ABUS PPDF16000 OneLook Wireless IR Outdoor 7 Inch Touchscreen Surveillance Set
The complete set contains everything you need to put the product into operation: a wireless outdoor camera for 24/7 operation and a 7` wireless monitor with an intuitive touchscreen for easy operation. Ideal for private homes, restaurants, offices, and small businesses. It is also easy to monitor a vacant vacation home using remote access. Large monitor, seamless images, easy operation – The clear monitor image serves as a surveillance center. This allows you to keep an eye on everything. You operate the device with a user-friendly recorder menu on a touchscreen. This makes operation of the video set easy and fast. Recordings are made to an SD card in the monitor. Docking station: Remote access using the smart phone app – Thanks to remote access, you always see what is going on – even when you are on the go. To do this, you only need to download the ABUS app and “park” the monitor in the docking station (which simultaneously charges the battery). As soon as the Internet connection is established, you can use the app to view live images of all cameras. Wireless digital encryption – The image and sound are transmitted between the camera and monitor on a secure basis. This excludes the possibility of third parties viewing the images or listening in. Expandable to up to four wireless cameras – The complete set includes the monitor and one wireless camera. The monitor can be connected with up to four cameras, so you can add up to three additional cameras.View Product
ABUS TVAC14000 Easy Home Surveillance CCTV Set
The Abus TVAC14000A Easy Home Surveillance Set includes everything you need to quickly create a wireless video surveillance system. The set includes a 7“ radio colour monitor and a single IR radio outdoor camera (including power supply) but has the capability to connect up to four cameras (TVAC14010) and display all four feeds simultaneously. With protection class IP66 the camera is suitable for outdoor use and thanks to integrated infrared LEDs, it also provides clear pictures at night. Simple to use and install this set is highly recommended for home video surveillance purposes.View Product
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CCTV Cameras have become very commonplace these days and it is estimated that there are around 6 million cameras in operation in the UK which is approximately one for every 11 people in the country. They have become incredibly commonplace as they are one of the ways that help police to bring about a conviction, whenever a crime is committed, by recording the sequence of events as they occur.
How do CCTV cameras work?
CCTV systems typically have three main components, the camera, a monitor or viewing device and a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The camera records either video and audio, or just video. The camera then transmits the recording to the monitor – either with a wireless signal or through cabling. On the monitor the recording can be viewed, paused and replayed. The recording may store itself on a DVR or tape which allows the footage to be kept. This can be crucial if a crime is discovered to have been committed later on as the footage will be there to replay back and hand over to the police.
What is the difference between IP and CCTV cameras?
The main difference between an IP and a CCTV camera is how the signal is recorded and transmitted. The term CCTV camera usually refers to an analogue security camera which transmits an analogue TV signal whereas an IP camera sends a digital TV signal.
The main differences between the two are:
- Analogue cameras usually send a video signal to an encoder which then processes and records it, whereas IP cameras encode the signal at the camera and can then send it to a Network Video Recorder (NVR).
- Analogue cameras usually require a direct connection to the DVR whereas IP cameras, though they can be connected through a wired Ethernet cable, can also transmit the signal wirelessly.
- Analogue cameras require a power cable and a video cable whereas IP cameras can take power over their ethernet connection.
- IP cameras have a higher resolution than analogue (even the worst resolutions are substantially better).
Why do most security cameras have low resolution?
One of the reasons security cameras have low resolution is explained above, namely, the limitations of analogue technology.
Another factor is the CCTV system may use compression techniques to try to save space – this could be for many reasons including: to store more video recordings on the DVR/NVR, ensure there isn’t any frame lagging or missing footage, how the data is transmitted from the camera etc.
Another reason behind the low resolution can be the monitor being used to view the recordings – if it is a 20-year-old monitor then the video will not be outputted at the best possible quality.
Is it possible to use a security camera without Wi-Fi?
If you decide to purchase an IP camera then yes, it is still possible to use them without using Wi-Fi to wirelessly send recordings to an NVR box. However, it is worth checking you do not need any features that come with using Wi-Fi – such as remote viewing on mobile phones or tablets. If you don’t then you can wire up your CCTV camera kit so that the video is sent through cabling.
How to install your CCTV camera system
Though the precise setup for each CCTV camera system may be slightly different – here is a step by step overview to help you to install your CCTV camera kit.
Firstly, you will need to find suitable vantage points around your property to position the cameras – here are some points to consider:
- Position the cameras where there are less likely to be witnesses to a crime e.g. back door, side of the property etc.
- Make sure they are positioned high to get a wide viewing arc and they are out of reach of thieves or naughty kids.
- Ensure the camera is close to its power source and DVR (if connecting through wires) or NVR (if wireless connection). If using cables, plan the route the cable will take, especially if you need to drill holes in the wall and ceiling or have multiple cameras planned.
- Try to avoid pointing it near light sources / reflective surfaces which could respectively underexpose and overexpose the footage recorded.
- Ensure the camera doesn’t accidentally record anything outside the boundaries of your property, especially if it is an area where people should reasonably expect privacy, such as a neighbour’s garden, bathroom etc.
Once you have found your location, mount the camera to the wall or ceiling, ensuring it has the right angle to record as much as possible and it has the best motion detection if the camera has those features.
Arrange wires and cabling for the cameras to connect the camera up. Drill the holes through the wall and thread the cables through and connect to the power supply and also the DVR/NVR and monitor.
Once it is connected, it is time to check that the home security system works as it should. It is also worth considering at this point any circumstances where your power may be off e.g. a power cut and whether your system has a suitable backup to keep it running such as a backup generator?
How to connect a CCTV camera to a mobile phone?
One of the amazing innovations in CCTV surveillance in recent years has been the ability to view your cameras footage wirelessly from anywhere in the world. Most CCTV camera kit manufacturers have an app or client software designed specifically for this purpose – which you can download to your device and allows you to view your CCTV camera from anywhere in the world, offering peace of mind when you are away from home.
If your manufacturer does not have an app, you can also use your router to identify your IP address and the port number which your CCTV camera is using. An IP address is a string of numbers and dots which identity’s your network on the internet (simply google what is my IP address and it will come back with numbers like so xxx.xxx.xxx.xx). Your camera’s port number can be found through your router settings and if you combine this with your ip address and a colon e.g. xxx.xxx.xxx.xx:xxxx in a web browser then you will be able to see your camera’s footage from anywhere in the world and on any device.
How to choose a CCTV camera kit for my start-up?
If you are a start-up business then, like established businesses, you will have plenty of concerns when deciding on a CCTV camera kit for your business with some factors to consider including:
- Location – whether you want to record indoors and/or outdoors as this could affect what cameras and fittings you use.
- Storage – how long to keep recordings for as this can be crucial if you need to hand footage to the police as part of any ongoing criminal investigations.
- Night vision – If you need this to monitor outdoor premises at night time then this could be beneficial e.g. construction site or warehouses.
- Image Resolution – The higher the resolution, the better-quality images recorded which can help the police in investigating crime, especially when it comes to picking up smaller details such as people’s faces or vehicle registration plates.
CBS Midlands is a Specialist Architectural Ironmonger and is a member of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery. We have been established since 1990 and we supply CCTV camera kits along with a number of other security systems, including burglar alarms, access control systems as well as high quality locks and doors.