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Surveillance

Low Cost DIY Home Security System With No Monthly Fee

Are you looking for an inexpensive but effective home security system? It used to be that purchasing a security system for your home or office was a major investment. Today, home security systems are very affordable and you don't have to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars for a system that works well. In fact, with a few tools, some equipment, and a little know-how, you can build your own security system.

The best home security systems use a DVR and a computer. These may be networked together to create an internet-based surveillance system. You'll need a good internet connection in your home that can support video. You will also need a PC or laptop, a DVR card and software, and surveillance cameras. The system will consist of several surveillance cameras connected to the laptop or computer where the DVR will record all images and store them on the computer hard drive.

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Low Cost Home Security System

Internet And Equipment Requirements

The host computer doesn't have to be expensive. While it serves as the core of your system, as long as it can record and replay videos and stream them to the internet, it will be fine. The laptop or computer must have enough hard drive space to record all video and other incoming data. If you want to record videos on a schedule, it may take a bigger hard drive to capture all data and store it.

It is also important to have an internet connection with enough speed to upload videos. Cable, DSL or fiber optic connections are the best choice. A dial-up internet connection won't be fast enough to upload the videos.

Cameras And Other Equipment

There are many models of security cameras including infrared, domes, and bullet. You will need to decide which type works best for your situation. There are several factors to consider including where the cameras will be located - inside or outside, what time of the day they will be recording, and if you want them to store images directly on a SIM card or download to the master computer. The most popular style of security camera is the bullet style.

This type of camera may be used on both interior and exterior surfaces. They are relatively compact and encased in a weather-resistant material. Another popular option is the infrared camera. These cameras work well in conditions with little to no light and can be used either indoors or outdoors.

An infrared camera can capture images up to 25 feet away, even in no light. Both of these types of cameras are quite affordable and available online here at Spolas Defense.

DVRs And Software

You can turn your computer into a DVR by installing a DVR card and software. The most popular choices are four, eight and 12 channels which mean you'll need four, eight or 12 cameras linked to the system.

You can choose software that allows for motion activated recording, automatic notifications to your cell, business or home phone, remote surveillance, 24 hours a day recording, and scheduled recording.

The price for an affordable and effective home surveillance system ranges from under $100 to several hundreds of dollars. Take your time and choose the equipment and software package you need to protect your home but not break your budget.

Criminals Become Easily Recognizable With Affordable DIY Home Security Systems

Recent news coverage has placed a bad light on CCTV surveillance camera systems, while numerous surveys have revealed that up to four million cameras are currently being used to monitor the activities of the public in the UK. The number of cameras used in the United States are twice as many. There are people who are expressing their dissatisfaction with the use of these public CCTV surveillance cameras and citing the increase of 'big brother's presence' resulting the loss or disregard of privacy.

Although this may or may not be a case in a public scenario, home surveillance systems do not pose a threat to you or your family's privacy. These types of surveillance systems are not channeled over public broadcast, they are transmitted by point-to-point connections of an IP. This means that the video cannot be received by anyone who does not know your passwords or have knowledge of your frequency.

There are several reason why you want to consider installing a home surveillance video system. For example, because the images from these cameras be streamed online, you can watch videos of your home while you away. Are you suspicious of a nanny, housekeeper or your teenagers? If you sign up for OnStor or another type of storage cluster, you can view unending footage from the past months or weeks just by clicking on a button.

This can place your nerves at ease, and the video will serve as an asset you can use if you ever need to provide proof of theft or damage of goods for an insurance claim.

There are a wide variety of cameras on the market to choose from. You will never have to worry about ending up with footage that is grainy or difficult to view. You do not have to deal with watching dimly lit footage from nighttime recording. All of these issues have been replaced with cameras that offer infrared (thermogenic) footage that has image quality that cannot be compared to past surveillance cameras.

Many of these newer model cameras can produce images at high definition, and can be enlarged to the size of a large door.

These cameras can also act as fire detectors. To conserve energy, these cameras are able to be programmed for motion activation. Consumers now have the same access to the technology that was once only available to millionaires and tech enthusiasts. A simple search online will yields plenty of results for sites that provide downloads and applications that can be used freely to improve your surveillance system.

The truth is, there is really no reason why you should not want to install a surveillance system in your home. This is a fun DIY project that has user friendly computing technology and affordable online storage support. You can also learn how to disguise your cameras as everyday objects like cigarette packs and phone chargers.

If you want to avoid paying high prices for a security company, consider installing your own home video surveillance system with no monthly fees.