Welcome to A1 Security Cameras Blog

Acti E42 Review

Posted on October 22nd, by TB in Video Surveillance. No Comments

Acti E42 Review

We had a chance to test a 3 megapixel bullet camera from Acti’s new E series. In this review we’ll go over quality and compare it to some of the other bullets on the market. Out of the box, the Acti E42, a.k.a. E42A, feels solid. The enclosure feels well built, sturdy, and rugged. In the box you get the, bullet camera, sunshield, conduit gland, mounting screw kit, sunshield screw kit, quick installation guide, bracket, bracket plate, and warranty card. The camera doesn’t come with a power supply so be prepared to purchase a PoE switch or PoE injector. This camera does not work with traditional 12 or 24 volt power supplies.

Connecting the camera was easy since there’s only one thing to plug in, the ethernet cable. It gets power from your injector or PoE switch. It isn’t ready … Read More »

QNAP Security Releases GNU Bash Patch

Posted on October 15th, by Claire Miller in Video Surveillance. No Comments

Last week, QNAP Security announced the release of the QVR 5.0.2 firmware for the VioStor NVR line. This release has two purposes: to fix a security error, and to add more compatibility for IP cameras.

QVR 5.0.2 sees the expansion of compatibility with over 200 additional IP camera models. This opens up the choices to users of this platform to over 3,000 IP cameras from 111 brands when building security systems.

Most notably, though, this patch fixes the security vulnerability known as “Shellshock,” or the GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerability, which allows attackers to gain remote control over UNIX/Linux systems. This leaves systems vulnerable to damage from third parties with malicious intent. These third party attackers can get into your system in seconds, causing damage that will take a considerable amount of time to repair.

The staff at QNAP, as well as … Read More »

4 Solid Reasons Not to Buy Dummy Cameras

Posted on October 8th, by Richard Davis in A1 Security Announcements. No Comments

Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to dealing with the high rate of crime. No one would want to end up becoming a victim of violence or theft of any kind. Being prepared to deal with unwanted and unsettling situations is one of the best ways of keeping yourself and your family safe and secure.

Anyone who owns a home or a business would understand this perfectly well. As per a survey conducted by Gallup in October 2013, it has been found that although the crime rate has been rising, few Americans are aware of this worrisome fact.

The bottom line is that crime, especially the kind which involves violence, is growing, and with an increase in crime rate sometimes situations call for citizens to protect themselves.

Thankfully there are ways to keep criminals at bay and deter them from … Read More »

Best Places to Install Security Cameras in Your Home

Posted on October 6th, by Richard Davis in Home Security. No Comments

Installing security cameras in your home is an effective option for keeping your house and family safe and secure. However, merely having them fitted is only half the battle won, and may not be very helpful on its own. With a wide variety of cameras available today, you need to pick those that meet your requirements.

Your job end there, either. Apart from picking the right cameras, you will also have to make sure that you install them effectively. By this, I mean you should have them fixed in all the places in your home that may make for easy unauthorized entry.

Security cameras need to be installed at strategic locations if you want the best results out of them. A few such locations are mentioned ahead.

The Entrances

Since the front and the back door make for the most obvious entry points, you … Read More »

Wired vs Wireless Security Cameras: All You Wanted to Know

Posted on October 3rd, by Richard Davis in Security Camera Systems. No Comments

With the rate of crime steadily increasing all over the world, there is little wonder that security is becoming a major concern for people everywhere. Burgeoning crime victimizes people and destroys their peace of mind. Installing security cameras at different strategic locations in your facility could be an effective way of keeping a close watch on the people and the goings-on there. Whether it is your home or your office that you want to secure, security cameras could be your best allies in this cause.

When choosing security cameras, you might get confused between the two main types – wired and wireless cameras. What are the major differences between the two, and which ones should you pay more attention to?

With this post we aim to answer these basic questions. Once you understand the fundamental differences, you should be able to pick … Read More »