Smart home automation in underpinned on 2 driving fundamentals: convenience and security. As the name makes abundantly clear, you’ll be getting plenty of the latter with a wireless security camera while streamlining your life at the same time. We’ll look today at 5 reasons to buy a wireless security camera extending beyond the obvious purpose of making your home safer while allowing you to see what’s going on even if you’re not at home. First, though, we’ll have so you can get a sound overview of which might work best for you.
Wireless Security Camera vs. Wired Security Camera
Wireless Security Camera Basics
Wireless security cameras fall under 2 broad categories:
Both types of camera enjoy completely wireless video transmission. Where they differ is how they get their power. A regular battery-powered wireless camera still needs to be plugged in where solar cameras are completely wire-free. With wireless cameras, you’ll get a straightforward installation that shouldn’t eat up too much time either. Eliminating the wires gives you the ultimate in portability and versatility, but wireless cameras are not without their drawbacks… Costly to begin with, these cameras are prone to interference from any nearby devices while there is also more risk of being hacked than with wired cameras which we will look at right now…
Wired Security Camera Basics
A wired security camera can come in 2 forms, both requiring wires to supply power and for the purposes of video transmission.
Wired cameras are not affected by nearby devices causing interference and data transmission is extremely stable. These cameras work well if you need to create multiple protection zones in larger homes. On the downside, installation is demanding, and you’ll need to drill plenty of holes to accommodate all the wiring. This might not be practical if you’re renting. Wired systems are also inflexible so not a wise move if you’re planning to move house any time soon. Now you’ve seen some of the pros and cons of wired and wireless security cameras, we’ll double down on why you should consider going wire-free for your home security system.
PoE (Power over Ethernet) IP Camera: These cameras typically hook up to your NVR (network video recorder) or router with Cat 5 or Cat 6 Ethernet wires. PoE IP camera can function as standalone devices
Hard-wired Analog Camera: You’ll need 2 cables with this traditional CCTV security camera, one for power and a coaxial cable to the DVR (digital video recorder) enabling data transmission
5 Reasons To Buy a Wireless Security Camera
Setting aside the very obvious benefit of protecting your home, here are 5 reasons to buy a wireless security camera if you’re still caught on the fence.
1) Ease of Installation and Flexibility of System
If you opt for a wireless surveillance system, there’s less time and trouble involved when it comes to installation. Unlike a hardwired alternative, you won’t need a lot of drilling or wiring work. As well as saving you time, installing a wireless security system should be cheaper into the bargain. For the ultimate in ease, a battery-powered wireless camera literally drops into place wherever you want it without any call for wiring, drilling or calling for an electrician. Reolink makes installing the Argus 2 Security Camera as easy as opening the app and scanning in the camera’s QR code. You could be live streaming in minutes almost straight out the box. This is certainly not the case with wired alternatives. As well as being simpler to install, wireless security cameras give you far more versatility if you need to shift the cameras around at any stage. If you have any intention of repositioning cameras or you’re planning to move house in the near future, it’s well worth going wireless. Based on the same reasoning, wireless systems also make perfect sense if you’re renting and want to amp up your security without forfeiting your deposit.
2) More Security with Fewer Vulnerabilities
While traditional wired home security systems can be extremely effective, they are not without their vulnerabilities… In the event of a power outage, your wired security system goes down at the same time. You’ll also run into problems if you have any interruption to phone or Internet services. With a wireless security camera, you will still need wired power since the system connects to your WiFi network. With some of the very best totally wire-free security cameras, you’ll get a dedicated cellular connection along with a battery back-up so you can sleep soundly at all times knowing your security system won’t let you down. If you opt for this type of completely wire-free security camera, you won’t be susceptible to power outages thanks to cloud footage replacing a connection to your NVR or DVR recorder.
3) Easy To Expand a Wireless Security System
Let’s face it, everything changes… What you and your family need today might very well not be the same next year. Maybe you have children and need to add cameras to the nursery. As your children grow, it’s easy to build out your system by adding cameras in any areas where your kids need monitoring. The beauty of a wireless system is the way you can customize things completely rather than relying on a fixed solution with no room for expansion.
4) Remotely Monitor Vacation Homes With Rapid Support If Needed
Are you lucky enough to have a second home you use for the occasional week here and there each year? If so, you’ll want to make sure your holiday home is in safe hands when you’re not around. Hiring a caretaker is not only costly but they’re unlikely to be at the property around the clock. A wireless security camera is a more effective and less expensive option giving you security and peace of mind around the clock. There’s a huge choice of complete security packages that give you all the support you need with alerts and access to recorded video footage on demand. The classic Nest Cam comes with Nest Aware while Netgear’s Arlo Q gives you access to a week of footage without needing a subscription. Protect your holiday home with a wireless security camera and get notifications on your smartphone in the event of any irregular activity. You can even arrange for the authorities to be alerted automatically. As long as you set up sensitivity so you won’t end up with false alarms, this is a valuably added layer of protection.
5) Integrate Your Wireless Security Camera With Other Smart Home Devices
Security is one of the leading reasons to invest in a smart home but you shouldn’t overlook convenience. By automating various elements of your routines at home, you can focus on family, work and the things that count rather than worrying about the thermostat or the lighting. The best wireless security cameras don’t operate in a standalone capacity. The most effective smart homes are webs of interconnected appliances and devices where your electronics work in harmony to streamline as many elements of your life as possible. As with all aspects of your smart home, how you want things to work together is largely personal. Think about whether you’d like to automate your lighting, your garage door, and your entry system if you haven’t yet started out uprating your home. If you already have these smart devices in place, think about compatibility if you want to connect them to your wireless security camera. Taking the time to plan ahead with home automation can save you the expensive headache of buying products that don’t work together as intended so don’t rush in.
There’s no right or wrong answer to what type of home security system works best. To get an efficient and effective system, you need to honestly analyze your needs. You should start by thinking about what areas of the house you want to protect and whether or not you need to include the garden. If so, you’ll need to look for weatherproofed cameras suitable for outdoor use. If you have no interest in anything but a security camera, that’s absolutely fine. There’s no need to believe you must have fifty connected devices if you want to automate your home. If, on the other hand, you want a camera to work in sync with entry systems, lighting, or any other appliances, you’ll be spoiled for choice. For more information on security, visit the smart home blog.