Planning out surveillance for your home can be a hassle, especially when a company is not transparent with you about security camera installation costs. A1 Security Cameras strives to be honest and transparent in our home security camera system installation process, working with you every step of the way so you can have a clear understanding of the costs and devices being implemented. Residents of Dallas Fort Worth can attest to that, with each one of our customers now enjoying an effective surveillance system helping to protect their homes.

Home Security Camera System Costs

Planning out surveillance for your home can be a hassle, especially when a company is not transparent with you about security camera installation costs. A1 Security Cameras strives to be honest and transparent in our home security camera system installation process, working with you every step of the way so you can have a clear understanding of the costs and devices being implemented. Residents of Dallas Fort Worth can attest to that, with each one of our customers now enjoying an effective surveillance system helping to protect their homes.

In this post, A1 Security Cameras outlines what to expect when choosing us to install a security camera system into your home. Below, we will highlight what makes up a traditional security camera system, the costs surrounding each aspect, and what you should generally expect when considering surveillance for your household. Through this post and when discussing with one of our installation professionals, you will better understand what we include in our installation service. Before continuing, it should be noted that there may be additional costs depending on the specific installation that our professionals will absolutely make clear.

What makes up a security camera system?

A1 Security Cameras has written extensively about the different parts of a given modern security camera system, but for newcomers, here is a quick overview of what is traditionally included or expected.

  • Cameras
  • Cables
  • Recorder
  • Monitor
  • Mouse and Keyboard

While this list only covers what a traditional security camera system includes, most are also integrated with an alarm system and access control measures to make an effective security apparatus for any given home or business. A1 Security Professionals are capable of:

  • Installing traditional surveillance
  • Installing an effective alarm system
  • Integrating surveillance with alarm.com
  • Implementing access control

Homeowners will be delighted to learn that we make this process as easy and stress-free as possible. Our team works to provide the best possible system for each home we install surveillance in and work with our customers to meet each unique standard. Through our initial walkthrough, customers will gain an understanding of what we plan on implementing and why.   After that first step, the customer will then receive a schematic of their home with where we propose installations should be, followed by a quote and write-up. These documents will lay out all of the charges we require in order for the job to be as effective as possible in providing you with sophisticated surveillance.

How much does A1 Security Cameras charge for walkthroughs?

As a part of our system design service, A1 Security Cameras does not charge a customer anything for the initial walkthrough conducted for homeowners in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. Furthermore, we can offer step-by-step design help when you want surveillance inside and outside your household but may not be sure where you want each camera and part of your security to go. Even if you do not know the type of camera you are looking for, our professionals can quickly help you pick out what is best for your home. Our professionals can provide you with several options taken from our massive catalog through the form in the system design link above. When that process is complete, they will present to you a quote that will highlight the costs that will be charged for the entire installation process.

How much do security cameras cost?

The specific cost of each security camera will vary depending on the type and features. While multiple options are available, we will limit the distinct prices and their differences to analog versus digital cameras. We will also mention wireless cameras, but will not discuss them further throughout the post due to the lack of labor required for installation. However, it should be noted that we offer numerous more types of security cameras that are open to all homeowners globally. The price for installing each analog or digital security camera typically rounds to $200 (price includes cable run, mounting, and positioning). While this post will focus distinctly on price, we have written extensively on the subject in the post titled “The Difference Between Analog and IP Security Cameras.”

Analog cameras: Frankly, analog cameras are cheaper than IP cameras. They are the prior generation of security cameras and run on an older style of security camera system. The most popular analog cameras sold by A1 Security Cameras at the time of writing typically range between $40 to $200 per device. Something to note with analog-style cameras is that they will need additional equipment in the form of a power supply box, if anything. Our team has written extensively about this type of security camera, with further details being available through our “Beginners Guide to Buying Analog Security Cameras.”

Wireless cameras: Wireless cameras are an entirely flexible and low-cost option for those looking for a temporary or easy installation. Having risen in popularity over the past decade, these devices are commonly found in homes and businesses alike that have a solid network. Due to having less need for additional parts and labor, their upfront cost is far less than analog or internet protocol. Furthermore, the most popular price range of these cameras sold on A1 Security Cameras typically sits between $60 to $300, often featuring cheaper options when sacrificing a durable and long-lasting design. While there is a demand for these products, our team tends to recommend against them in most circumstances due to the inherent security risks they can pose. A good article about these products and this subject is titled “Are WiFi Security Cameras Reliable?

IP cameras: Internet protocol cameras are the most recent generation of traditional security cameras on the market at the time of writing. Due to their popularity, they will range more wildly in price, but the most popular examples sold by A1 Security Cameras typically range between $70 to $350 each. Unlike analog cameras, IP cameras can offer several built-in features that can make a given security system more capable but also do directly raise the price. Our team has written more in-depth and additional information on this type of security camera in another blog post titled “What Security Cameras have Web Servers?

Home security camera installation hourly rate

A1 Security Cameras does not charge an hourly rate for the initial installation of a device or system. On top of the residential service call fee of $250, our professionals will charge customers $75 an hour with an additional charge for materials used if needed at all. Usually, our team will complete any necessary changes and repairs for a given system before the hourly rate goes into effect. Therefore, our professionals will charge customers per device installed rather than an hourly rate when it comes to installations. The pricing for installation is fixed at $200 to $300 per implemented example, basing this system on device functionality rather than how long it takes to get achieve it. Such a system is statistically proven to provide both professionals and customers with flexibility during the installation process so that each device is implemented to fulfill maximum functionality upon activation.

What are the costs surrounding recorders?

When it comes to recorders, the product's price will vary a little more due to maximum storage, channel capacity, 4K support, resolution, EPOE, and other factors listed when searching through our recorder products. Typically, we will charge $200 for the installation and configuration of the recorder. Like above, we will limit the mentioned devices and their prices to analog (DVR) and digital (NVR). However, it should be noted that we have more options here as well.

Digital Video Recorder: Digital video recorders tend to range between $100 to $800. Larger and more advanced recorders typically go well above that range for larger analog systems that require more advanced features.

Network Video Recorder: Network video recorders generally range between $150 to around $1,000. More advanced versions of this device can go above that price range, especially for larger systems.

Do recorders come with internal storage and software?

While many recorders, especially NVR, might come with video management software in a base form, most do not come with storage hardware. However, such storage hardware can easily be found through the A1 Security Cameras hard drive and storage section.

The size of your recorder hard drive is distinctly essential and defines how much video footage you can keep at a given quality for a specified amount of time. A1 Security Cameras offers our free Security NVR and DVR Storage Calculator to help you figure out what size hard drive you will need. In addition, when you use our installation services, our professionals will typically include this in the products that will make up your security camera system.

Does my home network make a difference?

Yes, when you want to enjoy features like mobile streaming and motion detection. For example, a security camera system can stream each of its individual cameras to your phone and also send you motion detection alerts when enabled but requires an internet connection to do so. This is possible by connecting your recorder directly to the router. While you can connect security cameras to the router, A1 Security Cameras firmly encourages homeowners to avoid such action due to the inherent security risk that arises after doing so. Upon discussing the design of your security camera system, our professionals will explain this process in greater detail if needed.

Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor camera costs?

Yes, both types of security cameras are subject to the Ingress Protection Standards that associate them with a given environment. Therefore, the price is reflected based on the environments they are meant for. For example, the Ingress Protection Standards defines whether it is designed for a relaxed environment like an office to environments like construction sites or in open fields. Therefore, a security camera for office spaces should not be used in construction or outdoor environments and vice versa. For more information on the differences between indoor and outdoor security cameras, feel free to read our post titled “What’s the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Cameras?” In terms of labor costs, these types of cameras remain around the same in the price for the installation.

Which systems require a monthly or annual cost?

Traditional security camera systems will not necessarily require monthly or yearly subscriptions unless in a specific circumstance. However, newer types of security cameras, like cloud cameras, will require a monthly subscription for full functionality. This is because they use cloud storage and not internal nor a traditional recorder. A1 Security Cameras offers these cameras, developed by manufacturers like Honeywell, Google’s Nest, EEN, and Alarm.com.

How can I best plan out my home security camera system?

Through each of our walkthroughs, A1 Security Cameras will provide customers with a quote that references the prices we will charge throughout an installation. These quotes are heavily detailed to give you the best idea of what we charge for every product and service. Per each complete security camera system installation, we typically charge half the full price upfront and collect the second half once your surveillance system is fully implemented.

How much does home security camera installation cost?

Each security camera installation cost will be made up of labor, mounting, cable running, and the security camera itself. Before the product price is added, the mounting, positioning, and cable running cost typically comes out to be $200 to $300 per installed device. When conduits are included, Flex, PVC, and EMT prices differ. Furthermore, there will be additional charges as highlighted above and depending on the type of job. One of the A1 Security Cameras professionals will further discuss this price with the homeowner.

What additional equipment costs should I expect?

Coaxial and ethernet cables will incur additional charges to the homeowner based on initial pricing and implementation. These cables allow a wired security camera system to transfer data from cameras to the recorder and vice versa. Some, like in the case of power over ethernet, allow for less wiring by powering a given security camera through the ethernet cable.

Security camera installation hourly rate?

As mentioned above, A1 Security Cameras will charge an initial $200 to $300 per installed device plus materials used to achieve full functionality but will not charge an hourly fee for such services. We have implemented this system so that our professionals can entirely focus on each of your requests without the risk of overcharging you per installation visit. Customers can expect our quotes to remain static for around 30 days unless additional requests are made, but are subject to change after that initial period.

Why trust experts in installing security cameras?

While you can install your own security camera system, A1 Security Cameras encourages each homeowner in the Dallas Fort Worth area to explore what we can do for you. Each of our services has specifically been developed to match the needs of homeowners we work with every day. Surveillance and security are a crucial part of a given security system, with our professionals being trained in the most advanced techniques to make it as effective as possible. As a result, we avoid the costly mistakes that come when inexperienced individuals implement their own system without a clear understanding of the process. For more information on what we can do for you, please fill out our form on the Installation page and get a quick response from one of the A1 Security Cameras professionals shortly thereafter!

Feb 20th 2022 Wayne Hahne

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