Wired vs. Wireless Security Cameras

October 20, 2019 By Leo bitOn

Security Cameras - the eyes in the back of your head

Out of all the places in the world, home is that one place where we should be feeling completely safe. Constantly keeping an eye on the things you care about, is nearly impossible. Even if you were at home all day long, you could'nt watch everything at all times. That's what a security camera system is for. The cameras capture events as they happen in real-time 24/7, and almost like actual guards, they help keepping the bad guys away.

Security Camera System - Extra layer of protection

Sure, the doors and windows locks in your home are making it a more safe and secure place to be, but sometimes, unfortunately, that's not enough. To protect your home better, additional layers of security may be necessary. Having systems like a security alarm and security cameras installed at your home or business can significantly increase your confidence and safety. A security alarm system, on its own, is an essential layer of protection. It's designed to warn about an occurring security violation, but is less effective as a crime prevention tool. A security camera system, on the contrary, has one of the most beneficial features, and that's deterrence. It's simply the best way to scare the thieves away.


Wired Security Cameras system - Overview

I could go on and on about the importance of having a security camera system, but I'm assuming that if you're reading this, you already understand the benefits of having one. So what's better? A wired security camera or a wireless security camera system? If you're not quite sure what will work better for you, keep reading and I'll walk you through the pros and cons of both wired and wireless security cameras systems and hopefully help you make the right choice based on your own security needs.

wired security camera system ?

There are two types of wired security cameras. The IP, (Also known as PoE IP camera or network camera), and its predecessor the traditional Analog camera. Each of those security camera require a different type of wire to transmit the video signal and to power up the camera.


NVR / DVR & Cloud-based Storage

The analog surveillance cameras are connected to a digital video recorder (DVR). In the DVR, the video footage from the cameras is recorded onto a built-in local hard drive and then converted from analog to digital. The data is stored on the hard drive in a FIFO base and is accessible for viewing from the security cameras app or a desktop computer.IP cameras connect to a Network Video Recorder(NVR). Since the IP cameras video footage is digitally recorded, the image quality is superior to analog cameras and deliver a video footage in 4K and up to 8K high-resolution, crystal clear image quality that's almost realisitic. The fact that the recorded video footage is stored on a local hard drive meaning that even if criminals cut your ISP (Internet Service Provider) internet cable outside the house, the cameras will keep recording regardless of internet connection interruptions. The video footage stays accessible on the NVR / DVR hard drive. Some IP security cameras can work standalone without NVR. The recorded video footage is stored online in the cloud storage on a remote server. Like most services online, an email account is required to establish your cloud based storage service.


IP Security Cameras

Wired IP surveillance cameras use a Cat-5 or Cat-6 Ethernet wires to talk with your home gateway, (router) or NVR (Network Video Recorder). This type of wiring allows a broader bandwidth so more data can be transmitted faster, in high-resolution image quality that IP security cameras are well known for.

Analog Security Cameras

Analog hard-wired surveillance cameras require two separate wires, one for power and the other, a coaxial wire for video signal transmission to the DVR (Digital Video Recorder). Let's take a look at the pros and cons of wireless CCTV security IP cameras.

Wired Security cameras - Pros

  • Secured connection that's extremely hard to hack.
  • Stable & fast data transmission.
  • No interference with other devices.
  • Hard to tamper with & Vandal proof.
  • Ideal for large homes or commercial use.
  • Wired Security cameras - Cons

  • Requires a professional installation, or tech savvy skills and the proper tools.
  • May need some work done in attic or a crawl space.
  • Climbing tall ladders or platforms.
  • Set up may be chalanging for the DIY.
  • Less movable.
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