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Consider purchasing a home security system to prevent break ins, deter unsavory characters from your property and monitor the whereabouts of individuals you do allow into your private space. You might recognize the Ring brand for its doorbell cameras. But the company has branched out and added its smart surveillance technology to this compact outdoor security camera. Because it can be difficult to find power sources for outside cameras, we like that the Ring Spotlight Cam has three power options: battery, hardwired, or solar. It also has a built in, motion activated spotlight that will stop trespassers in their tracks. Plus added features like two way audio, a 110 decibel siren, and integration with Amazon Alexa make this camera a leader in outdoor surveillance. That’s why the Ring Spotlight Cam was ranked our number one choice for outdoor security cameras. The distance from which your camera can record images in low to no light situations can have a great impact on its effectiveness if you want to capture activity after the sun sets. We’ve all dealt with photos that are too dark to make out any details. It’s frustrating when it’s a wedding photo, but it’s nerve racking when you’re trying to capture a face or license plate after a break in. Pay attention to the existing lighting in the areas where you want to install security cameras.

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Security cameras that you’ll be monitoring yourself as opposed to professionally monitored security systems usually have the simplest installation. Many of these cameras communicate via Wi Fi and only need hard wiring to their power source. Smaller cameras like video doorbells and peephole cameras frequently use batteries, which is even more user friendly. Outdoor security cameras can present more of a challenge, especially if the home’s exterior has limited power sources, if you don’t have many tools or if you are concerned about affecting your home’s appearance. In these cases, you may want to hire a professional with experience on prior camera installs. Finally, there are some circumstances where you can’t install your own cameras. Many leading providers of monitored home security systems such as ADT and Vivint require professional installation to make sure everything is in working order. In these cases, a trained technician visits your house to relieve you of this responsibility altogether. If you’re dedicated to doing it yourself and you want a professionally monitored security system, you do have plenty of DIY options: SimpliSafe, Frontpoint and Protect America are all strong choices. To learn more, check out our picks for the best outdoor security cameras or explore our comprehensive comparison guide on the leading home security systems. To start with, Frontpoint is the only home security system that is 100% wireless and 100% cellular.