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Outdoor or Indoor Security Cameras
The type of security camera you choose will depend on the area(s) you’re looking to protect. If you want to monitor your home’s exterior, car, or even check in on a pet, an outdoor camera is best as most feature HD video and have weatherproof qualities. Some outdoor cameras that you’ll find today also come with deterrence features that are designed to help ward off unwelcome guests, like an automated light and siren.
If you want to monitor a room in your home, an indoor camera will provide you with the features you need. Most indoor cameras feature HD video, two-way communication, and night vision. With two-way communication, you can use an indoor camera to not only monitor for suspicious activity, but to also check-in on loved ones, like children or an elderly parent.
Understanding Different Types of Security Cameras
There are a few essential specifications to look for when choosing a security camera. If you’re leaning towards a monitored system, start by comparing providers and offers to pick the perfect one for your home.
Wired vs. Wireless Security Cameras
Another aspect to be aware of when choosing a security camera is whether the camera is designed for wired or wireless use.
A wired security camera is powered by a cable connection, and in some cases, a wired connection may be required for recording and storing footage. Today, you’ll typically find wired security cameras that are powered over an Ethernet connection (PoE). Wired cameras may require drilling or professional help for installation. One benefit of a wired security camera is that it will consistently receive power, and you won’t have to be concerned with recharging a battery or having sunlight for solar energy.
A wireless security camera may require a cable connection for power, but may use Wi-Fi for storing footage. One benefit of a wireless security camera is its ease of installation. You won’t have to drill holes to run cables, but you may need to up the camera closer to a power outlet. A wireless security camera is also a better option for renters and those who may move more frequently because of the light setup. Here are some of the pros and cons of purchasing a wired or wireless security camera.
Video Alarm Verification
Another aspect you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing a security camera is whether or not you want video alarm verification. This feature is typically found with home security providers, rather than security camera manufacturers. With video alarm verification, a video clip is normally taken and sent to your provider’s monitoring center, and an agent will view the clip to verify if the authorities need to be dispatched to your home. If you want video alarm verification, in most cases, you’ll need to purchase a professional monitoring plan with a home security provider.
Self vs. Professionally Monitored Security Cameras
When looking for the right security camera, do you want your camera to be monitored or would you rather monitor it on your own? There are some providers that offer video alarm verification, like ADT, Vivint, SimpliSafe, and Bay Alarm. For these providers, you’ll need to opt into a professional monitoring with them in order to have your camera monitored. If you don’t want to have your security camera monitored, you could choose either (1) a DIY home security provider (2) purchase a standalone camera. Brands like Ring, Arlo, and Nest allow you to self-monitor your camera and or security system if you purchase one with them.