How Does a Wi-Fi Security Camera Work?

How Does a Wi-Fi Security Camera Work?

If you’ve recently decided to install a Wi-Fi security camera as part of a security system in your home or business, you might be wondering how it works?

Do you need to drill holes in your ceiling? Does it have wires? How do they record the footage – and how do you access it? It might be too much to think about, which is why you can use some of our available installation tutorials that will help get you started. But why don’t we start with an explanation of the inner workings of one of these cameras.

A Wi-Fi security camera or IP (internet protocol) camera sends its transmissions to a computer via a wireless receiver, which then sends this data to the cloud (Cammy uses Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services) to hold your data for 30 days. From here you can view what the camera has seen, without the hours of footage with nothing happening (as the camera only records when there is motion detected).

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These types of cameras are usually plug-and-play, so there are no holes drilled and no electricians needed. Pick a spot, plug it in, and you’re off.

Most Wi-Fi cameras are also super easy to set-up, which means they can easily be taken down and relocated by you, as the need arises. Most are fully portable, which is great if you have to move and want to take it with you.

Keep in mind that an IP camera is only as good as the software you use to monitor the camera. You want to ensure that your camera uses motion activated technologies but with software that allows for smart alerts. Most IP cameras capture all motion events such as pesky spiders, birds and changes in light. Smart alerts can save you searching through these events to find what’s important and even alert you in real time such as when a person is detected.

Most IP security cameras come with a speaker and microphone so you can chat to the children while you are at work, or warn an incoming intruder that they are being recorded.

Now, outdoor based cameras should be fully waterproof and record in low light HD. What’s more, if they are all Wi-Fi enabled, all you need is access to a router and they will upload recordings directly to the cloud for easy retrieval and viewing later.

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What sets apart a good camera from an average one is the ability for it to send you information on your cell phone with the use of an app. The app should allow you to examine footage on your cell phone, and even your Apple watch.

Look for a camera with high definition capabilities, which will allow you to zoom in for a better look and not miss a thing. Whether you’re watching live or later, it should all be at your fingertips and easy to navigate.

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Wi-Fi Security Camera Specifications

The specifications of a Wi-Fi camera differ depending on the type, use and brand. It’s important that a camera be easy to use, small and manoeuvrable so as not to draw attention. Using the specifications of our cameras, here’s what to expect:

  • 2.44 inches (H) x 2.56 inches (W) x 3.85 inches (L)
  • 8.99 ounces
  • 102˚ diagonal angle of view
  • 96˚ horizontal angle of view
  • Broadband internet with Wi-Fi router or Ethernet
  • 4S iPhone or newer/ Android 4.0 or newer.

With the portability of a full security system in the convenience of your cell phone, there is really no better option to keep your home or business safe and secure using an IP security system.

At Cammy, we have a trained technician that will answer all of your questions, to make sure you are fully aware of what goes into installing your own Wi-Fi security cameras. Get all of your questions answered by requesting a callback today.

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