How to get a security DVR to send email alerts

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How to get a security DVR to send email alerts
Set your security DVR for e-mail alerts. (video image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from

If you have a security system, one of the best things to invest in is one that is also a DVR, or digital video recorder. With a DVR security system, you have a device, the DVR, which measures things like temperature changes, motion, and even moisture. In order to make this DVR security device really useful, you can set it to send you e-mail alerts directly to your mobile phone. That way, you can always know what's going on at your home or business, no matter where you are.

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Things you need

  • DVR security system
  • E-mail account

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  1. 1

    Install the security DVR.

  2. 2

    Turn on the screen of the security DVR and choose "Options." You might do this with a touch screen, or by clicking the + and - buttons on the monitor to choose your options. Some DVRs come with a secure website that you can visit to set your controls. This all depends on how your DVR works, so check the instructions to find out where to find your options settings.

  3. 3

    Scroll through the list of options and choose the ones you'd like. Some choices might be "alert of motion," "alert of temperature change," "alert of moisture," "alert of light changes."

  4. 4

    Input your cell phone or e-mail address into the options area when you are finished, so the security DVR knows where to send e-mail alerts.

  5. 5

    Choose "send alerts when activated."

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use the options to choose when to send alerts--only at night, only during the work day, only when the system is on, or on a specific schedule.

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