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Top 10 frequently asked questions when buying a security camera system

Likely, you have read about and have heard from different people regarding the effectiveness of security camera systems in preventing threats to the security of homes and businesses and want to install them yourself. However, you may have limited knowledge about these systems and want to know more about them. Learning about these systems beforehand will allow you to make an informed decision when you decide to buy one. It will also ensure that you are purchasing the appropriate system for your specific security requirements.


To help you in understanding more about these systems, here is a list of the top 10 questions that are frequently asked when planning a purchase.




Top 10 Most Asked Questions When Purchasing Security Camera Systems


1. What is the specific use of the security camera system?


The main reason why you purchase the system is obviously to secure your business or properties. But when you are buying a new camera system, you should determine its specific purpose such as whether you will use it in your home or in your business. Where will you install the system, outdoors or indoors? There are also several reasons why you are installing a security camera system which may include:


Monitoring– The system will be used to remotely monitor the various activities in a specific area of your home or business.

Deterrent against Crime– Based on studies, the mere presence of a security camera in a certain area is an effective tool in deterring criminals like burglars and thieves, as well as vandals in advancing their plans.

Personal Security– Installing a security camera system is one way of ensuring the safety and security of your family and property.

For Catching a Criminal– Cameras are dependable tools for identifying criminals as they can record valuable evidence in a monitored space.


2. Are the indoor cameras feasible for use in outdoor applications and vice versa?


According to most security companies, their outdoor cameras can be utilized indoors while the indoor cameras cannot be used outdoors. Moreover, dome cameras should not be installed outdoors unless sufficient protection is provided to safeguard them against the elements like wind and dust.


3. What are the minimum requirements of a camera security system?


The basic camera security system has five basic components. The digital video recorder (DVR) is used to record the footage taken by the cameras and store it on a hard drive. Some DVRs have remote Internet viewing capabilities that allow the viewing of live footage through your office computers and mobile phones. The cable connectors and power are used to connect all the components and supply power to the system.

The cameras are used to capture images from the monitored areas. The monitor is used to view the footage taken by the cameras. The high-speed internet connection component is an optional element of the system. It is used for remote viewing and control and data storage in the cloud.


4. What are the types of cameras available on the market, as well as their specific applications?


There are various types of cameras offered by different suppliers on the market. Some of the most common types of cameras are the bullet camera, which is usually used outdoors for monitoring long distances, the dome with pan/tilt/zoom camera, which is recommended for viewing wide areas due to its panning ability, and the day/night infrared camera, which is ideal for 24/7 surveillance.  The other camera types include the network/IP camera, the wireless IP camera, and the high definition camera.

In fact, most security cameras are a combination of the above features and consulting a security expert is that best way to determine the best camera for your system.


5. How does a camera system function during a power outage?


The components that require power during a power failure are the DVR and the camera power supply. You should have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery backup to ensure that your system will continuously function during an outage.


6. Can I use wireless cameras for a specific location and planned surveillance setup?


The majority of wireless cameras are designed for outdoor use because their transmitter antenna and receiver antenna should physically see each other in a direct line. You should consult with the manufacturer or supplier about this issue before purchasing your system.


7. Does the supplier/manufacturer offer free installation and training on how to run the cameras and provide after sales support?


Ask the supplier or manufacturer if they offer free installation or training for their products. Also, when you are buying from an online supplier, make sure that they are reliable and offer online support for their products and services and a reasonable and hassle free warranty procedure.


8. Can I watch the monitored space remotely?


Ask this question if you want to monitor your system remotely from work or while you are away from your business or house. To be able to do this, you must have a high-speed internet connection for a better viewing experience and a smartphone with a compatible app.


9. What is the price of the system?


This question is very important because you will have to decide whether the cost of the system is reasonable and worth it. The price of a camera system depends on various factors such as its application, the size of the system, the level of installation required, and types of cameras used, however recent advances in security technology means that affordable and effective systems are now available online for virtually any application.


10. Are there warranties offered for the products?


Asking about the warranties offered for a product is one way to determine if a supplier offers a quality product. Warranties are also a way to ensure that the company will resolve any issues like factory defects and system malfunctions after installing the system in your premises. This is to guarantee that any service issue with your system will be handled in a fast and professional manner and your system will operate smoothly.

Remember, asking the right questions will help ensure that you get the proper system for your unique needs and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a dependable system monitoring your home, family and property.