Choosing Wired or Wireless DIY Home Surveillance

If you have chosen to install a DIY home surveillance system, you may find that you have a lot of options ahead of you. Between the different types of cameras, the possible locations, and the wireless vs. wired options, it can be incredibly difficult to make a decision you feel confident about. Here we will go over some of the major benefits and disadvantages of either choosing to install a wired system or deciding to go wireless.

Wireless Systems

cell-95478718Wireless surveillance systems are becoming increasingly popular because of their incredible convenience. Wireless cameras don’t require any feed cables in order to transfer video to a viewing source. Instead, they can connect wirelessly with any monitor or even mobile device, which can make their feed quite convenient to check, particularly since it can be checked from any area of the house and even from far away from the property.

Because wireless cameras don’t require these cables, they are much easier to mount and position. In fact, they can be positioned virtually anywhere inside or outside of your home and you won’t have to worry about keeping them as close as possible to the viewing monitor. Their signal will be most clear if they are placed nearer to the wireless receiver, however, and they shouldn’t be placed within 15 feet of other wireless objects such as other cameras, a Wi-Fi modem, or even a microwave as it may interfere with the signal.

Despite all of these wonderful and convenient possibilities, wireless cameras do have their downfalls. Because they aren’t connected directly to the viewing source, their signal can be susceptible to more interference than wired cameras. The picture and audio are normally known to be quite clearer than wired feed, but that’s only if they aren’t experiencing other background interference. Wireless systems can also be much more easily hacked into. If you choose to install a wireless camera system, check that the equipment you use and the wireless signal you use is encrypted so as to make it more difficult to hack.

Wired Systems

If you think you may want to opt for a traditional wired security camera system, there are a number of benefits that can come of that decision. Wired systems are much safer than wireless ones because they are much more difficult to hack into without direct access to the cables. They also experience far less interference than wireless systems, and you’d better believe that they can be cheaper.

1254480_84097959The downsides to wired systems mostly come because of their bulky and sometimes excessive cables. Because of their wiring, wired cameras tend to be bulkier and much more difficult to conceal than wireless ones. Wireless ones have the benefit of being able to carry their own power source, so they can be large or as small as a thumbtack. Because of this, if you are looking for concealed cameras, you may want to opt for wireless. If you want any potential intruders to know they’re on camera, wireless may be a cheaper option. Unfortunately, however, the cables for wired cameras can also be tricky to conceal. If you want them fully concealed within your walls, you may want to consider paying a professional security company to install your system, but any DIY concealment options may be a little trickier.

Now that you know a little bit more about the pros and cons of wireless and wired home surveillance systems, you can narrow down your list and get on your way to a safer home!