​​​​Here is everything you need to know before purchasing a video surveillance system.

Video surveillance can protect your business from theft, intrusion, fire, flood or burglary.

Before you evaluate systems, think about what types of cameras you want, what type of storage you need, and the areas of your business that need protection.

The two main types of surveillance cameras are Internet Protocol and analog.

This information is for business and home owners considering purchasing a video surveillance system who want to know what type of system they should purchase and how much they can expect to spend. 

Security is imperative for any business. After all, how can you be profitable if you can’t protect your assets ? Video surveillance systems are more intelligent and effective than ever, with cameras that offer computer-like functions such as motion sensors, remote viewing and mobile notifications. Some systems even contact law enforcement instantly with no human intervention.

Technological development has also led to more efficient methods of recording and storage. Small business and home owners have access to immensely powerful surveillance systems at relatively affordable prices. If you’re in the market for a video surveillance system but not sure where to start, read on for our video surveillance system buyer’s guide.

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What to consider before purchasing a video surveillance system

You should consider several factors before deciding on a video surveillance system for your home or business.


If your home or business is small and you don’t have many areas to monitor or multiple cameras to set up, you can install your surveillance system yourself.  We offer complete setup DIY Systems with professional features.  Larger homes and  businesses with several locations and complicated setups should have a professional do the installation.


Pricing also is dependent on the size of your business and how many cameras you require, as well as the type of storage you want, how long you want to store video, and the types of features you want, like video analytics or motion detection. Generally, video surveillance systems prices cant be given over the phone or without surveying the proposed installation area , be very wary of companies with the word FREE in their ads , nothing is free and once you read the contract , or calculate the "not mentioned" monthly fees , the cost can skyrocket with long term contracts.

Type of camera

There are two main types of cameras for video surveillance systems: Internet Protocol (IP) and analog. Traditional analog cameras are being phased out in favor of IP cameras, which offer more features and capabilities. IP cameras are networked devices that capture images in a higher resolution and enable automatic alerts, video analytics, and other advanced functions.

Type of storage

You can choose from three types of video data storage for your video surveillance system: NVR, DVR and hybrid. DVR, which stands for “digital video recorder,” uses analog cameras. NVR, which stands for “network video recorder,” is used with IP cameras. Hybrid systems allow you to combine analog and IP cameras.

Amount of storage

Your desired quality and the duration of your videos determine how much storage your surveillance system needs. If you plan to record and archive high-quality footage, you’ll need to allot a large amount of storage space for your system. You also need to determine if you’ll store the footage locally on the camera’s internal storage drive, on a hard drive, or externally on a cloud-based platform.


Most vendors allow for a high degree of customization, meaning you can easily tailor a system to your business’s needs. Whether you need a widespread system to cover multiple locations or a few cameras to watch your storefront, there’s a solution for everyone.


Myriad features are available for video surveillance systems, like night vision, smart motion detection and pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ). Evaluate which features your home or  business needs and select your cameras and surveillance system accordingly. For example, if you need a system primarily to monitor your business at night, choose a system with strong night vision and 24/7 alerts.

Areas of business that need protection

Know exactly where you want to place your surveillance, because this will determine the type(s) of camera you need. For example, if you need to keep an eye on your back door, you’ll probably want a weatherproof outdoor camera with PTZ functionality and motion alerts.

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