Wired Security Cameras Versus Wi-Fi Cameras


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If your needs are changing or you have just relocated, you can easily move the system without disrupting your current setup. Wireless systems are also more convenient because they don’t require extensive installation. Installation can take less time than a wired system and you will not need to run wires between units.

Suited To Homeowners Or Small Businesses

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A wired security camera system may be better suited to homeowners or small businesses with a permanent location because of the easy installation. However, because wired systems usually require long run cables, installation enabling is a bigger job. You will also need to run long wires between units and access to power outlets for each unit. This could prove inconvenient if there is no electricity in the area where you want to install the system.

On the other hand, wireless home security systems can be installed easily even in areas with no electricity. All you need longer cables that connect each unit to an external source through walls, floors, windows and doors. These types of systems are easier to install because you don’t need to worry about the location of the cameras, since they are mounted on the wall. They also offer flexible options for viewing angles.

A major advantage of wireless security systems is their versatility; you can relocate the system even if there are power outages. The last thing you would want is to keep an expensive camera network installed in a place where it will be vulnerable to power outages. A wired system requires at least two power sources, so if there are only power outages in your area, it would be impossible to move the system around.

Another Big Disadvantage

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Another big disadvantage of wireless security systems connects with broadcast programming. When you use an analog signal, you can’t change channels. However, if you use digital signals, you can adjust the frame rates for greater flexibility. If you want to record multiple videos or images, then you would have to transfer the data from the camera to your computer using an ethernet cable, which could take a while.

Works Using A Protocol

On the other hand, wireless security cameras work using a protocol, such as WPA or WPA2. When you use this kind of protocol, only you can view the camera images, which makes them less susceptible to tampering and hacking. With this kind of setup, the camera and all its images are stored on a remote server, accessible only by the user. There are a couple of ways to get the footage onto a remote server, such as through PC networks and through the internet. It is important to remember that you can also store the images on your hard drive, but since your hard drive lacks the storage capacity to retain and transmit HD content, you would have to access the images through a web browser on a regular basis, which could become tedious and time-consuming.

Final Word

It’s easy to see that there are pros and cons of wired security cameras over wi-fi cameras. The primary difference is the cost, which can become quite high when you buy a dedicated camera. Also, wireless security cameras work better in urban locations, where signals are weaker. But if you don’t have such a problem, then the advantages of these cameras win out.

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