Internet-Based Home Security Camera Systems

The past decade has seen so many amazing technological advances that have improved our lives in nearly every aspect. One of the great things about these technologies is that they put services and products that might otherwise not have been available within reach to most folks. A great example of this is in the area of home security systems. Today, you can install an Internet-based camera system in a relatively quick, painless and cheap fashion.

Internet-based Home Security Technology

First, you need to get a grasp of what’s involved in an Internet-based home security camera system. This kind of system lets you view what’s going on inside your house even when you’re not there from any Internet-enabled device. You use wireless (or wired, if you want) security cameras that upload directly to your home network and you don’t need to have any special electronics aptitude to do it.

Here are the general steps involved in setting up an Internet-based security camera system:

  1. Figure out how many cameras you need and where. You don’t need a camera in your bathrooms, and you probably don’t need one in most interior rooms. You need one at potential entrance points as well as outside.
  2. Choose the right kind of cameras for your needs. Some Internet-based home security cameras are better than others. Some give a much higher resolution, for example. Some record video directly on a memory chip inside the camera, as well as sending it to your control center. Figure out what you want and can afford in terms of the camera type.
  3. Install your cameras. Secure your cameras in place, making sure that they are inconspicuous, that they’re aimed correctly and that they are functioning properly when you install them. If you need to, you can use tripods or shelves, or even wood screws to mount your cameras.
  4. Install the camera security software. Home security camera systems that are Internet-based should come with software that lets you configure your cameras and set up your Internet-based monitoring.
  5. Configure your system. You should have a number of configuration options, including things like whether or not the alarms send you messages of some sort, as well as login information and Internet address information that lets you access the system from the Internet.
  6. Test it out. Make sure that your cameras are working, and make sure that you can view those cameras via the Internet-based interface.

Once your system is up and running, you can see what’s going on at home from a public computer, a laptop, or even your smartphone.

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011

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Benefits of Home Security Systems with Cameras

  • Keep an eye on your home, family, or pets from anywhere in the world
  • Get motion activated alerts, pictures, and video clips sent directly to you
  • Know when your kids come home from school
  • Know when your contractor or cleaning crew arrived and what they did

Home Security Statistics

Every 14.6 seconds, a burglary takes place in the US. ±
Average loss per burglary: $1,725. ±
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