In the past, wireless home security technology was considered inferior to its hardwired counterpart, largely because the latter had higher reliability since its wireless technology was still at its beginnings. Nowadays however, wireless home security systems have been up to hardwired ones and they are equally reliable and can dish out similar performance. In addition, the fact that wireless home security systems are a lot easier to install and do not require any heavy configurations in the house interior's structure, has made them even more popular. It's the case with wireless home security cameras, which gain more and more acceptance among home owners over hardwired cameras.
There are several types of wireless home security cameras available for you to buy, from simple (and cheap) do it yourself cams to professional security cameras with IP networking capabilities, a water and vandal-proof design, night vision and so forth. Since the market has literally boomed and is now flooded with different types of wireless home security cameras, it will require some browsing around to find the one that suits you most. In order to help you out, we'll explain some of the most important features a wireless home security camera can have.
Infrared Night Vision – Using infrared particles, a wireless home security camera can literally see through darkness. Modern cameras have an automated system that allows them to detect light and switch the required mode on. For example, during daytime or when lighting conditions are adequate, the camera will act as a normal video cam but as soon as the light drops below a certain level, it will automatically turn on its night vision mode.
IP Networking – If your wireless home security camera features IP networking capabilities, you will be able to connect it to your computer (typically through an USB connector). This allows for several options such as controlling the camera from your computer instead of the security system's control panel, downloading video footage directly on your hard drive or streaming live footage of what your camera is "seeing", online, from anywhere in the World ( Quite helpful when you're on vacation and want to check the status of your home).
Vandal proof design – This is mostly aimed for outdoor wireless home security cameras. These cameras are protected by a solid material and covered by a "hub" of break-proof glass that does not hinder the quality of the video the camera streams. They are almost impossible to break away from their support, which makes these wireless home security cameras really worth their money.
Motion detection – Some cameras have a built in motion detector that gives them a dual purpose. Most wireless home security cameras use an infrared-based motion detector which can also detect body heat and can be tuned so that it ignores the motion of small pets and the likes. The motion detector can be turned on and off as you please in most models, so you do not have to worry about triggering it during daytime.
Depending on these features, the price for a wireless home security camera may range from under a hundred dollars to several hundred. Study your home setup closely and set your home security needs before deciding on what to choose, so that you do not end up buying a costless wireless home security camera with high tech features that you might not be using at all.