There are many considerations when looking at a security camera for your home. First, do you want to be able to see the video when you’re away? If you do, then you raise the question do you want it to record to some sort of cloud or do you want it to only be accessible to you live?

With just those questions alone, it can be tough to make the right decision. There are many benefits to going either way. If you choose not to go the cloud recording route, you get the increased security knowing you’re the only one who can see the video. Even though most cloud-based Storage security companies have the utmost respect for your privacy, there still is always that question lingering in your mind whether or not an employee has access to view your recordings.

If nobody is recording then you’re at the mercy just of the software that you’re using rather than another company storing your video on their server. Of course, the downside to this is that you’re only able to see the video live, rather than being able to look at any sort of recording should you need to.

A lot of security cameras can come instead with just a DVR system. The benefit here is that typically the camera records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The reason they can do this is that they have lots of storage and you’re not relying on a cloud-based storage system which leads to decreased costs. Oftentimes even a DVR system might have some sort of remote app that you just need to configure to get through your firewall. The configuration in this regard is usually pretty easy and can be done in just a few minutes.

Another consideration is whether you want a wired or wireless system. The benefit to a wired system is typically that you’ll have faster access to your video, and 24-hour recording. The downside is that you need to figure out how to wire a system throughout your entire home. Especially if you have cameras on opposite ends of the home, you need to determine where the DVR is going to be in the home from the very beginning. If you go with a wireless option, typically you can move things around at your leisure. This is a huge benefit when you’re deciding where your cameras need to go. You can always adjust a camera and move it either across the home or just a few feet and the same with your DVR system if you even have one. The downfall to getting Wireless Systems is typically Wireless speeds are slower than wired speeds. Oftentimes also you lose connections wirelessly in times where a wired connection won’t lose the connection.

There are lots of considerations at play here. Hopefully this guide helps you decide what it is you’re looking for and which kind of system whether it be Wireless, wired, cloud-based, or simply on-premises in a closed system.