This section of my website is dedicated to those of you who are interested in having a surveillance system in your home or workplace, but have no idea where to start. It’s also here for those of you who have already done some research and the information you’ve come across has left you feeling utterly confused.
If you are confused over whether or not you should opt for a wireless surveillance system over one that’s wired – I feel your pain! You see both types have their positives and negatives, so below you’ll find some easy to follow (and straight to the point) information to help you decide which type will suit you best.
Pros and Cons of a Wired System
Wired CCTV or video surveillance systems are the more traditional approach to making sure your home or workplace is protected from would-be criminals. This is why they tend to be a much cheaper option.
The biggest advantage of a wired security system is the fact that you won’t suffer signal interference so the images you receive (and/or audio) are constant and uninterrupted.
However, the main disadvantage of choosing wired over a wireless system is that you have to be very careful about where you place the cameras because once they’re installed it’s not easy to move them. For this reason, you should make sure you’re happy with the coverage you’re going to get.
Also, if you opt for a wired surveillance system it’s essential you make sure the wires are properly hidden so criminals cannot simply walk up to the camera and cut the cable.
In my opinion a wired security system is the best option if you intend to protect a business or have a large home that requires around the clock surveillance. However, ultimately the decision is up to you.
Pros and Cons of a Wireless System
The first thing you should bear in mind with wireless systems is they can be a little more expensive than the traditional wired systems. However, the mere fact there is no wiring involved does mean you won’t have to factor the cost of a professional installation into the overall cost.
Of course, moving the cameras around is much easier because you don’t have to physically uninstall them.
Wireless is also worth considering if you only want one or two cameras, and many of the systems I have reviewed are perfect if you just want to be able to keep an eye on your pets, the kids when they get home from school or you just want to know who is coming in and out of your front or back door.
The major disadvantage of a wireless security system is the fact that because they’re internet based it’s possible for expert hackers to get into the system and see what your cameras can see. However, manufacturers have caught on to this and lots of wireless systems are password protected or use other types of technology to help stop hackers.
As mentioned above as a plus to a wired system, signal interference acts as a negative for wireless. Your connection is one of the most important things to consider. Do you have enough bandwidth to support the number of cameras you want? Are you limited to the amount of data you can upload each month? And, although this doesn’t apply to all wireless surveillance systems, are you “internet savvy”?
If you’re not familiar with all this technical stuff then it’s probably wise to opt for a security company, they are used to these kind of problems and know how to help you out. But if you do know your way around computers, router setup and port-forwarding, then configuring your own system can definitely save you some money.
The decision is yours, but hopefully this page on my website has at least made things a little clearer for you.