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Nowadays, there are a lot of home security camera installation companies available in the market. You can choose the best if you know well enough about the system.

Let’s start with, why we need a security camera installation?

The simple and straightforward answer is. You are safe, starting from the small theft to the larger lawsuits.

The main benefits of security camera installation are:

  1. Keep your family and business safe from intruder activities.
  2. Save up to 20% on insurance premiums.
  3. Take full control of home and business, such as the entrance door, garage door, and premises.
  4. Keep an eye on the kids and pets.
  5. Control your appliances such as thermostats, lawn mover, vacuum, kitchen appliances, and laundry.
  6. Somehow, the home monitoring system helps you to save on grocery bills. Sometimes, if you are in a grocery store, want to see what is in the kitchen, you can see and avoid unnecessary spending.
  7. Install an indoor home monitoring system with fire, carbon monoxide, and gas leak alarm fasciitis and stay protected against the above mishappenings.
  8. Stay safe with the video footage proof, of any accident, robbery, theft, or any other intruder activities.
  9. Develop and live in a safe neighborhood.

There are two types of security camera systems available in the market. The monthly fee-based and a one-time purchase.

Which home security camera system is better?

Should we go with the monthly fee-based home monitoring plans? Or buy our system and bear a one-time purchase cost and installation expenses?.

The main benefits of monthly fee-based home monitoring systems are.

  1. No upfront cost:-Almost in all cases, most of the home security companies in GTA install the system at zero upfront cost.
  2. No equipment purchase:- Since it is a monthly fee-based home security camera installation, no upfront equipment purchase required.
  3. More variations:- You can choose the best suitable equipment for your home, e.g 5 outdoor and 1 indoor camera for your home as the buying cost is almost none.
  4. Free installation:- All home security camera installation companies in the greater Toronto area free installation.
  5. Technical support:- Enjoy free one-tap technical support and onsite repair services.
  6. Free smart home devices:- Some companies offer you free smart home devices, especially if you buying on Boxing Day deals, New Year sales, etc.
  7. Discounted home and business insurance:- Enjoy the lowest home and business insurance premium if your home security system is installed and contracted with professional companies like Telus, Bell, and Rogers.
  8. Price match:- Believe me or not, if you are surfing a home security system, try to get some written quotes and ask for a price match. You can get the cheapest home monitoring plans in the Greater Toronto Area.

Fact: The final price of a “one-time purchase” and “subscription” based home security system is the same in most cases.

Most providers in the Greater Toronto Area will charge you around $30/Month for a basic home security system. So you end up paying $720 in two years. And a similar system will cost you around $500(+installation and repair charges).

If you do not want to go with the contracts and subscriptions, you can purchase your own home security system.

What are the benefits of owning a home security camera system(one-time purchase)?

They are.

    1. No monthly fee and no contracts, just buy the equipment of your choice and install it.
    2. You have full control over your privacy, especially with a local storage home security camera system.
    3. There is no middle man between you and the security system, no need to depend on or wait for someone to install and fix it.
    4. No subscription, if you are not satisfied with the device performance, return(there are home security camera installation plans with the money-back guarantee are available in the market)or replace.
    5. No penalty for wrong fire and smoke alarm because the alarm directly does not go to the police or the fire, it notifies you as per configuration.
    6. Enjoy the worry-free services in remote areas.
    7. There are wired and wireless home security cameras those work without the internet(mostly one-time purchase).
    8. Portability, especially with the wireless home security cameras, you can take with you where you move. The best deal for renters.

How many cameras do I need for home security?

The number of cameras depends on the size and type of the house.

5 outdoor and 2 indoor cameras are enough for monitoring a detached house. For a semi-detached house, 4 outdoor and 2 indoor cameras are sufficient and 3 outdoor and 2 indoor cameras can secure a townhouse.

Where should we place the outdoor security cameras?.

The best place to install indoor home security cameras is the front door, back door and, kitchen. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 81% of burglars enter through the front door. One indoor security camera in the kitchen can save us against fire, smoke, and any misbehave of any electrical equipment in your absence.

Which home security system is better?.Wired, wireless, or wire-free?

Wired vs Wireless vs Wire-Free(Main Features)

Camera Features Wired Wireless Wire-Free
Power Plugged or POE Plugged Battery
Signal Cable Wireless Wireless
No of Cameras Supported 4 to any

usually 32

4 to 16 4 to 16
Storage Local or Cloud Fewer local options, mostly cloud Fewer local options, mostly cloud
Camera Security Vandal-proof, Fixed hardwired Wired Magnetic Attached
Motion Feature PTZ, motion sensor, sharp spotlight, siren PTZ, motion sensor, spotlight, siren spotlight, siren
Recording Audio, Video, 4K Audio, Video, 4K Audio, Video, 4K
Life Longest life, Hardwired ruff system

The main advantages of wired security camera installation are.

1. Reliable connection. The wired camera system offers a reliable connection. You do not need to worry about signal loss, degradation, temper, and jam.
2. High availability. Since it is hardwired, the system never runs out of battery power.
3. Cheaper. The wired home security system is cheaper than the wireless and wire-free camera systems.
4. No signal jam. No burglar can jam your signal and disable the system.
5. Hacker proof. It is hard to hack the system because the signal is transmitted through the high-hanging wires, not in the air.
6. More devices. It supports more cameras with hard-wired and powerful NVR, DVR systems.
7. Advanced features at low cost. You can enjoy better features, such as sharp spotlight, sirens, and PTZ features.
8. Works without the internet. Almost all wired home security cameras can work without the internet.
9. Local and bigger storage. Better local storage options as compared to other systems.

Buy a POE-powered wired home security camera system, run only one wire for power and signal.

The following are the main reasons for buying a wireless system over wired.

1. Very easy to install, no wiring, no drilling.
2. You can take it with you everywhere.
3. Lower installation and maintenance costs.
4. Some wireless camera systems can also run without the internet.
5. Safe from moisture and electrical shock.

What must-have features in our home security system?

Top Security Camera Features to Consider Before Buying

Video Recording Size

Fortunately, the 4K video recording camera system is available in the market. The 4K video provides a more detailed video and colors. On the other side, it consumes a lot of storage space, 1 hour 4K video takes up an average of 100 gigs of space. You can reduce the space utilization in the camera settings.

Night Recording Camera System

The night recording system is great for the security of your home and business. The night vision camera system can record the colors at the night.

Motion detection system

Motion detection is the best safety feature. It can detect the unwanted movements in the focus are depending upon your configuration. The settings of a motion detection system are quite complex, depending on what type of motion you choose to detect and record, such as the movement of animals, the movement of humans and vehicles. Motion detection settings can be tailored to your needs, such as, if you live on a farm, you will also record the movements of animals approaching the house, but not necessarily in the city.

Siren system

The siren system alerts you if any movement occurs against the settings in the motion detection system.

Face recognition system

The face recognizations system can store family and friends’ faces.

Audio feature

The security camera with two-way audio recording is the best, can replace the video doorbell. If an advertiser, a home seller, or a parcel delivery steps to the door, you can see and talk without opening the door.

Three main audio features of home security cameras are.

One-way audio

Not useful at all, no need to go for one way audio home security system.

Two-way audio

The 4K camera system with two-way audio is quite safe for the home. You can talk to the visitors without opening the door.

Two-way audio with recording

I recommend it, you can keep the recording for future use.

 PTZ Camera system

This feature is added security because the camera can tilt, rotate, and auto-zoom when needed. The Point Tilt Zoom feature is available in the wired home security system. The PTZ is also available in wireless home security camera systems. It consumes more power than the wired PTZ camera system.

Home security camera storage feature

As of today, there are two types of storage options available in the home security camera system.

Cloud Storage

Most wireless systems are equipped with a cloud storage system. Normally 5 to 25 GB of storage space is free, then you have to buy a subscription plan or delete the footage.

Local Storage

Many wireless systems such as Arlo and almost all wired systems offer local storage. As mentioned earlier, as far as possible, buy a camera system with local storage, because you have full control over your footage. Another benefit of local storage security camera system is you do not need to pay a monthly fee for the storage.

Smart Assistant features in the home security camera system

Nowadays, almost all home security systems, both Wired and Wireless, comes with the Smart Assistant Compatibility feature.

Personally, I prefer a home security camera system equipped with google assistant support features.

Camera system for monitoring fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, and gas leaks

This feature is much needed in the indoor security camera system.

Weatherproof home security cameras

Almost every camera system is temperature adjustable. The temperature-adjusted system is measured with IP(ingress protection), the larger the number of IP ratings the better. A home camera system with an ip66 or ip67 rating is usually the best for Canadian weather.

The best-wired home security camera systems are.

Company Name Lorex Swann Swann Reolink Reolink
Price CAD 1750 1723 1025 599 989
Buying link Lorex Swann Swann Reolink Reolink
No. of Cameras 16 8 4 4 16
Connection Analog Wired Wired/POE POE Wired POE + Power option Power+POE
2-Way Audio
2-Way Audio Recording
Night Vision
Color Night Vision
Cloud Storage
Local Storage
Motion Detection
Motion Detection with siren
Motion Detection+Spotlight
Google Assistant
Company App
Water Rating IP67 IP66 IP66 IP67 IP67


Still, there are some questions. like, how to vandal-proof security cameras? How do I keep my security cameras being stolen? OR

How to keep your outdoor security cameras from being tampered with?

The ways to keep security cameras safe from thieves and burglars are as follows.

  1. Place your cameras as high as possible.
  2. Use a fake security camera system along with and hide the genuine system.
  3. Go wireless and kick off the wire tempering.
  4. Use higher encryption passwords or tuff passwords.
  5. Buy a tamper-proof camera system.

Finally, the Amazon Blink wireless security camera system, with advanced features is the best for home and business security.

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