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Home Security Cameras

Home security cameras may be used for monitoring a baby, catching a robber, deterring criminals, and, most importantly, giving you peace of mind. The activity you want to observe will help dictate the type of security cameras you may want to purchase.

What is an IP security camera?

IP (Internet Protocol) security cameras transmit video in digital form across the Internet using a router. IP cameras allow users remote access to the camera in real-time using a computer, tablet, or a smartphone that has an Internet connection.

What is the difference between a wired and a wireless camera?

A wired model transmits video to a viewing or recording device from the camera using a video cable. A wireless model sends the stream to a wireless receiver without the use of a video cable. The receiver is connected to a viewing or recording device.

What is HD?

HD stands for High Density, and it indicates the quality of the stream. HD streams on either 720p or 1080p. The higher the HD, the clearer the quality and the higher the bandwidth. High bandwidth may result in lag time. You can reduce the lag time by setting the quality to a lower resolution. Some security cameras will automatically adjust the quality depending on your Internet connection.

What is motion detection?

The motion detection feature begins recording only when motion is detected. This reduces the amount of footage you have to view to see pertinent clips. It also reduces the amount of footage stored. You can receive an alert when a motion event occurs. The sensitivity setting you choose should be low enough to prevent the movement of objects or pets from triggering an alert.

What features give clear focus at night?

The night vision feature uses an infrared light-emitting diode (LED) to capture images in the dark. This feature allows you to record in color or black and white.

What should you look for in an outdoor security camera?

Outdoor security cameras should have housing and a protective hood to resist water, snow, and debris from forming on the lens. A model with a rechargeable battery that lasts for six months prevents the need to replace the battery as often.

Can you speak to people in view of the camera?

Some surveillance cameras feature 2-way audio capability consisting of a speaker and a microphone.

Should surveillance cameras to be visible?

Models that have a visible recording indicator can help deter criminals while hidden cameras are best for secret surveillance.

Can you see who is ringing your doorbell?

Some security cameras will activate when your doorbell rings so that you can see who is at your door. Some have audio features that allow you to converse with the person whether or not you are at home.

Are the wires from the camera visible?

Some security cameras use batteries while some use a power adapter. The power adapter can be seen. You need to install models using a power adapter as close to a wall outlet as possible.

Can you integrate security cameras with smart home features?

Using the app that controls some models, you can adjust your thermostat based on an At Home mode or Away mode. You can also control your carbon monoxide and smoke detector settings.

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