Managing your surveillance camera system so that it works smoothly is a simple task but home and business owners are busy people, and thatâ€™s where the problem arises.
Here, weâ€™ve compiled a simple check for you to avoid the most common mistakes.
Protect against power surgesâ€¦
Â Surveillance systems are computers that help protect your home or business. Thunderstorms can result in momentary losses of power. Surveillance systems keep an eye 24/7, but cannot do so without power. Likewise, surges in power can damage your surveillance system requiring parts replaced.
How to avoid it: Protect the system that protects you. Consider an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), a device that supplies electricity in the event of an outage, much like a rechargeable battery. The larger the UPS the longer it can supply electricity. To guard against surges, a UPS or surge protector can help protect your system.
Make sure your recording settings are set properlyÂ â€¦.
The system may be on and functioning properly but not recording. Make sure you understand all the recording modes of your recorder. Choose from motion detection, pre-recording, scheduled recording, and manual recording to name a few. Recorders (DVRs and NVRS) can use a combination of these recording modes to suit your application. Use motion in areas of little traffic and to conserve hard drive space.
How to avoid it: Consult your recorderâ€™s user manual and test your system to make sure itâ€™s functioning the way you intended. Revo offers free lifetime technical support with every system.
Take the work out of networkingâ€¦.
Undoubtedly, networking your DVR or NVR can be a bit tricky. Yet, one of the most powerful features of a surveillance system is its ability to be viewed from virtually anywhere, via smartphone or computer. Check out the Revo Ultra, with two-step connectivity on phone, tablet and computer. Depending on your home or businessâ€™ internet modem, you may require added steps to get your system networked. Donâ€™t let this deter you from taking advantage of one of the best features of your system!
How to avoid it: Consult your user manual or take advantage of friendly lifetime technical support.
Beware of blind spotsâ€¦
Is your camera coverage adequate? Covering all first floor doors and windows in your home or business is a great place to start. Selecting the right camera for the right application is important too. Cover a wider area with high resolution cameras, or cameras with wider viewing angles. The Revo Ultra has a special Corridor View mode, perfect for doors, hallways and windows.
How to avoid it: Remember to cover doors and windows on the first floor. Sketch your design on paper with a birdâ€™s eye view of your building and your proposed camera placements. Consider getting a recorder with more channels than immediately necessary, leaving the option to add cameras in the future.