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Your home is your castle, and in the 21st century, the right home security cameras will act as your high-tech moat. It’s a little more subtle, but it works.
Smart home tech is on the rise.
Sure, we’re not quite living in the future the Jetsons had us believing we would be just yet, but we do have access to fridges that let us know when the milk is about to expire and apps that allow us to control the lighting and temperature in each room of our home, and that’s just for starters.
According to Statista, spending in the smart home industry will top 170 billion US dollars by 2025, with over 400 million smart homes globally.
If we had to choose the most exciting innovation in smart home tech, it would have to be the home security camera.
Whether you’re a homeowner, renting a place or looking to keep an eye on your holiday home, there’s a security camera solution to suit absolutely every need.
As the products themselves only become better over time, renting your home security camera solution allows you to take advantage of those tech upgrades, providing you with the flexibility to scale up or down with ease.
Wired vs Wireless Wi-Fi Cameras
When it comes to home security cameras, you have three main types to choose from. Wired cameras connect to the Internet via Ethernet cable, wireless cameras connect directly to your Wi-Fi network, but need to be connected to a power supply. Wire-free cameras don’t need any cabling at all, they rely on batteries for power and connect via Wi-Fi.
Of the three, wired cameras offer the most stable connections, but need professional installation. Wireless and wire-free cameras are a lot more DIY and a great solution if you’re renting or looking to add security somewhere temporarily.
After that, you’ll need to decide if you want indoor or outdoor surveillance or both. Outdoor cameras need to be durable enough to deal with a range of temperatures and weather conditions, and this is where an IP66 rating (or higher) makes all the difference.
Security Cam Essentials
So, you’d like add security cameras to your home. The good news is, as mentioned above, there’s a home security camera to suit every home and need, indoors and out. Not only are they great for acting as a deterrent to potential thieves and intruders, they’re also allow you to keep an eye on your home, inside and out in real-time, at the touch of a button via your smartphone.
There are a few non-negotiables worth keeping in mind, though. The first: image resolution. If you can’t see what’s happening on screen, what’s the point of having a camera? Never settle for anything less than full HD image quality at 1080p – this way, you’ll always have a clear view of what’s going on.
It’s also a good idea to choose a camera with a wide field of vision to give you the big picture and the best idea of what’s happening in your surroundings at all times. Better still, opt for a camera with pan/tilt functionality and zoom capabilities so you never miss a thing.
While we’re on the subject of image quality, placing your cameras in well-lit areas is also key to ensuring you get the clearest view possible. To keep an eye on your home 24/7, infrared lighting and anti-glare are essential to staying in the know and out of the dark.
Having a range of storage options to choose from also ensures you’ll have access to the footage you need, when you need it. While some cameras include the option of saving footage to a microSD card or your own network via a Network Video Recorder (NVR), most suppliers will offer encrypted cloud storage on subscription. The best solution? A device that offers all three storage options for the ultimate backup and redundancy.
Now let’s talk the nice-to-haves – what if your camera not only allowed you to hear what was happening outside, but talk back too? And it included a booming siren and strobe light as added deterrents? Look no further than our Wi-Fi Cameras.
Our Guardian Eye range of home security cameras check all the boxes and include all the (sometimes literal) bells and whistles but remain accessible via a choice of rental plans to suit almost any budget, because home security is priceless. There really is no place like home.