Are Wireless Security Cameras The Best Choice For Your Home Security System?

You want to do all you can to protect your home so that you and every member of your family feel safe.  One of the most popular solutions today for families that want to improve their home security system is the addition of Wireless Cameras.  Wireless cameras have such great appeal because they are a quick, easy, and inexpensive way for you to monitor what is going on in and around your home.  Another appealing feature is that a wireless camera system often provides data to homeowners while they are at home as well as while they are away from home.  However, there are some things we would like for you to take into consideration when looking at a wireless home security system.

Wireless Does Not Mean NO WIRES
A “Wireless Camera” is not necessarily wireless.  The term wireless refers to the video transmission portion of its function.  The images that the camera captures will be transmitted without a wire to the system for the owner to view.  The camera itself still needs power and so most wireless camera systems to indeed have a wire that needs to be plugged in somewhere.

Often times this creates a problem…Where do you plug in the power source?
The easiest solution to this dilemma is the outdoor outlet that is on your front porch.  Unfortunately, plugging the camera into an outdoor outlet that is accessible to anyone coming onto your front porch makes it vulnerable.  It kind of defeats the purpose of the security camera, because anyone looking to cause trouble could easily unplug it leaving your system without power.  This is not secure.

Is Your Wi-Fi Strong Enough?
Wireless cameras rely on Wi-Fi in order to deliver their transmissions to the homeowner.  Therefore one thing that you need to consider is the strength of your home’s Wi-Fi.  It needs to be strong enough to penetrate the often thick exterior walls of your home.  If your home’s Wi-Fi isn’t strong, you could experience performance issues.  It would be frustrating to be watching a video of how an Amazon package disappeared from your front porch and have it cut out at a critical moment.

Are Battery Operated Wireless Cameras A Good Alternative?
Another popular option for home security systems is a battery operated wireless security camera.  These work great for many homeowners and are certainly an inexpensive option.  One thing we would like you to consider before choosing to go this route is how often the battery will need to be recharged or replaced.  Living in the Hudson Valley means that we have long, cold winters.  A temperature below 32 degrees will reduce the life of a battery which means in our region, you will be required to replace batteries more often.

At American Alarm, our focus is your security.  If you have questions regarding the use of wireless security cameras and whether they are right for your home, give us a call at (845) 564-3763.  We would be happy to answer your questions!  Together we can turn your home into a…Home, Safe Home.