In most cases, wireless or WiFi security cameras are a dependable addition to the security of most homes and businesses. Valued for its flexibility during installation, lower price tag, and high-tech features, this type of device has seen an increase in popularity over the past several years.

Are WiFi Security Cameras Reliable?

Are WiFi Security Cameras Reliable?

In most cases, wireless or WiFi security cameras are a dependable addition to the security of most homes and businesses. Valued for its flexibility during installation, lower price tag, and high-tech features, this type of device has seen an increase in popularity over the past several years. While not as dependable as the wired alternative, these specific wireless security cameras offer their own benefits and provide excellent results in the right conditions. Notable manufacturers of this type of device include:

  • ACTi
  • Axis
  • Dahua
  • Hikvision
  • LTS Security
  • Oculur

Each of the WiFi security cameras developed by these manufacturers and more available through A1 Security Cameras performs excellently when installed correctly. These manufacturers make some of the best WiFi security cameras on the market, implementing the most cutting-edge technology to suit the modern home or business. Better yet, when paired with a wireless-capable recorder, you can enjoy all of the benefits that come with a new WiFi security camera.

However, the advantages and disadvantages of WiFi security cameras are different from wired surveillance. While this post will focus almost purely on indoor and outdoor WiFi cameras, A1 Security Cameras has previously written content comparing wired versus wireless for those considering the two options.

What are the advantages of WiFi security cameras?

By design, WiFi security cameras are different from the wired alternative and unique among wireless cameras depending on the manufacturer. For the most part, the benefits for this type of device are tied to the local WiFi network and, by extension, long range WiFi extenders. Therefore, when considering indoor and outdoor WiFi cameras, advantages can include:

  • Easier and faster installation
  • Flexible placement
  • Lack of wiring
  • Less expensive implementation


Typically, the biggest draw for WiFi security cameras comes during the purchase and installation of the wireless camera system. Comparatively to the wired alternative, the wireless cameras are less expensive from acquisition to activation after installation. A common misconception for wireless cameras is that they do not need wires. However, like those used in WiFi surveillance, the vast majority require a direct connection to power through an outlet or other means.

While it may need a connection to a power source, installation is made much easier through the lack of need for wiring to the recorder. That benefit is also revealed before installation when designing the wireless security system and placement of the cameras. With an effective home WiFi network, a homeowner or business can effectively place cameras in critical areas without much trouble.

How far can you run wireless cameras?

Some of the best wireless cameras can run up to 500 feet or more away from the recorder, but the typical range for a homeowner will typically be around 100 feet. When specifically referencing WiFi security cameras, the distance is limited to the effectiveness of the local WiFi network or long range WiFi extender. Homeowners seeing less than satisfactory results from their WiFi devices can easily purchase the latter extender for improved results. Examples of this can be seen when homeowners install outdoor WiFi cameras on external walls, fences, or trees. When you’re looking to enhance your home or business with a wireless security camera system, A1 Security Cameras offers design help for customers across the globe.

Are WIFI cameras secure?

WiFi security cameras can be a safe addition to any hybrid or completely wireless security camera system with the proper steps. Still, they will never be as secure as the wired alternative. The reason for that is twofold, with malicious parties having methods through physical or hacking means.

Physically, there are more ways a WiFi security camera can be compromised than with the wired alternative. While they may be securely installed, they are just as vulnerable to tampering with examples like:

  • Jamming
  • Physical impact
  • Sensor damaging
  • Wire cutting

Whereas wired and wireless security cameras are vulnerable to physical impact, sensor damage, and wire cutting, they are more so when installed improperly. When installing WiFi security cameras, solutions against wire cutting and physical impacts are a wire protector and placing the camera at an appropriate height, respectively. While seemingly simple, these methods are entirely practical. However, the solution against sensor damage and jamming is slightly more complex yet not unreasonable.

Sensor damage, as covered in a past A1 Security Cameras post, is done by pointing a laser directly at the camera lens and focusing on it for a brief amount of time. However, the crux of this nefarious method is that the camera lens can’t be shaded and that it must be done in complete darkness. A shaded lens and lighting around the WiFi security camera can be an adequate defense against lasers. However, that is not necessarily the case with jamming.

As covered in a past post about signal jamming, such a method is done by way of an illegally purchased jammer activated to neutralize wireless devices or networks within proximity. Such a method cannot be necessarily detected on the local level but can be thwarted by having a hybrid or completely wired system. Moreover, having a secure environment around the camera will also compliment them, even in the face of jammers. That is somewhat the case in the face of hacking.

In this context, hacking is the illegal breaching and exploitation of applicable devices and networks. The action is a willful attempt to undermine a person’s privacy and is generally done with the intention of accessing personal or economic information. With WiFi security cameras and the majority of outdoor security cameras, hacking is after the initial installation when camera owners do not personalize their username and password. However, the solution to such a security risk is entirely easy to implement. Home and business owners need only configure their password and username to their preferences, out of the original setting. Better yet, apply security practices to the local network.

WiFi security cameras can easily be secured to benefit your home or business. However, they are just as capable as your WiFi network. Furthermore, such WiFi security cameras are much more bound to a network than wired or internet protocol devices.

Do you need WiFi for wireless security cameras?

Yes, a home or business owner will need a local WiFi network for any functionality from their WiFi security cameras. While some wireless cameras may use cellular or unique networks, indoor and outdoor Wifi cameras require previously implemented apparatus. The reason for that is most surveillance devices of such nature have features that depend on a local network. Such features may include:

  • Cloud storage
  • Remote streaming and alerts
  • Two-way communication
  • Video footage enhancements

As mentioned above, indoor and outdoor WiFi security cameras are entirely dependent on the local network and further functionality may be dependent on a stronger signal. However, there are effective means to reduce the strain caused by a wireless security camera system with options like Zero channel and reducing incoming video footage.

What internet speed do you need for WiFi security cameras?

For minimum recording and viewing of low quality footage, a local WiFi network should have a speed of five megabits per second. However, that suggested internet speed is liable to increase with the addition of indoor or outdoor WiFi cameras and the functions they are capable of. The functions listed above, for example, will apply strain to the network and bandwidth. However, to better calculate what internet speed is needed for a wireless security camera system, A1 Security Cameras offers two excellent tools free of charge.

The NVR/DVR Storage Calculator offers an effective method to calculate how much storage is needed for your security camera system and how to achieve the best quality result you are looking to purchase. For those looking to get a multi WiFi security camera system, this tool will benefit you by making the search process far more straightforward.

The bitrate calculator is designed similarly when you are looking to achieve the exact upload speed necessary for your future WiFi security camera system. Upload speed and internet speed typically go hand in hand for the quality of streamed and stored video footage. When either is inadequate, your security apparatus will severely be hampered and may do more harm than good.

Do WiFi cameras use data?

Yes, WiFi security cameras will use data dependent on the number of cameras and the specifications of each. This number can be anywhere from 60 to several hundred gigabytes of data. While that number can be less with a small home system or much more with an industrial-sized security camera system, it is meant to grant the idea that it can be determined like such factors as:

  • Applicable software
  • Frames per second
  • Number of cameras
  • Resolution
  • Type of recorder

When each of these features is maxed out, a WiFi security camera system will require a heavy amount of data to function correctly. Furthermore, each of these functions is also dependent on how much storage is available in the recorder, hard drive, or server. A security camera apparatus managed by artificial intelligence with a database for facial recognition and license plate tracking will require a much more sophisticated storage system than what is generally found in homes.

Are Wireless CCTV Cameras Any Good?

Whereas the title may be used regularly in the current market, the term “wireless CCTV” is not necessarily correct. As outlined in a previous post about IP and CCTV cameras, CCTV is in reference to wired cameras, whereas wireless cameras are meant to encompass the alternative. Therefore, wireless cameras include categories such as:

  • Bluetooth cameras
  • WiFi security cameras
  • Internet protocol cameras
  • Cellular network cameras

Conversely, CCTV will include anything hardwired like analog cameras and may also include IP cameras when such devices are directly connected via an ethernet or enhanced coaxial cable. However, when it comes to wireless cameras that have the same functionality as their wired alternatives, there are several capable options to choose from that would enhance a security apparatus, as seen in A1 Security Cameras wireless camera category. Whether they be added to a hybrid system or implemented into an entirely wireless apparatus, such devices are fully capable of making a home or business far more secure than before.

Is there a security camera that works without WiFi?

As mentioned above, wired security cameras and systems are the best alternatives to wireless options like the WiFi security camera. These devices can function entirely without WiFi or any network that can be accessed offsite or without the proper clearance. In fact, such systems have been the norm up until the last decade, when wireless devices were beginning to garner popularity with home and business owners.

With that said, however, wholly wired systems must be connected to WiFi or a correlating system to have any functions like remote streaming, off-site management, and the like. While they may be much more secure from the getgo, wired systems by themselves are only capable of surveillance and recording. The software can be implemented physically, but without a connection to a wireless network, the owner will not be able to access it or receive any alerts.

How much do WiFi cameras cost?

As mentioned from the start, wireless cameras can be cheaper than wired surveillance, but such a modifier is dependent on the features of the cameras under consideration. For example, a pan tilt zoom camera, prized for being an advanced and modern option, will be a more expensive WiFi security camera with options ranging between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars in price. Of course, it goes without saying at this point that newer security cameras of either kind are more expensive than older models.

As highlighted in a previous post about upgrading old security systems, prior generation equipment is less expensive than newer devices. However, WiFi security cameras can be extremely cost-effective when a home or business owner already has a wireless-capable recorder. Such examples can be seen in Honeywell, Oculur, and Axis WiFi security cameras, which have options that range from below 300 dollars with more advanced options ranging higher.

Contact us today for more information on WiFi security cameras or other products offered by A1 Security Cameras. We offer a wide selection of recorders, security cameras, access control systems, and more that can benefit homes and businesses. Call or email our team to learn more!

Jan 3rd 2022 Wayne Hahne

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