Wireless or wired – does it just depend on the exact system and setup?

Wired systems yield the most dependable systems. The systems designer has many options to deliver signal, coax, UTP, fiber and so on. One has to remember wireless sounds great but you still have to power the devices and if you can get power to them you may also run cable as well. Currently, analog CCTV has only two frequencies allotted by the FCC 2.4Mgz and 5.8Mgz, neither of which require a license. The pit falls are many. If your neighbor puts up a 2.4Mgz system next to your already running 2.4Mgz it may take you down and there is nothing you can do about it. Microwave appliances and the like also wreak havoc on these systems as well.

Is there a monthly recording service fee?

Yes, and this will vary depending on camera count and the amount of storage required. Generally low upfront costs over the life of a video surveillance system (7+ years is not uncommon,) data charges, internet connection charges and the cost associated with the cloud storage service could make the overall cost many times more than a traditional system with an NVR.

On-site storage?

When an on-site storage system is implemented, it is designed to have the storage device fitted at the same location as the system itself. Of course, there are advantages of adapting this type of CCTV storage. First, it is easy to design and implement and so the costs will be lower. You can store the data either on a hard disk inside the DVR or on an external set of hard drives. It is wise, however, to keep the hard disk separately from the DVR. If anything happens to the system, your hard disk will be safe and you will be able to get the valuable data from it. On the other hand, if your hard disk is built into the DVR, it’s quite obvious for someone to take or steal the whole DVR and you will be left without any data. Still, you can choose to have a DVR with a built-in hard drive, which is a much easier option. In this case you have to take precautions in securing the DVR device with appropriate casing. You can buy cases for DVR with extra securities such as password control, physical locks and so on.

Precautions you definitely have to take You are not advised to keep your DVR in a visible place such as cash counters, lobby, reception etc. Interestingly enough, if this is the case, you will have a hard time and may get rejected when you want to claim insurance.