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The Different Technologies

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Understanding the Different Technologies

We understand this is likely the first time you have been in the market for a video surveillance system. All the different sales hype and technical terms can be confusing. Our color coded system makes the right choice easy! The leading technologies used in video surveillance equipment are listed below. Each has its benefits and each has a few limitations. Having a basic understanding of each will help you choose the one that is right for you.

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Our Ultra-HD Series offers the best performance on the market...period!

This high performance technology is IP based using standard network cable such as Cat5 or Cat6 to transmit the video signal. The built in PoE (Power over Ethernet) means only one cat5 cable is needed from the DVR to the camera location to transmit the video and power the camera; true plug &play install!

  • Ultra HD Video: 3 & 4 Megapixel plus 2K & 4K Options
  • PoE - Power over Ethernet
  • Plug & Play Installation
  • Top Performance on the Market

Ultra-HD cameras

You choose how you record; On-site, to the cloud or both!


You want to record "off-site"? No problem! The easiest remote viewing setup and recording on the planet! Connect your cameras to the Angelcam cloud in two minutes or less. No NVR needed. Angelcam is a cutting edge remote viewing and cloud storage service. Send one camera or several to the cloud; its a piece of cake because your cameras are already programmed for quick setup. Setup is simple, just connect your camera to a internet modem or router; create your angelcam account online; and start viewing and recording your camera(s) to our secure and reliable cloud.

4, 16 & 32 Channel Ultra HD NVR Network Video Recorders

Using an Ultra-HD NVR you can record crystal clear 4k video "on-site" while at the same time sending the video to our secure cloud for free recording and storage. Each camera can record to the NVR, or the cloud, or both. This NVR provides the highest video clarity available! No other system offers this level of unmatched flexibility.

Ultra NVR Features

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Elite-IP Series offers powerful networking and custom programming options allowing you to adapt its operation to your specific needs. The software is refined and flexible and easy to use. The versatility of the programming makes the unit perfect for custom applications. All Elite systems can be remotely managed using the PSS software for PC and Mac computers.

DVR Software
  • User Friendly Interface
  • HD View & Recording
  • Custom Multi Camera Viewing
  • Motion Activated Recording
  • Alarm Response
  • Pan, Tilt, Zoom Control
  • Multi Camera Playback
  • Smart Search
  • Remote Viewing; Internet & Smart Phones
  • Supports Multiple Locations
  • Secure Connections
  • Easily Customized

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HD-CVI High Definition Over Coax Cable

HD-CVI is the newest technology on the block and one that offers a great balance between performance and price. HD-CVI stands for High Definition “Composite Video Interface” and provides a completely different method of transmitting video signals up to 1500 feet over the same coax cable CCTV systems use. CVI cameras are offered in a large selection of HD 1080p and HD 4 megapixel resolutions. Based on the performance, price and durability of the equipment, CVI is quickly becoming the best value on the market.

The software is embedded into the DVR and is point and click driven; easy to understand and use. Just plug the mouse into the USB port, turn the system on and its instantly operating. Simple motion activated recording, remote access and easy recording play back are the most popular features.

Easy Install
CVI equipment offers the simplest install of all the technologies. Easy to mount cameras, quick connect cables (no specialty tools needed), plug and play PTZ cameras and simple remote viewing setup are just a few of the advantages.

Rugged & Reliable
CVI equipment is very dependable. The embedded operating system ensures constant operation and is immune to freezing, viruses and power spikes. The cameras transmit the video signal over coax cable; coax transmission is substantially more reliable and durable than network cable. Longer distances is also a big advantage of using coax cable; video can be transmitted up to 1500 feet with coax where as network cable is limited to 220 feet as is all PC based network devices.

Feature Rich
CVI systems are packed with the industries latest features including; motion activated recording, audio recording, remote viewing (internet, network, smart phone, tablets, apple), plug & play pan-tilt-zoom setup and much more.

Hybrid DVRs

A Hybrid DVR allows different technology cameras to be used on the same unit; combining them into one operating system. For example our CVI Hybrid DVRs allow CVI, IP and CCTV cameras to use on the same system. This can be extremely helpful if you are upgrading an existing CCTV system but do not want to switch out all the cameras at once. We offer several hybrid DVR's and NVR's. Please call one of our support representatives to help select the right one for you.

Night Vision & Resolution

Most of our cameras are equipped with night vision; a cost effective solution for day and night surveillance. The cameras automatically switch from day operation to night vision when the light level drops below a certain point. For the money the night vision is very good but you should expect to see a 15-20% drop in resolution in night vision mode. By industry standards this is still considered exceptional performance. The video sample below explains how night vision works and provides examples.

How Night Vision Works

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