There are lots of choices to make as you look through home security camera options. For some of us it’s a gamble, “the security company says this is what I need so I’ll take it, I guess…” But if you’re smart you’ll take the time to learn what different options are so that you can make sure you’re getting the devices that you want and need for the best security for your home. Finding the best is simple a matter of knowing what you want. So here are some suggestions about the most common features available in security today.
Camera Must Haves
- HD resolution for live and recorded video. This is not unreasonable, though the systems will require more space to save the recordings nearly every camera worth your time will have 720p or 1080p.
- Infrared illumination is another feature you don’t want to give up. These cameras are smart enough to switch over to night vision in low lighting so that you know you’re covered in the day and at night.
- Varifocal lenses, unlike fixed lenses these have the ability to manipulate the field of view until it captures the image you’re hoping for.
- Motion Detection Activation: Instead of just filming 24 hours a day and packing away a lot of redundant footage these nifty cameras will turn on at any sign of movement and begin filming. They can also be set to notify you of movement and send you images of the subject.
Wired Vs. Wireless
When it comes to security systems a lot of decisions are riding on what’ll work best to accommodate your needs. Wired and wireless options are right in that vein.
-Are you looking for a system that provides reliable surveillance, is difficult to hack and is relatively cheap? Then a wired system might be right for you. Wired systems are closed networks, so they’re impossible to hack unless done physically, and they’ve been around for a long time, so you can generally find what you need for a reasonable price. Of course these systems are bulky, and are very much permanent since the whole house has to be wired for the system.
-Are you looking for a system that is versatile, is incredibly easy to install and is easier to expand? Wireless systems utilize wi-fi broadcasting to send the live feed to your DVR. The cameras can be mounted almost anywhere, and more can be added to the system easily. At the same time wireless systems are not reliable because the wireless signal can be easily disrupted by all the other signals in the world.
A final feature that you should always strive to have in your security system is remote monitoring. With a home integration app you can connect your phone to your security system, allowing you to check in on any of the surveillance cameras at any time no matter where you are. In this way homeowners are able to keep an eye on their homes and families and even arm or disarm the system without being there.