Video Surveillance for your Home

Make sure that you do your research!  Ask questions!

Buy 4K/8-Megapixel (4K is 4 X Higher Resolution than 1080p)

► NVR = Network Video Recorder (NEW Technology – CAT5e, CAT6 Data Cable)

► NVR systems use Power over Ethernet (PoE) to Power the Cameras over the CAT5e/CAT6 Ethernet Cabling.

► NVR systems use IP Cameras (unless you use an adapter to allow use of an older technology Analog Camera)

► NVR systems process the video/data at the camera rather than on the recorder

► NVR recorders receive a digital signal from the cameras, so video quality is better than compared to a DVR at the same resolution

► Ethernet cables (NVR) carry audio, so all cameras with microphones could record audio to the NVR


DVR (OLD Technology – Coax Cabling)

► Coaxial cable does not provide power to the camera, there are actually two cables included within one covering, a power and video cable.

DVR systems transmit analog video signal, which results in a lower quality image compared to NVR systems. (Siamese cable)

DVR systems transmit analog video signal and process the video/data at the DVR/recorder


Make sure that your cable to camera connection is in a Waterproof housing or your cameras will rust/corrode and stop working

Do not slow down your home WiFi by using a bunch of video cameras on it, or it will slow down your gaming, streaming, and internet usage

Do not use battery powered cameras unless you plan to check, charge, and/or replace the batteries often  (do you want to be up on a ladder in the rain replacing a battery ?

Do the cameras that you’re looking at require 110/VAC ? (regular power outlet) How much is going to cost to get an Electrician to install the 110/VAC to your new camera location ?  Can you even find an Electrician who will do that type of work ?  Where is he going to run the power from ?

Regarding Ring Floodlight Camera: From Ring: Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro can only be hardwired (100V-240V). If you do not already have an existing junction box, one can be installed, however, Ring highly recommends that you engage a licensed electrician for this.

Regarding Ring Door Bell: From Ring: Question; Do you have to pay for a monthly service?  Answer; Yes, if you want to store or review videos, you’ll need to pay a yearly fee (which is around $30). Otherwise it’s live feed ONLY. There is a grace period, but then that goes away.

ECS is Video Surveillance Contractor located in Seattle, WA & Portland, OR.

ECS provides local technicians for on-site work installing and servicing a variety of voice/data equipment, ie; Low Voltage Cabling, CAT5e/CAT6, Fiber Optic, IP Office Telephone Systems, Voicemail, Telephones, Firewalls, Ethernet Switches, Circuit Extensions, Wireless Networking, Video Surveillance, Point of Sale, Overhead Paging, Avaya Aura Servers, Gateways, etc. 

ECS provides services in Washington & Oregon, primarily in the greater Seattle & Portland areas.

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