Installing a Home Surveillance System
It is possible to install a home surveillance system on your own, if you have the correct knowledge, the right gear, and the time to do it. Installing a home surveillance system can be a great asset to your home’s security, since it allows you to review any activity that occurs within the home. Should a breach of security such as a robbery occur, you will be in the position to review the footage and discover who was in the home, when, what they took, and - importantly - how they got in in the first place.
Below is the information you’ll need to install your own home surveillance system.
Purchase a DVR With H.264 Compression
In today’s day and age, the best way to create a home surveillance system is to use a DVR, or a digital video recorder. A DVR will record digital information from a digital camera. The industry standard for DVRs is a H.264 Compression DVR. The H.264 Compression DVR has a more expansive memory than previous models, which were MPEG and MPEG4 Compression DVRs. The memory is almost three times more in the newer models. In addition to more memory, the H.264 also records higher quality video, which is great when you need to review footage for detail.
You want to stay connected to your system, regardless of where you are. For this reason, you may want to consider shopping for a DVR system that allows for remote viewing via the internet. This way, you can view the surveillance footage from any device that is hooked up to a high-speed internet connection.
Verify Compatibility with Symbian and WinCE Networks
Remote viewing from a DVR should be free of cost and should work using a dynamic IP address. The dynamic IP address is what you’ll use to access your cameras. Using these systems, you’ll type in your IP address (which is also your web address) and then you’ll enter your username and password. Because dynamic IP addresses are free, this shouldn’t add any monthly charge to your normal costs of having the internet in your home.
Purchase Your Camera
For the easiest viewing, you want a camera that has motion detection and that does not have object masking. You can set your camera and DVR to only record when motion is detected, which will can help to store more pertinent footage on one DVR. You can alternatively choose to record all the time or on a schedule, if for example you only want to record while you are away from the home. Video footage will be date and time stamped and the video should also be watermarked. This watermark prevents evidence tampering.
Consider Information Sharing
How will you get digitally recorded video out of your DVR should the need arise? It’s a good idea to buy a DVR system that has a USB connection. That way, should you need to get video images from the DVR to someone or somewhere else, you can use a USB connection to do so.