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 phone, and soon the toaster will be able to order your bread… or can it already? 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
- WiFi cameras are easy to set up and can sit on a tabletop as long as you have access to power nearby.
- WiFi cameras can be more affordable because they don’t require professional installation.
- Footage from your camera is often backed up to the cloud so you can remotely view your cameras
- 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.
Disadvantages of WiFi Security Cameras
- WiFi cameras can put a strain on your internet and can be subject to dropouts, especially outdoor cameras where structures such as buildings and trees can impede the signal.
- WiFi cameras require power access close by so this can limit your placement options, especially if you want to monitor outside.
- Video is limited with WiFi cameras because of the cost to upload video to the cloud.
- WiFi cameras are often vulnerable to theft because they are not professionally installed.
If you’re still not sure whether a WiFi camera is a good investment, here at Cammy we offer a hybrid camera system using PoE cameras and a server which gives customers the best of both worlds. Users can live view cameras remotely, review motion events in the cloud, receive alarm alerts, and capture 24/7 HD video locally.