There’s a good reason as to why you should have your chosen home security products in mind before you start shopping, and that’s because there really is no end to the number of products and gadgets you can purchase. If you have an unlimited budget and an understanding spouse, then by all means, go for it. But for most people, being in a home security products store can be like a kid in a candy store – your eyes get big, you start drooling, and then next thing you know you walk out of there with far too many things you don’t need.
To keep you from making that mistake, here is a basic list of the most commonly chosen home security products on the market and their use.
An alarm system is pretty straightforward; you hook it up to doors and windows and then it either uses a wire or a wireless signal that connects to the keypad. When the alarm is activated, anything that breaks that signal causes the alarm to be tripped.
Some persons on a limited budget or who live in apartments where they can’t install this type of home security product still have many options open to them. Standalone alarms come in a variety of models. For example, there are some that you attach to a door or window and which use a signal between two pieces. If that signal is broken by someone opening the window or door, an alarm is sounded. There is also another type called a doorstop alarm; this looks something like a regular doorstop with a little “tongue” that slide partway under the door, with an alarm mechanism behind it. If the door is opened just a little bit, it will hit that alarm mechanism and cause it to be sounded. These types of small, inexpensive home security products are great options for those who don’t want to invest a lot of money or who may be intimated by complete alarm systems.
Closed circuit cameras are fast becoming very commonly used home security products, as they are becoming more and more affordable. They are easy to install and can be wired or send a wireless signal to virtually any VCR or DVR, or can send a signal to an internet address so that you can log on and view the live feed. Anyone interested in keeping an eye on their home when they’re not away will appreciate this type of home security product, especially if you have children or elderly relatives that are home while you’re at work and need that extra monitoring.
Some have even found that fake cameras work great as home security products. They come with a wire and a little red light that makes them look very real. Of course, they’re not as good as a real alarm as they serve little purpose if someone does actually break in, but can still be a deterrent to any would-be thief.
There are several parts included in home security camera systems. Anyone looking to install any type of security camera in their home or around their property may want to consider this option if they are just starting out, or if they want to be sure they get all the needed components. Home security camera systems take the guesswork out of installing cameras – and in making sure they’re going to work properly.
For those who don’t yet know, DVR stands for Digital Video Records. These machines have replaced VCRs as they record on DVDs rather than videotapes. If you’re looking for home security camera systems that actually tape the video they pick up, you need some type of DVR. Most DVRs have at least four channels, meaning they can handle four cameras at once. Some have up to eight channels. If you’re looking for home security camera systems with more than one camera, make sure your DVR has enough channels to support the number of cameras you’re getting. Your retail store can help you choose the right model.
There are many different types of cameras available with your home security camera systems. Most homeowners opt for the bullet style, which cuts down on glare and allows for a wider angle of the lens. Of course there are dome style cameras which mount on a ceiling, but these are rarely used in homes.
You’ll need enough cable to run from your cameras to your DVR. Most home security camera systems come with an adequate amount of cable, but you can also purchase more for cameras that you want to mount further away.
You can of course just record from your cameras and play it back on your television, but most prefer a separate monitor to watch their video as its being recorded. Home security camera systems usually come with a monitor included, but of course you can purchase others if you want. They are usually as big as a computer screen so that they can be easily placed wherever you want to watch your video feed.
When purchasing a home security camera system to watch the video feed over a website, you may not need any additional monitors as you can log in right from your computer.
Building Your Own System
Many stores that sell home security camera systems allow you to build your own system by picking and choosing the cameras, monitors, and DVRs that you want. They can usually recommend the amount of cable you’ll need, the power supply and any accessories you may be interested in. You may want some extra wall brackets and mounts, or need some additional lengths of cable. They’ll let you know just what you need to do to plan and configure your own home security camera system, how many cameras you’ll need, and so on.
And of course by planning your own system, you can be sure that you’ll be sticking to your budget and not getting unnecessary items or upgrades.