Tutorials (220)

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IP Camera Cable Labeling Guide

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Labeling cables can save a lot of money and headaches. While it is easy to overlook, taking time to label runs during installation significantly speeds up troubleshooting and maintenance. In this guide, we examine this practice and the ways tha...

By John Scanlan - 7 days ago

Drain Wire For Access Control Reader Tutorial

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An easy-to-miss cabling specification plays a key role in access control, yet it is commonly ignored. The drain wire offers protection for readers and controllers, ensuring proper cable performance. We examine the drain wire, the role it plays, a...

By Brian Rhodes - 17 days ago

Exit Devices For Access Control Tutorial

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Exit Devices, also called 'Panic Bars' or 'Crash Bars' are required by safety codes the world over, and become integral parts of electronic access control systems. However, they are often poorly understood, especially how they should be used in...

By Brian Rhodes - 24 days ago

Inputs/Outputs For Video Surveillance Guide

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While many cameras have Input/Output (I/O) ports, few are actually used and most designers do not even consider them. However, a good understanding of their flexibility can save hundreds of dollars on complex designs. In this guide, we explain ca...

By IPVM Team - 28 days ago

Backup Power for Large Security Systems Tutorial

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Choosing the right backup power system depends on system size. While small and medium systems greatly benefit from using UPS battery backup sources, larger systems need a centralized generator power source. How are these systems designed and sp...

By Brian Rhodes - 28 days ago

Backboxes for Video Surveillance Tutorial

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Backboxes are a necessity in surveillance, whether for managing cable whips, recessing cameras, adding wireless radios. But it can be confusing to know which option works for their install. In this report, we explain: When to use backboxes Ca...

By IPVM Team - about 1 month ago

Camera Focusing Tutorial

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A camera's focus is fundamental to quality imaging. Mistakes can cause important problems. In this guide, we explain focus issues and proper procedure, covering: Fixed vs. Varifocal Cameras Auto vs. Manual Focus Two Fundamental Lens Contro...

By IPVM Team - about 1 month ago

Installing Surveillance Cameras Into Synthetic Stucco (EIFS) Tutorial

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Mounting cameras into synthetic stucco, commonly known as EIFS finishes, can be problematic If not properly planned, EIFS/stucco can be downright impossible for installing surveillance cameras. In this note, we examine the four major methods of m...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Door Swing Tutorial

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The direction a door swings might seem minor, but it can greatly impact door hardware selection. There are four basic ways a door can swing, and knowing how to properly determine it is critical when designing access control systems and ordering...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Installing Dome Cameras Indoors Guide

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IPVM is producing the definitive series on installing surveillance cameras. This entry covers one of the most common scenarios - installing dome cameras indoors and is the second entry following Installing Box Cameras Indoors Guide Inside we teac...

By IPVM Team - 2 months ago

Installation Hardware for Video Surveillance - Indoor Fasteners

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As part of our Installation for Video Surveillance series, in this note, we cover drywall anchors. A key part of installing security hardware is ensuring the right hardware is used to provide a long-lasting, solid mount. Inside this report we cove...

By IPVM Team - 3 months ago

H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial

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H.265 support has improved significantly in 2018, with H.265 camera/VMS compatibility increased compared to only a year ago, and more manufacturers shipping H.265 models.  However, there are still challenges impacting H.265's competitiveness and ...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Keypads For Access Control Tutorial

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Keypad readers present huge risks to even the best access systems. If deployed improperly, keypads let people through locked doors almost as if they were unlocked. However, despite the drawbacks, keypads are still one of the most common choice...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Installing Box Cameras Indoors Tutorial

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This tutorial starts our physical installation for video surveillance series, starting with Box Cameras, one of the oldest and most basic types. Inside we cover: Videos Detailing Grid Ceiling Installs Videos Detailing Drywall/Gypsum Board Inst...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Installing Cameras in Plenums Tutorial

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There is often confusion about plenum ceilings, with misinformation about what is required when running cables through them and mounting cameras into them. Failing to understand plenum requirements can land installers on the wrong side of an AHJ, ...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Access Visitor Management Systems Guide

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"Who are you, and why are you here?" Facilities that implement Visitor Management Systems hope they never need to ask that question to anyone, ever. While access control goes to great lengths to make sure only approved personnel are able to enter...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Access Control Card Printers Guide

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Card printers are a core component of professional access control systems, often used as photos IDs and prominently displayed. Modern badges put company branding and logos on public display by using specialty printers to permanently mark badges...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Access Control Levels and Schedules Tutorial

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Configuring access levels and setting up schedules is central to maintaining facility security. Many people may need to enter areas but most do not need to access all areas at all times. This makes properly configuring levels and schedules a key e...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Forced Door Alarms For Access Control Tutorial

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One of the most important access control alarms is also often ignored. "Forced Door" provides a vital and even critical notification against security risks, but many users simply dismiss them as too minor for a response. Why is this the case? Ho...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 months ago

Understanding The 20+ Lock Functions

While locks can look the same, they may operate in significantly different ways. To make understanding them simpler, widely adopted industry standards define a range of over 20 different lock functions. Understanding them is vital in picking the l...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 months ago

'As-Built' Drawings Tutorial

Closeout documentation can be invaluable for future expansions or maintenance work, and 'as-built' drawings are a key aspect for finishing projects right. The basic purpose of 'As-Builts' is to document how work is installed versus how it was ini...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 months ago

Access Control - Restricted Keys Guide

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Not all doors, even in larger facilities, can justify using electronic access control. And even for doors that do have electronic access control, many often need to work with mechanical locks.  However, most keys can be easily copied. How do you ...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 months ago

Rack Mounting NVRs Tutorial

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Rack mounting recorders is common in professional systems, but manufacturers are making it difficult, with simple design failures causing multiple issues. Rack Basics  Most commonly, the term "rack" is used to refer to equipment with vertical mo...

By Ethan Ace - 6 months ago

Vehicle Gate Access Control Guide

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Vehicle gate access control demands integrating myriad systems to keep unauthorized cars out. Everything from high voltage electrical, to concrete modification, trenching, welding, low voltage systems (<50 volts), and manual labor is require...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

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