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Arlo Go Cellular Cloud Camera Tested

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Totally wireless surveillance cameras are growing but almost all typically depend on a hub and local Internet access. However, many outdoor scenarios will be too distant or difficult to depend on such requirements. In such scenarios, integrated c...

By John Scanlan - 6 days ago

Alarm Circuits Guide

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Alarm circuits are a fundamental element of wired burglar systems. Designing the alarm circuit greatly affects its performance. In particular, more efficient circuit designs introduce less resistance and cause fewer false alarms. In this note, we ...

By Ari Erenthal - 20 days ago

Smartphone Controlled Kevo Lock Tested

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Smartlocks are a growing market, with millions sold. Kwikset's Kevo is one of the most common choices, using the Unikey smart phone access control platform. Many like the concept of controlling locks with their phones but doing is not easy, as sh...

By Brian Rhodes - 25 days ago

Hack Your Access Control With This $30 HID 125kHz Card Copier

You might have heard the stories or seen the YouTube videos of random people hacking electronic access control systems. The tools that claim to do this are available widely, including at eBay for just $30. We bought one of these cheap gadgets, s...

By Brian Rhodes - 28 days ago

Xandem Next Gen Intrusion Tested

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Xandem's "full coverage motion tracking technology" is unlike any intrusion technology we have seen. We bought their new system and tested it extensively to better understand its strengths and weaknesses. Below is one of the examples from our tes...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 month ago

Bosch B-Series Intrusion Tested

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Bosch is one of the biggest names in intrusion but their B-Series panels, targeted at smaller site installs and available through distribution, are relatively new for intrusion standards. We bought a Bosch B3512 panel and a B942 graphic keypad to...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Best and Worst - ISC West 2017 Show Report

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IPVM went to Las Vegas, examining what vendors are showcasing and what is new. Attendance was up, according to the show, and was certainly well attended. This is our final edition of the show report covering all 3 days of exhibits and key takeaw...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

Burglar Alarm Strobes Guide

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Strobes provide visual notification of alarm incidents, as sirens are used to give audible notification. Using a strobe gives alarm users and alarm responders another way confirm alarms when they cannot hear the sirens. In this note, we examine ho...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

2Gig Intrusion Megatest (GC2 & GC3 Panels Tested)

2Gig is one of the most widely used intrusion systems, with two product lines that are the main offering of many alarm companies, huge national installers and small mom & pop shops alike. In this dual-test, IPVM bought both variants of this a...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

DMP Intrusion Tested (XR Series)

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DMP is a major provider of intrusion systems, but lacks the global brand recognition of some of its rivals (such as Bosch, Honeywell, DSC, or 2Gig). How does it compare to competitor systems that have been in widespread use for decades?   We boug...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Uniview NVR Tested

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Uniview, China's self proclaimed #3 video surveillance manufacturer behind Hikvision and Dahua, is ramping up its international sales efforts. In this report, we test Uniview's NVR and, in particular, its extended PoE claim to double or triple ra...

By Ethan Ace - 3 months ago

Dahua 4K HD Analog Cameras Announced

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HD analog has been gaining popularity (even if Axis hopes otherwise). Last year, HD analog's max resolution doubled from 1080p to 4MP (see our 4MP HD analog test). Now, HD analog is poised to double resolution again, to 4K.  We have technical d...

By Brian Karas - 3 months ago

Glass Doors and Access Control Tutorial

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The biggest challenge for many access control systems are glass doors. Here's what happens when a maglock is improperly installed to an existing glass door: Unlike wood or steel doors that can be modified to work with electrified locking hardwa...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Customized Access Control Cans (Altronix Trove)

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Access control installs typically require hanging at least two or three different enclosure cans, each holding individual parts.  Open wall space can be difficult to find for all these boxes, and troubleshooting through them all can be tough. Alt...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Alarm Panels - Canned vs Integrated

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Alarm control panels generally come in one of two types: Integrated alarm controllers, with controls and the keypad in the same device Traditional 'canned' control panels The advantages of 'canned' control panels typically include: Roo...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

5 Most Common PoE Questions

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In our IPVM IP Networking course, Power Over Ethernet (PoE) is a core component that students show significant interest in. The top ones are: Can I accidentally double PoE wattage by using midspans & switches together?  Does each port pro...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Tyco DSC PowerSeries Neo Intrusion Tested

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Tyco's intrusion system line, DSC, is one of the most widely installed brands. Their primary intrusion panel series, PowerSeries Neo, is relatively new to the market since release in 2014, but is already commonly used. But does this recent relea...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Wires for Burglar Alarms

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Most commercial and many higher end residential alarm systems rely on wired sensors. These require installers to run wires between the sensor and a control panel. In the following tutorial, we examine wire selection criteria, including Resistan...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Integrator Service Vehicle Guide

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Few assets are as commonly used by integrators and installers as their service vehicles. 125 integrators explained to IPVM in detail about their service vehicles, including: Which Vehicle Types Are Most Popular? Which Vehicle Brands Are Pre...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Smart Power Tools For Security Installs

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Installing a smart camera? Perhaps you should use a 'smart' drill. The intelligent appliance / IoT trend has hit power tools. In this note, we examine Milwaukee's One-Key system including: Advanced control / optimization Inventory control ...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Honeywell Ademco Vista Intrusion System Tested

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One of the biggest brands in security holds one of the most common intrusion lines. We bought and tested a Honeywell Vista 15P intrusion panel commonly used in both residential and small business markets. In the following test, we evaluated a V...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Bosch Blue Line Intrusion Motion Detector Tested

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False alarms from motion sensors are one of the most aggravating parts of intrusion detection.   Bosch says their sensors are better, even claiming their premium Blue Line PIR series give no false alarms. In this test, we bought the Blue Line ...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Surveillance Cameras 2017 Review

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This report concisely explains the developments and most common options for surveillance cameras offered in 2017, including resolution, H.265, HD analog, image quality, video analytics and cost. Compared to surveillance camera developments in 201...

By John Honovich - 5 months ago

IR Video Surveillance Tutorial 2017

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Almost all surveillance cameras perform worse in low light than they do in the day time. One of the most common techniques to overcome this is to add infrared (IR) illumination. However, adding IR has its own tradeoffs, with several options availa...

By John Honovich - 5 months ago

HD Analog vs IP Guide 2017

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For years, HD resolution was IP camera's greatest advantage. However, starting in 2013, analog cameras with HD resolution started shipping and, now, just a few years later, HD analog has become a significant force in the video surveillance indust...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

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