Wireless Security Cameras
One of the major questions you will have to ask yourself before you decide to select a security camera is whether you would prefer a wireless camera that sends the images it captures to a receiver located somewhere else, or if you would prefer a security camera that does have many wires that will need to be accounted for, but will run your data directly to the receiver through the cables. Wireless cameras can be quite valuable, but many people will find that they may not be ideal for most scenarios.
Benefits of a Wireless Security Camera
The primary benefit of the wireless security camera is, of course, the freedom of not needing a wire to connect to your receiver. This allows you to more easily move the receiver, as well as the camera, and reduce the tripping dangers and inconveniences that occur when you are forced to tape a wire across a floor, wall or ceiling.
It is the mobility of these devices and their receivers that makes wireless security cameras so popular, and it is one of the main reasons that they have quickly become one of the most popular security devices used today.
Weaknesses of a Wireless Security Camera
That said, wireless security cameras do have many weaknesses that make them less ideal for use in many households. Some of these weaknesses include:
· Reception Problems – As with all wireless devices, it is not uncommon for there to be reception problems when some type of object is placed in between the camera and the receiver, or if there is considerable distance between the two apparati. If the camera cannot send the video directly to the receiver, the image could be staticky, crash, or they may be no image at all. It is best to keep these cameras within sight range of a receiver, which limits the freedom of using the wireless camera.
· Wires – Despite being called “wireless security cameras,” these devices still need a wire in order to have a constant power source. For many, the difference between one wire and two wires may not be as big as the difference between zero wires and one wire. Though they are wireless in their transmitting mechanisms, no wireless camera is completely wireless.
· Hacking – It is easier to hack into a wireless security camera than one that runs locally through a cable. If the possibility of hacking into your device is a concern, it may be best to use a wired security camera instead.
· Frequencies/Number of Cameras – Wireless devices run on frequencies. There are not many frequencies available for these types of cameras. As a result, it is not uncommon for the number of wireless security cameras to be limited to as little as 4, simply due to the way these cameras transmit data. Four may be more than adequate for some households, but far less adequate for major offices or larger households.
Wireless security cameras certainly allow more freedom than many of the non-wireless devices. However, this freedom does come with considerable drawbacks that may not be ideal for your security.