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Security Equipment FAQ Part 1

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

This is the 1st part of a series of Security Equipment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that I am asked on a daily basis in Tech Support at If there are any questions that you would like to see in these articles, please let us know.

How do I save important footage from being overwritten on my DVR’s Hard Drive?

Other thalockn downloading the DAV files for backup storage, you may think there are no other ways to do this. Right? Well there are two other ways to accomplish this task, but first let’s discuss how files are created on the DVR. First off, if you are using a motion recording method, one file will be created for every motion event for each camera. If you are using a daily or scheduled recording method, every hour will create one file for each camera. While using the mouse and monitor directly connected to your DVR, navigate to the Main menu > Search area, and then you can select the day and channels that you want to view. Below the calendar is a button to view files, and from there you can select the files that you want to save. While there is a button to save these files to a backup device, you can opt to LOCK the files from being overwritten instead. This is a fast way to make sure that your files are kept on the hard drive providing that your HDD Full option in the General area is set to Overwrite. You can also set your HDD Full option to Stop Record which is your second option for saving your files. Unfortunately that method will provide no future recording, which is why the Overwrite option is the default. The DVR will always overwrite the oldest files, so you may have some time to backup your files before they are overwritten. The amount of harautomaintain_smalld drive storage space and the quality and quantity of the recorded videos will determine how many days you have until the footage will be overwritten. This is why you should always lock your files that you need to save until you have time to prepare a more permanent backup option. Please note that some newer DVR menus could be slightly different than what I am describing. Also, keep in mind that formatting a drive is a destructive option that will wipe all files including the locked files. You cannot lock or unlock files from the web or Smart PSS interface, so you will need direct access to the DVR.  There is one more important place to check on your DVR interface to make sure that your files are not being deleted.  The Auto Maintain area of the menu has an Auto Delete option that allows you choose how many days back will be deleted.  The default setting is Never, but if you select Customized, it will allow you to enter a number to choose how many days back will be deleted.  For the purposes of protecting files in this article, you want to keep the Never setting.

I want to set up a complete NVR system, but how can I complete a run where I cannot run a CAT 5 cable?

The Indoor / Outdoor Wireless Access Point / Bridge for IP Cameras & DVRs is the perfect product for you. You can bridge ytplocom5our network up to 15KM away with complete line of sight while utilizing 150 mbps of bandwidth. These devices are weatherproof, so you can mount one outdoors on a pole or structure by the camera while the one transmitting is outdoors facing this camera and connecting the network. The TP-LocoM5 is the perfect way to send a signal over a small lake for example, and cover some landscape that normally would be difficult. They are easy to configure using the software, and can be used in different ways as long as they have line of sight.  You set one nano station to be an Access point and the other to be a station in the settings, creating a dedicated transmitter and receiver pair.  When they are set up properly, you can bridge your network over a good distance and maintain a solid performance. The customer reviews for this product have been excellent. To learn how to setup a wireless bridge for IP Cameras, check out this article.

If I have existing CAT 5 cables in a building, can I use them for my security camera system?

Yes! You can buy an NVR complete system that uses network based IP cameras so that your existing wiring can be utilized. This guarantees that you will be using state of the art equipment and have the highest quality video performance bbalunased on your purchase options. If your budget does not allow for the cost of an IP system, another option is to buy an Analog system, and then use a balun on each end of your CAT 5 cables. This way you can transmit your power and video without the need to rewire your run with coax. Furthermore, you will still have that CAT 5 in place in case you want to switch to an NVR IP camera system in the future. Companies that use an existing CAT 5 infrastructure should find it easy to deploy one of these surveillance options.

What is ONVIF?

ONVIF is an open industry forum for the development of a global standard for the interface of IP-based security products. The ONVIF acronvifonym stands for Open Network Video Interface Forum. Having an open standard means that all companies and organizations will have the same access, and as a result, guarantees interoperability between the security products that adhere to the standard. While closed development has the benefit of complete control, it does not allow for the global knowledge and resources. Furthermore, the standardization of communication between IP-based security products means that businesses and individuals will not have to manage devices independently. ONVIF defines a common protocol, and that specification allows for an exchange of information containing automatic device discovery, video streaming, and metadata.


Point To Point with Nano M5 (Tp-LocoM5)

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Nano Station M5 PTP

Many Installers are requesting methods to connect their Security Systems. From running cable raceways in commercial buildings to installing conduit above or below ground in residential installations, running wired connections can take a lot of time – which equals more money to spend in labor. This article can serve as a guide on how to maximize the use of our Nano Station Loco M5. In this article we will be going to be utilizing an IP Megapixel system.

Example: IP camera System

Items Needed:

Before installing any hardware we first need to configure the Nanos. Lets start by Configuring the Nano that will act as an Access Point. This is the one that will be located at the Main Network.

Nano (Access Point)

Navigate to on your web browser.

If you get this page . Click on “Continue to this website (not recommended)”


This is the correct page you should see displayed on your browser. 1Once you are here you can log in using UBNT as Username and Password

Select your Country and agree to the terms of use by ticking the radio button.


Once you have gained access to the Main GUI, navigate to the Wireless Tab

Match the Settings displayed.

Wireless Mode: Access point
WDS : Enabled
Security : WPA2-AES
Preshared KEY: UBNT2014

Hit Change but not apply.


Network Mode: Bridge

Static Ip

Match your Gateway as well as the DNS server. In this example we left this out as many networks are different.


Finally hit apply


Once you have applied the settings your Nano will restart and you can install the Access Point at the Main location where the Main network is.

Nano (Station)

Lets go ahead and open an internet browser.
Navigate to

1Use the following credentials to log in.

Username: UBNT Password: UBNT

Select your Country & Language

Check the radio button to Agree the terms of use as


Once you are loge in navigate to the Network Tab

Use the Following settings

Wireless Mode: Station
WDS : Enabled
Security : WPA2-AES
Preshared KEY: UBNT2014


Navigate to Network

Use the Following settings

Network Mode: Bridge

Static Ip

Match your Gateway as well as the DNS server in this example we left this out as many networks are different.

5-STNavigate to the Ubiquity tab

Make sure to match these settings and hit apply .


Once you have completed both Nanos you can install them making sure that they both have line of sight between the devices, some minor adjustments can be done to ensure a good connection.

The Nano’s will lock onto the network by themselves or you can click on the SELECT button this will open up a tab that will display any Access Points in the area select the correct one and lock onto it.


If you wish to use the same settings as this tutorial you can download the configuration files here Configuration files- Nano M5. Download them onto your computer’s Desktop

There is a READ ME File which has the Configuration information that was changed on the two Nano Station locos

Once you have completed setting up your Point to Point Bridge we can focus on the location.

Once you have Downloaded the zip file go ahead and unzip it with your favorite extracting software like Zipeg  (Macintosh) or Winrar (Windows) Linux (Archive Manager)

Troubleshooting: How To Reset your Nano Station M5


In this illustration you can see that the Nano (Access Point) is in line of sight with the Nano (Station) that has an IP camera connected to it.



The Connections are simple

Site Side

  1. Connect the camera that you need to add into your Main network onto its own PoE Switch “POE Port”
  2. Attach the “LAN” Cable on the single port PoE switch to the “LAN” on the PoE switch from the Nano (Site)
  3. Attach the “PoE” Cable to the Nano Station “LAN” port.

Main Side

  1. Connect the Nano Station to its PoE switch  (“LAN” to “PoE”)
  2. Attach an Ethernet cable from your Router LAN port to the “LAN” port located on the Nano stations PoE switch.

*NVR connections are simple simply attach your NVR to the Router  by attaching a cable in between the LAN port on the NVR to the LAN port of your router.

Mounting Options:

The Nanos come already designed to be attached to a pole, there is a supplied Nylon Zip Ties.

nano Station contents

nano installed on pole building

The above illustration shows a nano installed using a tilt bracket .

This bracket is used to better position the Nano so that the bridge can be successful as both nanao’s need to be in line of sight.


Troubleshooting Tips:

If you have successfully connected all of the devices and you cannot seem to ping your camera on any device on the Station side, make sure that the WDS is enabled in both the AP and Station.

If signal is poor you can use the AirView Application to check your signals. If you are not that tech savvy you can use the Signal bars behind the units or simply log in to both and tweak your nano’s position.

Once you have completed mounting your camera and Nano stations as well as configuring your Nano’s, your system should be up and running. If you need to learn how to setup your DVR, see setup up your NVR

Also, to view your cameras outside your network, some port forwarding is needed. Since this is something that manufactures manage differently here is a link where you can search your Router’s make and model and find the correct way to complete this task. Ports that need to be opened are 37777,37778 and HTTP ports

You can also read this article

Basic Port Forwarding for the DVR & NVR

Our tech gurus can help you with this task as well. Never hesitate to give us a call and ask for any advice or help you with your system.