you as well as what your experience level is. Your fellow members will also chime in and welcome you to the community. Everyone is very friendly. If you do not already know who we are at you can read and learn about our company in the About Us section in the same image below.


Now that we have you registered and up to date on what to do, you will find we have forum topics separated by category as shown in the image below.


If you have a question that has not been answered already about Analog Cameras, HD-CVI Security Cameras, IP Cameras, DVRs or NVRs then feel free to post to those forums. You can upload pics, videos, documents, or anything else that would help us answer your question thoroughly. There is no question we can’t handle, and if we do not know the answer off hand, we will have our tech department set up the same scenario as your question in our warehouse and will work until we have the right answer. They love a challenge. You will be amazed on how they can figure out any situation they come across. In some cases, they can even create a video “on the fly” to teach you how to solve your problem. In many cases we can log into your devices during normal hours to fix the problem for you.

Another forum category besides cameras and recorders is the Networking forum. Many times, especially with IP Network Cameras, you need to configure your network in such a way as to save on bandwidth. In the networking section is where you would find answers as well as post questions about networking design and configurations. We know a lot more than just cameras!

The next section is the topic of System Design. Lots of times you are trying to find the best security camera system for your needs and budget. Here is a good place to post your questions and also find answers. It might be after hours or the weekend and you just need to find out what sort of system you need to buy. Others have been in your same situation and have found this topic useful.

Next, is the topic of Wiring and Power. Here you will find questions and answers to a variety of wiring and power needs. Our products are all wired and so they need to have power and also cable. Do you have a power or cable need that is not addressed here in this topic? Then by all means feel free to post your question. Again, there is no question that goes unanswered.

The next topic is on Remote Viewing Software. This topic is very useful as it has answers to most questions about how to view your cameras over the Internet. You can view your cameras on Smart Devices such as the iPhone, Android, Tablet and iPad, as well as external Mac and PC computers. Just how do you view and set that up on those devices? The answers are in this forum topic. Do you have a question that is not listed there? That’s right! You can post your question and either one of our knowledgeable staff or members will help you out. It’s that easy.

Last in our support topics is Access Control. In the last year or two, we have added a full line of access control products and have become quite knowledgeable on how to wire, configure and monitor access control from one to many doors. In fact, our tech guys love to invent new and easier ways to connect and configure access control panels, access control readers, electronic door locks and more. In fact, they can even configure those device to work alongside your security cameras. So, in the access control topic is where you can post your questions about configurations, wiring, software etc.

Another forum thread I would like to point out is the How To Articles. In this link you will find articles written by our tech and sales staff to make things easier for you in the way of configuring your recorders and cameras as well as network schemes and wiring options.

Best of all, this is all free to use. You can access the CCTV Forum here. If you are new, don’t forget to register. If you have already registered, then welcome back and we look forward to helping you with your CCTV or Access Control needs. The more discussions there are, the more we and your fellow members can help out as well as learn from all the information.


Taking the Confusion out of a Security Camera System

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015


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. Today, many newer homes and businesses have been or are being wired with CAT5, CAT5E or even CAT6.

Do you have any existing usable cable?


You have options! The next step depends on your budget and what your ultimate goal is. The best case scenario is that you have an existing CAT5/5E/6 infrastructure since that will allow you to use the latest technology and continue to grow. If you’re not pre-wired with network cable and don’t want to break the bank running new CAT5/5E/6 cable all over your property, then hopefully you have RG59/RG6 coaxial cable. If you have no cable and need to start from scratch, I’m going to suggest that you do it right the first time and have CAT6 cable installed since applications running at 1GB/s are already putting strains on the bandwidth capabilities of CAT5E.

With existing or new CAT5/5E/6, your best choice for a recording device will be an NVR (aka Network Video Recorder). You would use an NVR along with IP network cameras. The NVR uses your local network to send and receive data and is ideal for remotely monitoring your surveillance system from your computer, tablet, or smart phone all while recording to a hard drive. Because IP cameras are on the cutting edge of surveillance technology, your security system, anchored by a quality NVR allows you to include new cameras with more advanced features. While most IP cameras and NVRs are compatible, you should always check with your surveillance system supplier to ensure all of your products will work together properly. In case you didn’t already know, when using an NVR and IP cameras, you have the ability to power your cameras through the network cable! This is an excellent benefit that eliminates the need to run an additional 18/2 power cable. We have packages like this 8 channel NVR with built in POE that are ready to plug in and go!


Do you have coaxial cable? Ideally you would have RG6 coax cable since the larger conductor, thicker dielectric insulation and aluminum braid shielding help to more effectively handle Ghz level signals. If you don’t and have an older CCTV system and you have been using RG59 coaxial, you have a couple of options. First, confirm that you have continuity in your coaxial cable runs. Once you’ve done this, you can choose between a few options for DVR’s.


The first option is a standard analog DVR or Digital Video Recorder that records at a 960H resolution (960×480). These are still widely used and are considered a reliable option due in part to the stability of the software (usually Linux) that is embedded in the chip. Capable of achieving resolutions up to 960H, this is an inexpensive upgrade from traditional D1 systems. The images are saved directly to a hard drive that we install before shipping when you purchase a hard drive along with your DVR. We’ll help you choose the number of channels (4-32) of the DVR that you need depending on the size of your property, what kind of coverage you want/need and any future expansion plans! A great place to start is with this complete 8 channel 960H DVR System!


Option number two is one of the newest and most interesting technologies called High Definition Composite Video Interface or HDCVI for short! The HD-CVI DVRs are capable of achieving resolutions up to 1080p and frame rates up to 30fps. This is the best choice if you want higher resolution images without having the expense of running CAT5/5E/6 cable. HDCVI technology helps you to realize multiple signal technology over one cable with video, audio and control signals all through the same coax cable! On top of that, HDCVI allows for longer distance cable runs (1600 feet or more) with no need for repeaters! HDCVI DVR’s MUSTuse HDCVI technology cameras made specifically to be used with them. Take a look at this complete 8 channel 1080p HDCVI package.


Last in your choice for DVRs are the MOTHER OF ALL DVRs…the Hybrid or the Tribrid! The Hybrid gives you the best of both worlds. You can combine 960H analog AND IP Network technologies for the most flexible system available. Along with all of the best features of both technologies, the coolest feature by far is the ability to DOUBLE the amount of cameras you can record (not available on all DVR’s/NVRs). That’s right! With the 16 channel HYBDVR-FE016-DH-160 you can record 16 analog cameras AND 16 IP cameras simultaneously if you choose! While the Tribrid doesn’t give you the ability to double the channels, it steps it up another notch and gives you the option of HDCVI in addition to Analog and IP Network.


You know what type of cable you have and what your choices are for a recording device. Now you need to figure out how many cameras you are going to need. With Google Maps we can see an aerial view of your property and we can help you decide the best placement of cameras to give you the maximum coverage! As far as choosing the type…THAT can be overwhelming! But, when you choose our products, we will help you every step of the way and that includes deciding on camera types and options like bullets, domes, indoor, outdoor, PTZ, auto-tracking, night vision (IR), WDR, varifocal zoom, etc. etc.

Let’s pick some cameras!

You’ll be utilizing CAT5/5E/6 cable so you’ll be using an NVR and you will need to purchase IP Network Cameras. As I said before, the choices can be overwhelming but unlike the soda aisle with ten different types of the same brand, you don’t have to make uninformed choices! Let’s see what type of options you have.

IP Bullet Cameras


  1. With Bullet Cameras you have to choose whether these will be indoor or outdoor. The most important thing to look for is an IP66 rating. A camera that has that rating can be used indoor and outdoor and will be protected against the elements. The price difference is almost negligible so I would recommend getting cameras that can be used indoor or outdoor like our very reasonably priced 1.3MP IPOB-EL1MPIR50.
  2. You should choose whether you want to be able to see at night and at what distance. We have bullet cameras that have IR (Infrared) night vision capabilities so you can better identify intruders at night or in poorly lit areas. We have cameras, like our IPOB-TP2MP250L660-W that can see up to 250’ in the dark!
  3.   Your lens is also another aspect to consider. Do you want a fixed lens or do you want the ability to zoom in on objects? We offer varifocal bullet cameras that can be adjusted directly at the camera and we also offer motorized bullets like our IPOB-EL3IR100ML-D2 that is controlled right through your browser.
  4. There are other considerations like ONVIF compatibility, color, etc. but the above three are the most important.

IP Dome Cameras


  1. Dome Cameras give you options as well but there are a few different things to consider when using Domes. Again, look for that IP66 rating and that will ensure that you can use that camera inside or out! Consider our top-quality but inexpensive IPOD-EL1MPIR50-E as a great starting point.
  2. Do you want to be able to view people more clearly at night? You’ll want a Dome with IR (Infrared) night vision capabilities and the bad guys won’t be able to hide. See what 100’ of IR and 3MP looks like with our IPVD-EL3MPIR100!
  3. You can get fixed or varifocal lenses that will let you adjust the zoom from the camera. If you hate getting up on a ladder you might want to consider a camera like our IPVD-EL3MP100ML2812 that allows you to adjust the zoom from your browser.
  4. All of the things discussed previously like ONVIF compatibility, color, etc. are all still options but with domes you should also consider whether you want a standard turret style that has glass over the lens or a vandal proof Dome rated at IK10 which protects against a 22 pound object dropped from 15¾” in height.

IP PTZ Cameras


  1. With IP PTZ Cameras, you have control! You have control of what you see because this camera has the ability to PAN, TILT and ZOOM in on a subject! Yes, they can be more expensive, but if security is your main concern then you should consider a PTZ and we have them starting at $529 for the IPPTZ-EL2L12X-Mini-i
  2. Just like the Bullet and Dome cameras, you will have the option of IR so you can see images in total darkness!
  3. The zoom function on the PTZ camera allows you to zoom into objects AND move from side to side and up and down! The full feature IPPTZ-EL1MPIR250L20X is a 1.3MP PTZ with 250’ of IR and 20X zoom that won’t break the bank.
  4. You still have options including the option of Auto Tracking that tracks a moving object upon entering the frame. Check this beauty out IPPTZ-EL2IR2L30X-AT!

You have RG59 or RG6 coaxial cable and you have a choice between Analog and CVI. Either way, we have pre-designed systems ready to ship or a helpful staff that will guide you through everything you need to know to help you make an informed decision based on your needs!

Analog Bullet Cameras


  1. The Analog Bullet Cameras are similar in design and construction methods so continue to make sure that they have that IP66 rating. We have bullets ranging in price from $19.34 for a special purchase that we made so stock up on the ELI-AN3-EB54-49R .
  2. The picture quality of these bullets measures in terms of TVL (TV Lines) which is the line density where the camera is no longer able to reproduce individual lines. The higher the number…the better the picture! The highest we currently have available is the OB-CM800IR50-W.
  3. Keep in mind that you will need to have existing power cable running with the coaxial cable or you will need to run an additional 18/2 power cable!

Analog Dome Cameras


  1. Our Analog Dome Cameras have you covered from 600TVL – 1200TVL. Take a look at our 1200TVL Vandal Resistant Dome that is only $44.95!
  2. You can get Domes with up to 100’ of IR and a top quality 1/3” SONY Image Sensor for under $100 with a varifocal zoom lens when you purchase our OD-LX700IR100L2812-W!
  3. Remember everything we’ve previously discussed and if you’re ever been baffled by all of the lingo, check out our online CCTV FORUM for answers 24/7.

Analog PTZ Cameras


  1. If you need to monitor your security system and want some of the most amazing detail that you can get, the PTZ with up to 36x zoom is for you!
  2. We have PTZ Cameras with no IR that you can use for the hard to see areas of your retail store starting at only $499.00!
  3. You will be amazed at the detail and quality of these images like the 23x PTZ-EL700IRL23X-D2. Imagine how helpful crisp, clear images will be if you ever need to turn them over to the police!

That covers standard analog cameras over coaxial cable! Now let’s check out some HDCVI cameras and remember, these MUST be used with HDCVI DVR’s!


  1. The HDCVI Bullet Cameras utilize the HDCVI technology that allows you to get HD quality over coaxial cable. Check out these tiny bullets that have a 720p resolution for only $59.95 CVIOB-EL1MPIR50-E
  2. HDCVI is a specially developed technology that only works with HDCVI compatible DVRs. MAKE SURE you are using HDCVI Cameras with HDCVI DVRs only!  We have a great assortment of bullets going up to 2MP!
  3. Keep in mind that you will need to have existing power cable running with the coaxial cable or you will need to run an additional 18/2 power cable!

CVI Dome Cameras


  1. Imagine 1080p quality images for under $100! That’s what you get with the CVIOD-ELV22MPIR50! You couldn’t have even come close just a couple years ago.
  2. Not only do you have options in terms of image quality, IR distance, etc. but you can get domes in black like the CVIOD-TP2IR100L2812B!
  3. Don’t allow yourself to be confused. Check out our website at Security Camera King and take a look around. It’s easy to navigate, informative and we includes tons of videos! Everybody likes videos!

CVI PTZ Cameras


  1. From 12x to a screaming 20x zoom, we have a PTZ that will do and see what you need! If you think you can’t afford one . . . check again because our CVI PTZs start at just $449 and that’s a bargain for your security!
  2. Imagine a 20x PTZ with 250’ of nighttime IR for under $600 – we’ve got it CVIPTZ-EL1IR250L20X!
  3. Monitor employees, customers and areas of your business where you have limited visibility!

Don’t forget about the incidentals like cables, connectors and power supplies! That’s the easy part! Hopefully you have a better idea of what you need to put together a Home or Business Security System but if you still need help . . . we’re here! Just give us a call at 866-573-8878!


Mystical Creatures from the CCTV World – The Elusive Wireless Camera

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

In a future long and far from now lives a very special device that runs on air forever until all eternity ends. This device needs absolutely no wires, it can always be on, and broadcasting the absolute best picture in the entire universe. All you literally have to do is look at the packaging the device comes in and it will go to the exact perfect location for the most amazing shot you have ever seen.

If this sounds too good to be true, that is because it is!  I am really not trying to be cynical here, but I have to.  That is because if I had a nickel for every time I was asked for a device that is close to the description above, I would honestly never have to work another day in my life.  People listen, at this point in time there are several reasons why there is no such thing as a perfect wireless security camera.  One of the biggest reasons that there are no wireless security cameras that are worth anything, is that unfortunately a device that is constantly streaming video wirelessly is putting an enormous amount of data over a network.

In order to do this you are going to need a lot of power.  Well if you need consistent large amounts of power, a battery won’t do.  At this point in time, there is not a battery currently available to the general public that can produce enough power.  So as you can see, a wireless camera that produces an image that is always up and running, (the definition of a security camera is a camera that is running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty five days a year with reasonable images produced) is not a feasible option.  The reason I can say this is because, just ask yourself, “does my wireless network or even cell phone connection always work?”  I am pretty confident that there are less than a handful of you that can honestly say yes!

Do you want a device that might work when you need it, because I sure don’t.  I don’t want to take a chance of having something similar to the poor family in the state of washington whose security system failed.  I know this is kind of an extreme example, but it is given to drive home a point.  I was always taught a long time ago, that if you are going to do something to do it right, not half way.  This same philosophy goes when you are installing a security system.  Yes, there are companies out there that have “Wireless” cameras, but they still require a power outlet and they produce a substandard picture.  With these cameras you are going to more than likely need to get a power source installed closer to the camera’s location.  If you are going to pay or even do it yourself, dragging a Siamese Cable or even Cat 5/6 cable to the same location is way easier than dragging Romex power cable.  It is safer too!

Lets just say you do decide to go with the wonderful wireless camera solution, now you need to be concerned with the fact that the signal has to be of good enough quality so your DVR can record the image.  Now if you are like me and live in an area that the houses are made primarily of concrete block and metal studs, I will have to say good luck getting the signal at the corners of your house even if you centrally locate the DVR.  Now lets say you are one of the blessed ones that has a structure where the signal isn’t degraded too much to reach the corners, do you want a device that someone can simply walk up to and unscrew the antenna… effectively stopping communication?

Now if I have just crushed all your hopes and dreams of having a camera system in your house, please don’t worry, there are options that actually work.  Generally speaking there is always a way to get a camera to a location.  Now it may entail a little work, like you may need to cut a hole in the drywall to help fish the wire down the wall.  This is nothing that can’t be repaired to look like nothing ever occurred.  I have wired many security systems in my life and know that “where there is a will there is a way”.  Some people only want to do the easy route, but the easy route is not the best route.  I have been able to wire an already-constructed, four-story house and have all the wire concealed.  Now mind you that there was a lot of repair work to be done on the drywall, but the system was secure and virtually tamper proof with the wiring. Yes, I know this is not something that every consumer will want to undertake, but in cases like that you should hire a professional to get you the best solution for your project.

If you absolutely can not find a way to get a wire from one point to another there are options, but you are going to be in a more advanced camera system.  Such as an IP (Internet Protocol) camera system.  This is due to the fact that you do not necessarily need to get a wire all the way back to the recording device with these types of cameras.  All you need to do is attach the cameras to a network and have the recording device on a network.  This can be accomplished with even using powerline ethernet adapters and using your structures power grid as a network jumper.  These generally aren’t the best way to achieve the end result, but it will provide you with a solution to help you to accomplish your goal.

Please don’t be discouraged that there is currently no camera on the market that can just be put up into a location and need nothing else ran to it to give you the sense of security you are looking for.  There are always solutions for every situation, you just may need to be a little more creative to accomplish the goal.  Remember this is for your protection and security and the only one you are short changing is yourself and your family!