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Ultimate Guide To Adding  Cameras To Your Smart System

1 Jun 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. 

Garage Outdoor Cam Powered by ADC

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. 

Your Camera Options:

Now that we have covered a couple different ways to test and set-up your security cameras, let's cover types of cameras. 

Indoor Fixed w/IR (ADC-V522IR)

ADC indoor

Often used to check up on pets and activity within the home or business, the Alarm.com Indoor camera supports 1080p HD video, infrared night vision and secure cloud recording.

With its compact design and flexible mounting options, the ADC-V522IR is easy to install, and is the lowest-cost option within our camera portfolio. 

Features

  • HD 1080p video
  • IR night vision
  • Wide dynamic range (WDR)
  • Two-Way Audio (limited)

1080p Indoor Wi-Fi Camera (ADC-V523)

ADC Indoor Camera with Built in Analytics

Powerful Video Analytics from Alarm.com and direct ethernet connection differentiate ADC's second generation of indoor camera. Internal testing has proven this generation of camera from Alarm.com to be slightly sharper for both resolution and overall connectivity. 

Features

  • 117° field of view
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Two-Way Audio
  • Ethernet Connection or Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz)

1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera (ADC-V723)

ADC Wi-FI Outdoor Camera

With a wide field of view, night vision, and High Dynamic Range (HDR), the ADC-V723 lets you see what’s important – no matter the time of day or lighting conditions.

Features

  • 117° field of view
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Wi-Fi (2.4 or 5 GHz)
  • Waterproof & Dust-tight

Requirements:
Power 12 V - 1 A DC power adapter (included)
Network Wi-Fi (2.4 or 5 GHz) connection to broadband Internet

Alarm.com 180° HD Camera ADC-V622

ADC Wellness Camera

The Alarm.com Wellness Camera is a wide-angle camera, designed for keeping an eye on family or pets within the home. Covering a full 180° view, this indoor camera is best to cover larger rooms or areas of space. Improved audio connection and zoom capabilities differentiate this camera from Alarm.com's first gen indoor camera.  

Features

  • Audio
  • Power over Ethernet
  • IR night vision
  • 180° FOV
  • Digital pan/tilt/zoom
  • Tap to call out
  • Bluetooth music streaming

Alarm.com Video Doorbell (ADC-VDB770)

Alarm.com Gen 2 Doorbell Camera

The second generation video doorbell camera from Alarm.com has an expansive 150° vertical Field of View,  two-way audio and full portrait viewing in the app make it easier than ever to see a speak with visitors. Built-in analytics from Alarm.com result in the most advanced doorbell camera on the market to date. 

Features

  • Expansive FOV (150° V, 115° H)
  • Full HD (1440 x 1920) video resolution
  • High dynamic range (HDR)
  • IR night vision
  • Video Analytics for faster, more relevant alerts
  • Live video and saved clip viewing
  • Two-Way Audio through the mobile app
  • Battery heater for low-temperature operation
  • 2x2 antenna for improved Wi-Fi range
  • Compatible with mechanical and digital chimes

Stream Video Recorder (ADC-SVR122)

ADC CSVR

Created specifically to work with the Alarm.com video cameras, the Alarm.com Stream Video Recorder provides 24x7 professional local video storage solution. With the Stream Video Recorder, you can connect up to eight Alarm.com video cameras for continuous recording.

Specifications:
Storage 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage
Transcoded playback MPEG4 H.264
Speed control 1x, 4x, 8x, 16x

Indoor/Outdoor Mini Bullet (ADC-VC725)

The ADC-VC725 from Alarm.com is a high-performance mini bullet camera optimized for indoor and outdoor video monitoring.  The camera features a dust-resistant exterior casing with an IP66 rating and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. Often used in small business settings, the bullet indoor/outdoor camera from Alarm.com is an affordable alternative to complex DVR or NVR business solutions. 

Features:

  • Power over Ethernet
  • IR night vision
  • HD video
  • IP66-rated waterproof & dust tight
    • This allows the camera to be mounted outdoors

Next Steps!

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

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