Wired vs wireless security cameras - Which type is best for you?

Are you considering buying a new security system, but not sure which one to go for? There are factors to consider that'll make your life comfortable whilst others create problems.

In this article, we will take a look at different camera systems. Wired vs wireless security cameras- which is best for you?

We will explore the possibilities, the pros, and cons of one over the other. The method that you choose is by personal preference as well as other factors, some of which we take a look at.

Each camera system has its advantages and disadvantages. Let's dive in, shall we?

What is a wired security camera?

As the name suggests, a wired camera system is one that uses wires. The trouble is that they need a certain level of expertise to connect the cables. That includes knowing which one to connect to where.

A wired camera system needs to connect to your camera and also to the internet system. These are often the preferred choice because they are reliable.

Pros of a wired security camera

There are different reasons why people look to wired cameras despite some downfalls.

They can cover a large area: A wired camera system is usually placed where you will need it, in the same position. You will find that it's used on large properties.

As such, they are usually used on properties or homes with a large area that needs watching. It gives you comprehensive coverage of large spaces, something that is not on all cameras.

If one camera is not enough, you can add more to the bunch. Wired will support more cameras, like, 16cameras, which you can use to cover an enormous scope. All you will need to do is make sure that you have chosen the right access points.

If you want to cover the entire yard, you will need more than four cameras.

As the footage's captured, it has to be on an NVR recorder or a DVR.

They are reliable: wired cameras, are also amongst the more dependable security cameras. These cameras connect using wires which means that you'll not face wireless interference.

The camera, recorder, and the router are all connected. Reliability is the primary advantage of wired camera systems.

Cons of a wired camera system.

The good is often accompanied by the bad and striking a balance is vital. Let's take a look at some of the disadvantages of a wired camera system.

The wires can be cumbersome: Wired camera sets have more wires to deal with. That leaves you with cable management, and if you're picky about the cables, then you will have your job cut out. You will also need to map out the route that you want the wires to take so that you know how to run them.

The system that you choose will determine the number of cables that you have. Power over ethernet camera system will only use one cable to give both power and internet.

Installation can be difficult/time-consuming: this is one reason why lots choose not to buy wire. Installing them can be a lengthy process, and it can also mean that you will need a certain level of expertise. You will have to know how to connect the cables and how to run them.

The other snag that you may face is that wired camera systems will dictate where you place the unit. It is not as flexible as wireless systems. You will need to make sure that you place them where the cables can reach the router, recorder, and power source.

You may have to deal with power outages: if you live in a place with power outages, this is not the camera system for you. Having a wired camera system may leave you vulnerable to power cuts. When the power goes, you may lose coverage of the area the camera covers, for some time.

At times this may be at a detrimental point, and it may not be something that you can afford.

Why should I get a wired camera system?

The reason why people go for wired is that they are reliable and great for permanent security. They are also an excellent choice for larger properties. Also, you will not have to deal with the issue of losing the signal.

Wireless camera systems

These operate without as many wires, and this is one of the advantages and reasons why people choose them. It is how they communicate what they capture, with no wires. They are usually connected to wifi and use batteries to power them. This is how they end the use of cables.

Pros of wireless camera systems.

Installation is simple: Wireless systems are easy to use straight out of the box. Installation is easy, and you will not need to be much of an expert to set it up. One of the reasons for this is that there aren’t too many wires to hook up and sort out.

Affordability: wireless camera systems are more affordable to install than the wired versions.

It is convenient and easy to move: the wireless system does not need you to place the units in a particular place. You can move them around to wherever you feel the best space that will give you the best viewing angle. The fact that they are easy to move around also means that they are a good bet, especially when you are renting and don’t want to have a fixed system.

Cons on wireless camera systems.

They aren’t completely wireless: The central selling point is that there aren’t any wires, this isn’t true. The best way to put it would be to say that there aren’t as many wires. You will still need a cable to connect the camera to the router.

They can suffer from interference: systems that work with wifi connections can drop signal or experience interference. This is one of the problems associated with cameras that use wifi systems.

What are the main differences between wired and wireless cameras?

  • Wired send what they capture via wires whilst wireless send footage via wifi.
  • Batteries power wireless cameras whilst wired cameras need to be in a power source.
  • Wired cameras need technical expertise to install them, unlike wireless cameras.
  • Wireless cameras are more affordable to install but can be on the higher end to buy.
  • You will not need to worry about losing a signal with a wired system, unlike with a wireless one.

Final thoughts

The camera that you choose must address your security needs. Think about what you need and how much you will be willing to spend on it. That includes purchasing, maintaining and also installing the system. Both systems have their ups and downs.

It is now about personal preference to get what you need from your camera system. We hope that our comparison review helps you get the right fit for you. Happy shopping!

About The Author

Reece Thompson: Reece has been involved in property in one way or another for the past 10 years. He's gained a lot of experience when it comes to the home, kitchen and garden. He shares his knowledge with enthusiasm and honesty.