A DIY vs Professional CCTV Camera: Which One TO Choose For Your Home? - HP Automation

A DIY vs Professional CCTV Camera: Which One TO Choose For Your Home?

When it comes to home security, the first thing that comes to your mind is a CCTV surveillance system.

But when you start your research on CCTVs, it only leaves you confused with a number of options, based upon cost, features and brands.

So which CCTV system is best for your home and how much should you invest in it? We answer a few queries for you:

DIY or a Professional CCTV System?

There are countless security brands in the market that offer security systems and CCTV Cameras at dirt-cheap prices.

Some are DIY solutions while some are meant to be professionally installed.

DIY cameras really offer great value for money as they save you labor cost and you also avoid the price hike by retailers, if you buy them online.

However, there are a few things that you need to consider.

A DIY Camera System

For the DIY systems, you may still end up hiring professionals for installation. Regardless, if your camera is wireless or hardwired type they still need special tools that a normal household normally doesn’t have.

Warranty of CCTV Camera system is another factor that you should consider before opting for DIY Cameras.

For instance, what if your equipment fails down the track? You will have to re-hire the specialists to uninstall the equipment while you try get a replacement from the seller.

Once you acquire the replacement unit your tradie will have to come back again to reinstall the system.

You could end up paying your vendor/tradie twice for the same installation. It could mean that all your savings on the installation are essentially all wasted.

As specialists, we have experienced that DIY Cameras are generally of a good quality. It is highly likely that after a few months, you may require your CCTV solution to be replaced with professional cameras.

Wireless cameras are also prone to be easily stolen. For example, Arlo cameras are mounted on metal base with built in magnet. These cameras are a favourite of the burglars.

From a single storey home, they can be easily removed for charging. But at the same time, they become super easy for vandals or thieves to steal.

Rechargeable cameras also prove worthless sometimes when you forget to recharge the cameras and you happen to need the footage at a time when your camera systems wasn’t working.

Professionally Installed CCTVs

Similarly there are several hardwired professional camera systems available in the market. There are both good and not so good camera systems. So when you chose you need to consider below:

Choosing the right installer: Over the years in this industry we have seen electricians attempting to install CCTV camera systems.

But if you are a not qualified security installer you may not be able to setup the CCTV Camera system to its full potential.

Simple things such as IP addresses, passwords and setting up external PoE switches is something that electricians are not trained to perform.

Just like any other trade, CCTV System installation is a specialised profession. Therefore, you should always go with an experienced and qualified professionals.

Hardware: Always go with reputable brands such as Dahua, Hikvision or Honeywell.

At the same time only hire the professionals who understand that particular brand.

For example, we at HP Automation have a team of installers who specialise in Dahua & Hikvision CCTV branded Cameras.

Installing of a CCTV is not just laying cables, plugging and playing to start recording.

It requires programming such as trip wires and setting up Artificial Intelligence features, etc.

Warranty: Look at the warranty offered by the installer. Make sure you get the warranty document with the installation.

Public Liability Insurance: Tradies are required to possess current public liability insurance in order to provide insurance in case something goes wrong.

Your house is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars worth. Therefore to save few a hundred dollars you shouldn’t want to risk it.

Open Cabling License: It is mandatory for an installer to possess current an open cabling license.

Security License: Most importantly, always go with licensed security advisors & installers for a complete piece of mind.

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