Wireless Cameras

Wireless Cameras

Thinking about buying a wireless camera? Here’s what you need to know! Wireless cameras can be an excellent solution for a video surveillance system. There are a few things to consider before choosing a wireless option, one being what type is going to be the most beneficial.
Wireless Security Cameras

Cameras with built in wifi that communicate with existing network requires an established wifi connection. 4G Wireless works similar to a cell phone. The modem connects to the internet just like a cell phone. One of the things to consider with this option is not only is a sim card needed but also a cellular modem and a switch would need to be encased in an enclosure if the camera is placed outside, this is assuming there is a nearby power supply if not a solar panel would be needed. Also keep in mind there would be a monthly fee for using a 4G network similar to internet, if you don't pay the bill the cameras would have no signal.

While analog wireless cameras usually have a lower resolution compared to IP, there are some that are available with a higher resolution. This is a good option for homes and business that require a super secure system with no network vulnerability.
  • AXIS M1065-LW 0810-004

    AXIS M1065-LW 2MP Indoor IR Wireless IP Security Camera with PIR Motion sensor - 0810-004

    Brand: AXIS

    Part Number: 0810-004
    $374.99
    • Compression : MJPEG, H.264,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 110°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 1080P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.8mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/3" Sensor
    • Color : White
    • Environmental : Indoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/3"
    • Audio Support : Built-in Speaker Built-in Microphone
    Free shipping over $300 Free Shipping
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    32 32 Night Vision
    White White
    $374.99
    Choose Options
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  • AXIS M1045-LW 2MP Wireless Cube IP Security Camera - 0812-004

    AXIS M1045-LW 2MP Wireless Cube IP Security Camera - 0812-004

    Brand: AXIS

    Part Number: 0812-004
    $281.06
    • Compression : H.264, MJPEG,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 110°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 1080P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.8mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/3" Sensor
    • Color : White
    • Environmental : Outdoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/3"
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    32 32 Night Vision
    White White
    $281.06
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  • Oculur XPTZ4G-25XIR 2MP IR Wireless Outdoor PTZ IP Security Camera with 4G LTE Access

    Oculur XPTZ4G-25XIR 2MP IR Wireless Outdoor PTZ IP Security Camera with 4G LTE Access

    Brand: Oculur

    Part Number: XPTZ4G-25XIR
    $1,031.00
    • Compression : H.265 Plus, H.265, H.264 Plus, H.264,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 2°Field of View 57°Field of View
    • Lens Type : Motorized (Automatic Zoom) Lens
    • Lens Size : 4.8~120mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.8" Sensor
    • Max. Storage Capacity : 256 GB Storage Capacity
    • Protection Code : IP66
    • Environmental : Outdoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.8"
    Free shipping over $300 Free Shipping
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    330 330 Night Vision
    $1,031.00
    Discontinued
  • Oculur X2DFW 2MP IR Wireless Outdoor Mini Dome IP Security Camera

    Oculur X2DFW 2MP IR Wireless Outdoor Mini Dome IP Security Camera

    Brand: Oculur

    Part Number: X2DFW
    $121.94
    • Compression : H.264, MJPEG,
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 1080P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.8mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.8" Sensor
    • Max. Storage Capacity : 128 GB Storage Capacity
    • Protection Code : IP67 IK10
    • Color : White
    • Environmental : Outdoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.8"
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    100 100 Night Vision
    White White
    $121.94
    Add to Cart
  • Honeywell IPCAM-WIC2 3MP IR Wireless Indoor IP Security Camera

    Honeywell IPCAM-WIC2 3MP IR Wireless Indoor IP Security Camera

    Brand: Honeywell

    Part Number: IPCAM-WIC2
    $151.15
    • Compression : H.264, JPEG,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 110°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 1080P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/3" Sensor
    • Color : White
    • Environmental : Indoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/3"
    • Audio Support : Built-in Speaker Built-in Microphone
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    3MP 3MP
    33 33 Night Vision
    White White
    $151.15
    Add to Cart
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  • Dahua IPC-HFW1200S-W 2MP IR Wireless Outdoor Bullet IP Security Camera

    Dahua IPC-HFW1200S-W 2MP IR Wireless Outdoor Bullet IP Security Camera

    Brand: Dahua

    Part Number: IPC-HFW1200S-W
    $206.00
    • Compression : MJPEG, H.264,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 72°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 1080P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 3.6mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/3" Sensor
    • Protection Code : IP66
    • Color : White
    • Environmental : Outdoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/3"
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    98 98 Night Vision
    White White
    $206.00
    Discontinued
  • Hikvision DS-2CD2455FWD-IW2.8MM 5MP IR H.265 Wireless Cube IP Security Camera - PIR Sensor

    Hikvision DS-2CD2455FWD-IW2.8MM 5MP IR H.265 Wireless Cube IP Security Camera - PIR Sensor

    Brand: Hikvision

    Part Number: DS-2CD2455FWD-IW2.8MM
    $261.00
    • Compression : H.265 Plus, H.265, H.264 Plus, H.264, MJPEG,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 97°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 2560 x 1440
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.8mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.9" Sensor
    • Color : White
    • Environmental : Indoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.9"
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    5MP (3K) 5MP (3K)
    33 33 Night Vision
    White White
    $261.00
    Add to Cart
  • Dahua IPC-L26N 2MP H.265 WiFi IP Security Camera with Active Alarm Floodlight and PIR Detector

    Dahua IPC-L26N 2MP H.265 WiFi IP Security Camera with Active Alarm Floodlight and PIR Detector

    Brand: Dahua

    Part Number: IPC-L26N
    $241.18
    • Compression : H.265,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 114°Field of View
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.8mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.7" Sensor
    • Max. Storage Capacity : 256 GB Storage Capacity
    • Protection Code : IP65
    • Environmental : Outdoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.7"
    • Audio Support : Built-in Microphone Built-in Speaker
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    33 33 Night Vision
    $241.18
    Add to Cart
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  • Speco O2C1 2MP H.265 Wifi Indoor Cube IP Security Camera

    Speco O2C1 2MP H.265 Wifi Indoor Cube IP Security Camera

    Brand: Speco

    Part Number: O2C1
    $250.37
    • Compression : MJPEG, H.264, H.265,
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 1080P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.9mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/3" Sensor
    • Color : Black
    • Environmental : Indoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/3"
    • Audio Support : Built-in Speaker Built-in Microphone
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    33 33 Night Vision
    Black Black
    $250.37
    Add to Cart
  • Honeywell IPCAM-WIC1 1MP IR Wireless Indoor IP Security Camera

    Honeywell IPCAM-WIC1 1MP IR Wireless Indoor IP Security Camera

    Brand: Honeywell

    Part Number: IPCAM-WIC1
    $79.41
    • Compression : H.264, JPEG,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 108°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 720P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/4" Sensor
    • Color : White
    • Environmental : Indoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/4"
    • Audio Support : Built-in Speaker Built-in Microphone
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    1MP 1MP
    16 16 Night Vision
    White White
    $79.41
    Add to Cart
  • New Product!
    LTS 8MP 4K Solar-Powered 4G Outdoor Bullet IP Security Camera with Audio Support, Battery Included, 24/7 Color - LTCMIP9C82W-28SD-B4G

    LTS 8MP 4K Solar-Powered 4G Outdoor Bullet IP Security Camera with Audio Support, Battery Included, 24/7 Color - LTCMIP9C82W-28SD-B4G

    Brand: LTS Security

    Part Number: LTCMIP9C82W-28SD-B4G
    $2,579.00
    • Compression : H.265, MJPEG, H.264,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 101.6°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 15fps at 3840 x 2160
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.8mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/1.2" Sensor
    • Max. Storage Capacity : 256 GB Storage Capacity
    • Protection Code : IP67
    • Color : White
    • Environmental : Outdoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/1.2"
    • Aperture : F1.0
    Free shipping over $300 Free Shipping
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    8MP (4K) 8MP (4K)
    98 98 Night Vision
    White White
    $2,579.00
    Add to Cart
  • LTS LTCMIP8942W-28SDA-WIFI 4MP Night Vision Indoor Cube Wireless IP Security Camera

    LTS LTCMIP8942W-28SDA-WIFI 4MP Night Vision Indoor Cube Wireless IP Security Camera

    Brand: LTS Security

    Part Number: LTCMIP8942W-28SDA-WIFI
    $169.90
    • Compression : H.265, H.264, H.265 Plus, H.264 Plus, MJPEG,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 104.3°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 2688 x 1520
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.8mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/3" Sensor
    • Color : White
    • Material : Plastic
    • Environmental : Indoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/3"
    • Aperture : F1.6
    • Audio Support : Built-in Microphone Built-in Speaker
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    4MP 4MP
    33 33 Night Vision
    White White
    Plastic Plastic
    $169.90
    Add to Cart
  • AXIS W101 2MP Wireless Body Worn Camera with Built-in GPS, White - 02259-001

    AXIS W101 2MP Wireless Body Worn Camera with Built-in GPS, White - 02259-001

    Brand: AXIS

    Part Number: 02259-001
    $857.50
    • Compression : H.264,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 141°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 1080P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.1mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.9" Sensor
    • Protection Code : IP67
    • Color : White
    • Material : Plastic
    • Environmental : Outdoor Indoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.9"
    • Aperture : F2.1
    • Audio Support : Built-in Microphone
    Free shipping over $300 Free Shipping
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    White White
    Plastic Plastic
    $857.50
    Add to Cart
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  • AXIS W101 2MP Wireless Body Worn Camera with Built-in GPS, Black, 24 Pcs - 02258-021

    AXIS W101 2MP Wireless Body Worn Camera with Built-in GPS, Black, 24 Pcs - 02258-021

    Brand: AXIS

    Part Number: 02258-021
    $18,280.00
    • Compression : H.264,
    • Field of View (Horizontal) : 141°Field of View
    • Max. FPS and Resolution : 30fps at 1080P
    • Lens Type : Fixed Lens
    • Lens Size : 2.1mm Lens
    • Sensor Type : CMOS
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.9" Sensor
    • Protection Code : IP67
    • Color : Black
    • Material : Plastic
    • Environmental : Outdoor Indoor
    • Sensor Size : 1/2.9"
    • Aperture : F2.1
    • Audio Support : Built-in Microphone
    Free shipping over $300 Free Shipping
    Network (IP) Network (IP)
    2MP 2MP
    Black Black
    Plastic Plastic
    $18,280.00
    Add to Cart

Thinking about buying a wireless camera? Here’s what you need to know!

Wireless cameras can be an excellent solution for a video surveillance system. There are a few things to consider before choosing a wireless option, one being what type is going to be the most beneficial. In this article I will touch on the different wireless options as well as the issues that can arise with each.

Wireless Cameras Types

Cameras with built in wifi that communicate with existing network requires an established wifi connection. One of the things to keep in mind with this option is the distance from the camera to the wifi connection. Long range placement may require additional equipment such as wireless radio. This option needs either a recorder or an SD card to store video. Range is usually around 300 feet barring the absence of physical obstructions like trees and poles.

Cameras with built in wifi communicates with recorder that also has built in wifi. This option is quite popular because no established wifi is needed. The recorder has 2 jobs- recording the captured video and being a standalone wifi network. Wireless Bridge is essentially just more than one wireless radio that communicates the data to each other in long range placement. These radios can be placed every 200-300 feet to create a bridge that carries the data back to the recorder.

4G Wireless works similar to a cell phone. The modem connects to the internet just like a cell phone. One of the things to consider with this option is not only is a sim card needed but also a cellular modem and a switch would need to be encased in an enclosure if the camera is placed outside, this is assuming there is a nearby power supply if not a solar panel would be needed. Also keep in mind there would be a monthly fee for using a 4G network similar to internet, if you don't pay the bill the cameras would have no signal. This is not a good option for homes or business’ in the country where cell phone service is limited.

While analog wireless cameras usually have a lower resolution compared to IP, there are some that are available with a higher resolution. This is a good option for homes and business that require a super secure system with no network vulnerability.

Wireless Cameras

Consumer vs commercial wireless

When choosing commercial vs consumer its important to consider a couple of factors like warranty, the type of support that will be available after the sale and ease of use. Consumer grade security cameras come standard with a 1 year manufacturer warranty, limited tech support, lower grade quality materials than commercial but are typically more user friendly and offer the plug and play option. Commercial grade is basically the opposite of the consumer grade equipment. Often comes with an extended warranty, excellent support and top quality materials. Often with a commercial grade camera the image sensor is higher quality, and the software is more refined, user friendly.

Wireless Cameras Configuration

Wireless cameras present a few challenges when it comes to configuring them to the network depending on if its commercial or consumer grade. Consumer Grade is actually the easier of the two to configure. That’s because there is a wireless signal option around the camera. (small button on camera turns on wireless network to configure) Most commercial grades are more complex in configuring because the plug and play option is absent. Geovision just launched a new commercial grade camera the first of its kind that’s functions as a consumer grade camera with the commercial grade benefits- the OPAL SI.

Power Source/Cost

Ideally the best place for a wireless camera would be next to an existing outlet, if this is not possible there are other options but they bring up other concerns like safety and cost.1) Run a cable from the camera to the outlet, this option could be a potential safety concern because anyone can simply walk up and remove the cable disarming the camera2) Pay an electrician to add on a power outlet close to the camera. This can be costly running up to $500 per outlet.3) Purchase a single solar panel and install, this option can be somewhat costly and inconvenient because the battery will have to be replaced at some point, not a good option for cold weathered areas

Distance and Obstructions

Video fragmentation occurs when there is some kind of disruption in the signal. Whether its trees, poles or concrete walls, objects blocking the signal strength is definitely something you want to be aware of and keep in mind if you are purchasing a wireless system. A quick speed test will help you determine if wireless cameras are not an option. The speed test can be performed on a cell phone or laptop and will identify where the signal will be strongest.Cameras with built in wifi that talk to an existing network must be within 300 feet for optimal performance. With cameras that communicate with wifi NVR’s placement of the camera close to the NVR is definitely something to be taken into consideration. For example if the only thing blocking the NVR from a camera is a window there wouldn’t be much of an issue but if there is an insulated wall in between the camera and NVR or the NVR is down stairs and the camera is mounted on second story wall, this would cause a disruption in the signal. A wireless bridge is a great option for long range situations where trees and poles are not present.

Wireless Cameras Bandwidth

Wifi Bandwidth is another issue that will need to be examined before choosing a wireless system. Will there be several different devices using the wifi at the same time, consider laptops, ipads, or streaming service like Netflix. All of these things reduce your wifi bandwidth and can cause bottle necking when the signal heads back to the modem.

Wireless Security and Network Safety

Another factor to consider is security, a wireless connection is somewhat easy for hackers to access. If a hacker were to gain access to your wireless network they would also have access to the security cameras and the data being captured. There are devices called wifi jammers that cause the signal to jam rendering the camera useless for recording that activity.

Wireless Cameras Maintenance

Wired cams can be accessed through the network because of the cable where a wireless camera requires a laptop or similar device attached to the camera to configure. While there are several things to consider before purchasing a wireless security camera system, it is still a great option. Still have questions?

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