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DIY Video Surveillance Issues

Posted by Brian McLeish on 22 July 2015

The old joke "if you think it is expensive to hire a professional wait until you hire an amateur" still rings true. DIY initially seems to provide cost savings but usually it takes at least 3 attempts to get it right if you are lucky. Many of our customers have tried to install the inexpensive video surveillance packages bought at the big box stores first, only to have problems or be unhappy with the results.

Here are a few of the issues you may encounter:

  • Pre-sized cables may not be long enough or are too long.
  • Cable and connectors are not professional grade.
  • Cameras are made with very cheap imagers. Cameras have issues with bright light and low light scenes especially when both are in the same scene.
  • Setting up remote viewing from your smartphone.
  • Port forwarding on your router.- Poor to no support for technical issues.
  • All cameras are not the same. Camera lens does not suit the scene required.
  • Cable and connectors are very vulnerable to be vandalized or attacked.
  • Unsightly esthetics.

Video Surveillance Professionals will "listen to understand" what you are trying to achieve with a camera system. They will recommend the best technology and installation methods to suit your needs.


Brian McLeishAuthor: Brian McLeish
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