Technology can make just about every part of home life easier. However, some technological products can make the home safer as well. Home security cameras and surveillance equipment allow the owner to keep an eye on things when they are away from home or in another area of the house. In fact, a security camera can see who is at the front door, make sure the kids stay away from the pool, and even find out if the dog is really the one eating all the potato chips at night. Some insurance companies will even grant generous discounts for homes equipped with surveillance equipment. While some systems need to be installed by professional contractors, the homeowner can install many home surveillance systems in a reasonable amount of time. Here is a look at three of the best systems available:
Swann Alpha D2C5-H.264 4 Channel DVR & 4 CCD Weatherproof Security Camera Kit
The Swann Alpha D2C5 system is a nice four-camera set up that can improve the safety and peace of mind of just about any homeowner. The included DVR allows for up to 30 days of recording thanks to the H.264 technology, which requires less space to store better quality video. The unit also comes with a network connection for easy viewing or additional recording from a PC, plus the folks at Swann have an app than is available for smartphone owners who want to check in on their live feed. The cameras are easy to install and simple to connect and feature night vision capability. All things considered this is a great system for the $575.99 price tag from Wal-Mart or walmart.com.
Lorex Indoor/Outdoor Digital Wireless Surveillance System
For $89.99 from Best Buy or bestbuy.com, the Lorex Indoor/Outdoor Digital Wireless Surveillance System is a solid purchase for basic monitoring needs. The single camera is great for monitoring one particular area like the front door, swimming pool, or hallway. The wireless transmitter is effective for up to 300 feet, so the camera and receiver can be a long way apart. Plus, the receiver hooks into most televisions with little trouble for viewing. Of course, the unit would have to be plugged into a DVR in order to record, but this is a unit more set up for live viewing. Still, the night vision feature is a nice plus, and for the price tag, this is a nice single camera unit.
Samsung SME-4220 Security System
The Samsung SME-4220 Security System comes complete with 22″ LCD monitor and 500GB Hard Drive. The LCD screen is big enough that checking out a quarter screen display from one of the four cameras requires a lot less squinting. The hard drive is big enough to store weeks of footage thanks to the H.264 video system, and the system can be installed in a weekend. Plus, the night vision capability keeps everyone safe in any lighting condition. The Samsung SME-4220 Security System is available from Costco or Costco.com for $1099.99. While the price may seem steep the full color display and hard drive, make this a serious unit for home surveillance and security.