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New Stoic Technologies 5MP Vari-Focal Starlight Bullet Cameras

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Starlight Bullet Cameras from Stoic Technologies!

If you are searching for a better camera for your HD Security Camera System we have some great options for you. The new 5MP Starlight Bullet Cameras from Stoic Technologies, are a welcome addition to our 5MP HD over Coax Line Up and have been extremely well received by our Dealers and End Users alike. While many manufacturers have been focusing their efforts on current IP trends, Stoic has been concentrating on image quality, and it shows.

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Starlight Bullet Cameras

We have tested the Stoic Technologies 5MP Cameras against several leading security camera manufacturers and one common theme seems to be evident. Image quality (based on several aspects) is consistently highest in the Stoic Cameras. Especially significant is that the Stoic Starlight Cameras visibly outperform in the dark, including a one to one test with popular EXIR style cameras. We tested this without activating the Starlight Capabilities, and just going IR mode to IR mode.

The newest 5MP Vari-Focal Starlight Bullet Cameras from Stoic, are available in two models, one with Manual Zoom and Focus, and the other with Motorized Zoom and Auto Focus. Both models deliver images up to 190 Feet in complete darkness and employ a Sony Starvis Back-Lit Image Sensor for acquiring Color Images in extremely Low Light situations.

 

Manual Zoom Model: STH-B5580W

Motorized Zoom Model: STH-B5571AFW

What is Manual Zoom in a Security Camera?

Manual Zoom means that you can manually (or physically) adjust the angle of view, or zoom the camera in and out in order to get the perfect picture for your application. Most cameras sold today are ‘Fixed’ lens cameras which cannot be adjusted to compensate for different applications. The benefit of a Vari-Focal, or Zoom Camera is its flexibility. For example, let’s say you need one of your Security Cameras to Zoom out to the end of your driveway, but another needs to cover a wider area. A vari-focal or zoom camera can handle either application. With a 2.8-12mm Lens, you have significant zoom capabilities (out to 12mm) or wide angle (2.8mm) as well as anything in between.

Field of View Chart

Why Do I Need Motorized Zoom?

If you have ever tried to get the focus just right on a manual zoom camera, you know how difficult it can be. With the STH-B5571AFW, you just zoom in, or out to the picture you want, and the cameras Auto Focus automatically gets the perfect focus for you. The 2.7-13.5mm Lens makes this an extremely versatile camera for many installs. You can also control the camera’s zoom function through UTC (Up The Coax). Security cameras that allow for controlling the Zoom at the DVR side make installation easier and also provide additional functionality since the camera can be zoomed in or out at any time. (Also See our PTZ’s for Motorized Pan, Tilt AND Zoom.) Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras!

These two 5MP Bullet Cameras are IP66 Weatherproof and built to last. The cameras have a metal housing, ‘Through The Bracket’ Cable, and several Mounting Options are Available.

Are they Compatible with My System?

The Stoic 5MP CCTV Bullets are 4 in 1 Switchable so they are compatible with most 5MP DVR’s. Currently the most popular and widely used HD Analog Surveillance formats in the USA are HD-TVI, HD-CVI and AHD. The Stoic Cameras will do all of these, and can be set via OSD or Joystick Control on the Camera. They are also capable of CVBS or Standard Analog Resolution for those systems that are a little older. The cameras are also easy to switch from 5MP to 4MP so they can be used on a 4MP DVR as well.

What do you mean by Starlight?

Stoic Technologies Starlight Bullet Cameras see color in extremely low light levels. When other cameras have long since switched to black and white mode, these Starlight Cameras are still providing Color Images! This is accomplished with a Sony STARVIS Back-Lit Sensor that can use a relatively small amount of existing light to produce an image. This is especially beneficial if your business operates in low light situations. If you have ever installed Night Vision Cameras in a Bar or Internet Café, you are probably aware that they are nearly always in Black and White (IR Mode). This is an issue because important details are lost such as the color on somebody’s shirt or the color of a product purchased. With the Stoic Starlight Cameras, color images are still capable down to unbelievably low light levels, preserving important details.

          With Starlight Sensor                                          Standard IR at same Light Level

                 

 

Stoic Technologies Cameras continue to be the #1 choice by our Dealers, Installers and Commercial Clients. All Stoic CCTV Equipment now comes with a 3 Year Manufacturers Warranty and FREE Lifetime Technical Support from Ellipse Security!

Compatible DVR’s in Our Store:

STOiC, Hanwha (Samsung), Tru View, Watchman

Compatible HD DVR’s in our store

Additional Compatible DVR’s: Hanwha, Hikvision, Dahua, Lorex, Honeywell, LTS, More!

We would also like to mention that we have Stoic Starlight Cameras available in a Dome Style Camera as well. (Article Coming Soon).Visit our site to see all of our Stoic Technologies Cameras! Or just call us toll free at 877-880-7728!

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Why I Need Security Cameras and You Do Too!

If you are anything like me, (let’s hope not) but you are probably telling yourself, “I don’t need a security camera system,” or “This idiot is just trying to sell me something,” or “Dinner is a really long time away from lunch.” Okay, the latter is probably just me, but the former is for all of us. Let me give you a few reasons why I, and coincidentally you, need a security camera system:

Pooches and pistols don’t cut it.

One of the biggest objections I have heard from home owners of why they do not need a security camera system is they simply think they have enough protection already. The question is, do you? Dogs are man’s best friend and can be a deterrent sure, but they can be tricked. Someone whom your dog trusts could have fallen on hard times and intends to “temporarily borrow” your brand new entertainment system. Fido would have no reason to mistrust him. During a home robbery, some robbers are not above harming your poor pooch. Let’s avoid that. By purchasing a security camera system, you could supplement what your canine can’t do with 24/7 surveillance and the ability to view your home from anywhere in the country.


    Second objection I hear, I’VE GOT A GUN! Slow down, Clint Eastwood. Let’s not turn your nice suburban home into the O.K. Corral. I understand the appeal. A firearm is great for home protection while on the premises, but when you’re away from home a firearm is an additional item a thief could steal. You do have your guns in a safe though, right? However, even for us gun owners a surveillance system is extremely beneficial. It lets us monitor our property while away from home from our smartphone or other standard mobile device. We can’t always be there to see what’s happening, but a CCTV system can. 


Your business has a lot of feet. (And Hands!)

Your business has clientele, employees, and square footage (hence the feet joke). All of these require surveillance, constantly. Corny foot  jokes (last one; promise) aside, we need to protect our investments. A district manager I worked for would hammer the necessity to keep shrinkage low in my store. Any good business owner knows the need of keeping theft to a minimum. Theft can come in many forms, wear many faces, and cost you millions. The great thing is that a reliable surveillance system counters all of that. Employees stealing company time and merchandise? Countered. Rowdy customers damaging store property? Countered. Your maintenance guy spitting tobacco on the floor as he fixes the freezer? Countered. Okay the last one was made up, but you get the point. Active surveillance actively deters bad behavior. Remember that.


You need security to feel secure no matter where you are.

Why do we lock our doors? Why do we lock our cars? Why do we lock our cellphones and computers with passwords? We want to feel safe. Imagine a world where everyone was honest and where one could trust all people to treat them fairly. Sadly, such a world doesn’t exist. To take measures to keep ourselves safe we must set up a defense. Cameras record thieves, passwords protect sensitive information, and locks keeps items secured. All of these can be extremely beneficial but none more so than the camera. We can’t argue with video footage, it caught us in the act. A lock on a door might deter a thief, but a camera will catch him tampering with it. A true security camera system is designed to capture video evidence.

WD Purple Series Hard DriveI hear the voices questioning me, “Okay smart guy what if they break the camera?”No worries, a DVR or NVR recorder will store video footage for days, weeks, even months if needed. One way to store video footage is on a hard drive located in your recording device. Next, we can save footage to the cloud for a monthly fee. 


Make sure that it works.

Being in the security camera business as long as I have, I have seen all types of systems. Some reliable, some not. Some may be too expensive, while others are far too cheaply made. The fact of the matter is we need something that works. Not just a reliable system, but one that works for your particular situation. There are many different security cameras that do many different things, but not many technicians are as reliable and friendly as the security experts and technicians at Ellipse Security. They don’t just sell you product; they care about what you put in your home. Check them out. When purchasing a security camera system, it is important to buy from some one that will talk to you and explain the options. Also, service after the sale is paramount. 

Finally, these are just a few reasons why we need a surveillance system. We need them to supplement our security at home, to actively monitor our livelihood, and to feel as safe away from home as we do at home. We also need that system that we spent our hard-earned money on to reliably keep that same money safe. Don’t waste time trying to come up with reasons you can’t get a great system. Instead, make this blog writer happy and secure your home with a reliable system today. 

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STOiC XVR Quick Start Guide and STOiC Manual

Thank you for choosing STOiC Technologies Products. The STOiC Technologies XVR and DVR Quick Start Guide and Stoic manual are attached below for your convenience. Additional information and technical support is available from Ellipse Security, Inc. If you need assistance, please call 877-880-7728.

Applicable Models:

2MP Models

  • SAS-XVR400
  • SAS-XVR800
  • SAS-XVR1600
  • SAS-XVR3200

5MP Models

  • SAS-XVR5400
  • SAS-XVR5800
  • SAS-XVR51600
  • SAS-XVR53200

Quick Start Guide: STOiC XVR Quick Start Guide

Manual: STOiC XVR User Manual

 

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STOiC Networking Quick Start Guide for XVR’s and NVR’s

Thank you for purchasing STOiC products. For help in getting connected, please follow the Stoic Quick Start Guide below. STOiC Technologies DVR’s, XVR’s, and NVR’s, allow for remote viewing over your network, via your PC and/or mobile devices so you always know what is happening at your business or home. All STOiC Security Camera Systems are covered with a 2 Year Manufacturers Warranty and FREE Lifetime Technical Support!

 

STOiC Quick Start Networking Guide

 

 

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FREEIP Quick Start Guide

FREEIP Remote Viewing Application and Quick Start Guide

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FREEIP is the free remote viewing application for STOiC DVR’s and XVR’s. FreeIP allows you to dial in from your mobile device and watch live streaming video of your security cameras in real time. You can also hear audio (if applicable) and control motorized cameras such as PTZ’s and Motorized Zoom Cameras. See the FREEIP Quick Start Guide Below. Additional assistance is available from Ellipse security, Inc. 877-880-7728.

View STOiC Technology XVR’s Here!

Description: 4G, 3G or WIFI network, you can controll the monitoring device and check the real-time stream.
1. Input the serial number to your Freeip account by scanning the QR picture or entering the serial number manually.
2. If the device is online, you can check the real-time stream.

What’s New: Version 8.3.32

Version History:

  1. Increase device collection function;
  2. Increasing the cloud storage capabilities of NVR and XVR;
  3. Increase the application function of unbinding;
  4. Increase the device configuration function;
  5. Local support for H265 video playback;
  6. Increase Vietnamese and Hebrew;
  • Category: Utilities
  • Size: 64MB
  • Seller: QUAN SHAOJUN
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod TouchEnglish, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamesemore
  • Age Rating: Rated 4+
  • Copyright: © HeroSpeed Digital Technology Co .Ltd.
  • Price: Free

Here is the Quick Start Guide:

FreeIP Quick Start

 

If you need additional assistance, just give us a call at 877-880-7728

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Guarding Expert Quick Start Guide

Guarding Expert Remote App

Guarding Expert allows Remote Monitoring of Live and Recorded Video for our complete line of Tru View NVR’s, Network Video Recorders, and Network Cameras. You can play back recorded files, view live video from multiple cameras, control PTZ and Motorized Zoom Cameras, Screen Shot, and store and manage images from any location. This software can be installed on iOS or Android mobile devices. Guarding Expert is Free with our Tru View NVR’s.

Tru View NVR Recorders

Tru View HD DVR Recorders

Key Features of the Guarding Expert Mobile Surveillance Application:

  • Real Time Video preview
  • Swipe for PTZ Control, Pinch to Zoom In or Out
  • Support for Preset activation and configuration, as well as calibration
  • Snapshot Support
  • Management of up to 256 sets of devices, Profiles can be added, deleted, modified

iOS App

Requires iOS 7.0 or Later, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Android App

Requires Android 4.0 and up

 

 

Guarding Expert Guide for Remote App

Guarding Expert Manual

 

 

Need Help?

If you need assistance, please feel free to call us for expert, friendly tech support! Ellipse Security is a Security Camera and Surveillance Equipment Distributor in Jacksonville, FL.

Monday-Friday, 9AM-6PM, Eastern Time

877-880-7728

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850nm vs. 940nm, IR Wavelength Comparison for CCTV Applications

There are two common IR wavelengths used in CCTV applications today. IR or Infrared wavelengths are measured in ‘nm’ or nanometers, which are used to specify the wavelength of electromagnetic radiation near the visible part of the light spectrum. Visible light ranges from about 390 to 700nm. The IR in CCTV applications take over from there, commonly 850nm and 940nm, which allow us to see images that would normally fall outside of our visible range, thus IR Illuminator. These IR LED’s are used to produce, or improve ‘Night Vision’ capabilities for security cameras.

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Although the IR wavelengths 850nm and 940nm, respectively, are fairly similar in performance, there are a few important differences worth noting. The use of IR LED’s in security cameras has become commonplace as technology has improved dramatically and cost has come down. Generally, the great majority of security cameras or CCTV Cameras are sensitive to the 850nm wavelength. Although the IR light is invisible to the human eye, the IR LED’s will produce a faint red glow when looking directly at the camera or source.

The main advantage of the 940nm wavelength is that the IR LED’s do not produce any visible glow. In other words, they are completely invisible and can be used in applications that are required to be more covert. In fact, many people refer to them as ‘Covert IR’. This type of IR is also useful in places where a red glow may be mistaken as a signal and can not be used. The disadvantage of 940nm is that they are about 30-40% less effective and will illuminate less distance.LUMI-390

When using a separate, or stand-alone IR Illuminator such as the LUMI-240 IR Illuminator , it is important to make sure your CCTV camera is sensitive to the same wavelength as emitted by the illuminator. In other words, if the illuminator is 850nm, your security camera must be sensitive to that wavelength. Most cameras are sensitive to 850nm. Security Cameras that are 940nm are available as well, but much less common.

Most Security Cameras with built in IR LED’s, use an IR Cut Filter in order to maximize different lighting conditions during the day or night. During the daytime, the filter is on in order filter out Infrared Light, that way, color images are not distorted by IR Light. During the nighttime, the IR cut filter is automatically switched off to allow infrared light to enter the camera. The camera switches to IR Mode (Black and White) which is more sensitive to Infrared light.

IR technology has made great strides in recent years which is a great benefit to consumers and commercial CCTV users. SMART IR, Black Film Technology and STARVIS Sensors are among the exciting new Night Vision improvements in the surveillance industry. It is now possible to see extreme distances during day and night with high powered IR LED’s and IR Illuminators. If you are planning a CCTV Installation that requires night vision, it is certainly beneficial to understand the options that are available to you. At Ellipse Security, we are always ready to assist with your planning and design needs.

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How to hook up Multiple Monitors to your Security Camera System

A  facet of security camera system applications that we are asked about frequently is, “How Do I Hook Up Several Monitors to my Security Camera System?” Some Security DVRs have both a HDMI and a VGA output. A few of these can be used simultaneously, but most are designed to use one or the other. The former can be helpful if you have a HDMI monitor and a VGA Monitor but not if you want to hook up several of either. The most effective way to accomplish viewing on multiple monitors is by using a HDMI splitter or VGA splitter. Specifically, a splitter-amplifier which will guarantee full signal strength to multiple outputs. The correct splitter will be powered, rather than a stand alone splitter (non-powered) which is not effective.

Hooking up several monitors to your security camera system can be beneficial in a number of ways. It is possible to hook up 2, 4, 8, or more, monitors to simultaneously display your camera images. This allows monitoring in areas where there is no network connection or PC. In residential applications, for instance, you can check who is at the front door without leaving your bedroom or living room. In commercial applications, multiple monitors can be used to monitor the manufacturing process, freight and loading dock, sales floor, and any number of other applications.

With the right equipment, the process is easy and affordable. Since most new Security DVRs have an HDMI output, we will use HDMI as an example, but the process is similar with VGA or CVBS as well. Below you will find a series of diagrams that will outline the connection configurations for hooking up multiple monitors. We included the two, and four way below and hooking up eight monitors just repeats the process.

Here is a simple diagram to hook up two monitors:

  1. Connect the DVR’s HDMI Output to the Input on your HDMI Splitter (same with VGA)
  2. Connect the HDMI splitter outputs to the inputs on both monitors (same with VGA)

HDMI Splitter

Here is the same process with four monitors:

4 Port HDMI Splitter


Here are the recommended HDMI Splitters available:  4 Port HDMI Splitter

2 Port HDMI Splitter

4 Port HDMI Splitter

8 Port HDMI Splitter

 

Here are the recommended VGA Splitters available:

4 Port VGA Splitter

8 Port VGA Splitter

 

View all Splitters and Video Distirbutors HERE!

 

Of course, we are always happy to discuss your job requirements and offer any recommendations.

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SmartIR and How to Avoid Issues

At least a few times a week we get a call that normally goes like this:

Customer: I love the cameras in daytime, but at night I can’t see anything at all.

Tech Support: Are you able to send a screenshot for me to take a look at?

Customer: Sure. *Sends photo*

Tech Support: It looks like there’s a bit too much of the wall in your frame. I’d recommend moving the camera to the left just a bit to get rid of the reflection from the wall.

Customer calls the next day to tell me that just getting the wall or other reflective surface out of frame cleared up their issue. I should mention that these calls aren’t ever a bother. We completely understand that this isn’t something that the majority of people would even consider to be the cause of an issue.

A majority of newer CCTV cameras use Smart-IR, or some variant. Essentially it’s an adaptive IR that will adjust the focus of the IR to either foreground or overall image. If you have someone walking up to an older camera in IR mode, there was a chance that the image could be blown out from the over-saturation of light. Smart-IR solves this by adapting the intensity depending on what’s in the frame of the camera, and where it is.

In our first example we have a fairly balanced image. There are a few things in the foreground that are a bit more reflective, but it’s not disrupting the image too much.

 

In this next image, I’ve inserted a piece of paper into the frame. You can see that it’s beginning to affect the image, and the way the camera is picking it up.

 

Here I’ve placed the paper even further in frame, and now the entire background is pitch black. Granted, this is really a bit of a silly demonstration. So let’s go to something more practical.

 

Here we have a camera mounted in a pretty normal position. There’s a bit of the wall in the frame, but nothing that’s really causing the image to be affected. Let’s move the camera a bit to the right and see how the image changes. 

 

I do know that this is an extreme example, but this is exactly how reflective surfaces can affect your CCTV cameras in IR mode. Flooding the foreground with light, and basically removing the background.

As stated in a previous entry, it’s always good to plan your system layout before you start drilling and running cables. Consider where you’re mounting your cameras, and make sure that there aren’t going to be any obstacles you need to plan around. Gutters, soffits, light-colored walls, etc… If you have any of those in frame, adjust your camera and you’ll most likely be in good shape. If you’re still having issues, you’re always welcome to give us a call. If you’re in the market for some new security cameras with Smart-IR, we have a wide selection. Just let us know what your needs are.

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Ingress Protection or IP Ratings for Security Cameras

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What are IP or Ingress Protection Ratings for Security Cameras?

IP ratings for security cameras (as well as many other electronics) are used to define levels of Ingress Protection, or the level of effectiveness against intrusion from foreign bodies such as dust, water, moisture, tools and hardware. These ratings are based on IEC standard 60529, also referred to as International Protection Marking (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989). The standard aims to provide users more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as ‘Waterproof’ or ‘Weatherproof’. This information is important when choosing a security camera for a specific application.

VTVV6TQConsidering environmental conditions and how they may affect the operation and longevity of a Security Camera can be an important part of planning any Security Camera installation. Although CCTV Cameras come in many form factors such as Bullet or Dome, etc. the protection ratings are meant to provide consistency over many variations. Both a Bullet camera and, for instance, a PTZ Camera can have the same IP Rating.NC312-MB

What do the numbers mean?

The numbers that follow IP each have a specific meaning. The first number indicates the degree of protection of a camera or enclosure from foreign bodies. The second defines the protection level that the camera from various forms of moisture (drips, sprays, submersion, etc.). We have included a chart below that explains the significance and variation of each number. Together, the numbers define the Ingress Protection Rating for that camera.

 

As an example, a CCTV Camera that has a rating of IP67 would be Dust Proof (6) and able to be submerged for short periods of time (7). Most outdoor rated Security Cameras will fall under the following three ratings: IP65, IP66 and IP67, respectively. It is important to note here, that although a Security Camera may be rated as weatherproof, the cable connections are generally NOT weatherproof. Several methods are available for making sure your CCTV connections are protected from weather including dielectric grease, junction boxes or gang boxes, or running the cable inside of the wall away from the elements. The best technology is even better when coupled with the best practices.

If you have any questions about your CCTV Project, we are always happy to help. It is our privilege to help you plan your installation, and help you get the most out of your Security Cameras. Just call us toll-free at 877-880-7728!

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