Wireless Video Surveillance
Are you looking to find out more about wireless surveillance? Then you’ve come to the right spot. VideoSurveillance.com has years of experience designing wireless camera systems for a wide spectrum of applications. This page is a great starting point for understanding more about the technology behind wireless security camera systems.
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Guide to Wireless Surveillance Technology
Wireless Security Camera Systems
Whether you plan to utilize a wireless system solely indoors or for monitoring an outdoor location, a wireless IP camera security system can be the most sensible option for installation in areas that will not accommodate hard-wired cables. What follows is a detailed look at three wireless camera solutions that VideoSurveillance.com specializes in:
Turning PoE into Wireless-Ready
Believe it or not, only a small fraction of IP cameras are wireless-ready. VideoSurveillance.com has the experience to configure any indoor or outdoor PoE security camera into a wireless-ready system.
- Not as Expensive as You Might Think – With new wireless technology at historically low prices, it only takes a small investment to enable just about any PoE surveillance camera to operate wirelessly. You can count on us at VideoSurveillance.com to turn a PoE camera system into a highly dependable ‘wireless’ system.
- Long Distances – A properly installed wireless surveillance camera system can communicate over a distance up to 10 miles. Wireless systems work exceptionally well for monitoring separate building units or rural areas where there’s a long distance between two sites.
Also called point-to-point, this kind of wireless installation is ideal if your application has another building unit on the premises, such as on a campus or rural plot of land.
- Camera Location & Set-up – The camera located in one building must be within the line of sight to the “home” building, or main site. The PoE injector is then plugged into the power source that’s within 300-feet of the camera location. The wireless antenna based at the home building location connects back to the main network with an NVR or video management software system to record and view live video.
Own a business or run an organization with multiple building units? No problem, VideoSurveillance.com is well versed in point to multi-point wireless surveillance solutions. Read below to learn a bit about what a multi-building solution entails.
- Hub & Spoke Model – An omni-directional antenna at the home building location receives signals from all directions. Multiple point-to-point wireless links connect cameras at buildings.
Talk to our skilled IP video technicians to discuss which wireless surveillance option is right for your project.
Wireless Security Cameras & Common Misconceptions
As security camera technologies continue to evolve, there are new solutions for those who previously were not able to utilize hardwired systems. Wireless security cameras are very advantageous for those that need to go without wires for easier placement. One reason customers choose wireless IP security cameras over other types of technology is due to the camera system’s flexibility. Before delving into more about wireless technology, it’s important to refute some of the common misconceptions that people have about these types of surveillance systems:
Battery Operated Wireless Security Cameras
Wireless cameras still need power source to function. The belief that wireless security cameras are battery-operated is a common misconception: No real security cameras use battery power. The only battery-operated cameras that are available on the market are not suitable for protecting your home or business, and can’t be integrated into an existing video surveillance system. Listed below are two primary modes of powering wireless cameras:
- Power With Plug-in Wall Adaptor – You can choose to power your wireless camera with a wall plug adaptor, but be forewarned: it’s not secure and it isn’t a good look for the home or office. The black and cumbersome power cords that plug into the wall are not a pretty sight, and can be potentially dangerous to children or adults who can trip on them.
- PoE Technology – Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology is often the best choice for powering your camera system, removing the need for wireless. First and foremost, it’s secure and doesn’t require the additional cabling needed to plug the camera into a wall plug adaptor. Moreover, PoE extenders can provide an effective distance of up to 900 feet, enabling you to place cameras in far-away location without losing connection.
Using Existing Wi-Fi Networks
There’s a common misconception that existing Wi-Fi networks will support your wireless-ready camera system. While it may work for small projects with less than four cameras per access point, it’s not recommended for medium- or large-scale applications. If wireless is truly needed, create a dedicated point-to-point wireless network for camera streaming. Here are two reasons not to integrate wireless cameras into your existing Wi-Fi network:
- Bandwidth Limitations – The existing Wi-Fi network and Wi-Fi network traffic is likely to reduce available bandwidth for the camera, making it difficult to stream or download critical video images.
- Network Security – When you use existing Wi-Fi networks, it gives users access to the camera network, which is a potential security concern.
Wireless Security Camera Installation Requires Forethought
Poorly installed wireless camera systems may not operate effectively as interrupted signals can result in missed activity. Professional camera installation technicians from VideoSurveillance.com can create a detailed installation plan to ensure wireless systems will be working optimally. Here are a few factors to consider for wireless camera installations:
Line of Sight Between Buildings
There should be a clear line of sight between wireless transceivers, so that each camera can “see” the home building to transmit video.
- No Obstructions – When installing a wireless camera system, there should be no obstructions between the sending and receiving antennas. The receivers and the transmitters utilize a frequency detailed to both devices but generally offer four different frequencies to choose from during use. The receiver of the security camera system must also keep a wireless connection to a recorder or a monitor in order for the camera to display the images captured from the feed. For clarification on this matter, we encourage you to give one of our wireless surveillance experts a call today. We will walk you through the process to determine if your application is suitable for a wireless camera system.
Network Cabling Isn’t Always Practical
Running network cables is not always a practical choice, or possible for that matter. There are many scenarios that require an extended wireless signal.
- Remote or Large Installations: – Take for example farms, parking lots or a multi-building campus. Due to technology limitations and/or the cost of trenching, it’s going to be virtually impossible to run network cables in these types of installations. Of course, you still need to have power available at each camera location. VideoSurveillance.com has in-depth expertise building wireless surveillance systems that use wireless links, wireless transceivers, and omni-directional antennas to expand wireless connectivity in complex environments.
Wireless Surveillance Camera Experts
VideoSurveillance.com has years experience in IP video technology and designing wireless security camera systems. Put your trust in us to develop a cost-effective wireless surveillance system for your site. Camera systems can also be customized by our professional team to ensure you have enough camera coverage and frequency limitations will not be a problem.
When you partner with us, we provide in-depth consultations, site audits, and IT assistance during set-up and post installation: Read more about our Wireless Network Design Service.
If you’d like to learn more about wireless technology, please contact us today. Don’t delay – start protecting your property today with true wireless security.