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Basic Port Forwarding for the DVR & NVR

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

security system support groupsToday we will be exploring a simple world of port forwarding. For those of you who like to be hands on and grasp the “What, Why, and How to do” or you simply want to complete this segment of your job or project and Tech Support is unavailable I welcome you to proceed reading. I will begin with, “Make sure you have a PC, DVR/NVR, router and/or modem all [plugged in and ready to go. Also please obtain all passwords to each device (if necessary) to ensure flawless setup as we go from procedure to procedure. Once you have done so please access your START MENU on your PC.

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{Depending on what operating system you have, the above picture may vary.)

Choose the RUN option and then type in the command CMD. Then hit the enter key and you should have a window like the following:

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In this window, type in the command IPCONFIG and hit the enter key, this will pull up your LAN (Local Area Network) IP scheme. The one you will see my network in is a 192.168.1.xxx scheme. If yours is different, PLEASE DO NOT DESPAIR**, following along with the same process while subsitutuing my scheme with yours, will provide you with the SAME results. You should have now the following window:

As you see in the picture above my gateway 192.168.1.1 (which is my network scheme). The IP address of the PC I am using is 192.168.1.104. This is the unique IP belonging only to my device (my computer). This is the name, if you will, that the LAN knows my PC as. Every device that is attached to my network is issued its own unique IP address. Now our DVR/NVR and IP Mega Pixel cameras all have a default IP address of 192.168.1.108. On my network 192.168.1.108 is already taken so I will establish the IP of the DVR to 192.168.1.120. I suggest anyhow, to always change the IP address of any our devices to a known open IP on your network. You can see if an IP is open or not by pinging your network. You can check this in Command Prompt by typing in PING (hit the space bar once) and then the desired IP based on your established scheme. It will look like so:

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(Above you can see this IP address is assigned to another device due to the com packet replies)

(Above you can see the IP address is not in use)

Now that we have established an open IP to assign to the device lets change it. If you right click on the mouse of the DVR, chose the following:

Main Menu -> Settings -> Network. Configure your network to the chosen IP in the IP address field. Make sure to change the Default Gateway in the respected field as well if your network requires. While we are still in this menu, let’s go ahead and assign our desired ports for the HTTP and TCP. I for instance will change the HTTP to 88 and keep the TCP port as it defaults of 37777. I now will save my configuration. (If the DVR prompts you that it wants to reboot, this is fine and a necessary function. Just hit okay.) Now let’s move onto creating PORT FOWARDING rules on our network. Normally you can just open up any browser and type in the DEFAULT GATEWAY of your IP scheme. Please refer to the picture below:

how to set up port forwarding for NVRs

(Before)

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(After)

I will now access my router by putting in the password. Once Inside I can now create port forwarding rules for my device. Based on your router and/or modem the following pictures will not look the same. The current router I am using is a Linksys 1750AC.

(Main Menu once you log into the Linksys 1750AC)
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I will now go to the Security tab at the bottom left hand corner, then choose the APPS & GAMING tab, and then SINGLE PORT FORWARDING.

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As you can see in the above I have created (3) different port forwarding rules for the IP address 192.168.1.120 which is my DVR. You WILL have to only create two, the HTTP PORT & TCP PORT. Once completed be sure to save the configuration and now let’s check to see if our external is now connected to our internal with this two ports. We are going to proceed use a website known as: CanYouSeeMe.org

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Once on this page proceed to enter in the HTTP & TCP ports you assigned to your device and opened on your LAN in the box like so:

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I hope you got the same results as I did! If all was successful you ports should have shown a SUCCESS: I can see your service on (your external IP here) on port (your desired port you choose). If not, again do not despair***, please try following the same process over or contact us for your free technical support on OUR products. Please see the below for the DVR view on a browser:

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High Resolution Security Cameras

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Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Why Should You Have a Security Camera?

As a business owner there are a lot of challenges that you are going to face along the way. One of the biggest threats that you are going to encounter is that of theft, which is only going to lead to a tarnished reputation and loss of profits to name a few of the damaging effects. When you have a security solution in place you are going to be protected against any potential intruders because they will tend to deter away from your business and go elsewhere. It will also prove to be extremely beneficial for apprehending and prosecuting a criminal in the event that a crime does occur. Through the use of the advanced camera systems and accessories, there have been numerous arrests and successful prosecutions.

When you make the decision to operate a simple retail store you have to be aware of the fact that you may be under watch for a potential theft in the works. This is why a security system is so important to have in your business today. You could be at risk for a substantial amount of income to be lost thanks to the habits of your employees or customers. There is only one way to be able to put an end to this type of problem and that is through a surveillance system. It is imperative to your business to keep your losses at a minimum and this is one of the keys to success as a business owner.

Shoplifting

One of the first things that people think about when trying to cut back on the amount of profit loss that they are dealing with is shoplifting. It has been proven time and time again that over ¾ of the profits are going out the door with shoplifting and employee theft. Having an efficient security camera in place is one of the best methods to help prevent this type of problem from happening in the first place. Often times you will find that as soon as the potential thief is aware that they are being watched they run away and don’t attempt to proceed with the shoplifting. If your cameras are hung in the proper places, you are going to find that they are worth well more than what you paid for them, even if they are not on. However, when you have the cameras activated you are going to find that they are the most important tool you can have in your business to prevent any potential losses.

The majority of business owners find that they are safe by just placing a camera on the front door and one on the counter. This will help to prevent any potential problems because the two most important areas in the business are covered. However, there are numerous other places that you will find the cameras will be able to help improve your profit margin. Regardless, you need to have the cash register and entryways covered as a bare minimum for your safety and security.

Having cameras over the cash registers is one of the best ways to prevent the potential for any employees who may get sticky fingers. This is the hub of operations and at some point in time or another this is where all of your money is going to be. This also includes credit card transactions, as well as checks. There is always the small margin of error that can occur from an honest mistake, but it is always better to be safe than it is to be sorry in the end. When you have everything going on in your store all recorded in high definition you will be able to see everything that much clearer and identification will be that much easier. It will also help give you a clearer picture of your employees and their individual performance levels.

Your main goal for having the security camera in place is to prevent employees from being tempted to reaching in and helping High Resolution Security Camerasthemselves to what is not theirs. There are numerous opportunities that are present for employees on a regular basis, so why not do your part to help deter them and save yourself a lot of hassles in the end? It helps to keep your workers honest just because it is there and they are aware that there is someone who is watching them at all times.

It is extremely important to make sure that you have a camera on the entry points at all times. Everyone is going to have to enter and exit at this point, so make sure that you have it monitored and under control to prevent any potential products from leaving without being paid for. This means that if someone is going to attempt to break the law and steal something from you they are going to be caught on camera more than once. It is hard to avoid the camera on multiple occasions, so you will be able to have the peace of mind knowing that you are protected at all times.

Some of the best types of security cameras are the domed ones that you can attach to your ceiling. They will be able to be seen by all who enter your establishment and the 360 degree range will give you the perfect viewing angles at all times. These dome cameras are not going to make your shoppers feel uneasy and only the ones who were trying to shoplift from you in the first place are going to feel uncomfortable with the presence of these cameras in your store. It is not necessary that these cameras are equipped with night vision; however, you do want to make sure that they are capable of handling lighting conditions that may be less than adequate.

If you are not going to be able to get an indoor camera at your location that will provide the optimum viewing for your entrance, you may want to look into one of the bullet cameras to do the job for you. Bullet cameras are also very productive for use in various element conditions for all of your outdoor surveillance needs. Any time you are looking for something to work outside of your business, you need to make sure that you are choosing weatherproof cameras. The weather is extremely unpredictable, so making sure that you are set for anything that may come along is the best option for protecting your establishment. Outdoor cameras are considered valuable for their night vision features, which need to be strong enough to monitor your entire outside area in one swoop. There are a lot of different outdoor cameras that can withstand the weather for you to choose from, so take the time to go through the options for what you are going to need in your home.

Another important element for your security camera is to make sure that it is vandal proof. One of the main details a potential thief is going to think about when they make the decision to rob your establishment is to take out your cameras to avoid being caught on tape. The vandal proof cameras are going to limit the amount of damage the criminal is going to be able to do to them and prevent any disabling of the system. They are able to maintain their viewing angles and deter any of the attempts to disable their system. It doesn’t matter if you have indoor or outdoor cameras because vandal proof cameras are a necessity to be able to maximize the amount of security you are going to have at your business. You may even find that a lot of people will specifically target security cameras as a way to vandalize them. There is no other purpose served other than to get their kicks by disarming the security cameras. Make sure that you are doing your part to protect your store and your financial investment with the new vandal proof cameras on the market.

Any type of camera is going to be great for deterring a criminal, but in reality the key is making sure that they are able to record the activity that is going on. It doesn’t matter how much footage you have, if you are not able to have a storage medium to have the records that you are going to need years later. There are a lot of police investigations that have gone astray because there was no record of the footage being recorded, or the cameras were recording over everything on a daily basis. After 24 hours it is as if nothing ever happened and this can be a huge problem in the event that there was an incident that happened. Make sure that you are purchasing the proper DVR system for your business.

High Resolution Security CamerasYou may not even be thinking about getting a DVR for your security system, but having one installed is just as important to your business as the camera itself. There are a few different types of recording devices and it is up to you to choose the one that is going to be the best for your company. The first option is a true DVR that will allow you to record numerous hours of video footage through multiple cameras at any point in time. The next option is a PC DVR, which is going to come pre-installed with the software that will enable your computer to be a workstation for your security system. It will function almost the same way as that of your DVR; however, you are going to need a PC to make the whole system work together. The last option is Capture Cards, which are a lot smaller and less costly than their counterparts. However, they are a great alterative for a lot of different types of installations.

Once you have all of the aforementioned security measures in place you will begin to notice how much better your inventory control and profit margins will become. Security cameras are one of the best deterrents that can help prevent the worry of theft by retailers around the world. Don’t just sit back and let your money fly out the door when you have the power to take control. Stop the criminals in their tracks with your new security system in place.

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Covert Video Surveillance

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

There are basically two types of video surveillance:  1. Overt video surveillance and 2. Covert video surveillance.  Each has its own requirements and purpose and Security Camera King has the equipment you need for both types.  In this article we’ll take a look at both methods and the equipment involved.

Let’s begin with overt surveillance.  Overt video surveillance is a type of surveillance where there is no attempt to hide the fact that you are video recording something.  Generally, the camera may be exposed to the point that it is very easy to detect.

In fact, this is a secondary advantage of overt video surveillance.   Studies have been conducted that prove that visible video recording components (cameras, for example) are enough to deter acts of crime.  At any rate, overt surveillance basically means that the individual or business doing the recording doesn’t mind letting you know they are doing it.  Generally speaking, most cameras used for overt recording are box, bullet, or dome cameras.

One of the primary benefits of overt as compared to covert video surveillance is that the camera(s) can be mounted in a place that provides the best camera shot without regard to exposure of the equipment.  Covert video surveillance is usually just the opposite; the camera has to be hidden from view but still be able to get the shot you’re looking for.

Covert video surveillance on the other hand requires a bit more planning.  Speaking of which, before we go any further please take note of the following paragraph:

A word of caution.  Each state has different laws governing the use of cameras and especially audio recorders without the subject’s knowledge.  Make sure you confirm your state’s laws before attempting to record anyone covertly.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t record improper or criminal activity but planned, deliberate, covert recording may require special concessions on the part of the person recording.  If you choose to hide your cameras or if they are readily visible some states require signs be posted in plain sight such as, “This area is protected by video and audio recording devices.”

Department stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and many other businesses apply to prefer to use overt methods because of the actual benefits they realize from patrons just knowing the equipment is there.  Although obvious display of digital video recording equipment does act as an excellent deterrent it obviously isn’t 100 percent effective (i.e. people still commit acts of crime knowing full well that they are being recorded).

The premise behind covert video surveillance is of course, just the opposite.  Most covert video surveillance involves hiding the camera and equipment from plain sight or using hidden or disguised cameras.  Since modern cameras are so small, they can be built in to just about any device and they can be small.  For example take a look at Security Camera King’s Product# HC-SCREW-WC; this camera is in the shape of a Phillips head screw or Product# HC-PEN, where the camera and DVR are all within the pen and the pen actually writes too!

It’s not always necessary for the camera’s disguise to be tiny.  Large objects can disguise cameras also making it almost impossible to detect that recording is in use.  For example Security Camera King’s Product# HC-BMBOX-DVR is a fairly large boom box that works as a boom box but also contains a camera and SD card type DVR (Digital Video Recorder).

There are no specific instructions on how to conduct overt video surveillance, but there are a few general items to consider:

  • Remember that if you can’t see the camera from the area you are recording, then the camera can’t see you.  This is why disguised cameras as so useful.   Rather than hiding a fairly large and obvious box camera, you can use a disguised camera in plain sight.
  • Make sure you take environmental conditions into account.  For example, make sure there is plenty of light or make sure you use a camera that doesn’t require much light.
  • Even though the camera may be well disguised, if possible place in somewhere out of the way to increase the chance of not being discovered.

Security Camera King offers a tremendous amount of hidden or disguised cameras for covert video surveillance.  To see them click on “Security Cameras” on the left had side of the web page then check out all three categories:  1. Hidden Security Cameras; 2. Wireless Hidden Cameras; and, 3. Hidden Camera Systems.

 

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Wireless Spy Camera

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

There are times when covert digital video monitoring is needed and nothing can fulfill your security and surveillance needs like wireless spy cameras from Security Camera King. We offer a full line of wireless spy cameras that maintain their concealed identity, transmit their video images without the need for wire hook-ups, and produce high resolution digital video.

Digital video security and surveillance monitoring can be classified into two different types based on whether the monitoring is obvious or purposely intended to be concealed. In the security video industry, these two categories are often referred to as covert (meaning hidden, stealthy, or concealed) and overt (meaning obvious, open, or unconcealed). Covert cameras that broadcast their digital video using radio signals are often referred to as wireless spy cameras.

Wireless spy cameras can be classified into two different types as well based on how the camera achieves being overt. Wireless spy cameras do this by either being incredibly small or disguised as some other object other than a security camera (or some cameras may use a combination of both). The incredibly small types of cameras are often referred to as pinhole type cameras and these are often designed to be disguised as very small objects as well. In order to understand how this is possible, let’s take a look at an incredibly small wireless spy camera and see how it works.

Digital video cameras work by focusing light images on a sensor that can transfer the light energy of the image into electrical energy. There are two different sensors that may be used for this purpose; a Charged Coupled Device or CCD or a Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor or CMOS.

Each sensor performs the same task (transfers light energy into electrical energy that can be measured) but goes about it in a slightly different way. Typically, CCDs have provided a higher quality picture while CMOSs use much less electricity to operate. However, as electronic technology advances both are producing high resolution video images with a minimal amount of power needed to do the job.

These sensor chips, usually in the shape of a square, can be very small, as small as only 1/4″. Today’s electronic technology can produce incredibly small Integrated Circuit or IC chips that house the circuitry for processing video images, converting them to radio signals, and transmitting them to a receiver. Advanced lens physics and manufacture can produce a small wide-angle lens as small as 3.7 mm for example. Combine all three of these technologies and you could produce a wireless spy camera as small as the head of a screw or a button that produce high quality video images. In fact, Security Camera King carries two such cameras, our 2.4 GHz wireless button camera and our 2.4 GHz wireless screw camera.

Wireless spy cameras labeled as “2.4 GHz” refer to the technology that is used to transmit the wireless signal. A 2.4 GHz wireless spy camera uses the same high-quality dependable technology to transmit its radio signals as many land line based wireless telephones. The transmitter and receiver are tuned to a frequency in the 2.4 GHz radio wave spectrum.

The term “wireless spy camera” may impart a connotation of negativity associated with its name. It’s important to note that wireless spy cameras are not necessarily used for this purpose but may be used for the sake of aesthetics in appearance. Our 2.4 GHz Wireless Dog Baby Monitor Camera is a fine example.

Some wireless spy cameras may be used as standalone monitor systems. That is, the camera/transmitter unit comes with its own receiver/monitor. These units are usually designed for monitoring and not recording so although they may come with their own portable, handheld LCD monitor, they often do not record. Our wireless dog baby monitor camera is a good example of this; typically it is not necessary to record baby monitor transmissions.

Other cameras may be designed to use with a standalone video security system that includes a DVR   for storing video. These cameras may or may not come with a receiver, so it’s important that you check on this in the camera’s description or specifications area.

Sometimes the greatest advantage of using digital video security cameras is the ability to monitor and record activities without any indication that video monitoring is occurring and Security Camera Kings wireless spy cameras do just that. Check out our vast selection by clicking on “Security Cameras” then “Wireless Hidden Cameras” on the left side of our web page.

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Business Security Monitoring System

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

No business is immune from crime, which is why every firm, large or small, can profit from a business security monitoring system. However, this is definitely a situation in which one size does not fit all. Every business is subject to different risks that require monitoring.

When managers think of security, they usually think of theft protection. Yet, all companies are at risk for fire and water damage. And even though they have insurance, the insurance payoff rarely covers the total damage. There have been incidents where a fire or flood has driven a business into bankruptcy.

But retail and some service operations are especially vulnerable to loss through theft. This is obvious from the signs you see posted in almost every store that “We prosecute shoplifters.” However, the sign alone is not enough to discourage thief. Thieves don’t expect to be caught. They always think they can get by with stealing. And many thieves are drug addicts in withdrawal and desperate for their next ‘fix.’ So they will do anything to get it and are not mentally capable of evaluating the risk. These people are especially dangerous since they may go as far as using a weapon.

Firms that are especially vulnerable to robbery and even armed robbery are service operations that are open twenty-four hours such as gas stations, restaurants and convenience stores. Most of these have signs posted that read something like “Employees do not have access to the safe” or “We keep no cash on hand after 9PM.” But these really aren’t effective as even service stations have a store full of merchandise such as beverages, candy, chips, etc. all of which are tempting to a thief. And because of the possibility of the thief being armed, this type of business definitely needs a business security monitoring system.

However, loss is not only from the outside but also from within. A National Retail Security Survey revealed that employee theft represents close to 50% of all business losses. Employees may steal merchandise for themselves but there is also the practice of “sweet hearting” in which cashiers help customers who are friends by ringing lower prices on the items the friend buys. Many employees have a “What’s yours is mine” attitude. In other words, because they work for the company they are entitled to whatever merchandise they want. And some employees have been known to operate an undercover resale business, selling the merchandise for a lesser price.

Although this is usually not intentional, a retail business can also lose money through vendor delivery shortages. Most delivery drivers work under pressure from various problems such as delays in traffic. They are almost always in a hurry and sometimes don’t offload the complete order. Over a period of time, these shortages add up to significant inventory loss.

So every manager needs to evaluate all of the risks for his particular business and consider the business security monitoring system that will best satisfy the need. And in many small businesses that security system might just save the owner’s life.

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