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Published by Ellen on June 10, 2015 8:42 AM

If you're thinking of switching from analog to IP video, or are investing in a video surveillance system for the first time, it's important to know what equipment you'll need to deploy your new IP cameras. IP video provides a scalable solution for your long-term security needs so you can expand upon the number of security cameras in the future. offers pre-configured IP security camera systems with everything you need to get started. We can also customize an IP camera system for you if you have special requirements. Our IP security camera systems are assembled to include the IP cameras you need, a network video recorder, and the necessary power supplies to get your system up and running.

Power-over-Ethernet, which is ever-present in the IP camera era, allows you to power your cameras with a single Ethernet cord. This, in turn, simplifies the installation process and makes it easier to install your cameras in more remote locations.

Our video surveillance systems include a network video recorder to view, record, and manage your IP cameras. Most NVRs today feature free mobile surveillance apps to give you instant access to your cameras when you're not onsite. With a secure internet connection, you'll be able to tap into your IP camera system from virtually anywhere. For existing CCTV systems, you'll need a video encoder to convert your system over to IP (digital) video.


Published by Marie on March 19, 2015 9:50 AM

An IP video surveillance system is made from several standard components. While the specific cameras or software may change, your system will almost always include:

  • One or more IP surveillance cameras
  • Video management software
  • NVR, or other storage device

You should also receive all power cables, Cat5 Ethernet cables, and power supplies for your equipment. You may choose to add wireless antennas for long-distance surveillance on large campuses or advanced third-party analytics software, but all of that will build off the basic system.

When you are researching your IP system options, keep in mind two key features you may want to prioritize:

  • High definition resolution
  • Remote & mobile access from a smart phone or tablet

HD resolution is quickly become the standard in IP cameras, with most featuring 720p or 1080p resolution. With HD cameras you can monitor a larger area with fewer cameras because the video is wider, and you can see details more clearly than with a standard camera.

Remote and mobile access is essential if you want to stay connected to you surveillance system when you're out of the office. You can set up email or text alerts to be notified when your cameras detect something and instantly log into the system from your phone to view live or recorded video.

Shop our store for IP video surveillance systems, or contact our IP video experts today for a personalized system recommendation.


Published by Ellen on March 16, 2015 8:53 AM

Despite what some might believe, an IP-based security camera system is actually quite affordable and has the potential to provide a hefty return on investment if used to its fullest.

The cost of cabling CCTV cameras (also called "analog") can be 2-3 times more expensive than the cost of installing IP cameras. How is that possible? Consider this fact: CCTV camera systems require two separate cables, one for powering the cameras and the other for sending video signals. This lends to the increase in installation costs.

IP camera systems on the other hand only require an Ethernet cable to send and receive data. In other words, this creates a simplified installation since the Ethernet cable provides both power and network connectivity. No need to hire certified electricians when installing your system -- IP cameras can be installed in-house by someone with basic networking experience.

What's more, an IP camera system is scalable, allowing you to easily grow the number of IP cameras over time without worrying about additional installation costs or technical limitations.

At we're all about designing custom IP security camera systems for our customers. We respect your budget requirements, and do our best to not only provide cost-effective IP cameras, but a system you can depend on for years to come.


Published by Marie on February 23, 2015 3:49 PM

A complete video surveillance system comes with everything you need in one package, ensuring that all the equipment will work together right out of the box. We've added two new systems to the featuring professional Optica cameras and the Milestone Husky NVR with Milestone XProtect software.

The Milestone Husky M10 4 Camera System includes both indoor and outdoor Optica cameras, ideal for securing the entrances and exits of a small business or office. The Outdoor B122 mini bullet camera and D122 dome camera both come standard with 720p HD resolution and day/night recording for 24/7 surveillance.

Milestone's Husky M10 comes with 1tb of storage space, and is preloaded with Milestone XProtect video management software. This allows you to view live video, watch recorded video, and manage your system from one place. And with free mobile apps, you can stay connected from anywhere using your smart phone or tablet.


Do you need more than four cameras for a larger office or business space? We also offer a Milestone Husky M10 8 Camera System that includes four each of the Optica B122 and D122 IP cameras. This system also comes with 1tb of storage space and Milestone XProtect software.


Not quite right? If neither of these systems meets your surveillance needs, contact us today to create a custom system just for you!