Security Camera Installation in Austin and surrounding areas


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How do you pick the best security camera system for your residence or place of business?

Consider the following: “What and where do you want to secure your assets and property—indoors or outdoors? —as well as the power supply, video storage, IP or analog camera type, resolution, frame rate model, indoor and outdoor illumination, and audio system.

What are the different types of IP rated enclosures for security cameras?

IP66: Resists high-pressure, multidirectional water jets and can resist water jets fired from a 0.50-inch nozzle.

IP67: Prevents submersion in water in the range of 5.9 to 39.37 inches and prohibits the entry of hazardous water.

IP68: Offers protection against dust and continuous submersion in water, withstanding submersion for up to 30 minutes and at least one meter.

Is a security camera with night vision required?

One kind of camera that can take pictures in low light is called a night vision camera. It’s possible that the picture combines infrared and visible light. The benefits of night vision camera give you the ability to record activities on or around your property at night, enhances the safety of your residence, deter intruders by the visibility of camera lights, and it is reasonably priced.

Is there a huge difference between 1080p or 4K camera system?

Compared to 1080p, 4K captures a great deal more information and detail. The storage capacities of the videos readily reveals this information. Storage needs for six 4K cameras will be significantly more than those for six 1080p cameras. Plus, there’s more visible area in the frame with that level of detail. With 4K resolution, you can zoom in even farther without the image becoming unreadable. In order to record letters or other minute details, 4K is the best option. A 4K camera will cost more per unit than a 1080p one. Higher-powered hardware is to blame for the price disparity. 1080p will do if you’re on a tight budget, but if you have the extra cash, think about getting 4K cameras.

What storage-related differences exist between SD cards, NVRs, DVRs, and Cloud-base?

Cloud-based systems use an internet connection to record and save video in cloud storage. In addition to offering an additional degree of protection by enabling off-site backup of your private and crucial information, IP camera cloud storage also lets you access them from any location at any time.

Surveillance lens motion detection videos are saved locally to a Micro SD card by SD card recorders. Thus, local or onsite storage is another term for this kind of video capture. Though some security cameras may come with a built-in micro-SD card, in other situations, you’re expected to make a separate purchase on your own (for cameras with SD card slot).

NVR security systems uses modern technologies, such PoE connections or wi-fi internet, are used by NVR security systems to simplify and expand the capabilities of video monitoring. IP cameras are connected to NVR security systems, which then use the cameras’ combined video collection and processing capabilities to relay the encoded (digitized) footage to the NVR over the internet.

Coaxial cables, which are commonly used with analog security cameras (sometimes referred to as CCTV cameras), are used by DVR systems. The  recorder receives analog signals from analog cameras and processes the  video data.

Is angle of views important?

With a range typically between 60 and 110 degrees (or more), a wide-angle FOV sacrifices some coverage for better detail. It’s ideal for security cameras in that sense. At most, you’ll only be able to catch a third of the scene, but when objects and people go closer to the camera, you’ll get considerably more clarity and detail. When it comes to security, a conventional angle might work pretty well in a small space or if you’re simply looking to record a certain area of the action.

Does lens size matter?

The field of vision and zoom level of a security camera are determined by the size of its lens. By far the most common lens choices are 2.8mm and 4mm. These provide the broadest field of vision. A wider-angle shot is produced by a shorter focal length (2.8mm), while a narrower angle photo is produced by a longer focal length (4.0mm). About a 90-degree viewing angle is provided by 2.8mm. An average viewing angle of 4mm is around 75 degrees.

Cloud security concept with 3d rendering security cameras with circuit cloud

On-Premises vs Cloud-Based video surveillance system?

On-premises video surveillance systems offer the most control over security and privacy of your data because they are installed and maintained on-site. An on-premises system stores and processes video feeds from cameras on hardware that is housed within the user’s building or property, as opposed to processing and saving them in the cloud. This allows the user to see, control, and monitor the cameras on a network-connected device. They function without an internet connection to analyze and store data.

Most on-premises video surveillance is ideal for governmental organizations, medical facilities and hospitals, banks, big businesses, manufacturing facilities, large school districts & higher education. The main disadvantages of for on-premises will be the high initial hardware and maintenance costs, requires constant upkeep and improvements and the need to buy more server space.

Video security known as “cloud-based video surveillance” consists of internet-connected security cameras that store recorded video remotely in the cloud rather than locally on a server or other device. With an internet connection, the user can now see and manage video content from any location without servers or additional infrastructure. One of the major advantages of cloud-based video surveillance is they are very easy to use, install and no required physical space for hardware’s.

Small school districts, office spaces, multi-family housing complexes, day care, small business and many more places are ideal for cloud-based video surveillance. A major drawback would be reliant on an internet connection, maybe requiring more money for cloud storage and bandwidth and because there is less oversight, security and privacy may be more vulnerable.

ONVIF vs Proprietary

ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) is an international, open industry forum dedicated to promoting the creation and application of an international, open standard for the physical IP-based security products’ interface. The ONVIF standard facilitates the cooperation of multiple IP-based physical security devices from different manufacturers by providing them with a common communication method, which facilitates the simpler integration of products from different suppliers. Customers now benefit from enhanced system flexibility and customization, a wider selection of compatible products, and affordability and futureproofing.

The cons with ONVIF system will be that Certain functionalities related to advanced video analytics are not supported. No policy restrictions for devices that claim to be compatible. There are situations when the device and protocol cannot communicate.

ONVIF brands we carry but not limited to are GNS, Hikvision, LTS, and many more.

The practice of private security surveillance is not new. An electronic security system that is used, produced, or sold with the manufacturer’s exclusive legal authority is known as proprietary equipment. Exclusive coordination between proprietary systems and the manufacturer of the hardware, software, and system itself results in excellent compatibility and match.

One drawback of proprietary systems is their limited base of service and their manufacturer-dependent upgradeability. An open platform system can be considerably less expensive to repair than a proprietary system, which is usually limited to being fixed by the business who installed it (using their replacement parts).

Proprietary brands we carry but not limited to are Lorex, Swann, Reolink, and many others.

Bullet vs. Turret vs. Dome vs. Fisheye

Bullet Camera– Reason for the name “bullet camera” is their unique cylindrical form, which resembles a bullet shell. The installation and range of bullet cameras is their primary advantages. Because of its extended viewing range, bullet cameras are perfect for monitoring expansive spaces like parking lots and backyards. Additionally, bullet cameras are simpler to install and allow for the mounting of larger lenses on their body because of their design. A slight lip at the tip of the bullet camera helps shield it from weather and glare, making it perfect for outdoor use. Also, a bullet camera’s powerful infrared LED allows it to capture incredibly accurate photos in a range of light settings during the day. A bullet camera is typically quite huge and noticeable, but a miniature bullet camera provides an alternative. Mini bullet cameras can be any size, small enough to be hidden inside your home or huge enough to serve as a noticeable deterrent for outside security.

Bullet security camera

Turret Camera– Comparable to dome cameras, but without a cover. Since they are viewed as a middle ground between the dome and the bullet, they are likely one of the most widely used camera options. It has a full range of motion, though you might not be able to tell because it’s essentially a ball in a socket. The majority of turret cameras are equipped with infrared night vision, which enables the camera to record images in total darkness. Turret cameras don’t have a dome shell, so they are shielded from glare effects unlike dome cameras with glass housing. Furthermore, compared to other cameras, its distinctive construction facilitates adjustment. Turret dome cameras are frequently utilized in government installations, commercial buildings, and residential video surveillance systems.

Turret Security Camera

Dome Camera– The circular, dome-shaped housing of dome security cameras makes them clearly identifiable, and it allows for a great deal of versatility in focusing distance adjustment for precise positioning. Because of their exceptional coverage for almost every use scenario, dome security cameras are incredibly adaptable and may be utilized in both indoor and outdoor environments. Due to their vandal-proof dome housing, infrared (IR) LED light technology for night vision, and strong metal bases that guard against tampering or vandalism, dome security cameras are the perfect choice for dependable surveillance in challenging environments.

3d rendering group of dome security cameras or cctv cameras on ceiling

Fisheye Camera– Fisheye lenses are renowned for having an incredibly wide field of view. The broad panoramic or hemispherical image produced by a fisheye lens is named for its similarity to the distorted, round, and incredibly wide image that appears when looking through a door’s peephole. The majority of fisheye cameras provide a 360° panoramic view, allowing them to cover a very large area without any blind parts. Fisheye cameras include exceptional characteristics including night vision, HD quality, 3D noise reduction, etc. in addition to its ultra-wide-angle lens. Factory sites, hospitals, parking lots, airports, hotels, and other establishments frequently utilize fisheye cameras because of their exceptionally wide angle, vandal resistance, and discreet appearance.

Reolink Fisheye Security Camera

Brands that we sell and install includes but not limited to Swann, Reolink, Lorex, Alibi, LTS, GNS, Unifi and many more. Click on brands below for our promotional deals we have right now or call 512.257.1433

What is Power Over Ethernet? How does it help the security camera industry? Can we exceed the 328′ cable run?

POE Switch: Ethernet cables (cat5e, cat6, and cat6a) are the most widely used cables for security cameras. These wires use an internet connection to send video data. They can also provide power to specific kinds of cameras, referred to as “power over ethernet,” or PoE IP cameras. The maximum length on certain cameras and devices for Ethernet cable is 328 feet, or 100 meters: after that, the signal deteriorates and the connection’s speed and dependability decrease. We carry a PoE Switch by LTS LTPOE-SW1603C that is a helpful tool for cable runs extending 328′ and up to 800′ providing consistent connection. If you need a camera install that extends over 328′ give us a call at 512.257.1433 for a free survey to design a security surveillance to your specific needs.

A POE Switch is a type of network switch that can supply devices such as wireless access points and IP cameras with power over Ethernet. This approach eliminates the need for separate power sources for every device by enabling the transfer of both data and power over the same Ethernet wire. Significant saving on cost is possible with POE switches. POE switches eliminate the need for individual power supplies and wiring for every device, which will save on installation expenses and energy cost. POE switches reduce cable clutter considerably by using a single connection for both data and power. This can help your network configuration become more simplified and well-organized, which allows for easier management and troubleshooting.

LTS PoE Switch GNC344G2E-XD/LIU

According to Austin, TX Crime Report, 2023 – HomeSnacks and FBI Crime Statistics:

  • There were 39,865 total crimes committed in Austin the last reporting year.
  • On a rate basis, there were 4,130.1 total crimes per 100K people in Austin
  • The overall crime rate in Austin is 77.70% above the national average.
  • Austin ranks #641 safest out of 683 cities in Texas.
  • Austin ranks #9,037 safest out of 9,869 cities in the United States.
  • There were 5,215 violent crimes in Austin in the last reporting year.
  • The violent crime rate in Austin is 540.3 per 100,000 people.
  • You have a 1 in 185.1 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Austin each year. That compares to a 1 in 224.0 chance statewide.
  • That’s 46.10% higher than the national rate of 369.8 per 100,000 people.
  • 21.02% higher than the Texas violent crime rate of 446.5 per 100,000 people.

With so many options for security camera systems? How do you choose?
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Security Camera System FAQ

What is the best security camera system for me?

The best cameras, in all honesty, are the ones you can afford. Just keep in mind that any security cameras are preferable to none!

Why should I invest in a security camera system for my home and/or business?

Any workplace or residence should place a premium on safety. In addition to daily workers, your business also houses valuable and priceless equipment. You, your coworkers, and your family will all benefit from improving office or home security. Installing intelligent video surveillance cameras is one approach to do this. These systems offer a dependable and practical solution to safely monitor who enters and leaves your facility. Every camera has unique features that you may customize to meet your needs. Most significantly, they offer excellent monitoring for the highest level of security and safety.

What is the difference between indoor and outdoor cameras and their pros and cons?

The primary and vital difference between indoor and outdoor cameras is weatherproofing (weather resistance). Indoor cameras for residential or commercial operating temperatures are usually not high. As for outdoor cameras, Mother Nature plays a huge factor—burning sun, hard rain, or heavy snow—so they must be built sturdier.

Indoor security cameras include nanny, pet, and home security cameras that are usually not weatherproof.

Pros: good video quality, low cost, small and easy to conceal or hide, may reduce insurance costs, easier installation, remote access

Cons: Less durable; improper installation can be hacked.

Outdoor security cameras include a video doorbell, floodlight, solar-powered, and weatherproof home security cameras.

Pro: Weatherproof, deter property crime, may reduce insurance costs, property monitoring, most are tamperproof, good night vision performance,

Con: Large and heavy, more expensive than indoor, professional installation

What are the pros and cons of wired and wireless cameras?

A wired camera receives power from a residential or commercial electrical system instead of a battery or solar charger.

Pros: No battery replacement or recharging, stable power and internet connection, higher-quality videos

Cons: An electrician is required for installation; it may be burdensome to remove if you relocate; placement limitations

wireless camera receives power from a battery or solar panel and uses a wireless internet connection most of the time. Although a wireless internet connection is not required, some may store videos on a local SD card.

Pros: Easy to install, relocate, user-friendly, and works anywhere

Cons: Monthly fee cloud storage, WIFI connection can be unstable, manual battery charging or replacement

What is the difference between DVR and NVR, and how do they work?

Difference: A DVR converts analog footage into a digital format, while an NVR typically only works with digital footage. DVR systems process data at the recorder, while NVR systems encode and process data at the camera before transmitting it to the system for storage and remote viewing.

DVR (Digital Video Recorder): how it works—aka CCTV cameras, analog cameras produce a raw video signal. There are fewer features than IP cameras, and usually, the video quality is not as high, although there have been advances to offer improved analog resolution. Overall, their lower specs make them more affordable than IP cameras. Since all the DVR recording is in, it is possible to transmit the raw video signals of many different camera models on one system. DVR is an excellent option for sites with cameras of varying brands and models. The coaxial cable carries the raw video signal from the camera to the DVR for image processing. It does not power the cameras, but options are available with an integrated power splitter to carry out both functions on one cable.

NVR (Network Video Recorder): how it works: uses newer technologies, such as internet connectivity, to make video surveillance more accessible and flexible. NVR security systems connect to IP cameras, which capture and process video simultaneously, sending the encoded (digitized) video to the NVR via an internet connection. IP cameras can connect to NVRs in two ways: a PoE (Power over Ethernet) connection or a wireless/WIFI connection.

Should I DIY or have a professional install a security camera system?

Choosing whether to install yourself or hire a pro is one of the choices you’ll need to make when buying a home security system. What type of home you reside in, who lives with you, and how handy you are will determine which installation technique is best for you. However, some home security providers only provide one installation option. The benefits of a properly installed home security system include the assurance that comes with expert advice, a manufacturer’s guarantee, and general trust in the precision of the setup and equipment placement.

We have an existing security camera system that no longer work, can you help us fix?

We get this request often. Of course. We offer security camera system installation, repair, and troubleshooting services. Whether you want to add one camera, troubleshoot one camera, or troubleshoot some cables or connectors, we can help. Call us now to book your appointment. 512.257.1433