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How far can the antennas transmit?

The antennas can transmit up to 2km with a good line of sight.  They can transmit even farther with added long range antennas.

Are the cameras analog or digital?

We use digital digital cameras that transmit 1080p resolution.  The digital signal is much better than analog because it uses less bandwidth than an analog camera so there are less interference issues and the picture is of course way better.  No more snowy pictures that cut out on you.

How do I view the cameras?

The cameras as 100% digital so they have to be viewed on a digital device like a computer, tablet or smartphone using the included software or by a downloadable app.  You can view the cameras on your TV or a computer monitor by using our camera streaming box.  This box allows you to connect your big screen TV and view the cameras in full 1080p mode using an HDMI or VGA cable.  You can also connect the box to a wide screen computer monitor using VGA or HDMI as well.  Both outputs work at the same time so you can hookup multiple monitors to this box to view the cameras.

How many cameras can I install?

You can install multiple cameras off one antenna.  With a 4 port camera combiner you can install 1-4 cameras.  With the 8 port box you can install up to 7.  The 4 port boxes can be daisy chained for 8-12 cameras.  That is about the max you can run off of one antenna system.

Can I install cameras in more than one barn?

Yes you can.  The antenna at the house can link to multiple antennas installed on different barns.  As long as all antennas have a good line of sight to the house antenna then it will work no problem. Once the antenna links are in place you can then install multiple cameras in each barn.

What if I don’t have a good line of sight?

If you have some trees in the way the system will still work.  Sometimes you might have to do a bit of trimming.  Even if trees are there in the line of sight but you can see through them and see the antenna then it will work.  If you have a large building or barn in the line of sight then you may have to broadcast the signal to that barn and then re-link the signal to the barn that you want the cameras in.  This may require 1 or 2 more antennas to re-broadcast the wireless link.

Do the cameras have night vision?

Yes the cameras have good night vision.  Our standard bullet cameras are wide angle, 1080p and they have infrared night vision up to about 60ft.  We do have cameras that have infrared that illuminates up to 100ft.  Our PTZ camera can see over 250ft away.

Can I view my cameras remotely away from my property?

Yes you can but remote viewing of the cameras depends upon a number of factors including your router, your internet modem, your internet provider, the quality of your internet connection, the speed of your internet connection, the type of IP address your ISP provides you etc.  The cameras will definitely work on your house wireless network and do not need the internet to work.  If you have a good internet service and your modem and router are up to date then you should be fine.  You will have to forward ports in your router for each camera.  I recommend that you get our camera streaming box which simplifies the setup on your apps and software to view your cameras remotely.

Can you record the cameras?

Yes you can.  By adding a camera recorder you can capture the digital camera streams and record them onto a hard drive.  We use standard CCTV HD security camera equipment so you can have cameras for monitoring your livestock as well as keeping an eye on your property.  All cameras can be programmed to record on motion so that you can easily go back and review recorded events.

Can I install the system myself?

Yes you can.  We have shipped many systems to all sorts of clients who were able to set the system up themselves.  We program the system for you.  We have also tried to design the system so that it is as easy as possible to set up.  The cables are easy to connect to the cameras and other equipment. As long as you can run cabling and mount the antennas and cameras then you should not have any problems.  We offer phone and email support to help you and we can even log into your computer remotely (with your permission) to help you get the software setup if needed.

Antenna FAQ

How many channels can I expect to receive?

On average customers in the GTA and Toronto area receive around 23 channels.  This is all of the main network channels out of Toronto and Buffalo.

Where should I install my antenna?

The best location to install the antenna is as high as possible on your home.  We always recommend installing the antenna at the peak of the roof or on a chimney if it is the highest point.  Tripods with a 10ft mast are good for getting optimal height as well.  If you have an antenna tower even better because the higher you get the antenna the better your reception will be.

Does my location matter?

If your home is located in a high area with a view of the lake and the CN tower you will most likely get above average signal.  If you are in a low lying area or if you are farther away from Toronto or if you have a lot of trees or buildings in the way you may get fewer channels.

Where is the best area for reception?

We find that areas close to the lake or high on the Oak Ridges Moraine get very good reception. Areas that are east of Toronto around Courtice and farther east has very good reception because they are centrally located between Buffalo and Rochester.  One client on lake Ontario in Newtonville received 52 channels.

What is the signal reception like in the Toronto area?

The GTA has very good signal because it is situated around lake Ontario and you not only have Toronto close by but Buffalo as well.  The signal travels unimpeded across the lake.

Where do the channels broadcast from?

In The Toronto area most channels broadcast from the CN Tower.  In Buffalo there are at least 8 different towers in and around the Buffalo area.  There are also towers located in Hamilton, Rochester and a number of other smaller broadcast stations throughout southern Ontario.

How many antennas have you tested?

We have tested over 40 antennas including all of the top name brand antennas.

What is your experience with installing antennas?

We have over 20 years experience installing antennas and running cabling neatly throughout homes and businesses in the GTA.  We have installed literally hundreds of antennas throughout most areas in and around the GTA.  We have tested over 40 different antennas.  We have tested all the top brands and models.  We have done side by side comparisons with 10 of the top antennas at the same location to see which ones performed best.  So, we have a very good experience and are able to choose and recommend the best antenna for your location.

What is the best antenna to use?

We find that a wide beam width antenna is the best type to use.  The broadcast towers are spread apart over a wide area so you want an antenna that can pick up signals that are coming from different areas.  A long range or deep fringe antenna will not do that because its beam width will be narrower.  Although it will pickup signals that are farther away it will not pickup multiple towers spread over a wide area.  Our white Electroguy antenna is the best antenna that we have tested in the GTA.

Can I use the antenna on more than 1 TV?

Yes you can split the antenna signal to more than 1 TV.  When you split the signal you will experience some signal loss so you will most likely need a distribution amp if you are splitting the signal to a number of televisions.

Do I need an amp?

That depends on a number of factors.  If you only have 1 TV and you are within the GTA you probably will not need an amp when using our white Electroguy antenna.  If you split the signal to multiple TV’s you will need a distribution amp.  If you are in an area with a lot of trees or you are farther outside the GTA then you may need a pre-amplifier.

What is the difference between a pre-amplifier and a distribution amplifier?

A distribution amplifier is installed inside the home before the cable splitter.  It is used to boost the signal when it has degraded due to a splitter being installed for multiple TV’s.  A pre-amplifier is used to boost the antenna signal from the top down into the home.  The amp is installed up by the antenna and the power inserter is installed in the home before any splitters.  The pre-amp is used when the antenna needs a signal boost because there are weak signals caused by a far distance from the broadcast towers or there are a lot of obstructions like trees or buildings that are degrading the signal.

Will my roof leak?

No.  We have never had a roof leak and that is because we seal your roof properly.  We use a special putty that we adhere to the bottom of the antenna mount.  It provides a waterproof membrane between the roof and the mount.  We also lag screw the mount directly into the roof rafter so that it is tight and will not move around or come loose in the wind.