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Considerations for Choosing a Home Security System

Technological advancements have led to a rise in nearly all industries, including home security systems. As opposed to a single IP security camera or a small security camera, home security systems are made with more specific features, and devices can protect the whole property, no matter its size. If you intend to install a security system for your home, there are vital points to be considered.

Security Cameras

There’s a good number of advanced security camera features you can pick from, but the basics should be a given: security cameras, a digital video recorder and the necessary cables to connect the two. The number of cameras and other devices that may be connected to the control system for monitoring, depends on how many channels you have installed. If your security system has six channels, for example, you can only connect up to six cameras simultaneously to your security system. You may not have to purchase a lot of cameras in the beginning. However, with a system that has a reasonable number of channels, you can buy more cameras install in the future if necessary.

Types of Cameras

You will find several cameras types of cameras in the market these days, but you should choose one with 1080p HD recording (the higher the resolution, the better the quality) with some optional features, like video/audio recording, weather-proof equipment, night vision, etc.

Backup Storage for Recorded Video & Audio

Storing drives are often just your typical hard disks which have a capacity to store as much as 500 GB to over 3 TB of data of data. With a 500GB hard disk, you will be able to store the video for an entire day at HD quality; for a 3TB hard disk, your data can be stored for about a week. If you’re not particular about video quality, you can save in low-resolution, which lets a 3 TB drive can store up to 30 to 50 days worth of data on a 3TB drive.

Central System and Security Camera Connection

A central console system can be linked to your security cameras in two ways: through a wired or a wireless setup. Wireless systems are of course easier to setup, but the drawback is that the range can be limited. So if you have a large area, you will need to install Wi-Fi repeaters at strategic points so you can ensure total coverage. Your home security system will decrease its value otherwise. Security means complete, not partial, protection.

Monitoring Devices

Monitoring systems also have monitors that will display multiple screens simultaneously, each one showing a different view through a different channel. Wi-Fi-based systems let you monitor these channels through any Internet-connected device, including smartphones and tablets, and you can even get email or SMS notifications whenever the system detects a threat.

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