The similarities and differences between wired and wireless security cameras can sometimes confuse consumers, but this guide provides detailed information regarding each of these types of home security devices. It also summarizes which type of security camera is most appropriate for a variety of different homes or applications. Wired security cameras are more expensive and may require professional installation. However, they do not suffer from signal interference and cannot be hacked remotely. Wireless cameras are user friendly, and simple security systems consisting of these cameras can easily be installed by homeowners. Wireless cameras do suffer from signal interruption and can be hacked if care is not taken. Wireless security cameras provide audio and video recording of significantly higher quality than wired models. Each type of security camera has a unique set of advantages and disadvantages. This guide arms readers with the information they need to purchase the type of home security camera that will best suit their needs.
Wired Security Cameras for the Home
Wired security cameras require users to run power and data cables from the recording device to the monitor where the camera’s footage is displayed. This can be unsightly in a home environment, and it also poses a dangerous tripping hazard if the cables are not secured correctly. If buyers want the cables concealed, this usually involves hiring professionals to come and install both the concealed cables and the camera. This process significantly increases the initial cost.
Wired cameras can be placed anywhere that users can get a power cable and a data cable to reach. However, because of the trailing cables, the cameras cannot be easily moved or repositioned after they have been installed, particularly if the cables have been professionally concealed. It is also more difficult to conceal a wired camera because of the trailing cables. Many homeowners like to use concealed cameras to monitor specific areas of their homes in their absence.
Wired cameras tend to be considerably larger than wireless cameras. These wired security systems are often complex to set up, and they are typically not geared toward novices. They also produce inferior audio and visual footage when compared to their wireless counterparts.
Wired security cameras have the distinct advantage of not being subject to interference. Wireless models are often subject to a wide and diverse range of signal interference, which causes audio or visual feed loss. Wired cameras, because they do not rely on a signal, transmitter, and receiver to record and feed images, are less likely to be subject to interference. Instead, the images are compressed and transferred as data packets via the cables, directly into the monitor or recording device. Consequently, users with a wired security camera system do not have to be concerned about their cell phones, radio frequencies, or bad weather conditions causing signal loss.
The use of wired surveillance equipment also significantly reduces the risk of the system being hacked, or remotely accessed by unauthorized individuals. This is very beneficial because many wireless systems can by the very nature of their design be manipulated, monitored, and controlled remotely, whereas wired systems without Internet access cannot be retrieved remotely.
Wireless Security Cameras for the Home
Wireless security cameras are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners. These devices are comparatively small and are easy to set up, even for people with limited technical knowledge or ability. One of the major advantages of wireless security cameras is the ability to position them anywhere within range of a wireless receiver. As long as the cameras are within range of the receiver, users can quickly and easily reposition the devices anywhere on their property. Wireless security cameras can also be easily concealed because of the lack of wires and also because they are generally smaller than their wired counterparts.
Low-end to mid-range wireless security cameras are fairly inexpensive. This, combined with their ease of use, makes them popular among homeowners. These security cameras do not require a data transfer cable, as they instead transmit the video and audio feed to a receiver that in turn transmits the data to the recording device or monitor. One of the biggest advantages with wireless security cameras is the clarity of the audio and the sharpness of the images or video footage they capture.