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However, neither protocol provides the bandwidth that you get with Wi Fi, which is why it is usually used in security cameras to provide smooth video streaming, and in other devices that require a fat pipe. Moreover, Z Wave and Zigbee devices are connected and controlled using a hub, while Wi Fi devices can be connected directly to your home network and controlled with an app. Finally, Z Wave and Zigbee devices use AES 128 encryption, and since they operate in a closed system with a dedicated hub, they offer more security than Wi Fi devices. Any smart security system worth its salt offers components that work together in a seamless environment and can be manipulated using customized rules. For example, you can create rules to have the lights turn on when motion is detected, have your doors unlock when a smoke alarm goes off, and have a camera begin recording when a sensor is triggered. Some systems store recorded video locally on an SD card or a solid state drive, while others offer cloud storage.

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Many also offer support for IFTTT If This Then That applets, which use triggers from IFTTT compatible web services and devices to create an action. For example, you can create an applet that says if a garage door is opened to turn on the floodlight. Whether you decide to go with a DIY system or opt for a professionally installed system, you'll have to pay a monthly or annual fee if you require monitoring, and in some cases, you'll be hit with a monthly fee to pay off the cost of hardware components. With most DIY systems, such as the SimpliSafe Home Security Kit, the Ring Alarm Security Kit, and the Nest Secure, you purchase the hardware outright and can avoid any monthly fees if you decide to self monitor. If you add monitoring, fees will vary: SimpliSafe charges $14. 99 per month for its no contract monitoring service, while Nest charges $29 per month.

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Do you intend to upgrade by adding more cameras later on?If you think you need only 2 cameras now, get a 4 channel system. If you think you need just 4 cameras right now, go for the 8 channel. Once you start enjoying the security provided by your spanking new CCTV system, you will enjoy the option to add more cameras. But if you want that luxury, plan ahead. Do you want automatic redundant storage?Most NVRs can record only to one hard disk. This means data storage is not redundant – a hard disk failure or theft of the NVR would mean that you lose all your recorded footage. USB backup is supported on most NVRs to mitigate against this risk but ideally the NVR should have at least 2 hard disk bays and automatically write a copy of the footage to the second hard drive. The other option to explore is whether the NVR can write the footage to a remote network location such as a NAS. To learn more about surveillance hard drives, check my latest guide. Best 4 channel NVR KitsBest Budget 4 ch NVR Kit: Amcrest 1080p 4 channel NVR Kit with 4 1080p PoE cameras and 1TB hard drive Amcrest NV2104E IP2M 852EB4 NVR Features4 channel recording @ 1080p supportedPoE enabled1TB hard drive included, max. possible is a single 6TB hard driveMotion detection with email alerts and push notificationRemote smartphone accessONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party camerasIP Camera Features IP2M 842EB3 axis black colour camera2MP CMOS image sensor 1080pNight vision with 30m IR range, true IR cut filterRJ45 PoE portsIP 67 Weather ratedRead Amazon user reviews Amcrest is already on our recommended outdoor and indoor IP camera lists.

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