Cameras for a security system can provide some amazing benefits for home and business security, but they also come with a lot of nuances that can make them complicated to install. If you’ve been trying to decide whether to install a security camera, here are a few things our staff here at Alarms R Us think you need to know.

How They Work

Security Cameras

Most security cameras follow the same model of visual data capture, feeding information by wire or conduit to a central repository that either displays the information on a monitor, records it for later display, or both. Traditional cameras are installed with fairly durable equipment and are connected with closed circuit wiring. As a result, they work day and night, but they are only as good as the circuit wiring that connects them.

Wireless cameras are far more flexible in that they can be placed in areas without wiring, and they still send visual data feeds as needed. However, their performance is only as good as the signal reception, which is digital and can be compromised by wireless commands.

DIY vs. Pro Cameras

Many wireless camera packages are available on the market, available even at local big box retailers and hardware stores. These products are frequently packaged with marketing that says they are easy to install and set up, providing a buyer instant monitoring security.

The problem with this approach is that you often get what you pay for. Lower-end packages are often a bit difficult for a first-timer to install, and the cameras don’t provide very good detail that matters. For example, a typical home security system camera bought off the shelf doesn’t do well in low night-time light, and the images are so grainy it’s hard to see a license plate or a person’s face.

A professional security system package, especially those provided by Alarms R Us, includes equipment that actually performs the way you need it to perform. The equipment quality is of such high caliber that it compensates for low light and provides enough detail that you can actually make out a person’s face or a license plate number of a nearby car.


First-time users may not know how to identify a faulty camera, only finding out there’s an issue when it’s too late. On the other hand, a professional installation ensures that each security camera is tested and working correctly. New York City homeowners and business owners can be assured that the alarm system they bought is working correctly and installed right the first time.

Find Out More

Want to find out more about installing a security camera? Contact our staff at (718) 996-6900 anytime. We’d be glad to help NYC homeowners and business owners with all your surveillance needs.


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