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Afraid of what might be lurking in or outside your home when you’re away? Fear for your family’s safety when you’re all home for the night? Installing security cameras around your property can do wonders to ease your mind, giving you the added protection you deserve and serving as a crucial deterrent to potential intruders. But with so many features and price points available, picking the right security camera for your home security needs can be overwhelming. Our goal is to provide you with the best security camera system and point out the key features that differentiate them from one another to help you pick the right security cameras for your home.
We live in increasingly uncertain times. With so much uncertainty the safety of your home and family is paramount. But protecting them shouldn’t be difficult. Security Camera Systems is an easy way to offer you and your loved ones some peace of mind. Here’s what you need to know.
Are there different types of security cameras?
Yes, there are 2 basic types of home security cameras: wired and wireless security cameras. Wired cameras are hard wired to the security system, meaning you need to physically string power and data cables from a central hub or recording device to each individual camera.
Wireless security cameras transmit the video signal via WiFi, offering a live stream and remote access from your mobile device or computer. Remember that wireless cameras send the video signal wirelessly, but still require a power outlet.
What kind of security camera(s) do you need?
For monitoring the inside of your home, you’ll need an interior bullet or dome camera. For the exterior of your home, choose a weather and vandal proof camera. Also, some security cameras can be used both indoors and outdoors. Indoor cameras offer flexibility and can be placed anywhere in a room. Outdoor cameras are designed to work in tough weather conditions and record sharp images even in low or zero light. You might also consider hidden security cameras on some parts of your home.
What should you consider when purchasing a security camera(s)?
First-time buyers should purchase a standalone IP camera or a package system. These camera systems provide you with everything you need for installation. For those with an existing security camera system, consider an add-on camera. An add-on camera doesn’t work on its own, but can be easily integrated into a compatible existing system.
What else should you consider when choosing a home security camera?
When considering a wired system make sure it comes with a recording device. Many security camera packages come with a DVR for video recording, but some don’t so you may need to buy one separately. Also, consider purchasing cameras with built-in sensors. A security camera with integrated motion sensors can begin recording as soon as it detects motion.
Internet-enabled security cameras are about as secure as a 2-tonne rhino behind a chain-link fence. By their very nature, security cameras with internet access are meant to be remotely monitored and controlled. Unfortunately, hackers can exploit this if you let them. Protect yourself by ensuring that the camera you’re purchasing has an encrypted connection. Plus, you should change the default password for the camera system, as well as your network’s router.
What is CCTV?
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is a system where the circuit in which the video is transmitted is closed and all the elements (camera, display monitors, recording devices) are directly connected. This is unlike broadcast television where any receiver that is correctly tuned can pick up and display or store the signal. Such specialized systems are not subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); however, security cameras using scrambled radio waves are in fact subject to common carrier tariffs and FCC conditions of service. In the past, these signals would be transmitted to a monitor equipped with a videocassette recorder, but these have been all but totally replaced by digital video recorder (DVR) systems that can store far more video on a hard drive and can back up data automatically.
The most common use of CCTV is in security camera systems. They’ve been found for years in areas like large retail shops, banks, and government institutions. Thanks to reduced costs in the manufacture of cameras and video recording equipment, camera systems are becoming more and more commonplace in smaller businesses, and private homes.
CCTV Systems and Hidden Cameras
Hidden cameras can be integrated into CCTV systems, and often are. They allow users to record criminal behavior when criminals are on the lookout for standard security cameras. They can be more effective in capturing video evidence, since they are harder to avoid, but sacrifice the deterrent properties of traditional CCTV cameras. On the other end of the spectrum, dummy cameras are a low-cost deterrent device, appearing to be CCTV cameras, often complete with blinking lights. Many small businesses use dummy cams as an extra measure of security. For some who are more concerned about evening security, they can also employ the use of a night vision or infrared camera.
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