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How do you pick the right video surveillance system for your home?

The first step is to determine precisely what the purpose of the system will be. Is it specifically to monitor a swimming pool area? The driveway? The backyard? Keep in mind, the more areas you want to monitor, the more complex and expensive the system will become. Be realistic about your priorities and budget.

The old adage “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to camera systems. Be careful about products offered online at incredibly cheap prices. Be aware that video surveillance kits from Big Box stores are generally lower quality, older technology and are strictly “Do it Yourself”. If you are not tech savvy or your handyman skills are rusty, than trying to wire your home and property for cameras and then program the NVR or DVR will be frustrating at best, a large waste of resources at worst. Note that very few Professional Security companies will work with equipment you purchased from a big box retailer.

Do you want images stored on site on your own hardware? Or do you want storage online? Online storage is possible, convenient and possibly more secure. But budget for a monthly subscription fee and space limitations.

Is the purpose of the cameras simply to record images so they can be retrieved at a later date if needed? Or is the system about remote access and real time look-in service? If you are thinking about a system for a cottage or seasonal dwelling you need to know that you will have to provide high speed internet service 24/7 to have remote access and video look in service. Include that cost in your budget.

Will you need indoor or outdoor cameras? Or a combination of both? ALL video surveillance cameras need to be wired, there are no 100% wireless cameras available. Be realistic about where the cameras will be located. Unless you have an unlimited budget for trenching and cabling, cameras will need to be located on one building where wiring can be achieved with reasonable effort. Cameras needed for outdoor application in Canada need to be specifically designed to operate in all kinds of weather conditions and temperatures. A cheaper indoor camera may work fine in August but in December there will be no images and the camera may be permanently damaged by moisture and freezing.

If you are not sure of your future needs, keep your options open when purchasing a Video Surveillance system. Purchase an NVR or DVR with excess data storage and the capacity to add more cameras at a later date.

Your Sterling Protective Services can help you determine what system is best for you and your budget.

LYNX Touch Premium

Honeywell Digital keypad for home automation

The Lynx 7000 Premium 7 inch touch screen alarm system. It is available with both Wifi or Cellular communications modules, for single or dual path monitoring.

The bright 7 inch screen has user friendly icons that prompt users, with voice prompts to assist users. The Lynx alarm control panels can also be automation controller hubs with an optional Z-Wave module. Using Honeywell wireless technology, the Lynx is a great solution for retrofits, and building where wiring is not possible or desirable.

With up to 48 user codes available it can be a great solution for businesses with multiple users. The Lynx is ready to be your smart monitoring alarm system.

LYNX Touch

The Lynx 5200 series control panel is a 4.5 inch touch screen alarm system. It is available with Landline, Wifi or Cellular communications modules, for single or dual path and smart monitoring.

The bright 4.5 inch screen has user friendly icons that prompt users, with voice prompts to assist users. Using Honeywell wireless technology, the Lynx is a great solution for retrofits, and building where wiring is not possible or desirable. With up to 32 user codes available it can be a great solution for businesses with multiple users.

The Lynx alarm control panels can also be automation controller hubs with an optional Z-Wave module. The Lynx is ready to be your smart monitoring alarm system.

Honeywell touch keypad for home safety monitoring

Vista

Honeywell Home Security System

The Honeywell Vista series control panels are the workhorse for commercial applications where wiring is required or desired, but it can also be your “hybrid” system with added wireless capability. The Vista series can power your commercial alarm needs from large to small, with anywhere from 8 to 48 hardwired zones + wireless.

Choose from a variety of keypads, from basic functionality to high tech touch screens with automation controls. The Vista panels are available with Landline, Wifi or Cellular communications modules, for single or dual path and smart monitoring.

With it’s hybrid capability it is a great solution for retrofits and upgrades in buildings where new wiring is not possible or desirable. With up to 48 user codes available it can be a great solution for businesses with multiple users. The Vista series alarm panels are ready to be your smart monitoring alarm system.