Tips for Setting Home Security Systems

Here are a few tips for setting up a home security system, in particular the cameras.

1) You might want to walk your property first, if you haven’t already. Find out which areas might be of higher interest. You want to keep a good view of your home, but not draw attention to your cameras either. Your best bet is to hide the camera near a doorway or basement window. This way you can see the entire property, along with who is coming and going. Bushes and shrubs are also a good idea too. Be careful with these areas though. You want to get everything on camera, but you don’t want to cause damage to your plant life.

2) Avoid having the wires running along the outside of the house. Try to get them near the base of the camera and the house. Why? If an intruder discovers them, he or she can cut the cords. Intruders are much craftier then many of give them credit for. Never underestimate what they might do. If you do go with wires, keep them hidden as much as possible.

3) Try to work with the outside lighting as much as possible. Cameras are pretty useless on their own at night. The best thing you can do is get motion-detectors. Combine these with the lighting. These triggers when something is going on outside. The reason I recommend these is, because it will confuse the intruder. It will also throw him or her off balance. Usually when the motion detectors go off the intruder will run away, unless he or she is into danger.

Motion detectors also let you scan through specific video feeds. If you only want to see footage from when the lights where triggered, you can do that. I highly recommend getting this added in. It might cost a bit more money, but it’s going to be worth it.


When it comes to the control panels and keypads, you need to separate these two. The control panel is what we call the “brains” of the operation. Why would you want to have this out in the open? An intruder can easily mess with it. Do yourself a favor and keep the control panel out-of-sight.

When you do install these things, make sure that you know the proper way. Too many people have done it the improper way, this will results in an attack. Improper installation is one of the easiest ways for an intruder to get in. Please consult a professional, even if you are doing this yourself.

Why Businesses Choose Voip Phones

More and more of today’s businesses are choosing to implement VoIP phone systems. There are many reasons why organizations are better off making the switch from traditional analog phone systems to VoIP systems. The most attractive is the potential for VoIP to significantly cut company costs. On average, VoIP can reduce rates by as much as 50% without sacrificing calling ability or quality.

While analog phone systems can have a lower price tag initially, they can be prohibitively expensive to upgrade, and therefore, have limited potential for burgeoning businesses. For instance, if a company wants to move a specific worker from one office to the next, this can involve the rewiring of a punchboard by an analog phone technician, which is an expensive endeavor. VoIP phones can more easily and inexpensively accommodate changes of this nature.

The quality of the VoIP connection is every bit as high as that of any conventional phone system, and has been reported to be even higher than many mobile phone connections. Its reliability is as high as any reliable Internet service provider. The phones are quite simple to use and offer the same features as traditional phone systems.

VoIP phone systems come with a wide array of attractive options such as telephone conferencing, voicemail to email delivery, music-on-hold, three-way calling and many other digital features. These systems give owners the option to choose multiple area codes within and outside of the state where the business is located. For instance, some clients select to use Vonage. Fresno, CA can be their home base, yet they can select a Texas or New York area code. VoIP calls can be received through the local number even when one is on an international trip. This is possible with no additional charge to the calling party.

Since VoIP phone systems rely on the Internet rather than the simple copper wire circuits used by conventional phone systems, VoIP users have the advantage of greater flexibility of changes, moves and add-on features. Many times, these changes can be configured quickly and easily through use of a user-friendly, point-and-click software.

Companies with already-established analog phone systems can now integrate VoIP through analog gateways to take advantage of the fax or alarm system capabilities of VoIP’s digital features. The business that wants a phone system that will evolve and grow with the business should, without a doubt, select a VoIP system.