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Hiding Indoor Security Cameras

We all know that the presence of surveillance cameras can influence behavior, which is why we use them for security for homes and businesses. Although having them installed in plain sight can be helpful, concealing their presence can also prove to be beneficial.

Careful consideration goes into installing hidden cameras both indoors and outdoors. When installing these cameras outdoors, there are various discreet locations from which you may choose. However, hiding security cameras indoors may be a bit more challenging. Here are some tips to help you properly hide your indoor security cameras.

  • Wireless Security Cameras

Wires can be hard to hide as they must run along the walls. Instead, choose wireless cameras that can be controlled remotely and may use an electrical source or batteries.

  • Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right location is key when it comes to hiding your cameras. You want your security camera to go unnoticed, but you also want to get the proper angle and viewing field to capture valuable footage. Seek out areas that often go overlooked and are more crowded and busy than clean and spacious.

  • Size Matters

Because you are trying to conceal them, you want to choose cameras that are smaller than usual, but still posses the qualities and features you require. Small, compact, and wireless security cameras are ideal.

  • Heavy-Duty Adhesive Strips

Once you have chosen a compact security camera, rather than mounting it (which draws attention), use heavy-duty adhesive strips. Your camera may come with its own adhesive strips, but if not, you want to invest in the appropriate strips that can carry the weight of your camera (using additional strips may help reinforce it). But remember, if your camera works on a swivel & rotate mechanism, it may be mandatory to mount it to the wall.

  • Check Connectivity

Before settling on a location for your camera, you want to test the connectivity in that area. Do not ignore connectivity issues as these may indicate that your camera is not within range to receive the appropriate signals from the main hub. These issues will compromise the effectiveness of your camera, thus, you should find a new location that is within range.

In addition, if you will be installing multiple security cameras within your home, be sure to focus on one at a time. Install and test one camera at a time so that if problems arise, you can address them immediately.

When purchasing security cameras, it is important to evaluate the technical details and specifications of the different cameras and how they suit individual needs. If you have any questions or need assistance, we are happy to help – visit SecurityCamExpert.com or call 888-203-6294. You may also connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Building The Ideal CCTV Surveillance System

When it comes to securing your property, CCTV cameras can be very effective. However, because there are a wide variety of CCTV cameras suited for different applications, if they are not properly implemented, their effectiveness may be compromised.

Before choosing your surveillance system, review the different types of CCTV cameras and the application for which they are best suited.

Different Types Of CCTV

Dome Camera

  • Commonly used for indoor surveillance
  • The ambiguous shape & design acts as a deterrent as criminals are unsure which way the camera is facing
  • Ease of installation
  • Vandal-proof features
  • Infrared capability

Bullet Camera

  • Long, cylindrical shape ideal for long distance viewing
  • Better suited for outdoor use
  • Protective casings safeguard against dust, dirt, and other natural elements
  • Compact size makes for easy installation and mounting with bracket
  • Fitted with either fixed or varifocal lenses depending on the requirements of the intended application
  • Adaptability (can be used indoors and outdoors)
  • High quality image resolution

C-Mount Camera

  • Detachable lenses allow for simple lens changes to fit different applications
  • Specialized lens use allow these cameras the ability to cover distances beyond 40ft
  • Can support changes in technology
  • Effective for indoor use
  • Bulky design and presence acts as a deterrent

Day/Night Camera

  • Can operate in both normal and poorly lit environments
  • They utilize extra sensitive imaging chips (instead of infrared illuminators)
  • Ideal for outdoor applications in which IR cameras do not function optimally
  • Record in both color and black & white
  • Wide variety of sizes available
  • IR (Infrared) capability

PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) Camera

  • Used with live guard or surveillance specialist operating the security systems
  • Pan and tilt rotation
  • Smart tracking features
  • Powerful zoom and autofocus

What To Consider
Choosing the right CCTV camera for your property is important. You want to evaluate your needs to determine where you will place these cameras as well as their primary use in that location. Some factors to consider when choosing include the lens, sensor, and output resolution.

  • Lens

The lens will dictate the quality of the image. The appropriate lens will allow your camera to focus and bring in enough light to the sensor, providing clarity and the ability to better identify things such as faces and license plates. A zoom lens will allow for further detail since it can adjust the light as it reaches to sensor for enhanced pictures and flexibility.

  • Sensor

There are two types of sensors:

  1. CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor)
  2. CCD (charged coupled device) cameras

CCD are more expensive than CMOS and produce clearer images (ideal for identifying faces and license plates).

  • Output Resolution

Generally speaking, the more pixels, the better the picture. The highest resolution you can get is 700TL, but most cameras range between 300-550TVL. Be sure to match a resolution that your camera can produce because anything more is unnecessary.

Other Things To Consider:

  • Discreet Vs. Visible

Box cameras are easier to be seen and clearly tell passersby that they are being recorded, which acts as a great deterrent. Dome cameras, on the other hand, are smaller and more discreet, making them ideal for monitoring larger areas such as front or backyards.

  • Indoors Vs. Outdoors

Consider where you will place your cameras both indoors and outdoors. If you plan on placing them outdoors, you want to ensure they are in the best location and well protected (weatherproof and vandal proof housing). For indoor cameras, you want to make sure it will not be affected by things like grease or steam from the kitchen.

  • Lighting Conditions

Whether indoors or outdoors, lighting will always change so it is advised that you test different camera models to see what works best with your lighting conditions. You also want to check for any reflections or backlighting during day or night.

  • Image Clarity

This will depend on the size of the area you want to monitor. Thus, a camera situated in a small room need not be of high resolution. The resolution of your CCTV camera should reflect the landscape in order to provide effective images.

  • Audio?

This depends on your personal preference (you should also look into the laws regarding audio recording if applicable). Some CCTV systems allow you to speak to the intruders, or you can have audio or alarms sound automatically when they reach a certain point. These tactics are meant to scare the intruders away before they can cause damage.

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Hidden Spy Cameras

Before, spy cameras, like the ones seen in the movies, were merely pipe dreams. The ones that were available never really lived up to the expectation. Fortunately, technology improved over time and hidden cameras became more accessible to everyone.

Thanks to the Internet of Things, Wi-Fi enabled hidden cameras and DVRs are affordable and being used more frequently. You can use these wireless hidden cameras to keep an eye on your children, watch your home while you’re on vacation, or even monitor your business remotely. Hidden spy cameras can be monitored via an app or specialized software that you may access from your smartphone or tablet.

By employing wireless hidden cameras, you can discreetly keep an eye on things. Also, they are less susceptible to tampering as they cannot be easily detected. While visible CCTV surveillance cameras are meant to deter people from wrongdoings, hidden cameras are intended to catch people in the act.

Most hidden cameras are wireless to remain inconspicuous, however, not all are truly wireless.  Some are battery powered, while others may need to be prudently plugged in or attached to the electrical system in some way.

What usually confuses people when they see the term “wireless” is that it more commonly refers to the Wi-Fi connection, meaning you don’t have to connect it to any sort of landline or Ethernet cable. Most of these cameras come with their own software and must be configured to your network. IT may sound complicated, but it is no more difficult than connecting any other device to the Internet. However, some spy cameras require that users have an adequate working knowledge of IoT technology to operate them.

Before installing a hidden camera, be sure to review the laws regarding hidden cameras, surveillance, and recording.

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How To Utilize Your Security Cameras

Aside from keeping your home safe from intruders, security cameras can serve many different purposes. Here are some clever and smart ways you can utilize your surveillance system.

Security Cameras & Floodlights
While there are security cameras with night vision and infrared LED lights, sometimes clarity and resolution is compromised in these settings. If you’re monitoring outdoors, consider installing floodlights to keep your surroundings illuminated. Floodlights with built-in motion sensors can help you save energy and startle whoever may be lurking in the dark. Consider installing these near doors or windows, patios, and backyards.

Wireless Security Cameras
Going wireless allows you to monitor places in your home that are off limits to your children, and can even allow you to keep an eye on your pets while you’re away. So long as there is Wi-Fi connection nearby, they cameras should be able to operate.

Baby Monitor
If you’re already using security cameras within your home, there’s no need to invest in a separate baby monitor. You can use a security camera, or a web cam, to monitor your toddlers while they sleep. Depending on your equipment, you may also be able to speak and soothe your child through the camera.

Peace Of Mind
If you have teens, you can make sure that they arrived home safely after school and are on their best behavior. If you have elderly parents that live on their own, remote access to their home security camera can alert you when something is wrong. Some systems even allow two-way audio so you can communicate with your family without picking up the phone.

Doorbell Cameras
There are devices on the market now that integrate a security camera with your doorbell. That way, whether you’re home or not, you can see who is at your door and communicate with visitors. This can be helpful if you have received a package, but no one is home to accept it. You can ask the delivery person to set it aside in an inconspicuous area.

The Unknown
You never know what you’ll catch with your security cameras. Whether it is the cause of a strange noise or an unfamiliar, suspicious-looking car from your outdoor cameras, or simply the culprit who is always leaving the food out, you can get to the bottom of some mysteries.

Nanny Cams
As one of the first mainstream home security cameras, nanny cams can be rather helpful. Whether you are wary of your nanny or other visitors in your home, you can use nanny cams to put your mind at ease. These cameras are often hidden in ordinary objects such as clocks, smoke alarms, teddy bears, etc., making them hard to distinguish.

Smart Homes
Lastly, your security cameras can be incorporated into your overall smart home system. IFTTT (If This Then That) service is a free service that allows different smart home devices to connect and “talk” to each other. Some examples of what you can program include having your lights turn on whenever motion is detected in that room, or only having your cameras record when you are not at home.

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Secure Your Wireless Surveillance Cameras

Wireless surveillance cameras are also known as IP (Internet Protocol) cameras. Aside from securing your property inside and out, they are also often used as baby monitors. When used as baby monitors, wireless IP security cameras are often equipped to pick up audio as well as video.

With these cameras, video footage is streamed to a secure online space and you may view what is happening on a computer or via a mobile app or device. To ensure the security of your live feed, these cameras should offer encryption for your streamed data along with a username and password protected hub or app for viewing your footage.

Does your system or equipment lack any of these? Do you want added security for your wireless surveillance cameras? Follow these tips to ensure the most secure experience.

Network Security
Aside from securing your devices, the wireless network you connect to should also be secure. If you are using your home network, make sure your router is configured to use WPA2-based encryption. This will cover the connection between your cameras and router, while the stream’s encryption handles the rest.

You will want to steer clear of viewing your feed over open wireless networks. If you enter any usernames or passwords over these networks, they could potentially be “sniffed,” leaving you vulnerable. While these can be helpful when it comes to decreasing your mobile Internet charges, connecting to these open networks should not be done without the assistance of a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

Online Streaming
Having your camera stream footage online 24/7 can be helpful, but it also leaves you more susceptible to privacy risks. Your ISP may be hesitant to support your excessive bandwidth needs for your IP security cameras, and any bugs in your system could threaten the security of your feed.

Online streaming should only be done when you are certain the stream is secure. For the remainder of the time, maintaining a closed and secure network for your IP cameras on a secure network should suffice.

Password Protection
Cameras usually have the ability to be password protected, but you must manually enable it. Once this feature is enabled, you MUST change the defaults. Since the default usernames and passwords for most cameras are easily to find, this is the easiest way hackers will be able to access your feed.

Aside from ensuring that your cameras are password protected, you should be sure that any device you use to access your feed is password protected as well.  For example, if you access your feed from your mobile device, and somehow it gets lost or stolen, someone may have unauthorized access to your feed, as well as other personal information stored on your device.

Positioning
With all this being said, the location and positioning of your cameras play an important role as well. In the worst case scenario, your feed gets broadcast to the public internet. Be sure that you position your cameras in areas in and around your property that you wouldn’t mind strangers seeing. For example, if you must install a camera in your bedroom, avoid pointing it at your bed or any area where you usually change.

Webcams
You may also be worried about your webcams now, too. While threats may arise from time to time, there are ways to keep your webcam secure, such as disabling Flash, updating firmware, and using firewalls.

If you built a custom IP security camera using webcams, hacking threats should be minimal. You have likely used dedicated, reputable software and taken the time to properly configure and secure your system with a username and password.

Maintain Security
To make sure that you keep your devices secure in the future as well, make sure that you keep any and all devices related to or connected to your system up to date. This includes your camera’s firmware, client software on your PC or mobile device, and more. These updates often contain patches for any new threats, and without the proper update, your system could be left vulnerable to an attack.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes With Your Wireless Security Cameras

Security camera systems, whether installed at home or in public places, are growing in popularity. There are numerous surveillance solutions available, most of which boast convenience and affordability. An attractive trend is wireless security cameras because they are relatively easier to install and maintain. However, just because you can do it yourself, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Before installing your wireless security cameras, take a look at these common mistakes so you can avoid them.

Number Of Cameras
You may think that investing in a single PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) camera will save you money because it has capabilities to expand your viewing range. Unfortunately, this camera may not get all the angles, and zooming in and out may not always produce the best picture. Instead, purchase enough security cameras to cover the different areas you wish to monitor around your property.

Positioning
Aside from installing enough cameras, positioning plays an important role in adequate surveillance. Things to consider are lighting conditions and possible obstructions. You don’t want your video footage to be washed out from too much light during the day, nor do you want any branches or bushes blocking your view.

You should also be mindful of placing your cameras where there is reliable Wi-Fi signal. Without it, your live feed could be choppy and may not be connected at all times. If the Wi-Fi signal is poor in an area where you need a security camera, there are Wi-Fi extenders that you can purchase, or some security cameras have these technologies already built-in.

“Wireless”
Because these cameras do not need to be physically connected to a router or Ethernet port, they are considered wireless. However, the power source is a different story. While most wireless security cameras are powered by batteries, others need to be plugged in. If that is the case with your cameras, be sure that power outlets are close by and accessible.

Password Protection
Since your wireless cameras will be connected to your network, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your network should have a secure encryption configuration and a strong password to access it. Aside from that, your cameras should have specific passwords that are necessary to input during set up and installation. Most cameras come with default usernames and/or passwords, but it is pertinent that these be changed immediately to prevent hacking or unauthorized access. Passwords should be complex, but relatively easy for you to remember.

Remote Access
If you are looking to remotely access your surveillance feed, you will want to make sure that your wireless security cameras provide that option. More specifically, determine how you want to access your feed (ex. via web browser), and double check your cameras specifications to find out whether this is possible or not. Also, you will want to check the compatibility with your devices (ex. supports iOS, Android, or both).

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How To Protect Your Security Camera Cabling

Carefully and strategically employed security camera systems can help protect your property and your loved ones. It is a wise choice to invest in the safety and protection of your family and assets with a security camera system.

If you are opting for a wired security camera system, an important aspect of your installation is your cabling. Yes, you want everything connected properly, but you also want to protect your wires and cables. If potential criminals can access your wires, they can easily cut them and disable your system. Don’t be a victim – protect your security camera system with these tips.

Paint The Wires

An easy way to keep your wires hidden is to install them close and tight to the baseboards or where the wall meets the ceiling. Once you get the wires as flush to the surfaces as possible, use the same color paint to camouflage your wires. While they are still vulnerable, they are harder to spot.

Behind The Baseboard

Running the wire behind the baseboard is a relatively simple procedure that offers more protection. Start by gently removing the baseboard so as to not damage it if you will be using it again. Then, press the wire into the gap between the wall and floor. You may use a putty knife to ensure that the wires are as far back as they can go to avoid getting caught by the edge of the baseboards. Once they are in place, you may return the baseboards. The downside is that you will have to remove the baseboards again if there is some sort of electrical malfunction requiring you to access your cables.

Plastic Tubing

Running your wiring through plastic tubes through your wall is likely the best protection for your wiring, but also the most intrusive. This method not only hides your cables, but also protects it from the elements, rodents, and insects. If you decide to go this route, it’s best to get assistance from professionals. At SecurityCamExpert.com, we offer installation services and cable runs at competitive prices for your convenience. Contact us for a free quote or to schedule an appointment today.

To avoid wires and cables all together, you can opt for a wireless security camera system. We offer a great selection affordable wireless security cameras and surveillance equipment. Feel free to visit us online or call 1-888-203-6294 for more information.

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Blink Wireless Security Camera

Security cameras systemsare an effective way to secure you home and property. They provide a sense of security by scaring potential burglars away or producing evidence to capture criminals. Unfortunately, assumed high costs and complicated installation of security camera systems often discourage people from employing them.

As an alternative, a new wave of convenient, cost-effective multi-purpose surveillance cameras are hitting the market. These offer a budget-friendly option, making it easier for individuals and families to implement security camera systems within their homes. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, the next big thing may be Blink, an inexpensive wireless security camera boasting unbelievable features.

Aside from its affordability, Blink is wireless, powered by a battery promising over a year of battery life. The device will even send a reminder alert when power is finally low. Thanks to these features, Blink is very low maintenance and can easily be transferred from different locations.

Blink is also equipped with HD video, motion detection, temperature sensor, night vision, and a built in microphone. The smart phone app instantly alerts you of motion, changes in temperature, and WiFi connection as well as live viewing of your camera feed. Over time and with the proper resources, Blink could possibly more forward into the home automation realm.

Future advancements are not out of the question, but as a new product, there are bound to be downfalls. An issue to address is protection. Blink can be mounted easily to a wall or placed on a shelf, but it lacks safeguards for tampering. Once spotted, a person can damage or destroy it. Also, Blink is only suited for indoor use, but an outdoor option may be available in the future.

Currently, Blink has exceeded its pledge goal of $200,000, proving that the demand for convenience, affordability and security is high. To some skeptics, however, all of these features rolled into one device may be too good to be true. What do you think? Will Blink live up to the hype and become the new security camera craze? We want to hear from you – find us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest.

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Wired vs. Wireless Security Camera Systems

When it comes to security systems, there are many options to consider. How many security cameras do you need? Which type of security cameras do you need? How much memory will you need for the DVR? The questions can go on and on. An important decision comes down to choosing a wired or wireless security camera system. While both have their own benefits and downfalls, it all depends on your needs and the environment you’ll be surveying.

First, it is important to evaluate your environment. Will you be monitoring your home or an office? Which areas are of concern to you? Answering these questions beforehand will give you a better idea of what you really need, simplifying the buying process.

Regardless of what you are shopping for, knowing your budget and sticking to it is important. How much can you spend and how much are you willing to spend? In combination with your needs, this can determine whether or not you go wired or wireless.

For wired security camera systems, everything is physically connected. While this provides a fairly secure connection, a simple cutting of the wires can disable the entire system. Luckily, most wired security systems may sound an alarm when wires are cut. Also, most people opt to hide wiring behind walls or underground for appearance purposes as well as security system protection.  Depending on how you see it, having to plug into a power source can be either a blessing or a curse. Your system will always be connected, but power outages may pose a problem.

For wireless security camera systems, wireless transmission makes for an easier set up and installation. Eliminating the need for wiring and cabling can save some money also. The wireless aspect does, however, leave the security system open to interference from other wireless systems, either triggering false alarms or compromising the system overall. Still, on the other hand, wireless security camera systems are much more convenient for relocating than wired security camera systems.

It is also best to know that since wireless systems are based on wireless transmissions, signals may not reach as far. Wired security camera systems can be adjusted with different cable lengths. Thus, for larger homes, a wired security system may be better suited. Likewise, wireless security systems may work better is smaller spaces.

As discussed, both wired and wireless systems have their advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to examine your needs, budget and which aspects work for you.

At SecurityCamExpert.com, you’ll find both wired and wireless security camera systems. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact us at 1-888-203-6294. Our staff is knowledgeable and happy to help.

How Much Do Home Security Surveillance Cameras Cost?

Shopping on a budget for a security camera system? It doesn’t have to be that hard. Let SecurityCamExpert.com help you find smart solutions without breaking the bank.

Our selection of security cameras includes a variety of different styles with varying specifications. We carry security cameras starting as low as $20-$60 and reaching up to $250-$400 depending on specifications. You can pay for better quality and features, or you can get good quality for a decent price. It all depends on how much you can or are willing to spend.

For the most basic security system solutions, you can opt for dummy cameras. Our dummy cameras don’t exceed $30 so you can build a pseudo security system for cheap. Check out this SecurityMan Dummy Indoor Camera, it has a convincing look for a reasonable price.

If you want a functioning security system, dome security cameras and bullet security cameras are common types and low in price. Ours range from $40-$175, all dependent upon picture resolution, special features like night vision or audio components. Still, a great camera can be found for a cost-effective price. Our box cameras hover around the same range, but also require a separate purchase of camera lenses, which can add to overall cost.

As we move up the price ladder, our specialty security cameras like HD-SDI, high resolution, network IP and PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) start around $100 and go up from there. It should be understood that you are paying more for performance and abilities. These cameras offer much better picture and allow you to better manipulate your viewing range. License plate capture cameras have magnificent zoom abilities along with solid resolution, so they can start north of $200.

While SecurityCamExpert.com offers individual security cameras, we also offer great packaged deals which can significantly assist those on a tight budget. Our camera packages include the basics: DVR (with & without hard drives), cameras, cables and power supplies. Our 4 camera packages range from $249 up to $549, while our 8 camera packages range from $329 up to $567. Our 16 camera packages range from $836-915, but we also offer wireless camera bundles that start as low as $139 and up. Our 4 camera IP/hybrid camera package starts at $399 and you can add more cameras or accessories from there. You can explore our packages options here.

Shop our inventory online and you’ll find security cameras or systems that fit within your budget. Would you rather get a quote based on your needs? Fill out our Free CCTV System Quote and work with our staff to create a security system within your means. Feel free to call us at 1-888-203-6294 with any questions you may have.

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