We have gotten quite a few people asking about wireless cameras lately and we would like to go over a few things to know about wireless cameras. We will give you some pros and cons surrounding wireless security cameras and then you can decide if you think wireless is the way to go for you.
Pros: The biggest advantage of wireless cameras is that there is no cable to run to the DVR. This makes it very convenient when you need to put a camera in an area that it would be a little harder to run cable into the wall. For example, on a cement or brick wall. These cameras only need a power outlet close to them to operate. If there is no outlet the camera will not be able to operate as it will have no power.
Cons: Wireless cameras are not completely wireless. As explained before they still must have power with in a small distance so that the power chord will reach. This can be a problem for some people when it comes to their idea of wireless. Another issue with wireless cameras is the fact that just like baby monitors and cordless phones they communicate through frequency waves. If there is anything in the area of the cameras that is putting of the same or even higher frequency waves it can interfere with your cameras causing a disturbance and possibly loss of video feed. This also means that they are able to be hacked by people who know about hijacking radio frequencies and can be viewed by outside of the area that they are meant to be viewed. You are also limited on the number of cameras you can have for the same reason. If you have to many cameras all communicating at the same time it can cause interference with the other cameras as well. For this reason we recommend wired cameras.
In any case you can make the decision yourself. For some people wireless is the perfect solution and for others they are not. If you want more information about cameras and installation please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Let us protect what matters to you!
During the Holiday season, burglary is on the rise. We are doing our shopping and buying gifts for friends and family. Along with that comes the greedy thief who wants to get things without paying for them. They steal them from your car, from your home and even from your place of business if they have the opportunity. Protect yourself with Surveillance cameras. These handy tools are great because they are low maintenance and record every person that comes in or around your home or business. If you would like to find out how Surveillance cameras can help you then we would be happy to sit down with you and show you exactly how it works. Give us a call today and we can set up a free onsite security review and figure out how to fully protect the things you work very hard to purchase and to keep your holiday season a safe one.
- Dome – The most common cameras that people use. They come with a variety of different options and functions for both indoor and outdoor use. Mounting is easier with these because they can be mounted directly to the wall or ceiling in whatever area you want them in. These diverse cameras come in both color and black and white. They can be fixed to focus on one specific area or Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) so that you can zoom in or out and move the camera from side to side. The applications for these cameras are endless. They come in vandal proof so they can be used outside. They can come with clear cover or a smoked cover to hide the lens so that people don’t really know which direction the camera is pointing. This feature is commonly used in retail locations and casinos for security reasons. The dome camera comes in 2 sizes and colors so that you can choose the most esthetically pleasing design that fits your home or business decor. Dome cameras tend to have a clearer picture and are designed to be noticeable to let criminals know they are being watched. With the cover being clear on all sides it becomes the most popular PTZ camera with a much more affordable price.
- Bullet – Getting its name from the sleek cylindrical shape, the bullet cameras are used when a specific area needs to be captured. Mostly you will find these cameras mounted to the wall or ceiling to give it the best angle and stability when recoding. They are typically used inside but with the right casing can be used outside.
- Box – Box cameras come with interchangeable lenses so that you can manually choose the distance and area that you want to focus on. Due to the versatility of this type of camera they have many uses. Very common in business applications and outdoor application for the variety of options with various lenses.
- Spy – Spy cameras are any cameras that can be hidden or covertly placed to catch someone with out their knowledge. These cameras come in various types of objects as well as sizes. Things like pens, clocks, radios, stuffed animals and so on. You can also buy a pinhole camera and install it inside any type of object you choose. These cameras tend to be a bit more pricey due to the advanced technology involved. All recordings are stored on a removable drive like a mini SD card that you have to remove and download footage from. (Make sure to research your states laws when it comes to video taping people without their knowledge)
- Internet Protocol (IP) – IP cameras are very popular because they have very clear and crisp quality and they stream their video footage over the internet whether wired or wireless they have less pixelation and the image received is usually much clearer and it is easier to depict features of faces or identifying marks such as logos, signs, stickers or even license plates on cars. The biggest struggle with wireless IP cameras is the interference from other devices. Things like cordless phones, baby monitors, even cell phone signals can interrupt the signal.
- Infrared (IR) – Most people know that IR is an element that detects heat and can give you better vision at night. This is very useful if your main concern is what is gong on when you are not awake or at your business when you are at home sleeping. Without IR the room will appear very dark and the camera will not pick up many images. Only kicks in in low or no light situations. These cameras are most often color during the day and black and white at night.
Now that you know what some of the options are please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have and schedule a free security evaluation to see if we might be able to provide you with the best coverage for your needs.
To define security you could go the old fashion route and look up the dictionary definition and it will tell you that Security means safety and freedom from harm, anxiety and doubt or precautions taken to protect yourself from the same. To take this definition to the next level you need to really evaluate what the word means to you individually.
As a homeowner, security most likely means that your property, family and pets are safe and free from harm. Security means that you have the peace of mind knowing that when you are not home you don’t have to worry that an outside force is not damaging or destroying what you value the most. We all work hard for the things that we value most. As a parent, you want to know that if your children are at home they are not at risk or that they are not doing something that you would not approve of if you were home. Some people even have the same concerns when it comes to their pets. Not everyone has children and as pet owners pets are just as important as children and even more they are helpless to defend themselves against someone who would enter your home to take what does not belong to them. Criminals do not care who they hurt and that is why security cameras have become so prevalent in homes as well as businesses.
That brings me to the next subject. As a business owner, security means a great deal considering that when you own a business, that is your livelihood and a means to support, protect and secure the family and property that you value outside of the business. When a business is secure, the employees feel safer, the business owner can feel confident that when his or her back is turned, their livelihood is not in jeopardy. With security cameras in your business you can keep an eye on your investment at all times by monitoring the video footage onsite or remotely and know that if something or someone does not have your company’s best interest in mind you can take the proper steps to ensure the safety and security of the biggest investment you have. Cameras are used inside and outside of a business to ensure that all angles are monitored and if anything happens, that could cause the company undue stress or cost money to repair, is not unnoticed. The most common risk for a company is unproductive employees who are getting paid and are not performing to their full potential. With cameras inside your business the employees are aware that they are being monitored and studies have showed that the productivity of a business can be greatly increased by just adding a couple cameras. Outside cameras can monitor people coming and going from your business and for companies that utilize company vehicles, the equipment that cannot be stored indoors is also being monitored.
Theft and vandalism is a very universal crime and can happen both in and around a home or a business. The effect it has on the person who invests their time and money to have the things they have can be devastating. Why not be sure that if a criminal has the mind to destroy, steal or damage someone else’s property they are caught in the act. If you would like us to come evaluate your home or business for security cameras we offer a free no obligation site survey that gives you a good idea of what could potentially save you, your property and your money in the long run. Feel free to contact us by phone, email or our short contact form on our website and we would be more than happy to schedule a free security evaluation at your convenience.