Wired Security Cameras
There are 2 ways you can connect your security cameras to the recorder:
Each method of connecting the surveillance cameras to the recorder has a number of different variations. This article won’t cover the variations, just the concepts in general.
Wireless Security Cameras
Wireless security cameras work great… in theory. Install the cameras, press a “sync” button and there you have it. Instant security camera system.
Well…unfortunately life doesn’t work like that!
The great pro of wireless security cameras are that you don’t have to manage to get a cable from the surveillance camera back to the recorder. There are however a number of significant downsides to be aware of:
Wireless Doesn’t Mean “Without Wires”
Believe it or not, but the majority of “wireless” security cameras that are out there on the market are not really without wires at all. You still have to run a wire for the power to the camera.
Sure, there are some battery powered wireless cameras with rechargeable/changeable batteries however the battery life is significantly less than advertised. The battery powered equipment also has the worst quality camera electronics and lenses of all.
All wireless connections are vulnerable to interference. This can either stop the transmission or reduce the effective distance. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the WiFi in your home, a cell phone or the garage door opener – all are vulnerable to interference.
This interference comes from many different sources, but there are 3 main types:
- Physical barriers – e.g. metal walls (or metal within walls)
- Electronic devices that interfere with wireless connections – e.g. Microwave ovens
- Electronic devices using similar frequencies – e.g. WiFi, DECT phones, baby monitors
The number of crimes being committed where wireless jamming devices are being used for burglaries/robberies is on the increase. One police department we spoke with indicated there had been an increase in the use of wireless jammers of over 15% year on year. For the last decade that they had been tracking this information.
These wireless jammers, that can be purchased from various websites on the internet for around $25 are designed to block cell phone signals, wireless internet signals – all wireless connection signals. Including those of your security camera system.
Sure, federal law prohibits the sale and use of these jamming devices. The type of person committing these crimes just doesn’t worry about that…otherwise they wouldn’t be showing up on your security camera system!
The designers and manufacturers of security camera equipment know that wireless products are not great for security camera systems. They know they are targeted at the lower and cheaper part of the market. This means that the internal components are also cheap as is the image quality from that camera.
Have you ever been sitting there using your iPad on the WiFi? Or your cell phone on the 4G/LTE data network?
And it just stops working. Just like that?
The only way to get it to start back up again is by restarting the device or turning something off and then back on again?
I’m sure you have experienced this.
Well, the same thing happens with wireless security cameras. They are no different.
Wired Security Cameras
There is only really one downside to having your security camera system wired. That is it takes a little longer to install first time round. Everything else is positive – it’s more reliable, less prone to interference, the quality is generally higher etc.
We recommend CAT5e wiring and we have a wiring guide to show you how it’s done. Everything we sell here at Orange Security is designed for easy, self installation. If you are not confident in your abilities to install the system, we have a plan for that! Feel free to reach out for more information!
The reality is that the idea of a wireless connection for your security camera really is great. When it comes to the practical use of that connection, it just is not a good idea when that connection has to be relied upon.
You know that when you need that connection for your security cameras, Murphy* will move in and you’ll not have the images you need.
*Murphy’s Law: A supposed law of nature, expressed in various humorous popular sayings, to the effect that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Stick to using wired security cameras. Sure, it’s a bit of a pain to set up when you first get your system. If you follow our cabling plan with HD-TVI, you will be able to reuse the wiring in the future.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team if you require any help in working out how to install your wired security camera system.