What to Consider When Installing a Home CCTV System
While there are a lot of solutions available these days, installing a home security camera system is not always so simple. Essentially because no one solution can address each and every need. You have to check your options very carefully and review your own reasons and conditions for having this system installed, before you can find the best one for you.
Below are the key considerations to be made while planning on a CCTV camera system installation at home:
First and foremost, what is the layout and size of the area that you would like to be covered by your CCTV syste? If you need coverage for more than a single room, then you should install a camera for each of those rooms. Whether you want the cameras set up inconspicuously is another point to consider.
Of course, your budget is important. Make sure you are clear about how much you can spend for this project and the level of security you can afford to provide your home. Then again, do not settle for substandard equipment just because you don’t have sufficient funds. Better to wait until you’ve saved enough money, than to install a security camera system that isn’t secure enough.
When buying security equipment, be sure to check its warranty to ensure the best return on your investment.
The area that will be covered by the system dictates how many cameras are necessary, and this number of cameras will determine how much storage should be available. How long you want the data to be saved and the type of cameras and settings used, are two other factors affecting storage requirements.
The good news is, more reliable storage devices that are particularly designed for security camera systems are now available. Such devices are computer drives that can take the place of typical desktop drives, which tend to run in limited durations and are sensitive to vibrations and temperature changes.
Having a backup for every recording session is always a smart idea, if not a necessity. Cloud backups are good because they can ensure physical protection for your files. But to ensure accessibility, physical backups may be necessary too. In any case, a backup-ready CCTV system is always a smart choice.
Finally, look into ease of handling when shopping for security equipment. Vendors will provide support, but you have to know how the system works yourself so you can manage it on a daily basis. Hence, get equipment that is simple and easy to learn. Anything that is too complex for you can be more of a liability than an asset to your security.