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Have More Peace of Mind with a Surveillance System

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Monday, June 29th, 2015


Do you want to gain more peace of mind while you’re at home or away? Then, now is a great time to start considering a surveillance system!

Naturally, when many people first think about this sort of project, the very thought of having to make holes in your home to run wiring for a security camera system might seem like it’s too much to learn about or maybe it seems too expensive. But, times have changed since security cameras were first available to the public, and with the right information, tools and products it can actually turn out to be a very rewarding project for the safety and security of your family.

To start off, I would recommend that you locate areas up high near your roof where there is an overhang. This will be ideal for your cameras because it will protect them from all of what mother nature dishes out. When you choose this location for your cameras, it will give you a great viewing coverage for your security cameras and also help to eliminate the possibility of anyone trying to vandalize your new surveillance system.

One great reason for the roof being the best possible location for security cameras is there is normally a separation big enough for cables to be run through which means you don’t have to drill any more holes than is really necessary. Another reason is that with the cameras up high, you have a much better view and coverage for each camera.

After you have located an optimal location for your cameras, and after you have them situated, you will want to make sure that each camera gives you the best viewing coverage of the area they are located. There are Closed Circuit Television software available which will really assist when it comes to determining the proper setup and installation of your cameras. There are even free versions available to you that you can do a lot with. If you plan out the installation of your new security camera system it will ultimately save you a lot of time and frustration as well as make the end result be more of what you were wanting and expecting.

There is another thing that is very important to consider when choosing the right equipment for your new security camera system and that is the Cabling. The best idea is to use the industry standard which is RG59 Siamese cable. This cable has been widely used for the installation of CCTV systems. The RG59 cable has one video cable and one power cable (a positive and a negative) which is what gives it the name Siamese.

At this point you will have an idea of where to run your cables from the outside in. More often than not, your home will have some sort of attic or crawl space which is a great location to run your RG59 cables.

Once you have the location figured out you will also need to designate where the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) will be located and this is also where your monitor will go. The DVR is another very important item that you will need to do your research on when it comes to Analog or Digital. This will be determined with the kind of cameras that you plan on using, and also the type of recording and quality that you want achieve with your new system.

Once you have all of this groundwork laid out it is now time to start bringing the cables into this room. If your cables already have BNC connectors attached to them you are ready to connect it directly to your new video recorder. If the cables didn’t come with connections already in place it’s fairly simple to learn how you can connect them on your own.

So now when choosing the power options for your new system you have a few options available to you.  There are options which make the install very clean looking or options that seem to have a little more wires which could provide more options later on if you chose to add on to your system later on. A great method is to get a power supply box and then plug all of the power lines into here which makes it great because now you’d only have one line needing to go to an outlet, which makes for a much cleaner looking installation as well. Do not forget about your monitor which will need power as well. Once you have completed this task the next thing to do would be to power up these components.

Utilizing a power supply box as mentioned above can save you in the long run a lot of time and possible frustration, because all of your power is centralized to only one outlet versus many. And, if there was an issue it is easier and quicker to diagnose and correct the issue.

If you now have your cabling run and the power connected you can power up your monitor and DVR and start playing around with the many functions and options available to you. One of the best options is being able to set your DVR to start recording when it detects motion, which can save you valuable recording space on your hard drive(s). You can also set up your recorder to continuously record during specific times of the day or night, and most DVRs have the ability to send you email or text message alerts when it detects motion. There are Apps available to you that make most all of these options simple and easy for you.

These days most people have smartphones, a computer or a laptop which makes it easy for you to be able to remotely view your new camera system from anywhere in the world that your phone or computer has an internet connection.

This makes for a better vacation away from home with the family or if you have to be away on business, but your family is at home. You now have more peace of mind being able to remotely view your new security camera system from anywhere.

If installing your own security camera surveillance system is not for you, then hire a professional. You can find out more about our professional security camera installations here.


How to view your surveillance system over multiple TV’s

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Man Watching Security System

So you got yourself a Security Camera System and you have your DVR setup either in your bedroom or in the garage and every time you have company or hear a noise outside your home you have to pull out that mobile device and run an application or go where your DVR is located to view those cameras, Here is the solution to that problem so you can view these cameras in all your TV’s just by going to a specific channel on any TV in your home, now you aren’t going to have the ability to change any settings but having the image in all your TV’s gives you peace of mind and it’s a simple shortcut that saves time since you aren’t going to have access to your mobile phone at all times or have the ability to go to the DVR’s monitor. You can also view it in your kitchen while you are cooking as long as the TV is connected to the same system either on a satellite system or a cable system.

What you will need

Satellite TV System

  • Perfect Vision PVDP2 Diplexer Dual Satellite Dish TV Antenna Combiner (PVDP2) Note* Any Satellite Diplexer should work, Perfect Vision Diplexer is prefered
  • Any RF Modulator
  • BNC to Video connector

Cable TV System

  • Any RF Modulator
  • BNC to Video connector

Adapter (Optional)

  • “Y” RCA Splitter / Adapter RCA Splitter

Quick links:

Setting up your Satellite TV System

Note* this is for Dish Network System. Some Satellite systems have a switch that has an Antenna input if you are able to provide power and install the RF modulator in a weatherproof box you can do so without the need to add 2x Diplexers for each TV. Consult with your system manual. Illustration 6 shows this type of connection.

Sample system is a Dish Network System (Dual Tuner receiver with agile modulated output) Notice this system serves 2 TV’s.

Back of Dish Network Receiver


Find the lines that come from the LNB to the satellite receiver. NOTE* many of these have a switch connected from the Dish LNB that goes to all the splitters or diplexers .

Tap into the line that goes from the Satellite Switch in this case a Dp Plus 44 Switch see Illustration 1, without the Dp Switch see Illustration 2, it is the purple line marked SAT. Connect the sat cable “purple line in illustration” into line in, then the other side of this cable connect the line into the sat in/out. Make sure these connections are like the ones in illustration 3, there is a current going through this line and it could backfeed into the RF Modulator causing it to malfunction or in worst case scenario rendering the RF Modulator useless as it would burn up the internal components.

Illustration 1: With a DP Switch

DP switch

Illustration 2: Without a DP Switch


Illustration 3: Rf Modulator to Diplexer

RF Modulator to Diplexer

Illustration 3 shows the connection required from the RF Modulator to the diplexer which is injecting an RF Signal to the existing line.

Setting up your Adapter

Adapter is optional and it will only work in single channel mode, meaning one channel has to be in full screen for that one channel Adapter to work unless the Adapter is tapped from the microphone to the DVR using a ”Y” splitter Adapter cable. No Adapter connection is needed at the receiver end since it will be added to the RF Signal . See Illustration 4 for the cable needed.

Illustration 4

audio adapter

Illustration 5

connections to dish receiver

Connecting the Satellite Receiver is very simple, on Illustration 5 connect SAT Cable from the first diplexer we already installed to the top in/out ‘A” on the diplexer after that connection is made connect the antenna to the TV in/out on the diplexer “C” and finally connect “B” Sat in/out to the Sat in on the Satellite receiver.

Once you have done this you are done when it comes to making all connections the rest is done via the on screen settings in your receiver.

Searching for your local channels after the connections are made

Power up your Satellite Receiver and go to the Menu by pressing the menu button in your remote then select option 6 which is “System Setup” , go to option 8 “local Channels” on the new window select local channels , select “Scan Locals” your receiver will now scan your local channels , the local channels that the receiver found will not be displayed on the left of the screen. You can highlight each channels to see the channel strength after that you can hit “DONE”, then you can press “CANCEL” twice to exit the menu, finally go into your guide and search the channel that the RF Modulator is on, Channel 65 or a channel that is not being used by any station is required since those channels will cause interference.

Once you have selected the channel in your RF Modulator and tuned into the same channel in your TV you should see all your cameras in that channel as well as Adapter only if you have installed the optional Adapter splitter or selected the Adapter out from your DVR.

*Illustration 6: Satellite Switch with Antenna in

Satellite Switch with Antenna in

Setting up your Cable TV System

Setting up your Cable TV system is much easier than setting up a satellite system with your DVR and RF Modulator.

The system we will be installing this RF Modulator will be a Comcast system with internet.

Some Not So Obvious Things to Consider, When Choosing a Security Camera System

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Covert or Overt?

governmental, personal and commercial security
When it comes to governmental, personal and commercial security, one might wonder, is it better to be Covert or Overt.
In other words is it better for a cop to sit hidden on the side of the road waiting to catch someone speeding, or would it be more advantageous to wait in plain sight, sporting a bright orange police car that could be seen from miles away?

Is it better to catch a person who committed a crime or prevent the crime from happening in the first place?


  1. Not openly acknowledged or displayed.
    “covert operations against the dictatorship”
    synonyms: secret, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, stealthy, cloak-and-dagger,hole-and-corner, backstairs, backroom, hidden, under-the-table,concealed, private, undercover, underground;


  1. Done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden.
    “an overt act of aggression”
    synonyms: undisguised, unconcealed, plain (to see), clear, apparent, conspicuous, obvious, noticeable, manifest, patent, open, blatant;

camo bullet security camera

This is something you might want to consider when choosing your CCTV security system and cameras.

Do you want the cameras to be noticeable? That might make potential criminals think twice and hopefully deter them compliably before even committing a crime?

Do you want your cameras to be inconspicuous or even totally hidden?

scary cam bot
There are arguments for both, but it really depends on what you are trying to achieve.

Many people like for their security cameras to be very visible or overt. They believe that the noticeable presents of the cameras, is the first level of their security system, and will aid in preventing a possible theft or vandalism.

Although there are many styles of cameras available today, some people prefer to choose cameras with a very “Traditional Security Camera” look. This is usually a good option for retail stores or marketplace type businesses.

A good example of an overt security camera is the OB-EF700IR100L2812D-W Varifocal Bullet Security Camera sold by

On the other hand there are people who are not only concerned with security, but the aesthetics of the cameras. This may be the case if you are a home owner or the proprietor of a business that caters to luxury, like a fancy boutique or restaurant.

In cases like this one may choose a more sleek and covert security camera like the 1.3 Megapixel IP Network Indoor Dome by Tech Pro Security Products.

Another situation may be when you are not necessarily trying to prevent a crime, but one where you absolutely want to catch someone RED handed. Maybe that sneaky babysitter or catching you’re cheating husband! If so you might need a hidden security camera. These are cameras that are totally hidden from view or disguised as other items completely.

Popular models may look like, smoke detectors, motion detectors or even a stuffed animal like the popular, teddy bear security camera. Here are a few more that you might find interesting.

Should You Just Fake It?

lego security camera housing
Maybe you are the type of person that feels a deterrent is good enough, or you just don’t have the cash for a full blown security system. Don’t fret, you have another option. You can get fake or dummy security cameras.

At first you might think this is a ridiculous idea, but think about it. You could give the appearance of being protected by security cameras, for a fraction of what it would cost for a full (working) security system. On top of that, installation is a snap.


  1. a thing that is not genuine; a forgery or sham.
    “the painting was a fake”

    synonyms: forgery, counterfeit, copy, pirate(d) copy, sham, fraud, hoax, imitation, mock-up, dummy, reproduction;

Should I Hide My DVR or Even Lock It Up?

Another thing you might want to think about is the placement of your DVR (digital video recorder) or NVR (network video recorder).
Most people might say, that’s easy, I will just put it near the rest of my electronics or in a place that is easily accessible.

lockdown security DVR

If you using your cameras to keep an eye on the kids, or see who’s at the front door, that might be fine. But think about this, what good is catching a thief on camera if he decides to steal your DVR/NVR along with your brand new, 60″ LED smart TV? No recorder, no way to review the recorder video.

For this reason many people prefer to keep their recorder in an inconspicuous place, like in a bedroom closet on the top self. Another option is to use a lockbox. DVR or NVR lockboxes are exactly that, a metal box that encases your recorder. They can be locked and permanently mounted. This will ensure that the recorder cannot be easily stolen or tampered with. Both the lockboxes and mounting brackets can be found on

How will I view my Live or Recorded Video?

Many of the newer model recorders have VGA, HDMI and BNC video outputs built-in. You can simply hook up a monitor directly to the unit as you would any standard computer or laptop.

As a matter of fact this is the most common method used for the initial setup of the recorder. Once the setup is complete, you may want to leave the monitor connected. Then you will just manage the recorder or view your live or recorded video directly at the unit.

If your recorder has a network card and supports remote viewing, you can also disconnect the monitor and view or manage it remotely. All TechPro Security Products DVRs and NVRs have several options for remote viewing.

These options include using a web browser on your computer or laptop, as well as being able to use mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets.


As you can see when choosing a security camera system, there are several factors to consider beyond just the basics. With a little extra thought and planning, you will be sure to choose a solution that will fit your needs for the long term.

If you would like more information about anything discussed in this article, please visit the “CCTV Learning Center” at


Security Camera CCD

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

We are asked quite often about the security camera CCD (Charged Coupled Device) and the CMOS or Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor.  In the following article we’ll discuss how a digital video system actually works and what importance a security camera CCD has within this system.

First let’s describe a digital video security and surveillance system.  It normally consists of three components; the camera(s), the Digital Video Recorder, and a monitor(s).  The camera’s function in this system is to capture a video image created by light reflectance and transform it into an electronic image based on electricity.  Both live and recorded material is played back by the DVR and may be seen by watching the monitor.

So now that we have a general idea of what each component does, let’s talk specifically about the camera and the security camera CCD.

A digital video camera works by using a combination of mechanical (lenses) and electronic (Integrated Circuit or IC chips and printed boards).  Whatever direction the camera may be pointed in, the area that you will see as a point of view from the camera is called the camera’s field of view.  The field of view is the specific area that will constitute the video image.

The field of view can be made larger or smaller depending on the focal length of the lens.  A standard lens has one focal length and therefore on field of view.  Varifocal lenses can vary their focal length (either manually or remotely).  The field of view contains objects that reflect light.  This reflected light is captured by the lens and when in focus, the lens focuses the reflected light on a sensor chip which is usually only 1/4 to 1/3 inches square.

This sensor chip, in our case, is the security camera CCD.  As the focused light strikes the security camera CCD, tiny pixels on the sensor emit a very small but measurable electric impulse.  Their may be more than one CCD and their maybe the use of one or more filters involved as well.

Once the light strikes the security camera CCD, the CCD gives off it’s electrical pulses and this are measured and interpreted by the analog to digital processor IC chip.  This is when the video image becomes digital.  As the processing continues in the camera, the camera’s Digital Signal Processor or DSP, in essence another IC chip, makes adjustments to brightness, color intensity, contrast, etc. to make sure the video image is of the highest quality.

Once the video image information, now binary or digital data is sent to the DVR the DVR stores it or plays it live.  Either the camera or the DVR compiles the binary data and creates a digital video file out of it.   These digital video files are the same type of digital video files that can be watched on a personal computer.

The security camera CCD (and the CMOS) has a unique feature about it that makes it even more versatile.  The CCD inherently can also create video images using on infrared light.  Infrared light is invisible to the human eye, so this makes for a very powerful, useful security device.  Most night time infrared cameras have an array of Infrared producing Light Emitting Diodes or IR LEDs that are arranged around the lens of the camera.   The human eye cannot see their light, but to the CCD, they work like using a floodlight.

In addition to the array of LED’s around the camera lens, IR LED illuminators may also be used.   Illuminators are just a group of more IR LEDs to add more light to the picture.  Some illuminators boast IR ranges of as much as 300 feet when using the illuminator along with the camera’s own lights.

Incidentally, since this type of video construction is done with only IR light, the image will be in either black and white or monochromatic.  But very seldom will the detail or resolution degrade so the IR video image is as good of quality as the day time color versions.

Security Camera King has a large variety of security camera CCD cameras and systems.  Be sure to check the “Specification” tab when looking at a camera that you may be considering to purchase to make sure that the camera gets the proper night time range that you will need.


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.