A digital video recorder is an essential part of your surveillance system. Today we are going to discuss 10 tips about how to make it serve your needs it to the fullest:
1. Make a right choice of features of the camera and equipment
Establish what do you need it for. Do you need a DVR which accommodates many inputs so that you can screen the picture from all the entrances and buildings? Or you need the one that has extended storage features? Or maybe it is important for you to be able to view and work on the video remotely? Keep all that in mind while making your decision.
2. Choose the DVR with appropriate number of channels
Again – think about your needs while doing it.
With this one you can use your cameras and have the opportunity to switch between IP or HD option. The only thing to keep in mind is whether the recorder has the input that serves your needs.
Most of them have inputs for 16, 8 and 4 cameras. It would be better if you have more channels than you actually need right now. You never know how your needs might change, it’s better to be prepared.
3. Select appropriate frame rate
This feature measures how many channels can be recorded by your DVR per second with selected resolution. Lower one will make it less realistic, though it needs less storage and power so you can record longer as a result. High one provides better picture, but uses more storage and power.
4. Use the overwrite feature
It might be a good option to use the feature of recording over the previous footage when the hard drive is full rather than just let it stop when that happens.
5. Turn a DVR into Security System
You can attach your alarm system to your DVR so that it makes a full security system.
Some kinds of DVRs have an option to warn you when the signal is lost. The latter one can happen due to criminal tampering, weather conditions, power outage, etc.
You will get a notification by the e-mail or alarm if you connect the motion sensor to the camera.
6. Monitor the conversation activity
Pretty much any DVR has an option to connect a microphone so that you have a recording with a sound.
7. Ensure that your DVR is tamper-proof
To protect your DVr from liquid spills, damage or unwanted access, you can a lock box and password protection.
8. Failures and surges
In order to protect your equipment from power loss, you have to make sure that it’s connected with an interruptible supply of power that you should check often enough to ensure that it’s fully charged.
9. Manage and view remotely
You can use smartphone or internet to watch and manage your recording. We suggest to use a fast-speed internet connection.
10. Know how to offload your recording
It is better to have a copy on a USB stick, network or on a DVD for security purposes.