iDVR-PRO Surveillance DVR Burglar Alarm Door Contact Integration

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    The iDVR-PRO8 and iDVR-PRO16 CCTV DVRs from CCTV Camera Pros are capable of accepting alarm inputs from security system input devices such as magnetic door contact sensors, motion sensors, IR sensors and virtually any other type of I/O device such as ones typically used in burglar alarms. These devices can be connected to the DVR and enabled to trigger alarms. The digital alarm received by the DVR can them be configures to to take actions such as start video recording on a certain camera, bookmark the event so that it can be easily searched for later, sound a buzzer alarm, or send an email alert.

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    To integrate a door contact with the iDVR-PRO8 or iDVR-PRO16, please follow these setup instructions. The first step is to wire the burglar alarm door sensor to the DVR.

    Here is a screenshot of the alarm input / output and loops on the back of the iDVR-PRO Surveillance DVR. Most other model CCTV DVRs that support burglar alarm integration will have a similar input / output terminal block and these concepts remain the same for any DVR even though we are describing this for the iDVR-PRO8 and iDVR-PRO16.

    Connect wires from the door sensors to the DVR as labeled in this diagram. We are using pairs from a CAT-5e cable to do our wiring while testing this.

    Notice the interior circuit on a typical door or window sensor.


    Next, configure the DVR to start recording video when an alarm is triggered from the door sensor.

    Start by opening your Internet Explorer browser and navigating to the main page of the iDVR-PRO recorder and log in.

    Select Setup on the top of the page. On the next page navigate to Sensor and then Alarm input. Here you will select which alarm channel you want to use and select enable from the drop down menu.


    *Note: Under type select N/C, most sensors are configured this way. If after configuration you are getting a constant alarm, reverse this option.

    [*]Next select the record option from the main menu, then alarm from the sub menu.You should not have to change anything on the Size / FPS/ Quality page.

    Navigate to the Activation page. Click on select all. Then select OK.


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