Camera Technologies

The basics are the same: multiple cameras that record video, both in day & night conditions, remote viewing and motion detection with text/email alerts.

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Wired (CCTV) Cameras (most commonly purchased):

  • Pro: Reliable, stable, signal cannot be intercepted
  • Pro: Cameras do not need electrical outlets powered through cables
  • Pro: Less expensive system, which allows for many cameras, weeks of recording time (DVR), and cameras can be replaced by better cameras
  • Con: Requires wire routing installation through attic, roof or walls
  • Con: Resolution not as good as high-end IP but good enough for single family residence

Examples: Q-SEE QT428-436-5 ($300: 4 cameras, 8 channel DVR, cables) purchased by a Lincoln Heights resident

Wireless Cameras: 

  • Pro: Flexibility, easily installed or moved, no connecting of wires
  • Con: Concrete, dense materials block signal range, and cordless phones, other wireless devices weaken the signal and video quality
  • Pro: Some systems (Logitechs Powerlining - video streams through electrical outlets), not affected by range and signal issues
  • Con: Still needs to be plugged in, or use batteries (must be replaced)
  • Con: More expensive and recording device usually sold separately
  • Con: Usually a max of 4 wireless cameras per installation environment

Examples: Lorex LW1012 ($107: 2 cameras, no DVR), Logitech 750e ($350 per camera), choice of some in Montclair

IP Cameras

IP (internet protocol) cameras are high-resolution cameras that transmit video over your Local Area Network (wirelessly or through CAT-5 Cables), so that the footage can be accessed by other devices on the network, sent directly to an Internet router, and/or recorded by a network DVR (NVR)

  • Pro: Very high resolution
  • Con: Quality IP systems are much more expensive
  • Con: Most systems do not include a recording device