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So what is the difference between IP and Analog CCTV?

Well, put in simple terms, an analog CCTV is a security camera which records the video feed on a device called a Digital Video Recorder.

An Internet Protocol (IP) camera feeds the video stream to an IP address which allows the IP camera to then be recorded over a Network Video Recorder.

So which one is the better option?

There is no doubt that the technology has evolved significantly over recent years with newer, faster, sharper CCTV available now. IP CCTV is definitely worth spending the few extra pennies on in order to allow you to enjoy a safer, more secure recording process which will in turn provide you with better peace of mind that your home or business is secure. Here’s why;

Video Surveillance

♦  IP cameras are more efficient and produce a clearer image.

♦  Analog cameras require the installation of the (Digital Video Recorder) as well as the camera system so it can be more time consuming with lots of wires and the risk of short circuit.

♦  An IP camera is relatively easier to install and use.

♦  The IP camera allows the images to be sent directly to an IP address which means that effectively, the feed would be accessible to any part of the house or building where there is internet. This can go even further. For example, if you have a property in Germany, you would be able to watch the feed in any part of the world where there is internet.

♦  Analog CCTV feed can only be viewed from a monitor which connects to a DVR. It is possible to access the feed remotely through the DVR but it is not as efficient as IP cameras.

♦  The Network Video Recorder used to record the images of the IP system can also be used for storage and management of data for a remote location, employees, visitors and for the business.

♦  The NVR and IP cameras are more reliable and faster than current DVR based systems.

♦  The NVR systems allow for a longer video surveillance log than before.

♦  IP feed is also available for viewing from mobile devices such as a laptop or a smart phone. You even have the option of using an app to access it. All that is required is an internet connection

♦  With the higher quality of the IP cameras, comes a higher cost than the analog but for the reasons listed above, this is a justified expense.

♦  Analog is fast becoming a more dated technology and IP is the CCTV option of choice for many new installations.


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Posted on: October 5, 2017

Congratulations to the winner of our latest online competition, John Davies!  Here’s hoping that you get lots of use out of your new mic!

Trantec Mic winner


Trantec wireless handheld Microphone S4.4H

Worth approx £150!

Trantec Mic2Launch yourself into the world of wireless microphone systems using this reliable and compact Trantec S4.4 UHF wireless handheld microphone system which boasts a multi-function receiver, 4 switchable frequencies (can be used licence free in the UK) and the latest PLL quartz tuning technology, making it the ultimate choice when up to 4 frequencies are required.

S4.4 has a host of additional features including LEDs on the receiver showing Power On, AF Peak level, RF Level and Diversity Channel A or B and it has a performance range of up to 100 meters. Should anything happen to your system spares are readily available.


The handheld version is fitted with a dynamic capsule



  • RF Frequency bands available: 719-720, 742-744, 863-865Mhz
  • 4 Channel Capability
  • Audio Frequency Response: Handheld 80Hz-16kHz (+/-3dB), Belt pack 60Hz-16kHz (+/-3dB)
  • Audio S/N Ratio: >100dBA
  • Audio output: Variable to +10dBu via unbalanced 1/4″ mono jack, +16 dBu via balanced XLR 3F
  • Display: 4 position RF bar graph, AF Peak (Overload), Diversity A/B
  • DC Input: 12V, 100mA
  • Dimensions: 35 x 213 x 98mm
  • Weight: Approx 580g


  • 4 Channel Capability
  • Controls: Frequency select and On/Off switch
  • Indicator: Battery status LED
  • High quality cardioid dynamic head
  • Operating voltage 9v @ <50mA
  • Operating time approx 10 hours
  • Power Output: Max 10mW
  • Dimensions: 280 x 50 max (including grille)
  • Weight: 210g
  • Fully meets with requirements of ETSI 300-422/455 FCC part 74h







Posted on: January 28, 2016

Our new Office Manager, Alison on her first day in the office.

Our new Office Manager, Alison on her first day in the office.



Today, we are delighted to welcome our brand new shiny Office Manager.  Her name is Alison Burns and she started today.

We are very excited that she has joined the team and look forward to an exciting future with her as part of the company.

Alison has a history of 15 years at Pinnacle to doing customer service and administration as well as team management.

She is a keen Formula 1 fan and enjoys music and trying out new recipe ideas.

Find out more about Alison here…

Posted on: November 17, 2015

It was another busy half term for Protech Solutions. We just wanted to say a big thank you to all our customers for your kind business, but we’re officially knackered! That may possibly be in part due to installing a 120kg 84” Promethean Activ touchscreen on a floor to wall mount in a secondary school classroom in Buckinghamshire. You know who you are…

From SMART E70 touchscreen installs in Hertfordshire, to structured cabling and Ruckus wireless networking in Middlesex, we have been all over the Home Counties improving IT and Audio Visual infrastructure for a variety of our Educational customers.

4m fixed-frame Screen in St Albans

We’d like to share one such project that we are particularly proud of this half term.


Sandringham School in St Albans required an update for their school hall Audio Visual solution. With a lot of ambient light and an 8m high ceiling this wasn’t going to be a ‘walk in the park’. However by over doubling their projector brightness, changing mounting positions and installing a 4m fixed frame screen, we put together the right solution for them, completing the work in a single day.


Here’s what James Belmont from the school had to say about their new school hall system:

“We have used Protech on more than one occasion for fibre runs and projector installations. They are always professional, reliable and friendly. One this occasion we got them to survey, quote and install a new projector and screen in our school hall. We have had numerous projectors fitted but haven’t been up to the job because of all the ambient light in the room. Paul, the Managing Director, came out and did a survey we me and the Headteacher. We wanted something big and something bright. Protech came back with a 4m by 2.6m fixed frame screen solution with a NEC 6700 lumen projector. Installation only took a few hours. They removed the old equipment and fixed the new. We have been very impressed with the picture quality and image size so far and our Headteacher is so impressed he has been recommending it to other schools.”


Posted on: November 4, 2015