2021 Commercial-Grade IP Security Camera Guide By Raymond Shadman Custom Video Security, President [email protected]   This post answers the most common questions on how to choose an IP security camera in 2021. For security camera brands, I prefer Dahua because (when purchased through Custom Video Security) they have a 5-year warranty, 1-year advance replacement, and direct technical support from the manufacturer. Camera style: The bullet is generally desired when viewing parallel to the wall. Some (but very few) are IK08-IK10 impact/vandal resistant. Bullets are also better for installation from poles and/or for viewing license plates. Domes have the best aesthetic look in my opinion. They generally are always vandal-resistant, unless they are indoor domes, which are usually made of plastic instead of metal. They are meant for viewing in front or not too far to the side of the wall. Unlike bullets, they cannot easily view parallel to the wall where it’s installed unless you add a wall-mount, in which case the dome would be pointing down instead of away from the building. If not using a wall-mount in an uncovered outdoor area, ensure waterproof installation using silicone, or use the right accessory to limit the chance of rain entering […]

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Raymond Shadman2021-03-19

Thermal Temperature-Monitoring to Reduce the Spread of Covid-19

May 12, 2020   Thermal Temperature-Monitoring to Reduce the Spread of Covid-19   In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Custom Video Security has released automated, touch-free, hygienic thermal temperature-monitoring solutions to assist with the public reopening of businesses across the country and to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. This report contains the following key points: I discuss the ten essential factors to consider when choosing a temperature-monitoring device and how those factors apply to your organization, what to avoid, and what you would absolutely need in this type of product. I offer my conclusion my opinion of the best manufacturer based on the ten factors across several days of research as well as my own 15+ years of expertise in this industry. The newly updated (as of 05/20) necessary protocols to achieve the most accurate temperature reads. Lastly, I offer a compare & contrast chart that shows the various features, specifications, availability, price points, and product webinars so that you can take a deeper dive into these products. Introduction: A New Worldwide Problem Since late 2019, the entire world has been dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic. And as the USA has been observing stay-at-home orders with only essential […]

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Raymond Shadman2020-05-12

The Top Reasons to Buy Dahua Security Cameras, DVRs, NVRs in 2020

By Raymond Shadman, President [email protected] 310-370-9500 x1   The Top Reasons to Buy Dahua Security Cameras, DVRs, NVRs in 2020   5-year warranty (when you buy from Custom Video Security or any other 4-star authorized dealer) on cameras, recorders, decoders, accessories, and transmission products. Hard Drives 3 years. Monitors 1 year. 1-year advance replacement warranty when you buy from Custom Video Security.  Direct tech support from Dahua to low-voltage installers and to the end-user. Very wide product line including: ePoE (converts coax lines to use IP cameras at the lowest cost in the industry; or triples the distance of IP without any need for repeaters/extenders). Starlight cameras see color at nighttime with minimal ambient lighting. Video: https://youtu.be/NaFHmwXI6Zk?t=5. Identify skin color, hair color, clothing color, vehicle color, etc. So much more effective than traditional IR cameras. The levels of Dahua’s starlight are attached. I recommend Starlight+ if you may require viewing in very dark or pitch-black scenes. Or Night Color if you don’t need or don’t want infrared. Night Color cameras have no infrared, which means you can’t use them in pitch-black darkness, but they see at nighttime with minimal ambient lighting like it’s daytime. They have the highest nighttime performance […]

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Raymond Shadman2020-02-21

How to Setup Perimeter Protection Notifications on Dahua AI IP Cameras

Here are instructions for the Dahua AI human/vehicle detection IP cameras and NVRs to setup sending notifications in the Dahua app (iDMSS or gDMSS). The first screenshot was taken from the camera’s URL web setup menu, and the second from the mobile app. Contact us at [email protected] or at (877) DEALS-79 ext. 1 if you want us to remotely program your camera for you. Prices start at $49 if you purchased the camera from us or $99 if you purchased it elsewhere. We offer bulk quantity discounts on programming. As of 2019-Q3, applicable Dahua USA model numbers include: DH-IPC-HF8242FN-FR DH-SDT5A225N-2F DH-IPC-HDW8341XN-3D N45EF63 N45EM63 N45DB7Z N45DM62 N45DL7Z DHI-IVSS7008-1T DHI-IVSS7016DR-4T    

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Raymond Shadman2019-10-10

Device No Longer Works in Milestone XProtect Plus

In order to rebuild the Drivercache: 1) Stop the recording server. 2) Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Milestone\XProtect Recording Server\DriverCache\nativedrivers\. Remove the file from that directory. 3) Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Milestone\XProtect Recording Server\offline\ and remove the files as well. 4) Restart the recording server, and let it rebuild the database.   For more support, contact us at [email protected] or call us at 310-370-9500 x1.

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Raymond Shadman2019-08-13