Everybody is talking about cameras these days…and many consumers are confused about which to choose. Here are some questions we hear often, and our answers:
Do they have to be “compatible” with your alarm system?
No. While there are some alarm systems that are controlled by smartphone apps and cameras can also be viewed in those apps— that doesn’t mean that it must be done that way. There is not a conflict with keeping the alarm you have and adding cameras that run in in a different app, or just supplementing your alarm with a doorbell camera.
We offer some new alarms with cameras controlled by the same app, and it is pretty slick if we do say so ourselves. Whether you have a hard-wired or wireless alarm now, there are cameras you can connect and add an app to control both in most cases. For the few older systems that are not in that group, you can upgrade the panel and a keypad, add a wireless communicator/ gateway combo and add cameras.
Which cameras are right for me?
Here are some factors to consider:
Do you carry a smartphone all of the time? (and want to view cameras on it?)
Do you have wi-fi with 2Mbps UPLOAD speeds at the locations where the cameras would be mounted? (Go outside with a tablet or laptop connected to your home’s wi-fi and run a speed test. Simply search “speedtest in your browser and make a note of the upload and download speeds while outside (if you want outdoor cameras). Your speeds should be 2Mbps PER CAMERA and still have some speed left for all of the other devices you use. You won’t be too thrilled when everything else slows down because of your cameras. VoIP phones and streaming video services demanding.
Are you comfortable with the idea of your cameras being connected to the internet? There are solutions either way.
Do you want to answer your door through your smartphone if you are away? Perhaps a video doorbell is right for you. Do you have a doorbell that works? If you don’t, you will probably want to add an indoor chime to the video doorbell. (You also should speedtest at the door bell with the door closed.)
Do you want to monitor what is going on inside your home through cameras?
Do you require audio as well?
If I buy a do-it-yourself kit from a big-box store will Rampart install them?
Sorry, no. Problems we expect we will encounter: cables that are too short (so we’ll have to make longer ones) and potentially defective equipment we can’t replace. And so many other reasons…
Add cameras to existing or new alarm systems and also have smartphone app access. Check-in while on vacation or when your alarm is tripped and see what is happening. Arm and disarm your alarm remotely, too!
These cameras have continuous recording and record onto local storage. Back-to-back video clip recordings are 2 minutes long, with no gap between. View clips or view live feed through your smartphone or computer. Set up clips to record on arming/disarming and alarm events. You can have links to the recordings automatically sent via text or email to you so you can access them quickly. The cameras are available as stand-alone video or to coordinate with these and other panels:
Add the following cameras and view remotely on your smartphone or computer. They record video clips triggered by motion in zones you can delineate within the camera view. They do not continuously record. These can also be used as stand-alone video, or you can coordinate them with your new or existing Honeywell panels and also arm/disarm with the same Total Connect app.
The Total Connect cameras work with these panels (and a few others by Honeywell):
Tell us a little about what you are looking for— we want to match you with the best option for you. We’ll get back with you via email or phone.