Understand how CCTV Camera System works
You can install a professional security camera system yourself. If you can extend a cable from a camera to a digital video recorder, then you can install a closed-circuit television security camera system (CCTV). If you do it yourself instead of hiring someone, you’ll be saving thousands of dollars. The only thing that takes time is to extend the cable from the recorder to the camera. Today’s technology means that almost anyone can access constant monitoring in a simple and easy way.
In short, the security camera systems have a reasonable price, so it is possible to improve the security of home and office. Some insurance companies may even offer you a discount for using a CCTV system. We can all access protection against vandalism, theft and false reports of falls, and also improve the overall performance of employees, through the use of a professional video surveillance system.
Choose the necessary equipment
Keep in mind that the digital video recorder (DVR) is what records the output of video cameras. The video is stored on the hard drive of the DVR. The new compression standard in the industry is the H.264 Compression DVR. This format can store up to three times more video than the old MPEG and MPEG4. The H.264 DVRs allow a higher quality of video, both live and through the Internet.
Look for digital video recorders that have sophisticated motion detection systems with object masking to facilitate review of the most important events in each camera
Make sure it also works with Symbian and WinCE networks. Remote viewing should be free and work with a dynamic IP address, as this is how you will access the cameras. To view remotely you have to enter a web address (the IP address), your username and password, and you can access the cameras. Dynamic IP addresses are free, so there should be no additional charge in addition to the cost of the Internet connection. Check if several people can remotely access the cameras at the same time.
Look for digital video recorders that have sophisticated motion detection systems with object masking to facilitate review of the most important events in each camera. If you wish, you can configure the DVR to record when there is movement, which will prolong the storage capacity on the hard disk. If you prefer, you can record all the time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also record according to a set schedule. All video channels have an address to assign (for example, for the backyard) with the date and time stamped, and a digital watermark to avoid adulteration of evidence.
When buying a DVR, be sure to choose one that has H.264 compression. In addition, it is important that you have a good storage capacity (for example, a hard disk of 250 or 500 gigabytes or 1 terabyte). In general, the greater the storage capacity, the better. You will see that with digital video recorders with H.264 compression, hard drives have a lot of storage space.
H.264 is the cutting edge technology in the surveillance industry. Do not worry, after the hard drive has been filled with video, the DVR will start rewriting the disc from the beginning.
Consider the ability to burn discs. When recording the videos, make sure that the DVR has at least one USB port if you want to record the video to a USB flash drive. Make sure the DVR is compatible with your home or office computer. This way you can visualize the camera system according to your convenience with any of the computers that are in the network, since it is compatible with Windows.
Make sure your DVR is in a safe place or in a room with a key, since you do not want to be stolen.