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How to Design a Security Camera System for a Larger Irregularly Shaped Home

Not all houses are a perfect rectangle or square. In these examples, we will be showing 2 versions of how to design a security system for a home that has more variation in its floorplan.

large home security camera system

Version 1

Explanation

Goals: This is a more complex structure, so we made two version of this system, each with different goals. The goal of this first version is to guard the access points and three car garage of the home. While the goal of the second version also covers the yard.

The Red cones are the line of sight for our most commonly used camera: the Warrior 2.0. You will have a clear enough picture with these cameras to be able to ID someone at 50 feet, because they shoot in 1080P at 30 pictures per second.

The Green cone in the three car garage is the line of sight for one of our most commonly used cameras: the Deputy 2.0. You will have a clear enough picture with these cameras to be able to ID someone at 50 feet, which is plenty for this garage, because they shoot in 1080P at 30 pictures per second.


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Version 2

This house wanted a few specialty cameras for a few reasons. One addition they wanted was a fisheye 360 degree camera to cover the indoor entrance and entryway. The home owner also requested cameras with a motorized optical zoom for distance in the back yard, since the area extended much farther in the back then the front.

The Orange cones are showing the Warrior 4.0. This camera has line of sight for recognizing someone up to 75ft away, with a resolution of 4MP @ 25 frames per second.

The Purple cones are the line of sight for our next most popular line of cameras which adjustable lenses that can have up to 4x optical zoom. The The Detective 4.0 is great for soffits or eaves. The benefit to this camera is recognizing someone at a farther distance of 125ft. Just like with a point-and-shoot camera, when you zoom in on an area, your field-of-view narrows.

The Turquoise cone, or circular image, is a panoramic fisheye camera. The Radius 8.0 is a 360 degree camera perfect for mounting in the center of a room. This could be considered a more specialty camera since it also has a built in mic and speaker for two way audio.


The Warrior 2.0 - 26BF2



Resolution

1080p HD

1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

Detect: 100 ft
Recognize: 50 ft
Identify: 25 ft


Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


Weather

weatherproof

IP67
Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


Temp

temperature rating

Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


Lens

fixed lens

Fixed: 4mm
85° of coverage

Digital Zoom Only

Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


Day/Night

night footage

Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

Larger image sensor for low light

Color video possible until 0.02 lux

How to get the best footage at night


Special

special features

Digital Wide Dynamic Range

Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR

The Warrior is our most popular camera model. It is tied with the Deputy in terms of how easy it is to install and position, since neither camera requires you to remove any part of the camera to screw it into the wall/ceiling/soffit. This makes it ideal for outdoor use as you don't have a tendency to trap moisture in the lens, as is common with dome cameras, where you have to remove the outer glass dome to mount them. The 81 degree lens is great balance between covering a large area and identifying faces and license plates. Although you can use this camera inside or out, the most common use of the Warrior models (the camera comes in 2MP, 4MP, or 8MP) is to cover the side of buildings or large sections of yards.

Sample Photos taken by the Warrior 2.0. Click to enlarge the images. Press ESC key to close.

10 FT 20 FT 50 FT 75 FT 100 FT

detection

Detect someone up to 100 feet

"Detecting" a face means being able to tell that a human face is in the picture.

recognize

Recognize someone up to 50 feet

"Recognizing" a face refers to being able to say "I have seen that person before" - even if you don't know or can't place who it is.

identify

Identify someone up to 25 feet

"Identification" refers to being able to make out identifiable marks with enough certainty to make a sketch or claim.



The Deputy 2.0 - 26DF2



Resolution

1080p HD

1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

Detect: 75 ft
Recognize: 40 ft
Identify: 20 ft


Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


Indoor/Outdoor

weatherproof

IP67
Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


Temp

temperature rating

Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


Lens

fixed lens

Fixed: 2.8mm
110° of coverage

Digital Zoom Only

Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


Day/Night

night footage

Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

Color video possible until 0.02 lux

How to get the best footage at night


Special

special features

Digital Wide Dynamic Range

Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR

The Deputy is our second most popular camera model. It is tied with the Warrior in terms of how easy it is to install and position, since neither camera requires you to remove any part of the camera to screw it into the wall/ceiling/soffit. This makes it ideal for outdoor use as you don't have a tendency to trap moisture in the lens, as is common with dome cameras, where you have to remove the outer glass dome to mount them. The 110 or 118 degree lens is best used to cover an entire room at once (by installing it in a corner) or to cover a wide area of a smaller yard, as wider lenses always decrease how far away you can identify a person of license plate. Although you can use this camera inside or out, the most common uses of the Deputy models (the camera comes in 2MP, 4MP, or 4K variants) are to install the camera in the corner of a room or to cover front doors and porches outdoors. Two Deputies are often installed back to back to make a 220-236 degree view, such as in the middle of a wall. (This two camera solution has less of that dizzying "fisheye" look that is common with 180 degree cameras and is also usually cheaper.)

Sample Photos taken by the Deputy 2.0. Click to enlarge the images. Press ESC key to close.

10 FT 20 FT 50 FT 75 FT 100 FT

detection

Detect someone up to 75 feet

"Detecting" a face means being able to tell that a human face is in the picture.

recognize

Recognize someone up to 40 feet

"Recognizing" a face refers to being able to say "I have seen that person before" - even if you don't know or can't place who it is.

identify

Identify someone up to 20 feet

"Identification" refers to being able to make out identifiable marks with enough certainty to make a sketch or claim.


The Warrior 4.0 - 26BF4



Resolution

4MP UHD Quality

4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

Detect: 150 ft
Recognize: 75 ft
Identify: 50 ft


4MP vs 4K


Indoor/Outdoor

weatherproof

IP67
Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


Temp

temperature rating

Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


Lens

fixed lens

Fixed: 3.6mm
80.8° of coverage (horizontal)

Digital Zoom Only

Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


Day/Night

night footage

Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

Color video possible until 0.02 lux

How to get the best footage at night


Special

special features

True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)

Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR

The Warrior is our most popular camera model. It is tied with the Deputy in terms of how easy it is to install and position, since neither camera requires you to remove any part of the camera to screw it into the wall/ceiling/soffit. This makes it ideal for outdoor use as you don't have a tendency to trap moisture in the lens, as is common with dome cameras, where you have to remove the outer glass dome to mount them. The 81 degree lens is great balance between covering a large area and identifying faces and license plates. Although you can use this camera inside or out, the most common use of the Warrior models (the camera comes in 2MP, 4MP, or 8MP) is to cover the side of buildings or large sections of yards.

Sample Photos taken by the Warrior 4.0. Click to enlarge the images. Press ESC key to close.

10 FT 20 FT 50 FT 75 FT 100 FT

detection

Detect someone up to 150 feet

"Detecting" a face means being able to tell that a human face is in the picture.

recognize

Recognize someone up to 75 feet

"Recognizing" a face refers to being able to say "I have seen that person before" - even if you don't know or can't place who it is.

identify

Identify someone up to 50 feet

"Identification" refers to being able to make out identifiable marks with enough certainty to make a sketch or claim.


The Detective 4.0 - 26DV4



Resolution

4MP UHD Quality

4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

Detect: up to 175 ft
Recognize: up to 125 ft
Identify: up to 75 ft


4MP vs 4K


Weather

weatherproof

IP67
Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


Temp

temperature rating

Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


Lens

varifocal lens

Motorized Varifocal: 2.7 - 12mm
91° - 27° of coverage

Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


Day/Night

night footage

Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

Color video possible until 0.02 lux

How to get the best footage at night


Special

special features

Micro-SD Card Slot

True WDR (up to 120 dB)

Built in Microphone

Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR

The Detective has a motorized telephoto lens that allows you to optically zoom in to see a distant area more clearly. You can adjust the angle of view with our apps, over the web, or via your SCW NVR. Just like with a point-and-shoot camera or a pair of binoculars, when narrow the field-of-view, you zoom in on an area and you can see more detail in that area. Although the Detective is a popular camera for homes that have a mid-range (35-100 foot) points of concern like gates, roads or driveways, this camera is even more frequently used is corporate environment such as long and narrow warehouse aisles.

Sample Photos taken by the Detective 4.0. Click to enlarge the images. Press ESC key to close.

2.8mm at 4MP - the widest angle (91 degrees)
10 FT 20 FT 50 FT 75 FT 100 FT
12mm at 4MP - fully zoomed in, smallest angle of view (27 degrees)
10 FT 20 FT 50 FT 75 FT 100 FT 125 FT

detection

Detect someone up to 175 feet

"Detecting" a face means being able to tell that a human face is in the picture.

recognize

Recognize someone up to 125 feet

"Recognizing" a face refers to being able to say "I have seen that person before" - even if you don't know or can't place who it is.

identify

Identify someone up to 75 feet

"Identification" refers to being able to make out identifiable marks with enough certainty to make a sketch or claim.


The Radius 12.0 - 26P8



Resolution

12MP

Unconventional Aspect Ratio!

6MP @ 25 FPS: 3008*3000

12MP @ 15 FPS: 4000*3000


Weather

weatherproof

IP66
Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

You can wash it off with a hose.


Temp

temperature rating

Temperature rated from -22°F ~ 140°F

Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


Lens

varifocal lens

Fisheye: 1.8mm
360° of coverage


Day/Night

night footage

Infrared night vision up to 65 FT

Color video possible until 0.06 lux

How to get the best footage at night


Special

special features

Micro-SD Card Slot

Built-in microphone & speaker, two-way talk supported

Up to five stream options

1 Full Res Fisheye OR 1 Fisheye & 4 ePTZs OR 1 Fisheye and 1 Panorama

IK10

Digital WDR

Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR

The Radius has is a fisheye 360 degree camera. The Radius is often used in office environments where it is installed in the middle of the room where it can look into several cubicles at once. The Radius can record at 12MP (about 1.5 4K or 6x 1080P). Because it is a 360 degree camera, it records a circular image. This image is usually then dewarped into Panorama views or ePTZ (digital pan tilt zoom) views (see below for samples). Each Panoramic or ePTZ view can be recorded independently of the fisheye circular view, but because dewarping takes processing power, it will use a camera channel on your NVR for each view that you want to view/record. The Radius also has an an integrated microphone and speaker. It should be able to pick up a normal speaking voice at 15 feet. Unlike recording video, recording audio is heavily regulated. It is very important when recording audio to follow the rules and regulations set out in the Federal Wiretap Act; because of this law, the microphone's default setting is "off." If you want to turn the microphone on, we will gladly help you, but you should make sure you are complying with the law before doing so.

Sample Photos taken by the Radius. Click to enlarge the images. Press ESC key to close.

Installed on a Horizontal surface (like a ceiling tile or, in this case about two stories up in our rafters).

How it was Installed Fisheye view ePTZ Panorama

Installed on a Vertical surface (like a wall).

How it was Installed Fisheye view ePTZ Panorama

Installed on a Corner.

How it was Installed Fisheye view Panorama

Below are the camera models shown in these plans, along with some pre configured 8 camera systems. If you would like a customized quote just let SCW know.


  1. The Warrior 2.0 - 26BF4



    The Warrior 2.0 - 26BF2 - 1080P 2MP Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $150.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: 100 ft
    Recognize: 50 ft
    Identify: 25 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 4mm
    85° of coverage

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Larger image sensor for low light

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Digital Wide Dynamic Range

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  2. The Warrior 4.0 - 26BF4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera



    The Warrior 4.0 - 26BF4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $200.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: 150 ft
    Recognize: 75 ft
    Identify: 50 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 3.6mm
    80.8° of coverage (horizontal)

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  3. The Deputy 2.0 - 26DF2



    The Deputy 2.0 - 26DF2 - 2MP (1080P) Fixed Wide Angle Lens Turret Dome Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $150.00


    Resolution

    1080p HD

    1080P @ 30 FPS; 1920 × 1080

    Detect: 75 ft
    Recognize: 40 ft
    Identify: 20 ft


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Indoor/Outdoor

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    fixed lens

    Fixed: 2.8mm
    110° of coverage

    Digital Zoom Only

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Digital Wide Dynamic Range

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  4. The Detective 4.0 - 26DV4



    The Detective 4.0 - 26DV4 - 4MP (2x1080P) Multi-Purpose Lens Turret Dome Camera with Motorized Zoom and Focus and Audio Microphone

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    Price: $399.00

    Limited Time DIY Special: $349.00


    Resolution

    4MP UHD Quality

    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Detect: up to 175 ft
    Recognize: up to 125 ft
    Identify: up to 75 ft


    4MP vs 4K


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP67
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -31°F to 140 °F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.7 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage

    Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

    Learn about the 4 types of Zoom


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

    Color video possible until 0.02 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    True WDR (up to 120 dB)

    Built in Microphone

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  5. The Radius 8.0 - 26P8; top-down view



    The Radius 12.0 - 26P8 - 12MP 360° Fisheye Dome Camera

    In stock.
    Usually ships the same business day if ordered before 2PM EST.

    $899.00


    Resolution

    12MP

    Unconventional Aspect Ratio!

    6MP @ 25 FPS: 3008*3000

    12MP @ 15 FPS: 4000*3000


    Weather

    weatherproof

    IP66
    Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

    You can wash it off with a hose.


    Temp

    temperature rating

    Temperature rated from -22°F ~ 140°F

    Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


    Lens

    varifocal lens

    Fisheye: 1.8mm
    360° of coverage


    Day/Night

    night footage

    Infrared night vision up to 65 FT

    Color video possible until 0.06 lux

    How to get the best footage at night


    Special

    special features

    Micro-SD Card Slot

    Built-in microphone & speaker, two-way talk supported

    Up to five stream options

    1 Full Res Fisheye OR 1 Fisheye & 4 ePTZs OR 1 Fisheye and 1 Panorama

    IK10

    Digital WDR

    Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR



  6. The 1080P Admiral Series - 8 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System



    8 Camera 1080P Admiral Series

    Starting at: $1,199.00


    Cameras


    2MP @ 30 FPS: 1920 x 1080

    85° or 110° options
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated


    Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



  7. The 4MP Motorized Admiral Series - 8 Channel HD Customizable Security Camera System




    Cameras


    4MP @ 25 FPS: 2560 x 1440

    Motorized Varifocal: 2.8 - 12mm
    91° - 27° of coverage
    IP67 Weatherproof
    Infrared night vision up to 100 FT
    -31°F to 140 °F temp rated
    True Wide Dynamic Range (120dB)



    4MP vs 4K.


    Software


    VCA: Motion Detection, Line Crossing, Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, People Counting, Vandalism Detection
    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    SCWEasyConnect 2.0 ports on back for Plug and play 2018 SCW camera auto-configuration up to 750 ft away
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options