Wired Security Camera System Costs
Even though the installation runs higher than wireless, the elements of wired systems are more affordable. Because you will need to have holes drilled, wires added, and conduit put in place, hiring a contractor is typically necessary for the average customer. Aside from them being more expensive upfront, the only real drawback is the cameras will be in fixed locations. The pros may outweigh the cons for your specific. Wired systems cannot be hacked remotely, jammed, and have power built-in, often with battery backups for power outages.
Wireless Security Camera System Costs
Wireless systems are easy to install, making them the top choice for DIY projects. A DIY install will run you, with professional work, only about $100 per camera. They’re also easy to move and almost always have remote access. Drawbacks for you might be that they have no direct power source and must be installed within your home’s wireless network range to function correctly. They often have lower resolution than wired counterparts and can be hacked remotely. Wireless models are also subject to signal interference and lag due to bandwidth limitations.
Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)
CCTV packages can start out around $70 to $340 per camera depending on additional features you add, like high definition and larger digital in-camera storage. These are either monitored locally or store video on a physical Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Large homes and businesses often go with CCTV due to the convenient features. You can always connect a DVR to the internet which allows for remote viewing but also opens it up to hacking.
Internet Protocol (IP)
IP systems cost from $60 to $300 and are easily configurable and expandable. These often come with features like high resolution and night vision. IP cameras are almost always wireless and connect directly to the internet, making them the choice for DIY installations. They broadcast video over your local network and usually store video digitally on a Network Video Recorder (NVR). Keep in mind though, that this makes them susceptible to both hacking and internet outages.
Indoor vs Outdoor
Cameras used outside can see farther and have better resolution often cost around $100 each vs. their indoor counterparts that start at $60. Both will have an additional average of $100 each to install professionally. Indoor cameras won’t need to be weatherproof and often have a limited range and resolution. They are often of the smaller variety to help them be hidden in plain sight. External types often need better visibility and durability; both deter potential criminal activity.
Security camera resolution is often advertised by the common 480p, 720p, and 1080p resolution terms most people are used to. With higher resolution, you are going to have a better image, but also a higher cost. What resolution you need depends on how you’ll use your system.
Anything below 1080p definition. These usually run around $100 each. These types are useful for areas where details, like faces and writing, aren’t really necessary.
Those at or above 1080p definition add an additional $100 to $300 to a standard low definition camera. When you need a clear picture of a person, license plate, or another identifying mark, go with a higher definition (HD). You are going to want the details these cameras capture if the time comes.
Motion detectors are often a part of a comprehensive security system. A typical motion detector camera will cost less than a standard one, running about $15 to $150. Make sure you check out the quality of this feature before you settle on a camera. Some systems start recording after the motion is detected while others might record too often for trees or lights.
Night Vision and Infrared Illuminator
A separate IR illuminator to flood a larger area runs between $15 to $90. IR cameras give a higher quality picture than standard night vision. Standard night vision is the amplification of available light, like moonlight and streetlights. Infrared (IR) imaging uses the infrared light given off by heat sources. This light isn’t visible to the human eye, but an IR camera sees it and converts it to the visible light spectrum.
Monitored Security Services
Alarm monitoring services range from $30 to $65 monthly with initial setup fees added on. These services add an additional layer of protection to your home security system. For this additional monthly charge, your home will be monitored 24 hours a day, alerting you and the authorities to any disturbance, including fires.
Cameras with microphone setups are only a few dollars more than those without audio capabilities. Adding them after a system is already installed is usually easy and inexpensive. These can run around $10 to $30 each.
As you can see there are so many things that can affect the final cost of your home security system. If you are overwhelmed by all the options, your best bet is to talk to a professional security system installer. They can help you go over what might work best for your property and needs and help you come up with a plan. If you are in the Orlando, FL area and need a security camera system contact Southeast Wiring Solutions today!