Amidst the rise of wireless security cameras, it has become not only popular, but important to most effectively protect your home. It’s “smart”; it’s easy to install; and it’s convenient to use. There are many features to choose from and we’ll go through those, so you know what is most important to you needs and requirements when it comes to wireless security cameras with monitor.
We’ll dig into various wireless security camera systems, analyze its pros and cons and provide you with a check-list of things to keep in mind when looking at your next buy.
1Why Wireless Security Cameras with Monitor?
While wired security cameras rely on cables to transmit video signals, wireless security cameras use the internet or a wifi network to send security footage to your viewing/recording devices.
A wireless security camera with a monitor gives you the chance to secure your home effectively, monitor the security systems when you are away and can be a part of your “smart home” plan to create a smart security environment.
There are two kinds of wifi security cameras: one that uses cables for power and one that uses batteries. Each would serve you differently. Below we’ll talk about the wireless / battery powered ones.
- Easy installation: You do not need to be tech savvy in order to set up the security cameras. Every wireless security camera comes with a step-by-step instruction to easily install and connect.
- Ideal for renters/ small properties/ business or where you require temporary security: wireless security cameras are flexible in mounting and easy to set up and relocate, making it a perfect choice for people who want to change the cameras over time.
- NO fear of power outages: this is the benefit of battery powered wireless security cameras. It runs on its own, so even when you have a power cut-down, you’re still protected.
- Connectivity options with other smart apps or devices: this is an essential part of the “smart home” environment.
- Signal interruptions: be aware that when using wireless security cameras with monitor, there can be connectivity issues because of interference from other devices.
- Signal range limitations: wireless security cameras signal range can be limited by the house’s building materials, other wireless devices, or walls or objects that prevent the signal to pass.
- Limited size: a wireless security system is limited to 4 cameras only.
- Battery change: a battery powered wireless security camera is the easiest to install, but you have to make sure you don’t let it run out of power. Keep an eye on battery levels and change it before you run out.
2A Check-list to Choose the Best Wire Free Security Camera
We’ve put together an extensive list of things to consider when making your next purchase. Not all of them may be important to your needs, but will give you a detailed idea of what to look for.
When the camera detects a motion, sound, or (unrecognizable) face, it would push an alert to your phone. Some wireless security cameras can send alerts to all of the people that use the app connecting to the system; and some even send an email along with the phone’s alert.
Source of Power
Wireless security cameras can be cable powered, via conventional wall sockets or battery powered. You can base your choice on your own demands such as installing position, time, and budget.
Each battery powered camera has its own battery life, remember to check it before buying and mounting.
Having cameras that are visible go a long way in acting as a deterrent from would-be intruders. In the same breath, when someone knows where the cameras are, they can go out of their way to avoid them. An alternative to visible cameras are small hidden cameras for your house. These can be used well in conjunction conventional cameras.
Your video footage is sent to a remote server and stored for a period of time; and you could access these videos via the internet. Each manufacturer has their own cloud storage plan. Some provide a short-time storage; some let you store videos of a predetermined length; and some require you to make a monthly subscription.
Some wireless security cameras have an SD memory card in lieu of/in addition to cloud storage. It helps cut the subscription fee. But memory cards are tricky. It takes time to extract the footage; it has a limited capacity. Local storage via an SD card also makes it easier for it to be removed and stolen. This will not be of much value when needing to review footage.
Or “Facial Identification”.
While this particular facial recognition is unable to identify who the person is, it can help you to identify a face among other objects (like a balloon or a chair). The effectiveness of this feature is very dependent on your camera’s lens, so if you choose a wireless security camera with this function, make sure to check the video quality.
When the security camera detects a motion, the alarm will be triggered and an alert will be sent to you or any other monitoring devices. You can immediately check the live stream and respond appropriately
The sensors of the security cameras can be quite sensitive to any kind of motions, so it’s best that the camera offers options to narrow the range, adjust the sensitivity, or customize to reduce false alerts.
This can be an exceptional assistant in securing your property. With abilities including monitoring temperature or tracking humidity or air quality, the security cameras can make you aware of any change in the environment conditions.
The field of view is about how wide of an angle the security cameras can see and capture. It measures in degrees and depends on the camera’s lens size. Wide-angle lens can give you a bigger field of view but the objects in the captured image can be smaller. In other words, you can use one ultra-wide angle security camera to cover a large area instead of a number of other cameras.
Just as important as motion detection, so is night vision. As the name implies, night vision allows you to see objects and persons when it is dark. A wire free security camera can help you see what is happening in the dark. The image produced is usually in black and white.
Pan / tilt / swivel
You can tilt and swivel the security cameras manually to have the view of certain areas. A true pan/tilt/swivel security camera is one that has a motor which helps you move its lens or (even) follow an object by using its app or browser-based app.
Our advice is that you choose the security camera that has the highest resolution you can afford. A good choice is 1080p or higher. The higher the resolution, the more detail you can zoom in without making the video blurry. For instance, with a high resolution camera, you can see small details as a license plate or branding on shirts.
In some cases, you would want to use your security camera on specific times. With this function, you can easily schedule your security cameras to turn on and off, send alerts, or detect motion. It’s a good way to cut off false alerts and also help you to save the camera’s batteries.
Two Way Audio
This function allows you to not only hear what’s going on but also speak through the cameras. It’s most useful when you want to remotely command or control things at home. This is similar to two way cameras for your pets, except they include a two way camera too.
The biggest advantage of wire free security cameras is that you can move it around. But you need to make sure that it’s always in wifi range for it to properly function.
Wire-free security cameras function best when there is no obstacle between it and its receiver. The range differs between indoors and outdoors. Building materials and structure can affect signal strength.
Wireless security cameras are designed mostly for indoor use, while others are multipurpose and can be used outside. If you need cameras outdoors, then make sure it is weather resistant.
You can choose the cameras based on their IP rating. For indoors, the rating can be less than 44; for weather resistance, choose one between 44 to 65; waterproof is 66 to 67. The higher the rating, the stronger it can resist under harsh weather conditions.
- Mobile app: Most wireless security cameras can be accessed through a smart device’s app, such as on phone or tablet. It provides you with live streaming and options to customize the camera’s performance. Check the design and function of the app if you need such functionality.
- Web client: Some cameras offer you a web portal to monitor your security cameras, in case you can’t use your smart devices or connect to a wireless network.
- Smart device integration: If you have a “smart home”, you would want to equip wireless security cameras with monitors of the same range as other smart devices in your house. Your security system would be a part of the house’s system and cooperate with all devices.
Yes. Your wireless security system is hack-able. But you can prevent that by taking all the caution steps, including purchasing cameras from reputable companies, changing names and passwords, running your system on trusted devices and networks, etc.
3Wireless Security Camera Systems for Home – Outdoor Use
When looking for security cameras for outdoor use, there are two important things to consider. The first one is the weather conditions in which it will be placed and would need to be sufficiently resistant to those conditions. The second is the viewing conditions. Indoor cameras do not require as much detail for quality and range of viewing, as it is usually confined to a room. Outdoor cameras are required to capture a lot more and under poorer viewing conditions. A higher resolution with the ability to zoom in, would be better suited for such outdoor use. In order to improve the lighting conditions for the use of a camera, you may want to consider outside lights with motion sensors. That way if there is some movement outside, the area is well lit and visible for any cameras to capture what is happening.
We’ve covered a lot of information that should provide you with an extensive checklist to work off when making your next purchase for wireless security cameras with monitor.
Knowing what you need in an indoor home camera system is important. Check all the functionalities of the wireless security cameras carefully. Measure each option before deciding. Follow all instructions to install your camera. Also take all necessary safety precautions to prevent hacking.