Today, choosing a camera or camera system for your home is no easy task. There are countless questions that need addressed. What’s your budget? Do want wireless or hardwired? What brand? What type of storage? The questions are endless. We hope to ease a little of your confusion by answering some key questions:
Pros and Cons of Wireless Cameras
If you are hoping to save money, wireless cameras are the route to go. You can find decent 1080p cameras with good pictures. They are low cost and easily installed. Sounds good so far: cheap, good picture, and easy to install. However, wireless cameras do have their issues. Wireless cameras require an outlet to get power, which limits where they can be located. For example it would be challenging to mount a wireless camera on the outside of a building due to limited outlet points. Another limitation of wireless cameras is their need for good signal strength in order to view them remotely. This is a problem when one of the biggest perks of a camera system is off site viewing. Lastly, wireless cameras reliance upon routers can create problems as well. If your router were to be disconnected, replaced or even simply reset this would cause interference with the wireless cameras. However, don’t get us wrong, there are great benefits to wireless cameras such as their portability.
Best Video Storage for Wireless Cameras?
Of the different types of video storage, cloud storage is safest because it is stored off site. This makes it nearly impossible to steal. A downside of cloud storage is its inability to house large amounts of recorded data. Thus cameras utilizing cloud storage only record events where motion is detected. This eliminates a lot of useless video footage that takes up space. Though more expensive, cloud storage has its place.
SD Card storage will give you more storage, costs less, and it is not dependent upon an internet connection like cloud storage. So what’s the downside? If a thief steals your camera, they are stealing your footage due to the fact that the camera houses the SD Card.
Best Camera System
Though there are many benefits of a wireless system, the preferred system in our opinion is a centralized, hardwired camera system that records locally to a DVR, and here is why. Hardwired cameras can be located almost anywhere inside or outside of a building without having to worry about power or wireless signal strength. For outdoor cameras, you have a much wider selection of picture quality and infrared technologies. If your desire is to read license plates, there is a camera for that. If you need to see 100 yards away, there’s a camera for that. Need a thermal camera or and camera with low light technology? There are cameras for those situations as well. With hardwired cameras your options are much greater. The simple fact is, wireless cameras don’t have options like that.
All of these hardwired cameras record back to a centrally located DVR which will give you MONTHS of storage. You can even record cameras 24/7 instead of events only. These cameras still allow you the ability to remotely view them through an app or pc just like the wireless ones.
There are benefits to both types of cameras, it really does depend on your situation. Some need cameras that can be moved quickly and easily. However, our recommendation is if you don’t need to move your cameras around often, go with a hardwired system. We think you will be more satisfied in the end. Hardwired cameras have fewer bugs to work out and fewer variables come into play with day to day functioning.
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