Tips for Buying DIY Security Cameras

Tips for Buying DIY Security Cameras

As there is no one-size-fits-all solution for this expanding category, a number of factors will help you choose DIY security cameras that are best for your circumstances.

Location and Infrastructure

Your search may be quickly limited by the area of your home or business that you want to monitor, depending on the infrastructure that is available.

You should likely choose one of the many battery-operated devices that can be mounted virtually anywhere if there aren’t any nearby electrical outlets.

Similar to the previous example, if your Wi-Fi signal is poor or nonexistent where you plan to mount the camera, you should look for cameras that can connect to a cellular network or extend your current Wi-Fi network to enable a dependable connection.

There is no need to run electrical wires or choose a battery-operated option when replacing wired doorbells or floodlights with integrated security cameras.

Wired Vs. Wireless

Truly wireless security cameras are any that can connect to the internet wirelessly and do not require an electrical outlet, though there may be some drawbacks.

It only takes a short while before you start experiencing battery life-related problems, as with anything that runs on batteries.

Some cameras use special batteries that are made to last for about a year, but in the end, how much activity the camera detects will determine how long the battery lasts.

All security cameras use motion sensors to alert you to activity, so if you point the camera in an area with lots of activity, you might find yourself replacing pricey batteries much more frequently.

Although some cameras have solar panels to help keep the battery charged, even those batteries have a limited lifespan that can be shortened if you live in an area with extreme heat (heat is a battery’s worst enemy).

In general, wired is preferable to wireless when it comes to your power source because it removes a point of failure that will eventually require maintenance, especially if you have to install the camera in a location that won’t be convenient to access in the future.

Cloud Vs. Local Storage

Another thing to think about is how your security video is archived whenever an incident is captured. Some systems allow you to store the video locally, while others push the video to the company’s servers via the internet (the “cloud”).

It’s crucial to know your options before settling on a particular device because cloud-based storage can be restricted unless you pay a monthly or yearly fee.

Read More: How Many Security Cameras Do I Need?

Source: wtop news

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