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There are many factors that determine if someone will choose to purchase an IP camera system or HD DVR camera system. The main factor though would be whether there is any existing cabling in place that can be reused to avoid the cost of running new cable. There are two main types of cables used in installation of security cameras:

When planning a new surveillance system installation, it is important to understand which types of surveillance cameras are compatible with each type of cable and the pros and cons of each cable type.

This security camera cabling guide provides a practical explanation of each security camera cable type, and how to terminate the cable correctly for easy installation.

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What are IP camera systems?

IP camera systems comprise of one or more IP cameras that are connected over a computer network to a Network Video Recorder (NVR) or Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The IP camera sends video and other data in digital format over a network cable to the NVR. The NVR records the video stream from he cameras for playback and other functions like motion alerts. IP camera systems are also commonly referred to as NVR camera systems since they are commonly used with a network recorder at the heart of the system.

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Most security cameras that are outdoor rated do not come with built-in microphones to ensure that no water can leak in. This means that you must add an external security camera microphone to these cameras in order to record audio. CCTV Camera World carries microphones for indoor or outdoor cameras. Most IP security cameras with audio input capabilities have an RCA audio connector on their pigtail for connecting a microphone. Some dome IP cameras have a connection block on the inside of the dome. In either case, physically connecting and configuring external microphones to an IP security camera is easy as shown in this guide.

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DVR recorders these days support traditional analog CCTV cameras, new HD security cameras over coax called HDCVI cameras, and network based IP cameras. Security DVRs can vary in the variety of signal types they support, and can be called Tribrid DVRs or XVRs. These recorders sense camera signal automatically between HDCVI and analog security cameras without the need for user intervention. However, to add IP cameras requires changing the channel type to IP, configuring the camera on the network, and then adding the camera to the DVR.

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When connecting your IP cameras to an XVR you will need to follow a few prerequisites. Once you have an understanding of the below steps you will be well on your way to adding all of your IP cameras to your security DVR. You will need a PoE switch, a router, a Windows PC, IP camera(s), and XVR.

Connect the PoE Switch

1) You need to have a PoE switch that is 802.3af/at compliant to power your IP cameras.

2) Connect the PoE switch to your router to make sure it is connected to the network.

3) You need to connect the DVR to one of the ports on the switch or router. If your PoE switch has multiple uplink ports (non-POE), we suggest connecting the DVR/NVR to one of the uplink ports.

4) If you have lights on your switch, make sure the lights for the ports you just connected are lit. Each port will be numbered according to the port you have connected.

Configure DVR to your network

5) Configure the DVR to an IP address that is compatible with your network. If you don't know how to do that, you can follow our guide on how to connect security cameras to the internet to learn simple networking concepts to properly deploy a DVR or camera on a network.

6) It is important to configure networked devices to proper IP addresses based on your local network (LAN) for them to communicate to each other. A common network structure is 192.168.1.xxx but yours may vary.

7) We suggest changing the IP address of the recorder to something other than the default 192.168.1.108 so there is no conflict with any new IP cameras you purchase from us. All devices we carry come with a default factory set up address of 192.168.1.108.

Configure cameras to your network

8) Connect your IP cameras to the PoE switch and configure them to an IP address that is compatible with your LAN. For the guide on how to configure cameras follow our guide on How to Assign an IP Address to your IP camera. If the camera does not allow you to change the IP address then it may need initialization. A video guide for initialization can be found in section 1D in our guide on How to Connect an IP Camera to a Computer. Repeat this step for each IP camera that you intend to connect to your Tribrid DVR.

Add Cameras to your XVR over the network

9) After you have configured the recorder and the cameras on the network you need to configure the XVR to accept IP camera channels. This requires you to enable adding IP cameras, and change the channels to IP camera channel type. Below is a comprehensive video guide on how to enable and modify channels to connect IP camera and then adding an IP camera.

How to Add IP Camera Inputs to a Tribrid DVR






If you are still having a problem, then it's necessary to check the IP addresses of both devices. If they are the exact same then the camera will not appear. The same is also true for devices that are not properly configured to be on the same network. Make sure you fully understand the concepts above before attempting to configure your system to accept IP camera channels.

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You’ve decided to purchase a security camera. You’ve had stock stolen at your store, or someone hit down the mailbox. Regardless of the reason, you’re looking for one thing which is safety. Even so, purchasing a security system involves understanding highly technical terms that are difficult to interpret without any prior knowledge of the security camera industry. Terms like RG59U, hd-over-coax, ip cameras, and frames per second (fps) are confusing. Acronyms such as IP, PTZ and HDCVI seem foreign. Suddenly, your safety becomes an overwhelming and time consuming process filled with jargon. Let's break it down. In this guide we will provide you the basic knowledge needed to know which security camera you should buy.

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You’ve decided to purchase a security camera. You’ve had stock stolen at your store, or someone hit down the mailbox. Regardless of the reason, you’re looking for one thing which is safety. Even so, purchasing a security system involves understanding highly technical terms that are difficult to interpret without any prior knowledge of the security camera industry. Terms like RG59U, hd-over-coax, ip cameras, and frames per second (fps) are confusing. Acronyms such as IP, PTZ and HDCVI seem foreign. Suddenly, your safety becomes an overwhelming and time consuming process filled with jargon. Let's break it down. In this guide we will provide you the basic knowledge needed to know which security camera you should buy.

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Anyone who is interested in IP security cameras will come across the acronym “ONVIF” at some point. The acronym has a lot of mystery behind it and can be difficult to completely understand. This article will explain and demystify common misconceptions surrounding the acronym.

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Anyone who is interested in IP security cameras will come across the acronym “ONVIF” at some point. The acronym has a lot of mystery behind it and can be difficult to completely understand. This article will explain and demystify common misconceptions surrounding the acronym.

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Power over Ethernet or PoE for short can be a new and potentially confusing term to a lot of people searching for security cameras. PoE connectivity simplifies cabling needed to connect a device by allowing power and data delivery over a single network cable such as CAT5e or CAT6. It makes it easy to connect devices such as IP security cameras, or office phones; a separate power supply or electrical outlet for each device is not needed.

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