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Wired vs Wireless Security Cameras: Which One Is Right for You?

Updated: Feb 24



Market reports estimate that by 2024, over 30% of U.S. households will have a security system. The same report estimates that at least 75% are currently self-installed and self-monitored.


Home automation, the internet of things—IoT, and more are pushing security technology to new heights in the U.S. market. Many people are wondering, though: "Wired vs wireless security cameras? Which is right for me?" Today we're going into the basic pros and cons of security cameras whether wired or wireless.


Either way, security cameras are a major deterrent to crime in and around your home, including smart doorbells.


Ready to learn more? Keep reading to find out!


What Are the Differences?


The main difference between the two camera technologies is how they get power and communicate. In addition to how they communicate with the central control panel, different systems will communicate with the outside world via cellular or landline phone lines.


Especially since 2016, landline phones are becoming a thing of the past. 2016 is the first year that less than 50% of U.S. households kept a landline phone line. Using a security system with its own cellular connection is likely the best way to go.


The Pros


Wireless security cameras have a lot of "pros," like not making holes in your walls and the added cost and upkeep of wires. Because they're wireless, if you decide to move you can take it with you to your new property.


They're also easier to DIY as well, if you need to move one or do some adjustments. Additionally, because wireless cameras use batteries or wireless transponders for power, there's no risk of shock. Because wireless cameras often have battery backups, if the power goes out your cameras are still running.


Wired systems are generally easy to activate if you are in a property with a control panel and a system already installed. Often it requires only a call, or occasionally a visit from a technician to reprogram the panel.


The Cons


If you are adding a camera system post-construction, new wires will have to be run through your home. That means holes drilled in brick, concrete, stone, or marble to get the components hooked up. Also, if someone cuts a wire (accidentally or otherwise) the system is now useless.


The downside of wireless cameras is that it's fairly easy to get interference from a variety of devices in the area, such as:

  • Power lines

  • Microwave ovens

  • Baby monitors

  • Other wireless security systems

  • Remote controls

  • Phones

  • WiFi systems

  • Walkie-Talkies

It's unlikely other devices will tap into your feed or feed to another system. But just about any transmitting devices could disrupt your signal. Problems with distance and fidelity of the signal from structural interference like thick concrete, metal filing cabinets, and more.


Another "con" to add is that since wireless cameras sometimes run on battery backup you have to occasionally replace the batteries.


Wired VS Wireless Security Cameras: Find a Winner?


There are good reasons for either type of security system. In the battle of wired vs wireless security cameras, there will always be an instance where one is preferred over the other.


Whichever is right for you, we're confident you can now make the choice for yourself. Alternative Telecom & Security can help you with the design or installation of your system, as well as the support you need to stay safe. We're your security professional consultant for home or business needs across New England.


For access controls, video camera surveillance, and more, get in touch with Alternative Telecom & Security today!


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