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Hikvision CCTV Kits 

Hikvision CCTV Kits and Hilook CCTV kits

These CCTV kits by Hikvision UK are designed for plug and play and with the DIY market in mind.

Hikvision CCTV Kits fall into 2 category and they are further divided with the Hillok range being amied at the DIY market

1) Hikvision IP CCTV kits or Network CCTV as some call them, .uses CAT5 cable like computer network cable

2) Hikvision  Analogue CCTV Kits - this uses RG59 coaxial cable ( like TV aerial cable ) or can use CAT5 with video baluns.


Whats the difference between IP CCTV KIts and Analogue CCTV KIts?


1 IP CCTV Kits

IP CCTV Kits are very neat all in one unit with power and the digital signal being carried on just one cable. The power supply is built into the recorder call an NVR which stands for Network Video Recorder. All you need to do is connect the camera with a network cable and that's it. BUT don't mix and match manufacturers unless we stated that it is compatible with.

IP CCTV also offers the highest resolution ( image sharpness) which is measured in Mega Pixels ( MP) currently up to 12MP which is 6 times higher than current TV which is 2MP or 1080P.

BUT remember, the higher the resolution, the more space you will need to store your CCTV footage. The storage space is a device called a hard drive which is installed within the recorder ( NVR ). For details on what size hard drive you need, click here. Don't forget that you are limited to the number of the hard drive that a recorder can take - Minimum of 1 hard drive and maximum of 8 if you have the need and budget. If you need more then speak to us at CCTV wholesales or a CCTV installer.

Buildings can be linked with just one cable to carry a large number of cameras ( not for the DIY)

Where cable can't be installed, signal can be transmitted wirelessly ( not for DIYist )

Existing mains cables can also carry the digital signals.

Whats the down side of IP CCTV?

First, the cost - Hikvision CCTV Kits will cost about 30% more than its "analogue " versions. if cost is the first hurdle, then don't go for IP.

The second disadvantage - If it doesn't work when you plugged in the cables you need to determine what the fault may be. Most installers struggle with fault finding IP CCTV systems as they have just been used to plugging 2 wire in and getting a picture. IP needs basic networking skills for fault finding AND the installer must have a thorough knowledge of the product. Most don't even turn up to a job with the basic tool which is a laptop! If you have called an installer to install your Hikvision CCTV system and they don't have a laptop, think again before letting them loose on your premises. IPADS and IPHONES won't do!

What do we suggest to ensure your install goes smoothly? Buy a simple CAT5 tester which is about £10, Test the cable with this tool and make sure all connects are secure by moving the cables. If you have made the cables up correctly and plugged one end into the NVR and other ends into a camera without stretch the cable and without going over 100meters, then you either have a faulty camera, faulty NVR or camera may not be compatible or there is a firmware mismatch if you didn't buy the recorder and camera at the same time.

IP doesn't mean you need the internet

Just about every DIYist says " oh no i don't want IP because I have to have the internet!" YOU ONLY NEED THE INTERNET TO VIEW THE CCTV WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT THE PROPERTY WHERE THE CCTV IS INSTALLED!


All too often customer says I want 8 megapixels and then they say "it's not any good at night!" Currently, 2MP Sony Starvis or the Sony Starlight will outperform any 5MP cameras at night. They are also much cheaper than 5MP So it's a case of horses for courses.Is daytime more important than the night or is it the other way around? 

2) Hiwatch CCTV Kits - Analogue

In 2015 you could be forgiven for saying " analogue CCTV is dead", why? Because in 2017, sales shifted back to analogue for the following simple reasons -

a) A 5MP IP camera will cost you twice as much as its analogue version

b) Up to 8MP resolution is now available on analogue

c) Analogue is cross-compatible with other manufacturers

d) 80% of properties already have the old system with coaxial cable and the analogue signal can be carried on these cables.

e) Simpler to find faults.

Whats the downside of analogue?

You will get a signal even if poor quality cables are used but you will get interference - wavey lines or spots and so on.

Rolling lines if it's installed on 3 phase building which most commercial builds have. and large domestic manor houses

Needs thicker cable than IP which could be a problem for under carpet wiring.

Need separate cable for audio microphones

Need separate cables for advanced functions such as PHYSICAL motion detection. ( don't mention built-in motion detection on recorders which should only be used to save recording space).

Not easy to link without cables

Needs one cable between recorder and camera which makes it unsuitable for large areas such as shopping malls and separated buildings.

Before you set out

Before you ask anyone how much will it cost ask your self these questions-

a) What are you trying to accomplish?

b) Whats your budget?

All too often we get customers saying " oh I don't know how much they cost so I don't know how much a need to spend"

Everyone knows what they want to spend, very few customers say" I have a bottomless pocket! "This is proven when we start quoting for 5mp IP cameras with ultra-low light pickup and 30-day of real-time recording at 5MP!! The simple fact is a customer wouldn't go to a Mercedes car dealer when they have £20,000 to spend. In the same way, don't expect "the best system " when you want 8 cameras and £500! yes were are not a car dealer but we have a wide selection of CCTV systems so your budget is the only limit.

Also, don't say you can buy it cheap on Amazon or eBay as we will simply say "you're in the wrong place"

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