Updated: Oct 16
Wireless security cameras are a modern alternative to wired security cameras. Some people consider them to be more beneficial than their wired counterparts, as they offer features like Wi-Fi connectivity and simple smart home integration. They also offer the convenience of not having to run wires through walls or ceilings, and can be easily moved. But how do wireless security cameras work and are they right for your Austin home?
It can be confusing when you see major brands marketing "wireless camera" although they must be plugged in for power? Unfortunately wireless means they don't require a physical wired connection to a router or other network equipment. Instead, they rely on the frequencies in the air around them to send and receive audio/video signals. Truly wireless cameras do exist, but are powered by batteries and we strongly advise not to use these for security. With battery only powered models, you'll need to consistently check and replace them, which can be costly and surely not dependable. You will also want to understand some of the ratings of each camera you are investing in, you can learn all about IK, IP and VR ratings here.
If you have been considering a wireless surveillance system, you'll need to decide which features are important to you. Here are a few to think about:
- Remote Viewing: The ability to check in on your camera remotely using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. This is handy if you want to keep an eye on your property while you’re away.
- Two-Way Audio: allow you to speak and listen to what's going on in the view of your camera.
- Night Vision: You'll be able to see what's going on even when it's dark by using infrared technology, used to provide clearer images in low light conditions.
- Motion Detection: By investing in cameras with motion sensors, you can be alerted whenever camera detects movement.
3 Types of wireless cameras
There are three main types of wireless security cameras: WiFi, cellular, and on-board storage. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.
WiFi cameras are the most popular type of wireless camera, probably because of the convenience of WIFI being everywhere, and the simple connection to your mobile phone for viewing. However, WiFi cameras can be subject to signal interference from other devices in your home, and they are more vulnerable to hacking than wired cameras.
They typically have to be within 90ft of your network, depending on signal strength from your router. If you need a longer range, there are base stations which extend the range up to 300 feet. Again, make sure your router is up to the task, a good rule of thumb is to have at least twice the bandwidth of your camera's maximum bitrate. So, if your camera supports 100Mbps, you should have at least 200Mbps of available bandwidth.
Cellular cameras are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer a higher level of security than WiFi cameras. They connect to a cellular network, so they are not subject to interference from other devices. They also have better encryption, making it more difficult for hackers to access, but they are more expensive than WiFi cameras. If this sounds like your solution, here are a few more things you'll need to consider. First, make sure that the camera you choose is compatible with your cellular network. Not all wireless cameras will work on all cellular networks. Second, you'll need to decide on how you will connect your camera to a cellular network. There are two main options:
SIM card: This is the most common way, you'll need to insert a SIM card into the camera, and then activate it with your cellular provider. Once it's activated, your camera will be able to connect to the internet using cellular data, that you pay for monthly.
External modem: If your camera doesn't have a SIM card slot, you'll need to use an external modem to connect it to your cellular network. This is a bit more complicated than using a SIM card.
On Board Storage
On-board storage cameras are the most secure type of wireless camera. These cameras record video directly on to a built-in storage device, so there is no need to worry about interference from other devices or hackers. These thumb drives or portable storage devices plug into your computer's USB port to view and share the content with the police if a crime has occurred.
If you're looking for a wireless camera that works with Bluetooth, you're out of luck. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that is not well suited for transmitting video footage. You Some cameras have Bluetooth to connect a camera to another device, such as a smartphone.
PROS and CONS of Wireless Security Cameras
There is no need to drill holes or run wire throughout your home or office.
They have a much larger selection than wired or on board storage devices, which means you will be able to find one in your exact budget..
Equipped with modern features like motion detection, push notifications, etc..
Allow you to take control of your home from anywhere in the world! You can use wireless camera's with Amazon Alexa, Google Home Device Listing or other virtual assistants that are available on today’s market.
Can be moved around your home, to another room or even outside, making them ideal when you need mobile security solutions!
Wireless cameras streaming video won’t be instant as it is with hard-wired models. Even those that use ethernet cables will provide a significantly higher quality of footage than Wi-Fi or mobile data networks, making them an attractive option for many businesses!
Wireless networks are sensitive to the constant stress of wireless camera data transmission which can tremendously slow down your network, interrupting other devices like smart TV's and laptops.
Wireless cameras enable a lot more ways for hackers to enter your home or office network, giving them access to your files and being able to view the cameras.
If you are looking for a convenient security camera system, then wireless security cameras may be the right choice for you. They can be connected to the internet to view remotely, and record 24/7. While they may be less expensive you are sacrificing quality and network security. Check out our article on Wired Cameras to learn more. If you have any questions about home security, Security Camera Installations in Austin or feedback about this article please let us know, we are here to help!
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