IP Verses Analog Camera systems


Camera Systems in Salt Lake City

2.1MP Cameras have 3 times the resolution of a 700TVL analog camera and now with the new 4K cameras out (about 12 Mega Pixels) it’s much more definition as long as you have a 4K Monitor. A 700TVL camera is about 700,000 whereas the 2.1MP is 2.1 Million

Typical wire for an analog camera system was RG59 Coax with the 18g2c power wire and now the IP cameras run on CAT5 or CAT6 cable

Tell your camera contractor how many days of storage you need so you can pick the proper amount of storage, typically we recommend 1TB for every camera to get around 30 days of storage

Instead of a DVR Digital Video Recorder the IP cameras have NVRs which are Network Video Recorders. Typically you can install a camera no more than 328 feet from the recorder although with special equipment we can install cameras further than that.

Peak Alarm has experts in cameras as well as fire alarm, access control and security. Call Larry for a free site visit and pricing

When you buy systems from a big box store the quality is not the same. When you hold a $30 dollar camera in your hand and hold a $300 dollar camera in the other hand the difference is marked.


Contact Larry Love at (801) 428 1384 or cell (801) 898 6003 Larry@peakalarm.com for pricing, questions, comments or correctinos

Upgrade Fire Alarm



Peak Alarm can upgrade your fire alarm or security system if your still having it dial out over an analog phone line.

Call Larry Love (801)428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com

Often analog phone lines cost over $700 per year making it a perfect reason to have an AES Radio or Cellular communicator installed. The new High Supervision Cellular units for Fire Alarm send signals every 6 minutes. Often we can install a commercial AES Radio for under $400 dollars with the monitoring being $40 or $50 per month depending on your services and area. The savings from getting rid of your phone lines would pay for this easily. High Supervision Cellular is about $155 installed and $48 per month for 36 months. Pricing will vary depending on the length of contract and the cost of the monthly monitoring.

With cellular communicators you don’t have to worry about your phone lines being cut.

with Radio you don’t have to worry about the changing technology like the current 2G issue or your phone lines being cut. If your cellular is a 2G unit AT&T will take them off the grid next year and your system will not longer send signals. Upgrade now. Radio is consistant and Peak Alarm maintains your unit so it will continue working. We can add Radios to most panels.

Peak Alarm has been in business for over 46 years, has a better business A+ rating and only 3 complaints filed in the 3 years compared with many companies that are competitors that have over 1000 complaints.

Peak has their own UL listed Central Station

Peak has their own AV Division and Guard and Patrol Division

Why should I avoid a big box store camera system?

When a product is quite a bit less expensive you need to question why.

When a product is quite a bit less expensive you need to question why.

Mystery meat is one thing but mystery camera systems is another. Often what happens is someone will come to Peak Alarm for a real system after having purchased these cheap camera systems from a big box store.

Peak Alarm offers solutions to your camera needs at very reasonable prices with high quality equipment.

When you pay for a professional installation using quality equipment you will note that there is a very big difference. It is the same with cars. A luxury car is made quite differently from an entry level car built for the masses.

1. Many times the equipment will be questionable and when you do the math sometimes you end up getting a camera system for $50 or $100 dollars per camera. Think about it carefully, you do get what you pay for.

2. Much of the time the cable and the connectors are not universal but will only work with that particular system so my advice is to buy 2 or three of those systems so you have replacements because later on the factories do not build or support many of these low end systems when trying to get parts.

3. IP and Analog cameras are very different and with IP you get a much higher resolution. IP cameras can also have very similar specifications yet be very different. We have an awesome quality camera that is 2.8mm to 12mm Verifocal, IP66 weather rated, 3MP, vandal dome for $400 dollars yet we also offer an AXIS brand camera with very similar specifications for over $1000 each.

4. Do you want to be able to recognize people or identify them? Lower end cameras often leave much to be desired when you want to provide the police with a disk or USB stick. The differences between AXIS cameras and big box store cameras are like night and day.

5. Peak Alarm has over 46 years of experience and is licensed, insured and factory trained to install camera systems. I am an AXIS CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL and many other employees and techs here at Peak Alarm also have this same certification. In order to obtain this we took a week course and a grueling test which not everyone passed. Others had to study, review and then retake the test to pass it.

Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 or email Larry@peakalarm.com for camera system pricing in Utah or Idaho. On the Wasatch Front area we can stop in and do a no cost consutation for your cameras, security, fire alarm or access control systems.

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Peak Alarm has been in business for 46 years, has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, has their own local UL listed Central Station, has their own Guard and Patrol Division, has their own AV division, Alarm division, CAD department and much more. When you think of a full service alarm company think of Peak Alarm. No other company in Utah offers the same line up of services from one company. Larry Love has over 20 years of experience in the security industry and also served on the Alarm Systems board for DOPL for over 7 years. Peak pays their taxes, insurance and keeps their employees factory trained.

Big Box store camera systems

Commerical Camera Systems

Install camera systems to reduce theft

A customer has requested that we install a camera system because he has already installed 2 different big box camera systems that don’t work well.

I tell people that do this to buy 2 or 3 of the kits because many times cameras or the NVR will stop working and sometimes the cable connectors are not universal so you can’t find parts because they get them from Asia where they make so many and then move on to a different type of product and no longer support the older product.


Stay away from $50 dollar cameras because that is exactly what you get.

We have some very nice AXIS cameras that cost over $1000 dollars and they are well worth the money.

We also have some FLIR cameras that are $400 dollars (Then you would need to pay for the cable and installation) and these are IP cameras 3MP with 2.8-12mm lens and IP66 rated for the weather so they are a much better bet than a $50 dollar camera.

Think about it, you are going to pay the same installation and wire cost but if you put in poor quality cameras you will need to pay for installation twice and the camera twice as well.

Peak Alarm has been in business for over 46 years, has their own UL listed Central Monitoring Station, Installation Department, AV Division, Guard and Patrol Division and holds a current A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. In the last 3 years Peak Alarm has only had 3 complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau. Better Business Bureau click here

Call Larry Love in Utah and Idaho for IP camera systems

Larry@peakalarm.com (801) 898 6003 on my cell or Direct at work (801) 428 1384

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You get what you pay for. When you have an event you want to be able to see the video and give it to the police. You want to be able to recognize people and cars and when you decide to go cheap often you can’t do either.

Peak Alarm sells quality systems with a professional installation.

Peak Alarm sells quality systems with a professional installation.

Axis Camera Certification

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Several employees from Peak Alarm were certified last week and passed the AXIS Camera certification exam. The testing was done by PROMETRIC. The three day training was intensive. I personally was challenged by this class and the test although I passed it and learned a great deal about IP camera systems. Having sales people that have extensive training assists the installation technicians to do their job since the jobs are designed properly from the start.

Peak Alarm is not known for being the least expensive or low bidder on most projects. Peak Alarm is known for quality. Having been in business for over 45 years with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating peak maintains a high level of factory training for both technicians and the sales force. There were 30 Peak Alarm employees in the AXIS training class.

Peak Alarm also has certified technicians for DSX, DMP, Hochiki and others.

Many customers that look for the least expensive security solution end up with one of our competitors that has thousands of complaints with the Better Business Bureau and buyers remorse at a later date.

Spending the money to have a professional installation done right the first time will help you avoid that remorse.

One of the companies I visited two weeks ago had gone through 2 camera systems before they finally called us. The first system was a camera system from a big box store and the old adage “you get what you pay for” could not have applied more. The second system was installed by a security company who provided very low quality materials and the system is only 2 years old and is falling apart.

Peak Alarm offers entry level systems, midrange and enterprise systems. We want to keep our customers for generations, our goal is not just to get the sale.

Give me a call at 801 428 1384 or email me at Larry@peakalarm.com and I can come by and do a site assessment at no charge here on the Wasatch front within 80 Miles of Salt Lake City. Peak Alarm is licensed, their employees are licensed and have gone through the FBI back ground checks, the company is insurred and keeps their workers compensation insurance, their auto insurance and their general liability insurance up to date. Peak Alarm pays use tax on equipment and all applicable taxes where required.

Peak Alarm offers equipment for sale and on leases OAC. We can do 12 month, 24 month, 36 month or even 60 month contracts. If it is needed Peak Alarm can also do month to month contracts for specific situations. Keep in mind that most of our customers sign the 36 month contract in order for Peak to help out and subsidize part of the equipment. When you sign up for a 12 month contract the equipment will have a higher cost than a 36 month contract. Leasing is a good option for many companies because the up front costs are not as high. Call us and we can help you find the best option for your installation needs.

We look forward to your call.

Before you buy look up all alarm companies that you talk to or get pricing from on the www.bbb.org before you buy anything.

Be sure to look up all the alarm companies that you get bids from on the Better Business Bureau www.bbb.org