Security is one of the major priorities and concerns of our world today. Fortunately, with advances in wireless and broadband technology bringing safety to your home is incredibly easy and cost effective. This is the reason surveillance DVR camera systems have become increasingly popular surveillance camera installation option.



The first thing you should consider when implementing a home security system is the locations of your cameras. Planning ahead is crucial. A wired security system possesses limitations on expansion as wired DVRs typically come with 4 channel or 8 channel inputs. If you decide at a later date to add more cameras you may possibly have to purchase a different DVR.

Wireless cameras, on the other hand, have come a long way in the past 5 years as far as functionality and clarity. In the past, installation and set up labor was the most costly to consumers. Today, camera manufacturers are focused on usability meaning if you can follow the step by step guide and operate a screwdriver you can install your own; good news for the “DIY-er.”


The recording element of the security system is the DVR (Digital Video Recorder). The DVR stores its recording on its internal hard drive. Currently, the industry standard for video compression is H.264 which stores video that is 3 times longer than its MPEG and MPEG4 Compression predecessors. This also enables for better video quality over live feed and internet streaming.

PC vs. Stand Alone Security DVRs

It should be noted that some may be compelled to build their own DVR out of an old PC. While possible, this isn’t recommended for beginners. However, there are internal hardware upgrades you can buy to turn your computer into a security DVR, but typically it is not worth the trouble. Given the current pricing of stand-alone DVRs, the time and effort put into this type of project is outweighed.

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