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CCTV Tester Buying Guide

Those with camera-based home security systems need to know that the system that has been installed is actually working. In order to make sure of that, you should use a security camera tester. On eBay, you can find a wide variety of affordable CCTV testers at any one of a number of price points.

What features should you consider when buying a CCTV tester?

CCTV testers will help you ensure that your system is properly installed and functioning. In order to do so, CCTV testers should have the following salient features

  • Durability - Users may be using the CCTV security camera tester from a high vantage point. In some instances, the tester may fall to the ground, and you should look for a CCTV tester that can survive a fall.
  • Ease of use - Continuing on the theme of use from height, the unit should be easy to handle by those who are using it while on a ladder so they can focus on remaining safe.
  • Accessories - The tester needs a variety of different accessories to properly operate, and some systems may come with these accessories
  • Size of the screen - The larger the screen, the easier it is for users to read the screen and the test results.
  • Battery life - The unit should have sufficient battery life to complete the job.
What are some CCTV testers available in the marketplace?

Some of the available CCTV testers include

  • Electop IV7W - This analog CCTV includes a wrist strap to allow you to use the tester hands-free.
  • Evertech GB-894 - This supports both analog as well as HD cameras and can also test for Ethernet problems.
  • Wsdcam 7 Inch 1080P Retina Display IP Camera Tester CCTV Tester - This lightweight model has a 16-hour battery life and tests IP cameras.
  • HDView 5-in-1 Touchscreen POE CCTV Tester - This is a rugged tester that weighs close to 4 pounds and has a 4.3-inch screen.
How is an IP CCTV test monitor different?

Analog CCTV cameras are self-contained. They capture the signal and send it to a DVR to record and store. IP CCTV allows for a signal to be sent to a computer. An IP CCTV test monitor will test not only the quality of the signal but also the network connection so the signal can be sent. The IP CCTV test monitor allows you to test the cameras remotely without having to visit the site.