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Wired Vs. Wireless: Choosing Security Cameras For Your Home

Both wired and wireless security cameras have the ability to make your home more secure. However, thanks to the unique way in which each of these camera options work, wired and wireless systems will come with very different sets of pros and cons. By taking a moment to review both the good and bad features associated with each option, you will be able to determine which type of camera system is right for your home.

Option #1: Wired Security Cameras

The Pros

  • No Signal Interference - Since wired security cameras transmit a signal directly to your receiver through a high quality cable, you will never need to worry about weather or other electronic devices interfering with your camera's signal.
  • Affordable - Wired security cameras are often the most affordable to purchase since wireless systems have become increasingly popular in today's marketplace.

The Cons

  • Limited Placement - The placement of wired security cameras will be limited by the length of the cable that accompanies these cameras. In many cases, the need to run a wire from the camera to the receiver will result in the inability to place cameras in the furthest areas of your property.
  • Difficult To Conceal - The wires that run from your security cameras to your receiver can be difficult to conceal. Furthermore, leaving these wires exposed can ultimately make your system easier for criminals to bypass and may result in cosmetic problems throughout your home. Consequently, these systems should always be installed by a professional who is capable of concealing all system wires.

Option #2: Wireless Security Cameras

The Pros

  • Can Go Anywhere - Wireless cameras can easily be mounted anywhere you wish to provide additional security. This includes distant parts of your property, and inside of items that are meant to conceal the camera so that it is not easily detected.
  • Easy To Install - Since there are no wires to run or conceal, wireless security cameras will be incredibly easy to install. In fact, most homeowners can easily install these cameras themselves within just a matter of minutes using common household tools.

The Cons

  • Potential Interference - The wireless signal used by these systems to relay information from the camera to the receiver can become less reliable in bad weather and may even experience interference when in close proximity to other electronic devices.
  • Limited Range - While wireless cameras can be easily mounted just about anywhere, there will still be a limit of how far away from the receiver these cameras can be mounted. This is because the signal produced by these cameras will have a limited range. If the camera is mounted outside of this range, the receiver may be unable to detect the signal and ultimately unable to display the camera feed.

The Bottom Line

There are many factors that must be considered when choosing between wired and wireless security cameras. For instance, you will need to consider where you wish to mount the cameras, whether or not the ability to hide the cameras is important, and whether you plan to hire a professional like Home Theatre Designs to install the cameras or if you plan to install them yourself. After the taking the time to consider all of these factors, you will be ready to choose the security cameras that are right for your specific needs.