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What are all those wires for in our TP Series 2MP IP Security Cameras?

There is a new line of High Definition 2 Megapixel IP Security Cameras here at, our TP Series. These IP cameras can deliver an amazing, crisp detail at 1080p True HD that is far beyond the quality of other security cameras. The TP series of HD Security Cameras are offered at a competitive price point that makes IP Megapixel Cameras affordable to the end user.

The reason why 1080p is so important in home, retail and government security (to name a few environments) is the clarity of the video. Most security systems out there are made up of Analog DVRs and Cameras and recording at D1 (720 x 480 pixels). Our line of TP IP cameras record at 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels). The difference in size allows you to zoom in without the image getting distorted (or pixelized). I had a customer call the other day and say that he was reviewing some footage of a break-in and wanted to zoom in on the burglar’s tattoo but the image was so distorted it was not detectable. I asked him if it was an analog camera that captured the footage and he said it was. I told him that 2MP IP Camera would capture a better image since there is less distortion when zooming than an analog camera. Next time it could mean an arrest. He was sold and upgraded his whole system to IP.

Long Range TP Series Bullet Security Camera


What makes this 2MP Bullet Security Camera so amazing is not only can it record at 1080p, but it can manually zoom and see at night up to 150 feet!. But, the only thing is when you take the camera out of the box you might think to yourself, “What are all those freaking wires coming out of the camera?” No fear, I will give you full rundown of what they are.


A. This is the 12vDC Power port. This camera can be powered with either PoE (Power over Ethernet) or 12v DC.
B. This is a USB Port for a Thumb Drive. You can use this camera as a stand-alone camera to record your surveillance without the need of an NVR (Network Video Recorder).
C. This is the Alarm in/out port. You can set up triggering events coming in from devices such as a PIR sensor which tells the camera if someone has passed in from of that sensor. When the camera has a trigger, it can then relay out to a Siren or a strobe in the hopes that the intruder will go away.
D. This is the Audio In port. You can plug in a microphone and enjoy not only seeing your video, but also hearing as well. This is very important at times especially in a work environment.
E. This is the system reset button. Use this to revert back to the camera’s default settings.
F. This is the Audio Out port. Use this to set up a speaker.
G. This is the RJ45 Port. This camera can be powered through this port if you connect to a POE switch or an NVR with inboard POE ports. Video is also sent through this port, so if you power the camera via 12v DC, you still need to connect an Ethernet cable to this port and run it to your network device.
H. This is the RS485 port. There are not a lot of circumstances where you might need to use this. If you did not have an NVR and you also had a PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) Camera, you could control the PTZ through the Web Interface of this Bullet Camera.
I. This is a video output port. You can use this to hook up to an external monitor for viewing if you did not have an NVR. Also, you can use this port to connect to a service monitor at installation to make sure you have the correct angle, zoom and focus you require for your surveillance needs.


There are other buttons and ports that you will want to know about also:
1. This is the manual zoom dial. This camera is equipped with a 2.8-12mm manual zoom lens. 2.8mm is a spectacular wide angle view to give an overview of places such as a parking lot. If you need a closer view, use the zoom feature. A good rule is to use one fixed lens camera for the overall view and a camera with a zoom to narrow in to a specific area such as a gated entrance.
2. This is the focus dial. Use this to focus the camera after zooming into the desired view.
3. This is the Video Test port. After you install the camera and hide all those wires, you might want to zoom in or out to create a different view. Without having to run back to your monitor to see if the camera is in focus, you can use the supplied adapter, plug it into this port and then attach the other end to a service monitor. Of course you can also use our free software to view the camera from your Smart device and use that as a service monitor.
4. This is the LED Level dial. Use this to increase/decrease the LED’s to affect the IR (infrared) of the camera for night viewing. If the night view is getting washed out or if there is not enough light, then use this dial.
5. This is the OSD Cap. Make sure this is tightened to avoid water damage to the camera.
6. These 4 holes are where the supplied screws go to install the camera.

You will be impressed in the quality of the video that this 2MP Indoor/Outdoor Varifocal Bullet Security camera can deliver. There are many great uses for this camera either in a home or a commercial environment. The most important thing to remember is that an HD camera such as this could mean the difference between a
positive identity arrest versus trying to verify features through a distorted image.

With the purchase of this camera, you receive free tech support so if you ever need to know in more detail what “all those freaking wires do”, we are as close as a phone call, chat or email.

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