The Truth about Wireless "Wifi" Security Cameras
We are all attracted to the promises wireless security cameras offer. Unfortunately, they often fall short of our expectations. Wireless may be the right choice for you, but from experience, we encourage you to make an informed decision and have realistic expectations.
Reality is that wireless is for convenience rather than performance. You will always get better resolution, frame rates, security and reliability from a wired security camera. This is why professional security dealers seldom, if ever, offer wireless solutions. The following advice is based on decades of experience and thousands of customer reviews. We provide this information to help you get it right the first time.
Golden Rule #1
Only consider wireless if running a single cable from the
camera location to the video recorder is not possible. The main
benefit of wireless is convenience, not performance.
Wireless cameras are wireless...not true. All security cameras, wired or wireless, require constant power to capture and transmit the video. This means each camera (including wireless) requires a constant power source. Battery powered cameras are not a serious security solution. Many battery powered cameras are emerging on the market. They boast continuous operation for up to a year with one charge; not true, none of them operate for more and 2-3 months. They usually “die on the vine” with the consumer growing tired of the constant maintenance.
Furthermore, they cannot transmit fluid video, only still frame images or low resolution snippets of video. Blink Security Cameras are a good example of a system we are constantly helping customers replace. As experts in the industry, our advice is to stay away. If you do buy them, check the suppliers return policy and keep the receipt.
Golden Rule #2
Stay away from battery powered cameras.
Wireless cameras can easily use your existing home wifi network as long as you do not want to use your wifi for anything else. The workload of high resolution cameras streaming multiple video signals can make your wifi performance slow to a crawl. Good wireless security cameras create their own secure wifi network separate from your home's wifi. This keeps your family happy and the camera signal secure.
Golden Rule #3
Keep cameras off of your home wifi network.
Only consider wireless cameras that create their own secure wifi network.
Keep your performance expectations reasonable. Remember you are considering wireless for convenience rather than performance. After reading this advice you might assume we are "anti" wireless. This is not the case. There are applications where wireless is the right choice. We simply want our customers to get what they are expecting. We test all the wireless products that come on the market and we offer the best we find. Below you will find the wireless solutions that we trust and can put our reputation behind.
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