Security Cameras Start Guide


All of our products come with FREE lifetime technical support by phone, email or chat. Our technicians are here to help with whatever questions you might have. We can help guide you through the step-by-step process of building the best surveillance system with tips on the best cameras, recorders and accessories for your needs and budget. Our team will make sure you have everything you need for the most affordable cost. When building your security system there are a few questions you need to ask yourself:



What should I expect to pay?
What should I look for?
Why do I need a security system?
Should I get a Hardware-based DVR or a PC-based DVR?
About Security Cameras
Remote Viewing


Other Common Questions:



What Should I Expect To Pay?

We have to really stress the difference here between “price” and “cost”. The security system with the cheapest “price” does not necessarily come at the cheapest “cost” in the long run if it fails to meet your needs or expectations. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. For example, if you find a basic 4CH system for $300-$400 from a large bargain retailer, it might seem like a great buy at the time… but what happens when those cameras have video quality that is too poor to properly identify a criminal? Or the system malfunctions and there is no one to call and no warranty? The cost skyrockets. If you run into technical issues they refer you to the manufacturer. They will be in another country. Often it is difficult to communicate with the support person. We've seen this time and time again. Customers come to us after a bad experience buying from a big name retailer.

Some companies may try to sell you a cloud-connected security camera for $150-250. The resolution on these cameras is usually 720p or 1080p. Paid reviewers will write about how they are top rated, easy solutions, but they won’t mention other costs, such as the $10-$20 you will be paying per month for cloud storage. You end up paying in $120-$240 a year for the “simplicity” of such a setup. With a dedicated CCTV security system, you save yourself the yearly fees and you remain in control of your own footage which is safely stored on your own DVR.

World Eye Cam also offers basic security systems. But we always ensure the buyer has a realistic understanding of the basic systems capabilities.
Larger systems such as a 12 Camera System of 16 Camera System, will cost between $1,700-$2,000 for an entry level system. A top-of-the-line system will cost $3,500-$4,500. Know your needs and what to look for to find the right security camera system for you.




What should I look for?

Before looking down long lists of product specs, ask yourself a few questions:

Do you need to see detail, even in low light or darkness?

- Be sure to look for for cameras with built-in infrared (IR) LED’s.

Would you like your cameras to be Wi-Fi compatible?

- Look for Wireless IP Cameras. Normal security installations require running coaxial cable from the camera to the DVR. Cameras within 500 feet of the DVR do fine with this method, but once the cable runs more than 750 feet it begins to significantly degrade the video quality. The video will lose clarity and definition. This tends to be a normal situation for warehouses and carparks. IP Cameras resolve this issue by processing the images on the camera. They send a wireless digital signal instead of analog. The cameras can then be connected to a local hardwire switch using Ethernet cable. You can also connect them to a wireless router.

- Transmitting over wi-fi or Ethernet achieves higher video quality, shorter cable runs, and easier installation. For wireless IP Cameras, just plug in the wall transformer. You can assign an IP address during the camera setup. The camera can then be wall mounted or placed on a desktop. They can also be moved as your security needs change.



Where will you be mounting the cameras?

- If you need cameras for indoor use, range usually won’t be much of an issue, unless it’s a large indoor space such as a warehouse or storage facility. For outdoor cameras that need a longer range of vision (clear footage over more than 100 feet) we recommend long range cameras.
How far / wide can the security cameras see?

- The answer to this question depends on your lens size and width. The larger your lens size, the farther you’ll generally be able to see. Our HD Bullet Camera with BNC output has a 2.8-12mm varifocial lens that allows it to see up to 100 feet. Our powerful Ranger PTZ comes with a 3.4-122.4mm zoom lens that lets you see up to 300 feet.
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How wide of a viewing angle you have is dependent on the image sensor.
Common sizes are 1/4” and 1/3”. Larger image sensors allow more light into the picture and give you a wider angle of view. For example, a 3.6mm lens will see almost 80 degrees wide. If you put it in the corner of a room you’ll see pretty much the entire room. A 50mm lens,will only give you a viewing angle of roughly 5 degrees wide. It’s like a camcorder, if you zoom in you can see farther away but your scene gets narrower.

What recording resolution do I need?


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is a common question when it comes to surveillance systems. Our systems range from 420 lines of resolution up to full HD 1080p resolution. 420-550 lines is enough for indoor systems monitoring a single area within 50 feet. If you are watching longer distances we recommend stepping up to 700+ resolution. 700+ provides a noticeable bump in image quality.
o If you want the best system available on the market get an HD-SDI Complete System.
o These systems provide recorded footage equal to your HDTV in full 1080p resolution. That is a 400%+ bump in resolution compared to standard 400-500 line cameras. The image below is a cropped version of two screenshots found here on our site. They illustrate the raw power that HD cameras have over standard definition cameras. The difference is image quality and pixels captured.

Do I need weatherproof cameras?

o If you need cameras to record outdoors it's wise to go with weatherproof cameras. It is worth the extra peace of mind to know your cameras are not affected by extreme rain or wind. You can also place them under an awning or area that is covered and dry 100% of the time. We offer a wide range of outdoor security cameras that are weatherproof. Even in the toughest conditions.

Do I need varifocal or fixed lens cameras?

o For cameras with a fixed length lens, measuring for field of view must be precise. Once the camera in place, what you see is what you get. A camera with an adjustable lens will give you greater flexibility during installation.
o Not all lenses are made alike. There are three main categories of lenses: fixed focal length with a manual iris, vari-focal length with a manual iris, and vari-focal length with an automatic iris. The iris determines how much light the lens allows in the camera. Manual means the iris setting is constant until you adjust it. Automatic means the camera adjusts itself to lighting conditions.
o Manual Iris works best inside office buildings where lighting is constant. You only need to adjust the manual iris during installation. If light in the environment changes over the course of the day get an automatic iris.
o To illustrate the difference, imagine going to the optometrist for an eye exam. When the optometrist dilates your pupils it like seeing with a manual iris. Your pupil, like the iris of a camera lens, forces your eye to allow in as much light as possible. In a dim room, you see clearly.When you walk outside your eyes flood with light. This makes your vision out of focus and creates blind spots within your field of view.
o Fixed length or vari-focal length: the ability to adjust the camera’s field of view. Vari-focal lenses come in a 3 configurations: 2.8mm-12mm, 4mm-9mm, or 5mm-50mm. These are adjustable.
o Fixed focal lenses are available in in various sizes. These lenses have a set scope (fixed) to the noted lens size. The smaller the lens size, the wider the field of view. Camera lenses with the same focal length can produce different fields of view. Before you make a camera selection, know how you want the camera to perform.



How easily can I set up Remote Viewing on my security cameras?

o This process will be different for every security system out there. We recommend this tutorial for your iMaxCam Pro camera and this tutorial if you're using Uniview.
o All World Eye Cam DVRs are remote viewing capable out of the box. Our World Eye Cam software lets you use remote viewing with almost any security camera. You can watch live events and recorded video from any computer. You can also use our apps for tablets and smartphones. This includes iPhones, iPads, Android Phones, and more!
o All you need is a high-speed Internet connection to your DVR. More specific instructions for remote viewing systems are here.

How much storage space do I need?

o Our handy DVR storage calculator should help you with this step. It will give you a rough idea how much hard drive space you will need to hold your footage. Next you should decide what framerate you want your cameras to record. 7.5 frames per second per camera is the minimum. This will look like a group of photos linked together. But, it will allow weeks of footage on most hard drives. 15 frames per second will be much smoother but still a bit choppy. 30 FPS will look just as good as the footage you watch on television in most cases.
It is important to consider the company you are purchasing a security system from. Do they meets these requirements:

Do they deal solely in security products or is it just another line in their business?

o Big name retailers sell millions of CCTV security systems every year. Then the return period expires. You are stuck with overseas technical support when something goes wrong. Don't settle for that. Buy from a USA-based retailer who sells just security camera systems. This provides the best value for your dollar in the long run.

How long have they been in the business?

o Companies in business more than 10 years are more likely to still be there years from now. World Eye Cam, for example, has been in business for over 20 years.

What is the knowledge level of the sales person?

o Do they know just enough about the product specs to try and sell you a pre-packaged system? Do they have a salesperson who listens to your input? Who makes recommendations based on your needs and wants? All World Eye Cam employees have years of experience in the video security industry. They will help you design the proper system that meets your expectations.

Is technical support in house or a foreign call center?

o We've been over this one already, but don't settle for outsourced call centers. Make sure the system you buy has technical support based here in the USA. A company who offers lifetime technical support such as World Eye Cam.



Why do I need a security system?


There are as many reasons to own a security system as there are security systems available. The single most important reason is your peace of mind and your safety. Having the ability to check up on what matters to you any time, from anywhere, makes a world of difference.
You can also ensure that you will never walk into a dangerous situation. You can view your live or recorded video from any browser or smart phone before you go. It is easy to view your business or home before you arrive.

For Small Businesses:

In a business setting, a CCTV security system serves several purposes.

1. It keeps employees and customers honest. Research has shown that people are significantly less likely to even try to break rules or laws when a security camera is in place and visible.
2. It helps you identify the shopping patterns of your customers. See where they go and when.
3. Security cameras shorten and end disputes between customers and employees. Having unbiased proof of exactly what happened means any argument can be settled quickly and fairly.
4. Prevent employee theft and harassment.

For Factories/Warehouses:

In a factory or warehouse setting, a video security system also serves multiple purposes.

1. You have 24-hour video footage of the warehouse or any storage area. This might pay big dividends if you have ever experienced inventory shrinkage.
2. In the event of a break-in you can provide the authorities with a recorded video of the event. This will improve their chances of solving the crime. This makes it easier to report to insurance too.
3. A full security system for your business provides recorded video of any on-site accidents. Footage of the accident can help determine if the accident was legitimate. Prevent intentional "accidents" attempting to get a cash settlement for injuries.

How do I know I have the right equipment for my application?

Do you have experience designing video security systems? If not, picking a complete system can be a daunting task. Designing the right system for your application is hard. You can definitely DIY it. But, your best result will come from working with security experts. Those who have decades of experience in designing the right system for any application. Either way, you should answer the questions below before shopping for system components:

• Will the cameras be indoors or outdoors?
• Are the cameras I'm getting outdoor capable? Weatherproof?
• Do you want to be able to view good quality video in low light or dark conditions?
• Are the cameras I'm getting night vision/low light capable?
• What are the lowest and highest temperatures expected where you will mount the cameras?
• Is the system to be used for a home or business?
• If for a home, 400 or 550 lines of resolution will suffice for most installations.
• If for a business, our professional grade 700TVL cameras are recommended. You will have high quality video to help identify criminals.
• Do you want your DVR to record 24/7 or only to record when detecting motion? This can be set for each camera in the system.
• What is the best FPS to record in for my situation? 7.5FPS, 15FPS, or 30FPS?
• How long do you want to keep recorded video before recording over the oldest video? The answer will determine the size of the hard drive needed.
• Is it important to view your system remotely? Live or Recorded?



Should you get a Hardware-based DVR or a PC-based DVR?


Hardware-based DVRs...
• Do not require computer skills and offer a wide range of recording capabilities.
• Come with an embedded Linux OS for trouble-free service.
• Can record up to 16 camera channels at once and to one or more hard drives.
• Can capture both audio and video at recording rates of 60 to 480 frames per second (FPS).

PC-based DVRs...
• Offer the best flexibility for managing multiple sites.
• Easily upgradeable. All our PC DVRs are expandable up to 32 cameras. This includes Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) security cameras.
• They all come with our World Eye Cam Evolution software. The software supports a variety of recording modes, alarms, and schedules.
• Motion detection recording allows you to adjust sensitivity levels for each security camera. You can block out areas you want the software to ignore.

If these questions seem daunting, a do it yourself project might not be the best route. If you want help choosing the correct system for your property, home, office, retail store, or warehouse talk to one of our friendly, expert security technicians.



About Security Cameras


How can I be sure I have everything I need for a complete system?

Shopping online for a security camera system is not always easy. Do you have that ache in your gut from having recently been violated by a vandal or intruder? Maybe you worry about how much you can spend in relation to how much protection you need. Worried you might get oversold or under-protected. There are so many factors that must play together perfectly. You need a system for your home or business that you can plug in and start using, that is within your budget, that you feel good about purchasing. Don’t panic. This is perfectly normal. We at World Eye Cam can help you process the information you need before you buy any equipment. Every complete system out there should include the following:

• The number of cameras needed.
• The correct length of Siamese cable to connect each camera to the DVR.
• A power supply designed to provide power to all of the security cameras in your system.
• A DVR with enough channels to connect to all of your cameras
• Enough hard drive storage to store your recorded video from all cameras.
• Optional - If you wish to view the video at a dedicated location, you might add a video monitor to the system.


Can I install this system myself?

Luckily, most security systems are designed as “easy install” with the customer in mind. We cover most of the asked self-installation questions below: What tools will I need? How do I mount it to metal, wood, concrete, or a drop tile ceiling?

• If you are mounting to metal, wood, or a drop tile ceiling, a cordless drill is all you need (this assumes your system comes with pre-made siamese cables). Take extra caution when mounting cameras to a drop tile ceiling. Drop tiles can only support a small amount of additional weight. If you are mounting to concrete, you need a cordless drill with a heavy duty drill bit. The hole must be big enough to fit the siamese cable through. Be vary careful when drilling through resilient materials like concrete or wooden studs. Make sure to drill the hole only as big as needed.

How are the cameras mounted?

• Wondering how to best mount security cameras? Most of ours are made for wall or ceiling mounting. They come with brackets that are adjustable for either scenario. Consult the included installation instructions on the preferred mounting applications for your security cameras.

How hard is it to wire the security system myself?

• Running the cable from the cameras back to the DVR is the most time-consuming step. You will only have to run one cable from the back of every security camera to your DVR (assuming you are using high quality siamese cable). This does not account for motion sensors or microphones. These will add to your wiring job. Often, you will have to run wires through ceilings, walls, or rafters. We have a helpful "How to Wire" guide that can walk you through this step. Everything else is designed to be plug and play.

How do I align the security cameras once they are installed?

• This step can be frustrating without a second person to assist. You will likely need a second person to assist in aligning each camera. One person will need to be near your DVR/Video Monitor. They provide feedback to the other person to help get the cameras aligned properly. If youa re working alone, a portable LCD camera service monitor can keep you from running back and forth from the camera to your video monitor to get the picture just right.

If you have other questions during installation, call the retailer your purchased from.

Once installed, where can I watch my cameras live from?

So you have your security system up and running. You now have two distinct options on how to view your live footage.

On-Site:

You can connect a video monitor to your DVRs video output. Then you can view your cameras from a given location inside your home or business. This gives you a centralized location to review your footage. Bigger businesses often prefer this setup. It allows a private space for a security administrator to watch video streams 24/7.

Remote Viewing:

Most CCTV security systems nowadays offer options for remote viewing.

Connect your DVR to your local internet connection. It can then broadcast the live and recorded footage to a wide variety of devices such as:

• Desktop PC's
• Macs / MacBooks
• Laptops
• Android Phones
• Android Tablets
• iPhones
• iPads
• Smartphones
• And more!


People often use remote viewing to watch a facility before entering. Then they can be sure they are not walking into a dangerous situation. Others sometimes use the remote viewing to watch an employee they have concerns about. Regardless of how you use it, remote viewing is definitely essential in buying a security system today. To set up remote viewing on your own home security systems check out our Remote Viewing Help Guide.



How long can I keep recorded video?


How long you can keep recorded video depends on available hard drive storage space. Keeping full 24-hour footage on a multiple camera system will require a BIG hard drive. Our DVR Storage Calculator will give you the best idea on your storage needs.

A few examples:

• (1) 480p Security Camera recording video for 7 days, 24 hours/day, will require about 146GB under the following conditions:

• 30 FPS Framerate
• H.264 Encoding
• No Audio

• (4) 480p Security Cameras recording video for 7 days, 24 hours/day, will require about 582GB under the following conditions:

• 30 FPS Framerate
• H.264 Encoding
• No Audio

• (12) 480p Security Cameras recording video for 7 days, 24 hours/day, will require about 1746GB or 1.70TB under the following conditions:

• 30 FPS Framerate
• H.264 Encoding
• No Audio


The examples above use the maximum possible FPS rate and 24/7 recording. If you need to record less than 24/7 or can accept a lower FPS rate you could use a smaller drive. A 1TB or 2TB hard drive is absolutely required for good quality video on almost any installation.

You can always pull recorded footage off onto a flash drive or portable hard drive. This is helpful if there is a specific incident you need to keep permanently.

Miscellaneous

I want to be able to...

Record in High Definition.

• If you want to record in high definition, you'll need to install an HD-SDI system. HD-SDI stands for "High-Definition Serial Digital Interface". It allows you to run 1080p video through a standard coaxial cable. The wiring isn't any more complex or expensive than regular cable. HD-SDI provides a huge jump in picture quality. It is equal to HD programming you view on your HDTV at home. This eliminates the frustration of old security systems. Their quality generally fails to identify small details like characters on a license plate. The 1080p resolution that HD-SDI provides is top rated and can help an investigation. The security cameras and DVR must be HD-SDI compliant to record full 1080p footage. HD-SDI DVRs are a great upgrade for pre-existing security camera systems as well. You can replace your standard DVR with a hybrid HD-SDI DVR. You will only need to replace old analog cameras in the locations that are most important. You can simply reconnect the cameras you're not replacing. You can do this in just a few hours.

Hide these cameras from normal view.

• There are hundreds of security cameras that appear to be something else. Hidden security cameras can look like clocks, smoke detectors, motion sensors and other items. The downside of these "nanny cam" type cameras is that they don’t generally record good video quality. Often they fail to produce a clear enough picture of an intruder. • There are many ways you can hide your regular security cameras. You can at least make them less obvious to intruders:

floor plant or flower pot.
a child's toy.
a bookcase.
bird feeder.
faux smoke detector.
box of tissues.
wall clock.
Entertainment Center.
And hundreds more!

Control the camera myself.

• Do you want to be able to control the direction and zoom of your camera? You will need a PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) Camera. You will also need a PTZ controller. PTZ controllers require wiring separate from the camera power and video cable. For this reason, installing a PTZ camera is a bit more complex than a basic camera install. This PTZ controller is what grants you full control over the camera once installed. Learn more about the benefits of PTZ cameras. Hear audio and/or have microphones on my cameras.

If you want to hear and record audio, each security camera will need a microphone. The mic can be built in to the camera or external. You must know how many cameras need you need recording audio BEFORE shopping. It is important to plan for this at the beginning. Running an extra wire for audio after you have already wired your system can be a big pain. Run this audio wire along with the Siamese video power cable from each camera to your DVR. You can use zip ties where necessary to keep things nice and neat. Having a clean install makes it a lot easier if you ever upgrade your system in the future.

Record during the night.

If you need to record video at night, there are night vision cameras available. First, determine the size of the area you need to view. Then consider what resolution of the footage you need. Some night vision cameras come with built-in infrared lights. If you need crystal clear night vision of large spaces, these may not be enough. You can add a dedicated IR Illuminator. They can make your picture crystal clear even in pitch black conditions. These infrared illuminators work with any IR sensitive PTZ camera, Long Range Camera, or License Plate Camera.

Technologies



BNC or IP with POE?

When building your surveillance system one of the first questions you will need to ask yourself is: what type of system technology do I want to use? There different types of surveillance systems, each with advantages and disadvantages. You will need to consider your budget and surveillance needs when deciding between the following technologies:

IP- Network IP surveillance systems are at the cutting edge of video surveillance technology. They are quickly becoming the most popular choice for surveillance needs because they offer high resolution video and easy installation. These systems offer the highest resolution on the market, sometimes exceeding 12MP+ Megapixels . Cameras connect to the NVR via CAT5 cable and connect power using the same cable with PoE (Power Over Ethernet). IP camera systems use one network cable per camera, making the installation very easy since CAT5 cable is much thinner and easier ran inside conduit.

HD Analog - HD-CVI / HD-TVI / HD-AHD- This technology rivals that of Network IP systems without costing nearly as much. HD-CVI systems typically capture and display footage in 720p, 1080p and now up to 4mp resolutions with HD-CVI. The cameras and DVR connect via Coaxial (RG59) cable. Both copper core coax cable and copper clad aluminum coax cables perform well with these systems. HD-CVI cameras MUST be used with an HD-CVI DVR, or the NEW 5in1 Universal DVR listed below. If you are looking for a surveillance system that provides HD footage at an affordable cost then CVI may be the best option for you.

Analog- These systems use an analog signal to broadcast the video signal directly back to the DVR using Coax cable. Analog has the lowest resolution images on the market, typically between 500TVL-1000TVL.This is not a high definition system but it is the most used option on the market for decades. For customers on a tight budget, who do not need to capture a great deal of detail in their security footage, Analog may be the best option. However, it is important to note that analog system are quickly being phased out and replaced with higher definition systems. If you still want to go analog but have the option to upgrade your cameras at a later date, the 5in1 system would be your best choice.

Universal XVR's. Now Worldeyecam is offering 5in1 XVR's that will handle HD-CVI, TVI / AHD, IP and analog, so ANY system you have that you want to upgrade, our new 5-in-1 system will handle it. This means that your old cameras can still be used no matter what format they are, allowing you to get a new DVR and still use your old cameras and upgrade then as needed. With the new 5-in-1 systems, you don't have to pick the format you want to use, because it does it all!

Worldeyecam also offers Universal ACT Cameras that can switch between ANALOG, AHD, CVI and TVI technologies. We also have Universal DVRs that can record footage from analog, CVI and IP cameras. These options are great for customers that want to try a few different technologies before committing. They are also great for customers that are looking to gradually transition from an analog system to a high definition system. Also, now available is the 5-in-1 DVR, making it the Ultimate Universal DVR. Want to know how much storage space is needed ? Check out our Hard Drive Calculator.

An Introduction to Security Cameras

 

Introduction to different cameras



 

There are many different types of security cameras out there and if you are new to the security and surveillance system world, it can be a little confusing. When determining what the best cameras are for you, it is important to understand their functions. For example, certain cameras may look nice but they might not offer the features you need. Some cameras can be controlled remotely and others cannot, some are able to pan and tilt while others are more discreet. To help you determine which security camera best fits your needs, we have compiled a short introduction for the major camera types we offer.

 

Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera- These cameras can be adjusted quickly, change direction, zoom and even lock in on a person or object and follow it. They can spin around and angle up and down to capture multiple angles. A motorized interior mount is what allows these cameras to move. The cameras can be controlled remotely from a PC or smartphone. Users can pre-program movement or control it moment by moment. These are often recommended for users who need to monitor a large area like a warehouse. PTZ cameras are available in multiple technologies including Analog, CVI, TVI, SDI and IP.

 

Dome Camera- Like the name suggests these cameras are dome shaped and are available in both indoor and outdoor models. Most of these cameras are vandal-proof and water resistant which makes them durable and long lasting. While these cameras are not considered to be “hidden cameras,” the tinted dome around the camera means that people can’t tell if the camera is pointing at them which can be a useful tool in catching theft. Many models even come with night vision and long range capabilities. This style is very popular and available across multiple technologies.

 

Bullet Camera- Also sometimes referred to as a lipstick camera, these cameras are cylindrical shaped. There are models for both indoor and outdoor use. This style of camera may provide options for a varifocal lens but they are not typically pan/tilt/zoom capable. These cameras are discrete due to their small size and work great for filming a fixed location.

 

 

Box Camera- These are simple, box shaped cameras. Like bullet cameras, they have fixed and varifocal lens options and are not pan/tilt/zoom capable. Box cameras work with an industry standard C/CS mount and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The most common use for these cameras is to monitor traffic and traffic lights. They are larger than bullet cameras and not very discreet but can deter crime simply by being visible to potential criminals.

 

 

Fisheye Camera- These cameras are flat and discreet with a 360 wide lens that captures a panoramic image. These are often used overhead ceiling or wall mounted applications where 360 full monitoring is needed. While they are small and discreet they are still able to capture up to a 360 degree range. The fisheye lens will monitor all angles of a room. The wide lens is also known to distort images but with fisheye dewarping software this can be easily fixed.

 

 

LPR- License Plate Recognition cameras are surveillance cameras that are equipped with software that uses optical character recognition to read license plates. This can be a very useful tool for monitoring parking lots, gated entrances and traffic. For the best results we recommend using LPR cameras with infrared night vision so that clear images can be captured even in low light conditions. Also, while these cameras are available in Analog models, we recommend using high definition security cameras to make it easier to read license plate numbers and capture clear video.

 

 

Hidden Cameras-Also known as spy cameras or nanny cams. These discreet surveillance cameras are often hidden inside everyday items such as clocks or power outlets. They are especially effective for monitoring behavior of employees, nannies and pets without them knowing.We offer many different styles and options, some record footage onto an internal SD card while others would need to be connected to a DVR to record. There are hidden camera options in analog, CVI and IP technologies although typically the smaller or more hidden a camera is the lower the resolution will be.

 

 

Video Recorders

 

DVR and NVR Recorders. Which one is right for you?

 

One of the most important components of a surveillance system is the DVR. This is the device that will record and save all the footage collected by your security cameras. It is important to have a reliable DVR so you don’t lose important data. Most DVRs come in multiple channel options with internal SATA ports for hard drives. When choosing a DVR it is important to find one that is compatible with your cameras, has enough storage space for the footage you are recording and has enough channels to accommodate your cameras. Here we highlight a few of the main types of DVRs.

NVRs- Network Video Recorders are used for IP surveillance systems. They are only compatible with high definition IP security cameras. These devices operate over a network connection and can be placed anywhere, as long as they fall within the same network range as the security cameras. There are options for 4 channel systems all the way up to 128 channel systems. The multiple channel options make NVRs ideal for both small home security systems and large business security systems. Most of these systems will record footage in a 1080p resolution but there are 4K models available that record footage at an Ultra High Definition 12mp resolution.

DVRs- These are the standard devices you will use to record footage. DVRs are used mostly with Analog systems but there are models available for HD-over-Coax systems. Worldeyecam even offers Universal DVRs that are able to record footage from Analog, CVI and IP cameras all on one device. Like NVRs these devices record footage from compatible security cameras and come in multiple channel options. The DVR will need to be connected directly to the cameras via RG59 coaxial cable in order to capture and record camera footage. All security footage is stored on internal hard drives that need to be added separately.

Universal XVR's-  5in1 DVR's that will handle ADHD, CVI, TVI, IP and analog, so ANY system you have that you want to upgrade, our new 5in1 system will handle it. This means that your old cameras can still be used no matter what format they are, allowing you to get a new XVR and still use your old cameras and upgrade them as needed. With the new 5in1 systems, you don't have to pick the format you want to use, because it does it all! Allowing you to use RG-59 AND/OR Cat-5/6 for your camera connections.

HD-CVI DVR- These are a type of DVR that are compatible with only HD-CVI surveillance cameras. These systems are able to receive video and audio over Coaxial cable while also transmitting pan/tilt/zoom functions over the same cable. It can transmit up to 1500 feet which is much further than Network IP systems. The HD-CVI DVR systems record high definition video, up to a 1080p resolution. There are multiple channel options as well as options for ample HDD storage space.

GeoVision PC Based DVR- This is a custom built PC tower with GeoVision video capture cards installed for recording surveillance footage of older Analog cameras as well as new IP Cameras, createing a HYBRID IP System using Analog cameras as well as IP Cameras all on one system. Each system is designed and built to meet the customer’s exact specifications. Customize the DVR’s software, the number of channels, memory and HDD space. We have multiple options available and highly skilled technicians to walk you through the process of customizing your GeoVision DVR. These units can be made compatible with either IP or Analog based systems.

Another very important component of any NVR/DVR system is the hard drive. This is where all the surveillance footage will be stored so it is important that you have enough hard drive space in your system. Use our Hard Drive Calculator to determine just how much HDD space you will need to add to your recording system.

All of our Digital Video Recorders and Networks Video Recorders are capable of doing remote access. You can see your cameras anywhere in the world using our software and mobile applications available on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android Phones, Android Tablets, etc.

 

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Do you really need higher megapixel cameras?

 

 

The video surveillance industry is continuing to expand into higher resolution territory with new 8mp 4K IP Cameras and  4K ultra HD systems. As the industry moves further away from traditional analog you may be wondering if it’s time for you to upgrade your camera to higher megapixel resolutions. It may not be an immediate necessity for everyone to upgrade but surveillance cameras are going to continue to increase in MP so staying ahead of the game would be a good choice.

With the higher megapixel security cameras you are getting a greater resolution which means greater coverage and fewer cameras are needed to survey a given area. Basically, the better resolution of the cameras, the less you need. With a 3 or 4 megapixel camera you are able to identify objects at greater distances. Also you can use a wide angle overview with multiple focal points as opposed to the single focal point you get with low resolution cameras.

To get detailed images for facial recognition you need at least a 2mp surveillance camera. This means that high resolution cameras are especially critical in applications where identification is key such as banks, city surveillance and retail. If your needs include facial recognition for security and license plate reading then we recommend the highest resolution cameras possible.

While higher resolution cameras are more expensive, they typically require less cabling and they cover a larger area which will save you money in the long run. IP HD security cameras require only one cable and connect over an existing network so installation is a breeze. In the end megapixel cameras will save you money and installation time. When it comes to the safety and security of your home or business you don’t want to sacrifice quality.

 

Reasons to consider IP Cameras

 

4K Cameras provide extremely high detailed video

 

While the surveillance industry has widely adopted IP technology many users are still reluctant to embrace it. We hear many concerns about cost, installation and ease of use of these new systems. Most of these concerns are unnecessary and the reasons for upgrading to IP are far too numerous to ignore. Here we highlight just a few of the top reasons to upgrade to IP today:

High resolution- IP surveillance systems offer the highest resolution video footage on the market. While HD-over-Coax systems cap at around 2mp, IP systems can do up to 4K 12mp. The higher the resolution the clearer the images will be when zoomed in. This will help to capture greater detail such as faces and license plate numbers.

Lower cable cost- Only one network cable is needed to transmit video, audio, and power which can save you a ton on cable costs. You may even already have Cat5/Network cable at your location so you don’t have to purchase new cabling at all.

Future proof- The CCTV industry will continue to expand into IP territory as they move away from analog systems. IP surveillance systems can be easily updated for new capabilities and compatibility as technology advances.

Easy installation- These systems require few cables and with new updates they are easier than ever to get setup. There are many options available that are “plug and play” meaning all you need to do is plug the cameras and NVR in and you will be ready to start recording.

Easy to use- the simple Wizard interface menu will guide you through the process of changing camera settings and accessing recorded footage. It’s as simple as clicking your mouse.

IP Terms Glossary

 

 

While installing and maintaining your IP surveillance system there will be a few terms you will hear quite often. This IP Terms Glossary explains the commonly used terms you will need to understand.

Network IP - This would be one of the most advanced surveillance systems and is becoming the most widely used. IP stands for Internet Protocol. These systems transmit video wirelessly via an internet connection. Video quality is high at up to 12mp and can generally be transmitted up to about 330 feet. Since this system requires only PoE cables, it is easy to install.

Power Over Ethernet (PoE) - This is a system that transmits electrical power and a network connection over an Ethernet cable. A single cable can provide both power and a network connection to IP cameras if it is PoE. It works with standard network cabling such as Cat 5.

Cat-5 - An Ethernet cable, Cat 5 is a twisted pair cable that transmits signals. This is a standard network cable used for most IP video systems. Cat 5 cables have a 100 meter range but can be extended with LAN and Power over Ethernet extenders. Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables are enhanced versions of Cat 5 that allow for a higher network speed.

LAN - Local Area Network is a set of devices or computers in a small area that communicate on a private network. Your security cameras and NVR should be on the same LAN to ensure fast communication.

IP Address - An IP address is a unique set of numbers that identifies a network device. The IP address identifies where the network should be sending data. A device can be assigned a Static IP Address which requires the IP address be manually entered and can only be changed manually. It can also be assigned a Dynamic IP Address where another device on the network will assign the IP address. With a Dynamic IP Address, the IP address will be often changing so we recommend that security cameras be set up with a Static IP Address.

Subnet Mask - This is a number that divides traffic within a network. Having the correct Subnet Mask will help to maintain effective network connectivity.

Default Gateway - This is basically a router. It determines where network traffic will be sent. It receives network data then determines which device it should be sent to. All devices on your LAN will share a Default Gateway.

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