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I Got a New Wera Screwdriver Set!

Wera screwdriver set in a row

My screwdrivers were so old and worn out from use that I finally bought a complete new set, and I chose Wera over all of the others because I thought they offered the best performance for the price.  Keep reading to see why I got these particular ones and why I think this Wera screwdriver […]

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CMVision CM-IR130 IR Illuminator Review

CMVision CM-IR130 IR Illuminator Review

The CMVision CM-IR130 is a rugged infrared illuminator that can help your security cameras see better in the dark. It has an array of 198 LEDs that create a 60° wide beam of 850 nm IR light that’s usable over 200′ away from the illuminator. This is the most powerful IR light source that I’ve tested so […]

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10 Ways to Improve Security Camera Night Vision

Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-Z with internal IR off and no extra light

You can improve how well your security cameras see at night by keeping these tips in mind when installing and troubleshooting your surveillance system. It’s easy to make some simple mistakes that can severely degrade your cameras ability to get a useful image in low light conditions if you don’t know what to watch out for.Keep […]

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CMVision CM-IRP12-850 IR Illuminator Review

CMVision CM-IRP12-850 IR Illuminator Review Front

The CMVision CM-IRP12-850 is a sleek looking infrared illuminator that can be used to provide additional IR light to help security cameras see better in the dark.It has twelve high power LEDs that create a very even 90° wide floodlight pattern of 850nm infrared light that’s usable to over 100′ away from the illuminator.Keep reading […]

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What is the Best Wireless Peephole Camera for Your Door?

door peephole view

A wireless peephole camera might be a good option for some people who want to see who is at the the door and record images or video, but don’t want to permanently mount a security camera outside.These nifty devices simply install in your door in place of a normal peephole, and most installations don’t take […]

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What is the Best Free IP Camera Software?

Best Free IP Camera Software Genius Vision Screenshot

I just found what I think is the best free IP camera software for me, and if you want the short answer it’s Genius Vision CmE Community Edition NVR, which is free for non-commercial use.May 2018 Update:I’ve been using Genius Vision CmE version 930 for 8 months now and repeatedly get program crashes on startup […]

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Choosing an Infrared Wireless Security Camera

Reolink rlk4-210wb4 wireless camera

I see many people asking about an infrared wireless security camera, which may sound like a very specific device, but that broad term could be any one of a number of different products designed for very different uses. It’s obviously describing a security camera with wireless network connectivity, that uses infrared light to see in complete […]

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Why My Vivotek FD8134V Camera Was NOT a Good Choice

The Vivotek FD8134V should have been a great camera for me, but unfortunately it suffers from two main problems that make me regret purchasing it.  This model is now discontinued but it’s worth talking about because the problems that it has are actually fairly common and can happen to many cameras on the market today. I […]

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Choosing an Outdoor Light with Security Camera

Porch Light and Door

Installing an outdoor light with security camera and motion sensor already built-in is one of the easiest ways to get a permanent and reliable security camera outside your house.  They can be quickly installed in place of many different types of existing outdoor lights so they get power from your home’s AC wiring, and they […]

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Dahua PFB203W Wall Mount Bracket

Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-Z installed on optional PFB203W wall-mount bracket

The Dahua PFB203W wall-mount bracket is used to mount many Dahua dome or turret style security cameras in a horizontal orientation on a vertical mounting surface like a wall.  If you’re trying to place one of these cameras on a wall and you can’t quite get the camera pointed where you want, this inexpensive mounting […]

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