Wireless security cameras are increasingly providing the mainstay of home security in homes and businesses both indoors and outdoors. With remotely accessible indoor cameras, you might monitor the kids or their sitter while you’re out, while the outdoor camera allows you to monitor the yard and property before an intruder makes it to the house.
While the uses of WiFi indoor cameras and WiFi outdoor cameras vary, many of the same considerations such as range, visibility (both of the camera and of the recorded content) and weatherproofing apply to both.
Your indoor WiFi cameras will likely have no problems with range as long as other WiFi devices in your house can connect. Some materials severely hamper WiFi signals such as bricks and metal structures so when deciding where to place a WiFi cam in the house, keep that in mind.
Outdoors is where range can be more of a challenge with WiFi cameras. You can still test the connectivity from various areas of your property where you might affix the camera and you might find that you need a WiFi bridge – another gadget to extend the range of your WiFi signal – in order to get connectivity from a distance or around corners. A surprising advantage for cameras outside is that a signal is often less hampered by objects as it can be indoors.
Depending on the laws where you live, indoor wifi cameras for monitoring others – such as the nanny – may require the person giving consent, which in turn means there’s no reason to hide it. For security surveillance, however, a visible camera is a potential point of failure since it can be broken or otherwise compromised by an intruder or the kids.
A visible WiFi camera outdoors can either deter intruders or make it look tempting if it is easily taken out by the potential intruder. If it’s hidden, it has a better chance of capturing an intruder and alerting you to a problem. Having a ‘deterrent’ camera that is visible in combination with a well placed hidden camera is a good all-round solution. Hiding your outdoor camera can ensure it remains present and functioning when you need it most.
Both indoor and outdoor WiFi cameras can be completely wireless and easy to install without expert help unlike the old analog types.
Outdoor WiFi camera’s come in a variety of weatherproof cases with many having a lip at the top to block glare from the sun, and a solid way to fasten the camera to a fixed object so that stability even in inclement weather isn’t an issue. Check on average and extreme temperatures and precipitation in your region so you find the cam best suited to your needs.
Indoor cameras don’t need to be weatherproof, do they? Well, not usually, but you do need to think about placement and make sure that if the cam will be in the range of a fire suppression system or if it might be subject to high humidity, then you’ll want the appropriate level of ‘weatherproof’ for your indoor wifi camera too.
Indoor and outdoor WiFi camera’s both may have different settings related to the lighting of the area you place them, such as indoor, low-light, outdoor or bright and different cameras will have different methods of accomplishing delivering a clear and visible image. Take the lighting levels where you want WiFi cameras to be, into consideration before buying one so that you get the right features for the lighting where they will be placed. Cammy has developed cameras that capture footage in the dark in order to solve this very problem.
Thinking about each of these factors before you purchase a WiFi camera for indoor and outdoor use will help you understand exactly what you need. To see the full list of Cammy’s security camera features, take a look at the outdoor and indoor options for a quick comparison.