What Is The Best Home Security Camera System For You
When you start to consider home security camera systems, you have to make a choice between cabled or wireless. There are pros and cons of each.
As your research this topic you will find some different views on this topic. If you ask ten security consultants, you’ll possibly get ten very different explanations.
There’s probably no right or wrong answers regarding this topic. Legitimate proofs can be made for both sides. What you will find here is our view on the subject, backed up by basic common sense. If nothing else, you’ll get the things to consider when you are making this decision about your home security camera system.
Likewise, due to the nature of the issue of this post, we aren’t providing a lot visual aids or examples. This post is done in more of a general discussion format. Bear with us and read the entire post. We’ll keep it to the point and you’ll get the good, common sense knowledge you need before you buy.
For your whole house security system, nothing thumps a hardwired arrangement for reliability. With that said, we also believe that wireless methods have definitely achieved their target in service industries.
Wired security camera systems mostly have a central control module that is installed in a safe location and inaccessible to an intruder. This control module has a direct connection to your telephone line at the point of entry to your residence. This stops intruders from circumventing it by easily taking the phone off the hook.
The access panel, where you monitor your home alarm system and enable and disable it might can be visible to an unwanted guest. However, if they try to destroy the panel, to silence an alarm, it will have no impact on the functioning of the alarm.
Another advantage of a wired security camera system is that the wiring gets integrated into your residence. The biggest benefit of this is that your system can use your home’s existing power source. There are no batteries to be replaced all the time and you don’t have to worry about weak wireless signals or intermittent router connections.
This gives wired systems a particular advantage over wireless systems. Today several wireless security camera systems also have this protection.
A PERSONAL CASE STUDY
For my own residence I have installed a home security system with over 10 wireless regions. It manipulates flawlessly and I sleep very well at night knowing the system is armed and monitoring the house.
Don’t make the mistake of comparing your home alarm system to the IT network at your company. Although it was has come a long way, wireless networking, in the IT field is still not ready for duty critical applications. Wireless technology in the alarm environment does not suffer from wireless network problems in a business environment. Principally because any of the quality wireless security systems in use today does not use the crowded two top four gigahertz frequency that most wireless computer network use.
As I mentioned, I have over ten wireless regions in my house and each region needs to report into the control panel with an attending signal every four hour. If one zone does not report in, my panel alerts me of their own problems with a theme on my keypad. I have yet to have a zone not report in.
Ten areas in use and not one has in the past failed, ever! I decided to go wireless in my house due to the ease of installation. I have two floors and a detached garage on an alley. While not crime-ridden, it is an older, urban neighborhood in transition. I want security and reliability.
Imagine running wire to ten regions on two stories and a detached building in a residence where all the walls are already up. I would have had to turn my house into Swiss cheese with all the access points I would had to cut.
CABLING A HOME SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM
If you’re going to run cable in your walls, and your walls are already up and finished, chances are, you’re going to have to cut access excavations in the sheetrock or plaster to get to the walls, firebreaks, and studs merely to drill holes to create a path for the wires to travel through.
There are special implements to use to run cable through walls. Things like magnetic wire drags are helpful, but access cuts are almost always going to be a necessary evil. Then all those holes have to be patched up when you’re done.
When your all done, you may still notice the patched places because you might not be able to match the paint exactly. And this has to be done for every access gap you cut.
Unless you are extremely handy, and patient, it is best not to use the process I just described to you. You can use professional home security camera system installers, just make sure you ask any sales person talking to about who restores any access cuts made during the install.
INSTALLATION IS USUALLY THE DECIDING POINT
If all this cutting of walls and running cable is too much. If professional installation is not in the budget, then the wireless home security camera system fits in perfectly.
With a wireless security system, the installer can pre-program the system before they get to your residence. The arrive at your home, install the cameras (see our article about where to install them), connect to your control panel, perfectly test the system, train you on how to use the system and be done all in under a day.
There are a few potential downsides to wireless home security camera systems.
First of all, the camera’s wireless signal has to get through all the walls and floors to sync with the main control center. It always has to reach your router for IP camera functionality. If the signal is weak or not through, you’ll never see the video feeds from your camera. You may also not get the motion detection alerts.
Another consideration is the camera’s power supply. Home security cameras need electrical power. If there is outlet near the installation location, you will have to wire it to an electric supply, get an electrician to install a power outlet, or possibly use batteries. With batteries, the needed maintenance increases as you have to go around periodically changing the batteries. If a battery runs out of juice, then your security camera system is not going to function.
Both the wired and the wireless home security camera systems give you what you want – security, peace of mind, motion alerts, and the ability to see what is going on around you home. Both will work when you are away or at night. Each type of system usually has an app that allows you access on your mobile devices.
A wired security camera system is less expensive in the long term. It is part of your house and may even offer some additional resell value to your home. While a wired system is more reliable, since it doesn’t have batteries that need changing, it becomes useless during a power outage.
Wireless security camera systems give you a lot of options. They can become part of your home automation system. Often, they don’t require the use of your power grid or landline. Wireless systems continue to protect your home when the lights go out, but you may need to change their batteries often, and the signal may be interrupted, causing a false alarm. Nothing like you getting an alert in the middle of the night only because the wireless signal weakened.
If you’re doing major renovations to your home, and the walls are open and you have an unfinished ceiling, or if you’re building a new home – then a wired home security camera system is the way to go.
Be sure to factor in the time to get the alarm installer in to run the wiring BEFORE the contractor closes the walls. If the walls are already closed, you’ve missed your window of opportunity.
Wired and wireless home security camera systems also have performance, ease of use, and reliability considerations as well. However, it almost always comes down to how you plan to install the cameras in you home.