You want to check up on kids, babysitters, and elderly relatives, but you don't want to seem overly protective. You want to monitor vulnerable spots like entrances, patios, and pool areas, but you don't know what security camera is best. You want to view everything from your mobile phone, but you don't know what video solution is best. You're in the right place.
The following sections will cover basic information about the different types of security cameras. You may want to consult with your security system provider before adding any new installation to ensure that everything functions correctly. You may also want to note the legal restrictions* that exist on video surveillance.
Wired Or Wireless?
Offering much better video quality than wireless cameras, wired cameras might be your first choice. Not only are wired cameras more reliable, they also come in a large selection. Since the camera is powered at the DVR location with a single cable running from the DVR to it individually, you can run cameras up to 800 feet away. Signal interferences are not an obstacle with wired cameras.
Since they don't need to be connected to the DVR, wireless cameras are more flexible as to where you can place them. However, broadcasts from devices such as wireless internet and baby monitors may interrupt their signal. Some wireless cameras are not IP-based and can use alternative modes of wireless transmission. Wireless cameras are the best option for most homeowners who are looking to purchase a new surveillance system.
Indoor Or Outdoor?
Outdoor cameras can cover large areas and even deter criminals from ever trying to break in. A camera placed outside should have an appropriate weatherproof casing, impenetrable to moisture, insects, dust, and other elements. The casing should be tough enough to also prevent tampering or vandalism.
Whether you want to check on a child at home alone, a pet, or an elderly relative, indoor IP cameras allow you to feel peace of mind. By streaming the footage onto your computer or smartphone, you can feel more comfortable about the safety of your loved ones.
Dome Or Bullet?
The dome camera gets its name from the dome-shaped housing in which it sits. The housing makes the camera unobtrusive, but visible. Since most dome cameras are general purpose, they can be installed either indoors or outdoors. With people unable to see inside the dome, they cannot identify which direction the camera is pointing and filming at.
You can use fewer dome cameras to cover more space. So, burglars know that the house is being watched, and you feel at ease knowing it's protected. Since dome cameras allow you to deter crime without purchasing enough units to adequately record everything, dome cameras might not be the best solution for home security.
Bullet cameras are easy to spot. They're the more traditional style of camera that you probably think of when you're picturing a security camera. The bullet camera gets its name from its sleek, thin cylindrical shape.
Designed for indoor use, the bullet camera is a waterproof wall-mount or ceiling-mounted unit pointing at a particular area. Not typically designed to have pan/tilt/zoom control, it captures images from a fixed area. So, it's easy to identify where the camera is pointing and what it's recording.
Video On The Go
With or without a security system, you can keep an eye on your home from any remote location. Today's selection of video solutions, like the Honeywell Total Connect, provides you with the option to receive images of activities on the interior or exterior of your house on the same mobile devices you use every day. With real-time activity notification, video capturing, and mobile control, it's never been easier to protect your home on the go.
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*In most states, if you are recording either audio or video in a specific area, you must alert anyone in range of the surveillance device that they are being recorded. In Indiana, a claim for invasion of privacy by intrusion can be made if the cameras are aimed at the inside of a neighbor's home.