Could you be getting your wires in a tangle for no reason? Are wires necessary or is a wireless CCTV system where it’s at?
Wired vs wireless CCTV systems, which is best?
If you have found your way here, you are doing your research and looking at the best option for protecting your business premises or farm with the security of CCTV.
It might seem obvious that the main benefit of a wireless system is that there’s no wires! But that is not necessarily the case.
In this article we will have a more in depth look to help you decide if it’s a wired or wireless system that best fits the needs of your business.
Read on for the 6 important factors to review when buying your business security CCTV system.
Why should I invest in a wired or wireless CCTV System?
The huge shift in working hours that has accompanied the pandemic from early 2020 has left an unprecedented amount of business premises left unattended. Whether it’s during a period of full lockdown or from restrictions on working hours – unattended premises are wide open to criminal activity and unfortunately break-ins are on the rise.
Now is the time to ensure that your surveillance system is up to the task of deterring criminals or catching them in the act.
Here are the 6 important factors to review when buying CCTV;
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#1 – Wired vs Wireless CCTV: Security
A criminal who wants to break into a building with CCTV surveillance, no matter how comprehensive the system, only needs a pair of wire cutters and a quick snip to shut down a particular camera, however they wouldn’t be able to shut down the entire system with one snip.
This is true for both wired and wireless systems (although described as wireless there will always be the requirement of a power cable) – all wiring should be discreet and hard to reach.
However a wired and wireless system that are connected to your internet router are also at risk of being hacked.
With a CCTV system, your router is essential .The two things you can do to improve your router’s security is to change the default password credentials and update the router’s internal software.
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#2 – Wired vs Wireless CCTV: Installation
When installing a wired CCTV camera, you will likely need to drill holes and invest in mounting kits. It can be a pain to have to wrangle cords all over your premises and get them properly hooked up to your internet router.
A wireless CCTV camera system still requires wiring as it needs to be hooked up to a power source. But unlike wired cameras, wireless cameras don’t need another cord that runs all the way to your internet router, which makes them a bit easier to install.
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#3 – Wired vs Wireless CCTV: Coverage
It is sometimes argued that a wireless system can be better installed to utilise the adequate angles needed for precise CCTV protection as there are less wires to restrict the camera movement.
This would mean that parts of your building may go unmonitored or you may need to invest in more cameras to gain full coverage.
However, it is worth noting that although described as ‘wireless’ there will always be one cable required to power the system – it will never fully ‘wireless’ unless run from a battery that would need regular recharging.
#4 – Wired vs Wireless CCTV: Footage
Have you got your head in the clouds? A wireless CCTV camera, in most cases, saves data directly to the cloud – your footage is safely backed up, making it impossible to fully destroy and it can also be encrypted.
On the other hand, hardwiring your camera for video storage is much faster than a wireless option. Wired external storage will not use up as much of your businesses internet bandwidth when transmitting the video from the camera to the storage device. Therefore, if you want to watch live video, you will experience less lag with a wired system.
#5 – Wired vs Wireless CCTV: Accessibility
Wireless CCTV cameras need to be placed relatively close to the receiver (10-20 metres) . The signal would be capable of passing through only one brick wall, which could be restrictive for outdoor CCTV installations.
You can access your wireless camera, and check the feeds, from anywhere in the world. This means that you can leave on holiday, or work remotely, and not have to worry about the security of your building.
With a wired security camera system you don’t necessarily need to connect it to the internet to use it—unlike wireless systems. Therefore this would be an ideal system in remote locations, with poor internet connectivity.
The downside to an off-the-grid camera system, however, is that you won’t be able to access it remotely from your phone if you’re away from home. Instead, you can only view and manage your camera system from the DVR box and the connected monitor and peripherals.
The ability to watch remotely in real time might not be high on your priority list and there’s an argument to be made that it’s safer keeping your footage off the internet. However, if you want to be able to view the feeds remotely, you’ll want to connect it to your internet network.
#6 – Wired vs Wireless CCTV: Connectivity
If you’ve ever been watching Netflix and had your internet signal drop, then you know how finicky Wi-Fi can be.
Wired systems don’t rely on over-the-air connections like Wi-Fi to keep your cameras recording video, which makes them more reliable than wireless and wire-free options.
As mentioned above, if you have a weak internet connection at your business premises, it might be a good idea to think about a wired CCTV system to keep consistent footage quality and decrease the chance of WI- FI signal drop out.
Wireless systems need to be close to a power source but don’t require a second cable running to your internet router.
From a security point of view, both systems are equally susceptible to hacking, if connected to your router and wires can be cut that will switch off a targeted camera if the power cable is snipped.
Wired systems don’t rely on over-the-air connections like Wi-Fi to keep your cameras recording video, which makes the connectivity a bit more reliable.
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