All systems consist of:
- - An imaging device (Camera)
- - A signal transmission technology (Cat5-Cat6 Network Cable or WiFi Wireless Connection)
- - A recording device (NVR or DVR)
- - A power source (PoE - Power Over Ethernet)
- - A display device (Monitor or TV).
While the configuration from one application to another will vary considerably, it is always some combination of these primary components.
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2 - Choosing the Right TechnologyThere are so many different technologies on the market: solar, battery, wireless, wired as well as Consumer Grade and Professional Grade versions of these products. How do you know which is right for you? (video)
3 - Industry Warranty's Indicate QualityA security camera's warranty is a good indication of its quality and how long you should expect it to last. Industry warranties range from 1 to 10 years. Know the warranty before you buy! (video)
4 - The Pro's Golden RulesThere are golden rules that should be considered when designing or purchasing any security camera system. We explain each rule so you "Get It Right the First Time"! (video)
5 - Understanding Resolution & Frame RatesLet's cut through the confusion and keep things simple when it comes to video clarity and resolution. Which resolution is right for your application? (video)
6 - Camera System ComponentsIt's important to learn the basic parts that are used in all video security camera systems: camera components, cable, recorders, monitors and internet connection. This video covers it all. (video)
7 - Best Camera Locations & HeightsLearn recommended camera fields of view, installation locations and heights for best coverage. Your design should be flexible while following these best practices.
8 - Selecting the Right Camera & MountOne size does NOT fit all! Learn how to select the right camera for each location. Optical Zoom vs Digital Zoom, how to capture license plates, color night vision & more. Follow the Pro's tips and get it right the first time. (video)
9 - Video Recorders & Best LocationsHow to select the right security NVR (network video recorder) for your application. Click through to learn the best locations for video surveillance recorders.
10 - Video Storage, Hard Drives & CloudUse our storage calculator to easily calculate what size hard drive need. Learn how to expand storage, protect against theft and what cloud options we offer. (video)
11 - PoE Units & How to Use ThemPoE units make installation more cost effective and provide flexible system design options. Learn what they are and how to use them.
12 - Wire & Cable - Alternative Transmission OptionsLearn how to wire a system, plan cable runs and design efficiently. If the camera installation is difficult, our wireless transmission options will solve the problem. (video)
13 - Business System DesignLearn how to design an effective business security camera system. Effectively secure your assets and employees while managing your business operations from anywhere. (video)
14 - Home System DesignLearn how to design an effective home security camera system to secure your home, assets and family. Monitor your home remotely from anywhere. (video)
15 - Interior Camera PlacementLearn how to effectively locate security cameras inside of your home or business for the best coverage while maintaining privacy.
16 - DIY Installation or Pro Install - You Choose!Most of our customers install the system themselves with our expert factory support, but you may want that clean professional installation completed by a pro. We support both options nationwide and you choose which you prefer. (video)
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18 - Customizing Kits - Sending Quotes - FinancingLearn how to customize any of our kits to meet your exact needs, then send a line-item PDF quote to any email you choose. Use our instant financing option during checkout to fit the budget. (video)
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Design Tools & Resources
Expert System Design ServiceLet one of our experts design your system. Its the sure way to get it right the first time at the lowest price. Book a 30 minute design appointment using our online calendar. You'll be glad you did!
Do-it-yourself System DesignerDesign your home or business security system like a Pro. Locate cameras and their viewing areas to provide a visual of the effective coverage of each camera and evaluate the overall design. This surveillance system design tool covers it all.
Custom Kit BuilderBuild a complete custom system for your home or business without any confusion or mistakes. This easy to use tool makes sure you select all the components you need for a complete system. You can even include installation!
Hard Drive CalculatorUse our video storage calculator to determine the size of the hard drive you need based on the number of cameras and the desired storage days.
Security Industry TermsNot sure what Cat6 is? Would you like to know the difference between a DVR and an NVR? Here are simple and clear explanations of the industry terms.
How to Troubleshoot Security Cameras & Systems
CCTV Security systems consist of several electronic parts. The system requires all of them to be operating flawlessly for reliable operation. When one item fails it can be difficult to find the issues because each part relies on the other for system-wide operation. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions and you'll quickly identify the part causing the problem.