4 Crucial CCTV Security System Components

And Added Extras to Pull it All Together


Whether you’re looking to update an existing security system or want to start from scratch, there are certain components you simply can’t skip. Before installing any closed-circuit television (CCTV) security system, make sure these items are on your list.

4 Crucial CCTV Security System Components

Every basic CCTV system requires four components: camera, recording system, monitor, and video management software. Some models come with multiple components in one, like a camera and recording system. Or you can DIY the project with separate systems.

Of course, there are added accessories needed to make the devices fully functional—including power cords and cables—but these depend on whatever main components you’re using. Take a closer look at each component for further consideration.

CCTV Security System Cameras

If you’re building a CCTV camera system from scratch, there are two camera options: IP (internet protocol) or analog. An IP option is the more modern and compatible choice. Those who use analog are typically connecting it to an existing digital recording system that works with older technology.

Two Types of CCTV Recording Systems

There’s also a choice of video recorders: NVR (network video recorder) and DVR (digital video recorder). Many households may already be familiar with DVR if they like to record television shows (before on-demand streaming). However, while it’s more expensive, NVR is easier to integrate with high-resolution IP cameras—if that’s your preference.

When combined, IP and NVR technology make your CCTV system more flexible and future-proofed. Together, they provide wireless capabilities and superior picture quality when compared with the alternative.

Monitoring the Situation

So, you have a camera and a recording device. Now how are you going to watch all the captured footage? You only really need one monitor, but depending on how many areas you want to view, you can expand as needed.

The monitor must be compatible with the other devices. You won’t be able to see high-res camera footage as well on a low-res monitor.

Manage Your Security System Video

An easy way to connect the components and control it all is through VMS (video management software). Just like you can stop, rewind, and search for content with a DVR, you can do the same with CCTV content through a VMS. Again, this software will need to be compatible with the rest of the components, and the interface should be user-friendly as well.

All the Extras

Cables and routers and apps, oh my! Once you have your main components figured out, you’ll know what extras you may need. For example, analog cameras require a power cable and coaxial cable to connect to a DVR. IP systems connect to the NVR recording center and get power from one cable. Wireless systems require a router. Any remote access requires an app.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with these four CCTV components, extras, or the whole security system process itself, contact Security Five for help. After going over your goals and requirements, we’ll design a system that works best for you and your business.

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