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Guide To Adding Home Security Cameras To Your Smart System

13 Apr 2021

If you have an alarm system, chances are you have thought about adding cameras. Why not? Cameras have a wide range of uses and can be an additional layer of security.

While the installation of cameras may be relatively simple, having them stay online 24/7 and not drop off can be a real challenge. 

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If you're interested in knowing more about the network and internet requirements for WiFi based cameras, keep reading.

Option 1: Cameras Over Wi-Fi Home Network

Commonly the most cost-effective way to add cameras to your system is to simply draw power through an outlet and connect the cameras via your home WiFi network. With this option there is no need for pulling any cable or wire. Just the power source will be hard-wired. 

A general rule of thumb we tell our clients is that for every camera you have on the system, you want 2MP of upload speed. So, if you were looking for 4 cameras indoor/outdoor, you will need a minimum of 8MP upload speed from your internet provider (Xfinity, Verizon, Spectrum) on a dedicated network for the best experience. 

You may be told from your internet provider the “maximum” speed that your plan includes; however, you still need to run an internet speed test. 

We recommend using https://www.speedtest.net/ 

  1. Press Go in the middle of the screen
  2. The first number given to you is the DOWNLOAD speed
  3. The second number given to you is the UPLOAD speed *this is the one you need to note*
  4. Write down the upload speed number and give to your Alarm New England sales representative

Considering and answering these questions will help you determine your security needs and in turn, where to place them for maximum efficiency.

Option 2: Hardwiring CAT5/CAT6 Cable

For clients wishing to have the most reliable connection for their cameras or to have a more advanced solution (24/7 constant recording), we offer the option to hardwire the Alarm.com power AND internet source. Wired cameras typically have fewer issues with dropped signals or recording issues due to a weak internet connection.

So what does it mean to run CAT5/CAT6 Cable? In order to establish a direct connection between the internet and your cameras, we would require cabling run from the network room to each individual camera's location. 

You may be asking, but why doesn't everyone choose this option?

Well, the main reason is cost. Unless the home's walls and ceiling are open, running these cables can be a labor intensive project. We suggest you consult one of our security experts before undertaking any cabling projects. Our team can help direct both location of cameras and the proper cabling you will need. 

Still have questions about your network bandwidth and adding cameras? Simply, call 800-322-3500 ext #2 for sales or email “sales@alarmnewengland.com”.

If you're interested in a new security system, visit our site to learn about us and how we can help.

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