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A Brief History of Samsung DIY Security camera Systems

Ellipse has been a stocking distributor for Samsung (now Wisenet) Home Security Priducts and DIY (do-it-yourself) security systems for over 14 years. Over this time, Samsung security camera systems have changed dramatically, as has the industry in general. A brief (very brief) history is in order to truly see how far we have come since the first Samsung, Black and White CCTV systems came out back in early 2002-03. Back in 2003, systems were bulkier, less robust, and only available in standard resolutions. In those days, VCRs were still common for CCTV storage, and the DIY security camera systems were called “Observation Systems”. If you wanted to record activity, you could add a VCR to your package (don’t forget the tapes!).

Among the very first Samsung DIY systems was the SSC-12. This 4-channel, black and white CRT monitor was a switching system, meaning you could only view one camera at a time. Recording followed suit on these systems, since VCRs were only single channel. This was eventually followed by the SOD14C4LN. Perhaps the most popular of the early DIY systems. Theese systems utilized an RJ11e type cable to transmit video, power, and 2-way audio over a single cable.

SOD-14C

The SOD14C4LN and SSC-17 were the first “Dual-Quad” systems available. And continued to use Samsung’s proprietary RJ11e cable. It was during the period that Ellipise Security came out with the first RJ11e to BNC adapter, so customers could add BNC Security Cameras to their RJ11e Systems as well as adapting their RJ11e cameras to BNC systems. From there, the systems evolved to employ web servers inside the monitors ,for viewing over the web. Systems such as the SSC-14WEB and SSC-17WEB allowed viewing over the Internet, but still required a VCR or single channel DVR in order to record.

With the introduction of the DVR (Digital Video Recorder), remote viewing moved from the monitor to the recording device. Early Samsung DVRs, such as the SHR-1014 were single channel and came with just a 60gig hard drive. Samsung DIY systems started to become “All-in-One”, with the DVR, web server, and power integrated into the monitor. The SMO210DN was an 8 channel CRT monitor with a built-in DVR. However, the monitor was extremely heavy (about 70lbs with a 21″ screen). Shipping these systems proved to be difficult, as they were oversized and very easily damaged.

Samsung took a giant leap forward with the SMT-190DN system. This system featured a 19″ LCD monitor with a built-in 8-channel DVR. It also included remote viewing and still utilized the RJ11 cable and cameras. Systems have also evolved from the first SSC12 and SOD14C cameras to more sophisticated SOC-C120 and SOC-N120, which incorporated night vision LEDs for the first time.

SOC-N120

The All-In-One trend continued with the introduction of the SME-2220, SME-4221, and SME-4220 systems. But Samsung began experimenting with new cabling options. These systems, along with the SDE-120N and SDE-300N, began using the 6-pin mini din cables for video and power. The SOC-A100 and SOC-A101 cameras used with the 6-pin mini din systems were higher resolution (600TVL), and better night vision. Although the All-In-One systems were popular, these would be the last of the models with the DVR built into the monitor.

Samsung’s next offering turned out to be a popular one. In addition to going to a stand-alone DVR and no monitor, Samsung chose to go ot RJ-45 or UTP cabling for their DIY systems. The SDE-4001 and SDE-5001 systems were 8 and 16 channel systems, respectively, and came with several variations of bullet style (SEB-1005) cameras and dome style cameras (SEB-1001). The DVRs were internet accessible and came with a 1TB hard drive. Although the system used RJ-45 cable, they remained analog systems. RJ-45 cable was easy to find, and the systems were popular since many homes and small businesses already had RJ-45 cabling in place. It was at this point that Ellipse Security began to sell the PTBNC-400 for adapting RJ-45 to BNC.

Eventually, however, Samsung decided to go to using common Coax cable (BNC). Systems like the SDS-P5100, SDS-P5122, and the SDS-P5102 were 16 channel systems that used BNC cable. The SDS-P4080 and SDS-P5080 were the 8 channel counterparts. Night vision capabilities and resolutions continued to improve, first with the SDC-5340BC, and then the SDC-7340BC security cameras. At this point, resolutions were up to 720TVL.

The next evolution in Samsung DIY followed the industry’s push into HD Analog technology. Beginning with the 720p SDH-C5100, and the SDH-B3300. The SDC-8440BC cameras included were capable of 720p HD resolution, and still used BNC cables. Shortly thereafter, the 1080p Full HD versions came out. The SDH-C75100 (16ch), SDH-C75080 (8ch), and SDH-C73000 (4ch) deployed the SDC-9441BC camera with 1080p resolution and 82ft of nightvision.

Samsung DIY Cables

Which brings us to the current offerings available to small businesses and homeowners today. 2MP systems, and brand new 4MP Super HD systems are cost effective and deliver HD resolution, siginificant night vision, and storage up to 2TB included. The SDH-C75083 is a 16 channel system that incorporates a metal-housed, SDC-9443BC camera with excellent night vision quality. Its 8 channel versions include the SDH-C74083HFN and the SDH-74043, which are expandable up to 8 cameras. The newest of the Samsung Wisenet systems are available in 1440p resolution (4MP). The 16 channel version, the SDH-C85100, comes with 10 of the new SDC-89440BC cameras. These cameras are IP66 rated, and boast 82ft of night vision. The 8 channel 4MP systems, the SDH-B84040 and SDH-B84080, comes with 4 and 8 cameras, respecitvely.

At Ellipse Security, we continue to stock and support all of the latest Samsung Wisenet security camera systems and accessories. As a Samsung authorized distributor for over 14 years, we have the most extensive knowledge base and support for Samsung DIY systems available. We continue to be a partner with Samsung, and a leader in the DIY CCTV market.

Questions? Want to know moew or have an older Samsung System that needs upgrading? Call us Toll-Free at 877-880-7728!

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Getting the Most out of Your DIY CCTV System

 

Many of us have had that feeling. Getting a new CCTV system home, getting everything unpacked, going over the setup instructions, running cable… you get the idea. You get everything installed, get your security cameras set just right, and then you go to look at what you’ve accomplished. It looks stunning. And why wouldn’t it? You’ve worked so hard. You’ve taken every aspect into consideration. Fabulous.

But you’ve now asked your significant other to go walk around outside, so you can see some movement on your system. That’s half the fun, right? They go off on their walk and… you can’t see them for several minutes. What? Oh, there they are. Now they’re gone again…. No matter, though. Right? At least you’ve got all the entrances covered. Other than the side door they’ve just come in through. No matter. It’s okay.

That night, you take what seems like the 50th look at your gorgeous CCTV system, but this time… something’s wrong. These cameras are supposed to be great at night! WHAT GIVES?! You paid a lot of money for this security system, and it took just about all weekend (with help, by the way) to get the thing installed. Now you have four out of ten security cameras that look horrible at night. Why on earth are they so blown out and gross looking?

How frustrating.

Here’s the thing. Many people who are doing they installs on their own don’t have a good plan going into it. Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind if you decide to forgo having someone install your system for you.

  1. Have a layout plan before you start running cables. Even before you start looking at CCTV systems, you should have a good plan as far as your surveillance layout. You need to know which areas of your property you want to cover, which are key areas, and also have a good idea of how to accomplish your goal. Why plan this before you look for systems? Well, maybe you have a need for more than just a box system. One instance that we’ve seen first-hand here at Ellipse Security is a client needed to keep a close eye on a dock that was about 100 yards from their house. A fixed camera wasn’t going to do this for them, so they needed a variable focus camera for this task. The same client had a need for longer range IR than normal kit cameras could provide. A STOiC variable focus camera, and a few long-range IR cameras came to the rescue. Added to their kit cameras, they made this system something that was perfect for their needs.
  2. Honestly assess your needs. I really don’t know anyone who doesn’t want a fleet of PTZ cameras. Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re one of those guys who gets to play around with the surveillance system for the city of London? This author can sincerely tell you that he would love to. That being said, not only would this be overkill for the majority of smaller systems, but having that many PTZ cameras is pretty cost prohibitive for most of us. There’s also the flip side of that coin. Everyone wants a deal. Again, we’re all in good company here. But the rock-bottom kit system may not be what your situation needs. We’re not saying that you need to spend thousands on a system for it to work for you. We literally work with just about any budget, and can tailor a system for your needs, but it needs to be seen as an investment, as well. Give us a call for a free consultation. It’s not just a slogan; we really do love talking to people about security cameras.
  3. Now you have a good idea of the equipment you’ll need to cover the areas you need covered, you’ve picked the perfect system, gotten the layout perfect… but that camera just looks horrible at night. What?! Despite our best planning, we can’t escape physics. What do I mean by that? Well, during the day, cameras don’t have to deal with IR (infrared). It’s what makes seeing at night possible for CCTV cameras. It’s great, but also comes with a small drawback that needs to be planned for. That infrared light is going to reflect off of certain surfaces. Leaves, concrete, light colored walls, etc… Before you blame the camera, check to see if there’s any IR reflecting back into the camera off of any of the surfaces in your camera’s field of view. Debris, scratches or smudges on a Dome Style Security Camera are also a common culprit! Could be any of the above examples, so you may need to inspect and adjust your camera, or even trim some trees to eliminate this as an issue. Seems like kind of a pain, but we can assure you that the picture quality will drastically improve, so it’s well worth it. Try to include this in your planning and it will save you some trouble later in your install.
  4. One last thing to consider is whether you’d like to be able to monitor your CCTV system when you’re away from home or the office. If so, we’d be happy to help with this. Pretty much all CCTV systems these days have an app for viewing remotely. This can really be a great asset for home or business owners. Setting up alerts for movement, motion detection, etc… One thing, however, is that you need to plan a good, secure password for your system. Yeah, “Password1” is really easy to remember, but it’s… not good. At all. Pretty much every default password from every major manufacturer is available online. Leaving the default password on your DVR or NVR is like leaving your door wide open, with your collection of Rolex watches just inside, and a sign out front saying “Come on in!”. Anyone can log into your CCTV system and see your cameras. Live. Or worse. Check out our previous post called “Security for your Security” for more information on passwords and why you need a good one.

Let me end by saying that this isn’t an exhaustive list. There are going to be issues that may crop up. You may have a camera in your line-up that just doesn’t work for you. You may not have thought about bullet vs dome cameras. Maybe you need more storage space for your recording device. These are all things that we can assist with. With just a few minutes of consultation, we can maximize every dollar you invest, and make sure you get what you need out of your CCTV System! Give us a chance to show you why we love talking to people about security cameras. As stated above, it’s not just a catchy slogan (especially for a tech nerd like myself).

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Security For Your Security

If you’ve created an account on any website in the last 5 years, you’ll be familiar with password requirements. 8 characters, alphanumeric, etc… sometimes even special characters. Regardless of its inconvenience, it’s a good practice. So, what does that have to do with your CCTV system?

A surprising number of people leave the default password on their home security systems and cameras. A staggering number, actually. “It’s easy to remember,” you may say. Well… that’s true, but it’s also easy for anyone in the world to gain acess to. And then access your CCTV system. Maybe it’s your home security system, so they can peek in on your family. Maybe your business security system, so they can keep track of when you are and aren’t in the office / store. Maybe it’s just to access your system to add to a botnet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet).

Simply put, a botnet is a network of devices that can be used to do harm, like sending a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, steal information, send spam, or give the attacker access to said systems. If you think P.C.s are the only devices that are vulnerable, you may be surprised to find out that even Smart Refrigerators have been used in some botnet attacks. Chills your drinks, and takes out a government server!

Most people would like to believe that it wouldn’t happen to them, but sincerely, why take that risk? It’s really a simple thing to prevent. It turns out that “password” isn’t really a great password.

How would you prevent this from happening? Strong passwords are a good start. You really should consider a password that’s at least 9 characters long, alphanumeric, with special characters, and varied case. Also, rename the admin account, rather than just using the name ‘admin’. Here’s an example of a changed username and strong password:

Username: DAdams42

Password: [email protected]

The password above has a special character, varied case, five numbers, and it’s 11 characters in length. Just write it down and keep it in your wallet or other safe place, if need be.

Yeah, it’s a bit of a pain to put that in every time you’d like to view playback on your NVR, but it’s better than someone being able to access your personal cameras. Now, this mostly applies to IP Cameras, but also goes for any home CCTV system that’s connected to the internet. IP cameras and systems just happen to be a bit more neglected as far as passwords go.

Now, keep in mind that if viewing your CCTV system from outside your home or office isn’t a big deal to you, you can always just leave it disconnected from the internet. That will prevent anyone from being able to connect to it remotely.

This author isn’t usually an alarmist, but botnets like Mirai and the newest one The Reaper (yeah… doesn’t really invoke images of bunnies and rainbows), can cause serious damage, and most people have no idea that their hardware is being used for this kind of thing. I’m going to include some reading material for you guys just below here, but to sum up my point, you really should consider security for your security. It’s a simple measure than can save some hassle and embarassment. And can prevent people from using your equipment and internet connection to do harm to others. Plus, the internet doesn’t need to see video of you in your skivvies.

https://www.wired.com/story/reaper-iot-botnet-infected-million-networks/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirai_(malware)

https://www.cnet.com/news/fridge-caught-sending-spam-emails-in-botnet-attack/

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Why your Business deserves better than a Big Box Store Security Camera System

We’ve all seen the numerous ‘Systems in a Box’ in all of the Big Box Stores like Sam’s Club and Home Depot, as well as the Large Consumer Electronics Shops such as Best Buy. While they seem like a great deal, there are several factors that any Business Owner should be aware of before purchasing one of these systems to protect their assets. For less than you would think, you could get a fully customized, better security camera system by calling Ellipse Security Distributors.

Every business operation is very different. When you factor in the number of employees, lighting conditions, management structure (on site, etc.) you have an incredibly diverse set of applications. By calling Ellipse Security before you decide on which system is best, you can insure that you know what options are available to help you run your business and still stay within the budget. We will customize a scalable security camera system that can grow with your business and still be in budget!

Here are the issues that will leave you feeling short changed with a Big Box Store System (BBS):

    Limited Hard Drive (Storage) Space

With most security cameras offering higher and higher resolutions and megapixel images, recording space can be used up very quickly, leaving you with an inadequate amount of recording time. Most BBS systems come with 1TB or 2TB Hard Drives which is not sufficient especially when you are using 10-16 cameras, or your business is open for more than 10 hours a day.

      One Size Fits All, Won’t Fit All

BBS Systems generally come with cameras that are all the same or very similar. The camera that you use over your cash register and the camera you use to cover your parking lot would normally be very different, right? Some business applications require longer night vision or audio surveillance. The Camera cable lengths are all generally 60 foot with BBS Systems. This can obviously be a drawback. Most Security Camera Systems for business require longer or custom length CCTV Cables.

     No Support or Limited Support

Many of the systems sold in these Big Box Stores are lacking in technical support if they have any at all. Try calling the store? Nope, they know absolutely nothing about your system. Many of the tech support numbers have astronomically long hold times, that make you wait forever just for the privilege of speaking to someone who still does not understand your question.

    Cheap Hardware

Most of the BBS Systems focus on price point rather than quality. The failure rate of cameras on some of these systems can be down-right frustrating AND expensive if you are paying someone to install them. The Warranty may cover the camera, but certainly will not pay for having to take down the bad camera initially and then re-installing the replacement later on. That money you thought you saved? Poof! Gone.

    Firmware Upgrades are Rare

The majority of these systems are not supported beyond the initial sale. There are no firmware upgrades or bug fixes, etc. With technology changing rapidly, you may get a system that was rushed to market and has a glitch. Sadly, there is almost never a fix for that with BBS Systems.

    Proprietary Equipment

Possibly the most insidious issue on the list. A business owner who has made the mistake of buying a BBS system that has proprietary cameras will find out later there are no replacement cameras or cables available for their system, or, if available, they are extremely expensive. We have had many people call us searching for the non-existent replacement camera for a proprietary system that is no longer supported. Look for a Security Camera System that is NOT proprietary.

      Not Customizable

If there are (8) Dome Cameras and (8) 60 Foot cables in the box, that is what you will pay for. Even if you need (6) Domes (2) Bullets and (4) 150 foot cables. They are a Big Box Store, its about moving SKU’s., not about service. If you purchase from a company like Ellipse Security, you can get exactly what you need. Mix and match, switch out cables, we’re on it!

At Ellipse Security, we can customize a reliable, scalable system that works for you. By investing just a bit more, we can save you money and headaches in the future, as well as providing a system that works for YOUR Business. You can also talk to us about applications that many people don’t think of such as: Employee Training, Vendor Theft, Customer Service and more! For more information about what CCTV Cameras can do for your business, see our article: Why CCTV Cameras?

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