Closed circuit television (CCTV) has been around for decades, but has only recently become affordable for residential uses. Most homeowners use CCTV systems as part of a home security system that could include an arrangement of other detection and monitoring devices.
CCTV cameras are nothing more than video cameras that monitor activity and “feed” the images to a monitor or viewing device within the same electronic circuit, thus “closed circuit.” The security applications are numerous:
CCTV cameras are essentially video cameras that may be wireless, plugged directly into an outlet, or hardwired into your home system. Video images in black and white or color may be monitored via PC monitor or DVR system. Systems are often setup to record feed data to a DVD so it can be saved for security purposes, short-term or long-term.
Home video camera systems come in a range of sizes, shapes and styles:
All of these terms describe features or characteristics of security cameras including CCTV systems.
How you install a CCTV security system depends upon the scope and sophistication of the system, its integration with a larger home security monitoring system, and your do-it-yourself abilities.
Plan to spend between $500 and $3,000 for a small- to mid-range system. The more sophisticated the system and devices the more cash you’ll have to put out.
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