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Choosing the Right System

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We understand this is likely the first time you have been in the market for a video surveillance system. All the different systems and sales hype can be confusing. Below we have detailed the most popular systems. If you find it confusing and would like help selecting the right equipment, give us a call or book and appointment with an expert. Expert System Design Well be glad to help!

You might be surprised to know, many people unknowingly make their choice of camera systems based on bad information! That's where we come in!
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1. Should you choose your system based on camera clarity and resolution?

NO, not at all! Each of our systems and technologies offer a wide selection of 1080p, 2k, 4mp, 8mp and 4K cameras. Every system records in all HD video formats. So using a specific camera resolution as the basis of choosing your system does not narrow the selection. Selecting the right camera for each location is very important, but camera resolution should not be used to select the entire system.

High Performance Software - Latest Features

2. Should you choose your system based on recording and viewing features?

NO, not at all! This does not narrow your choice either. All our systems are packed with the latest software features that allow you to customize the operation to perfectly meet your needs. All our video recorders are equipped with:

  • Motion Activated Recording
  • Digital Zoom
  • Pan-tilt-zoom Controls
  • Audio Recording
  • Remote Viewing
  • Remote Alerts
  • Scheduled Recording
  • Multi-camera Live Viewing
  • Muilt-camera Playback
  • Object Search
  • And Much More!

So using a feature to select your system does not narrow your choice either.

High Performance Software - Latest Features 3. Should you choose your system based on remote viewing features?

NO again!
All of our systems have the best remote viewing features built-in. Connecting your video recorder to your internet modem or router is all it takes to get you up and running smoothly. You can manage your system using a home computer, business network, IPad or smart phone, all of which are built into every Backstreet system. No monthly fees, no additional equipment, and easy "no hassle" setup.

So how do you choose the right system for you?
It’s really quite simple. How are you going to transmit the video signal from the camera to the video recorder? Are you going to use wireless, coax, network cable, Cat6 or Cat5? Do you need a custom solution to get video from the camera to the video recorder? This is where your choice greatly affects the ease of installation, system performance and eventually your final satisfaction with your choice.

Wireless or "Wire Free" Wifi and wiress
Lets clear up one myth. Wireless cameras are not completely wireless. They require constant power. Only the video transmission is wireless. Battery powered cameras are a waste of time and money. They do not provide real security or reliable surveillance.

One of our Pro’s Golden Rules states it best. Only consider wireless if running a cable from the camera locations to the video recorder or a network port is not possible. The main benefit of wireless is convenience, not performance and reliability.


HD Video Over Coax Cable - Our CVI series uses coax cable (just like the old analog systems) to transmit HD video. Be careful not to discount this technology just because it uses coax cable. Our new CVI systems can transmit video up to 2,000 feet on coax. And it supports all the HD resolutions 1080p, 2k, 4mp, 8mp and 4K.

CVI Video Transmission Distances

Why would you choose CVI? It’s easy to install, it is the lowest cost solution of all the technologies, and the cabling and cameras are more durable than IP cameras and cables. CVI is an old wiring technology with new cutting edge HD capability. CVI is also the right choice if you have an existing CCTV analog system and you want to upgrade it to cutting edge HD performance. It has all the same software features and remote viewing capabilities of more expensive systems. In fact our CVI Series and Elite-IP Series use the same NVR software. This offers something new in the market place; you can add Elite-IP cameras to your CVI system! Our CVI video recorders supports CVI, Analog CCTV and Elite-IP Cameras! Visit our security Blog for details.

Add Elite-IP Cameras to your CVI Video recorder

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IP Network - Video Over Cat5, Cat6 & Networks. This high performance technology is IP based using standard network cable such as Cat5 or Cat6 to transmit the video signal. The system offers flexible design, allowing cameras to be connected directly to the NVR or a network. The system is excellent for both home and business security application. Ultra systems do require a network router on-site for the (easy) two step setup. If the system will not be used for remote viewing, or an on-site router is not available, we would recommend our Elite-IP series. Elite does not require an on-site network for setup.

Because Ultra is IP based, it provides flexible configurations, allowing you to manage the system the way that best suits you.

Managing your system

Elite Series

Top Performance - Flexible Design Options. Our Elite-IP series can be used as a stand-alone system, meaning no network is required for setup. But the system is network based and creates its own network between the cameras and the NVR. This eliminates the need to have an on-site modem, router or network. Elite offers all the design flexibility of the Ultra series and more. Using the multi-site management software, business managers can effectively manage one or multiple facilities, from one or multiple locations. If you are looking for an easy to use but powerful business video surveillance solution, Elite-IP is a great choice. The system allows IP cameras to be connected directly to the video recorder using the built-in PoE feature, or to any network port on an existing network.

The Ultra & Elite series both use Cat5 or Cat6 network cable. The cable transmits video as well as delivers power to the camera. Maximum cable distance is shown below.

Cat5 and Cat6 maximum cable lengths

Smart Solutions to Difficult Wiring Problems.


If you find running a cable from the video recorder location to your internet modem (for remote viewing) is a problem, this kit is the answer. Plug one unit into the wall outlet and connect the video recorder to it using a network cable. At the modem location, plug the other unit into the wall outlet and use a network cable to connect the two. The power line units transmit the video data signal across your home or business 110v power grid. A simple, easy solution to a hard wire run.

Power line video transmission

If you have, let's say a detached garage and you would like to install cameras on the garage, but you do not have a way to wire the camera or camera(s) to the video recorder located in your home, this kit is the solution. Simply install the cameras on the garage and wire them to a PoE unit (Power over Ethernet). This is the unit powers the cameras. Then connect the PoE to one of the transmitters. In the home, plug the other unit into a wall outlet and using a network cable, connect the unit to a camera input on the video recorder or your internet router. All the cameras will be transmitted across your power wiring to the video recorder. You can transmit up to 16 cameras this way with one kit.

Power line video transmission 2

CVI Video Transmission Distances 2


This wireless kit builds a reliable high performance network covering a 1000 feet. Perfect for transmitting your video security signals. The system can be configured in several different ways. Below are the most common applications.This wireless link is compatible with our Ultra-HD and Elite Series and it can be used as a bridge between a CVI video recorder and an internet modem.

Wifi Video Transmission Kit

We support only Backstreet Surveillance wireless products. Our technicians can only support equipment purchased from us. If you are planning to have factory help with the setup of the wireless link, please purchase the items from us.

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