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Creating a free to use CCTV system easily with an app and no PC

August 11th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

App-based CCTV ideal for small businesses and home usersIf you’re a small business or home user seeking a simple CCTV solution, you’d probably like to be able to mount your new IP camera in a suitable location, connect it to your network and then use a free app on your mobile phone or tablet to access live video and recordings whilst on the go. That’s it – safeguard your business or home with no complicated set-up and configuration. Some might call this approach “Plug and play”.

Until recently, it’s not been that easy and as a minimum, a PC was still required during the installation of the IP camera. Now it’s possible to do using just a mobile app and although we probably wouldn’t use the phrase “Plug and play”, the solution is certainly very straight forward.

Both Axis and Hikvision support this app-based approach and we’ll outline how to get up and running, weigh up each brand’s offering and consider the limitations.

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2nd generation Y-cam Bullet HD cameras. What’s new?

March 12th, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

Y-cam Solutions Bullet HD Network CameraY-cam Solutions have launched their 2nd generation Y-cam Bullet HD cameras, available in either HD 720p or  HD 1080p versions. Y-cam is a popular camera brand amongst home users and small and medium sized businesses, with all Y-cam models offering wireless capabilities, ease of use and compatibility with a wide range of operating systems, browsers and mobile platforms. So how have the new 2nd generation Y-cam Bullet HD cameras improved from the first generation models?

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Top 5 most frequently asked technical questions about network cameras

December 17th, 2012 by Raymond Crawford

Our technical team get asked the same questions a lot and so we’ve let one of them loose on this blog to tell us which ones. Over to Raymond…

We receive many queries on the technical support line here at NW, and of course they do vary widely, from customers looking for advice or technical help, right through to providing support for full security systems installations and integrations.

We do, however, answer certain questions more often than others. In fact, I would say that the majority of technical support questions would fall into a handful of issues.

In this blog I will outline five of the issues we most commonly see and provide a link or a brief guide on each so we here on technical support can spend more time discussing Star Trek!

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Product Launch: Axis Communications add new cameras to their popular M30 range

August 29th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis has released two new cameras to its existing M30 camera range.

The M30-V series are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, ideal for unobtrusive surveillance, and are vandal-resistant for mounting in exposed locations.

The integrated recording system helps to lower system costs with video stored either to MicroSD memory cards or local networked drives. Axis Camera Companion support offers easy viewing and management of up to 16 Axis IP cameras.

The M30-V cameras are available in two resolutions; the Axis M3004-V offers HD 720p video and is available at £186, while for £259 the Axis M3005-V produces HD 1080p footage.

With this price point and level of functionality, the M30-V IP cameras, like others in the full Axis camera range offer exceptional value.

Coming soon: Axis M1014 with HD 720p at a very affordable price

July 4th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Axis M1013 Axis m1014

Axis is launching one of the most affordable HD IP cameras on the market today. The new Axis M1014 has High Definition 720p resolution and will cost just £158.

At the same time Axis will introduce an SVGA version of this model, the Axis M1013, which at just £124 sets a new price-performance benchmark at the entry-level of the IP camera market.

The Axis M1014 and Axis M1013 IP cameras are targeted for use in small-scale CCTV installations and the domestic security market. Both have the capacity for on-board MicroSD card recording, making the cameras perfect for use with Axis Camera Companion, Axis’ edge-based recording system allowing easy viewing of live footage and recordings through use of mobile phones, tablets and other handheld devices.

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Unboxing Panasonic’s latest pan/tilt IP camera: The i-Pro WV-ST165

April 13th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Hot off the production line, here’s a sneak peek at Panasonic’s replacement for their popular BB-HCM715; the i-Pro WV-ST165 pan/tilt IP camera. We’ve unboxed the camera to show you what to expect.

Image of the box for the Panasonic i-Pro WV-ST165

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Milestone replace Basis+ with XProtect Essential

June 30th, 2010 by James Drinkwater

Milestone IP camera surveillance and recording softwareMilestone have just replaced their popular XProtect Basis+ surveillance software with XProtect Essential. Essential is an entry level application aimed at the small business market with the option of monitoring and recording of up to 26 cameras.

Similarly to Basis+, Essential is compatible with over 800 IP camera and video server models and is a powerful surveillance tool for any security network. The new software has been streamlined and is easier to configure and use than its predecessor.

XProtect Essential has some very interesting improvements over the older application, making it much more enticing to security installers and end users.
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Panasonic Discontinue BL-C1 and BL-C20 IP Cameras

July 29th, 2009 by Greg

Panasonic BL-C101 Mini wireless IP security camera We’ve just heard that Panasonic are now officially discontinuing their BL-C1 and BL-C20 IP cameras.

This has been coming for a while as these models have already been replaced for a few months with the BL-C101 and BL-C121 respectively.

The BL-C101 and BL-C121 (wireless) offer advanced features over the old models, including:

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Crime Figures Show Robberies Are Up

July 29th, 2009 by Simon

British Crime Survey

Recent reports out from the British Crime Survey show that in the last year while violent crime is down compared to the previous year, theft related crime has risen in the wake of the economic down turn.

Trends show a rise in domestic burglary and shoplifting over the past year along with a rise in the overall risk of being a victim of crime.

Many people today are now looking for new and reliable ways to protect their homes. Recent figures show that households with even basic security are nearly 2.5x less likely to be a victim of burglary than households with no security features. This figure rises to nearly 5x for households which include enhanced security.

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Does Faster Broadband Herald Better Remote CCTV?

January 16th, 2009 by Kevin Bowyer

Virgin 50Mb broadband service

With major UK providers beginning to roll out broadband services at speeds which most of the rest of the developed work have been able to access for years, CCTV can expect a brighter future, one where CCTV isn’t closed any more, but is seriously open.

Nowadays, people and businesses buying IP cameras want to be able to access those cameras from wherever they are. They want their security and peace of mind on their terms. Faster broadband services mean faster access over the web to your CCTV cameras. That’s the theory anyway.

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