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Q&A: Learn the Basics of Home Surveillance

We Explore Types of Home Security Cameras, Monitoring Solutions & More

Q&A: Learn the Basics of Home Surveillance

Home surveillance systems have come a long way from bulky, low-resolution imaging to sleek, smart cameras featuring 4K resolution and more. If you haven’t updated your current home surveillance system—or don’t have one at all—now is the perfect time to look for the right solution for your home in Ocean City, MD.

But finding the right home security cameras and monitoring solutions can be daunting when you don’t know what you’re looking for. To help make the process easier, our team at Impact Home Technology has answered some of your common questions covering types of security cameras, best monitoring practices, and more. Find all our answers below.

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Which Type of Home Security Camera Is Best?

Of the many security camera types available on the market, the ones you choose should be based on your needs and the environment in and around your home. Below are a few popular home security cameras and their notable characteristics.

Dome: Named after its circular shape, the dome camera can be found both indoors and outdoors, attached to ceilings, walls, and eaves. The dome encases the camera lens and is typically tinted to obscure which way the camera is pointing. On average, the dome camera allows for a view range of 70 to 100 degrees and has a night vision of about 100 feet.

PTZ: The pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera is perfect for covering large areas as it has an endless view range of 360 degrees, a 90-degree tilt, and night vision that covers about 200 feet. Its zooming feature, which can be controlled by an automation system, enables the PTZ camera to see small details like a vehicle license plate from far away. Great for outdoor spaces, the PTZ camera is also protected by a durable casing to help obscure the camera’s direction.


Bullet: The bullet camera, which is known for its deterring appearance, is one of the most common types of surveillance cameras. Typically used for outdoor environments, the bullet camera is installed on building exteriors and has a view range of 70 to 100 degrees and a night vision of about 100 feet.

Though we’ve mentioned the basic features of these popular security cameras, it’s important to remember that the specs of each camera also depend on the type of lens used, its resolution capability, and more.

How Can I Best Monitor My Home?

We’re in the middle of summer, which means you and your family are likely traveling often and staying out of the house for longer periods of time. While you can easily find home security cameras that come with different levels of cloud storage plans, it’s crucial that your cameras also connect over the network so you can receive a live recording of your home on your smartphone while you’re away.

Our team works with Luma surveillance camera systems that not only locally store recorded footage at no additional cost to you, but they also come with remote access to live feeds, advanced playback capability, customized push notifications, and an intuitive app for seamless navigation and control.

In short, the best way to monitor your home is by going smart. Smart home security cameras that connect over the network and stream live feed and alerts to your smartphone grant you more peace of mind so you can leave home and still stay connected to what matters most.

Should I Pursue a DIY or Professional Installation?

While there’s no one stopping you from driving to the nearest big-box store and purchasing some wireless security cameras for your home, the benefits of a professional installation far outweigh a DIY home security solution in quality, service, support, and comprehensive integration with your smart home.

When you partner with our team at Impact Home Technology, we stay with you every step of the way, from consultation to design, installation, and ongoing tech support. Our smart home professionals know the ins and outs of installing a robust and scalable home security system perfectly tailored to your needs.

What’s more, we can integrate your security system with the rest of your home automation system to work with your lights, thermostats, smoke detectors, alarms, and more for an even safer home. Now that’s ultimate convenience in the palm of your hand.

Ready to move forward with a robust smart home security system? Let us help you with your surveillance project today by contacting us here or sending us a live chat below now.

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