Lorex Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide To Lorex

Whether you're in the market for a new security camera system or browsing our website for the first time, the world of security cameras can be a bit daunting. To make things a little easier, we've created a quick guide on all Lorex products and their features to help you out.



Recorders are the backbone of security systems. Not only do they provide a safe and secure local recording, but recorders are also where important system settings can be found and customized.

Security Cameras


We offer a variety of security cameras - wired (Digital IP or Analog MPX), wireless, wire-free, and Wi-Fi - that are compatible with contemporary home and business needs.

Lorex Features


Lorex security cameras come with a variety of state-of-the-art features, such as Color Night Vision, smart home compatibility, advanced motion detection, and two-way talk, just to name a few.

Types of Security Recorders

There are two different types of recorders:

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Network Video Recorder

Network Video Recorders are meant to be used with digital IP security cameras. They are easily connected to the cameras with a single Cat5e/Cat6 ethernet cable that provides both power and video. They are referred to as "Network" because IP cameras send their compressed data over your local network for storage.

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Digital Video Recorder

Digital Video Recorders work with analog MPX security cameras and are connected by a siamese BNC cable. Wireless MPX cameras, as well as wire-free cameras, also use DVRs (wire-free cameras require a specific DVR). They are called "Digital" because security cameras send uncompressed analog data to be digitally encoded/compressed and stored.

Important Recorder Features

Resolution: Lorex Recorders have a maximum resolution capability that range from 1080p to 4K.

Channels: The number of channels is the total amount of cameras that can be connected.

Recording Modes: Each camera that is connected to a recorder can be customized to record continuously, on motion, or scheduled.

Hard Drives: Our NVRs and DVRs include a built-in security-grade hard drive. In most cases, these hard drives can be upgraded for more storage.

Automatic Hard Drive Overwrite: Recorders are programmed to automatically delete the oldest footage to make enough room for the newest footage.

Remote Connectivity: It is through the recorder that you can connect your mobile devices for remote viewing, camera management, and motion notifications.

Types of Security Cameras

There are four different kinds of technologies that Lorex uses for our security cameras:

Digital IP Security Cameras

Digital IP

Digital IP cameras are the most technologically advanced. IP cameras capture video (and audio if available) data and then process and encode that data for quick network transmission back to the NVR. IP cameras also detect motion themselves and relay that information to the NVR to send push notifications or alerts. IP cameras do not need to be plugged into an electrical outlet as they receive power over the ethernet cable (power-over-ethernet), which gives them a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to installation.

how to install digital IP security cameras
Analog MPX security cameras

Analog MPX / Wireless

Analog MPX cameras capture raw analog video (and audio if available) and send the data to a DVR for encoding and storage. Wired MPX cameras are connected to the DVR with a Siamese BNC cable. This cable combines two different cables in one: one for video, one for power. This allows you to connect the power for Wired MPX cameras close by to the DVR, rather than near the camera itself. Wireless cameras, on the other hand, do not require cabling to the DVR but must be plugged into a power outlet close by to receive power.

how to install Analog MPX security cameras
Wire-free security cameras


Wire-free cameras are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which can typically last a few months without charging. The lack of cabling means they can be easily installed around your property. Wire-free cameras are designed to record only when motion is detected by a PIR (passive infrared) sensor that looks out for moving heat signatures. When movement is detected, the camera will automatically wake-up, start recording, and wirelessly transmit that data to the DVR for encoding and storage.

how to install wire-free security cameras
Wi-Fi monitoring cameras


Wi-Fi cameras are standalone monitoring solutions that do not connect to any type of recorder. Instead, these cameras record to an on-board microSD card. Wi-Fi cameras connect directly to your wireless network and are controlled through a Lorex App. These cameras are designed to be easy to install and easy to use right out of the box. They can be easily moved around the house as needed and are perfect for a pet or baby monitoring. Some Wi-Fi models are even outdoor approved for simple front porch or entranceway monitoring.

how to install wi-fi monitioring cameras

Important Security Camera Information

Resolution: All Lorex cameras record HD resolution footage ranging from 1080p, 2K to 4K, depending on the model.

IP Ratings: The vast majority of Lorex security cameras can safely be installed outdoors. Outdoor cameras will have a minimum IP65 weatherproof rating, with select models rated at IP67.

Night Vision: The vast majority of Lorex security cameras include infrared night vision. Some night vision ranges are greater than others, however.

Specialty Cameras: We carry a wide range of specialty cameras, such as PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom), audio, vandal-proof, smart detection, active deterrence, and more. They are sold individually or in pre-made bundles.

Lorex Features:

Several features may be relevant to you as well:

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4K Recording

Lorex offers the highest quality security cameras on the market. 4K Ultra HD resolution security cameras offer the best chance to capture useful details.

What is a 4K security camera?
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Color Night Vision

Select camera models that come with Color Night Vision. With the help of ambient lighting, these cameras can record color footage throughout the night, providing better contrast and more detail.

Color Night Vision Technology
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Active Deterrence

Cameras with active deterrence technology help ward of intruders. They include a motion-activated LED light and a remote-triggered siren that you can activate through your smartphone.

What is Active Deterrence?
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Select models come with built-in microphones for listen-in audio monitoring. This can provide additional evidence (such as voices). Moreover, some camera models also include a speaker for two-way audio communication through the camera.

Lorex Audio Security Cameras
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Motion Detection

All Lorex cameras have some form of motion detection, meaning they can detect movement and notify users directly through an alert. Some cameras have person and vehicle detection features, which weed out false notifications and provides more accurate surveillance.

Types of Motion Detection
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Smart Home

Many Lorex systems and standalone cameras are compatible with smart home devices, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Use simple voice commands to get fast access to your cameras, view live or recorded footage, and activate camera features.

Smart Home Products
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Remote Viewing

Stay connected to your home or business through our mobile apps. Use the app to view live or recorded video, configure camera settings, setup motion activated push notifications, and more, all from the palm of your hand.

Apps and Software
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No Monthly Fees

Regardless of whether you are looking to purchase a complete system or a standalone camera, there are never any hidden monthly fees involved. Every system or camera includes local storage, rather than cloud storage.

Why Buy Lorex?
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1-Year Warranty

Unless otherwise noted, every system, camera, or accessory purchased through Lorex.com includes a one-year warranty.

Lorex Product Warranty
Lorex is here for your family

We're Here For You

For over 20 years, Lorex has given both home and business owners some much-needed peace of mind, thanks to our innovative security systems. From pre-selected bundles to standalone cameras, we offer a wide range of options that make finding the perfect system a little less stressful.

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