DIY Tips: Install CCTV DVR in 5 Easy steps

Installing CCTV Camera Systems are becoming more and more popular with the growing distress over property safety measures. Every person or business entity has a wide choice over their video surveillance system but is greatly dependent with their personal needs and financial plan. However, one issue stands out all the time: the installation process of the entire system. To solve that, here are 5 DIY tips on installing a CCTV System.
Tip 1: Know all the stuff in the box

First thing is to unbox and take out all contents in the package and figure out what each part is or if anything is not included based on the user manual. Second, lay everything in the box on a flat surface. The initial visual presentation to a complex product kit would help you familiarize product contents prior to your product installation. Last thing is to sort similar items next to each other for further familiarisation and easy grab.


Tip 2: Connect your DVR to Power, USB Mouse & Monitor

After gaining a better knowledge about each part of the system, next is to connect the DVR to the power supply, USB mouse and monitor.

First thing is to use the power cable and connect a side to the DC-12V interface on the back of your DVR. The other one will be linked straight to a power source. It is then noticeable that the signal light next to the Ethernet interface lit up. Next up is to plug in the USB mouse to any of the USB interface to use it as a controller for the monitors.

The last stop is connecting the DVR to the monitor. Depending on the choice of monitor, the choice is use the VGA interface or the HDMI interface.


Tip 3: Connect your Cameras to the DVR and Power Source

      All video input and output interface adopt the BNC interface and the coaxial cable. It is advised to use the BNC connector rather than the usual RCA connections. In case there is a need to install additional cameras, it is recommended to make sure it supports BNC or just buy a RCA-to-BNC adaptors. Every side of the coax cable has a clear indication of which side it is for. Following the labels and connecting it to its designated ports is advised. Repeat the same steps until all cameras are fully installed using the coax cable and power splitter cable.
Step 4 – Camera Testing

The testing phase is the next step and then followed by the mounting of camera to the desired area, whether the wall or ceiling in order to complete the CCTV installation.
Tip 5 – DVR Testing
The CCTV DVR kit installation can be checked and finished by considering things like the network setup program- if it is easy to navigate, ways to set up remote access, changing setting of automatic motion detection and setting up the email account to be used for e-mail alerts.

Installing CCTV systems are not as complex as many articles in the Internet say. It is just a matter of understanding and familiarizing each component in the package bought and the patience to follow each step given in the manual. Alternative is to call in the professionals, companies, including All Security Solutions are able to install these systems professionally.  So there you have it! 5 easy tips to install your CCTV System.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Spare Keys

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If you’re living in a family home then you will know that having spare keys is a must. With more than two family members losing keys is pretty much inevitable, especially with younger family members. There are also mishaps in which family members might find themselves locked out of their house, which no one wants. But if your children get locked out it’s a whole different ball game. Their lives could be put at risk especially if they are locked out at night. Though spare keys are a necessity they can also put your home at risk. Here are the do’s and don’ts of spare keys (try to avoid them to keep your family and home safe):

Hiding Place

When it comes to having a spare key one of the major don’t is where you hide your spare key. Most people hide spare keys under their welcome mat or also under a plant pot. However this is common knowledge to everyone, including thieves! If they know where you hide your spare key then you are making it easy for them and putting your home at risk in the meantime.where-to-hide-a-spare-key

Only Keep One

Many people often think it is a good idea to create multiple spare keys to be ready for any occasion. The truth is though in doing that you could be putting your home at more risk. Just like family members can lose their normal copy of house keys they can also lose the spare key. With multiple spare keys that increases the chance of your spare keys being stolen or found by those without good intentions.Keys_3158176b

Key Safes (recommended from FastKeys)

If you have made the choice to have a spare key to your home then a key safe is a very good idea. A key safe is a device that can hold the spare key, to gain access to this device you must have a passcode. This means that only those with the passcode can use the spare key, and each of your family members will have a backup in case of any accidents. Key safes are also durable and most people don’t actually know what a key safe is, this prevents theft of the key and ultimately theft within your home.55775b


Another good idea is to leave the possession of the key with someone trustworthy like a neighbour or family member that is accessible all the time. This means that the safety of your key is ensured and all family members know the procedure if they do lose their key.Next-Door-Neighbor

All of this of course means nothing if your locks are not safe. For that you don’t need a spare key, you need a locksmith.