Wireless security camera systems are systems that monitor your property utilizing a closed-circuit television camera. Contrary to popular belief these types of systems are rarely completely wireless because it is fairly inefficient to have a system that works solely on battery power. The wireless systems may utilize a wire for a power supply; however, it does not use wires for transmitting signals back to the base station. Some wireless security systems do run on battery power only; however, most individuals find that a main power supply with a backup battery is the most affordable and reliable system to go with. Even though these systems are not always completely wireless, they are much more versatile than older completely hardwired systems that require a wire to run from the camera to the base station to transmit data.
Why Choose a Wireless Security Camera System?
Wireless Cameras Offer More Versatility
Aside from being much easier to install than some other camera systems there are additional benefits to installing a wireless security camera. Since there is no wiring leading from the camera to the base station on these cameras there is quite a lot of versatility as far as where they can be placed inside or outside the home. It is important to remember that cameras that are intended for outdoor use are not best suited for indoor use and vice-versa.
Cameras that are intended for outdoor use are usually slightly more expensive systems in that they incorporate weather proof housing as well as advanced features that prevent the camera lens from fogging or condensing while outdoors. Cameras that are intended for indoor use are usually much more sensitive to motion and are not designed to withstand the elements that outdoor cameras are often exposed to. Regardless of whether you choose to install your wireless camera system outdoors or indoors the flexibility of placing is a huge plus since after placing the camera it can easily be relocated if the desired area is not full captured. Contrarily when using wired security systems relocation may not always be feasible depending upon the length of the transmission wire and the location of placement when installed outdoors.
The Added Protection of a Working Surveillance Camera
Ease of installation and flexibility of placement are not the only reasons to invest in a wireless system, obviously there is the added benefit of having a camera focused security system present in your home. Having a camera system in the home helps to deter burglary on a considerable degree, for example statistics show that homes with any type of security system are 2.3 times less likely to be targeted by burglars than homes with no evidence of a security system. With that said, most alarm systems will come with a sticker and or a yard sign that should be placed in plain view because what good is a security system if no one knows that you have one? These days even the do it yourself wireless cameras come with stickers that can be placed in windows to warn intruders that the home is protected by video camera surveillance. Some people have attempted to utilize wither dummy cameras or fake stickers in their home window to deter burglars and while these strategies may work on occasion, if they do fail there will be much less evidence to prosecute your burglar.
Wireless Cameras for Rental Properties
Another added benefit of using a wireless security camera system in your home is that they are easily installed without having to run wires behind walls like hardwired systems often demand. Lack of intrusive labor make wireless systems the perfect option for people who are renting their home or apartment as well as for those who live in aging homes and do not want to disrupt the structure by drilling through walls to thread wiring. Due to the nature of wireless systems they can easily be placed up on the wall with a single piece of mounting hardware which results in minimal damage to the structure of the home. It is always helpful; however, if you rent a property, to contact your landlord or rental company to inquire as to whether they have a preferred alarm system or alarm system company since generally a working alarm system will add to the value of a property.
Wireless Cameras Offer Less Detectable Protection
It may sound funny to include a lack of detectability as a positive aspect of a wireless security camera system particularly after we discussed the benefits of announcing your alarm system presence with a yard sign or window sticker. Some locations such as retail store fronts; however, may advertise their security system but want to keep it out of plain view so that should they fall prey to a burglar their camera can capture the event. When retail locations place security cameras in plain view they can often be destroyed by burglars or have the wires cut in order to stop transmission. Wireless cameras are beneficial in this situation because they not only come without wires that can be cut, but they are also easily obscured because of their lack of wires. With some hardwired systems cameras can be seen from quite a distance away because of the wires that run from a section of the store to the camera; however, without these wires it is much easier to conceal a camera from view.
Concerns Over Wireless Technology
When they first debuted, wireless security systems had quite a few flaws that left these systems open to corruption. The first concern was with systems that ran on battery power alone because every few months these systems would require a battery change and if that battery change was neglected then the security system would be rendered useless in the event of a burglary. The battery problem was resolved; however, when companies began to utilize lithium batteries that allow for a security system to run for years before a battery change is necessary. Another common concern with wireless systems is the susceptibility to interference. Whether interference is unintentional and comes from the baby monitor next door or whether it is intentional and comes from the pizza van outside your home that is actually a couple of burglars scoping out your property, either situation presents a problem. As technology has progressed wireless security systems have become increasingly reliable as better tuners and improved frequency usage have been introduced meaning that your wireless system is relatively unaffected by outside interference.
Types of Wireless Security Cameras Available
There are currently two varieties of wireless security cameras on the market: analog wireless and digital wireless.
Analog Wireless Cameras
The Cons of an Analog Wireless System
Analog wireless cameras are those that utilize radio frequencies to transmit video and audio signals, these types of cameras are not as popular as the digital wireless cameras for a few reasons. The analog wireless camera can reach for some 300 feet; however, any obstacle in the path of the camera will reduce this signal range so for a room that has a lot of large furniture or for use from room to room, the analog camera would not be a good option. Another negative aspect of these types of wireless systems is that the radio frequencies that they utilize are easily interrupted since many household items utilize the same frequency including microwaves, land line cordless phones , computer routers and video game controllers. Lastly analog systems tend to provide a much lower quality signal which results in poor quality transmission depending upon the level of interference.
The Pros of an Analog Wireless System
Analog wireless security systems are not all bad though. For an individual on a very limited budget the analog wireless system is among the most affordable wireless security systems available and ultimately if it is the only system that you find you can afford, it is better than nothing. Another benefit to analog systems ifs that because the signal is uniform it can be picked up by any receiver placed throughout the home so you have the ability to pick up signals in various locations; however, it should be remembered that the range of these systems is approximately 300 feet on a clear path.
Digital Wireless Cameras
The Pros of a Digital Wireless System
Digital wireless cameras work much the same as modern technology by sending packets of digital information over high-bandwidth radio frequencies. Utilizing newer technology enables data to be sent much more securely and eliminates the possibility of interference from common household items. With data being sent over a secure network also ensures that there is no data leak, meaning that your data is not going to wind up being broadcast on your neighbors television screen. The digital era also brings a wider transmission range to the wireless security system enabling a longer transmission range of some 450 feet versus the 300 feet of an analog wireless camera. One thing that does remain with the digital camera is that there must be a direct line of sight between camera and receiver to ensure that data is passed completely from one to the other. Uniquely, however, the high quality communication that takes place between the camera and receiver is a two way communication process rather than a one way process that is found in an analog system. Digital systems also offer the added benefit of newer technology that enable more advanced user functions such as being able to direct a system to follow commands that can be signaled through a variety of technological gadgets.
The Cons of a Digital Wireless System
The digital wireless camera system certainly seems to present many more advantages than the analog system; however, there is one significant disadvantage to utilizing this system. This disadvantage is such that it prevents many people from investing in a digital system and it is, of course, the price. The cost of technology is decreasing; however, in order to stay on top of the most up to date technological releases wireless digital security systems are not the most affordable piece of equipment. Not everyone feels the need to purchase the most up to date digital system and when that is the case, there are quite a few more affordable systems available to ensure your home security with more dependability than the analog wireless systems.
The Choice of Analog or Digital
When it comes to making a choice between analog and digital wireless camera security systems there are pros and cons to each side of the fence. There are most definitely more pros than cons on the side of digital technology; however, when digital technology is not within your budget it makes more sense to invest in an analog system that can offer some degree of protection rather than no protection at all. Many people feel that when they go with something like a digital system that they have to purchase the top of the line system, whether this belief comes from a personal preference or whether it comes from pressure by salespeople, it simply is not true. There are plenty of digital wireless systems available on the market that can provide the security you need without emptying your bank account at the same time.
How To Buy Your Wireless Security Camera System
The best way to avoid being suckered in to a purchase that you do not want to make is to do your research before you shop. Find out exactly what it is that you are looking for, find out what features you can’t live without and find out what features are an added bonus that you can give or take depending upon your final cost. It is also worth it to research vendors to find a reputable vendor who can supply you the type of system you are looking at along with a warranty and a good price. Many big name stores offer online coupons that can either be used online as coupon codes or printed out for use in store that can save a significant amount on your purchase. For example big name stores often release 10 to 20% off coupons that can be printed to be used in store and when that comes down to 20% off your security system of choice that is quite a savings!
You Don’t Have to Know it All
Not everyone is a home security specialist and you are not expected to be familiar with every type of security system that is on the market but it is useful to have a written check list of the features you absolutely must have from your system. You can determine what these features are by doing a little online research or even calling local security companies to ask their opinion on different security services. If you find a system that is everything you want and more and is within your budget then there is no harm in shopping around for the best price as long as you end up buying from a reputable retailer, but there is no shame in not knowing the model number of the system that you want! As long as you have a basic idea of what you are looking for it is up to your salesperson to provide you with a list of systems that they offer and explain the differences between those systems. Your job, when relying upon a salesperson to guide you, is not to get sucked in to a system that is more than you need and above your budget.
Wireless Security Camera Systems Are Not the End All and Be All
Certainly we all want to be able to offer the very best protection to our families and our home; however, for some people that protection does not always lie in a wireless security camera system. It is up to you to determine whether this type of system meets your needs by doing your research and consulting professionals for their opinions on what type of security system would work best for you and your home. There are plenty more options to choose from and the wireless security system isn’t the answer for every household, for some an intricate network of security coverage provides a better solution, and for others door and window sensors may be all it takes to offer peace of mind.