CCTV systems are everywhere you look today. The streets are full of them. Almost every place you visit has them – the bank, library, malls, convenience stores, bars, coffee shops, gas stations, and even the corner bookstore. It makes you wonder, with all these cameras all over the place, where do they put the wires? The answer is, there usually aren’t any. Like in all technology today, wireless is becoming the norm in nearly all CCTV systems.
Wireless CCTV systems are popular among normal consumers for two main reasons. One, they are relatively easier to set up than their wired cousins. And two, you can change the location of the wireless cameras as and when you wish. The latter is especially convenient if you’re not quite sure where to put up the cameras for maximum efficiency. You can thus experiment by putting up the wireless cameras in different areas from time to time to see where it makes more sense. Apart from the security aspect, you can regularly use the wireless cameras to keep an eye on a sleeping baby or kids playing in another room.
Of course, all this can only be accomplished if you get the right wireless system for your needs. There are many types of wireless systems out there. And while there’s no need to know them inside out, having a brief overview can be helpful in buying the right system.
Kind of Wireless CCTV Systems
A wireless CCTV camera can either come with batteries or short cable that need to be plugged into a socket. If you think you may be moving your cameras around a lot or if you don’t have power outlets in the areas you want to set up your cameras, go for the ones that use batteries. No, the batteries will not drain out. To save disk space, most wireless CCTV cameras will only start recording when the system detects movement. So if you want 24 hour surveillance, then this is not the option for you, although some CCTV softwares will allow you to change the settings.
Most CCTV cameras are quite small. People usually have no idea that they’re there unless they’re really paying attention. But depending on your needs, perhaps you want a smaller than usual camera. For example, if you want to simply keep an eye on your warring kids while they play, then you can opt for the tiny cameras popularly known as ‘nanny cams’. These can be tucked into toys or hidden behind the music box on the mantle and none will be the wiser.
But if the main reason you want a CCTV camera is to prevent crime, then you might want to opt for larger, more visible cameras outside your house. It is usually the sight of these cameras more than the CCTV system itself which will deter wannabe convicts from considering your home for their next target.
Rapid progress in wireless technology will ensure that wired CCTV systems will soon be outdated. So don’t go in for something that will be ancient a month after you bring it home. Invest wisely for your home security, invest in wireless CCTV systems.