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Starlight Technology

Starlight

Starlight Technology

You may have seen that there have been more and more CCTV cameras on the market listing Starlight technology as one of its main key features, but what is this technology and how should it influence your buying decision? In a nutshell Starlight technology in CCTV cameras enables the camera to display and record a colour picture in low light level conditions. This means during the early evening when the sun starts to set a Starlight CCTV camera would still produce a colour image whilst IR cameras have switched on their infra-red and are producing greyscale night vision images. Even...

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POC Technology

POC

POC Technology

In this post we are going to look at the new POC technology that is available on the SPro range, what it can do and usage situations. Firstly, what is POC technology? POC stands for Power Over Co-ax, which from the name allows you to put power down the coax cable. It sounds simple enough but this has plenty of benefits, you could power a POC enabled camera with just the one cable. It sounds similar to an IP CCTV system, whereby one Ethernet cable would power a camera and transfer the video signal too, but the costs are a...

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Using Baluns

Balun Cat 5e Coax cable

Using Baluns

First of all what is a Balun? Without going into too much technical detail a balun will allow you to change the signal from a CCTV camera that uses a coax cable to use a Cat5e cable instead. In essence all you will be doing is taking the signals from each part of the coax cable and transferring them to a twisted pair in a Cat5e cable.   Why use a Balun? Sometimes there are scenarios when you will need to use an Ethernet cable instead of a coax cable. This normally relates to distances as a video signal can...

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CCTV Buying Guide

CCTV Buying Guide

Buying a CCTV system can be a daunting prospect if you have no knowledge in the area. A quick internet search will bring back hundreds of results with the majority of these being sales sites trying to convince you to buy the kit they supply. Even some of the big retailers are falling foul of not giving the "full picture" when describing the kit on offer. There are similarities in most CCTV home installation kits, but at the same time there are also many differences. Below is a brief list on what to look out for when comparing systems. Types...

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Wireless vs Wired CCTV

Wireless vs Wired CCTV

Should you buy a wireless CCTV system? It’s becoming an age old argument now that CCTV is becoming more accessible. With numerous companies now offering "wireless" cameras claiming to be easier to install than standard wired CCTV cameras, but is there any truth behind this? We’re always looking at products that will make the installation and setup of a CCTV system easier so we have looked at various units.     Firstly, the term "wireless" CCTV camera is quite misleading. The wireless part of the term is aimed at the networking side of the camera, you will need to power...

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