Buying a CCTV system may seem a daunting task for some. They can range from very cheap to very expensive and can be applied to perform a multitude of functions. Knowing the basic components of a CCTV system is a good place to start when considering the purchase of such a system. To start off, CCTV cameras provide you with footage of a designated area. While it may seem a simple thing, placing a camera somewhere and recording footage, there is more to it than that. Knowing the right kind of camera as well as its capabilities will aid you knowing where exactly to place each camera. Some cameras come in a dome shape, and may not be suitable in certain locations. The same goes for other bullet style cameras. Also, you can make a choice between a wireless camera or wired. Each camera comes with installation issues which you should take heed of. One of the most important aspects to choosing the correct CCTV camera system is to consider whether you want an analogue or digital system. This choice will affect the rest of the components to the CCTV system you’re considering. This is because of the technology inherent within the two abovementioned systems. The digital cameras are the more advanced cameras and so allow for greater functionality. They also make it easier for you to connect it up to the other components of your CCTV system.

The other important components of a CCTV system include storage and monitoring systems. The storage system is where you will store your cameras surveillance footage. If you have analogue cameras, then you’ll need to store your footage on tape. If you have digital cameras then you can store it on a PC, or if you have network cameras then you can store your footage on the internet. The last component we will talk about is the monitoring device you use to view your footage. This can either be a PC or a specialised CCTV monitor which is specifically designed for CCTV surveillance. The choice is yours and may be guided by whether you’re a home or business owner.