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Top 8 Tips for New Homeowners to Tighten up Their Security

Posted on November 17th, by Richard Davis in Home Security. 3 comments

You may feel that your home is the safest place in the world, but statistics suggest something else. According to an FBI report, a staggering 2,103,787 burglaries took place in the United States in the year 2012 alone. Don’t feel so safe now, do you?

Even if the rate of crime does fall, it does not mean that crime will stop completely. No statistic can guarantee the safety of your loved ones and your home. It doesn’t take more than one open window or one unlocked door, to invite a burglar into your house and wipe it clean.

But then again, making your home secure requires that you do more than just lock your doors and windows. You need to work on holistic security to be able to cover all the vulnerabilities of your new home and seal each risk factor with … Read More »

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Security Cameras

Posted on November 14th, by Richard Davis in Security Cameras. 30 comments

Technology is a double-edged sword. While innovation and upgrades can have several benefits for us, they can also be used to cause trouble.

The majority of us reap its advantages, but a few with vested interests continue to abuse it and make the lives for the rest of us miserable.

The security camera is one of the wonders of modern technology, which is used at homes as well as in offices. It has gained immense popularity as an effective security measure, thanks to the plethora of benefits it offers.

But just like other inventions, security cameras have a few drawbacks as well.

The advantages, however, outnumber the disadvantages, and this revolutionary equipment continues to be popular with those serious about keeping their loved ones and assets safe and secure.

If you’re thinking of installing security cameras at your home or office, but are still in … Read More »

Acti E42A Basic IP Camera Setup Guide

Posted on November 4th, by TB in Video Surveillance. 1 Comment

In this tutorial we’ll go over some basic steps in connecting and configuring an Acti IP camera for first time use.

Step #1: Connect your camera to a PoE injector (midspan) or switch.

If the camera supports it, you can also connect a traditional 12 or 24 volt power supply. Since most of Acti’s newer cameras are PoE enabled,  and this guide is for the E42A,  we’ll assume you are using PoE. To access the camera from your PC, they’ll need to be on the same network.

In a typical network, you have a modem and router with a switch function. When you sign up for internet service, your internet company will send an installer who sometimes brings a device that combines these devices into one. Since most residential modems don’t have PoE ports, you’ll need to purchase a PoE injector or switch and connect it to your … Read More »

Axis Ultra 4K HD Camera Release

Posted on November 3rd, by Richard Davis in Latest Updates from Industry. No Comments

Axis Communications has done it again with the release of their P14 line of cameras, featuring 4K Ultra HD. They are among the first manufacturers to release a camera with this technology.

The term 4K Ultra HD refers to the fact that products with this technology feature a horizontal resolution up to 4,000 pixels. This resolution provides picture clarity, and the ability to see details lost when using other resolutions.

The P14 line of cameras are compact, outdoor-ready, bullet cameras that feature remote zoom and focus, a pixel counter to assure that the highest resolution is met, and power over ethernet (PoE) supplies to power the camera without the hassle of power cables. Axis defines them as “ideal for 24/7 surveillance” in areas like parking lots and service stations, as well as in indoor situations that call for a compact camera. Their low-weight … Read More »

Acti E42A 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 »