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What to Consider Before Purchasing Home Surveillance Cameras


These Key Questions Will Help You Select the Best Cameras for Your Home Security System

Homeowners looking to add surveillance cameras to their new or existing property have much to consider. The market is full of solutions that vary in price, features, performance, and quality, which can be difficult to sort through if you’re not sure what to look for.

Avoid the hassle by working with our home security system professionals to help you find the right cameras that meet your needs. Though you can always contact us to schedule a free consultation, we’ve put together a handy list of questions in the meantime to help you navigate what your needs are when it comes to protecting your University Park, TX home.

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Where Will You Use Your Surveillance Cameras?

One of your first considerations should be where you plan to use your cameras. Are you only interested in monitoring your exterior spaces, or do you want to surveil your indoor spaces, too? Some indoor and outdoor cameras can look similar and come with comparable features, but outdoor cameras must be able to contend with weather and varying light conditions. You may also want to consider cameras that sport a wider field of view and longer viewing distance for your outdoor environments. 

Can Your Internet Bandwidth Support Your System?

Connected security cameras that stream live video and send alerts to your smartphone use a lot of data. The bandwidth that your cameras will use depends on many factors such as image resolution, video compression, and more. You should also consider how many cameras you’ll want as part of your home security system when deciding if your home network can cater to your custom camera needs. 

Which Types of Surveillance Cameras Should You Buy?

Choosing camera types should be based on both your needs and the environment you wish to monitor. Three common types of cameras are bullet, dome, and PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom). Bullet cameras are popularly installed outdoors and have a camera view of about 70-100 degrees as well as night vision of about 100 feet. Vandal-proof dome cameras typically have the same camera view and night vision capabilities as bullet cameras and are installed both indoors and outdoors. PTZ cameras are meant for larger outdoor coverage and have a view range of 360 degrees, a 90-degree tilt, and night vision of about 200 feet.

Of course, these aren’t the only features you should think about when looking into security cameras for your home. Our team works with industry-leading surveillance camera manufacturers like Luma Surveillance and IDIS America to offer premier network dome, bullet, and PTZ cameras that feature high resolution, motion detection, true WDR, active tampering alarms, and more.

Additionally, cameras from Luma Surveillance and IDIS America easily integrate with robust smart home automation systems like Control4, so you can access not just your cameras but lights, door locks and more from the same platform. Visit our showroom to see Control4 home security in action! We’ll demonstrate how simple it is to remotely access your cameras and other home security devices from your smartphone or tablet when everything is integrated within a Control4 smart home system.

What Do You Want to Monitor and Protect?

Today’s connected cameras can do much more than watch for potential criminals. We install high-performance surveillance solutions that not only help prevent burglary or vandalism before it happens, but can also alert you of lingering cars or people, use object filtering to ignore activity that isn’t important to the scene, and more. 

By choosing cameras that feature advanced video analytics and proven AI technology, you’ll have proactive protection from virtually any danger that could harm your home and loved ones. With a smart surveillance system comes better peace of mind, whether you’re at home or away. 

Our team is here to help you choose the right security solutions for your home. Learn more about our advanced home security offerings by contacting our team here or sending us a live chat below.

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