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Building a Home Surveillance And Recording System that is Right for You

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While many systems include multiple high end cameras, DVR equipment, and monitors, it is possible to create a simple system of your own by piecing together different products and using some of your own audio video equipment. To start with, you will need to decide on cameras; the Indoor/Outdoor, Day/Night Color IR Camera with 26 LEDs is a high quality camera at an affordable price just over $100. It is weatherproof, has a range of up to 35 feet in the dark and includes a 100 foot video cable (unlike most other cameras which require a separate cable purchase). The next step is to use a processor to feed the images to your TV or monitor. For multiple cameras, the 4-Camera Color Quad Processor can connect up to four video feeds, and display each image at once in a quad-view or on a dual-view consisting of a main image with a small picture-in-picture window that alternates the other camera feeds; comes in at under $150. While DVR systems are fantastic, they are also costly, to save a few dollars, why not use the old VCR you have sitting around to record events.
For setup, simply connect the RCA video cable from each camera to 'Video In' inputs on the back of the modulator and then connect another single RCA cable from the 'Video Out' on the back of the modulator to your TV or monitor, optionally going through a VCR (each requiring additional RCA video cables sold separately).
A setup with 4 cameras, a modulator, some extra RCA video cables and using your existing TV and VCR, can be done for under $600.

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Use a network camera that will allow you to remotely view and control your camera feed from a web browser or from an iPhone using SmartLinc - INSTEON Central Controller.

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Get peice of mind knowing that your home or office surveillance camera video feed is being digitally recorded, providing you visual security that can be viewed via the internet anywhere in the world with the 4 Channel H.264 Network DVR with 250 GB.