you should know before purchasing a Video Security System
we proceed to the questions asked by homeowners and business owners
we would like to inform you about your project, so please take
the time of reading the information below, because it's an investment
for your property and your safety:
all CCTV equipment is created equal, in fact there are many options
that offer varying performance much like the automobile industry.
In the world of CCTV you can find the equivalent of a $2,000 golf
cart and a $350,000 Ferrari and everything in between. Both have
4 wheels but that's where the similarities end, it’s under
the hood that counts.
Just like any other consumer electronic in the end you get what
you pay for. Most retailers and sellers make about a 40-80% profit
margin, this is after costs like shipping and overhead. That means
when you buy a product that costs $100.00 the manufacturer usually
has only spent $30 to build it which simply means it’s not
a good product and will probably have a working life of about
2 months. There is a reason these products are 1/10 of the price
of good and reliable DVR brand names. The type of seller these
products attract are online sellers (ebay) and will make profits
margins as low as 2% which means they can’t afford to offer
good service or allow for RMAs (returns). Cheap products are like
disposable razors they are NOT designed to last for a long time
and you will end up replacing them every 2 months.
Now some products can be made cheaply like ipod cases, screen
protectors, and other simple products with no moving parts or
electronics. DVRs need to be good quality as they run 24/7 (20X
more than the average electronic device) and process anywhere
from 30-480 frames per second which in a year is over 15 billion
images, and a good DVR should last 3-5 years.
A true DVR and camera require years of research and development
to facilitate the seamless integration of both the hardware and
DVRs are highly complex systems that must run 24/7, processing
millions of images per day and are one of the few products that
can’t be made both well and cheaply. Cheap and inexpensive
products sold at your local grocery or wholesale store, and other
low grade DVR’s and cameras sold online, are
not used by any security professional and should only be used
To be honest these retailers sells complete Garbage and is not
used by anyone who has worked with CCTV or security products.
They are poor quality especially for IR cameras, due to low quality
material, low S/N ratio, c grade CCD image chips, narrow viewing
If you are only going to spend $70 on cameras then you should
buy 15 dummy cameras they will be just as effective and cheaper.
Also as far as night vision or IR cameras go most do not give
good images in the dark. Many companies claim good night vision
but there are only a handful of brands who give night vision over
30 feet out doors. Normally if a cameras is rated 150 feet of
IR it will give you ok images at 30 feet at night and good images
at about 20 if rated for 60 feet you might get 15 indoors and
will be useless outdoors.
your local grocery store don't know anything about your security
needs, most of them sell a lot of items that they don't know anything
about... their goal is to sell whatever for whoever and make quick
money. In the example above, Mrs. Kathy was told to return the
entire lot of equipment to get her money back and had to hire
the same company that installed the system to get all of the cameras
and wires removed. She ended up paying double for that installation
and for a system that didn't perform as she expected! We can understand
that most of the homeowners are on a budget and cheap prices look
good. Please think twice before putting your money in the trash.
This is an investment for your property and must be chosen carefully.
asked questions from our customers:
type of system do you sell? We spend a lot time of research and testing to be able
to bring you an outstanding system that will last you for years
to come. Our system has been carefully developed and tested and
is re-tested again before each installation. Each system is customized
for our customers, depending on the time needed for the recording,
remote access, audio use and other needs. Most of our systems
come with 2 or 3 years warranty.
type of cameras do you use for outdoor?
Cameras can vary for each outdoor situation, usually if you are
monitoring exit and entry doors, a fixed lens camera with high
resolution can do the job and cost less than a vari-focal lens
camera. If you are monitoring areas that are 25 feet or more from
your home, a vari-focal lens camera with strong infra red technology
is required to be able to provide a clear picture.
you use bullet or dome cameras for outdoor? From our experience, we find that bullet cameras are
not the good way to go. Bullet cameras do require a support bracket
to hold them, the support has multiple screws that over time get
loose or rust. Bullet cameras attracts spiders who build their
webs between the top cover that sticks out an inch from the glass
and the bottom of the camera. Any camera with infra red will attract
insects - but dome cameras have a flat or round surface that makes
it hard for a spider to build a web. A spider web in front of
the camera lens will make the picture very hard to see and everything
will be white - especially at night.
use dome cameras for outdoor because they are vandal proof and
the screws that hold the camera are connected from the inside
of the camera.
is the completion time for the installation? In most cases, completion time for up to 10 cameras is
one day (6-9 hours) which depends on the size and accessible parts
of your home. Homes that are already finished requires more time
to be able to conceal the wires, usually inside the walls or attic
areas. Generally for a business, it is much easier. Most of the
businesses have a drop tile ceiling which makes the installation
you have wireless cameras that you can install? Yes, but they are not recommended. The only time a wireless
camera is used is when we can't run a video wire. Wireless cameras
do require power to function, a power wire still needs to be present
unless the camera is 4 feet or less from a power plug. Generally
wireless cameras will display static on the picture display because
they pick up interference from external sources.
is your warranty period? For economic systems the warranty time is 2 years and
for the more advanced systems it is 3 years.
is the correlation between camera resolution and video picture
quality? Click here to view
size of hard drive do you use? Typically, it depends on the recording time that you
want to keep, that is why our system is customizable to fit your
needs. If you travel a lot and spend more than two weeks away
from home, a larger capacity hard drive is recommended.
Best Practices for the
installation of CCTV (FBI video):