Get the Best Coverage From Your Outdoor Wireless Security Camera

Are you itching to install an outdoor wireless security camera? Don’t rush it. There’s a lot you need to know before you get your outdoor surveillance system up.

It’s a Different Story – Indoors and Outdoors

Indoors, you have walls and ceilings to string up your security cameras and you don’t need any special housing for these, but outdoors? Your outdoor wireless security camera is perfect for any spot. Because it is wireless, you can place it anywhere you like where you can have a vantage view of all exits and windows but you need to protect it from all sorts of weather, extreme heat, and curious birds.

But hold it. An outdoor wireless security camera is vastly different from your indoor surveillance camera because it has to have more range, about 24 feet, and should be powerful enough to capture images even in low light. Your indoor cameras are aided by your indoor lighting so there is no reason to get powerful indoor cameras.

Meanwhile, outdoor cameras have to be extra powerful to capture images from a distance and in low lighting. These are to be your considerations when you’re thinking of putting up an outdoor security camera for your home. Now that you know what goes with an outdoor security camera, shopping for the best fit won’t be too difficult.

Wireless, but How Does it Work?

Still wondering how it works without all those wires? Your outdoor wireless security camera has a built-in transmitter and a separate video receiver. Once installed, it sends video signals through a specific frequency to the receiver, which is directly hooked up to a security monitor inside the house. These are powered by batteries that have to be recharged periodically or these can come with an extra battery pack that will be ready anytime you need these.

If you have chosen the pan-tilt outdoor wireless security camera model you can have a wider range of coverage and with a remote system, you can pan and tilt your camera without the hassle of resetting the camera outside your door or clambering up the roof. You can control the camera through your cell phone or PC.

These cameras have camera speakers allowing you to communicate to the person waiting at your doorstep without exposing yourself even if you’re not glued to your TV or computer screen, the cameras have motion sensing mechanism that alerts you to any movement. This is quite pricey, after all with all these formidable features, it is worth the price.

The solar powered color camera does away with frequent battery recharging. During daytime, this outdoor wireless security camera relies on solar energy and in the evenings, its batteries take over. So there’s non-stop outdoor surveillance for your home but it won’t be able to capture vivid images below 3 Lux of light or measures of illuminance. Take note that this type of camera is not advisable if there is a power source nearby.

Maintaining Efficiency

To keep an outdoor security camera working in top condition, choose a durable housing for your camera. It should non-corrosive, have heat insulation and fan. Check your camera periodically and follow manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. This way you get your money’s worth for this important investment.

Security Camera Solutions

With a little research and some common sense wireless CCTV can give your business the protection it needs. A good security camera system installed properly in a business can pay for itself in a short time. There are volumes of data showing a CCTV system can reduce shrinkage, increase revenue, cut cost and boost employee productivity.

Many of us often think the greatest value of a security camera system is to provide evidence when there is an incident of theft, vandal or other misbehavior. However, in most cases the greatest value of a surveillance system is as a deterrent. It is hard to put a price tag on incidents that were prevented from happening at a business because of the presence of security cameras. The learning curve may seem daunting to someone just starting to learn about security cameras. The biggest challenge a business often faces when considering setting up a CCTV system is the installation. Retrofitting a system in a existing building can be complicated. Running wires through ceilings and down walls is not easy.

A wireless CCTV security camera system may be just the answer. Wireless CCTV has come along way in recent years. There are now DVR based wireless security systems with 2, 4 and even 8 cameras. There are several key advantages to using wireless CCTV in a business. Wireless security cameras can be easily mounted, so the disruption to business activity is minimal. Also many times you find the original location the wireless cameras are installed is not exactly where you want them and since there are not a bunch of wires being run in the ceiling, the cameras can easily be moved.

Always keep in mind wireless CCTV security cameras need power. They are wireless in the video transmission not the power supply. There are very few battery operated wireless cameras. Even these are inadequate because the batteries do last long enough complete wireless surveillance. It is always a good idea to install the DVR for a wireless surveillance system in a central location. Most common wireless systems can transmit about 300 feet with no obstructions. If the signal has to go through walls, that maximum distance will be reduced.

Also metal lock boxes can not be used with wireless cameras, so make sure the DVR is in a secure, locked location with in your business premises. An even better answer may be a wireless IP camera. These are cameras that connect to wireless router just like a computer. They are easy to configure and can be viewed from any computer with a web browser.

There is a decent selection of indoor wireless network CCTV cameras, but very few are made for outdoors. If you suspect someone of performing illegal acts against you or your property the best way to catch them in the act may be a wireless spy camera. Covert wireless security cameras come installed inside of everyday objects so no one will suspect they are being watched. Some of the more obscure objects with security camera systems including wall clocks, desk clocks, air purifiers, and motion sensors.

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.