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|Wireless Surveillance Systems & Hidden Camera Information & Frequently Asked Questions:
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In the past, surveillance equipment was only used by the government and
private investigators. But now more and more people are finding a need for this
Millions of people are using nanny cams to check on their babysitters,
surveillance cameras to keep an eye on their homes and businesses and hidden
cameras to catch theft, abuse and infidelity. No other method can give you the
proof or evidence that a surveillance camera can.
Our products are easy to install yourself. If, however, you have a problem, we
will be glad to contact the manufacturer to answer any questions that you may have. We want to help you find the surveillance system that is right for you. But
before you get started, there are 3 important benefits, besides the fact our
hidden cameras are hand crafted, that set our cameras apart from others...
2.4 GHz Transmitters: We use only high powered 2.4 GHz transmitters that
can send video signals up to three times further than other transmitters.
Battery Packs: You have to supply power to wireless surveillance and hidden
cameras. This is usually done with a battery pack. Most battery packs can only
supply power for up to 5 hours. Then you have to throw that pack away and get
a new one. But our 12 volt battery pack lasts up to a whopping 8 hours...and
Lens Technology: CCD (Charged Coupled Device) is the lens we use in our
cameras. There are cheaper lenses on the market, but none of them produce
the high quality images that CCD lenses do. CCD lenses are high resolution and
highly sensitive to light, allowing them to record in outdoor and low-light
Now a word of warning! There are many cameras out there that use 1.2 GHz
transmitters and receivers. We have been asked why we don't. The reason is
1.2 GHz frequency is not approved by the FCC for transmitting wireless video.
The FCC is aware of the situation and is conducting an ongoing investigation
into the production and distribution of 1.2 GHz surveillance products. All of our
hidden cameras are FCC approved 2.4 GHz.
We've included some frequently asked questions below. If
there is anything else you don't understand, please contact us.
We have a huge selection of surveillance equipment to choose from. But, if you
ever need something we don't stock or have a special request, just ask. We will
do our best to get you what you need.
How do hidden cameras work?
A small board camera is built into an everyday item. The camera can
be wired which means it is connected to the DVR or VCR using a cable. The camera can also be
wireless, in this case the camera transmits a signal to a receiver that is connected to the
DVR or VCR.
Can I get audio in my hidden camera?
No you cannot. According to United States federal laws,
audio should not be used in a surreptitious manner. One example of surreptitious interception is
audio in a hidden camera. This includes pinhole board cameras and all covert or hidden cameras;
i.e., a clock radio. Audio in a hidden camera or board camera is only available to law enforcement
agencies, with the exception of body worn cameras. Title 18, Section 2512.
What is the difference between a wired and a wireless camera?
Wired cameras have a video cable
that runs from the camera to your recording or viewing device such as a DVR, VCR or monitor.
Wireless cameras have a built-in transmitter that sends the video signal to a receiver. The
receiver connects to your recording or viewing device.
How far can a wireless hidden camera transmit?
Standard wireless hidden cameras can transmit up
to 1000 feet and high-powered wireless hidden cameras can transmit up to 2500 feet.
How many wireless cameras can you have in one location?
You can have up to four wireless
cameras in one location. You can view all cameras at once using four receivers or you can use one
receiver and switch to each camera. You will only be able to view one camera at a time if you only
use one receiver. If you want to install multiple wireless cameras in one location it's best to
order them at the same time so that we can put them on different channels.
Will a cordless phone interfere with wireless cameras?
Cordless phones that operate on the 2.4
GHz frequency will cause interference with 2.4 GHz cameras. Interference should be minimal and
usually occurs if the phone is between the camera and receiver. Wireless Internet, networks and
Wifi can cause interference too.
What is a Quad?
A Quad is used with a VCR or other single channel recording device that splits your
monitor into 4 sections allowing you to view 4 cameras at once.
What is a 2.4 GHz wireless frequency?
A frequency is used to transmit a signal or data like
video. 2.4GHz is the specific wireless frequency that our transmitters use to send video signal
to a receiver. All of our wireless cameras operate on the 2.4 GHz frequency. These units are FCC approved.
Are the transmitters FCC approved?
The transmitters used in all of our wireless systems are
FCC and Industry Canada Certified.
What is CCD?
CCD is used in professional cameras because of it's high resolution quality and
it's ability to record in low-light situations. CCD is basically a small silicon chip that
receives light and turns it into voltage variations which makes up an image. It's usually
measured in inches with 1/3" CCD being the standard. They are higher priced but are great for
cameras that may require vision in near darkness.
Will a Quad allow four cameras to record at the same time?
Yes, you can record all four cameras
at the same time. You can also record using a switching monitor, which will record the camera
that is showing at that moment.
Do the receivers work through walls up to two feet thick?
Yes, as long as there isn't excessive
amount of metal in the wall.
Do the plug and play connections require extra wire to run the signal back to the VCR or TV?
Yes, you need to buy the length of cable you need. We offer the CA-25, CA-50, CA-100 and CA-150.
What is the difference between a PC based DVR and a Embedded(stand alone) DVR?
A PC based DVR has all
the functions of a computer. An embedded DVR functions only as a DVR.
How many hours will a DVR record?
The amount of time a DVR will record for is based on the
size of the DVRs hard drive, the number of cameras recording and the number of frames per second
it is recording at. Our stand alone DVRs uses 3.4GB per camera per day. 4 camera stand alone on 250GB hard
drive will record for 18 days. 8 camera stand alone on 250GB hard drive will record for 9 days. 16 camera
stand alone on 500GB hard drive will record for 9 days.
What is a Plug and Play connection camera?
It is an RCA Video plug and a power plug on the
camera for easy connection to VCR or TV. This is done by running the RCA (Aux) line into the
VIDEO IN of the VCR or TV. The TV or VCR must be set on the correct channel to view the VIDEO
How many cameras can I hook up to one TV? - You can hook up as many cameras as your TV has
inputs. Most TVs have 2 inputs but when using a quad you can hook up four cameras.
Between what temperatures is it safe for cameras to operate in?
It is safe for B/W cameras to operate between -23°C to + 50°C or -10ºF to +122ºF
It is safe for color cameras to oeperate between -23º C to +40ºC or -10ºF to +104ºF
It is safe to store cameras between -30ºC to +70ºC or -22ºF to +158ºF
What is the operating voltage of a camera?
Our cameras range from 9 volts (CMOS) to 12volts,
and also 24 volt professional models.
What is a varifocal lens?
A varifocal lens is one where the focal length of the lens can be
varied. This is a fancy way of saying it is a zoom lens. Most varifocal lenses have, and in almost
all circumstances should have, an auto iris feature.
What is a fixed lens?
A fixed focal length lens cannot zoom. The focus is fixed. A fixed focal
length lens usually allows more light to pass through the lens at a given focal length than a
varifocal, or zoom lens. This can be important in low light situations.