Remote View Your Home Security Cameras While Away From Home

So you have installed a home security camera system at your home, or are planning to install one. That is great news, because you can start using your camera system to prevent problems as well as provide evidence if vandalism or theft occurs. But if you are currently in the market for a home security camera system, then you might want to consider some of the added features that are available. Many home security camera systems can provide you the ability to view your cameras while you are away from home over the internet. But it is important to look for certain things when you are considering a remotely viewable home security camera system.

The most important thing to consider when you are selecting a remote-viewable security camera system is the security of your system on the network. It is important to ensure that the system you have selected has the ability to set up a password protected user account, so that you can ensure that you will be the only one that has access to your system. After all, you don’t want someone else being able to watch you on your cameras.

Next, you should consider your internet connection…do you have a static IP address or dynamic IP address internet connection? If you do not know the answer to that question, then it is very likely that you have a dynamic IP address, because static IP addresses cost more on a monthly basis from your internet service provider. It is important to know this when selecting a home security camera system, because if you can avoid having to pay an extra $10-30 per month for a static IP address, then you can save a great deal of money in the long-run. So when you are selecting a remote viewable home security camera system or DVR, be sure to ask if it will work with a dynamic IP address. Most of the systems on the market will not work with a dynamic IP address, which is why our Alnet Systems PC-Based DVR Cards have become very popular for home security camera installations. This system has built-in support for the dynamic IP addresses, so that you can view your cameras remotely, without having to pay an extra monthly fee to your internet service provider.

Finally, look at the remote viewing options that the home security camera system or DVR offers you. The remote viewing ability of standalone and PC-based DVRs vary widely from basic Internet Explorer-ONLY remote viewing through a web browser, to more advanced PC-Client remote viewing that offer full-resolution access to your cameras, and even Windows Mobile PDA phone and Windows Mobile Smartphone remote viewing, like with our Alnet Systems PC-Based home security camera systems. With the PDA phone and Smartphone remote viewing, you are even able to connect in to view your live and pre-recorded video right from your cell phone, so that next time you are on the train and stressing out about whether or not you shut the garage door, you can know for sure in seconds.

The decision to install home security cameras is becoming an easy one in today’s society…but ensure when you do, that you select a system that can work for your needs. Consider the costs and remote viewing capabilities at the same time, because a cheaper DVR can sometimes cost you more in internet connection costs over the long run, while providing lower-quality recording at the same time. Let the remote access allow you to have better peace of mind, and stay more connected with your largest investment, your home.

Home Security For Summer Travelers

If home is where your heart is, then it can be in a fair few places for many people. Today, the lifestyle of having multiple residences, or simply travelling frequently for business or pleasure is becoming increasingly common. Even if travelling to hotels on the company time, home may have to be wherever you hang your hat, even if you’re heart is not in it, if only for a while. While on the road, most people are tired and worn out, and not thinking about home security at their own home, let alone making their temporary home a safe haven. It’s relatively easy to make your temporary home a fortress with just a few easy measure like those found below for top, temporary home security!

The door alarm door jamb. This simple device looks exactly like a door jamb, but works like a door alarm. It can be shockingly easy to open up a hotel room door by simply inserting a metal rod under the door in the space between the heavy door and the floor. Anyone who has seen this done online will surely be worried and ready to take an extra measure of protection. This can be especially important for those travelling alone who are likely to be tired and in a deep sleep. The way this door jamb works is that it is touch sensitive, so that if it is moved or if the door is opened into it a loud alarm sounds alerting you of the criminal’s presence, and alerting the criminal that he’s been caught.

Security Safes. Today most hotel rooms come with a safe, but most people don’t bother using it. They are afraid they will forget their belongings or that it’s not actually secure. It is, however, easier to use a security safe in the moment than notice your missing belongings like credit cards and jewelry later. If worried that the room safes aren’t safe enough, a great alternative can be to travel with a small travel safe. Many travel safes can come in the appearance of a can of shaving cream or other trick exterior, making it impossible to detect that your belongings are inside.

Luggage Locks. While going through air security it’s likely you’ll lose your lock, but when travelling on the ground it’s always a good idea to have your luggage securely closed and locked. Even when lying around the hotel room it can be victim to revision by hotel employees. Remember that any hotel personnel could potentially have access to your room, so ask yourself if you would really trust all of them with your valuable belongings.

Wi-Fi Care. A new kind of home security threat that many people forget to worry about is Wi-Fi safety. When at a hotel with an open internet connection, anyone could be watching as you enter important data like bank account and credit card information. Stay safe by limiting the amount of personal information and transactions completed on the hotel’s open Wi-Fi connection.

Investing in Home Safety and Home Security During Difficult Economic Times

It may be hard to justify spending money right now. Like many others, you may be struggling to make it through this recession or you may just be hesitant to spend, not knowing what the future will bring financially. Watching the news each day will only make you more uncertain, since experts can’t even agree on when this recession may pass; however, you probably realize that crime rates are also on the rise and the longer times are hard financially, the higher that crime rate is likely to become. This makes it even more essential that you protect what you have and what you’ve worked so very hard to achieve.

Investing in your home security system makes good financial sense at any time, especially during times of difficult economic times when crime rates are high and may well rise even further in the future. There are multiple reasons to invest in home security, including the idea that your investment may actually save you money in the long run.

Home security can save you money not just by protecting you from loss due to theft, fire or other types of losses. Installing a good home security system can win you better home insurance rates as well. Installation of a good security system increases the value of your property and can win you a higher selling price if you do chose to sell your home.

You have worked hard for what you have and you have to be concerned with protecting yourself, your loved ones, your personal belongings as well as your structural home. With all of these different concerns in mind, you should consider multiple levels of home protection and security.

Locks are still the backbone of any good security system. Good quality locks, stable and strong entry doors and the placement of locks are all important. You should have multiple locks on your entry doors, including both a door handle lock and a deadbolt lock. Deadbolt locks should be installed higher on the door to prevent your lock from easily breaking away if the door is kicked. Locks that are difficult to pick and those that are “lock bumping” resistant are available on the market and should be your first line of defense against unwanted entry into your home.

Unfortunately, you can’t just think having locks on your doors is enough these days. You should look into a home security package that includes other security options as well, including audio and video intercom systems that allow you to speak with and see visitors before allowing them in your home. You can install additional systems that will sound alarms if windows and doors are opened without your authorization. Gate security can be an option as well, if you want to prevent anyone from accessing not just your home but your property without your permission.