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How To Create a Wireless IP System in Your Home

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Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Do you want an indoor surveillance system but can’t or do not want to run cable? Sometimes living in a rental apartment or home doesn’t give you the convenience in setting up a security camera surveillance system or perhaps your landlord or association won’t allow it. You can still protect your valuables by hooking up a wireless security system. This article will explain how to connect several of our 1.3 Megapixel Wi-Fi Indoor Cameras to your network and record on a Network Video Recorder.

Once this system is configured, you can remotely log in to your NVR and view any of your Wi-Fi Cameras in Real Time or View the recordings with the detail of most High Definition Security Cameras.

In order for this wireless security system to work, you will already need a Wi-Fi setup in your home though your Internet provider. Plug our camera via an Ethernet cable to your network wireless router.

All hooked up? Good, let’s proceed.

In order to access our IPOF-EL1MPIR30-W Wi-Fi Indoor Camera, you will need to download our Config Tool from the downloads section of our website at

Config Tool Downloads1

Once you have downloaded the ZIP file to your computer and have extracted the files, double click “Config Tool” to open the program. If you get prompted to “are you sure you want to run this software?”, then click “run”.

Config Tool Zip

When the Config Tool Dialog box pops up, make sure you choose “IPv4” in the IP Version dropdown menu in the lower left corner and then click the “refresh” button.

Config Tool 2

Keep in mind you will probably not be seeing the same configuration as this is the network where I am hooking up this camera. You might just see one address and that will be your Wi-Fi camera. If you look at “device name” you will see “IP Camera”. This is the one you want to double-click on.
This will bring up the Login window for your IP Megapixel Wi-Fi Camera.

Config Tool Login

After you login the settings for your camera will pop up. In order to continue to make this a wireless camera to work on your network you will need to:

  1. Click on the tab on top that says “Wireless Network”
  2. Click on “Enable” under Wireless Network on the left side (You should see a checkmark when clicked.
  3. Click on Save
  4. If all was successful, you will see “Save Succeeded”. Go ahead and click OK.
Config Tool 3

After you click OK, you will be back at the list of IP addresses. Double Click your IP Camera and click on the Wireless Network Tab again. This will bring up the list of WI-Fi networks available and hopefully one of them will be your home network. Double-click the name of your network, put in your password, and click OK. If it is not connecting, click the refresh button.

Now, unplug the camera from your network wireless router. Click on Save to bring the device list back up again. Double click on your IP Camera, login again and now you are ready to make your Wi-Fi camera into a static IP Address, so that you can log into the camera and see what it sees.

  1. Click “Wireless” in the dropdown menu of Ethernet Card
  2. De-select “DHCP Enable” so there it is not marked
  3. You will see your new Static IP Address for your Wi-Fi camera
Config Tool 4

Now it’s time to login to the Wi-Fi camera through Internet Explorer. Put in the IP address of the camera into the browser window and you should see the login page for the camera.

IP Camera Login

The default user name is admin and the default password is also admin. After you click Login, there might be instructions asking you to download a plugin. Go ahead and follow the prompts in running and installing the plugin and then you will have to log into the IP Camera again. Remember it’s Admin/Admin as the default.

If all was successful, you should be able to view your wireless IP camera.

IP Camera View

OK, that was the 1st camera. If you purchase more than 1 camera, and I highly recommend you do, then you will need to set a different IP Address for each one. Just follow the instructions for each one, and make sure you can see all of them by typing in each address in the browser window.

Each of these cameras will have to be plugged into an outlet and a 2Amp power supply will suffice. Once they are all connected, you can put them anywhere in your home within the range of your wireless device, and where there is an outlet.

These cameras each have an SD slot so you can install an SD Card into them to record your footage. I like to take my recordings to the next level and connect all my IP Cameras to a Network Video recorder. We have an 8-channel Tiny NVR (NVR-ELT-8) that will work perfectly in this configuration.

Attach the NVR to your wireless router via an Ethernet Cable. Attach the NVR to a monitor either via an HDMI cable or a VGA Cable. Once connected to the monitor you will see the NVR Interface and now you can begin to have your Network Video Recorder see your IP Megapixel Wi-Fi cameras.

You will see 8 camera slots on your screen. Click on the “Plus” symbol on Cam1 and this will bring up the IP search. Say “add” to one of the cameras and you will see the view of what that camera sees in Cam 1’s window. Now do the same for your other cameras using Cam2, Cam3, etc.

You can now configure the days and times of your recordings to your preference and we have plenty of videos and articles on how to do that. If at any time you are stuck and need help, we provide free tech support for any of our products.

We also provide free mobile viewing apps for your Smart devices.


Camera Surveillance Security System

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

A camera surveillance security system can provide the monitoring and surveillance of a large business to a single family home.  Furthermore, a camera surveillance security has a proven track record for deterring crime and acts of vandalism.

Most large businesses or corporations have the benefit of employing their own security department personnel or contracting out to security companies that provide the personnel for them.  Seldom can a small business or a single family home afford this expense, yet may very well require some sort of protection or constant monitoring system.  A camera surveillance security system is ideal for this purpose.

Digital video camera security systems are not limited to one specific type of camera.  In fact a camera surveillance security system can use several cameras, and each camera can have different features or options.  There are several different options for monitoring the video images as well.  This yields an incredibly versatile system that can be used by just about any small business.  As another plus, modern technological advances have provided high-tech features and options at incredibly affordable prices.

Let’s take a closer look at a typical camera surveillance security system as it would be used for a small business.  For our example, we’ll choose a gas station/convenience store as the small business.  For this system, two outdoor infrared night vision cameras will be used.  One camera will focus on the gas pumps and the other on the parking lot.  Since the cameras are infrared night vision, they can still produce clear, high quality video, even when the store lights are turned off, providing perimeter protection during non-operating hours.

We’ll also use cameras with pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) options SO we can scan the pump bay area and use only one camera to cover the area instead of three or four.  Further, to eliminate unsightly cable runs, we’ll use wireless outdoor cameras.

Inside, of course, is the cashier’s station, a small convenience store, and the office.  We’ll use two indoor cameras, once again with infrared night vision technology so they can continue to monitor inside the store at night when the lights are out.  One camera will be placed behind the cashier’s station pointed directly at the customers and in plain view.  This will help to provide a deterrent factor to potential security risks since the camera will capture the faces of customers as they approach the cashier’s station.

The other camera will be a blacked out dome camera placed on the ceiling in the center of the products area.  This type of camera will let customers know of its presence but will not reveal what or who is in the field of vision at any given time.  This camera will have PTZ and along with programming from the processor will also have motion detection capability to produce tracking functions.  It can “watch” patrons and follow them as they walk through the store.

Fore ease of installation and the elimination of visible wires the indoor cameras will be of the wireless type as well.

Inside the small office in the back of the gas station/convenience store will be located the “heart:” of the small business security system.  Here we’ll install the wireless receiver, the processor with CODEC technology, a monitor and a digital video recorder or DVR.

The camera surveillance security system camera will send their video image information via radio waves to the receiver located in the office.  The receiver will transfer this data to the processor where a digital video file is made.  A digital video file can be viewed live on the monitor and/or stored on the DVR for later use.  In addition, our processor will utilize the H.264 CODEC.

A CODEC is an abbreviation for a COmpression/DECompression program.  The CODEC decreases the size of the digital video file to make it easier to handle and to allow more recorded video to be stored on the DVR at one time.  The H.264 CODEC is one of the latest technologies yielding maximum file compression while maintaining high file integrity to produce clear, crisp, high quality video.

Lastly, the processor/DVR unit will also be equipped with a DVD writer.  This way, we can copy any necessary footage to a DVD to give to police or if needed for evidence.

And that’s a typical Camera surveillance security system.  If you have any additional questions about these systems, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our security experts via telephone or live chat. We’re happy to help!



Installing a Home Video Camera Security System

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Installing a home video camera security system is easier than you might think. On the other hand, you may be surprised to learn that the one of the most important and difficult steps to installing a home video security system is proper planning.

There are many different types of equipment that require specific methods of installation (for example, different types of cameras are mounted in different ways). So, this article will cover the first part of installing a home video camera security system; the planning stage. Proper planning should give you a good general idea of the type and amount of equipment you will need.

First and foremost to installing a home video camera security system is proper planning. This is one area where a professional installer has the “heads up” on a do-it-yourselfer since they have had the experience of installing systems in multiple configurations and are already familiar with many cost-efficient set-ups.

Nonetheless, a professional installer is not necessarily required. What you’ll need is to perform a self needs assessment. Asking yourself several questions about your potential security system and what you want it to do will help you to determine what to purchase and how to install it. For the purpose of this article, we’ll assume you want to install a multiple camera system that provides general perimeter coverage outdoors including a separate building that is used as a garage/workshop that houses some valuable tools.

General perimeter coverage means you want to create a protective “barrier” of video surveillance around the outside of the home. This barrier will provide coverage of anyone entering or exiting the house. In addition, you’ll want to monitor the garage door and walk-in door (the only entrances and exits in our garage/workshop) of the separate building. Our house has two stories with windows on each floor and a front and back door on the first floor and our garage has no windows and the front doors just mentioned.

You must determine how many cameras will be needed to provide perimeter coverage of the house. Generally, the field of view of the cameras should be focused around the house’s first floor with unobstructed views of all windows and doors. We’ll assume your house is in the shape of a square.

How many cameras will you need? An inexperienced installer may automatically suggest four cameras, one for each side of the house. However, an experienced installer may recognize a potential for installing only two cameras; two cameras on opposite diagonal corners of the home where each camera is able to cover two sides of the house at one time. Remember, to make your system as cost effective as possible, use as few cameras as necessary to get the job done.

Now we need to consider the separate garage. Since there are no windows or doors except the garage door and walk in door in the front of the building, perimeter coverage may not be necessary. Your main concern in this case is recording who enters or exits the building. Therefore, only one outdoor camera should be needed to cover these entrances (remember that when installing a home video camera security system you’ll want to use as few cameras as necessary to do the job). In addition to the camera covering the door, you also want to install a camera inside the garage because you store valuable tools there.

So, for this set up it appears that installing a complete home video camera security system will require a total of four cameras. That helps us make several definitive decisions about our system:
• Our system will require a four channel Digital Video Recorder (DVR) unit. This will satisfy our needs for now. If you think you may want to add cameras to your system in the future, it may be beneficial to use an eight channel DVR instead, allowing room for expansion.
• This system will require three outdoor type cameras (two for the home perimeter and one for the front of the garage) and one indoor camera (for use inside the garage).
• We prefer to have coverage during the day and night so all four cameras need to be day/night vision infrared cameras.
• We’ll also use wireless, battery operated, cameras with motion detectors to avoid running cabling and for ease of installation.

Congratulations! You’ve completed the first step to installing a home video camera security system. Now you have a general idea of the equipment you will need to complete your system.


Wireless Security Solutions

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Wireless Security SolutionsTwenty first century electronic technical advances have created more reliable yet cost effective wireless security solutions than ever before. Most wireless security solutions are generally easy to install and simple to operate. In fact, they are often considered as do-it-yourself type projects and are specifically designed with that intention in mind.

There are basically two types of wireless security solutions, wireless security alarm systems and wireless digital video security camera systems. Each takes advantage of up-to-date wireless technology to enhance the features of their systems. Let’s take a look at each and see what is currently available.

As previously mentioned, one type of wireless security solution is the wireless security alarm system. There are two big advantages to using a wireless alarm system. First, the system itself is easy to install and operate. Second, aesthetically speaking, a wireless alarm is much more pleasing to the eye because it doesn’t require that a wire be run from each and every sensor to the master control panel.

Wireless alarm systems can be used for just about any application anywhere. A basic residential alarm system typically has door and window sensors on any readily accessible door or window (usually those above the second floor are not armed with sensors due to their inaccessibility). In addition, the system may utilize one or more motion detectors as well.

Each of these devices must communicate with the master control panel. They use this line of communication to tell the control panel that something has occurred (an event) and that their internal mechanism (usually some sort of switch) has been activated (triggered). Each sensor in an alarm system must have a separate transmitting wire that is run to the master control panel.

Wireless security solutions for alarm systems eliminate the need for this wire. Instead, each sensor usually has its own on-board power (a battery) and transmitter in addition to the switching device that is used to detect an event. When a trigger activates the sensors switch, the transmitter is turned on and sends a signal to the master control panel to initiate the alarm.

These sensors, including their batteries and transmitters can be quite small. The manufacturers take advantage of the latest electronic technology so the entire circuit to run the switching mechanism and transmit the signal can be created on an Integrated Circuit (IC) chip less than an inch in size.

The other major type of wireless security solution is a wireless digital video security system. Technological advances in these systems has taken leaps and bounds, compared to the original, bulky, analog parent cameras. In addition, the with the advent of digital video, the digital video security camera industry has been able to reap the constantly improving benefits produced by the computer and cell phone industries as well.

A typical digital video security camera system has three components. The camera or cameras capture video light images and transform them into electrical images. These images are part of a digital video file that is created by a Digital Signal Processor or DSP that accompanies the Digital Video Recorder unit or DVR. The digital file can be viewed live or at some later time on the monitor.

There are basically two different types of wireless digital video security systems. Both systems involve using radio waves to send their signals wirelessly but each type uses a different technology.

The first digital wireless security solution is the use of wireless digital video cameras. These cameras are no different than their “wired” counterparts accept they do not require a video transmission cable (usually RG-59 coaxial cable) to be run from each camera to the DVR unit. Instead, they send their data which is digital, in radio wave form either to a receiver that is connected to a DVR or to a wireless DVR that has a receiver built in.

The second digital wireless security solution is the use of wireless digital video cameras call Internet Protocol or IP ready cameras. These cameras contain on-board circuitry to not only capture and create digital data, but to transmit it in the form of a file that can be sent long distances using the Internet as the vehicle for networking. These cameras usually contain their own web server technology and transmit using WiFi technology.

So, as you can see there is a lot to talk about concerning wireless security solutions. If you are interested in a specific technology, check Security Camera King’s CCTV Learning Center for more information.