An indoor security camera is a crucial component of any home security system, but not all cameras are created equal.
With so many different options on the market, it’s important to make sure that the camera you pick meets all of your security needs. Use these tips to pick the best indoor security camera for your home.
Decide whether you want a monitored or unmonitored security solution.
Before you start hunting for specific equipment, figure out how you expect an indoor security camera to fit into your overall security goals. Do you want a setup that’s remotely monitored by a security team 24/7? If so, you’re looking for monitored home security. Work with your monitoring company of choice to determine which cameras and other security equipment will be compatible with your preferred setup.
If, on the other hand, you don’t mind self-monitoring your indoor security cameras, then an unmonitored option is the better choice. When looking for unmonitored options, Wi-Fi and motion-detection capabilities are extremely important. These features aren’t exclusive to unmonitored options, but as nobody will be watching a live feed of your home twenty-four hours per day, finding a camera that can sense motion and send event notifications to your computer or smartphone should be a top priority.
Choose between wired and wireless options.
After you determine the type of security system you want, you need to choose between wired and wireless options. Each option has pros and cons, so carefully consider which one best meets your specific security needs.
Wired security cameras are reliable. Unless the power/video cable is cut, you can rest assured that video will come through with limited signal interference or disruption. That reliability comes at a price, however—the installation process is much more involved. Those who aren’t comfortable performing challenging DIY projects or who live in a rented building with modification restrictions should avoid this camera type.
As for wireless security cameras, the installation process is much simpler. Simply set them up and connect them to your home Wi-Fi, and they will be ready to record. The downside of wireless cameras is that they’re slightly more vulnerable to hacking and signal interference.
Now that we’ve chosen the type of camera, we’ll explore the features to look for in that camera tomorrow in part 2 of this article.