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 of your internet 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, but 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.
Most good home security cameras 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 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.
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) is a small hard drive that stores video from your cameras.
Without an NVR for your cameras, video is uploaded constantly 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 can easily use over 60GB of data transfer (uploading) per month.
Here at Cammy, our cameras only upload when there is movement. But so you don’t miss a thing, our NVR captures video constantly but stores it locally (on the device itself) and only uploads it when you need it.
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.
I hope this post has helped you. Please comment below if you have any questions.