Wireless IP Security Cameras
We get asked about "wireless security cameras" dozen times a day. Our answer is usually: "you should consider buying wired security cameras and not wireless security cameras." and conversation goes more like "How come Amazon, Ebay, Lorex, Arlo, Nest, Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart, Bestbuy, Fry's and many other websites brag about having wireless security cameras and wireless security camera systems and you don't?"
Yes, these websites are full of these cameras mainly because none of these websites are made or run by Video Surveillance Experts and they can not recommend why you should not consider wireless security cameras if you are truly concerned about your security.
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE PURCHASING WIRELESS SECURITY CAMERAS
- You have to run power cable to wireless cameras. These websites all talk about Wifi technologies and how convenient their cameras are but they don't tell you how wireless security cameras will be powered. What is the point of having wireless camera if you have to run power cable? You could use PoE which would power up your camera through ethernet cable and give you even much better resolution. We have NVRs that come with built in PoE switch so you don't have to buy a separate PoE switch.
- WiFi networks is easily saturated by the number of wireless users which will cause either delay or loss. When you have more activity and high likeliness of theft, burglary, fight, you will not have the video footage on the recorder because your wireless camera lost connection with the Video Recorder.
- There are wireless security cameras such as Arlo that operates by rechargeable batteries but you will have to replace battery or cameras on regular basis to keep it going. What if you are on vacation and batteries die in your wireless security cameras?
- Intermittent loss of communication. The wireless routers and access points are getting better and better but there are times the two would lose connection. It will take for the camera and NVR return back to recording status but you will lose surveillance video.
- Resolution and video quality for wireless security cameras will be limited to 1 Megapixel (720P) with less than 15 frame rates per second. 1 Megapixel resolution is the lowest resolution that video surveillance technology is providing today. As of 2016, we have surveillance cameras that have 4K Resolution (12 Megapixel resolution).
Below, we are listing a handful of wireless security cameras that we believe will give you the best result for your buck but we would still recommend you go for the wired option.
We have helped thousands customers in past 10 years and A1 Security Cameras is one of the top seller of wireless solutions (Ubiquiti, Avalan Wireless, Videocomm and many other wireless network solutions) in the nation and we have helped lots of customers who have to have wireless solution at remote locations and we would be happy to help to put together true wireless security system for you. Please give us a call at 866-441-2288, email us at email@example.com or reach to us via online chat.
The most advanced security camera in the market is a PTZ security camera. PTZ acronym stands for pan, tilt, and zoom. These cameras are equipped with motors for panning, tilting, and optically zooming the camera's lens. A PTZ security camera gives users 360 degree coverage from a remote location using a joystick or mouse. Panning allows a camera to rotate 360 degrees. By tilting, a PTZ camera can move the imaging sensor straight down to capture objects directly below the camera.
Some of the PTZ security cameras come equipped with long distance lenses which allow users to safely zoom in on distant objects without having to manually adjust a lens like a traditional camera.
- Indoor PTZ cameras can be used in conference rooms to hold virtual meetings and move from one speaker to another. Others can be used in specialized applications like oil rigs where it might be exposed to the elements.
- Explosion proof PTZ cameras let users zoom in on dangerous machinery without risking their safety.
There is a perception that PTZ security cameras would be ineffective without a user controlling the camera. Nowadays these cameras can be be configured to rotate without user input. This function is called a tour guard or location presets. Some PTZ cameras have sensor inputs which allow for the integration of external sensors which can trigger movement to a preset location. This means the camera can be moved to a predefined location like a gate or entrance when movement is detected.
In certain applications, one PTZ camera can replace several fixed cameras. They can be mounted from the ceiling using a pendant mount to maximize the coverage area around the camera. Other mounting options are available. Horizon PTZ cameras sit at the top of a pole with a pivoting head which allows the camera to view above the horizon. These types of cameras are typically used on an airport runway where a camera might need to view above eye level. Horizon cameras can also point down but unlike a traditional motorized camera, it is limited by the pole its mounted on.
Selecting the correct PTZ security camera for your application can be difficult. Please feel free to call on of our security camera experts today so we can help you find the right camera for you.