Wired and Wireless Security Cameras

Having a tough time deciding between a wired and wireless security camera system? Wired security cameras cost more and require professional installation, but aren’t as often affected by outside hackers or interference. Wireless security cameras are easier to install on your own and afford you access to video and audio recording capabilities of a higher quality, but are affected by wireless phone and Internet signals. Both types come with their own set of pros and cons, so it’s best to see what type better fits your needs as a home or business owner.   

Wired Cameras

A wired network camera operates on data and power cables that stream from the recording device to the monitor. If you plan on setting wired cameras up in your home, make sure that the required wires are not out in the open where a passerby can trip over them. You might have to hire someone to come out to your home if you want to conceal the cords or the cameras.  

Wired cameras can only be placed at any spot where a power cable is accessible. Just remember that once you’ve set up the cameras that you’ll have a hard time repositioning or moving them to a different location, especially if you have taken extra measures to hide the cables. Something else to think about is that wired cameras tend to be a lot bigger than wireless cameras, making them more visible to potential intruders.  

Wireless Cameras

IP cameras are an example of wireless cameras that are compact and simple for homeowners to set up around their home. One of the best things about wireless cameras is that you can set them up wherever you’d like as long as they remain within range of the wireless receiver. Consider a wireless camera if you’d like to keep your home security cameras hidden from the eyes of intruders. Audio and video transmission from wireless cameras is streamed into a monitor or remote recording device. IP cameras are noted for their high quality video and audio capabilities.

Wireless cameras have disadvantages too, of course. One of the biggest is that they still need a power source even though they don’t use a data transfer cable. You can work around this by buying a special adapter that lets you connect a battery to the wireless camera. It’s possible that you can buy a wireless camera that comes with a battery adapter of its own. No matter what kind of adapter you buy, make sure that you power it with a lithium ion battery or another type of long-lasting battery. Otherwise, you’ll have to change the batteries out too frequently to make it a viable option. Newer wireless cameras minimalize signal interference typically experienced from thick walls, cordless cell phones, bad weather conditions, and power lines.

When you decide between wired and wireless security cameras, the most important thing you can do is be sure to thoroughly research vendors as well as identify the unique security needs of the indiviual space you need to protect.

Article courtesy of BrickHouse Security, follow them on Twitter @BrickHousesecur or check out the latest industry news and updates on the home security and personal surveillance items at BrickHouseSecurity.com

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  1. My oldest gets such a kick out of his wireless camera. They have a security system too, but the wireless camera they set up to see what animals come around at night and boy do they get some strange ones!

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