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Digital Video Recorders

The latest technology for recording cameras is called Digital Video Recorders or DVRs. DVRs record information to a hard drive instead of tapes like VCRs have. There are 4/8/16/32/64 Channel DVRs and they are the best way to record video because they are user friendly.

Some higher end models are computer based, meaning they use computer operating systems and large hard drives to record longer and with higher resolution. These types are typically used in high end commercial or industrial applications. All DVRs can record on motion, schedule or continuously with date and time on screen. No more fast forwarding and rewinding a tape to try to find the perpetrator. When there’s no motion detected, there is no recording. Some record in real-time, while others are time-lapse recorders.

How long will a DVR record? The length of recording time depends on what type of recording compression you have and whether or not it is real-time or time-lapse recording. There are several types of recording compressions which include, a typical 4ch. DVR can record from 5-30 days depending on compression and frame rate and motion recording settings for a 160gb hard drive. Most units can accommodate up to 1 Tera Byte of hard drive space and DVRs have a built-in multiplexer which allows you to view 1, 4, 8, or 16 cameras simultaneously on one screen. Most have a remote control for operation and some have a mouse for easy access.

DVRs also have a USB for offloading information to a USB stick and/or a DVD/RW or CD/RW burner. To save a copy of an incident, simply offload it to a USB stick or burn it to a CD or DVD. They can be connected to several monitors if needed, including flat panel monitors (LCD, plasma), or a standard TV tube-type monitor (CRT).

Most DVRs have the capability of recording audio although recording audio will shorten the length of record time dramatically because audio is always on. (Please check your state and local laws for restrictions on recording audio) One can also view and archive cameras through the internet with most DVRs. High speed internet, a static or dynamic IP address and a router with an available port are systems requirements for this function.

Using the IP function makes it possible to see what is going on at your business or home from most any computer in the world. Want to see what happened yesterday or a week ago at 2a.m.? Simply pull it up through the internet from home. Password protection is another feature of most DVRs. We also carry mobile DVRs for cars and vans.

At Jarrett Security Solutions we have many DVRs in stock and on display and we have systems to fit all budgets. Call or stop by and let our security specialists help you design a system that best suits your security needs.

Types of Digital Video Recorders

4 Ch. Real-time Recording Standalone DVR
8 Ch. Real-time Recording Standalone DVR
8 Ch. Time-Lapse Recording Standalone DVR
8 Ch. Computer Based DVR w/ Keyboard & Mouse (rack mountable)
16 Ch. Real-time Recording Standalone DVR
16 Ch. Time-Lapse Recording Standalone DVR
16/24/32/48/64 Ch. Computer Based DVR’s w/ Keyboard & Mouse (rack mountable)


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