What to Consider When Choosing a Wireless Surveillance System
When choosing a wireless surveillance system, there are key points to consider. The various systems can
be anything from a simple nanny cam to a system with multiple cameras mounted around the house.
Which one you choose is largely going to depend on your budget, the size of the property, and the
quality of the video. Wireless surveillance systems are convenient in that they don't require cabling or
wiring. This makes it very versatile when it comes to moving them to different locations when needed.
Different wireless surveillance cameras record at a different rate of frames per second. The more
frames per second, the closer it is to recording video without perceived gaps in the film. However, this
requires quite a bit of storage space and may be cost prohibitive for many people. Most of the time you
can get away with a camera that records less frames per second and still provides enough information
when viewed. Resolution is a matter of choice and is determined by the quality of picture you desire.
Obviously, the higher the resolution the clearer the picture is where details are easily discerned.
Another key decision is whether to have a camera that records in black-and-white or color. Like higher
resolution, color will provide greater detail when viewing the footage. This is subjective and this
decision would be largely based on personal preference. As a general rule, cameras that record in black
and white are going to be less expensive than wireless surveillance cameras that record in color.
Another option is one of whether you want video recorded or just displayed in real time. Having the
video recorded is helpful for law enforcement or employers when proof of an infraction is needed.
Without the video being recorded, there is no hard evidence other than the word of someone who
might have seen the incident while watching the monitors. The law is more likely to be on your side if a
recorded video can show proof.
Monitoring the system no longer requires someone sitting in front of a monitor. Newer technology has
allowed wireless video security systems to operate so that the feed can be viewed live over the internet.
In many cases you can view this feed from your smartphone or anywhere you have internet access. This
allows the business or homeowner to periodically check in their property to make sure all is well. This
requires the wireless surveillance cameras to be connected to the internet. Youíll want to make sure
that any wireless camera you choose is compatible with your wireless router. Having a camera that will
work on a G or N wifi network is helpful if you donít want to purchase a new router to accommodate
your new cameras.
If you donít want to be constantly checking the system, youíll want to use choose from those wireless
security systems that have motion activated cameras. This way youíll receive an alert when the camera
has been activated. In some cases, you can program the system to send you a copy of the recorded clip.
Monitoring your property at night requires the use of cameras that have night vision. Unless the area
being videoed is well lit, you might have some difficulty in making out details when watching the video.
With night vision, the video is displayed in such a way that you should be able to clearly see any activity
going on around your property. This is very helpful for those living in or having a business in more
remote areas where street lights or lights from the structure itself might be limited.
Something else that is helpful is to have cameras that have the ability to pan further than the line of
vision of the lens. This way, the camera can be manually controlled to swivel as needed to view all
areas of the property. For those with larger areas to cover, a swiveling camera provides the owner with
a way to get a more complete picture of activity going on in and around their property. If the wireless
surveillance cameras cannot be panned, then they should be mounted and pointed at key access points
to the home or building.
When shopping for a wireless surveillance systems, make sure that you make an assessment of any
vulnerable or problem areas around the property. This way youíll know ahead of time the approximate
number of cameras that youíre going to need. Additionally, see if you can look at some examples of
video taken with the various frames per second, color and resolution models. That way youíll have an
idea of what to expect and which type of camera would work best in your situation as well as provide
you with the picture clarity you want.
Wireless surveillance systems are a convenient and versatile way to monitor your property as well as
provide assistance to law enforcement when needed. Sometimes, simply having surveillance cameras
visible is a deterrent to criminals or would be thieves. With your entire property being monitored,
youíre gaining additional peace of mind knowing that your property is always being watched.