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CCTV FAQ Part 2

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014
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Learning about our DVR’s can help you better understand them and allow you to do the more advanced functions, but first you need to learn the basics. Not just the basics but also things that can make setting up the DVR an easier process. This CCTV FAQ is a continuation of last months article that will further explain these functions in detail. This article will go through basic functions like creating a new user and adding an IP camera, to more advanced functions like changing the IP of a camera and enabling tour. This article can be very useful for Dealers, Installers, and the average consumer. It helps explain simple tasks that you could only learn by earthier digging through the User Manual or through experience of using the device.

1. How to create a new user and apply permissions.

With surveillance equipment it is best to know who is accessing your system and who can access it. Creating different users with different permissions will help prevent any tampering and will help narrow down what people are using the device for. To start, the DVR comes with Users built in that can be used but the best thing to do is to start fresh and create all new users with the permissions that you want them to have. The way you do this is by going to Main Menu>Settings, and then Users. In this area you will see the different users on your DVR and by default there should be 4. To add a new one you just click Add User. Here you enter the users Name and Password as well as what group you want to place him under. These groups give predetermined permissions that can be useful if you set up the proper group. If you want to manually adjust a user’s permissions you can do that below. After you are satisfied with that specific user you can click save. If you want multiple users with the same permissions without have to adjust each one you can create a group. After you create a user account for everyone who will be accessing your DVR you can track and log all activity that is happening in realtime.

2. How to setup an IP camera to transmit snapshots to a FTP server.

Having IP cameras allow you to not only record to a NVR but it also allows you to record to a local or remote server. This allows you to use the camera as a standalone unit or to create off-site storage for extra security. It gives you the feature for when there is any motion on the camera it will upload a small clip or a snapshot to your FTP server. For this article I will be referencing the IPOD-EL1MPIR50. To start you need to log into the camera’s web service through Internet Explorer with its default IP 192.168.1.108 username: admin Password: admin. Once logged in you go to Setup>Camera>Video, and then Snapshot. There is a drop down menu next to Interval that will allow you to make the camera take snapshots every 1 to 7 seconds. On this page you can also adjust the quality of the snapshots. Just make sure you click Save at the bottom of the page to apply any changes you have made. After that you need to set up which days and time periods for the snapshots. On the Menu bar to the left click Storage>Schedule, and then snapshot schedule. Click the the setup button on the top right of the time bar and here you will be able to adjust those settings. Choose what days you want to have this feature set for and if you want it for everyday just click Select All on the upper left corner. If you want it based off motion you can just click save but if you want 24 hour then to the right of Period 1 click General.

Now that we have that set up we can configure the settings for connecting to the FTP server. Under Storage on the menu on the left click on Destination. Make sure that your in the Path tab located on the top. Under snapshot on the right side of the screen make sure that the Schedule box is the only one selected and then hit Save. Next select the FTP tab on the top of the screen so we can adjust the settings. To start, Server IP is where you enter the IP address of your FTP server that you are going to be connected to. If you are connecting from outside your network you are going to use your outside IP that your modem is using. Next Port is where you enter your listening port which is usually by default 21. Under username enter the username that is created on you FTP server. Then enter your password that correlates with that username. Last, under Remote Directory this is going to be the name of the folder the snapshots will be stored in on your server. As soon as you complete this step and it’s done correctly, your camera will start to transmit the snapshots to your FTP server. Based on how you set the time interval and whether you have it on motion or 24 hour.

This article was created to help people understand their DVR’s, NVR’s and cameras better so you can do more with your system without having to search through the whole manual to find or call tech support and take more time out of your day. We provide our technology to help make your lives easier, not more confusing. This is the one of multiple FAQ articles that will help you understand the basics of your devices. If you have a more complex problem please call our tech support line for further explanation at 866-573-8878.

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Simple CCTV FAQ’s

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Learning about our DVR’s can help you better understand them and allow you to do the more advanced functions, but first you need to learn the basics. Not just the basics but also things that can make setting up the DVR an easier process. This article will go through basic functions like creating a new user and adding an IP camera, to more advanced functions like changing the IP of a camera and enabling tour. This article can be very useful for CCTV Dealers, Installers, and the average consumer. It helps explain simple tasks that you could only learn by digging through the User Manual or through experience of using the device.

1. Why does a DVR beep when I turn it on and how to make it stop?

The DVR has a built in speaker that emits a sound when there is an error or when it does a simple start-up. Every DVR emits a single beep when the unit does a complete start-up test and the single beep is the DVR’s way of sayings that is ready to go. There is no way of turning that sound off. Now when there is no Hard Drive or when the Hard Drive gives you an error of some sort, the DVR will start with the single beep and then also emit a short and long beep. If you want the sound to stop then you need to either press the power button 3 times or navigate trough the settings to release the alarm for the start up or turn the alarm off completely for future start-ups. To adjust it through the settings you need to go to Menu>Advanced>HDD Setting, and then hit Alarm Release; this will shut the alarm off until you restart. To shut the alarm off completely you need to go to Menu> Advanced>Abnormality, and choose to shut off alarm when there is no Hard Drive. In this menu you can also shut off other alarms.

2. How to change the IP address of a DVR/NVR and an IP Camera

Using Ethernet cables an IP Address (Internet Protocol) are how devices communicate over a network; All of our DVR/NVR’s and IP cameras work the same. Most of our IP cameras and DVR/NVR’s by default have an assigned static IP address but to use more than one device on the same network you need to adjust the IP address for each camera. To change the IP of a DVR (from the DVR) you have to go to the Main Menu>Settings, and Network. From here you can change the IP address of the Unit and specify what ports you want to use to remote in from outside the network. When choosing an IP address make sure you put the correct Subnet and Gateway. Also make sure the correct IP scheme is used for your network (192.168.1.x or 10.0.1.x). To adjust the IP of a camera you can use the Configuration tool that is provided in the CD that comes with the camera. Start the config tool and hit the refresh button to search for the camera (the default address is usually 192.168.1.108). Once found double click it and log in using the default password “admin”. You can quickly change the IP of the camera and continue to do it for every camera you add on. Just make sure you only plug one camera in at a time or you will get a IP conflict.

3. How to change the resolution of the Camera

There are many different cameras that we sell that work at different resolutions. Most of them you can adjust using your DVR but when it comes to IP, the camera does all of the work. To adjust the resolution of an analog camera you need to go to the DVR and navigate to Main Menu>Settings, and then encoding. In this menu you can not only change the resolution but also change the amount of frames, the bit rate, and change the extra stream. The reason for changing your resolution is because not all DVR’s can record at max resolution and a high frame rate. Most analog DVR’s tell you how many frames you can have per channel at max resolution. For example, out DVR-LT16480MHD can handle 16 cameras at 30 frames per second at D1 resolution and our DVR-EL16480ME can only handle 16 cameras at 7 frames per second at D1 resolution. With IP cameras the encoding is done in the camera and the NVR is just the storage. The NVR’s do have a max bandwidth they can receive so when connecting cameras to the NVR you have to do some calculations to figure out what resolution to set the camera to. You can set the resolution of the camera on though it’s own web service but for this article I will explain how to do it thought the NVR. Once you connect the camera to the NVR you can go to the Main Menu>Settings, and then Encode. From here you can adjust the resolution, frames per second, Bit Rate, and the Extra Stream for remote viewing. When calculating the resolution for all the cameras you connect to you NVR you also need to consider the Bit Rate. Doing so will help you apply more cameras to the NVR without taking to much from the picture.

This article was created to help people understand there DVR’s, NVR’s AND cameras better so you can do more with your system without having to search through the whole manual to find or call tech support and take more time out of your day. We sell our technology to help make your lives easier, not more confusing. This is the first of multiple FAQ articles that will help you understand the basics of your devices. If you have a more complex problem please call out tech support line for further explanation at 866-573-8878.

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How to connect an Onvif Camera on our Techpro Security NVR

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Monday, April 28th, 2014
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Configure and connect an Onvif Camera

As the evolution of Security IP devices grow tremendously over the past few years, a group of well know companies decided to create a protocol that will be used on a variety of applications to interconnect IP devices with Network Video recorders.

Additional companies have become members of this platform to facilitate the integration of their devices with other manufacturers.

Some Manufacturers have successfully integrated this platform so well that their devices perform close if not the same as there own brand.

Like any technology, Onvif have limitations when it comes to features. Some IP camera products will not be able to fully integrate all of the common features of a Megapixel Camera, such as being able to overlay camera name, the ability to change encoding features such as resolution or even frames per second. Some others will fully integrate, including the ability to detect motion.

Today I will be demonstrating our new line of Onvif Cameras and how to configure and integrate with our NVRs. For this demonstration I will be using an NVR-ELT-4 and an IPOB-LX2MPIR150L2812.

Preparing the camera

All of our LX Series IP cameras come with a default IP of 192.168.1.168, so we need to ensure we can access the camera first using a computer.

Connect your camera to a POE switch or connect a 12v DC power supply in the camera and make sure you have an Ethernet cable connected in your router or switch.

Download the following tool to find the camera on the network: http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/downloads/?wpdmdl=134&ind=0Open the Search Tool and click on Search. Remember to connect ONE camera at the time.

Search

Select the resultant IP address and assign a new IP address to the camera. Make sure you configure this with an IP address that is not being used in your network. To learn how to do this, follow these simple steps in this article: http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/how-to-configure-your-dvr-for-remote-access/

Preparing your PC to access the camera

 Before we connect to the camera, we need to allow a pluggin file to be installed in our computer. To do so you will need to go to Control Panel>Internet Options>Security>Customer Level and select the option “Prompt” under “Download unsigned ActiveX controls”. For this demonstration I will leave the default IP address of the camera intact and proceed to access the web interface.

Open up your browser and type the IP address of the camera, in my case is 192.168.1.168; the resultant web interface will be shown below:

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Click on Download to install the pluggin. When done, refresh your page then install and allow the ActiveX file in your PC.

After the ActiveX has been installed successfully it is time to login to the camera and begin configuring some essential settings that will allow this camera to record based on motion. The default username and password is admin and the login page will be displayed as follows:

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Go to Camera Settings to adjust resolution, bit rate and stream of each camera as shown in the figure below:

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Next go to Alarm Settings to enable motion detection on the camera. Click on the checkbox next to “Enable Alarm” and “Motion Detection”and cane the alarm Duration to 10 Seconds. This option is to adjust how long is the camera detecting motion when a motion event occurs. Click OK when Done.

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Click on Motion Detect Option and click on “Select All”. Next change the sensitivity to “HIGH, MEDIUM or LOW” depending of how sensitive you want the camera to be. When done click the OK button. Note: motion recording needs to be tweaked in order to find the optimal detection trigger. One of the common options to change is sensitivity and region.

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Our next and last step will be to connect the camera to the NVR. As you might know all of our DVRs and NVRs have a default IP address of 192.168.1.108. Assuming your network falls in that range the next steps is been able to access the unit from your PC.

Make sure your NVR is connected to the network with an Ethernet cable, and connected to your router.

Open Internet Explorer and begin typing the default IP address of the NVR, in this case the default IP is 192.168.1.108. You will be prompt to install ActiveX Files for the NVR as well.

After you have installed all of the necessary plugins then logging to the NVR and click “Set”. The screen shot will show you a sample of the buttons to press:

Device Search SelectDevice Search Select

Next, Click Add to connect the camera to the NVR.  After the camera has been added, wait a few seconds for the camera to successfully establish the connections stream. You can now click on “Preview” and click on the channel where the camera is connected.

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The last step is to configure your NVR Schedule to record base on motion. To do so go to Set>Storage>Schedule. Click on Set and select Motion under Period 1 and select all to record motion every day of the week. Click on Save, Copy and select All to copy all of these settings to all of the channels.

Schedule

Remember to save all of the settings when you finish. If you have follow all of these steps  you have successfully configured your LX IP Series Camera to record based on motion. Below is a quick video demonstrating how to setup and connect the camera to the NVR:

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How to Connect IP Cameras to an NVR

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Configuring a Network Video Recorder 101

Many times I have been asked what is the proper way to configure an NVR and cameras. In this article I will describe the recommended settings you should have in your NVR and cameras. For this scenario I will be working with an NVR-16 Mini and our IPOB-EL1MPIR50 IP Cameras.

If this is the first time you are working with an NVR and IP cameras you might have to know a little bit about your network structure and how is everything connected. The typical structure is shown in the picture:

LAN

Now what we need to do is connect the NVR to a monitor either using a VGA cable or HDMI, also connect the Ethernet cable to your router and the NVR Ethernet jack and begin to power up the unit.

Examples of cable monitor and TV inputs:

HDMI CableVGA Cable
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After the unit boots up, you can see the main interface of the NVR and a pop-up menu will appear on the screen showing you the Startup Wizard. You can use the Wizard to set the main features on this unit, but for this Demo I will skip these steps and hit cancel.

Login to the NVR by using any of the administrative usernames built in the unit. You can use the “admin” username and the password “admin” to get to the Main Menu.

In this Menu you will find many features. We will start by setting up the correct day and time in the unit based on your time zone.

NVR screen General

Next we will be going to the network section. To get there, click on SETTING>NETWORK. In here you can modify your IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway etc. We are going to click on “DHCP” option to get an IP address automatically from your router; therefore you don’t have to figure out what network scheme your router is setup to. Click on save and reboot the NVR. This method is the quickest way to get an IP from your Router without going to a computer. Once we get an IP address then we need to go back to the network settings of the NVR and turn OFF DHCP by simply uncheck the option next to the word DHCP. Make sure you write down the IP address of the NVR, so later on you can access the WEB SERVICE of the unit from your PC.

The next option is the SCHEDULE. This is going to be crucial because this is how the NVR will be recording and how frequently will do so. I recommend configuring it to motion detection, so the NVR and cameras will only record when there is an object in front of the cameras. This way the hard drive of the NVR will not fill up as quickly as it would if the unit was configured to record 24/7 non-stop.

NVR schedule screenshot

These are all of the essential settings you will need to setup your NVR. Now let us start configuring the megapixel cameras. I will always rather configure one camera first, then export the configurations of my settings to a file then later on I can import them to a new camera, this way the configuration time will be reduced and all my cameras will be configured the same way. This method is ideal when using the same camera model; otherwise you will need to export the settings of those cameras that are different model numbers.

To start this process I recommended to connect one camera at the time, due to the fact that we are dealing with IP devices and most likely all of the cameras will be set with the same default IP address of 192.168.1.108.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the different kinds of IP ranges on a given network, you might need to assign a static private IP address on each camera to make sure they will not conflict to another device in the network.
You can use our Configuration Tool in this link http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/downloads/?category=tools-and-software-downloads to find the cameras in your network and assign the desire Static IP address.

Here is a snapshot of the configuration tool:

ConfigTool

CAMERA CONFIGURATION PROCESS

Now that we have assigned an IP address in the camera, it is time to access the camera settings and features. To do so, you will need to open Internet Explorer and begin to set up some of the features of the browser.

Click on this link http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/forum/remote-viewing-software/web-service/ to follow step by step of how to setup this feature.

Type the IP Address of the camera on the address bar of your browser to access the web service, once the web service comes up input the username and password. The default username and password for our cameras is “admin”.

After accessing the camera make sure the ActiveX files are installed, they will be needed to access and configure Video resolutions, Schedule, etc.

On the left side of the camera settings go to conditions to adjust the brightness, contrast, HUE etc. I normally leave these settings alone and just change them depending of the environment.

Web Service Conditions

Click on video to configure the resolution of the camera, Frames per second, Encoding, etc.

This part of the settings is crucial because it has to do with the recording resolution.
Notice that you have two columns, one labels Main Stream and the other Sub Stream. In a nutshell this is referring to recording streaming and viewing streaming. The Main Stream settings will affect how the camera sends the image to the NVR over the network, among other things it will also affect recording quality and how many FPS (Frames per Second) your NVR will be able to use as each camera gets added to each of the NVR Channels.
NOTE: NVRs and DVR have a maximum amount of cameras and FPS that they can handle. In the case of NVRs, they are restricted to an amount of FPS based on the video resolution your IP cameras are configured.

Web Service Video

To understand this Frame restriction, refer to the following charts based on a 16CH NVR:

ADDING 16 CAMERAS

ADDING 8 CAMERAS

ADDING 4 CAMERAS

16 cameras

You can see the FPS increases or decreases based on the amount of cameras you add to the NVR. The math is simple, it is FPS / Camera amount = Max FPS per camera.

8 cameras
4 cameras

Once you have decided how many cameras you will be adding to the NVR, it is important to configure the correct FPS, Bit Rate Type and Bit Rate. For the Bit Rate Type I recommend “CBR” (Constant Bit Rate) instead of “VBR” (Variable Bit Rate), this way the camera will constantly use a predetermine amount of data you set under Bit Rate. The Bit Rate settings will vary depending of what resolution the camera is configured. For a 1080p resolution I will set the Bit Rate to 2048 (2MB). This amount of data is more than enough to stream one camera at 1080p without loosing pixels.

Next we will set the Sub Stream settings. These settings will not affect recording video quality, instead it will affect the way the video performs over the phone while using our app TechproSS or TechproSS plus. This is mainly just for viewing purposes and should be set to D1 at 10 FPS or 15 FPS. The Bit Rate type is fine if we use CBR, and the Bit Rate can be set anywhere between 250 Mbps to 320Mbps. Also make sure the Enable option for this Stream is enable, otherwise you will not be able to view any kind of video while viewing the cameras over the phone or NVR local Interface.

Under “Code-Stream Type”, click on the Drop Down and choose Motion.

Noticed that the Encode Mode and Resolution are now gray out and this means that you can only change the FPS and Bit Rate to affect how motion events occurs. These settings are ideal when recording based on Motion only, so you can have the Main Stream at a less intense setting and the NVR will record at a higher FPS and resolution when Motion happens due to these settings. Click Save when done.

Web Service Video Motion

Proceed to go to “Event > Video Detect”. In here we can enable the motion detection feature of the camera. Also we can adjust the “Anti-Dither”, this acts like a delay to proven false motion events, The higher the number the higher the delay the camera will react to motion events. Right now I like these settings shown in this picture:

Web Service Video Detect

Next option is the Schedule. Click on “Storage > Schedule” and you can set now Motion recording for every day 24/7. Always remember to save your settings.

Web Service Schedule

We are almost done configuring the camera. The last thing we need to make sure we have correct is the Time Zone and Date and Time, therefore the info will be displayed correctly in the NVR. You can click on “Sync PC” button to get the Time and Date of your PC instead of doing it manually. You can also enable DST to have the camera change its time when daylight saving occurs. Click Save when done.

Web Service General

Click on “Import/Export to export these settings to a file and later one you can Re-Import them to a new camera.

Web Service Import Export

HOW TO ADD THE CAMERAS TO THE NVR

Now for the last step after all of the cameras and NVR are configured, we will need to add the cameras to the channels of the NVR. To me the easiest way to do this is from a PC accessing the NVR over the network.

Open Internet Explorer and begin typing the Internal IP address of the NVR. If you don’t remember what it is, then you can go to MAIN MENU > SETTING > NETWORK and it will be displayed under the IP address field.

After you login to the NVR’s interface, click on CONFIG. On the left panel click on Remote Device and the following interface will display the following options as shown in the example:

Config

In this interface you can click on “Device Search” to find any IP camera in the network and is also possible to use Filter Types to search for a specific type of device, such as DVR’s, NVR’s, Cameras, etc. You can also add the cameras manually if you know their IP address and port. Always remember to save the settings when you are done.

Here is a video demonstration on how to add IP cameras to your NVR

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Security Camera Software

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Security Camera SoftwareSecurity camera software can be though of as the glue that binds together digital video cameras and Personal Computers (PCs) or Macintosh Computers (Macs) as well as Digital Video Recorder (DVR) units for standalone systems.  It’s also the heart of remote DVR monitoring applications (Apps) that allows your smartphone to access your video security system.  In essence, it provides the programming that allows you to control the camera, monitor the camera, record the digital video files, and maintain and control the DVR.

 

There are many types of security camera software.  Perhaps the simplest to use is a typical web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox Mozilla, Google Chrome and others.  For digital video security cameras and DVRs that are IP (Internet Protocol) ready, a web browser may be all that is needed to control, monitor, and record digital video security images.  However, these cameras may also be networked and use a Network Video Recorder or NVR.  If that’s the case, then the software used for the NVR must be considered also.

 

Although it may be difficult to describe what security camera software is we can easily describe what it isn’t.  Security Camera Software is not firmware.  Firmware is basically the drivers and internal commands that a device needs to communicate with processors and other devices.  Firmware is device and manufacturer specific and is usually only updated on a seldom basis.

 

Security camera software is not Operating System (OS) software.  Operating systems like Windows, Linux, Mac, and others provide the basis for central communication between devices, processors, and users.  OS software is what makes a computer system work.  Normally, DVRs and NVRs have OS software like Linux and WIndows 7.

 

So where does that leave us with security camera software?  As stated earlier it could be considered as a web browser, but typically security camera software is specific programming that is designed to operate a digital video security system.  We can list the types of security camera software based on how they are designed to work.  Security camera software can be:

 

  • -Designed to provide the control, monitoring and recording of security cameras and DVRs;
  • -Designed to allow PCs and Macs to provide the control, monitoring, and recording of security cameras when used in conjunction with a security video PCI card;
  • -Designed to provide the control, monitoring and recording of security cameras and DVRs that may be networked using the Internet (IP ready);
  • -As mentioned earlier, designed as Apps for Smartphones to allow them to monitor and control IP ready cameras; and
  • -Designed to integrate a variety of digital video capture devices such as webcams, netcams (or IP ready cams), computer PCI capture cards and computers to create a digital video security system.

 

The first type on our list is software that is normally provided when you purchase a standalone digital video security system with a DVR.  The manufacturer of the DVR or the Cameras (or both) may provide the software that is normally installed on the DVR unit.  This software is used to control camera functions such as Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) functions and timers that turn the cameras on and off.

 

The second type of security camera software on our list works with computers that use a PCI card.  There are some digital video security systems that are specifically designed to work with your computer.  For example Geovision brand PCI DVR cards provide inputs for multiple security cameras that connect to your computer.  This system uses your computer’s hard drive as the DVR.  The software that accompanies this card that allows the computer to control the cameras and store the digital video files is a type of security camera software.

 

Our third type applies specifically to IP ready digital video cameras, DVRs and servers, and systems.  The software is normally produced by the manufacturer of the security system and is designed to allow a computer to control, monitor, and record security video using the network.  As mentioned at the beginning of this article, it may be something as simple as a web browser, but it can also be a proprietary program produced by the security equipment manufacturer that is used to coordinate the video security system’s functions.  These may also be in the form of browser plug-ins such as ActiveX subroutines that must be installed in the browser before it is used with the system.

 

The fourth type of security camera software is Smartphone Apps which we have already described.

 

The fifth and final type of security camera software allows you to use a variety of video capture devices (such as webcams or capture cards) in conjunction with your computer to create your own digital video system.  While this does not create the ideal video security system, it does save money by allowing you to use equipment you have already purchased to create a digital video system.

 

IP Security Camera Software

There are lots of ways to network a digital video security and surveillance camera system.  Thanks to the digital age and the advancements of computer and Internet technology the Internet can be used as a medium for networking, allowing the user to have global access.  This is just one of the functions of Internet Protocol or IP security camera software.

 

IP security camera software may come with a variety of different functions.  For example its primary purpose may be just to make the camera IP ready so that it can transmit its video images over the Internet to the user.   These cameras are often called IP ready security cameras and it allows the user to place a camera just about anywhere there is access to broadband Internet.  The camera then transmits its videos over the Internet to a personal computer that has the IP security camera software installed.

 

This software contains the programming needed to communicate with the IP digital camera.  It normally runs as an active x function on Windows’ Internet Explorer and other browsers so the user can monitor his/her camera simply by using a compatible browser.  If the camera is a Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ camera, the IP security camera software may even provide the necessary programming so that the user can operate the controls to the PTZ via the Browser.

 

Another type of IP security camera software uses the Internet as the vehicle for networking among IP cameras.   In other words, instead of the camera using RG-59 coaxial cable or other wiring to send its video images to the Digital Video Recorder or DVR, the camera simply plugs into a broadband Internet connection and once connected, uses the Internet to send its video image data to the NVR.

 

The NVR acts pretty much like a typical DVR however it is made for networking cameras and storing their video images via the Internet.  Some NVRs require that a certain type or brand of camera be used and some NVRs also restrict the use of the NVR and IP cameras to one physical location.  The NVR coordinates the IP system, including the cameras, file storage, and playback.

 

So why use IP cameras and IP security camera software?  In this age of global communication, many workers perform a great deal of traveling.  Using and IP camera with IP security camera software, it’s possible to monitor your IP cameras in Maine while you are in Hawaii.  You can also often gain access to the cameras using smartphones and a special type of IP security camera software designed specifically for smartphones called an “application” or just simply put, “an app.”

 

Another example for using IP camera systems is that you may have cameras located in totally different geographical areas.  However, you may want to record these cameras from a totally different location (a home office for example).  Perhaps you own 2 or 3 convenient stores in your area and want to be able to monitor them from your home office.  You simply connect the IP camera to the Internet, set up your NVR, and you can monitor all three locations at once from a totally different location than any of your cameras (home office for example).

 

These are just some of the ways that an IP camera system can be used.  If you prefer to take advantage of professional full time monitoring of your cameras IP camera software can also make it possible for the monitoring company to see each of your cameras.

 

Usually, IP security camera software is provided by the camera manufacturer or the NVR manufacturer so you seldom ever need to purchase the software separately.  Security Camera King has another type of IP security camera software called a Mobile Video Server and in comes in 4, 8, and 16 channel capability.

 

This software allows the user to embed a live stream of one or more cameras on a web page.  This means that any Web browser that can play streaming video will be able to view the cameras.  Of course smartphones, PDA’s, and the like will be able to view them too.

 

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