Many people are constantly trying to improve the level of safety found at their homes, either because they want to protect their families, or simply because they want to make sure that their property remains untouched.
Besides classic security measures such as a high fence or strong locks at their doors, more and more people also tend to use modern technology to their advantage, by installing one or more security cameras.
As the demand for this kind of products has been constantly growing, manufacturers have also tried to make their products more and more advanced, and to incorporate in them technologies that otherwise were only available for professional video surveillance systems.
Right now, something very similar to a battle is held between home surveillance systems that use the newer wireless security cameras and the home surveillance systems that use the classic wired security cameras. Advantages and disadvantages are quite equally distributed between the two, leaving the final decision up to the buyer.
Here are the basics and advantages and disadvantages of each presented with the intention of helping you decide which type goes well with your house, and which suits your needs better.
Home surveillance systems with wireless security cameras
- These systems can be of two kinds. They either come with an additional receiver and equipment that allows the user to monitor the camera from a TV screen, or the much more practical yet also much more expensive IP camera, that can be connected to a router and monitored from any computer or mobile device that has access to the Internet. The downside of the last is that it could be hacked. Typically something like that never happens for the average user, but never say never.
- As the new trend, wireless security cameras are the usual choice for those that want an easier installation. Being battery powered they eliminate the need for wiring, which at times can be a complicated task in some houses. A drawback to this however might be the fact that the batteries can run out very fast for some models. That means that you need to have batteries around your house all the time, which is neither practical nor good for your financial situation.
- Another significant advantage of wireless security cameras is that they work better with computer or mobile phone surveillance software.
- Other advantages are represented by the fewer limitations on where these security cameras can be placed, since no external power cable is required. Also, having no cables makes them much easier to hide.
- Various incompatibility issues might appear for these systems, such as strange signal interference and other unpleasant things that can set the alarm off for no reason. However, most good manufacturers make sure that their products are well tested, in an attempt to avoid these issues.
Home surveillance systems with wired security cameras
- This type of cameras represents a cheaper alternative to the previous, and generally they are considered to be more reliable. They also need to permanently be connected to a power source via a dedicated cable. The major problem that might appear when installing these cameras is represented by the cables. Cables need to be very carefully arranged so that they cannot be cut by any eventual intruders.
- Even thought the installing process might take longer, wired security cameras have a great advantage. After the installation they require low or no maintenance at all. This automatically recommends them as an ideal choice for individuals with medium or large properties that want complete monitoring and above all, stability.
- It is worth knowing that because of the cables required, the placement of a wired security camera can be in some situations restricted. Also, various accidents might happen with the cables if they are not arranged properly. This can result in a failure of the surveillance system which can be easily used by thieves to their own advantage.
The decision is strongly influenced by the buyer´s residence
Overall, the surveillance system with wireless security cameras looks ideal for small properties and for people that want a fast and accessible solution that will increase their safety. On the other hand, the security system with wired cameras represents a more professional approach, and even though it might require additional resource it will prove to be more stable. In terms of cost, there are no big differences between these two choices, but the bigger the price will be, the better the product.
Regardless of the potential advantages and disadvantages of the wireless or the wired security cameras the final decision is always on you. You are the one who knows your residence best and can consider the weak points in its security where burglars or thieves might attempt something.