BRK Series - BRK Electronics

BRK Series - BRK Electronics
BRK Series
520TVL INDOOR Color Camera
user S manual
PRO-CMD520 1/3 CMOS with Night Vision
Thank You
product overview
package contents
Camera Main Features
Thank you for choosing First Alert for your security needs!
For more than half a century, First Alert has made the home-safety and security
products that make your job easier. Our products are built to the highest standard
which has earned us a leadership role in the home-safety and security product
categories. We are committed to serving our customers, from the professionals
who install our products, to the families and businesses who count on them. First
Alert has been helping families and businesses stay safe for over 50 years. By
having a First Alert Security System, you’re taking the first step in protecting your
home or business from damage or theft. We’re watching, even when you’re not.
•1/3” CMOS Color
•520 TVL Resolution
•32 IR LEDs
•IR LED Distance 80’ - 98’ (25m - 30m)
•6.0mm Lens
•0 Lux Day & Night Auto Switch
•Mounting Bracket and Hardware Included
This manual is written for the PRO-CMD520 Security Camera. It was accurate at
the time it was completed. However, because of our ongoing effort to constantly
improve our products, additional features and functions may have been added
since that time and on-screen displays may change. We encourage you to visit
our website at to check for the latest manuals (English
and Spanish), firmware updates, downloads, other security camera products and
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BRK Series
520TVL INDOOR Color Camera
user S manual
PRO-CMD520 1/3 CMOS with Night Vision
PRO-CMD520 520 TVL Camera
with Mounting Hardware
©2011 BRK Brands, Inc.
a Jarden Corporation company (NYSE:JAH)
All rights reserved. Distributed by BRK Brands, Inc. 3901 Liberty Street Road, Aurora, IL 60504-8122. Due
to continuing product development, the product inside the packaging may look slightly different than the
one on the package.
BRK Brands, Inc. is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH). To obtain warranty service, contact
the Consumer Affairs Division at 1-800-323-9005, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central
Standard Time.
Made in China
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12V DC Power Adaptor
Instruction Manual
60’ BNC Video & DC Power Cable
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product overview
caution statements
Installing camera
safety precautions
Do not drop, puncture, or disassemble the camera.
Do not tug on the power adapter. Use the plug to remove it from the wall.
Do not expose the camera to high temperatures.
For your own safety, avoid using the camera when there is a storm or lightning in your area.
Use the camera with care. Avoid pressing hard on the camera body.
Do not crush or damage the power cable
Mounting Camera and Running Cable
Select the position for the camera and secure the camera mounting bracket. Feed the camera cable
through the bracket and rotate camera housing onto bracket until secure. Adjust camera to the proper
view angle. Make sure the lens is upright relative to the subject by making sure arrow molded into camera
faces up. See “Camera Orientation” Info box. Run cable from camera to DVR location. See Information
box below on “Longer Cable Runs”.
fcc compliance
Camera Orientation
It’s important the camera is mounted correctly to ensure the image is
not upside down as the camera lens
can only be positioned one way.
FCC Compliance Class B Digital Device
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant
to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that the interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more
of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that of the receiver.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio or TV technician for help.
Notice: Only peripherals complying with FCC class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation
with non-compliant peripherals or peripherals not recommended by First Alert / BRK Brands, Inc. is likely
to result in interference to radio and TV reception. Changes or modifications to the product, not expressly
approved by First Alert / BRK Brands, Inc., could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
We, First Alert / BRK Brands, Inc. declare under our sole responsibility that the device to which this
declaration relates: Complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Longer Cable Runs
Camera - Ceiling
Longer cable runs may require an upgrade to RG59
Coax cable. First Alert kits ship with economical AV
cable that is designed to work well up to the length of
cable provided, usually around 60 feet. If longer distances between camera and DVR are required, you will need to upgrade
to RG59 Coax cable. We provide several lengths up to 300 feet. In addition, if you need to run cable for in-wall installations, then you may
require fire rated cable, FT-4/CMR UL approved for in-wall installations.
Connecting Camera
Follow this diagram to connect camera to a DVR or other device using a BNC connection. Note: DVR
Power Adaptor is for illustration purposes only. Your power adaptor may be different.
Option 1
Option 2
Power from DVR
(Not Supplied)
Video to DVR
Video In
Power to DVR
DC 12V Input
FCC Certification (if applicable)
This device contains a radio transmitter. Accordingly, it has been certified as compliant with 47 CFR Part
15 of the FCC Rules for intentional radiators. Products that contain a radio transmitter are labeled with an
Supplied 12V DC Adaptor
fire and electric shock hazard statement
Splitter from DVR
Camera & Power
(Not supplied)
from 120V
Power from
Supplied Adaptor
Power to Camera
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral
triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of un-insulated
“dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock.
AV Cable: BNC/
DC Power
12V DC Converter
From DVR
(Not supplied)
Video to Camera
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle, is intended to
alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Power to Camera
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Specs and Troubleshooting
Technical Specifications
Image Sensor
Color 1/3.6” CMOS (NTSC) ; Color 1/3” CMOS (PAL)
Effective Pixels
NTSC: 656 (H) X 492 (V) : PAL: 768 (H) X 576 (V)
Horizontal Resolution
Number of infrared LED’s
Night-Vision Range
80’ - 98’ (25m - 30m)
Indoor only
Signal System
Frame Rate
NTSC: 60 fields/sec ; PAL: 50 fields/sec
Minimum Illuminance
0 Lux (IR ON)
Gain Control & White Balance
Signal to noise Ratio
>48dB (AGC OFF)
Gamma Characteristics
Shutter Speed
1/50(1/60) 1/100000
Infrared Wave Length
Video Output
1.0Vp-p 75 Ohm
Power Supply
DC 12V 225mA(IR ON)
Operation Temperature
14 °F to 122 °F (-10 °C to 50 °C)
Possible Cause
No Picture
Camera cables are loose or
have become disconnected
• Check the camera video cable and connections
• Disconnect and reconnect the cable at the system and at the
• Try moving the camera to another channel or use another cable
Flickering image
Bright light shining directly into
camera lens
• Move the camera or move any source of bright light away from
the camera
Image is too light
or dark
A white image
appears at night
Mis-adjustment of contrast and
brightness levels
Camera is placed too close to
a window
• Adjust the contrast and brightness on the DVR or TV.
• Move the camera or move any source of bright light away from
the camera
The camera’s infrared LEDs shine invisible light that reflects off
surfaces such as glass causing white light.
• Place the camera on the other side of windows or place the lens
flush against the surface to improve night vision
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BRK Brands, Inc., (“BRK”) the maker of First Alert® brand products warrants that for a period of one year from the
date of purchase (the “Warranty Period”), this product will be free from defects in material and workmanship. BRK,
at its sole option, will repair or replace this product or any component of the product found to be defective during
the Warranty Period. Replacement or repair will be made with a new or remanufactured product or component. If
the product is no longer available, replacement may be made with a similar product of equal or greater value. This
is your exclusive warranty.
This warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser only from the date of initial retail purchase and is not transferable.
In order to obtain warranty service, you must keep the original sales receipt and proof of purchase in the form of the
UPC code from the package. BRK dealers, service centers, or retail stores selling BRK products do not have the right
to alter, modify or any way change the terms and conditions of this warranty.
Parts and Labor: 1 year limited (warranted parts do not include bulbs, LEDs, and batteries)
This warranty does not apply to bulbs, LEDs, and batteries supplied with or forming part of the product.
This warranty is invalidated if non- BRK accessories are or have been used in or in connection with the product or in
any modification or repair is made to the product.
This warranty does not apply to defects or damages arising by use of the product in other than normal (including
normal atmospheric, moisture and humidity) conditions or by installation or use of the product other than in strict
accordance with the instructions contained in the product owner’s manual.
This warranty does not apply to defects in or damages to the product caused by (i) negligent use of the product,
(ii) misuse, abuse, neglect, alteration, repair or improper installation of the product, (iii) electrical short circuits or
transients, (iv) usage not in accordance with product installation, (v) use of replacement parts not supplied by BRK,
(vi) improper product maintenance, or (vii) accident, fire, flood or other Acts of God.
This warranty does not cover the performance or functionality of any computer software included in the package with
the product. BRK makes no warranty that the software provided with the product will function without interruption
or otherwise be free of anomalies, errors, or “Bugs.” This warranty does not cover any costs relating to removal or
replacement of any product or software installed on your computer.
BRK reserves the right to make changes in design or to make additions to or improvements in its products without
incurring any obligations to modify any product which has already been manufactured. BRK will make every effort
to provide updates and fixes to its software via its website. This warranty does not cover any alteration or damage
to any other software that may be or may become resident on the users system as a result of installing the software
provided. This warranty is in lieu of other warranties, expressed or implied, and BRK neither assumes nor authorizes
any person to assume for it any other obligation or liability in connection with the sale or service of the product. In
no event shall BRK be liable for any special or consequential damages arising from the use of the product or arising
from the malfunctioning or non-functioning of the product, or for any delay in the performance of this warranty due
to any cause beyond its control.
BRK does not make any claims or warranties of any kind whatsoever regarding the product’s potential, ability, or
effectiveness to prevent, minimize, or in any way affect personal or property damage or injury. BRK is not responsible
for any personal damage, loss, or theft related to the product or to its use for any harm, whether physical or mental
related thereto. Any and all claims or statements, whether written or verbal, by salespeople, retailers, dealers, or
distributors to the contrary are not authorized by BRK, and do not affect this provision of this warranty.
BRK’s responsibility under this, or any other warranty, implied or expressed, is limited to repair, replacement or
refund, as set forth above. These remedies are the sole and exclusive remedies for any breach of warranty. BRK is
not responsible for direct, special, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from any breach of warranty or
under any other legal theory including but not limited to, loss profits, downtime, goodwill, damage to or replacement
of equipment and property and any costs of recovering, reprogramming or reproducing any program or data stored
in or used with a system containing the product accompanying software.
BRK does not warrant the software will operate with any other software except that which is indicated. BRK cannot
be responsible for characteristics of their party hardware or software which may effect the operation of the software
Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular
purpose is limited in duration to the duration of the above Warranty Period. Some states, provinces, or jurisdictions
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal
rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state, or province to province, or jurisdiction to
If service is required, do not return the product to your place of purchase. In order to obtain warranty service, contact
the Consumer Affairs Division at 1-800-323-9005, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through
Friday. To assist us in serving you, please have the model number and date of purchase available when calling.
After contacting the Consumer Affairs Division and it is determined that the product should be returned for Warranty
Service, please mail the product to: BRK Brands, Inc., 3901 Liberty Street Road, Aurora, IL 60504-8122.
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©2012 BRK Brands, Inc.
a Jarden Corporation Company (NYSE:JAH)
3901 Liberty Street Road, Aurora, IL 60504-8122
Phone: 630-851-7330 Tech Services: 800-323-9005
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