- This really is the start, figure out exactly how much can and will you spend on your Home Security Camera System?
- Decide if you want to capture video within the home as well as outside of the home?
- Decide if you need to be able to view video remotely over the internet in either real-time or recorded video?
One thing you can do to help with step one is to utilize fake security cameras mixed in with real ones to help bolster your system as far as the standard crook will be concerned. They look exactly like the real thing and will fool most criminals.
With step 2, there are actual home security camera systems which are built right in to the camera itself. It has the camera and the built in DVR so they are easy to install and use and you can add them as you go along and expand the system easy. This goes for both inside and out.
The downside to these types of cameras are that you can not access them remotely to view the video and you must actually remove the SD card in order to watch the video.
Most Home Security Camera Systems with DVR recording, utilize a recorder that can handle up to 4, 8, 12 and even 32 cameras at one time allowing you to choose a system that can be scaled to your security needs and financial situation.
So you don’t need to have a monitor to dedicate to your security system you can generally get one with your system. If you already have a good monitor, you may be able to save some money by excluding it if possible.
Now as mentioned in step three, often Home Security Systems will come with what is termed as networking capabilities which is just a fancy way of saying it can be connected to the internet.
Now the beauty of this is that you can view the video and if the model supports it, that will include real-time video allowing you to actually keep an eye on things at home while you are not there.
This can be very handy if you have “latch-key” kids at home while you are at work or on your way home in traffic. If the Home Security Camera Systems with DVR has the ability, you can connect over the internet even from your smartphone allowing you a sense of security that bad things are not going on there.
The best thing to do is to be sure you think about future expansion, you don’t want to buy a 4 camera system and find you need 6 cameras down the line. You would be better off getting a 8 camera system from the start and add up to 8 cameras slowly over time as money allows.