If you are like many of the business owners today, one of the first things that you are probably looking for is a way to ensure the safety and security of your business, 24/7 and even when you are not looking over the shop. One of the ways to do this is through a DVR, which will allow you to set up cameras in the shop that you can then connect to the internet. Here’s how.
- Modem. First of all, you will need a standard DSL modem. The modem should be DSL, so that it will be fast enough to transfer real time images and video clips from the cameras installed in your business or in your home. The typical modems that are used are the SDSL and the ADSL modems.
- Plug in. next, take an Ethernet cable and use it to connect the modem to the DVR. Both the modem and the DVR will have Ethernet ports at the back. The Ethernet cable is easy to identify and usually has a square end made of clear plastic. You will know that you have connected the Ethernet cable when you have heard a clicking sound. Also, the Ethernet port will likely glow a yellowish green if the Ethernet cable has been plugged in.
- IP address. Next, you will need to determine the IP address for the DVR ion the internet. Usually, you can ask your internet service provider to provide you with a separate IP address that you can use solely for your DVR videos. This will make it less confusing when you are accessing the DVR videos. However, you should also know that it is still possible to set up the standard dynamic IP address as the IP address for your DVR videos. When entering the IP address, you need to make sure that you do it correctly. Remember, even a single digit mistake will invalidate the entire IP address. Your IP address is your online signature.
- Firewall. Next, you need to activate your firewall for the DVR. The firewall will ensure that only you can access the DVR videos. This is important since the video stream from tour DVR videos can be tampered with or hacked if you do not use the protection of a firewall. You can also use the firewall to minimize possible interference on the DVR.
- Networking. Sometimes, a DVR can also be connected to a router, especially if you have a network in place in your home office or in your business establishment. In this case, you will need to use cables to connect the DVR to the router and the modem. Usually, you will only need to connect the DVR to the router, and then connect the router to the modem. If you have a wireless router, you need to make sure that you have a DVR that has wireless networking capabilities. The modern DVRs already have this type of function.
Once you have set up the DVR for internet connection, you can start accessing the DVR’s captured video images from the internet.