Everything You Want to Know About Wireless Home Security Cameras
If you decide to incorporate a camera system into your home security system, consider whether you want to choose wired or wireless cameras before you get started. Deciding between the two types of systems also determines whether your home will require any modifications. Most home security and camera providers offer both options, but the wireless system is usually more costly.
When you purchase your home security equipment, get it all from one manufacturer so that everything will be compatible. If you mix and match home security equipment brands and equipment, you could run into compatibility and wireless frequency issues.
Components of a wireless security camera
Wireless security camera systems range in size from small 3-inch models to large 14-inch models. They are made up of three main parts, which include:
- Camera – Some security camera systems come with more than one camera, depending on the type of security package purchased.
- Remote control – Handles multiple functions including activation and deactivation.
- Wireless receiver
The features often available with wireless security cameras include display screens and digital video recorders that record and store high-definition video. Although a bit pricier than regular home security cameras, systems with these optional high-tech features offer more functionality than basic wireless security camera systems, which record in black and white at lower resolutions.
Wireless security camera FAQs
- Which is more expensive - wireless or wired security cameras?
- Do wireless security cameras require batteries?
- Can wireless security cameras be connected to an existing home security system?
- How can wireless interference be avoided?
Wireless security cameras. The wireless models almost always cost more, but the added costs also give you added convenience. Unlike wired security cameras, wireless cameras are easier to install and don't require major changes to your home's structure.
Yes. They don’t plug into a power outlet and require an alternate source of energy. Keep a battery charger or a schedule of when the batteries need to be replaced on hand.
Yes. However, sometimes compatibility is a problem. Get the new cameras from the same manufacturer as the original system to avoid potential hardware compatibility issues such as mismatched parts. Call your provider to find out about camera upgrades.
Wireless interference happens because of inclement weather, distance from the receiver, other wireless devices operating at the same frequency or even certain building materials. Televisions, microwaves, laptops and other household appliances operate at a 2.4GHz frequency – the same frequency that many wireless security cameras use.
To avoid this type of interference with other devices, change the wireless security camera's frequency or purchase cameras that operate on a different frequency.