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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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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.



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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