Home Security Camera Systems – What You Need To Know
- by Karl
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.
7PiXL Multimedia Group is an industry leader throughout the Dallas, Plano, and Frisco area in providing the latest, cutting-edge technology in multimedia, access control and surveillance, security camera installation, key card access, gate control and security system installation, maintenance, and monitoring for multifamily housing projects, commercial, office, industrial, and residential projects. Not only do we design systems that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, our team is trained to work in concert with building professionals, general contractors, etc. to integrate systems into new or retrofit offices, multifamily complexes, or homes.
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.
7pixl and our team of Security and Access control experts also bring their considerable experience to residential home automation control and security camera installation. Our access to various product lines allow us to tailor fit a residential system to any budget, and deliver a quality, completed project that will please the most demanding customer! From a new home theater or entertainment room to a full-blown state-of-the-art security camera installation, rest assured that the design, install and implementation of your system are performed professionally and properly, ensuring your safety and maximum enjoyment of your 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.
We don’t stop there though, 7pixl can also set up your Audio/Visual system for your new office space as well! With our years of experience, along with the flexibility to develop custom solutions for everyone from small businesses to enterprise organizations, 7pixl can help you build an office with a professional Audio/Visual suite to impress your clients and employees. We also offer Structured Wiring solutions to allow your Television, Audio/Visual, and Internet services to be delivered where needed without clutter. All of our integrated commercial and office AV and control systems are custom designed and tailored to meet our client’s needs, budgets and preferences.
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.
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…