Top 8 Factors to Check for when Setting up a Home CCTV System

Top 8 Factors to Check for when Setting up a Home CCTV System

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In this post we will dive into the top 8 factors to consider when setting up a CCTV System for your home or small office. For more content like this, subscribe at follow us on social media such as FB page and YT.

IP Surveillance Systems or commonly known as ‘CCTV’ continue to evolve in this age of digital transformation. Many features particularly have been added to IP cameras such as built-in Motion Sensors, Object Recognition (e.g. vehicle and human features) which can be integrated locally to the NVR/DVR (video processing as part of the video recording/storage unit) or through the cloud. In this post, let’s go through the top 8 factors to consider when setting  up your own CCTV security camera in your home.

  1. Router – the router provides Network interconnection of your devices from NVR, IOT devices to the internet which enables us to view cameras locally or outside via internet. For a home, it is practical to choose a router with gigabit ethernet connections and integrated Wi-Fi.
  2. Network Video Recorder (NVR) – NVR serves as the server to storage for all the video recorded. A popular brand such as Bosch, Hikvision, and Dahua have NVR with a built-in switch PoE ports. Setting up of Local Area Network is easy because it has a built in network functionality. Please see below for installation of hard drive in NVR via SATA cable.
  • Camera – You can use Dome Camera for Indoor, Bullet camera for Outdoor, and PTZ Direction controlled 360 degree camera. For first time use, you can activate the IP camera using SADP tool. This is useful tool for searching for active camera within the network and changing the configuration setting and default password of camera
  • Hard Drive – Some of the Hard Drive we can use is Western Digital or Seagate. Storing of video playback depends on the storage capacity of the hard drive, frame rate (FPS), quality in megapixel and bandwidth of the network. For calculating recording capacity of the hard drive, you can go to this <link>. Typically for 8 cameras with 4 MP, we can have 4 TB capacity with maximum recording playback of 30 days.
  • UTP cable. You can use CAT5e, CAT 6 and CAT 7 cable for connectivity of the IP cameras. Take note that UTP cable connectivity has a maximum distance depends on the type of cable used. In my experience, maximum distance of CAT6 cable is 100 meters.
  • Uninterruptable Power Supply(UPS)- having a UPS prevents potential accumulative damage to your devices it in case there is power failure in your location. Computation is based on the number of hours and the power your CCTV is using. Typically 20-30 mins is a reasonable back-up time.
  • HDMI cable – This is use to connect NVR to you LCD monitor to view all you cameras.
  • IVMS and Camera DDNS Connect (e.g. Hikconnect) Software – These software are available on android playstore and some variations in apple appstore. IVMS ( Integrated Video Management System) lets you view you camera in your mobile, tablet and laptop device as long as there is connectivity in Local Area Network and Wide Area Network. Camera DDNS Connect enables you to use P2P connection to be able to view your device via IVMS anytime and anywhere with internet connection.

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