What to Consider When Installing a Home CCTV System
There are plenty of solutions available nowadays, but that doesn’t mean installing a home security camera system is always easy. Essentially because no one solution can address each and every need. You need to examine your options and your own reasons and conditions for setting this system up, before you can make the right choice.
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.
Needless to say, your budget is a main factor. 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. Storage requirements will as well be affected by the length of time data should be saved in the device, and with the type of cameras and settings that will be used.
The good news is, more reliable storage devices that are particularly designed for security camera systems are now available. These devices are computer drives that can replace regular desktop drives that run in limited durations and are sensitive to vibrations and temperature fluctuations.
Having a backup for every recording session is always a smart idea, if not a necessity. Cloud backups are great for physical protection for your files. In terms of accessibility though, you may want to have physical backups as well. In any case, don’t settle for a system that isn’t backup ready.
Finally, look into ease of handling when shopping for security equipment. Vendors will provide assistance when needed, but it’s still important to know how the thing operate so you can manage it on your own on an everyday basis. That’s why you have to get equipment that will be easy for you to use. Anything too complicated can easily turn into a liability rather than an asset.