What to Consider When Installing a Home CCTV System
There are many solutions available today, but installing a home security camera system is still not that easy. 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.
Here are the most important things you should focus on when planning to install a CCTV camera system in your home:
First off, what is the size and layout of the area you want your CCTV system to cover? If you’re planning to include a number of rooms, then you obviously have to install that number of cameras. Whether you want the cameras set up inconspicuously is another point to consider.
Like it or not, your budget will be a main factor. You have to be clear about the amount of money you can spend for the installation and the degree of security it can provide. However, don’t go for substandard equipment simply because your funds are not sufficient. Better to put off the installation until you have saved enough cash, than to set up a system with questionable reliability.
Before you buy any security equipment, check its warranty to make sure that you’re getting the best return on your investment.
The covered area will determine how many cameras must be installed, and this number will dictate how much storage will be needed. 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 you will now be able to get advanced storage devices made specifically for security camera systems. 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. But for the sake of accessibility, you should also have physical backups. 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. While vendors can provide installation support and technical assistance, it’s a must that you are familiar with the operation of these surveillance devices so you can manage them on your own from day to day. That’s why you have to get equipment that will be easy for you to use. If something is too complicated for you, it can become more of a liability than an asset.