Tutorials (219)

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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 - 1 day 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 - 26 days 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 2 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 - about 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 months ago

Cellular (4G / LTE / 5G) For Video Surveillance Guide

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In this report, we explain using cellular for video surveillance including: 4G vs LTE vs 5G 4G standards 5G future Advantage: Placing cameras "anywhere" Advantage: Quick deployment Disadvantage: Recurring costs Disadvantage: Bandwidth cap...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Door Position Switches (DPS) For Access Control Tutorial

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Door position switches do not get enough respect. They solve a major problem of access control systems yet are frequently ignored or forgotten. Access 'control' itself relies on these switches to make the right logical decisions about sending a...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Dynamic vs. Static IP Addresses Tutorial

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While many cameras default to DHCP out of the box, that does not mean you should use it. This may seem basic for some, but those new to the industry may not know there are other options. In this note, we review: Dynamic addressing Static addre...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

Remote Network Access for Video Surveillance Guide

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Remotely accessing surveillance systems is key in 2018, with more and more users relying on mobile apps as their main way of operating the system. However, remote access brings unique challenges, with system security, ease of access, and configura...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

Multicasting Surveillance Tutorial

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Network bandwidth can be a concern for some surveillance systems. While improvements in video codecs, such as smart codecs for H.264 and H.265, have reduced bandwidth needs significantly, large systems still encounter issues with large amounts o...

By IPVM Team - 6 months ago

Cabling Best Practices Guide

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Surveillance cabling can be a major problem. Poorly installed and maintained networks are often costly, lengthy, frustrating ordeals to manage. While keeping cables organized is not an advanced topic to understand and practice, in this note we ...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

QoS for Video Surveillance

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Along with VLANs, QoS is one of the most misunderstood topics in IP surveillance networks. Many purported "experts" claim it is required in any and all surveillance systems, but little clear guidance is given about why, leaving those new to the ...

By IPVM Team - 7 months ago

Repositionable Multi-Imager Camera Guide

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Multi-imager usage has been growing strongly over the past few years. Now, a new segment of multi-imagers has taken off, with many manufacturers offering repositionable models enabling the user to pan and tilt the cameras to customize the field o...

By IPVM Team - 7 months ago

STP vs UTP for Video Surveillance Tutorial

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For many video system designers, deciding which ethernet cabling to use is a quick decision: go with the cheapest.  However, this overlooks the possibility cable, and the video it carries, needs extra protection against common electromagnetic inte...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

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