3 Things To Consider When Installing Security Cameras

February 7th, 2020

Security cameras are probably the simplest, and yet, one of the most effective home security solutions available out there. Statistics show that the lack of a home security system increases the likelihood of your home being broken into by 300 percent, further emphasizing the need for security cameras. There’s a wide variety of security cameras out on the market that all offer different levels of functionality depending on what you need. Here are a few considerations you should make when getting and installing a security camera system in your Blue Ridge, GA home.


Should I Go Wireless or Wired?

A security camera system can come in two main variants: wireless camera systems and wired camera systems. As the name implies for both, a wireless camera system is a portable camera that connects to an Internet source via Wi-Fi, while a wired camera system uses a direct link to a DVR unit that’s typically hooked up to your home internet via an Ethernet cable. Now, there are pros and cons to each type of security camera system. Wired systems, for one, require a more extensive and trickier set-up, will likely necessitate post-installation home repairs and are quite difficult to move around, but offer you with added security and privacy because people can’t hack them wirelessly.


Wireless systems, on the other hand, can have their signals intercepted by certain devices, can suffer from bad Wi-Fi signals because of the walls in your home and each camera needs to be plugged into an outlet, but the main tradeoff is the ease of its set-up. There is no one right or wrong answer, and it’s up to your discretion to weigh these pros and cons for your Blue Ridge home.


The Companion App

Security camera systems will, more often than not, come with a free downloadable companion app for iOS and Android. It’s recommended that you give the app a breeze through even before you get the cameras themselves, just so you can get a feel for its interface and how easy (or difficult) it is to navigate. What use is a camera if you can’t understand how to use it?


How Good Is The Image Quality?

Obviously, the resolution of the camera is important, because you don’t want to end up with a grainy feed where you can barely make out what’s going on.


As it stands, the current “standard” resolution for a run-of-the-mill security camera system hovers around 1080p.


Beyond resolution, the megapixel rating of a camera is also important to take note of. The higher the megapixel rating, the more you’ll be able to zoom in on specific sections of the feed without having to completely blur everything out.


It’s also important to understand its capabilities with regard to the field of vision it provides. For example, a camera with a wide-angle lens will allow you to see things from up to 100-180 degrees wide.


There’s much more than just this to consider, but consider these the bare minimum tips for what to look for in a security camera system. If you’re in the Blue Ridge, GA area, Blue Ridge Security Cameras offers up a variety of home security solutions, including extensive security camera systems. If you are considering a security system for your business or home, give Blue Ridge Security Cameras a call today.