One of the best things about wireless security cameras, obviously, is that they don’t have any wires. Often, installation is a simple DIY project for those with a ladder and a drill, while wired systems typically need to be installed by a professional.
What makes them even more appealing to home owners is that you have the freedom to install them anywhere, so they can protect their property without any restrictions.
Interested in getting a wireless security camera? Here are some things to think about before you go shopping.
What’s the video resolution?
What’s the point of having a security camera if you can’t tell what’s going on in the recording? This is where choosing a camera with good resolution comes in. The higher the resolution number, the better.
Here’s an idea of what you should be looking for. One of the best wireless cameras on the market, the Amazon Cloud Cam, for example, offers a 1080p HD. Nest Cam Indoor, another good camera, also has 1080p HD resolution.
Battery or AC power? Choose the right power supply for any situation
WiFi streaming HD video takes up a lot of power, so most WiFi cameras are AC powered. This allows 24/7 operation without having to worry about recharging a battery, or your battery going dead when you need it the most. There are wifi cameras which can last up to 7-8 hours of battery life on a full charge. That’s much longer than most WiFi spy cams, which traditionally only get 3-4 hours on a full charge. It all depends on your particular recording situation and how you plan on using the camera.
In addition to Live Streaming, Most WiFi Cameras Allow You to Record Too
The main purpose of WiFi streaming cameras is often so that you can see what’s happening in your home or office in real time right on your smartphone, but what happens if something occurred when you weren’t watching? Most WiFi spy cameras now offer “on board recording”, which means they can record to either internal memory, or more commonly a memory card hidden inside the camera. This allows you to record video either 24/7 or in motion detection mode (depending on how you set it up), so you can see what happens if you didn’t see it live. Be sure to check the product specifications and features as this varies by camera. Some cameras record to a memory card and then to view the videos you have to insert that card into your computer to view, while other cameras allow you to remotely access your memory card so you can view the files even when you’re travelling.
A New Feature in Many WiFi Cameras – Motion Detection Alerts
One of the newest features that is starting to become available in WiFi cameras in 2016 is the ability to set up motion detection alerts. These alerts notify you on your smartphone (or by email) if the camera detects movement – whether that’s a person, a door opening, or even an animal if the camera is pointed towards the ground. This makes the camera perfect for home security, allowing you to know if someone has entered your home or apartment, or even your office after hours.
Gone are the days of long, obtrusive wires running across floorboards or walls. Many of today’s security cameras are wireless, using broadband or short-range technologies like to communicate with a control panel or connected smart device.
Wireless security cameras are easier to install, and they give you greater flexibility for placement.