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FREEIP Remote Viewing Application and Quick Start Guide
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.
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
Increase device collection function;
Increasing the cloud storage capabilities of NVR and XVR;
Increase the application function of unbinding;
Increase the device configuration function;
Local support for H265 video playback;
Increase Vietnamese and Hebrew;
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Connect the DVR’s HDMI Output to the Input on your HDMI Splitter (same with VGA)
Connect the HDMI splitter outputs to the inputs on both monitors (same with VGA)
Here is the same process with four monitors:
Here are the recommended HDMI Splitters available:
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.
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.
Considering 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.
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!
We are often asked “How do I add Audio to my Security Camera System?” Adding audio to an existing surveillance camera system involves some basic requirements. Even if your system supports audio, that does not always mean that your cameras have built-in mic’s. Most Security Camera systems are set up in a similar way, and will require an additional Microphone Kit to achieve audio. If that is the case, you can basically follow the CCTV Microphone Installation Instructions below. Here we explain how to hook up a basic, stand alone, CCTV Microphone Kit to an HD Security System. In addition to hooking up the microphone, you must ensure that there is a way to hear the audio or play it back. In order to hear the audio, you must have a set of speakers for the DVR or your DVR or NVR must be connected to a monitor with built in speakers.
Also, before use, please refer to your state and local laws, and statutes, regarding audio surveillance, recording, and monitoring.
CCTV Microphone Installation
Pictured above is our MICO-65KIT, Outdoor Surveillance Microphone Kit.
1. Plug Red Power from Microphone into Male Power on Cable.
2. Plug White Audio Plug from Mic into Male Audio on Cable.
3. Plug Female Power on DVR side of cable into Power Adapter.
4. Plug Power Adapter into Power Source.
5. Plug Male Audio on cable into Audio Input (Or Audio In) on DVR.
6. BNC Plugs in this picture will not be used. Some Microphone kit cables come with audio and power only.
Other Requirements and Suggetions:
1. Security DVR or NVR must have an audio input.
2. If Audio is plugged into (Audio In) channel 1, DVR must be pulled up on channel 1 Full Screen Mode to hear live audio.
3. Your Monitor or TV must have built in speakers in order to hear live audio or playback directly from the DVR. If your monitor does not have speakers, you must have speakers connected to the audio output of your DVR, such as a DVR Speaker Kit
4. If you are using a VGA Monitor, you must run an audio cable from “Audio Out’ on your DVR to ‘Audio In’ on your Monitor. If using HDMI, audio will be transmitted through the HDMI cable and connection. (Your Monitor must still have built-in speakers)
5. Do not run audio cables next to high voltage or power wires, or install microphones near noisy appliances. Both will cause unwanted interference and noise.
Also see our Blog Post on CCTV Microphone uses and applications: CCTV Microphones
For additional technical assistance, call us toll-free at 877-880-7728!
We love to talk to people about Security Microphones!
Adding an Audio dimension to your security application can be a significant upgrade for a number of reasons. CCTV Microphones or Microphone Kits are popular in a variety of industries, and for a multitude of reasons. We have received multiple calls with both residential and commercial customers that ask “How can I add audio to my Security Camera System?” Most systems support audio surveillance in some capacity. However, it is necessary to take note of individual State and Local laws and statutes regarding audio surveillance and make sure you are in compliance before implementing your strategy.
Audio Surveillance is commonly used in retail and food service applications to promote, and monitor good customer service practices. Owners and Managers can monitor interactions between customers and employees to make sure the staff is providing courteous service as well as offering all the sale details, or pertinent information, etc. Recordings of these interactions are sometimes used as a training tool as well. Since many Security DVR’s and NVR’s will support audio over the web, Owners and Managers can monitor audio from other locations. This comes in handy when a business has multiple locations.
CCTV Audio is commonly used in Law Enforcement as well. In interview rooms as well as with Body Worn Cameras, Audio surveillance and recording can provide important evidence and documentation. Audio surveillance can also be used to pinpoint problem areas in active situations, especially over large areas such as college campuses or stadiums.
CCTV Microphone kits, or Stand Alone Microphones, are generally ‘One Way’ Audio. In other words, you can hear and record what is being said from the location of the microphone. Many IP Cameras, however, have built-in, two-way audio. Two way audio allows for two way communication as the camera actually has a built in speaker as well. This can also be used for training or communicating in instances that need video support. It takes a little setting up for the talk back feature but can be very useful in the right application.
Microphone kits can be used indoors or outdoors as well. Outdoor applications require weather resistant microphones, or even weatherproof microphones, depending on the application. There are different issues that affect usage for indoor and/or outdoor audio. Since there is more ambient noise in outdoor applications, placement of the microphone becomes extremely important. Covering a large area may require several microphones. Background noise such as traffic sounds or wind blowing may affect audio quality. Similar issues may arise indoors if your application is in a busy, noisy restaurant for example. Familiarize yourself with the features and/or limitations of your Microphone and Equipment, as well as the environment it will be used in. Other issues to watch out for include installation issues including placement of cables. There are some guidelines to follow when installing Audio, or Microphone Kits and we have listed some of the main ones below.
Here are some General Guidelines for Installing CCTV Microphones:
1. Never run your microphone cable next to, or across an electrical line. This will cause ‘noise’ in your line. Instead of hearing what you intended, you will hear static or just a loud hum. It’s not a pretty sound.
2. Do not install microphones next to noisy appliances. Due to proximity, you will hear unwanted noise in your feed. Even if you can’t hear the appliance very well, the microphone may pick up the noise enough to make important information hard to hear.
3. Do not install your microphone next to or too close to fluorescent lighting. This will also cause noise issues.
4. Installing a Microphone too close to a speaker may cause feedback issues (A loud pitched, gosh-awful, screeching noise).
5. Some applications require Stand-Alone Microphone Kits as opposed to Security Cameras with Built-In Mic’s. Placement of a Camera for optimal Video may not necessarily correspond to optimal placement for audio.
6. Make sure your Security DVR or NVR has the proper Audio Inputs before running your cables!
7. Consider the specifications and limitations of your equipment relative to the environment where they will be deployed.
And of course, if you need assistance, please feel free to call us for assistance. We love to talk to people about security cameras! And Microphones also!
There’s a gap in your coverage, and you’re not sure how to close it. The building you’re in is just a bit too far to get a clear image of the front of the parking lot from where you sit. You have a couple of choices at this point. You can just put up a normal camera and hope for the best, or you could get a variable focus camera, allowing you to get just that little bit closer and get the image you need. Understanding Specialty CCTV Cameras and Applications, and how to utilize them in your CCTV arsenal is one of the keys to a successful CCTV system. Let’s go over some of the more popular cameras and see what they have to offer.
1. The Variable Focus Camera (Vari-Focal)
Dome or Bullet Style Camera Options
Most widely available in 2.8 to 12mm focal lengths, so should fit most needs
Allows user to focus on what’s important in the image, and set themselves
Once the focal length is set, it’s set until the end of time. It’s not going anywhere.
Can be a little finicky when trying to set
May need a helper to get things focused properly, since it has to be done at the camera (Except for Motorized Zoom with UTC)
Cash Register Coverage
Long Driveways for Home Users
Anywhere that a tighter image is needed
There’s a reason I mentioned the Variable Focus or Vari-focal first. These are versatile cameras that will allow the end-user to get a nice, close image, without having to purchase an expensive box camera and lens. If you need to see an entry gate that is 70 feet away from the camera, the Vari-Focal Camera allows you to Zoom into that area and therefore use the highest resolution of the camera. With a standard fixed lens, your image may include the entry gate but also a significant area to the right and left of it. The gate will seem farther away and image quality of that area is greatly reduced. The Vari-Focal lens also gives the option to adjust the image if the user wants a wider angle in the future. Available in domes and bullets, they are easy to fit into any system configuration. You can also get a motorized zoom, Vari-focal camera, which cuts down on install time as they will auto focus the image for you. Just zoom in or out to the focal length you want and let it do it’s thing! The Camera will automatically get the perfectly focused image.
Mounting these cameras above or near a cash register is a really great way to keep track of employee movement when it comes to your business. With the current resolutions, you can even tell what denomination the bills are most of the time. Pictured is the STOIC, STH-B3271W Vari-Focal Bullet with 240 Feet of Night Vision.See it HERE!
Many have software that allows for de-warping of the image
Some have two-way audio
If you’re looking for detail, this may fall short. Panoramic Security Cameras are really meant for a good overview rather than being a pin-point solution. That’s really the only con for these, though.
Small or large stores
The Panoramic camera is relatively new in the CCTV industry. Being able to cover a large area with a single camera is great for people with a smaller budget but can be great in supplementing any existing system. In the case of a large warehouse, three of these cameras can cover the vast majority of the interior. Adding fixed cameras to that, you can have a 7 or 8 camera solution that will cover an entire warehouse efficiently and can save money in the process. These Cameras are also great for covering a four-way hallway. Mount the camera on the ceiling, in the center, and you can see in all four directions.
Covering a parking lot is similar. Mounted horizontally, the camera’s view is 180 degrees. This can easily cover 18 parking spots at a distance of only 30 feet, with just one camera. A single camera for overview supplemented with pin-point cameras would make for easy parking lot coverage. Not to mention inexpensive.
3. Starvis Low-Light Cameras
Ultra Low-Light images in color
Available in domes and bullets
Amazing for ambient lighting, like restaurants and bars.
Stays in color… it bears repeating
None, to be honest. Maybe I can come up with some nit-picky thing… Nope.
Anywhere that needs a color picture with a low-light environment
Perfect for bars, cafes, restaurants, pool halls, etc…
We’ve done a previous post on the Starvis Back-Illuminated sensor and a few of the cameras that use them. It’s one of the few camera sensors that we always show off in our live demos. The difference in light sensitivity is pretty dramatic, which is why it’s always on our list. The applications for this one are pretty endless.
(Image on the left is without Starvis, on the right with Starvis. Two similar cameras side by side, same lighting conditions)
It’s a great sensor to begin with, but adding the low-light ability just puts it on another level. Let’s say you run a bar or have a client with a dimly lit restaurant and you or your client would prefer not to have to look at a black and white image all the time. When there’s very little light and IR sensors come on, the image tends to get a bit blown out. It’s dark enough for the IR to kick on, but still too bright for the IR to really be effective. With a Starvis equipped security camera, you’ll get a great image without having it get blown out, and still be able to accurately describe an individual should the need arise.
Be everywhere all the time. Okay, not really… but you do have complete control of the camera. Pan, tilt, and zoom from the DVR.
Programmable sentry mode means that you can set your own waypoints for the PTZ to track.
Available with motion tracking
Usually a minimum of 18x optical zoom available, some are up to 36x
These cameras can get relatively expensive. Some even like cheap, used car expensive. Most aren’t, however, and will pay for themselves in the right application.
They’re a bit large, so make sure that you’re okay with people being able to see them. (Generally not a problem with commercial applications).
Can be a huge “Hit Me First” sign for vandals. Not a great idea to mount a PTZ at ground level.
Large areas that need wide, pin-point coverage.
Any application that demands on-the-fly control of a camera
Great for warehouses, malls, shopping centers, etc…
Usually for larger scale surveillance, but can be used for a home setting
Active surveillance such as panning and zooming in to a license plate, or face.
Simply put, the PTZ camera is a wonderful option for any setting which needs a wide range of options, and needs it to be variable at a moment’s notice. Not only that, but playing around with these cameras is just cool. It’s amazing to just pan around and zoom in on things. Sounds kind of dorky, but it’s true. That aside, they’re wonderful for large-scale surveillance. Shopping centers, warehouses, large properties, even home applications. Keep in mind that while these cameras are coming down in price, the feature-heavy models are still quite expensive. The higher end models are up into the 4k (resolution, not price) range. They’re also starting to develop features like crowd recognition, facial recognition, abandoned bag detection, etc… these are features that are available now, but aren’t really quite there enough for the mass market. A good, entry level PTZ will start a just a few hundred dollars and go up from there.
There are other specialty security camera types that are not on this list, but these are the most common and useful that we’ve found. If you have any questions about these cameras, or have a question about your specific security application, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!