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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Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-Z Review

Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-Z Review test location

The Dahua IPC-HDW5231R-Z is a 2MP turret / eyeball camera with a varifocal lens for 4x optical zoom and a Sony Starvis Exmor-R image sensor that can really see well in low light conditions.  These cameras are made for the international market and are available worldwide.  Keep reading my review to see what I like […]

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Dahua IPC-HFW4431R-Z Review

Dahua IPC-HFW4431R-Z on vinyl siding mounting block

The Dahua IPC-HFW4431R-Z is a 4MP bullet camera with a varifocal lens, and it’s become one of my favorites to use here around the house.  These cameras are only made for the Chinese market, but are available worldwide from sellers who load them with a modified firmware supporting English, Spanish, and French languages.  The modified […]

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Reolink Argus Review

Reolink Argus Review Front

The Reolink Argus is their latest completely 100% wire-free security camera.  It’s powered by batteries and connects to your WiFi so you can place it anywhere you want indoors or outdoors, and not have to worry about running any wires at all.  Use your smart phone to access the camera and its live or recorded 1080p […]

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