Wireless vs Wire-Free Security Camera Systems: Know the Difference
Wireless and wire-free — same thing, right? Not really
12:39 19 December 2018
While they may sound similar, wireless and wire-free security camera systems have some significant differences. So, what are they and which system will best fit your own use? Here's a look.
Wireless camera systems are similar to other wireless products, think Wi-Fi-connected devices that still need an electrical outlet for power. These cameras are typically best for business or homeowners. Installation is as easy; simply connect them via Wi-Fi, mount them on the wall or ceiling within reach of an outlet, adjust the angle you need and you're done.
Wireless systems commonly shoot in 1080p or 720p, and all footage is stored on a local 1 terabyte NVR, also connected via Wi-Fi. The camera cases are resistant to the most extreme weather in North America, which makes them a perfect option for indoor and outdoor use. Furthermore, wireless cameras have a night vision range of 150 feet, so even if something or someone is far off, you're cameras will protect you.
Security camera bundles come in all sizes. Whether you need a set for a backdoor and garage, or an array for full-house surveillance, there are packages on the market for everyone.
When you read the word "wireless" the natural thought is, no wires. However, the "wireless"title only pertains to internet cords rather than power cords. Wire-freesecurity cameras are for the ultimate cord cutters who want maximum flexibility with their surveillance. Wire-free cameras require no wires at all. This has only been made possible in the last few years by way of emergent technologies in the battery industry; though wire-free cameras are typically hybrid, and can also be used with a power cord.
The top-of-the-line plug-in hybrid, wire-free security camera system line is the Lorex Diurnal Series. The Diurnal Series isn't only rechargeable and wire-free, but they also feature secure local recording on an upgradable hard drive. Their Wi-Fi range stretches past 550 feet, which makes them perfect for detached garages where an outlet may not be available. Wire-free cameras also boast state-of-the-art infrared motion sensor detectors and monitor areas for heat signatures. The camera only actives when the sensors are triggered, so they only capture footage at crucial moments.
What to Consider
Security systems are only as good as the needs they fill. Before you purchase an elaborate bundle, take a look around your home, office or garage. Wherever you need cameras, determine whether there is an outlet nearby, where Wi-Fi will reach, and the type of night vision you'll need. While most cameras shoot in black-and-white night vision, not all cameras have the same degree of vision. If you live in a city, you may want surveillance down a street or alleyway, but those who live in a more suburban or even rural area likely need cameras with a wider breadth of vision — especially for wire-free cameras that may overlook a large area.
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