When buying a security camera there are numerous styles, makes and types to choose from; however, they all fall into two basic categories – wired and wireless security systems.
Before you make a decision it is best to consider the pros and cons of each system, based on performance, aesthetic, functionality and your budget.
Wired Security Cameras
Although wired security systems have been around for a long time, they still have some distinct advantages over their wireless counterparts.
Wired security systems are not susceptible to signal interference and are very difficult to “hack” into or access remotely. This remains a number one advantage as you do not want your security system “hacked”.
If installed near a power source, very little cabling and wiring will be required and this reduces potential clutter.
Wired security systems are much more expensive than a wireless system. They need power and data cables to run from the camera to the recording and monitoring devices and they are difficult to conceal; the further away from a power source they are, the more cabling and wiring will be needed and this poses a potential accident risk as they can easily be tripped over. These cables also incur an additional expense as you will need to hire a professional to hide them for you.
Wired security systems are difficult to install by yourself and you will probably need a professional to do it. This is also applies if you want to move the camera to another location.
Also, although they are bigger than wireless systems, their video and audio quality is inferior to the wireless systems.
Wireless Security Cameras
Wireless security systems have become more popular with home owners because they are cheaper and are more aesthetically pleasing compared to the big and bulky wired systems.
Wireless security systems are smaller, cheaper and offer better concealment than their wired counterparts. They are user friendly and easy to use and install and this has made them very popular with home owners. They can be positioned anywhere near a receiver and because there is no cabling and wiring attached to them, they can be moved anywhere without much effort. They also offer better audio and video output than wired security cameras.
Also, because they are not wired systems that feed the info to a specific location, you can access your feed remotely. This enables you to keep an eye on your home, even when you are out to dinner, or on vacation on the other side of the world.
A wireless security system can be affected by signal interference from cell phones, laptops and other devices. One of their advantages is that you can access them remotely, but this quality also opens them up to being hacked and accessed remotely by someone else as well.
Even though it is a wireless system it still needs a power source and if it is a battery, it will have to be replaced regularly. When using a concealed wireless camera you should also be aware of the hidden camera laws in your country, state or area.
Ultimately, choosing a security system is entirely a personal choice; however, don’t rush off and get just any security system, do your homework and speak with a professional first. By getting good advice from your local locksmith you will be able to make the best choice for you, based on your needs and your budget and you will prevent added expenses later on.