If you’re a home security system owner looking to enhance your home’s protection, look no further. It’s time to investigate security cameras.
Video security lets you keep an active eye on your home, family and pets. Best of all, you can do this at anytime, anywhere.
We’ve received many questions about cameras and adding them to your home security system, so in this edition of FrontPoint Answers, we’re taking your questions head on. It’s time to find out how video surveillance can take your peace of mind to a new level.
What is the purpose of security cameras in a home alarm system?
Security cameras allow users to always keep a watchful eye on their home.
FrontPoint customers can use their cameras to monitor the inside and outside activity of their home. Customers also gain access to live streams, where they can view a live feed on their computer or mobile device. They can also set up their system to receive notifications any time the cameras are motion-activated.
Does FrontPoint offer any security cameras?
Yes, FrontPoint offers three security cameras. Each has different capabilities ideal for any scenario.
- Wireless Indoor Camera– The Wireless Indoor Camera allows users to keep an active eye on their home from anywhere. It has a viewing range up to 50 feet and can view activity in the dark. A broadband network is required to allow the WCAM to connect wirelessly.
- Wireless Pan and Tilt Camera – The Pan and Tilt Camera is an indoor camera with a greater range of view than the WCAM. Users can control it to maximize their field of view by panning and tilting.
- Wireless Outdoor Camera–The Outdoor Camera is weatherproof and withstands below-freezing temperatures, or up to 122 F, to provide video surveillance of the exterior areas of a user’s property. It can also see in the dark up to 40 feet.
You can find more information about FrontPoint’s cameras and other equipment in this equipment guide.
What type of monitoring do I need to use these cameras?
FrontPoint’s video surveillance services are accessed with the Ultimate Monitoring package. In addition to video capabilities, Ultimate Monitoring users gain access to all the features found in the Interactive Monitoring package, such as Alarm.com’s Geo-Services and home automation suite.
Can I DIY install FrontPoint’s cameras like I did with the sensors?
The Wireless Indoor Camera, and the Pan and Tilt Camera are both very easy to install. Using the included setup guide, all you need to do is plug the cameras in, sync them up to your wireless network and then place them in ideal positions.
Drilling and mounting are not required to use the Indoor or Pan and Tilt cameras, but they are an option. Mounting kits are included with the cameras.
The Outdoor Camera does not require mounting in order to work, but it’s highly recommended so it remains out of harm’s way while protecting your outdoor areas. You will need a drill, and mounting kits are provided so you can suspend the camera from an overhead location.
One of FrontPoint’s goals is to make installation for all of its equipment as easy as possible, but due to the function of the Outdoor Camera, assistance with installation might be necessary.
Is the FrontPoint security system compatible with third-party cameras like Dropcam?
No, FrontPoint does not support third-party security cameras.
While we certainly support the use of any security cameras (any is better than none) to enhance your home’s protection, third-party cameras – like Dropcam – will not work with the FrontPoint alarm system. Only the three Alarm.com cameras – the Indoor, Pan and Tilt, and Outdoor – are compatible.