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Wireless Security Cameras – Pros and Cons

With the market making a transition right now into the world of IP we are seeing the rising demand for wireless solutions. Wireless can be such a great tool if implemented correctly. In this section I would like to review some Positives and Negatives of using this technology.

Cons:
I like to begin things by looking at the setbacks in order to see if the positives will outweigh. A major problem that may occur from using wireless is that the signal can be easily disrupted. Some things that can disrupt a wireless camera is a microwave or other wireless networks. Another common misconception is that wireless means zero cable. False! You will still have to power the camera. Typical powering is achieved through CAT5E cable over a POE switch. With the market flooded with IP cameras containing the ability to run off of this power source hardwired seems to be more reliable.  We wont even get into the fact that the signal is hack able.

Pros:
There is only really one stragety where I would implement regarding wireless. Spy cameras typically need to remain wireless to hide their true purpose and what they really are. Could you imagine a coax cable coming from a nanny camera? It would look obvious. Other than spy cameras I would say the market really hasn’t caught up yet. Now I will revisit this subject once they develop a camera that can provide round the clock surveillance off a battery source.

Wireless solutions due have their place in the market. And the goal of this article was to point out that wireless is not always the best route. The best way to transfer data is still through a hardwired solution.

With the market making a transition right now into the world of IP we are seeing the rising demand for wireless solutions. Wireless can be such a great tool if implemented correctly. In this section I would like to review some Positives and Negatives of using this technology.

Cons:

I like to begin things by looking at the setbacks in order to see if the positives will outweigh. A major problem that may occur from using wireless is that the signal can be easily disrupted. Some things that can disrupt a wireless camera is a microwave or other wireless networks. Another common misconception is that wireless means zero cable. False! You will still have to power the camera. Typical powering is achieved through CAT5E cable over a POE switch. With the market flooded with IP cameras containing the ability to run off of this power source hardwired seems to be more reliable.  We wont even get into the fact that the signal is hack able.

Pros:

There is only really one stragety where I would implement regarding wireless. Spy cameras typically need to remain wireless to hide their true purpose and what they really are. Could you imagine a coax cable coming from a nanny camera? It would look obvious. Other than spy cameras I would say the market really hasn’t caught up yet. Now I will revisit this subject once they develop a camera that can provide round the clock surveillance off a battery source.

Wireless solutions due have their place in the market. And the goal of this article was to point out that wireless is not always the best route. The best way to transfer data is still through a hardwired solution.

Comments6
  1. Anthony FostDecember 15, 2010   

    The reliability of wireless cameras is only as good as the reliability of the connection between the camera and the access point. Anyone who has ever used a wireless internet connection knows that it is not always reliable. Hard-wired is still the best way to go.

  2. B. JacksonDecember 16, 2010   

    This article, though short, is very well written. People think wireless means they do nothing but mount a camera and they are ready to go. Nothing is further from the truth. There are LOS of things to take into consideration when thinking of going wireless!!

  3. Roger GodellDecember 26, 2010   

    Wireless is a buzzword in the IT community that every assumes means “better.” In the case of cctv, it’s a buzzword that means unreliable and majorily pointless. If you already have a wire running power to the camera, there is almost no reason you shouldn’t be able use a cable for video as well.

    The only exception I can think of is when the camera is a long distance from an internet connection and power is still avialble (maybe at a barn/stable).

  4. Budy R.December 26, 2010   

    I would love to use more wireless solutions, but until it becomes more reliable, theere is not a chance I would use it on any of my projects.

  5. CCTV-TECH-GUYJanuary 01, 2011   

    I have to say I dislike wireless analog signals they are to flakey and unreliable, now wireless IP is another thing the ability to have a camera link in with the wireless network is easy to setup and much more dependable.

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