01 Apr How to Plan your CCTV System
One of the best ways to deter vandals, miscreants, burglars etc from entering your residential premises, is to set up an efficient camera system. Of course many people also use their CCTV cameras for indoor surveillance in their home; to monitor their baby or even to keep an eye on domestic help. Regardless of the brand, if you are setting up a new security system, there is some basic planning you should be doing.
Planning your CCTV System
- If you aren’t too sure about exactly where you want to position the CCTV camera, opt for wireless units. You will be able to move these around very easily. So, these could be used for indoor security like monitoring your baby etc; and if you are going out over the weekend, you can simply position it by the front door. Most manufacturers will provide double the number of mounts. All you have to do is position them where you think you are going to need them most and you’re good to go.
- Since you will have multiple CCTV cameras, they are bound to be in different spots or rooms of your house. It’s best that you name each camera, to avoid any confusion. When you log into the camera monitoring software/your account, look for the menu that allows you to rename the cameras and give each one a specific name. Preferably one that indicates where it’s located. This helps you view and manage the system in a better way.
- The placement of the cameras is all important. Most CCTV cameras can be placed up to 100 mtrs away from the base unit, whether indoors or outdoors. In most homes, this means, it doesn’t really matter where you position the cameras. When you choose a wireless security system, it gives you the flexibility to watch sheds, yards, pool houses as well as other outdoor/indoor locations that are a little far-flung. You should also buy kits to mount the cameras outdoors. For indoor spaces, you can buy ceiling mounts.
- If you want optimum detection results, place the camera at a height of about 7 feet, pointing slightly downwards. Motion tracking cameras are a good option, but they should be positioned much higher and then angled over a wider space; this will help them do a much better job.
- Most security camera software is customisable; every brand has different settings and modes that can be tweaked. For example, if you are at home, you may want to set the motion detecting camera mode to ‘Home & awake’. This will shut them off when you are home; it prevents false alarms, and helps save on the battery life of the camera.
- All latest camera systems can be connected to home networks; which means they also have Internet connectivity. Ensure that you will be able to view the CCTV feed via a web-connected PC, while you are away from home.
- If you have a good Internet connection, you should make it a point to upload all the data to Google Drive or Dropbox on a regular basis. Ensure that the system you are opting for gives you the functionality to access the CCTV data via smart phones.
Hire professionals for installation
Some wireless CCTV cameras are basic plug and play ones, and you won’t have trouble setting them up yourself. However, if you have chosen the more complex and advanced systems, you would need a professional to handle the installation and set-up for you.
The company you choose for the job should be able to handle all the cabling and hardware installation. For advice or CCTV system installation services, call Allround Electrical at 1300 169 263. You can also drop us a line via email.
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