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July 12, 2010 in Home Security System,Security improvements

Installing your own security system is not hard; you just need the right equipment.  For around $500 you can build your own surveillance system and protect your home and valuables.  The first step is selecting a DVR camera.  A DVR camera is a Digital Video Recorder which sometimes has more than one channel.  Having more than one channel on a DVR allows you to select more than one camera for your unit.  The next thing you will want to select is your camera type.  There are several types of cameras on the market that you could choose from such as dome cameras, hidden cameras or bullet cameras. There are a few things to consider when purchasing a camera.  Quality sensors and lens size are the two most important factors when purchasing a remote camera.  Lens size is especially important if you want to have control over varying the viewing angle and distance of your security camera.  For this task, you should look for a camera with a wide varifocal lens.  This is a type of security camera that allows the lens to stay in focus while zooming in and magnifying a particular image.

Capturing crystal clear images is also of upmost importance when monitoring your property or home.  High resolution security cameras capture images and can make the picture clearer and crisper.  Another vital detail is whether the security camera included IR or Infrared.  Infrared allows the camera to be able to see and record images at night.  Looking at the IR distance spec of a certain camera can tell you how far a particular security camera viewing features extend.

The third step in assembling your home security system is to choose your cables.  This will get your system up and running.  Sometimes when purchasing ready to use kits, the cables are not long enough and you do not get the option of choosing a custom length for your installation needs. Getting the most features for your money is the name of the game.  It is best not to waste money on extra cable or not enough cable.

Choosing a security monitor is total optional and is the last step in installing your own security system.  Most DVR cameras allow you to use a standard VGA monitor for viewing images from your security camera.  VGA stands for Video Graphics Array and refers to a analog monitor display screens which allows for the accepting of VGA signals from your computers hardware.  When buying a DVR, make sure it contains this option if you don’t want to purchase additional monitoring hardware.  If the DVR you are looking at does include this option, then you can hook it up directly to a regular television or computer monitor.

The final step in completing a home security system is the power supply. Make sure you choose the proper power supply that is compatible with all of your system hardware requirements.  Power supply to your security system can come in several forms.  Batteries, power adapters and surge protectors are just a few of the accessories you may need to complete the process.  There are a lot of online websites and knowledgebase support sites that can tell you what power supply to use for your specific system setup.

Whether you’re considering a hard wired system or a wireless home security system, researching your equipment options and installation instructions is the best place to start.

It can be a daunting task to install your own security system, but with the right resources you’ll soon be on your way to getting everything set up.  DIY (Do-it-yourself) forums are also great informational resources in helping you along the way with any installation questions.  Believe it not, home security system installations don’t need to cost an arm and a leg.  A professional grade system can be had with some due diligence and quality equipment recommendations.  Evaluate your budget and don’t be afraid to ask for some additional help if your not tech savvy.

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