Tools (69)

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Cap Connector "You Can't Screw Up" Profile

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One company, CaP Connectors, is marketing their coax connectors as “The 30-second Connector You Can’t Screw Up”, by claiming to combine the best attributes of others in a single design. But is it worth using? Inside we examine CaP's claims, see h...

By Brian Rhodes - 25 days 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 - 28 days ago

Hikvision Firmware Decrypted

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A developer has decrypted Hikvision's firmware, allowing examination of Hikvision's device source code and contents. In this report, we overview the tool, showing you how it works, sharing a Hikvision's camera decrypted firmware and overviewing s...

By Brian Karas - about 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 months ago

Calculating Video Surveillance Storage / Bandwidth

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Calculating surveillance bandwidth is complex, and inexperienced users can easily underestimate bandwidth, leading to reduced storage durations and/or overloaded networks. The most common way technicians estimate storage is to use manufacturer or...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Power Drill Selection Guide

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Boring holes is a basic part of running cables for most security system projects. To do so, you will need to choose the right drills for various scenarios. This guide will help you understand the different types of drills available and the tradeo...

By Ari Erenthal - 5 months ago

Camera Roof Mounting / Parapet Mount Installation Guide

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One of the most common camera mounts are parapet mounts, and they can be found on the roofs of all types of buildings; old and new, used to hold cameras in systems from small sheds to huge office buildings. However, understanding why, where, an...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

Universal Camera Tester Tested (IPC-8600)

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Setting up cameras is often a pain. A number of test tools exist but are frequently limited on camera support or have a small screen, slow interface or other issues. Many installers still use laptops, even though they are inconvenient or risky wh...

By Ethan Ace - 11 months ago

Viakoo Announces Free Network Monitor

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Intransa reincarnate Viakoo is giving away its networking monitoring service. Viakoo released a freemium product, FreeMonitor, aimed at providing basic system health monitoring services for security systems. This report takes a look at how FreeM...

By Brian Karas - about 1 year ago

Ex-Avigilon Exec Backs Network Outage Prediction Startup (Optigo)

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Ex Avigilon VP of Engineering Danny Kam is putting his support behind networking startup Optigo. Networking monitoring and analytics tools that can plot trends or send alerts on failed devices have been around for decades.  Optigo Networks is bui...

By Brian Karas - about 1 year ago

IP Scanners for Video Surveillance

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IP scanners, tools like Advanced IP Scanner, Angry IP Scanner and Fing, can be useful for setting up and managing video surveillance systems. In this tutorial, we explain their uses, limitations, comparisons to vendor specific ones and conclude wi...

By Ethan Ace - about 1 year ago

Network Connectors for IP Cameras Guide

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Fewer installation tasks are as nuanced as terminating cables and attaching connectors. Fortunately, this task is easy to manage and get right if the proper components and tools are understood. In this note, we explain: Connector Type vs Cable...

By Brian Rhodes - over 1 year ago

IPVM Camera Tools Training Video Released

In this video below, you will learn: How to select the right resolution and angles for your cameras.  How to demonstrate to customers why this is right  How to find the right models for your specific needs  How to save money on camera select...

By John Honovich - almost 2 years ago

Competing Against Surveillance Self-Install / DIY

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End users sometimes look at integrator proposals, see ~$100 per hour pricing and think "Hey, we can do that ourselves for a lot less." In this note, we examine 6 key issues that end users must consider when evaluating the total cost of doing it t...

By John Honovich - almost 2 years ago

Testing IP Camera Test Monitor (Tatung)

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Integrators frequently cited insufficient installation tools as one of the key problems of IP camera installation. While many use a laptop, the size and necessary accessory devices to do this make it cumbersome. We bought a new device from Tatung...

By Ethan Ace - almost 2 years ago

Axis New Install Tool (T8415)

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For years, Axis has had the Dynacolor OEMed T8414 installation display but it has received mixed reviews. Now, they are releaseing their next-generation install tool, with a different approach, the T8415. In this note, we look at the features, p...

By Ethan Ace - almost 2 years ago

IP Network Setup Guide for Surveillance

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In this guide, we teach the fundamentals of setting up an IP video surveillance network, taking factory default cameras through to a fully configured and ready to run network. We explain these topics: Discovering IP cameras on your network Ass...

By Ethan Ace - about 2 years ago

Directory Default IP Camera Addresses

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Initializing IP cameras can be tedious and frustrating, made worse because manufacturers have no standardization, with some supporting DHCP, some using default IP addresses, and some using both. In this post, we have compiled a list of 14 IP came...

By Derek Ward - about 2 years ago

Network Cable Testing Guide

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Proper cable installation is key to trouble-free surveillance systems. However, testing is often an afterthought, with problems only discovered when cameras have problems, resulting in increased troubleshooting, or even worse, reinstallation. Sim...

By Ethan Ace - over 2 years ago

How Comment Voting Works And How IPVM Pays You

IPVM has added a novel feature that rewards members who receive votes on their comments with IPVM membership credits. We are now paying out $2,000+ per quarter to members for their comments.  Voting Key Points Here's how it works. Any member can...

By John Honovich - over 2 years ago

Camera Commissioning Labor Standards

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Adding to our Camera Install Labor Standards, IPVM has established standards for the following two common scenarios: "How many manhours would you estimate to: Configure an uninstalled camera, ie: IP addressing, firmware updates, basic image set...

By Brian Rhodes - over 2 years ago

Camera Labor Estimation Standard

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IPVM is proud to release the first ever surveillance camera labor estimation standards. These standards help integrators improve the accuracy and efficiency of their installations, reducing risks and cost. Global Survey We developed these stand...

By Brian Rhodes - over 2 years ago

Camera Mounting Guide 2014

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Choosing the right spot to mount a camera is about more than Field of View. While some discount this as a trivial detail for installers to worry about, it can have a huge impact on cost and long term maintenance. In this note, we examine and compa...

By Brian Rhodes - over 2 years ago

IP Camera Firmware Upgrade Directory

Updating firmware can be one of the most tedious tasks involved in any IP camera system. It is not always clear what version is latest, what has changed or been fixed, and where to even download it. We've compiled the following list of common IP ...

By Derek Ward - over 2 years ago

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