8 Factors to Consider While Buying Home Security Solutions; Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

 

Investing in home security solutions:

Why Do People Buy Home Security Cameras?

If you are planning to set up home security solutions, consider the following factors before spending the money.

Today, the market is flush with a host of options in advanced home security systems.

Obviously, the high-end products among them are expensive. But then, with all the benefits they render,  you will feel more secure than before.

Of course, there are cheap options too in the market to address your basic requirements though.

Incidentally,  there are mainly 7 purposes or reasons why homeowners install a home security system at their place.

And your choice of the device should serve most of these purposes:

    • The presence of a security camera can create a deterrent effect  in the mind of a potential thief or burglar to commit a crime at your place
    • Get timely alarm or notification whenever an outsider approaches your doors or windows.
    • Stay connected with your home while you are away or travelling outside
    • Connect with your with loved-ones including babies, old parents and pets even while you are at home
    • Establish a case of crime against the offender
    • Serve as evidence for civil claims for damages to your property due to vandalism
    • Monitor possible criminal acts around your neighbourhood that can affect you and family

We will be discussing  these aspects in the following paragraphs:

1. Indoor or Outdoor-Where you want to install the camera

Most companies offer cameras that can be used both indoor and outside the home. You can use an outdoor camera indoors, but not the opposite.

Because indoor cameras are normally smaller, lightweight and not weatherproof.

Whereas, Outdoor cameras are invariably waterproof and dustproof marked with an IP code (International Protection or Ingress Protection Marking).

As you know, an IP rating for security cameras is a two-digit code. It shows the strength of the mechanical casings of the camera and the electrical enclosures against adverse conditions.

Ingress Protection Marking

Home security solutions- Ingress Protection Marking

Here, the first digit indicates the level of protection against the intrusion of dust.

Whereas, the second denotes the resistance level against the intrusion of moisture/water.

IP first digit rating (solid protection)

0Denotes zero protection
1Protection from solid objects greater than 50mm in diameter
2Protection from fingers or any objects less than 80mm long and 12mm in diameter
3Protection from wires, tools, etc., greater than 1.0mm in diameter
4Protection from solid objects entering more than 1.0mm in thickness or diameter
5Protection from the quantity of dust that could interfere with the equipment’s operation
6100% dust-tight

IP second digit rating (moisture protection)

0Unprotected
1Protection from water droplets
2Protection from water that drips vertically
3Protection from water spray
4Protection from water splashes
5Protection from water  propelled from a spout or nozzle
6Protection against heavy seas and strong surges of water
7Protection against water immersion
8Protection against constant immersion in water
9Protection against high pressured close-range spray downs at high temperatures

 

Generally, security cameras in the market are with IP codes of  IP65 to IP69

2. Wired or Wire-free Cameras to Ensure Better Home Security Solutions

The choice of a wired or wire-free security camera will depend on where you want to install them. Mostly wired cameras are better suited for homes and businesses that need to install a network of cameras at different spots. Obviously, it requires running cables and longer time for installation.

On the other hand, wireless cameras enjoy flexibility in choosing the right place for mounting. You can install them anywhere you like even in the absence of a power outlet nearby.

Because wire-free cameras are either powered by an in-built battery or solar energy. If they are battery-powered, you have to keep a track on the battery life and recharge them periodically. Compared to this, solar energy costs you upfront for its setup and periodic maintenance.

In this context, wired cameras have a clear edge over wire-free cameras; that you don’t have to recharge them periodically.

However,  they have some disadvantages too. The main downside of a wired system is the risk of someone tampering with the wire. Then there is the issue of a power outage, although you can solve it with a back-up generator.

Similarly, when it comes to mounting the camera at a strategic point, you may not find a nearby power outlet. Means extra work.

The good news is that there are security cameras that run on rechargeable batteries even when they are plugged into an AC power outlet.  And, the battery will get charged in the process.

3. Higher Video Resolution Help Identify Images

When it comes to identifying the images the camera captures, its resolution matters the most.

It is measured in the number of pixels or dots that make up the images.

In fact, the clarity of an image improves with the increase in the number of pixels it contains.

If you need more detail of the image like people’s faces at a far distance, higher resolution is very important.

Most home camera systems feature cameras with 1920 x 1080p or Full HD (high definition) or 2MP-resolutions.

And, then we have cameras with 2048 x 1536p resolution, or 3MP, that is the minimum size needed to identify the image specifics with digital zoom.

Of late, companies also offer cameras with 2K or 4 MP and 4K or 8MP resolutions.

Similarly, today there are cameras that can increase the focal view areas even 360-degrees or a complete circle to follow a moving object.

Also, you can look for any number of cameras that can rotate anything over 100-degrees depth of field, which is reasonably good.

In other words, a camera that can pan and/or tilt can observe and record a larger area.

Thus, you can reduce the need to install additional cameras to cover a particular area.

4. Night Vision Enabled Cameras Strengthens Your Security System

Night vision security cameras are able to capture clear images of the object with the help of in-built infrared LEDs to illuminate the outdoor or indoor scenes.

With low or no light, a battery-powered camera may not be an ideal choice. Instead, you may need a power source to support the high-intensity infrared LEDs for better results.

Similarly, the camera should also have an extra-sensitive image capture sensor.

Night Vision and IP Ratings of Major Brands

 Brand Night Vision RatingIP Rating
Arlo Ultra300ftIP65
Swann Bullet NVR Security Camera115ftIP65
Zmodo Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Camera65ftIP65
Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor50ftIP66
Reolink Argus 233ftIP65

 

5. Most Motion-activated Cameras Tend to Release False Alarms

Today, most home security cameras have focused on motion detection or other forms of sensing like sound detection.

For user-value, they are ideal for indoor and outdoor use.

The point is they can detect motion only in its defined range. And no alert or notification, if the movement is beyond this range.

So, you have to be careful about two things here; the range and sensitivity.

This may vary according to the brand and price. Most motion sensors used in security cameras today can detect between 50 and 80 feet.

The downside of these sensors are the chances of raising fake alerts.

6. Communication With Visitors, Family Members While Away Outside

Cameras with audio and video (two-way cameras) allow you to communicate with those inside of your home.

You can also use it to warn and scare away intruders.

Home security Cameras- 2-way talk camera

Two-way talk feature is now common with home security cameras. You will find it helpful while using it both as an outdoor or indoor camera for the baby or pet monitoring.

7. DVR or NVR Home Security Cameras

Both DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and NVR (Network Video Recorder) are considered equally dependable home security solutions.

The difference is mainly in their make and the way of recording the object or any incident.

A Digital Video Recorder uses analogue cameras connected by a coaxial cable. Whereas, a Network Video Recorder uses a network of IP Cameras.

The NVR system enjoys an edge over DVR as indicated by the following table. Still, DVR attracts attention due to factors including the price advantage.

FeatureNVRDVR
Plug &Play Set upYesNo
ResolutionHigh-2MP to 12MP+Low-2MP/ 1080P
Video ProcessingDirect DigitalAnalog-to-Digital (Chip Encoder)
PoEYes/NoNo
Cables/ConnectorsEthernetBNC, Coax Connectors (Point-to-Point)
CamerasIP CamerasAnalog/Coax
Transmission  distanceNo limit (Determined by network access)Up to 300 ft (Depend on cable)

8.Clip Storage Facility and Charges

Another factor you may consider before investing in home security solutions is how you are going to store the video clips.

Some home security cameras come with a provision of local storage on memory cards.

Others are with cloud storage for a limited time free of charges and on a subscription basis beyond that period.

The ideal position is the dual facility of local as well as cloud storage support.

So before buying the product you should be satisfied with the cloud storage features and prices the company is going to charge every month.

Home security solutions

Perhaps, you may not fully understand the importance of storage of clips until a crime occurs at your place.

Because normally we will come to know about the crime only hours after it takes place.

All these points to one thing. If you live in a vulnerable locality, you will need longer-period storage of continuous video or trigger-based footage.

So, it is better to look for cameras that offer 7-days to 30-days storage plans.

 

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