We have gotten quite a few people asking about wireless cameras lately and we would like to go over a few things to know about wireless cameras. We will give you some pros and cons surrounding wireless security cameras and then you can decide if you think wireless is the way to go for you.
Pros: The biggest advantage of wireless cameras is that there is no cable to run to the DVR. This makes it very convenient when you need to put a camera in an area that it would be a little harder to run cable into the wall. For example, on a cement or brick wall. These cameras only need a power outlet close to them to operate. If there is no outlet the camera will not be able to operate as it will have no power.
Cons: Wireless cameras are not completely wireless. As explained before they still must have power with in a small distance so that the power chord will reach. This can be a problem for some people when it comes to their idea of wireless. Another issue with wireless cameras is the fact that just like baby monitors and cordless phones they communicate through frequency waves. If there is anything in the area of the cameras that is putting of the same or even higher frequency waves it can interfere with your cameras causing a disturbance and possibly loss of video feed. This also means that they are able to be hacked by people who know about hijacking radio frequencies and can be viewed by outside of the area that they are meant to be viewed. You are also limited on the number of cameras you can have for the same reason. If you have to many cameras all communicating at the same time it can cause interference with the other cameras as well. For this reason we recommend wired cameras.
In any case you can make the decision yourself. For some people wireless is the perfect solution and for others they are not. If you want more information about cameras and installation please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Let us protect what matters to you!
During the Holiday season, burglary is on the rise. We are doing our shopping and buying gifts for friends and family. Along with that comes the greedy thief who wants to get things without paying for them. They steal them from your car, from your home and even from your place of business if they have the opportunity. Protect yourself with Surveillance cameras. These handy tools are great because they are low maintenance and record every person that comes in or around your home or business. If you would like to find out how Surveillance cameras can help you then we would be happy to sit down with you and show you exactly how it works. Give us a call today and we can set up a free onsite security review and figure out how to fully protect the things you work very hard to purchase and to keep your holiday season a safe one.
- Check Connections – Tighten connections where each security camera attaches to the cable as well as where the cable feeds into the DVR to make sure that they have not come loose or become brittle. Loose connections are one of the most common causes of image loss.
- Check the Power Supply – If your system is an older one, inspect the power supply on each camera as well as the DVR power supply and surge protector (if you are using one) for defects overheating and or exposed wires. On older camera power supply boxes, you may find individual fuses that can occasionally burn out. Newer systems are fuse free and have a re-settable power supply. (Similar to a hair dryer) Also newer cameras often times have the power run through the same cable that feeds into the DVR. In this case again just look for exposed wires, or any defects in the rubber housing that covers the cables. If your cameras are the older type, this is a good time to inquire about upgrading your system.
- Clean out dust & Debris – Often times dust accumulates in the most inconvenient places including on the lens of your surveillance cameras. Dust on the camera lens can distort the image, or simply make it hazy and difficult to see. The solution? Take out a duster and gently wipe the lens clean periodically to keep dust from causing problems. Dust can also build up in the housing of your DVR and lock box if you use one. From time to time just like your computer or laptop you want to get in there and blow out the dust to make sure that all the fans and motors that keep your DVR running are moving properly and the fans continue cooling like they are supposed to. One of the most common Service calls we get is the DVR/NVR overheating and that most often is because the fan is not working properly and needs to be cleaned or replaced.
- Inspect Outdoor Cameras – If you have outdoor cameras, check the weatherproof housing for dirt and debris build up. Check the seals and the bushings that make it weather-tight to ensure they aren’t dry or cracked, if they are or if it seems don’t fit correctly, look into replacing the housing. Damaged seals will allow moisture and humidity into the camera, causing damage. Wipe the seal down with a dry cloth if it looks dirty. Again inspect the cables just like your indoor cameras only with outside cables you also have to look for damage done by pests like squirrels, birds, rodents and bugs.
- Reboot Your System – Like any computer-based system, most surveillance systems benefit from a regular reboot to allow the system to cool down. Reboots also provide the opportunity for your system to install firmware updates and restart in order for those changes to take effect.
CCTV systems don’t require a lot of routine maintenance although these few simple steps can help prolong the life of your surveillance system with very little effort on your part and can save you money in the long run when you don’t have to pay someone to come out and repair or replace your equipment. We recommend taking these steps at least every few months if not more regularly to ensure continuous coverage and a long lasting system
To define security you could go the old fashion route and look up the dictionary definition and it will tell you that Security means safety and freedom from harm, anxiety and doubt or precautions taken to protect yourself from the same. To take this definition to the next level you need to really evaluate what the word means to you individually.
As a homeowner, security most likely means that your property, family and pets are safe and free from harm. Security means that you have the peace of mind knowing that when you are not home you don’t have to worry that an outside force is not damaging or destroying what you value the most. We all work hard for the things that we value most. As a parent, you want to know that if your children are at home they are not at risk or that they are not doing something that you would not approve of if you were home. Some people even have the same concerns when it comes to their pets. Not everyone has children and as pet owners pets are just as important as children and even more they are helpless to defend themselves against someone who would enter your home to take what does not belong to them. Criminals do not care who they hurt and that is why security cameras have become so prevalent in homes as well as businesses.
That brings me to the next subject. As a business owner, security means a great deal considering that when you own a business, that is your livelihood and a means to support, protect and secure the family and property that you value outside of the business. When a business is secure, the employees feel safer, the business owner can feel confident that when his or her back is turned, their livelihood is not in jeopardy. With security cameras in your business you can keep an eye on your investment at all times by monitoring the video footage onsite or remotely and know that if something or someone does not have your company’s best interest in mind you can take the proper steps to ensure the safety and security of the biggest investment you have. Cameras are used inside and outside of a business to ensure that all angles are monitored and if anything happens, that could cause the company undue stress or cost money to repair, is not unnoticed. The most common risk for a company is unproductive employees who are getting paid and are not performing to their full potential. With cameras inside your business the employees are aware that they are being monitored and studies have showed that the productivity of a business can be greatly increased by just adding a couple cameras. Outside cameras can monitor people coming and going from your business and for companies that utilize company vehicles, the equipment that cannot be stored indoors is also being monitored.
Theft and vandalism is a very universal crime and can happen both in and around a home or a business. The effect it has on the person who invests their time and money to have the things they have can be devastating. Why not be sure that if a criminal has the mind to destroy, steal or damage someone else’s property they are caught in the act. If you would like us to come evaluate your home or business for security cameras we offer a free no obligation site survey that gives you a good idea of what could potentially save you, your property and your money in the long run. Feel free to contact us by phone, email or our short contact form on our website and we would be more than happy to schedule a free security evaluation at your convenience.