What You Need To Know About Smart Home Video Security


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What You Need To Know About Smart Home Video Security

The essential info, from smart cameras to a home surveillance system

What You Need To Know About Smart Home Video Security

Thanks to modern technology, there are plenty of ways to protect your Durham, NC property. From integrated control to intuitive alarm systems, you can rest assured the features you need are never far out of reach. Video is among the most common technologies used to protect the home. However, many homeowners can’t tell a security camera from a home surveillance system. So, how do you know what’s right for your property?

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Video Security: An Overview

When looking for a video security system, you've probably come across several terms that sound the same, but actually mean different things. Here, we'll take a look at the most common differences.

Security Camera: Any camera that’s used as part of a security system. It may have smart features, it may be wired or wireless, and it may be in HD or standard definition.

Smart Security Camera: A smart camera is designed to help you keep an eye on things around the house. It’s usually an independently powered device featuring a small amount of local storage. It’s primarily designed to stream real-time footage to your smartphone when a sensor triggers or an alarm sounds.

IP Camera: “IP” stands for “internet protocol.” This is a wireless camera that sends info over the internet.

Surveillance System: Surveillance systems are a bit different than security cameras. They’re designed to record and store hours of footage. Cameras are just part of the system; more importantly, you’ll need a DVR, NVR, or cloud storage to keep all the footage.

It’s essential to remember that the higher the resolution of your image, the more storage space it uses. So, 4K or HD footage requires higher-capacity storage devices than standard definition. Most experts recommend surveillance systems only for very large private properties and commercial locations.

CCTV: Some security installers offer closed-circuit television systems. While it may seem old-fashioned, CCTVs are hardwired, analog systems that are virtually impossible to hack. If you’re looking for an alternative to digital and internet-based systems, CCTV is still a viable option.

What Video Solution Is Right for You?

How do you know what solution will work for you? It’s easy: just consult a professional.

At Top Shelf Audio Video Solutions, we boast more than 20 years of industry experience. If you’re looking for a technology integrator who can help guide you to the right decisions for your home, we’re your local experts.

Want to learn more about how you can keep your property safe with video security solutions? Click here or give us a call at (919) 408-7451.