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Wireless Cameras: Do I Need One?

Everyone has heard the horror stories of someone finding a stranger has been spying on their baby or used the cameras to find out when no one was home so they could break in. But thanks to recent developments, wireless cameras are now much harder to hack than they ever have been.

The best way to augment the security in your home is to install surveillance security cameras. However, with the advent of many innovations in systems of safety, many people are not sure whether to use a wired or a wireless system.

So how do you decide whether or not to go wireless?

Immediate Advantages

One overriding reason to use wireless cameras instead of wired systems is the unique advantages that they offer. Highest on that list is the convenience of not requiring hard wiring or installing into a system. And even though they need power, they can be plugged into any standard power outlet. Instead of having professionals come out and install them, you can set up your system on your own schedule, according to your own preference. You choose the location, the angle, and the height that the camera is placed at. These features are all easily adjustable since you just have to move the camera.

The term “wireless” refers to the way that your video feed is transmitted, not where the power source comes from. Wireless cameras usually connect to your Wi-Fi and their feed can be viewed in an app or in online storage that you have access to. Some cameras are battery operated, so they don’t have any wires at all, while some need to be plugged into an electrical outlet, so they do have one or two wires.

Remote Viewing

One of the biggest reasons that people get home security systems is so that their homes are safe. But even with a security system, you may feel anxious about the safety of your home when you are away for an extended period of time or if you hear about an incident in your neighborhood. Wireless cameras use your Wi-Fi to record and store video, meaning that you can access the video even if you aren’t at home. Most cameras are easily connected to an app on your phone that not only shows you the video feed, it also lets you remotely adjust the camera angle so you can view the area surrounding the camera. Wireless cameras make your home security much stronger than it would be otherwise.

Securing Your Wireless Camera

The biggest fear that people have in regards to wireless cameras is that they are not secure. Everyone has heard the horror stories of someone finding a stranger has been spying on their baby or used the cameras to find out when no one was home so they could break in. But thanks to recent developments, wireless cameras are now much harder to hack than they ever have been. Using an IP wireless camera, you can avoid hooking your cameras directly to your computer, which increases your security. The video will go straight to the secure location that you have set up. If you are using this option, make sure that you have your internet access set to WPA-2 encryption. This will prevent anyone from accessing your internet without permission and attempting to hack your feed.

Nanny Cam

Wireless cameras aren’t just useful for securing your home. You can also use them to watch over your children and your pets. Because of their remote viewing capabilities, many parents have installed wireless cameras as “nanny cams” for their young children. The place the cameras in their children’s bedrooms and other main areas of the home. This allows them to check on their children when they aren’t home or to make sure their children are in bed without having to open the door. Pet owners also use wireless cameras to check in on their pets throughout the day while they are away at work.

For many home owners, a wireless camera is the best because of reasons of aesthetics, ease of use, convenience, and the capability of real-time monitoring they afford. Be careful to follow installation directions and make sure that your wireless internet is secured.

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Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

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