Swann Security is a company that offers high-quality DIY home security equipment, including surveillance cameras, “smart” doorbells, alarms and more. They also offer home automation products that allow you to control your alarms, locks, lights, appliances, thermostat and more from any mobile device using the SwannOne app. When it comes to the quality of their cameras, Swann uses cutting-edge technology that enables them to rise above the pack. While the quality level of their cameras is off the charts, they can be quite pricey. Also, although cameras can help discourage potential intruders from breaking in, they don’t offer the same protection professionally monitored security systems provide.
Pro: Easy DIY Wireless Setup
Swann offers wireless cameras you can install on your own. Wireless systems are safer, because they don’t require phone lines that can simply be cut by intruders. However, it’s recommended you use encrypted Wi-Fi that is password protected to minimize your risk of being hacked. Swann products come with how-to guides that help you with DIY installation, and you can access instructional videos on their website’s support page. Additionally, they offer 24/7 phone support if you need it.
Pro: HD Quality Camera with Night Vision
If you want to monitor your home at night, indoors or out, Swann security cameras are a great option for you. With 24 infrared LEDs, these cameras have high-quality night vision capabilities, which turn on automatically at night. Even motion is well-captured at night time, as moving objects remain clear and discernable.
The cameras also have:
- 1080p HD resolution
- A viewing angle of 120 degrees
- Automatic lighting adjustment when recording up-close activity so that facial features can be discerned
- Fully color video during the daytime
Pro: Stores Surveillance Footage Locally and on the Cloud
Swann’s security cameras store the last 7 days of surveillance video footage to local memory. The last 2 days are uploaded to the cloud, which you can access through Swann’s Safe app. If you want more storage, you can upgrade to Swann’s ExtraSafe plan for each camera and get 30 days of secure cloud based storage.
Con: High Cost
Swann offers a wide range of home security camera systems at an even wider price range. Their basic 4-channel alarm system will cost you $150, and their 16-channel 4K ultra HD system is as high as $2,300. Although it’s not the cheapest company, Swann products are less expensive when you buy them in a complete system, as opposed to adding on products you buy separately.
Con: No Professional Monitoring
The Swann security camera system is for those who want “DIY” home security. It can alert you when it detects motion in your home, but as Bold Technologies points out:
“Self-monitored alarm systems, such as DIY devices which send a text message when triggered, can go unobserved if the receiver is in a meeting, on a plane, or somewhere away from their phone.”
No matter the technology available today, home security companies like Protect America that offer 24/7 professional monitoring are still needed to keep homes and families safe.
Protect America: Professionally Monitored Home Security
While self-monitored systems require you to rely only on technology and your own vigilance, Protect America is able to keep tabs on the safety of your home and respond to emergencies immediately. With locked-in rates at $30 a month, and zero installation fees, you won’t find a better deal. Plus, we give you up to $1,400 worth of free state of the art equipment to keep your home safe. If you think professional home security is right for your home, get a free quote from Protect America.