Home Video surveillance - do it yourself

Does it cost a moderate price? Can I make it myself without call a professionals? Yes and yes!

You can read everything about surveillance cameras and cctv design methodology in the internet.

For many years some areas of technology belonged to professionals only. For example photography, music recording or video surveillance.

Does it cost a moderate price? Can I make it myself without call a professionals? Yes and yes!

For many years some areas of technology belonged to professionals only. For example photography, music recording or video surveillance. Now even a novice at photography can make exciting shots or a good pass photo.

The technology makes the usage of things easier.

How should I do it?

There are 6 steps for home surveillance with network cameras.

  1. Plan your CCTV installation. There is a special CCTV design software to help you to choose lens, visualize in 3D camera’s field of view and make planning of your CCTV Do it yourself surveillance
  2. Purchase network cameras, for example from Axis, Panasonic, DLink. It costed from $150 to $180 for basic network camera like Axis 206, and about $400 for 1.3 mega pixel network camera (Axis 206M). Cameras with PTZ for example some Panasonic models costed around $450.
  3. Purchase video surveillance software from the Internet. See our surveillance software TOP10. It costs from $30 for basic software till $80-150-250 for full featured software.
  4. Install cameras: 15-25 minutes for each camera
  5. In case if you decide to use wireless surveillance cameras add WIFI board to your PC and don’t care about cable installation! :)
  6. Install network cable – $10-$20 (in case of ordinary network cameras). In case you have more than one camera purchase network hub or switch ($20).
  7. Install video surveillance / management software on your PC

1 USB camera – Logitech
Camera: $50
Software: $40
Total: $90 + 30 minutes
Comment: USB camera should be in range of 5 meters from PC

1 network camera – Axis 205
Camera: $180
Software: $40
Cable: included
Installation: 30-60 minutes
Total: $220 + 60 minutes

1 wireless network camera – Axis 206W
Camera: $400
Software: $ 40
Installation: 15-30 minutes
Total: $440 + 30 minutes

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