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CCTV Security Camera Systems

Closed Circuit TeleVision or CCTV security camera systems are fast becoming the most popular means of security for residential and commercial applications.   Thanks to modern technology these systems are incredibly versatile and reasonably priced.

CCTV security camera systems are available with 4, 8, 16, or 32 cameras.  These systems are not required to use the number of cameras specified; in other words this is the maximum number of cameras the system can handle.  So if your security system design calls for seven cameras you will require an 8 camera (also called “channel” CCTV security camera system).

This is a good time to define the word “channel” as it is used in CCTV Security camera systems.  A bit of ambiguity exists because the term is used loosely in two different ways.  One meaning indicates the number of inputs (usually audio or video) or number or camera the system is capable of utilizing.  For example a 16 “channel” system is also a 16 camera system.

The second meaning of the word “channel” is used to refer to radio frequencies often used in wireless digital video security systems.  For example one wireless camera may have 4 different channels or 4 different radio frequencies that it can transmit information to a corresponding receiver.  Generally, when a camera or other wireless device has a choice of radio frequencies from which to operate it’s said to have multiple channels; in contrast, when a digital video recorder or DVR can work with a maximum number of 8 cameras it is said to have 8 channels.

Security Camera King features several complete CCTV security camera system packages.  These packages are categorized by the number of channels the system can handle.  In addition to the number of cameras, these systems can also be categorized by DVR type.  There are 4 such DVRs available in our complete system packages.  They are the Elite Mini Economy, the Elite Mini HD, the Elite Series, and the Ultimate Series.

Besides number of channels and DVR type, security Camera King also offers these feature systems with two basic cabling options.  The first includes plug N play cables and the second is a bulk cable option.

The plug n play cable option includes a 100 foot long RG59/Power Cable complete with BNC connectors and power plugs terminating each end of the cable.   Basically, with these systems all that is needed is to mount the cameras run the cable and plug each of the cable ends into the camera and DVR.  These packages also include a small transformer that plugs into any wall outlet to supply the cameras with power.

The bulk cable option includes a power distribution box(es) 500 feet or more of Siamese rg59/18-2 and all the BNC and Power plugs necessary to connect the cameras to the DVR and power supply.  The BNC connectors are twist-on connectors so no additional equipment is needed for these systems.  The bulk cable option is especially useful for cable runs over 100 feet in length or very short cable runs as well.

These CCTV security camera systems offer powerful features at truly competitive, economic prices.  Starting with the cameras, here is a partial list of some of the features available:

No matter what DVR you choose, the all have a tremendous amount of functions and features with some having more than others.  The following is a partial list of DVR features:

  • Pentaplex operation;
  • Various digital video file copy/back-up options;
  • Various output display options including matrix viewing;
  • Internet compatible;
  • PTZ camera control;
  • Some models may be used to control input/output from burglar alarm sensors; and,
  • Various video image controls.

After you know the size of the system you’ll need to determine what type of DVR that you desire.  Finally, determine your cabling options.  If any single camera has a cabling run of a distance of greater than 100 feet, consider the bulk cable option.

If you have any questions regarding the purchase, use, or installation of a Security Camera King CCTV Security Camera system, contact one of our security experts today via on-line “Live Chat” or by telephone at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6 PM EST.


About Security Camera King

Security Camera King is not just a Web wholesaler; we are a security manufacturing and distribution company that stands behind our product and we make sure to only sell CCTV Systems that we would use ourselves. We will never try to sell you something you wouldn't truly need. We also offer free technical assistance for the life of the product you have purchased from us.

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