Here are some of our most frequently asked questions when it comes to security systems, feel free to reach out with your questions!
How do wireless security cameras get power?
There are many different options to power different cameras. - battery powered cameras (least favorite) - Local Electrical Power (Power outlet near camera) - Electrical power via special cable to a remote outlet - Low Voltage power over category cable These are the methods, but it also depends on camera choices.
What types of security cameras/systems are available and what are the differences between them?
There are so many different camera types. We recommend you work with a Surveillance specialist so you can make the best choice based on your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
How many cameras will my home/office/etc need? How is that determined?
Camera location is dependent on shape of building and approaches to the building. Human detection cameras utilizing artificial intelligence can help reduce the number of cameras and help reduce the false alerts. We usually start looking at placement via google earth and then continue discussion.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Wired and Wireless Home Security Systems?
Wired security systems are still the preferred method of starting a security system. This allows for better performance and accuracy. The negative of hardwired systems is the cost of running the cabling. Wireless security is the current trend. One would think that the wireless would be less expensive, but each sensor gets very costly. The amount of wireless signals floating through the airwaves can cause wireless collisions. Larger coverage areas and thick walls can also cause problems.
How do wireless security cameras transmit data?
Wireless security cameras utilizes the WiFi that is provided in the home. They will connect to the wireless system in the home. If there are numerous users on the wireless, the system can be clogged and will not be optimized.
What's the range of a wireless camera?
Wireless camera range is extremely variable. You must take into account the thickness of walls. The type of materials the wall is made such as: plaster, wire mesh brick, and other materials. The antenna types of both the camera and the wireless.
Is it possible to extend the range of a wireless security system?
Yes, it is possible to extend the wireless of security systems. We have encountered situations where the wireless was not enough.
What, exactly, can get in the way of a signal?
Many things can get in the way of the wireless signals. Items mentioned above are the most common. Other radio frequencies can also affect the wireless signal.
Can clashing signals affect by internet speed?
Yes, wireless signals can affect the internet speed.
If my security camera is wireless, could someone 'hack' into it?
Yes, it is possible but it is much more difficult. The most common method is access by username and password.
Where is the footage saved? How do I access the saved footage?
The most common form of storage is through the NVR or DVR. The unit is usually on site. The second form is through cloud storage. This is becoming the more common format.
Is there any reason to go wireless if I've got room for wired cameras?
If there is cabling for a camera, there is no reason to go wireless. Old cabling is possible to adapt to certain cameras that upgrades the picture quality and takes advantage of the new storage methods.
What happens if there is a power outage?
If there is a power outage, all cameras will not store data unless it is battery operated and has local storage on camera.
If the Internet Goes Out, Does My Wireless Security System Still Work?
Certain systems will work locally but cannot communicate with the security station and therefore may not contact police in a timely fashion
Can I use cameras that I already have?
Certain cameras can be adapted to newer systems. Others may not have that capability. It is on a case by case basis.
Can I view a live feed locally? What about remotely?
Depending on the system, both can be achieved.
Will the security system really deter crime?
Security Systems on their own can slow down crime, but working in conjunction with cameras as a second verification works better. This will force the police to respond since a camera shows the intruder in the space.
What Are the Smart Home or Home Automation Features of Security Systems?
Security systems now have automation system functions. You can control entry access, lighting, heating and other functions. You can control them from apps on your smart phones or computers. for the most up to date posted hours.
How Can I Control My Security System If I'm Not Home?
The system can be controlled by smart apps and computers.
How Often Should My Alarm System Be Tested?
If you are using your security system, it is being tested. Certain sensors have a shelf life which will need to be replaced. The smoke/carbon sensors need to be replaced every 5 to seven years.
What Additional Fees or Charges Will I Need to Keep in Mind with Security Systems?
There is a monthly fee for monitoring the security system.