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CCTV System Faults and Fixes for Wireless and Hardwired Systems

CCTV system faults

There are only a few system faults you need to worry about, as CCTV systems are usually very rigid these days.

They work so well because they do one thing only, and that's record video and audio.

Here's a list of system faults you may come across while installing your CCTV system and things that can go wrong after you have installed.

Now, to the questions and answers...

Q&A 1: I don't see my cameras on my LCD screen?

If you cancel your cameras on your monitor it should be a simple thing to fix. Here's a list of common things you need to check to make sure your monitor is connected to your DVR.

  • Make sure your cables are firmly connected and BNC's are connected and twisting the right way.
  • Make sure your monitor as power going to it, (you should see a standby light).
  • Make sure HDMI cable going from your DVR to your monitor is linked properly and on HDMI 1 output from your LCD TV or monitor.

If you do all that above and you still see no cameras on your monitor you could also remove every single camera from your DVR and then replace them again, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

Another main fault is BNC connections. They may not have not been sealed properly as BNC's are quite hard to fit, if you're doing the installation from scratch that is.

If you buy a kit from us, you won't need to worry because you have factory sealed BNC's with our camera kits.

Q&A 2: My DVR has no power going to?

Also, make sure your DVR is fused properly and there is power going to it. You should see a light indicator telling you that this debate has power. Make sure you do that with all your monitors DVR's and anything else you have connected to your system.

Q&A 3: There are some cameras missing from my monitor?

Make sure your cables are connected properly because that's the main reason why you have missing cameras. If your system is been for over two years it could be a faulty camera and the only way to check that would be to test it yourself.

You can do this by getting to the camera whenever is, and plug a test meter into it.

Or you can send it back to us, we will test it and offered you a replacement. If it's our fault and your warranty covers this camera, we'll offer you a replacement for free.

Please please see the current prices for individual cameras from our "cameras page".

Q&A 4: My cameras are all fuzzy and lose signal sometimes?

Again, this could be a faulty cable and probably and usually is. Faulty cables are always going to be the first target whenever you see a camera not working or playing up in a particular way.

Apart from that systems are usually very stable and once the cameras are installed they just work.

Q&A 5: How to connect the Video and power cable to my cameras?

Your kit will have all the cables needed to connect your cameras. The usually blank with silver BNC connections at each end. One interval connect your camera and other interval connect to your DVR, inside the property.

Q&A 6: How to connect my cameras to my DVR?

If you have a look at your DVR from the back you will see circular connections. You may see four connections or eight connections if you have an eight channel DVR. You may see even more if you have a 16 or 32 camera DVR.

That's how you connect your cameras to your DVR, by connecting the video and power cable to each end. One to the camera and want to whichever channel you choose on your DVR.

You can also arrange the most important cameras on your DVR by placing them on a Pacific channel you choose.

You do this by switching the BNC cables around.

Q&A 7: Setting up remote access to view your cameras worldwide.

Setting up your cameras to view on your smartphone while you're on holiday away from your home business can sometimes be quite tricky to get your head around.

But, it's quite simple, because new CCTV manufacturers are making their software more user-friendly every year.

Top tip: The instructions should already have been sent to you within the box your cameras and DVR was in. They are actually quite good guides, but sometimes you need a little bit more help.

Because there are so many different systems, we have to categorize each system, so you know which guide to follow.

Please click on your model to be taken to the pacific guide.

Q&A 8: Can I do the CCTV installation myself?

CCTV installation isn't really a hard job if you tackle it yourself. The trick is taking your time and understanding with each component connects to each other, it's really quite simple when you know how.

If you want to save a few hundred pounds you could always ask a friend or somebody in the family. You could also throw in an extra £50 something because they will be there all day and if you know somebody is a few pounds extra, that's a good way to go.

Full instructions will be sent to you when you buy a CCTV.

Need a New System or Cameras?

You can also find good information about your specific model and cameras online. If you ever really need to go that far. Our cameras and DVR's work straight out the box with really no configuration.

They simply connect together, given power, and they do all the hard work making your property much more secure.

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