Wireless security camera systems are becoming increasingly popular in homes but how much data do they use?
While it’s true some wireless security systems require a lot of data, other camera systems use less data than your favourite social media app.
There are four key things that influence how much data a home security system uses, let’s look at each.
1. Camera resolution
Resolution relates to the quality of the picture. The higher the resolution, the better the picture. The higher the resolution, the more data you use.
Unless you’re shooting a Hollywood movie, home security cameras don’t need an extremely high resolution to be effective.
Good home security cameras should offer a 1080p camera resolution which is less powerful than the camera on your iPhone or Android smartphone, but it’s enough to provide a quality picture.
2. Frame rate per second (FPS)
The frame rate is the frequency at which images (frames) are displayed per second. The higher the Frames Per Second (FPS) the more data you use.
Video displays more frames per second than images. That’s why I recommend a camera system that gives you the option to view snapshots instead of having to review everything in video all the time.
Here at Cammy, our cameras use 1.5 FPS for images and 15-20 FPS for video.
3. Number of cameras
No surprises here. The more cameras you have the more data you use.
Thankfully, a camera can cover a wide area (unlike sensors) so you don’t need many cameras.
Most homes with good internet can easily handle 2-4 cameras without putting a strain on the home internet.
4. Network Video Recorder (NVR)
A network video recorder (NVR) stores video from your cameras locally on a server.
In some camera systems without an NVR, video is constantly uploaded to the cloud, which uses data even when you’re not viewing your cameras.
But with an NVR, you only use data when you choose to view video footage from your cameras.
This makes a big difference. Few household connections can handle non-stop video recording to the cloud.
Wireless cameras that are always recording video can easily use over 60GB of data transfer (uploading) per month.
This is why we recommend a camera system that has the ability to only upload footage when there is movement.
So how much data do you need?
As you can see above, it really depends on the resolution, frame rate, number of cameras and if you’re using an NVR.
For example, I have one Cammy camera at home and the Cammy app has used 84MB in the last 8 days which is a lot less than other apps on my phone including Snapchat (895MB) or Gmail (198MB).
I could tell you to allow 10MB a day per camera but it depends on so many things.
What I can say is Cammy uses a lot less data than some other well-known camera systems.