How do I choose a surveillance system?

Selecting the right security system, deciding how many cameras you need, and where to place those takes consideration. The LaView Team has created the following guidelines to help you choose the best setup for your home or business.

How many cameras do I need?

The number of cameras you need depends on multiple factors like your building size and layout, community environment, and budget. Following these tips will ensure that you prioritize the most important areas to cover.

Entrances and Exits Equipping your external doors is important because that is where people drop off packages and enter/leave your property. To best capture faces, LaView recommends cameras with high resolution and narrow viewing angle.

High Traffic Areas High traffic areas are rooms, hallways, or staircases that serve as a connector to other rooms. Hiding cameras in high traffic areas increases your chances of capturing important facial details because people must pass through these areas to get anywhere else.

Bedrooms Burglars usually go for master bedrooms first as people often keep valuables there. If you have children, you may also want to put cameras in their rooms for peace of mind.

Backyards Intruders may approach from the back to reduce their chances of being seen. Use a weather-proof, wide-angle camera to provide full coverage for large outdoor expanses.

PRO TIP: Overlapping Cameras Overlapping camera angles ensures there are no blind spots in critical locations. Also, if you set up cameras within the field of view of other cameras, intruders won’t be able to tamper with or disable a camera without getting recorded by another one.

How many channels do I need?

The number of channels you need on your NVR depends on whether or not you plan on expanding in the future. Say you buy eight cameras and will never need to add more to the setup, you should go with an 8-channel system. If you need eight at the moment but see yourself possibly expanding your recording area within the next couple months or a year, consider buying a 16-channel system. Thinking ahead with surveillance is important, because you cannot add extra channels to an NVR that is designed to accommodate a certain number.

What’s the difference between different types of cameras?

Bullet Camera

Dome Camera

Wireless Camera

PTZ Camera

Bullet Cameras are a surveillance staple. From an installer’s perspective, the bullet is favored simply because it is the easiest one to install. Its prominent design attracts attention, which can help to deter troublemakers. If you’re looking for outdoor cameras, bullets also tend to have the best weatherproofing.

Dome Cameras are a popular choice as they are aesthetically appealing and discreet, blending in with ceiling lights and complementary with many interiors. The protective dome makes the camera vandal-proof, also obscuring the direction of the camera so that people are not sure if they are being watched.

Wireless Cameras are a great alternative option if you want fast, easy installation and do not wish to run cables through your house. Simply connect the cameras to your wireless router and place them wherever you like.

PTZ Cameras (or Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras) allow you to rotate your camera over a full 360° field of view. This can be done remotely, set on a pre-programmed path, or set to follow moving objects. Laview’s PTZ cameras are equipped with 30x Optical Zoom, making them ideal for monitoring large busy areas like supermarkets, hotel lobbies, warehouses, intersections, and parking lots..

What resolution do I need?

The more details you capture in your footage, the more information you have in urgent situations. Higher resolution does consume more hard drive space – something to be aware of if you are recording continuously. If you can add extra hard drives or set your system to motion-triggered recording, you can prioritize your resolution without burning through your storage.

LaView’s customization tool allows you to mix and match cameras of differing resolution capabilities. For example, you can use a 3MP camera for priority locations and a 1080P camera for areas with lower traffic.

What kind of hard drive do I need?

Surveillance Grade Hard Drive is devised to have lower power consumption and start up current and optimized for 24/7 surveillance. Using a regularly desktop grade hard drive which is only used for 8Hour/ 5Day will shorten the life span for the hard drive tremendously and lost all the footage. Laview IP Systems all come with the surveillance grade hard drive from the world biggest hard drive manufacture: Seagate or Western Digital.

2TB: A 2TB hard drive can keep about 35 days of footage for one IP camera recording continuously at 1080p, at 15 fps. Setting your camera to motion-triggered recording will largely increase this number. If you are buying a surveillance system for a home or smaller store, a 2TB hard drive should be adequate.

Up to 32TB: LV-N9916C6E comes with four hard drive slots and can accommodate up to 8TB per drive. If you plan on monitoring a large, busy area and recording continuously, you should invest in more storage space.

What are other details to consider?

Audio capabilities: Cameras with built-in mics will allow you to record sound.

Night vision: LaView IP cameras are equipped with IR LED lights to produce high quality nighttime images.

Viewing angle: The viewing angle determines how much area you can cover. Placing a wide angle camera (>90°) at the corner of a standard room will cover the entire room.

Weatherproof rating: Cameras with IP66 weatherproof rate will be able to resist heavy rain and snow.

PoE: Power Over Ethernet allows a camera to be powered by the NVR through the network cable – no other power adapters, cables, or outlets required.

Onboard Storage: Cameras with a built-in SD card slot can hold up to 64GB of footage. If you set recording on both the camera SD and the NVR at the same time, you will have backup footage recorded on the camera in case an intruder steals or tampers with your NVR.

Remote viewing: LaView has a free downloadable app for easy remote viewing on all its IP systems.