Thinking about Security Cameras but not sure where to start?

 In Technology

These days, you can’t afford not to ensure your house or workplace is at an optimum security level to safeguard you, your family or employees. By opting for security cameras pointing to all angles, you’ll always know what’s going on, even when you’re not around.

While you may think this is an expensive exercise due to the fact that there is usually a lot involved with installing security software, it will definitely be a great investment in the long run to ensuring safety.

Before purchasing all the cameras, you can find for decent prices, we recommend that you seek technical advice to ensure that you are purchasing the right cameras for you, as there are a lot of different makes and models that may not suit your requirements.

Firstly, you could start by noting down what you require your cameras for and what areas of your workplace or home you want to be able to capture. This will help you decide on how many you need. As indoor and outdoor cameras can be purchased, decide on how many indoor and outdoor cameras you need. It’s also good to keep in mind that when installing the cameras, mostly, they should be kept hidden and out of reach to prevent vandalism.

Just like the install of NBN or cable TV, cameras also require cabling, so if you are placing a camera on top of a doorstep, you’ll have to keep in mind that the camera will require power and possibly a cable to be installed through the roof, will require some drilling to take place.

Apart from the cameras, you will also most likely need the following:

  • Router Requirements: Assuming you have an internet connection, you should have a modem/router that your connection uses. The router will be required for you to be able to view your recordings. If you don’t have an internet connection, you will need a router at least for the cameras to connect to.
  • Internet Connection: If you are wishing to view the recording of your cameras when you’re not at home or in the office, you will need an internet connection functioning on site. If you are on an ADSL connection, you will need a decent upload speed (about 1-2Mbit) and a download speed of no less than 4Mbit. As there are different definitions of recording which are Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD), you would want to make sure that you are running these at SD on ADSL. If you are lucky enough to have an NBN connection and only on the lowest plan (usually 12Mbit download speed), this would support 2-3 cameras with HD recording, but it would be recommended to move to the next plan up.
  • Network Video Recorder: This item contains software that will record video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB drive or SD card for storage.
  • Power Over Ethernet Adapters: This will transport power and data over a solo ethernet cable to an ethernet enabled device, which will assist in the workings of the camera and eliminate the requirement for long ethernet cables running across the floors of your workplace or home.

Once the cameras are installed, you will be able to access the footage anytime on your phone, laptop or tablet in real-time, as long as you have an internet connection. When viewing the footage, you can take snap shots of specific scenes and zoom in as well. You’ll also get motion alerts when the camera detects movement which can be customised for specific times of the day or sensitivity.

Lately, we have sold and installed Ubiquiti cameras, which we recommend highly. Ubiquiti have several options you can choose from with the more popular ones being below. From product purchase, right through to setup, we can tailor a suitable package for you. Some nifty cameras in their product range include:

#1 – Model: UVC-G3-DOME

The UniFi Video Camera G3 Dome features a wide angle lens and 1080p video performance for expanded surveillance coverage. Mounting options include wall or ceiling installations. The infrared LEDs and an automatic IR cut filter provide day and night monitoring. Available as a single- or 5-pack.

  • 1080p Full HD, 30 FPS
  • EFL 2.8 mm, ƒ/2.0
  • Wide-Angle Lens
  • 802.3af PoE or 24V Passive PoE
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Wall or Ceiling Mount

Note: Indoor only.

#2 – Model: UVC-G3-AF

The UniFi Video Camera G3 features clear 1080p video resolution. The ball joint mount offers flexible 3-axis adjustment and can be mounted
indoors or outdoors. The camera has infrared LEDs with an automatic IR cut filter for day and night surveillance. Available as a single- or 5-pack.

  • 1080p Full HD, 30 FPS
  • EFL 3.6 mm, ƒ/1.8
  • Outdoor Weather Resistant
  • 802.3af PoE or 24V Passive PoE
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Wall, Ceiling, or Pole Mount
  • High-Power IR Range Extender

#3 – Model: UVC-G3-PRO

A more expensive option than the others, the UniFi Video Camera G3 Pro features a powered zoom lens and crisp 1080p video performance with infrared capability. The versatile 3-axis mount enables indoor or outdoor installation of the camera. The camera has infrared LEDs with an automatic IR cut filter for day and night surveillance. Available as a single pack.

  • 1080p Full HD, 30 FPS
  • EFL 3-9 mm, ƒ/1.2 to ƒ/2.1
  • Wide-Angle/Zoom Lens
  • IP67-Rated Weather Resistance
  • Enhanced Low-Light Performance
  • Integrated High-Power Infrared LEDs
  • 802.3af/802.3at/24V Passive PoE
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Wall, Ceiling, or Pole Mount

Network Video Recorder (NVR)

The UniFi NVR readily manages and records video from up to 20 cameras and has a huge 2TB of storage.

Forerunner can assist with purchase and installation of equipment of any security needs. Talk to us today sort of thing and link to our contact page, maybe even put the number there also.