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Where will you locate your video recorder? DVR-NVR
As you start to consider equipment locations, keep in mind the following. All systems (including wireless) require a video recorder or some type of modem for the camera to report to. This is also commonly referred to as the “front end”.

The important thing here is to understand that any device you choose will have to be protected from the elements. Consider your video recorder to be similar to a computer. Do not locate the video recorder anywhere you would not feel comfortable putting a computer. In other words, the video recorder must be protected from the elements and in a fairly stable, clean, dry, and controlled temperature environment. This eliminates locations such as attics, or a garage where temperatures may soar.

When choosing the location of the video recorder remember the following:

  • The unit requires constant power.
  • For remote viewing (internet or mobile) a network cable (Cat5 or 6) from the video recorder to your internet modem is required. (“Wireless” or “Wifi” does not support the bandwidth requirements).
  • Each camera will require one cable from the camera location to the video recorder or PoE Switch. The location of the video recorder must take this into consideration. There are other options such as networking which we will discuss later.

Recommended locations include utility closets, computer rooms or racks, in a home or business office, entertainment centers, bedroom dressers, or storage cabinets etc.

Selecting Your Video Recorder Nationwide video surveillance systems grow 35% after installation. This is due to two reasons. First, the customer did not use an adequate number of cameras to provide the coverage they desired. Second, the customer found the system to be so effective they expanded the system to provide additional security and surveillance benefits.

The lesson here is to allow the system to have expansion capabilities. You can always add cameras, it’s the DVR you have to make sure will support your future needs. Surveillance DVRs are built to support four, eight, sixteen, and thirty two cameras. If you initially purchase four cameras with a four channel DVR and then later find you absolutely need a fifth camera...that one camera is going to be expensive. Out goes the four camera DVR and in comes a new eight camera DVR. Lesson: it’s wise to purchase a video recorder one size larger than you initially need.

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