A home video surveillance systemis one of the best tools for securing your home. It enables you to keep a close eye on the vulnerable areas in your home, as well as the perimeter. For optimal performance, you must ensure that you choose security camera systems that are designed with your individual needs in mind.
What to consider when selecting a home surveillance camera installation
1. Wireless vs. wired home surveillance camera installation
Most security camera installations rely on wired infrastructure to transmit video signals from the cameras to the video recording system. However, users have the option of including Wireless Cameras in their surveillance solutions. Wireless security cameras enable homeowners to deploy more flexible surveillance applications. The Wireless Cameras can be used to extend an existing surveillance application, especially in the hard-to-reach locations where running wires might prove challenging.
2. Video Storage System
A home surveillance camera installation comprises of three main parts: CCTV cameras, video recorder, and network infrastructure. In choosing an ideal video recording system, users have to consider the following aspects:
- Type of video recording system: Captured video images are usually sent from the security cameras to the video recorder for storage. Traditional CCTV Systems used VCR-like recorders to store video. With time, these bulky recorders were replaced with digital video recorders (DVRs). However, an encoder had to be added between the cameras and DVR to convert the analog video signal into digital video format before storage. The modern IP surveillance systems, on the other hand, capture digital video and send it to a network video recorder (NVR) as a digital stream. Since the video is already in digital format, conversion is unnecessary. The video can be stored on a wide range of network storage devices including NAS and HDD.
- HDD capacity: A home surveillance camera installation cannot store the captured security footage indefinitely. Usually, the user has to specify the length of time for which the recorded video should be stored; after which, it is deleted, archived or overwritten. Factors such as the frame rate and resolution affect the amount of video data that can be stored - and in effect, the required HDD storage capacity for a particular CCTV solution.
- Edge storage vs. centralized storage: Apart from the commonly used network storage system whereby the security cameras send captured video to a central video server, users have the option of Edge recording. In other words, users can choose to have their cameras record on to onboard media such as SD cards. Ideally, recording at the Edge should be used to complement centralized video recording.
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