Whenever you book a vacation, purchase a new house, or even buy an unfamiliar product, it's important to research exactly what you're buying. Read reviews, discover its functions, or just overall figure out what meets your needs. The same goes for when you're looking for security systems. There are so many different options, everything from alarm systems to smart appliances. When talking about wireless cameras, it's important to research the different types, brands, and functions. If you're in the market to purchase some new wireless cameras, be sure to do your investigating. Here are 3 things you need to know.
Wireless cameras are not actually wireless
Just because they're called "wireless," that doesn't mean no wires are involved. You're still installing cameras through wires, but it means that you're connected to the internet through Wi-Fi that's connected to a power source by a cable. The term "wireless" typically refers to the transmission of video and audio. Wireless cameras are typically preferred because they are affordable and flexible for your options.
Know the difference between wireless and wired
It gets a bit confusing because there is such thing as wired and wireless cameras, and they both are connected to a power source by a cable (and yes, they're both installed by wires). However, a wired camera means the internet is also getting connected through this cable. Wireless connects to the internet with Wi-Fi instead.
There's also something called a wire-free camera. This one is actually as it's named, and instead connects to the internet over Wi-Fi like wireless cameras, but is battery-operated. With this option, you'll be replacing batteries as opposed to using wires.
Understand the back end
You now know that wireless cameras use Wi-Fi, but what you should also know is that they can also work when you're not connected. This is great for if you ever lose power or service and can't connect to Wi-Fi. However, the only problem is that you will not be able to access all of the camera's features. It also depends on the type of camera you select. If you want to opt in for one that works with or without Wi-Fi, it's important to do your research on different brands beforehand to see how you set them up and how they store video.
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