It’s fast becoming an age old problem when we’re on the lookout for security cameras; do we go with wired of wireless? How do we make our decision? Do we go with wired because wired has been around for years, or do we go with wireless simply because it’s cheaper? But cheaper means more ineffective, doesn’t it?
With so many considerations to take into account, and because often a wired and a wireless camera can have similarities and dissimilarities, as well as their own strengths and weaknesses, we’re going to now take a look at the pros and cons of both.
Get Wired – The Pros of a Wired Security Camera:
- Wired cameras are pretty flexible and can be fixed anywhere near a power cable, making them suitable for indoor usage.
- Wired cameras are not subject to inference from other signals because they’re not relying on a transmitter themselves to record images.
- It’s pretty darn hard to hack a wired security camera system, which essentially preserves the security of your system. This means that, unlike a weak Internet connection, your wired security camera won’t be accessed remotely by unauthorized people.
Don’t Get Wired – The Cons of a Wired Security Camera:
- Because wired cameras come with lengthy cables, it’s not really all that easy to move them once they’ve been installed. Moreover, trailing cables can look really unsightly, particularly in your home.
- Wired cameras can be pretty big and installing them can be difficult. If you’ve never set up a wired security camera before, you might need to call in some help.
- Compared to a wireless security camera, wired cameras actually produce poor audio and visual footage.
- They’re relatively expensive to buy.
The Joy Of Wireless – The Pros of a Wireless Security Camera
- Wireless security cameras are really flexible and can be fitted anywhere as long as a wireless receiver is within range. So, if you want to reposition them, you can do so easily.
- No wires means no unsightly trailing cables. This means your home looks nicer despite you having a sophisticated home security camera system setup!
- Wireless security cameras are less expensive than their wired counterparts, which essentially means you can create a fairly large setup for a much cheaper price.
- One of the biggest pros of a wireless security camera is how sharp and clear the footage and audio they capture is. Basically, it’s superior to that produced by a wired security camera.
The Gloom Of Wireless – The Cons of a Wireless Security Camera
- Wireless cameras do require a power source, so, despite not having any trailing cables, they are still a wired system in essence.
- Although the footage produced by a wireless is better than wired camera, it’s subject to more interference. Devices such as cell phones or bad weather conditions can actually interfere so much that you lose the footage altogether.
- If you’re going to be operating your wireless security camera via the Internet, you’ll be at greater risk of it being hacked. If you’re away and are operating it via the Internet, the advice is to be careful and pay close attention.
If you’re still unsure which type of security camera system to go for, there are alternatives to wired and wireless, including Internet Protocol Cameras, and nanny cams (hidden cameras). Our personal advice is that you make your choice depending on budget and your own personal needs. Both wired and wireless have pros and cons, so you need to decide which strengths conform to what you need.
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