Wireless Security Camera Systems – Safety and Security at Home Or Business

When it comes to security either for your home, office or business a security camera has got to be in the mix somewhere. They are much more affordable now than ever before due to great advances in technology and competition. And again because of the huge advances in technology cameras for security are easier than ever to install.

Wireless security camera systems are the easiest of all in terms of installation and location flexibility. You can put them just about anywhere within the range of the wireless system capabilities of usually 1000 feet or more. They do need power but a normal wall outlet gets that job done easily.

Wireless cameras have a wide variety of uses from home security to nanny cams to hidden cameras to building and business security. Some have the capability of being essentially an internet webcam allowing you to log into an IP address any time and see from any where in the world what the camera sees thus giving you amazing capabilities and flexibility.

The uses can be divided very broadly into indoor and outdoor. Indoor wireless cameras are used for nanny cams or other types of hidden cameras and for indoor surveillance and security. Outdoor wireless security camera systems are used almost exclusively for building and property security and surveillance.

Relatively new on the scene is an IP wireless security camera surveillance system. IP cameras plug directly into your computer or DVR using an IP address to transmit video through a network using Ethernet/CAT5 cable. IP cameras connect to any computer or DVR with little if any additional hardware required.

They have the ability to connect into a network allowing you to login remotely and view or playback video.

Yet another group of wireless security camera systems is the so called nanny cam or hidden spy camera. They are board cameras hidden in normal day to day household items like wall clocks, radios, tower fans, air purifiers and more.

To set them up simply aim the hidden camera in the direction you want to record and begin recording with a remote control device. Images are recorded on an 8 GB SD card similar to the ones in digital cameras that you may have used.

Depending on speed and the resolution you set as much as 144 hours of recording time is available. When you want to playback your handiwork remove he SD card and insert in your computer-simple eh?

Wireless security cameras give you flexibility you will never get in a hardwired system making the extra cost very worthwhile. They help you keep an eye on things when you are not around.

Wireless Security Cameras

There are several types of security cameras available with a variety of features. Regular and wireless cameras come with several different features, including but not limited to, DVR, two-way audio, night vision, infrared lighting, sensors, and color monitors. While wireless and regular cameras both have a variety of extras, cameras that are wireless can be very convenient and easier to use. They are more inconspicuous and usually easy to install and set up. They are great options for home or business security and they come in various sizes and designs. You can find inconspicuous, small wireless dome security cameras, and larger cameras. You can also find indoor or outdoor wireless security cameras with night or day capabilities in any size and design.

The price of a security camera depends on brand, size, design and extra features. Surveillance cameras that are more expensive usually have high picture quality and resolution and extra capabilities like infrared lighting or a DVR. There are also wireless systems available that come with multiple cameras so you can monitor multiple angles outside or multiple rooms in your home, business, or any other building that you want to keep secure. The cost of these systems usually depends on the number of cameras that come with them as well as the features and picture quality.

There are a large variety of wireless cameras available on numerous websites and retailers, you should be able to find the perfect security camera that can help prevent theft of your home or business.

Make Your Home Safer With Security Camera Systems This Holiday Season

Heading into the holiday season may be the best time of all to consider upgrading or installing a new security camera system for your home or business. Prices will be reduced for the holidays, and you’ll be able to get better security technology than you did just a few years ago. Expect to pay around $400 for a basic system of 4 cameras and a recording system, up to $5250 or more for 16 cameras with low light detection, motion sensitivity, color, and indoor plus outdoor capability. Before you get confused and run screaming from the room, here are the major points to consider as you think about your new system.

  • Amount of light available to capture the image
  • Are you using wired or wireless locations? or both?
  • Size of the capture device (the DVR). How much video do you want to store?
  • How many cameras do you need to feel secure?
  • Is your system going to be indoor only, outdoor only, or both?

It doesn’t get more complicated than that, although if you do enough reading about surveillance systems, you’ll certainly find enough information to be confusing. Recognize a security camera system is only a deterrent, not a guarantee that you won’t have a robbery in your home or business. The only thing the cameras do is capture the event. Catching the bad guy is up to you or the police.

It is NOT altogether necessary to hire a monitoring company to watch your home or business. Upwards of 95% of all alarms generated turn about to be false alarms. Many agencies charge the home owner, or security operator for these false alarms if they have to send a unit to investigate. What you are doing with your security camera system, is providing a deterrent for the would be bad guy. You are making your property a little less attractive than perhaps your neighbors or someone down the road.

We’ll work on a home project for this article. Start your project by mapping the potential areas of breech that might occur. Doors and windows are clearly the main places, but there may be particular doors or windows that you can identify as a high risk. Windows that are not facing a street, for example, have a high level of intrusion possibility. Same for doors.

Once you’ve decided where the break ins can occur, look for mounting locations for your security system. Its here you will want to answer the question of wired or wireless. All cameras ARE wired in some form or fashion. They all need to have power to operate, so do look for locations where power is available. Wired systems in this case means a camera that delivers its signal back to the recording device by use of a hard wire connection, versus the wireless broadcast of camera video. There are cameras that operate on battery only, but these are not cost effective for our project. A good way to save yourself money is to use a single device to cover multiple potential attack points. One camera can cover multiple rooms, simply by being placed in the right location. Your map of potential targets will help you locate the places you can save money.

Note the lighting in the areas that will be monitored. Make a camera selection based on these criteria; a) the lowest amount of light that might be available in the area b) wired or wireless camera location c) motion detection on the part of the camera d) closed circuit (CCTV) or digital (on board recording). The rest of your decision will be about the way the device looks, not about the function. Select the camera type and number you need to complete the job and you are half way home. One other money saving tip. Its NOT the camera that’s the expensive portion–its the camera lens. A cheaper camera, with an upgraded lens, can provide you with the best quality picture for a significantly lower price. I’ve used this tactic in multiple homes where I’ve installed these systems.

The capture device, which looks a lot like a TIVO unit or a home DVR system, really doesn’t require a lot of work. How much do you want to store versus how much do you want to pay? Remember again, you are not running a Dateline NBC sting operation here, the recording device is UNLIKELY to ever be used to prove anything. Don’t focus your energy here.

Your best bet are the “surveillance systems in a box.” These package an entire security camera system in a single box, including the wiring (if any is needed) recording device, cameras, and instructions. It doesn’t get much easier. Your decision will be made based on cost, and how many cameras do you need.

Its worth repeating that no security camera system can prevent burglary or break in. They are only designed to make your property less inviting. There are even security camera systems which use FAKE cameras and devices as a deterrent. Those I don’t recommend as most bad guys can spot a fake a mile away. No matter if you do it yourself, or hire your security project done by someone else, you now have the costs, the key points to know, and the best questions to ask.