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ADT Video Surveillance and ADT Cameras

Many people want ADT surveillance cameras along with their alarm system. With ADT Pulse it is easier than ever to add cameras so you can see what is going on at the home or business.

There are three options to consider when adding cameras. 

  1. The first is a wired camera system. They have a one time installation cost and no monthly fee increase. These have a recorder with a harddrive.
  2. The second is where there is no recorder and the recordings are sent to the cloud (ADT Pulse or Alarm.com).
  3. Lastly, a wifi camera that is not connected to any monitored alarm service.

Call us today at 1-800-871-2119 or send us an email from the contact us page and we will help you decide which is best for you.

The wired camera options are either HD-TVI or IP Cameras. (There used to be analog cameras, which you can still get,  but they are being replaced with HD-TVI Cameras). Wired camera systems usually record around a month of video on a hard drive and you can access them over the internet on a smartphone or a computer when away from the home or business most of the time.

The cloud options with the wireless ADT Pulse WIFI cameras start at $199. This is a cost effective solution because there is usually low installation cost if any and there is not a recorder onsite.

ADT PULSE CAMERAS

Pros: They record on the cloud. They can record 30 second clips if there is motion or an alarm event/trigger. ADT will store unlimited 30 second clips for a month. Easy to install. Low cost. You can have up to 10 for the same ADT Pulse rate of $59.99/mo.

Cons: If you want to have longer clips than 30 seconds you will not be able to unless you get a wired system like one of the ones below.  Also, if you are not ok with at least a 5 minute downtime between clips than you may also want to have an HD-TVI or IP Camera system. You need to plan on an upload speed of around 256Kbs-o.5Mbps per camera. If your upload speed is 2 Mps than you will be able to handle 4 ADT Pulse cameras without any issues. You can check your speed at www.speedtest.com. ADT only has up to 1MP available where 2MP and 4MP are available with HD-TVI and IP Cameras.

ADT Pulse HD RC8326 Indoor Wireless Camera $199/each
ADT Pulse HD RC8326 Indoor Wireless Camera $199/each

The RC8326-ADT is the new High Definition ADT Pulse Indoor Infrared Camera. It uses Wi-Fi but needs to be connected to power. Clear 720P HD picture. This latest revision has a wider angle lens than the previous models, better color during low-light conditions, and better video analytics to reduce false motion events. Order here

ADT Pulse HD OC835 Outdoor Wireless Camera $249/each
ADT Pulse HD OC835 Outdoor Wireless Camera $249/each

The OC835-ADT is the new High Definition ADT Pulse Outdoor Infrared Camera. It uses Wi-Fi but needs to be connected to power. Clear 720P HD picture. You can install yourself but you need to add wire also. Order here

ADT Pulse HD MDC835 Outdoor Wireless Dome Camera $249/each
ADT Pulse HD MDC835 Outdoor Wireless Dome Camera $249/each

The MDC835 is the new High Definition ADT Pulse Outdoor Infrared Camera. It uses Wi-Fi but needs to be connected to power. Clear 720P HD picture. It is much like its sister camera the OC835 just in a dome form. If you want to install one make sure you already have ADT Pulse with video and then just grab some wire that you will need. Order here

IP CAMERA SYSTEM

Pros: These record high definition up to 12MP (1080P and 4K). The best picture quality available on the market today is from IP Cameras. You are more likely to record the detail needed to identify a license plate or personal features and help with prosecution.

Cons: They need to be wired. There are some wireless options, but they are not usually used. The cost has come down quite a bit but it can be prohibitive. (a 4 camera package is around $2500 installed) There is sometimes a small lag in viewing since it takes a while to process these large video files and display them. The wire runs can be more difficult if they are 150-300ft away. If they are more than 300ft away you would need to have a POE switch in the middle, use a bridge or use HD-TVI.

IP Bullet Camera
IP Bullet Camera

These cameras are the easiest to install and they come in white and sometimes gray. They have a 2.8mm fixed lens (81.2° angle). They also come in 4MP, 6MP, and 8MP(4K) resolutions. They can see in the dark up to around 90 ft. They are usually around $299 each and you can buy one here.

IP Dome Camera
IP Dome Camera

These are a little more low profile and they come in white only usually. I{ Dome Cameras can be especially helpful if you think someone could reach and mess with the camera. Usually they are mounted under a ceiling or horizontal surface. They also can see in the dark and come in 4MP, 6MP, or 8MP (4K). They are usually around $299 each and more information can be found here on them.

Network Video Recorder
Network Video Recorder

All of your wired IP Cameras need to connect back to an NVR. It provides the power over ethernet to your cameras and also has a hard drive to record. You can get an NVR that has a capacity of 4, 8, 16, or 32, 64, or even 128 IP Cameras. Look here for more information.

HD-TVI CAMERA SYSTEM

Pros: These record high definition up to 3MP (1080P). These are great if you have existing wiring from analog cameras and you want the best quality without having to re-wire. They can also be ran much further away on a single wire than IP Cameras.  They are also very low cost. They are better for wire runs longer than 300ft. They usually have less lag than an IP Camera.

Cons: They cannot reach as high definition as IP Cameras but pretty darn close.

HD-TVI Bullet Camera
HD-TVI Bullet Camera

These cameras are the easiest to install and they come in white and gray. They have a 4mm fixed lens. They also come in 1MP-4MP resolutions. It has IR Leds so it can see in the dark up to around 90 ft. They start at $178 and you can buy them directly here.

HD-TVI Dome Camera
HD-TVI Dome Camera

These are a little more low profile and they come in white only. They also have IR LEDS and come in 1MP-4MP variety. They start at $178 and more information can be found here on them.

Digital Video Recorder
Digital Video Recorder

All of your wired HD-TVI Cameras need to connect back to this DVR. You connect your cameras via RG59 Coax cable and also has a hard drive to record the video. The HD-TVI Cameras are powered separately from a power supply. You can get an DVR that has a capacity of 4, 8, 16, or 32 HD-TVI Cameras. Look here for more information.

OLDER ANALOG CCTV CAMERA SYSTEM

Pros: These have been the most common type of cameras in the past. They need to be wired with special siamese wire (a type of coax cable that also has power). Great for longer recording and they cost less than the high definition IP Cameras or HD-TVI Cameras. Besides from being very inexpensive because everyone buys HD now, they will work with ADT Pulse if you have an ADT Pulse Encoder.

Cons: They are the security cameras of the past. It seems the future is with IP cameras and HD-TVI Cameras. They can only do up to 700-1000TVL. Most of these systems do not have a good enough image to capture great detail because they are usually 960H or lower. They need to be wired just like the IP Cameras but with a different wire.

Infrared Dome Camera
Infrared Dome Camera

These are perfect for indoor or outdoor and are very small only being around 3″ in diameter. They work great to see a beautiful color picture during the day at a high 700-800 TV Lines Resolution and at night they do a great job of brightening up a room so you can see even in pitch black. They come in white and charcoal gray. more info here.

Bullet Camera
Bullet Camera

These cameras are usually small and have infrared night vision so you can see at night. They work great outdoors around a home or business and can be pointed in virtually every direction with the bracket they come with. Also 700-800TV Lines and more info here.

Housing for Box Cameras
Housing for Box Cameras

These are what protect and keep box cameras clean. They can also be used as dummy cameras to keep vandals and robbers away. more info

Box Camera
Box Camera

These are the most common commercial professional camera. They can be mounted on a bracket indoors or they can be put into housings outdoors. more info

PTZ – Pan Tilt Zoom Camera
PTZ – Pan Tilt Zoom Camera

These cameras are designed to move around and zoom in on specific areas. They are usually equivalent to multiple cameras but worth the investment. more info

DVR – Digital Video Recorder buy here
DVR – Digital Video Recorder buy here

The heart of most video surveillance systems is the DVR. This is what records the video from the cameras on a hard drive. Very few people use video tapes now since a hard drive can hold up to 3 months of recordings. Most DVRs come with the ability to view the cameras over the internet from any location. They usually come with the ability to handle up to 4 cameras, 8 cameras, and 16 cameras.

Covert Motion Detector Camera
Covert Motion Detector Camera

These cameras work great when you do not want others to know you have a video surveillance system. They look like a motion detector for an alarm system and are mounted on the wall. More info

Covert Smoke Detector Camera (Nanny Camera)
Covert Smoke Detector Camera (Nanny Camera)

Covert cameras come in many shapes and sizes. Motion Detectors and working smoke detectors are some of the most popular forms of covert video surveillance cameras. These work especially well in circumstances where you want to see what is going on but you do not want others to know they are being watched. More info

ADT Pulse Analog Encoder NV412 $150
ADT Pulse Analog Encoder NV412 $150

This is an analog to digital converter that can be installed to any analog camera so that that camera can be viewed on the ADT Pulse system. It turns any analog camera into an ADT Pulse Camera. You still might need a power supply to power the analog camera and if you want to record get a DVR also. Buy Now

WIFI CAMERA WITH NO MONTHLY FEE OR NVR

Pros: You do not need a security system or a DVR to add one of these. Inexpensive and low cost. You can speak into the home/business with these.

Cons: The recording is to an SD Card, if you want to have several cameras you cannot view them all at the same time.

Wireless IP Camera $149 with no monthly fee
This little Indoor WiFi Camera can do 1080P Video and 2-way audio without any monthly fee. Just set it up with your smartphone using the app called HDIPC360. You can then connect to the camera from your smartphone anytime and see and hear what is going on. If you want to record and playback the recordings you just insert a micro SD card into the top of it. Buy here for $150

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