Practically every piece of technology today has wireless capabilities, so why not security cameras? Security cameras have been around a lot longer than you probably think. The first security camera can be dated back to 1927. Needless to say, the technology and capabilities have come a long way since its inception.
But how do wireless security cameras work? And are they the better security option for your home? Find out with Vector Security.
How Do They Work?
The functionality for wireless security cameras is essentially the same for wired security cameras. They need a power source and an Internet connection. Although wired cameras connect to the Internet via an Ethernet port directly, wireless security cameras connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or a cellular connection.
Out of the three options, cellular is the least common type of connection. However, there are plenty of Wi-Fi security cameras that use cellular as a backup in case the connection is disrupted. But generally speaking, your final purchase will most likely be a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled security camera.
As for control, you can connect to your wireless security camera via smartphone, laptop, or other IoT device. From there, you’ll have access to live video feeds, and can rewind and archive footage at your leisure, depending on if you have the storage available.
Benefits of Wireless Security Cameras and Limitations
As with most products, there are a few distinct benefits and limitations for wireless security cameras. Let’s start with the benefits. They are:
- Less Invasive
- Easier to Install and Transport
- Cheaper Installation
- Harder to Manipulate (i.e. cutting wires)
It’s important to note that wireless security cameras tend to be more expensive than their wired counterparts. However, since installation is less invasive, it’s generally cheaper. Maintenance costs are usually lower as well, so the costs should even out over time.
As for limitations, there are two things buyers must know. Unless connected to a power source, battery life is something you must take into account. You have to replace and recharge batteries rather frequently to ensure your cameras work properly. There are solar security cameras available that should keep your outside cameras charged during the day (depending on your geographic location).
Wireless security cameras also have a limited range. You must keep them within 150 ft. of your Internet hotspot, or else there could be breaks in coverage and connectivity. However, the max range depends on multiple factors in your home, such as concrete floors, brick walls, other wireless devices on the network, thick trees or foliage, etc.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Wireless Security Cameras
Wireless security cameras are a fantastic addition to your home’s security network. However, before you buy, make sure your current Internet plan has enough broadband to support video footage. Likewise, hiring a professional for installation is a great choice because they can install them in the most effective places, ensure they work properly, and show you how to operate and monitor them.
When it comes to protecting your home, you should always leave it to the experts. At Vector Security, our team of experts can answer all of your questions and concerns, such as “how do wireless security cameras work,” “which security options are best for me,” and much more. If you would like to learn more, feel free to contact us today.