These days it might seem like everyone is talking about the “internet of things”, or IoT. This is the theory that every household item could be connected to the internet. It’s already happening – your fridge can tell you when you’ve run out of milk, light globes can be turned on using your cell, and soon the toaster will be able to order your bread… or can it already? Now, WiFi security cameras can also be connected to the internet – but is this a good idea? What are some of the pros and cons?
Advantages of WiFi Security Cameras
- The ability to access and stream the footage live. Imagine you’re at work, and you’re worried about a loved one at home – human or pet. With live streaming you can immediately (and from anywhere) see what your loved one is up to and whether they’re safe.
- The footage can be stored in the cloud for viewing later. Unlike older style hardwired cameras, where the footage is stored on a hard drive which can only be accessed from the place it’s located.
- With the flexibility of viewing the footage on your cell phone or laptop you know right away if something is wrong.
- WiFi security camera systems are also less expensive
- Many are plug-and-play, which enables the user to move the cameras as they see fit, and negates the need for wires and holes drilled into walls and ceilings.
- Cameras can literally be picked up and moved, as long as there is a power point nearby; WiFi means they don’t need cables to transmit the data.
- IP cameras tend to be smaller and easier to set up, making them perfect for home and small business owners.
- The footage is also better quality than wired cameras.
Disadvantages of WiFi Security Cameras
Of course, as with any security system, there are some disadvantages which include:
- An IP camera relying on the internet is susceptible to the same interferences as any WiFi-utilizing equipment is.
- Structures such as buildings, trees, vehicles and racking can sometimes impede the signal and potentially decrease the quality of the footage. We’ve done some calculations and identified how much data WiFi security systems use.
- As footage transmission takes up bandwidth, if you have multiple cameras in a complex system, the signal may be slowed.
- Lastly, you’ll need to ensure you’re abiding by any legislation when filming in areas covered by the WiFi camera – their portability means you can cover a wider area.
IP security cameras are an inexpensive alternative to a large, hardwired home or business security set up. The ease of use combined with the clear advantages make WiFi security cameras a great option. If you’ve taken into consideration the risks and benefits, you can get started with superior security for your home or business today!