Wireless security camera systems 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, but 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?
Aside from being much easier to install than some other camera systems there are additional benefits to installing a wireless security camera.
Wireless Cameras Offer More Versatility
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. Also, they can be moved around if you decide that you don’t like the location of the camera. Remember cameras that are intended for outdoor use are not best suited for indoor use and vice-versa.
The Added Protection of a Working Surveillance Camera
There is the added benefit of having a camera focused security system present in your home. Having a camera system in the home helps 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 DIY 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 use 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 on the wall with a single piece of mounting hardware, which results in minimal damage to the structure of the home. If you rent a property, it is always helpful 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 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. Some hardwired cameras can be seen from a distance away because of the wires that run from a section of the store to the camera, but 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 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.
Analog Wireless Cameras
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.
- One of the most affordable wireless security systems available
- The signal is uniform so it can be picked up by another receiver placed throughout the home so you can pick up signals in different locations
- Range of these systems is about 300 feet
- Obstacles in the path of the camera will reduce the signal range
- The radio frequencies used are easily interrupted since other household appliances use the same frequencies (microwaves, land line cordless phones, computer routers, etc.)
- Tend to provide a much lower quality signal which equals poor quality transmission
Digital Wireless Cameras
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.
- No data leak, meaning you data won’t be broadcasted on your neighbor’s TV
- Longer transmission range of 450 feet
- Two-way communication process between the camera and receiver
- Newer technology
- Must be a direct line of sight between camera and receiver to get data passed completely
- Not the most affordable
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, but 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.