There was a time when buying and installing home security cameras was a complex and expensive affair that was enjoyed only by rich people with very big houses. Today, buying and maintaining multiple security cameras does not require a huge investment of time and money. So, what has changed? How has this technology become so affordable and easy to use?
In the past, installing cameras in a home involved running cables from all the cameras to the Digital Video Recorder and establishment of a control room where the images received by the DVR could be transmitted to one or multiple monitors. Balancing home’s aesthetics and environment with discreet security improvements was just not possible.
Today, wireless technology has changed the way homes are protected. Wireless IP cameras record images and automatically convert the analog video feed into secure digital packets. These cameras have inbuilt transmitters that relay the digital packets over high-bandwidth radio frequencies to one or multiple wireless receivers.
If you go in for IP cameras, you can avoid buying DVRs or NVRs and can simply the camera’s feed on your computer, laptop, tablet, or even your smartphone. You can store your security videos on your computer’s hard disk even as you receive live images on your smartphone. Hence, you can reduce the overall cost of setting up home surveillance without compromising on quality or efficiency.
When combined with other technologies like motion sensors and memory card storage, wireless surveillance cameras offer fantastic functionality at a very affordable price. Storing data on memory cards and flash drives will help you avoid having to store the recorded data on your computer’s hard disk. The data stored in the card will get overwritten as and when more space is required. Motion sensors ensure that cameras power down when there is nothing to record. When the camera records a movement beyond the set threshold, it will automatically restart recording without the necessity of manual intervention.
As you can see, wireless surveillance devices offer numerous features and functionalities that would have otherwise cost a small fortune if you had opted for traditional wired analog devices. Another significant advantage of opting for wireless technology is that you are assured of complete security.
You can configure the camera to transmit information over a secure Wi-Fi network. This will prevent your neighbors from accessing and decoding the data transmitted by your home surveillance system. Only a person who is authorized to access your wireless network can view the video feed. Hence, you can be assured that the home protection system is free from scope of unauthorized access or tampering.
Further, wireless cameras offer operational flexibility that wired devices just cannot provide. You can move the wireless devices to different parts of your home without having to worry about cabling issues. The cameras will continue transmitting data as long as it is connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network.
For a very long time, cost was the biggest negative factor involved in setting up a wireless home security system. Today, even the best home security systems are affordable, and can be used to safeguard your home without spending a small fortune.