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Senin, 04 Juni 2018

How to View Your CCTV Cameras Online Remotely

The latest developments in surveillance technologies, apps and Internet cloud computing, have created the possibility to easily view security camera monitoring remotely and to store and retrieve the videos securely on cloud computers.
Business and home owners now have various options of how to monitor their surveillance systems based on their own schedule and convenience. To those who are still not aware of these possibilities, this article will help you decide how to monitor your security cameras online and remotely using your personal computer, tablet or smartphone, as well as how to store your video footage in the cloud.
How to monitor security cameras using a smartphone
The use of mobile devices like tablets and smartphones to view surveillance cameras is called mobile monitoring. To achieve this capability, you should download and install a mobile surveillance application (app) to your device. You should also have an Internet data plan for your mobile device. If you use the Internet mainly on your smartphone, it is recommended that you use mobile surveillance in monitoring your security cameras. However, keep in mind that you cannot view the cameras while traveling outside of phone coverage areas.
Here are some recommended mobile surveillance apps for your smartphones and tablets:
· MobileFocus for iOS and Android mobile devices
· Smartvue S9 app for Android and iOS mobile devices
· VMobile app for Android and iOS mobile devices
· iCamViewer for iOS mobile devices
· XProtect Mobile for iOS and Android mobile devices
Mobile viewing can be easily achieved using one of the above apps or the one provided by your security system company. Once the app is downloaded and mobile monitoring is enabled, the app will provide basic information about the features available on your system. Typically, you can monitor each camera in an IP system and in some cases, control PTZ cameras remotely.
If your system uses cloud computer storage, you may also be able to view video taken directly from the cloud storage provider. Check with your security system provider for detailed instructions.

How to set up your CCTV surveillance cameras for remote viewing on your desktop computer or laptop:
There are two basic methods for setting up the remote viewing capability of a CCTV surveillance camera system. These two procedures are through a router connection and via a computer connection.
Steps in setting up remote viewing capability through the router connection method
1. Using a cat5 Ethernet cable, connect the CCTV system’s Ethernet-enabled digital video recorder (DVR) to the computer network router. You should ensure that the Ethernet cable is plugged into the correct port on the router.
2. Turn on the monitor or TV that is connected to the DVR.
3. Configure the Internet options of your system in the DVR setup menu using the DVR remote control to enable video streaming.
4. Directly access the video stream from the IP address that you set up for your CCTV surveillance system from any online portal.
Steps for setting up remote viewing capability via the computer connection method
1. Install a video capture card into your computer. This step is done only if the CCTV system has no support for Ethernet connection or if a DVR is not connected to the system.
2. Restart the computer and install the drivers and video capture software. The software enables the computer to recognize input from the video capture card, as well as to play or record footage received from the card.
3. Connect the computer to the CCTV system by linking the DVR to the video capture card and launching the video software to check if the card is connected to the system.
4. Launch the video streaming software and input the data from the video capture card as the streaming source.
5. Input the necessary data such as the URL assigned to the streaming video feed, user name, and password. After the authentication process, the video footages from your CCTV system will be streamed from your computer.
How to properly store the footage taken by your CCTV surveillance system
You should properly and securely store the footage taken by your system for a certain period of time for such purposes as preservation of evidence and in resolving cases of burglary and theft. There are basically three ways to store video footage, namely, through internal storage, via an external storage, and through cloud storage.
1. Internal storage
A CCTV system’s DVR or network video recorder (NVR) usually has its own internal storage in the form of a disk drive to record and store the footage taken by the cameras. The internal storage device enables the system to carry out video analytics the moment data is recorded, thus, allowing real-time analysis of video.
2. External storage
An external storage is an external hard drive that is used to record and store the video taken by the cameras of a CCTV surveillance system. The main advantage of external storage is its large storage capacity. You can buy an external hard drive that has as much as 1TB of storage space. An external hard drive, however, can be very costly and requires regular monitoring, which can cost more money.
3. Cloud storage
Cloud storage is the saving of files or data to a remote storage system that can be accessible online. This type of storage is increasingly preferred by a growing number of consumers due to several advantages over the internal and external storage methods. Among the main benefits of cloud storage are the ability to access the stored video from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection and its larger storage capacity as compared to the NVR, DVR, or external hard disk drive.
Other benefits of cloud storage for a CCTV surveillance system:
· The video files can be accessed anywhere through your computer, smartphone, or tablet computer.
· Cloud storage can be used to store footage or videos for a longer period of time due to its large storage capacity.
· Cloud storage is very easy to implement and needs only minimal equipment.
· It is more secure to store sensitive or confidential video in the cloud than in an external hard drive, DVR, or NVR.
· Cloud storage offers large storage space at affordable or low monthly costs.
· Videos or files are not stored locally so even when your devices are stolen or damaged, the videos or files are still safe and secure.
· You can also use cloud storage as a backup for your DVR, NVR, or external hard drive even if it is not the main storage solution.
Remote viewing of your video surveillance system has never been easier. Many systems include cloud computing storage options that allow monitoring through any internet connected device or a smartphone. For IP systems, connecting with the included or an aftermarket app is as simple as a download and quick configuration. Creating an IP accessible computer monitoring system is also a viable option depending on your system. Make your security system even more effective by choosing remote monitoring.

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