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How to set up your company's surveillance system.


Setting up the defense, your company requires begins with the knowledge of setting up your company's surveillance system.

Understanding your business, and its surroundings; anyone can do things like keep the windows and doors locked. However, security is more than that. The criminals are getting more high tech and smarter. This article is to help arm you with knowledge.

A surveillance system has many uses, including security. Use it to keep an eye on the cash register and make sure your employees do not have "sticky fingers." Watch the back door for deliveries, and watch the entry for people that enter your establishment while you are working in the back room.

There are a few options available to use for surveillance systems.

There are some simple steps to setting up a wireless camera system. Install Camera anywhere you want to catch all the action! Mount to wall or use Tripod.

  1. Unpack the items.
  2. Connect the camera into its power supply and plug it into the wall.
  3. Connect the wireless video receiver to power and plug it into a wall outlet.
  4. Connect the video receiver to your TV.
  5. Turn the video receiver on and flip up the antenna. Point the antenna towards the camera.
  6. Select your TV's video input (or try channel 0 and then Channel Down). The camera's picture should appear

That is it. There are several types of surveillance systems available. This is probably the most simple with a high range of security options. This system would cost your around $300.00.

Another would be an IP surveillance system. Digital cameras are inexpensive and easy to install. Wired or wireless ever-present. The digital camera monitoring system is robust, easy to use, and often free after you have the equipment.

Even though you can use these cameras over the Web, they are not really Web cams, which are those small, low-tech cameras designed for online socializing. Rather, IP-based cameras connect directly to IP networks, record at higher frame rates, and commonly have better outcome then Web cams. They can pan, tilt and zoom, and many have one-way or two-way audio capabilities. They also come with monitoring and management software that lets you trigger alarms and e-mail alerts when certain events occur.

For example, you can designate motion detection areas within a frame that generate alerts when motion occurs. Alternatively, you can set the system to begin recording when certain events occur or timers are set. Examples of motion events might include a person walking into the frame or a car driving across a designated area.

Since these systems are IP-based, you are able to set this up using simple software to see several different areas.

Here are the relatively easy steps to set up this type of system.

  1. Connect the Ethernet cable to the camera. The Ethernet cable must be connected at first for set-up purposes; it will be removed later.
  2. Connect the power cable.
  3. Plug the power connector into the wall. Make sure your computer and router are booted up. Then it is time to install the software.
  4. This camera is now set with its own IP address that the router will recognize each time you search for cameras. You can take the camera anywhere there is an electrical outlet (within range of the Wi-Fi network), plug it in, and begin monitoring the room. The camera is discovered every time.

These systems will run you around $350.00 and up.

The decision you will need to look at is what you want to use. It is all a matter of space. You can use tapes, or your hard drive to save these recordings. Some have better quality. Space is the key you will want to consider. You can save several recordings on one hard drive, or switch between tapes. It is all up to you.

Demand for security is high among both businesses and homes. There are companies that look to capitalize on this by offering computer and server upgrades and surveillance set up. However, setting up your own surveillance is something that with a little work on your end you can do.

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