Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is a Security DVR?

DVR stands for Digital Video Recorder. A Security DVR is capable of taking the video from digital or analog cameras and recording it into a digital format on a hard drive. It can record high quality video, maintenance free, for weeks or even months. An ideal replacement for time lapse VCRs.

How many hours of video can the Security DVR store?

The length of archive depends on number of cameras, frames per second (FPS) and amount of available hard disk space. Our preconfigured systems usually provide several weeks of archive on motion detect mode.

How does motion detection work? Through the camera or software?

Motion detection works through the software in the DVR system by recording video when pixels in the image change. Most Security DVRs offer a sensitivity scale so the user can set the sensitivity of the motion detection.

Can I view live and recorded video locally?
Yes.

Can I view live and recorded video remotely?

Yes, most of our Security DVR systems are Internet enabled. You can view live and recorded video from anywhere through the Internet.

Can several users view one site at once?

Most Internet-enabled Security DVR systems allow multiple users to view the same site simultaneously. However, as more people look at the same cameras/DVR at the same time, the bandwidth will be shared between them.

Can I record audio?

Yes, if the Security DVR system comes with an audio option you can record audio. Most analog cameras do not come with built in audio, so you will probably need an IP (Network) camera- Cube camera.

How many cameras do I need?

This will depend on the size and layout of the area you wish to survey.

Can I zoom in with a camera?

Yes, but you need a special camera called a Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ camera.

What happens if there is power outage?

Most Security DVRs will come back on as soon as power is restored. However, we suggest an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) which provides a short period of backup power and also serves as a surge protection device.

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