When you get to the point that you're going to design and install a home security camera system, be aware that one size does not fit all. You'll need to customize your design to fit the needs that you have for your family and the limitations that you might have in the floor plan at your home.
For example, the answers to the following questions may dictate the sort of home security camera system that you install.
- Do you have kids? If so, you may want to place a security camera in their vicinity so that you can keep an eye on them wherever you are. You also have the added benefit of making sure that no one enters the yard without you knowing about it. Security cameras can also keep an eye on your baby in her room.
- Do you hire outside help to come into the home? Speaking of babies, a home security camera system can help you keep an eye on your babysitter. By putting a camera in certain locations you can monitor their activity with your children. This can bring you a lot of peace of mind.
- Do you have a home office or otherwise work from your home? If you do, you probably have made a substantial investment in expensive office equipment. And if you travel away from home, you'll want to keep an eye on things while you're away. A home security camera system can help you do this.
Whatever your situation, you are going to have very specific needs that must be met by the hardware and layout of a home security camera system.
You also have to decide what you want to do with the images that are captured by your home security camera system. For example:
- Will you be recording the camera's images to a hard drive on your computer? Whether you go hardwired or wireless, your PC can be connected to your home security camera system through the use of a digital video recorder (DVR) multiplexer. What this means is that you can send picture data to your PC. Not only that -- you can control your camera via your computer, as long as it is connected to the Internet. What this means is that you can see what your cameras are watching and control what they're doing.
- Will be pictures be beamed to a monitoring company? It is possible to combine a home security camera system with remote monitoring to alert police if there is a break-in at your home. And you can even provide evidence after the fact.
You'll need to decide for yourself what you want out of your home security camera system. Let's look at some other basic questions that may apply to everyone who finds themselves shopping for a home security camera system.
The most obvious place for putting a camera is at the main entry to your home. In this way you can screen who is coming to your home from another location say in your office or in your bedroom. You may also consider putting a camera near where your children play outside. And if you have a home office, put a camera in there.
Speaking of location, the kind of camera you buy will be influenced by where you plan to put it. For example, if the camera is going to be located outside then you want it to be more visible. One such kind of security camera is called the bullet camera. This kind of camera has a long lens and is mounted on a wall-bracket, away from the side of your home. Typically they will run on 12V DC current.
With a camera of this sort, you get double duty because it can not only monitor activity outside, it can act as a deterrent, keeping burglars away. Police in most major cities will tell you that the chances of a break-in or a burglary are almost cut in half by the presence of one or more clearly visible security cameras in, and around, your home.
On the other hand, if the camera is located inside your home, you want to make it as unobtrusive as possible. One such kind of camera is known as a dome camera. This camera comes in the shape of a dome that fits on the ceiling of your home. You've seen these sorts of cameras in retail stores and casinos. You can use dome cameras outside as well, but they need to be protected against the elements.
A similar sort of camera is called a board camera. These kinds of cameras have a fixed lens mounted to a circuit board. Additionally, it might be packaged in a small case or it might be put in a dome -- or it might not have a package at all. Cameras of this sort will have a small pinhole lens. In other words, a very small opening. Sometimes these kinds of cameras are called spy cameras. You can put this kind of camera almost anywhere. These are great if you put them in a hidden location. Often, these kinds of cameras are put in a smoke detector or pointing through a small hole in a wall.
Time of Day
If you want to monitor the outside of your home at night -- and who doesn't, as almost all robberies and break-ins happened once it gets dark -- you'll want another kind of camera: an infrared camera. This kind of camera automatically sees in the dark, recording everything in black and white. They're very good at detecting moving objects when it's completely pitch black outside. What this means is that you can sleep comfortably and not worry at all that you'll wake up to a nasty surprise.
Before you buy a home security camera system, make sure you've done some research. Make sure you've asked yourself the right kind of questions. This will help you make an informed decision when it comes to the well-being of your family and personal property.
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