I’ve been asked a few times what my simple recommendation for home security would be. Naturally, the best systems require in depth networking, a static IP from your internet provider. A Dedicated DVR system and wired cameras that run throughout the home, but a lot of people want to know how to get a system together that is both easy to install for a normal everyday person and even easier to setup. Here’s a usual list of what most people want.
1.) Camera with at least 720p HD Video.
2.) Pan/Tilt/Zoom functionality
3.) Two Way speaker capability
4.) Mobile real time monitoring and playback
5.) Local storage
6.) DVR storage for viewing or playback at home.
7.) Intrusion detection / Motion and Manual Recording
Wanting all of that doesn’t mean having to spend thousands of dollars. Here’s a quick setup you can use right now that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and that most people can setup on their own.
You’ll first want to Purchase a few IP cameras. An IP camera gains a network address either through your wifi or through an ethernet connection (works great with the powerline extender kits mentioned in an earlier post for those wanting a wired connection without wanting to run cable all through their house). The camera gets an IP address just like your phone does, your computers and your video game systems. You then download an included APP onto your smartphone which you’ll sync to your cameras and then the APP handles all the rest for you to be able to view remotely. Here’s a great camera I’ve used myself.
Buy a few of these and install them where you want them inside or outside your home (covered porches are best, otherwise there are versions of these that are outdoor rated as well).
Once you’ve got them installed and setup (feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need some quick help) you can then work on finding software for your home monitoring. If you’ve got a computer extra (old units are fine too) or have a computer you’d like to use for monitoring and to act as a DVR, this is much easier to do with IP cameras in your setup rather than the wired video with a separate DVR box. My favorite software to use so far has been BlueIris, which can be found here.
What’s great about this software is that it is inexpensive (under $60 for the best version) and handles everything for you as far as recording, web viewing and more. They even have a mobile viewer now too if you decide you don’t want to use the software that came with the cameras. You can add up to 64 cameras with no problem and set the software to record at intervals, at alarms and a whole lot more. Not to mention it works perfectly with your existing network and firewalls and can auto-detect a lot of the usual settings necessary for setup.
Using this software along with the hardware mentioned, in my opinion is one of the easiest, inexpensive and most flexible ways to get your home security setup. As always, you can contact us if you decide to go this route and need some help! Happy viewing!
*I am not getting paid to mention the specified software or hardware providers they are simply what I personally used.
*It is best practice not to ever install cameras in sensitive areas in your home such as bedrooms, bathrooms, or otherwise anywhere you’d feel uncomfortable if someone hacked your system and
*Purchasing a VPN service is always a great idea to help secure your system even more and BlueIris works well with that setup too.
*The cameras can also store their own video via a microUSB card you insert into them for added security redundancy.