Are Home Security Cameras Wireless?

Should you get a wired or wireless security camera system? Before you can make that decision, it’s helpful to know the requirements and limitations of both options.

Key Takeaways

  • You can use wireless cameras with your security system
  • These cameras have a limited range and may need to be plugged into an outlet
  • Wired cameras are another option, though they must be wired to a power source
  • Wired systems also need to be installed, either professionally or through a DIY option

Are home security cameras wireless?

Yes, many home security cameras are wireless. You can also find cameras that can be wired into your house. Wireless cameras transmit over Wi-Fi and typically store footage on a cloud server. A wired camera is usually wired into a recording device that stores your footage on-site.

While you’re comparing wired vs wireless security camera systems, here are some things you should know about each system.

What is the range of a wireless security camera?

If there is a direct line of sight between the camera and the router (meaning no objects or walls between them), the range might reach up to 500 feet or possibly more, depending on the signal strength. Since most cameras won’t have this direct connection, the range will more likely be 100 to 165 feet.

Do wireless security cameras need to be plugged in?

A completely wireless camera, which also removes the power cord, will rely on a battery. If it’s an outdoor camera, it may also run on solar power. While it may be easier to place your cameras when you don’t have to plug them into an outlet, you will need to periodically replace or recharge the battery.

Do wired cameras need a power source?

Yes, wired cameras need to be connected to a power source to work. This power source can be either a digital video recorder (DVR) system or a network video recorder (NVR) system. Along with powering the cameras, these systems store any footage that’s recorded. You can view the footage through a computer monitor connected to the system, your cloud storage, or an app, if your system is connected to the internet.

Can I run my own wires for a security system?

Sure! You can find the equipment and tools you need to install your own wired security system online and at stores. That said, wiring a system isn’t an easy task. You will have to run cables through your attic, basement, and other spaces in your home. If you don’t install the equipment correctly, you may have to pay someone to fix your mistakes and properly connect your system.

Professional installation may not cost as much as you think. Compare all of your options before settling on a DIY wired security system.

As you can see, you can use wireless security cameras, but they may not be the right choice for every home.

For more information about these types of security systems, give our experts a call.

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