Why Choose Wireless Security Cameras?

July 25th, 2019

Camera technology has gone through a major revolution in the past few decades.  While you used to need bulky machines to capture footage and thousands of feet of film or tape to record it, today’s cameras can sit on the end of your finger and wirelessly transmit their feeds to digital storage devices that can hold thousands of hours of footage on a tiny disk.  Thanks to these advances, every modern smartphone has two high-quality video cameras built right in.

Security cameras have also changed thanks to new technology.  The old CCTV systems used to need banks of monitors and tape recorders if a business wanted a decent amount of coverage, but today you can get a set of four cameras and software that lets you watch all their feeds on a single display.  Some business security cameras come with wires while others are completely wireless, and there are a few reasons to pay a little extra and get the second type.

No Rewiring Needed

Old cameras needed two cords, one for power and one for the feed.  Today’s wired cameras can get away with just one cord, but you’ll need to run that cord along ceilings, walls, and floors to get the cord where it needs to go.  That can be more expensive than you’d think, especially if you want to run the cords behind the walls and through the ceilings.  Wireless cameras avoid the headache completely, and so you can also place them in locations that would be too expensive for a wired camera.

Forward Compatibility

Wireless cameras transmit their feeds using IP, or internet protocol.  This means they can piggyback on your Wi-Fi connection to send information to your recording setup, and your setup can be any sort of home computer or DVR you like.  In fact, you can even check your camera feeds using a smartphone app and an internet connection.  At the same time, you can trust that your feeds won’t be hacked or intercepted since security cameras use encryption to avoid third-party interference.

Fewer Weak Points

Wired cameras can have their feeds cut off or intercepted if a burglar can get to one of the wires or shut down the power in its area.  Wireless cameras are more independent and only stop transmitting if you forget to replace the batteries when they warn you to switch them out.  This also means you can hide your cameras if you don’t want someone to spot them or leave them visible if you want the deterrence factor.

A modern wireless security camera can transmit its feed across your building without a single connecting cable, and you can watch that feed in your security room, in your office, or even on vacation if you have the right smartphone app.  New features and accessories are coming out for wireless cameras every day, and while old-fashioned wired cameras are still around they’re slowly going extinct.  At the Iowa Surveillance Team, we offer all kinds of wireless camera options, so contact us directly to find out what we can get you.