What You Need to Know About Choosing Wireless Security Cameras

If you want an extra set of eyes watching over your home and your loved ones when you’re away, wireless security cameras can give you peace of mind. Using video surveillance lets you monitor rooms in your house, or the area around your property, and keep an eye on things and/or record them to view later. Whether it’s keeping watch over your sleeping child or alerting you to a break-in attempt, security cameras help keep you safe and secure much more than locks and alarms alone can.

If you’re considering using video surveillance in and around your home, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions before you choose. This article will show you the different types of security cameras available, and which cameras are better for specific situations.

How many cameras?

The first thing to think about is the number of cameras you will need. Do you want to monitor a single room in your house? Or do you want to keep an eye on several rooms at once? Do you want to monitor your premises outdoors as well as, or instead of, your indoor premises? Obviously, the more eyes you want, the larger camera system you’ll need.

Image quality and security

Wired security cameras are more difficult to install, and can be much harder to hide. But since their signals are traveling through wires, the picture quality tends to be better.

Wireless security cameras are much easier to install and to keep discreet, but other devices can interfere with the signal. There is also the slight possibility that your video feed could be intercepted by others…you can add an extra layer of security buy choosing an encrypted system, so that it can’t be hacked or otherwise viewed.

Size and legality

The larger the camera, the more visible it is. This might be fine for you, if you want to use the cameras as a deterrent. For indoor use, you can find smaller cameras, some so small they they can be hidden inside items such as alarm clocks. ‘Nanny cams’ are of the smaller type.

Before you chose any camera, check on legal restrictions on your area for video surveillance. Some states require you to alert people to the presence of cameras. You don’t want to catch someone in the act…only to face charges later because they weren’t aware they were being recorded!

Installation

Wireless camera systems are usually fairly easy to install, but if you’re unsure then you can have a professional handle it. Regardless, you want to be sure the system is set up properly.

You need to be sure that your lens placement is correct. Make sure that the area you want to monitor is clearly visible and in focus. If the camera is mounted to a wall, be sure the mounting is solid so that you avoid camera shake, which will distort the image. If you are using cameras outdoors, you want to be sure they are tamper-proof, and also contained in a weather-proof housing to keep it from damage from the elements.

If you want to record, you need to configure your computer or another recording device properly. You may want to choose wireless security cameras that are motion triggered, which will prevent you from wasting digital storage space or video.