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Security Camera & Video Surveillance Equipment

Video surveillance equipment plays an important role in your overall security system. Video surveillance systems are suitable for residential and commercial business locations to help prevent theft and vandalism as well as to monitor break-ins with recorded data being useful to law enforcement. The major categories of video surveillance equipment include:

Surveillance Cameras

Video surveillance cameras help to collect data as it occurs in real time. Most cameras have the ability to provide users with real-time monitoring of specific locations inside or outside of a home or business. Several cameras are often necessary to provide adequate surveillance coverage. Cameras can operate with a wired connection or may use a wireless technology. They are available in many styles and sizes to suit specific needs. Cameras are available to record in daylight, low light, and during night time hours. There are two main camera types. CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras use analog technology to produce surveillance images. IP (Internet protocol) cameras employ digital technologies to send and receive data using the Internet and a computer network. You’ll receive much higher image quality and remote accessibility by switching to or investing in IP video surveillance equipment.


Network video recorders are designed for use with IP camera systems to record, manage, view video. The information being recorded is captured in digital form and can be viewed through an Internet connection. The cameras process the video and encode the information, which is then streamed to the NVR to be recorded or viewed from remote locations.


CCTV systems require hardwiring installation in order to transmit video data, which can be cumbersome to install as it requires multiple cables. Coax and power cables are used for CCTV systems, while only one Cat5e or Cat6 network cable is required to power PoE IP camera systems. Proper cabling is a very important part of a surveillance system as without the right type of cabling, the quality of the video transmission can be limited. Even if you have top-of-the-line video surveillance equipment as part of your security system, if the cabling is not done properly, many problems will be present. That’s why it’s important to rely on skilled experts at to guide you through the installation process, or answer any questions you may have on this subject or surveillance camera equipment.

PoE Network Switches

Power over Ethernet switches, commonly referred to as PoE network switches create a system that allows electrical power as well as data to pass along safely through Ethernet cabling. A category 5 cable or higher is necessary for high power levels. Pairs of wires in the Ethernet cable supply the power from a supply in a PoE-enabling network device. PoE network switches are very crucial when choosing the right video surveillance equipment.

PoE Midspan

Midspans employ Power over Ethernet to supply power to network cameras. The midspan allows cameras with a certain amount of power consumption to receive power and data over a single Ethernet cable without the need to install power outlets or electrical cabling.


Digital video recorders are used with CCTV camera technology to record data captured by the camera. This information can be stored on computer disk drives, and can be exported to digital devices including USB flash drives or DVDs.. DVRs offer features including time and data stamping for accuracy, motion detection, and the ability to monitor images through the Internet.

The technologies of video surveillance equipment are ever-changing and customized security camera systems are a wise investment for your peace of mind.

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