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CCTV

Sleep easy and feel safe with CCTV

Protect your home and family with affordable security to deter thieves and intruders.

In the UK opportunistic offenders commit the majority of burglaries and home invasions. CCTV cameras provide a visual deterrent that will put off all but the most determined thief.

High-quality CCTV footage will prove invaluable to the police in tracking down offenders. But it also allows you to monitor your property and visitors in real time. From checking on deliveries to answering the door to visitors. Even if you are at the other end of the country.

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Guides to help you decide:

Choosing a DVR

The DVR (digital video recorder) is the central hub of your CCTV system. The DVR stores all your footage and works around the clock. It needs to be reliable.

Like anything else DVRs vary in quality and what they can do. You also need to consider the size of hard drive.

Hard drives

The hard drive within your DVR stores your footage. The capacities of hard drives vary and the amount of footage they can store depends on the number of cameras you have. For example a 1TB hard drive in a system with 4 cameras will have around 12 days storage capacity. However, again this can vary depending on how many frames per second you record at.

The DVR stores footage on an AV grade hard drive. These drives differ from those in your PC. You should never use anything other than an AV grade hard drive in your DVR. When deciding which DVR to buy make sure you choose one with a large enough hard drive for your needs. If you need any advice on this call the Ebuyer Solutions Team on 01430 433671.

When the hard drive is full it immediately begins recording over the earliest footage. This way the DVR is recording 24/7/365. However, there will be times when you wish to retain old footage. To do this you need to back up the footage you wish to keep.

Backing up

Connect the DVR to your home network to retrieve and store footage. You can transfer footage to a flash drive, a PC or the cloud. If you have any footage which you may need to use for evidence you should back it up immediately and preferably to multiple sources.

Remote access

Choose a DVR which allows remote access. By connecting your DVR to your home network you can view live footage from a computer at home. But crucially remote access also allows you to steam live footage to your smartphone or tablet no matter where you are.

You are also able to remotely control your cameras so you can monitor your property even when you are miles away. Apart from checking the security of your home you can use your cameras to monitor the progress of workmen or check on a delivery. Not to mention keeping an eye on pets.

Recording modes

The two main recording modes are ‘continuous’ and ‘motion sensing’.

Continuous recording

The most reliable form of recording. It is what it says on the tin. The DVR is set to constantly record. This means there is no chance of missing anything. Continuous recording provides the highest level of security.

Motion sensing

If the DVR senses movement it begins to record the images it is receiving. This works well most of the time but there will obviously be gaps and you can’t guarantee capturing everything. However, motion sensing uses less storage space than continuous recording.

You can also choose alarm triggered recording and scheduled recording. They have their uses but again there will be significant gaps in your footage.

Can I use my PC instead of a DVR?

We strongly advise against using a PC in place of a DVR. A computer doesn’t stand up against a dedicated DVR for several reasons:

  • 24/7 operation – Your CCTV system needs to run all day every day. A PC can’t do this.
  • Loss of data – An overworked PC will eventually crash. You would not only lose your CCTV footage but potentially all the other data stored on your PC.
  • A PC hard drive will not be able to cope with all the extra CCTV files.
  • DVRs use high-performance hard drives specifically designed for 24/7/365 operation.
  • Your PC will be unable to function properly with its processing power overwhelmed by CCTV.
  • The cost of a video card to cope with the increased demands of CCTV is likely to be higher than the cost of a DVR.

We highly recommend using a dedicated DVR instead of a PC for your CCTV system.

Alternatives to DVR include:

NVR (network video recorder)

IP CCTV systems use network video recorders. The NVR is connected to a router though cameras are wireless. You manage the system through an app. Footage can be viewed at any time on a PC or mobile device.

Cloud

New wireless CCTV systems like Arlo use cloud storage. You can retrieve or view footage at any time. An app installed on your mobile device enables you to connect to the cloud.

Smart CCTV

Add an extra dimension to your home security system with smart cameras and equipment.

Smart cameras

Use smart cameras in groups or singly. Use a single camera to monitor a room or keep an eye on baby or the dog. Some cameras have a microSD card slot. This allows footage to be stored on the card. Smart surveillance cameras connect to your home Wi-Fi. You can then view footage remotely and even receive motion triggered alerts.

Smart alarms & sensors

Smart sensors provide extra security and reassurance for home and business users. If motion is detected the sensor will alert your phone. Powered by batteries they can be placed anywhere in the property. Use smart sensors and alarms with cameras to monitor your home.

Smart doorbells and intercoms

Answer the door even if you are the other end of the country. A smart doorbell can deter opportunistic thieves. You can also monitor deliveries and speak to callers without having to open the door. A great safeguard for any home and ideal for vulnerable people.

CCTV cameras

There are many different CCTV cameras you can chose from. And it can all become a little confusing. If do you need any further advice on which camera to choose call the Ebuyer Solutions Team on 01430 433671.

Resolution

The higher isn’t always the better. Look for HD 1080p cameras. These cameras provide a great image. Resist the temptation to look at 4K. The extra resolution will fill up your hard drive around eight times faster than a 1080p camera and the difference in quality is negligible. In fact if a 4K camera is fitted with a wide-angle lens the quality will be poorer than that provided by a 1080p camera.

Optical range

The distance at which an object or person can be identified is known as the optical range. The thing to remember is the wider the angle of the lens the shorter the effective range of the camera. On the other hand a narrow angle of view is better for focusing over distance.

Infra-red or night vision range

For cameras to be effective after nightfall they need infra-red. Again the product description will list the effective range of the camera. However, all cameras will perform better the closer they are to the subject. So it’s important to position your cameras where they are most effective.

Types of CCTV camera

You have a few different types of camera to choose from:

Bullet type CCTV cameras

Used inside or outdoors these are fixed position cameras. They are ideal for home use and are a visual deterrent. Bullet cameras often provide the best images as the lens is nearer the front of the casing. This makes it easier to clean as well as cutting down on reflections.

Dome CCTV cameras

Often used indoors a dome camera appears to have 360⁰ view. This isn’t always the case but is a deterrent to thieves. The dome houses the camera. This makes it harder to tamper with. Dome cameras can be ceiling mounted and are ideal for any environment.

PTZ CCTV cameras

Pan, tilt, and zoom cameras are remotely controlled. They allow an operator to track a subject or check a specific area. PTZ cameras are ideal for businesses which have an operator permanently available. However, homeowners can monitor callers with a PTZ camera above a doorway.

Other CCTV cameras

Baby cams and smart home cameras provide peace of mind for parents and homeowners. For unobtrusive surveillance and restricted spaces we have a range of miniature cameras. Ebuyer also carry an extensive range of easy to install single IP cameras for the home and office.

CCTV systems

When buying CCTV you have the option of purchasing the individual components or a complete ready to go system.

A CCTV system comes with everything you need. You can be up and running in no time. You can choose systems with different numbers of cameras and they come complete with DVR and cabling. You can upgrade the system at any time by adding more cameras, installing a larger hard drive etc.

As well as traditional CCTV systems you have the option of complete IP CCTV systems like Netgear’s Arlo. The cameras wirelessly connect to a base station and footage is stored in the cloud. Arlo is a completely wireless system and easy to set up.

IP or Analog?

There are two types of system you can choose.

IP CCTV

IP stands for Internet Protocol. These systems use your home network to stream footage from your cameras to your network video recorder. One of the biggest advantages of an IP CCTV system is that you can use wireless cameras. However, this kind of system does need a reliable broadband signal. If you don’t have a fast or reliable internet connection IP CCTV may not be the best choice for you.

Analogue CCTV

The main difference is the cameras are hardwired into the DVR usi8ng CAT 5/6 Ethernet cable. This cable also powers the cameras. A network connection isn’t required. But connecting your router and DVR by cable will allow remote access.

More CCTV advice

For further information and advice contact the Ebuyer Solutions Team on 01430 433671. They will be happy to help.