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TechProSS Mobile Setup

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

 Where do I start for remote access to my video security system?

It is important to view your cameras on your phone and tablet so that you can keep an eye on your assets.  Downloading the TechProSS application is the first step in making this a reality.  If you own an iPhone, you need to use the App store or iTunes to download the program to your phone.  There is a TechProSS Lite or TechProSS Plus that you can download for your phone.  Compare the features and see if the $5 one-time fee for TechProSS Plus includes features that you will need compared to the free Techpross Lite version.  The Lite version contains a majority of the features, and most people will not use the additional features.  However, if you want to support the development of a maturing program, the paid version will help out in that respect.  There is an HD version for iPad that fits the bigger screen and higher resolutions.  If you own an Android phone, then you will need to use Google Play to search for TechProSS.  There will also be a lite version, a plus version, and an HD version for the tablets.  Whichever version you choose, they will look and feel the same.  This article is going to focus on the Lite version, which is what most people will install or start with.

The network needs to be set up and port forwarding needs to be done!

If you want to view cameras on your phone, the port forwarding needs to be set up in the router.  Let’s just say for the purpose of an example that your router takes a Gateway address of 192.168.1.1, and your DVR takes the default address of 192.168.1.108.  Make sure that your DVR is set to static and NOT Dynamic / DHCP.  You would then need to forward the default TCP port of 37777 to the IP address of 192.168.1.108.  It is extremely important for the DVR to be on the same network as the Gateway.  How do I know what address my Gateway is located?  Good question!  You can open a DOS box in windows and type “ipconfig” to find your Gateway address.  It will also show the IP address that your computer is connected to the Gateway.  If you have a cable modem at a 10.0.0.1 network, you can then set the IP address of your DVR to 10.0.0.108 for example.  If you need to know if that IP address is available on your network, you can ping 10.0.0.108 using a DOS box terminal window to see if anything responds.  The traffic from the internet needs to go through the router straight to the DVR using the port you specify.

The networking part is done, so let’s move on to the configuration.

devicemanagersmallThe most import part to be aware of is the Register Mode.  P2P is the default, so this must be changed before you get started.  The Register mode that you will use is called IP/Domain because we will enter an IP address or a Domain name.  A Domain name can be any name that points to your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) or Network Video Recorder (NVR), but most people will be using a DDNS or Dynamic Domain Name System.  An IP address is a number that points to your DVR or NVR, but be aware that there are Internal IP addresses and External IP addresses.  My screenshot has an internal IP address so that I can access my DVR on my Wifi.  If you want to access your DVR on your Wifi, you will need to do the same.  You can treat your one DVR as if it is two DVRs so that you can view your cameras internally from within your network and externally from the outside of your network.  The next entry in your Device Manager Setup screen will be Name.  This is a generic term that you name your DVR.  For example, “DVR at Home” is a name for inside the network, and “DVR Away” is a name for away from my home.  Address will be your name or number.  An example could be 192.168.1.182 as a number, or javajeffsdvr.techproddns.com as a name.  The port is going to be 37777, which is the default in the DVR.  Some people have two DVRs, and may set one of them to the recommended 47777.  If you only have one DVR, you will always use 37777 which is different than the 80 TCP or 88 TCP port that you use for Internet Explorer.  Username and Password are easy to understand, but this is where you need to be concerned.  It is very important for you not to use the default admin / admin account.  Create a new admin level account so that you do not lock your only admin account.  The other accounts that come in the DVR are used only at the machine, so you can be away from your DVR and easily be locked out.  You absolute need to make a new admin account, so I would do something like this for my access to my DVR:  jeff / jeff.   This way if I ever lock the account, I can log in using the admin / admin account to reboot the unit or unlock the account that I use daily.  Always create extra accounts for people using the DVR so your only account is not locked from typos and other issues.  Moving on to the streams, the extra stream is the default.  You should not use the high bandwidth stream on your smart phone or tablet.  I only saw one exception to the rule where a person had a 22” android tablet.  If you have an android based computer, I can understand using the Main stream on a big screen like that.  Otherwise, stick with the default lower bandwidth Extra stream for viewing on a smart phone or tablet.

How can I view my cameras in TechProSS mobile software without having to select each camera every time I run the application?

You can add cameras to a favorites group. Once you create a group of cameras, you can then load your group at the Live Preview screen by pressing the star and hitting the play button. You can create many groups and name them what you like so they are easy to find.

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Check out our demonstration videos of our video management apps here.

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Streaming Audio From A Mini Economy Series DVR To TechProSS App!

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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As some of you may know already we offer many different series of DVRs such as the Elite Series, Ultimate Series, etc. The specific unit I will be talking about is our 16 Channel DVR, the DVR-EL16480ME. This DVR is part of the Elite Mini Economy Series. Now, for whom streaming audio is important, there is one minor setback to this particular unit as it can only record one channel of audio. You can only enable audio on Channel 1 and no other channel. Even if you disable audio on channel 1 you cannot enable it on say Channel 2 or 3, ONLY Channel 1. If that does not deter you from this unit, there is a feature that, in my opinion, is pretty neat. You can stream audio from the unit to the TechProSS app on your phone. This way, when you want to log into your DVR from your phone, you can hear the live audio streaming to your device. If you really think about it, this set up will work on most of our DVRs. However I had a customer refer to this unit, so I will use it in my demonstration. Also, other units will be able to record/enable audio on more than one channel, depending on the DVR.

The setup I will use to demonstrate this requires a few things:

  1. DVR-EL16480ME
  2. Analog Camera
  3. BNC Video cable or a Plug and play cable with Audio
  4. 2x RCA-M-BNC-F
  5. 12V2A Power Supply
  6. Microphone
  7. Smart Phone w/ TechProSS App

Given that you have all the necessary equipment, you are ready to set it up and enjoy. The DVR will come with its own power supply in the box, so go ahead and get the unit booted up so you can see the display on your monitor. Next step is to plug your camera in and make sure all is operating smoothly. Remember, the camera you would like to hear the audio on needs to be on Channel 1 with this unit. I will express this again, there is no way to hear audio on any other channel than Channel 1. Once these steps are complete you are ready to hook up the cable for audio.

Let me take a second to explain that the way I am doing this is for testing purposes only. I am using about a 6 foot piece of BNC cable with two RCA-M-BNC-F connectors connected on opposite ends, converting this BNC video cable to an audio cable with RCA adapters on both ends. The ideal way I would do this is to buy the BNC plug and play cables we offer with audio wired in. You will still plug everything in the same place, just the BNC plug and play is more ideal for running cable 100’ or more. This way you don’t need to run a separate cable, it will all be wrapped into one.

Now, your microphone will have two connections on it. There is one female RCA plug and one male 12vDC plug. This is where the 12V2A power supply will come in handy in my situation. In your situation, or any situation where the plug and play is used, you will need a Y-splitter to split the power coming from the 12V power supply, one to the camera and one to the mic. For testing, I will use a separate 12V2A power supply to power the microphone.

In addition, the two RCA-M-BNC-F connectors will turn the BNC video cable into an audio cable. One end plugs into the mic and the other end to the audio input of the DVR. As you see below, this is what the connection should look like with the cable going to the mic and to the audio input on the DVR. You can also see where you connect the 12V to the red connection of the mic.

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Now that all your connections are made, you are ready to set it up at the DVR itself. I will walk you through the steps to configure audio on Channel 1 first, then we will get to the app. Right-click>Main Menu>log in>Go to settings>Encode and make sure Channel 1 is selected. Then make sure that “Audio/Video” is highlighted. This is what enables the audio on Channel 1 and allows the DVR to record it. See picture below. Now that you have that selected, click “Ok” and go to the main screen where you see all 16 channels. Here at this screen you will not hear any audio, that is so you won’t be bothered by the audio all the time while you are viewing multiple cameras. Now, double-click on your Camera 1, you should hear the live audio now. There is another way, if you want to watch all 16 cameras and still hear Channel 1’s audio. Click one time on Channel 1 to select it and you should hear the audio. Thats all she wrote, it was that easy, but now lets get into the app.

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First thing is first, you must download the app. I will be using the free version TechproSS Lite, although you may use either version you prefer. The difference between the two is, the free version you can not view recorded footage and you cannot set push notifications to alert your phone, whereas the version you must pay for can do these things. So once you have downloaded the app, go ahead and open it up. I am using an iPhone 5s, but it is the same for android.

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When you open the app you should see the screen above. To start, we need to add the DVR to your app. At the top left of the screen, click on the four white windows to the left of “Live Preview”. The next screen will be as shown below. Now, click “Device Manager” and that is where the list of your DVRs would be if you had any. Click Add and then Manually Add, unless you are using DDNS. This brings you to the screen where you will add the DVR/NVR. From here, name the DVR, type the IP address of the DVR, leave “Port” at 37777, “Username” admin, “Password” admin (all lower case), and very important make sure the channel amount is accurate or it will not log into your DVR. Once all the correct information is added, you may click save. Now, you will see your DVR named the way you chose under Device Manager.

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Now that you have your DVR added properly you may click back to the menu above. This time you will click on Live Preview and you will see the very first screenshot I showed you of the app above. Go ahead and click the plus sign in Channel 1’s window. It will ask you to select a device, choose your DVR and then choose Channel 1. Given everything is set up properly you should see your camera in the first window. Double click on your live camera and look for the icon that looks like this (below Left). Once you have found it, click on it, it should now look like this. (Below Right).

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That is all, you should now be able to hear live audio streaming to your device. You will be able to hear this audio either on the WiFi or externally. To allow this to work externally, a few things need to be done first. I will be brief on this. First, you must port forward your TCP port within your router (Port: 37777). Once that is done properly (call our tech support line 866.573.8878 they will do this for you if need be), you need to add another device under device manager in the app for the same DVR. Only thing that changes is that you must use your external IP address. Hope this article has been informative, for more help with port forwarding download our free article, “Port Forwarding 101”.

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Smart PSS Features

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Many software developers strive to make improvements to their software to accomplish improved performance, security and even a complete revamp of its interface. In our industry the changes to these type of things happen quite fast, from software management to Web Interface of the recorders and cameras. Today I will be showing you some of the main features of our DVR CMS software called Smart PSS (AKA new Pro Surveillance System)

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This complete software has been quite redesigned and its interface is fresh and easy to navigate. First I will explain some of the main icons and some features I find the most important in this software from connecting the CCTV recorder, creating groups, and scheduling tasks to navigating through some of the tabs.

Main Interface

There are 3 main sections in the software. They are divided as follows:

BASIC: In this section of the software you will find 4 icons: these are Live View, Playback, Alarm and Log.

ADVANCE: In this section of the software you will find 3 icons: Video Wall, E-Map and Display

SETTINGS:  In this last section you will see options such as Devices, Device SFG, Alarm CFG, PC NVR, Video Wall, Account and General.

The Live View basically is where you will stream and view your live video. In here you can stream one or multiple cameras. This section also provides different Layouts in which you can select as your main layout to view your cameras.

Layouts

In the layout section you can configure a multitude of camera views from 1 view window to 64 View window. Also you can make your own layouts. Beside the layouts, you can configure the aspect ratio of the windows, from Original, to 4:3, 16:9 or 9:64.

The next option will be to make the live preview Full Screen so no menus show up. To bring the program and features back, simply right click with your mouse, or simply click the Esc button in your keyboard.

This first section also provides playback footage functionality. In here you can view previous recordings, Fast Forward, pause, and also download footage to your PC.

Playback

To play back files you will need to add a recorder to the software first. Go to the Devices tab and you could click Add or Manual Add. For this demonstration I will click on Manual Add and the following page will pop-up:

Manual Add

In this picture it will show some of the info you will need to have handy to add your security recorder. First, type an intuitive name for the connection between the software and recorder. Often you will name it something like Home security cameras.

Second, type the IP or DDNS name of your recorder. The Internal default IP address is 192.168.1.108. If your network is within that range then you can use that, if not you might need to arrange that according to your network scheme. Follow this link to learn more about how to configure your DVR for remote access.

Third, If you have your security recorder as default, the port, username and password should be as shown in the above picture. After you have input all the settings, you can click on Get info. This will fill the rest of the empty fields such as Device SN, Video Input, Video Output, etc. At this point you can click on Save and Continue.

NOTE: By default the connection name will be added to the Default Group. If you want to group your connection, simply go to Live view and on the right hand side clock on New Group, then drag the connection name to the new group.

Now that we have added the security recorder to the software, we can now playback files. Click on the Playback icon and the playback window will appear.

From the left hand side you can locate the Group and Security Recorder you recently add to the software, Click on the “+” sign to expand the group and unveil the recorder channels.

Select the channel you want to play footage by selecting the channel and selecting the box next to it.

Default Group

On the bottom of the page click the from and to to select the time frame you want to search for.

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After that you can click on search and and the Time Line will display the recording files. There will be either green or yellow depending of how your schedule is setup. Green indicates that Continuous recording is setup in place and Yellow Indicates Motion detection.

Time line

If you click on any of those colors the video will start to play back right away. Noticed that each stripe represents the channel, so if the first green stripe is clicked then that will be the first channel you have selected in your search box and so on. Here is a sample of the playback:

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If playing a single line then you could just cut a time frame you like. Noticed when clicking a stripe in the time line, a scissor icon shows up. If clicked once that will put a mark in the file as your beginning time then if clicked again it will marked that the file as the end time. After that, a window labeled Export Setup will open showing you where to save the file. You can change the the export format if you like. You can also check or uncheck the option to download the Smart Player to playback the file.

Export Setup

The Alarm icon will display any alarm notifications if you have your recorders displaying realtime alarm information.This setting can be set if you want to receive an alert in your computer screen when motion happens on a channel.

In the Log Icon we can see the recorders Log events based on different types. these types are System, Config, Storage, etc. You can select a time frame and pick a device you have in the software then you can select different types of events.

The lasts 2 sections will be will be more for configuring the security recorder itself.

Under Advance you will find Video Wall, E-map and Display. Unfortunately Video wall and Display will require a special hardware that we do not carry at the moment.

E-map is a cool way to identify your cameras based on your home or business layout. In the picture below I can simply click on the camera and a window will display the camera location. It is required to add a layout of your location where the cameras are installed then drag the cameras to where they are actually installed in that picture. Double click on the camera name and a window will start streaming live video of the camera in question.

Emap

The last section labeled settings will be primarily to configure the recorder settings, Add devices, Alarm configuration, Task, etc.

DEVICES: In this section you can add, delete and modify devices you add to the system.

DEVICE CONFIG: It allows you to configure the recorder’s Network settings, add cameras, disk management, manage accounts etc. This section is like accessing the recorder’s setting from the WEB SERVICE but with a better interface. Also If you have IP cameras connected to an NVR then you can access the cameras’ individual settings.

ALARM CONFIG: This is a cool feature that SmartPSS and even the older version of PSS offer. Here is a link that will explain the process using the old version of PSS. This feature allows you to setup alarm events when motion detection occurs, also when cameras lose connection (ANALOG DVRs ONLY). You can also receive alerts when the camera is covered by an object or spray painted. Basically you link an event to a channel of the recorder then you link an alarm to it. You can set the schedule when you want this alarm to pop up in the software then save the settings.

TOUR & TASK: This feature allows you to set and enable channel groups and layouts. This allows you to setup different windows on a particular layout or view then it can rotate on a fix format.

PC-NVR: When setting this feature, your computer becomes an NVR. This feature will allow you to record only 16 Channels and you can connect to IP cameras, DVRs and NVRs and have their channels stream and record to your PC. It is recommended to use the computer as the NVR and store machine only instead of using both the client and playback PC.

VIDEO WALL: Video wall allows you to connect and configure how the TV from the Video wall will interact and display video. This device is a standalone unit that its entire purpose is to stream video and display it in the monitor, just as a giant monitor. There are many layouts you can have on each of the monitors and each work independently.

ACCOUNT:  Allows you to configure the users that will operate the this software. This is not the users of the recorder, so if you create a new user here it will not sync to the recorder.

GENERAL: This section allows you to configure the basics of the software. You can set to start the software using the last video layout used before you closed the software, auto login PSS, setup the file path location for snapshots, recording etc.

The current version we have of this great software can be found below:

SmartPSS

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Security Cameras in Residential Buildings

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Building Surveillance – Invasion of Privacy?

There is a lot of concern and controversy over security cameras in residential buildings. On the one side residents are saying it is an invasion of their privacy. On the other side there are people who welcome the surveillance for safety reasons. One residential building in particular has been in the news lately and that is the building at 740 Park Avenue. A few of the richest people in NYC live at 740 Park Avenue and last year there was a series of robberies that totaled over $250,000! For a high end residential building that is one of the hardest places to visit, let alone break into, the theory is that those robberies were an “inside job”. Someone had to have known when the doorman and security personnel were either changing shifts or on a particular round. If there were security cameras in every hallway, the vandals would have been caught in the security camera surveillance recording.

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I feel building security should be more of a priority than the privacy issue. It is very important for any building, regardless of the wealth of its residents, to have security cameras. A doorman cannot monitor every nuance of a building without security cameras, and if he is busy opening a door or carrying packages, he cannot even monitor the cameras. That is why it is important for a recording device such as an NVR or DVR with enough hard drive storage to hold the recordings. A residential building of great magnitude could have hundreds of security cameras. Security cameras are necessary to have in every hallway on every floor as well as covering the entrance and exit to every outside door. There have been reports of residential building outdoor security cameras capturing crime on the street which local authorities have used to apprehend those criminals. The higher the resolution of the security cameras the more detail it can capture of the criminal. From facial features and tattoos to logo’d apparel, a high definition security system can capture it all.

Residential Building Security Camera System

To achieve High Definition detail in security camera footage I would definitely recommend an IP Network Megapixel System from SecurityCameraKing.com. To start, every high end security system needs a state-of-the art Network Video Recorder (NVR).

32 channel NVR

32 Channel NVR

The 32 Channel Network Video recorder can record up to 32 IP Megapixel Security Cameras at 1080p True HD Resolution. The 32ch NVR can hold up to 8 hard drives. Currently SecurityCameraKing.com sells DVR/NVR Hard Drives from 1TB to 4TB and so with a 4TB Hard Drive, you can literally hold 32 Terabytes of security camera footage with this 32 Camera NVR! This NVR is a stand-alone unit meaning it does not have to be connected to a computer to work. This NVR just plugs right into your network and you can view it remotely on any computer using special viewing software. This also brings up the point that if your building requires a lot more security cameras, you can get a few of these NVRs and loop them all together with our top-of-the line TechProSS Surveillance Software which is available for free from SecurityCameraKing.com’s Remote Viewing Software Download Section. Using the TechProSS to view all of your NVRs remotely from any computer is simple to configure and you can check out this article explaining “How to Use TechProSS” for reference.

3MP IP Vandal Dome Security Camera

3 Megapixel IP Vandal Dome Security Camera

For residential buildings, a great security camera of choice would be the 3MP IP Vandal Dome Camera. 3 Megapixel recording will give you an image of 2048H x 1536V pixels which is far greater of an image than most security cameras on the market. Imagine being able to zoom into a recording to see detail without distortion or pixelization. That is what 3 Megapixel Security recordings can do for you. The difference between the authorities being able to make a positive ID on a criminal and making an arrest to not being able to identify a criminal due to a distorted image is the reason why you need to go with an IP Camera. Another great feature about this camera is that it is Vandal Proof. It’s dome is resistant to items such as a baseball bat and therefore will not break on impact. Another feature about this camera is it’s aesthetic look. It is small (about 4 inches) so the security camera does not get in the way of the decor in a hallway for example.

Conclusion

The major concern about privacy in building surveillance is the fact of who is watching the security camera footage. In many cases it could be the doorman or security personnel and perhaps the building owner or manager. Some concerned residents did not want someone looking at them while working out in the building’s gym for example. I know that if I was a woman I might have that concern. On the other hand I would want to know my well-being is secure and by having a security camera in the gym might ward off your neighbor or a visitor from trying to do anything to you. I would definitely want cameras in the hallways so that the doorman would know if anyone was lurking around and could alert the authorities. Security cameras can also keep an eye on your doorman at all times to make sure he is doing his job. There have been reports of a doorman falling asleep on night-watch and anyone can walk right in. Having a security system in place would not only get him fired but would also record if anything did happen so that the authorities would have it all on tape.

The better the security camera system, the better the recordings will be. The number one issue that the authorities have with surveillance recordings is the quality. With an Network Video and 3MP Security Cameras you will be rest-assured that your residential building is protected against criminals. No smart criminal will enter when they know they are being recorded.

Is privacy a concern for residents of residential buildings? I would think that safety would be more of a concern.

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Using Your Security DVR or NVR for Automation

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
8 Channel LT Mini

When it comes to home security there are many options out there.  When I was looking for a DVR I wanted a full featured DVR in a small package.  I came across the Techpro Ultimate MiniSeries DVR, this little unit is full featured and is great for automation as well.  It offers D1 realtime resolution on all channels, Dual Core processors, dual hard drive bays, alarm inputs and outputs, audio inputs, capable of two way audio, can handle up to four monitors, has a three year warranty, lifetime technical support, and free remote viewing apps for iPhone, Android, iPad, and Tablets.  There is not much this little machine cannot do especially when it comes to automation.

There are many reasons to why I like this unit. First is for the high quality analog recordings it can do.  D1 resolution at thirty frames per second.  This is a huge thing for me because when most systems record at D1 resolution they are not able to record at thirty frames per second on all channels, the most I was finding was fifteen frames per second on all channels.  With the thirty frames per second I know that no matter what is happening I am going to catch it and the recorded video does not look robotic.  The second biggest reason that I like this little machine is that it can handle two different hard disk drives, so that I can either extend the amount of time the machine can record or I can run the RAID configuration so I will always have a backup of the events even if one of the hard drives fail.

The two way audio capabilities of the Ultimate Mini DVR is fantastic for the application that I use it.  I have set up an old stereo that I had laying around to accept the audio outputs from the DVR and utilize it’s amplification to output the audio source from the DVR and relay it to some outdoor loudspeakers that I have installed.

8 Channel LT Mini Audio

This may sound crazy, but it has come in very handy in the past.  I can use the TechproSS application on my phone and speak through the DVR to those speakers.  This type of application could be used for many of things.  It is not however an intercom system, so whatever speakers are connected to it will have the sound come out of them.  For instance, if you had an office environment and you wanted to be able to communicate back and forth with someone, anyone else who has the speakers installed near them would hear part of the conversation.  But, it will work great if you have like a warehouse or yard and you wanted to announce something it would be able to handle that.   Now keep in mind that if you have microphones attached to the unit and are utilizing the audio out, if you have the channel selected with the microphone input, it will be broadcast through the speakers that are attached to the DVR.

8 Channel LT Mini IN.OUT

One of the best things about this unit is the alarm inputs and outputs.  Most people will think that I am crazy, but I can utilize these functions to do numerous different applications.  One of the functions that I can do is utilize one of the alarm outputs to trigger something.  I use one of mine to be able to open my garage door from anywhere that I have an internet connection.  I also use one of them to trigger an alarm siren on my house.  I use another one to turn on and off a light at my house.  They really can be used for almost anything you can imagine.  I have known of customers who have utilized the outputs to open gates, release Mag Lock doors, open blinds, and many other things.

There are a couple of things you will need to accomplish these things.  First you will need a relay coming from the alarm output.  The relay that I use and know works is an ELK-912. The reason that I like this relay so much is that it can handle multiple different types of power sources.  You will need some extra wire to connect the relay to the DVR and the device it will be controlling. If you are using this for turning on lights, I suggest you consult an electrician to help you not cause an electrical short or other problems.  You will want to follow the instructions that come with whatever relay you decide to use.  I am going to explain how I use the ELK-912 relay.  There are several different ways to accomplish the same result.  The first thing that you will do is to connect the positive wire from the device you are trying to activate to the Normally Open (N/O) on the relay.  You will then connect the negative from the device to the negative of whatever power supply you are using.  Then you will connect the common port on the relay to the positive of your power supply.  Next connect a cable from the negative of the power source to the negative of the relay.  You will then connect a cable from the positive terminal of the relay to the Normally Open (N/O) of the alarm output on the DVR.  The last cable that you will need to connect is from the Common Port of the DVR to the positive of your power source.

Now that you have your device connected to your DVR there are several different ways that you can activate it to test and see if it works.  The easiest method is to use the TechproSS Plus application on your phone or tablet.  Once you have at least one camera selected in the Live Preview, you will see a triangle on the bottom right of the screen with an exclamation point in it.  You will select this icon and another set of options will pop up, these are your alarm outputs.  You will select the check mark next to the alarm output that you want to activate.  If you have done it properly you will either have your garage door open, gate open, siren activate, light turn on, or whatever you attached to this output.

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Another cool thing that you can do is to use the alarm inputs to trigger the alarm outputs to do something.  For example if you wanted your lights to come on automatically when you walk into a room, you could take an alarm motion sensor and have it connected to the alarm input of the DVR, have the lights for that room or area connected to the alarm output.  The input would then trigger the output to respond.  I use this type of setup at my front door, so whenever someone crosses my motion detector my siren goes off.

This is typically a little extreme, except we never use our front door for anything.  I also use this setup for a room in my house that we rarely ever go into, but when we do the lights automatically turn on when the motion sensor is activated.

The options of what the inputs and outputs on the back of the DVRs can be used for are virtually infinite.  I have only briefly explained some of the ways that I have used them, but I know there are people out there with imaginations that I could never compare to.  No matter what way you decided to use these, I know you will have fun.

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