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Security Equipment FAQ Part 1

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is ONVIF?

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


How to configure and connect an ONVIF IP Security Camera (our TP-Series)

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

IP5                           IP4                       IP2                  IPOB-TP2MPIR150L2812-B-main

Onvif Cameras have become very popular these days and many companies are adopting this new open protocol to integrate with other equipment brands.

Today I will introduce our new line of ONVIF cameras (our TP Series) with a new and elegant style, that promise to be an easy and great setup for your CCTV needs.

One of the greatest thing about this new line is the variety of models we are offering from bullet style, varifocal & fix lenses to small ball domes that can be installed in no time.

As I mentioned before, Onvif (Open Network Video Interface Forum), is an Open Industry aimed to facilitate the communication of IP based video products with other devices that are not necessarily from the same manufacturer. Some ONVIF products require to have certain features turned ON before integrating with any equipment that is not from the same brand. In my opinion and as a rule of thumb I always configure each device first to avoid any misconfigurations, then I will end connecting these to the recorder.

For this demonstration I will be using an IPID-TP2MPIR50L2812-W. The settings and access setup is the same throughout the entire TP-Series Cameras. Some settings such as brightness, sharpness, WDR, etc need to be adjusted depending of the environment where the cameras are mounted.

Like any IP based device it will require to know its IP address, or at least have a way to find it. These cameras come with a default IP of or sometimes will be set to DHCP. The best way to approach this is by downloading and using the TP-IP Series Search Utility.

The first step to connect to the camera is to find its IP. Open the finder and click on refresh, the result will show below:

TP Search

Select the resultant IP address and here you can change some settings such as port, IP address, mask, etc. I suggest to only change IP Address related settings and not change the ports.

Internet Explorer Settings

Internet Explorer is the only web browser that will work without any add-ons, and is in fact the only browser supported 100% with our DVRs/NVRs and IP cameras.

To access your camera with Internet Explorer, is important to know what version is currently installed in your computer. To do so, open internet explorer and click on Help>About Internet Explorer. A window will open and you can see the current version running in your computer.

IE Version

This particular version of Internet Explorer has been optimized for better graphics, performance, etc. The steps to connect to the camera are the same exempt now you will need to add the IP address of the DVR/NVR/IP Camera to the compatibility view settings of the software in order to show correctly.
1.- Go to Start button>Control Panel and Internet Options.


2.- Click on the Security Tab, then custom Level…

3.- On the next window we will scroll down to look for an option labeled “Download Unsigned ActiveX Controls”. Select “Prompt” and click OK.

IE Security

At this point you should be all set to access your Camera.

4.- Open Internet Explorer and type the IP address of your camera. If you are performing these task from the same location were the camera is, then type the internal IP address.

If this is the first time you are trying to connect to the IP camera then it will not show correctly. You will encounter this issue if you are using Internet Explorer Version 11, which is the latest version Microsoft is offering on computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Connecting to the camera for the first time

Once you have configured Internet Explorer, the next step is to connect to the camera. Input the default IP address, or if you have changed the address then you will need to use that instead.

A log in page will show up after the necessary Activex Files finish installing. The Default username is Admin/Admin.

Click on Configure to access the settings of the camera and begin enabling features like Motion, Schedule, Resolution, etc.

Camstar IPID Login

Configuring Motion & Schedule Detection

This is one of the main features that you should configure to allow the camera to record when there is movement. To do this click on the configuration panel on the left side and locate “Alarm”.

Motion Alarm - Apply to EveryDay

Once there, click on the top check mark to enable motion and proceed to select the Motion detection Area. Click on “Set Motion Detect Area” and drag you mouse across the picture to select the area you want the camera to detect motion, like in the picture above, and show the desire selection. Adjust the “Motion Detect Threshold” to adjust the sensitivity. The higher the number the more sensitive to movement the camera will be. Click on “Set” to save those settings. Move down to schedule and change the timing from “00:00 – 23:59”, this will make the camera enable motion 24/7 for a specific day. Click on ”Apply  to Every Day” then “Set” to save these settings. NOTE: when you move to another menu and decide to come back to the Motion Alarm settings, you will notice that the area you have selected for motion will not show up. Don’t panic, the settings are there, you just need to click on “Set Motion Detect Area” again and the area will reappear.

Configuring Encoding Resolution

Encoding will be one of the most fundamental settings you will need to understand and configure correctly. These settings will allow you to setup how the camera will broadcast the video resolution and quality to the NVR and smartphones.

Video Parameters 1Major

The settings above are the most common when it comes to configuring the Main Stream of the camera. These settings will be the ones the NVR will record with and it will affect the quality of the recordings if this is set incorrectly. You should set your cameras this way but sometimes it will be necessary to decrease these settings if you lack on bandwidth to stream IP cameras over the Internet.

Lastly the settings for the Sub Stream should be as follows:

Video Parameters 2Major

The Sub Stream is basically how you will see your cameras over a smart phone or tablet. These settings are usually at a lower frame rate and resolution (D1), without compromising quality on the video recording. Make sure you click on “Set” when changing any of these settings so the changes will stick.

NOTE: If you are using an NVR with PoE Switch build in, then you will need to configure the camera’s IP address to match the PoE IP address range. When ready to connect the camera then you need to add the camera manually utilizing Onvif as the Manufacture and the HTTP port number is 8080. Once that is all set, click add and the video will start streaming over the NVR.

There are many features in this camera that will make this article incredibly long but these are some of the essential settings you should have when connecting them to your NVR. For more information visit us a