It’s essential to feel safe in your own home. One of the best ways to achieve this feeling of safety is by employing home security systems. A necessary component of these systems are wireless security cameras.
Once considered expensive or too unwieldy for commonplace use in residential settings, modern technological developments have led to smaller, more intuitive, and more effective security cameras. To better understand how a wireless security camera can improve your home safety, it’s best to understand the basics of how they work and their advantages for you in your home.
Wireless Surveillance Basics
A wireless security camera is designed to capture video. As it is wireless, instead of sending this data through a cord or other tangible connection, the video is transmitted via a radio transmitter. Depending on your specific camera system, the transmission is sent to a data storage device, like a network video recorder, or uploaded to the cloud. Typically, you’ll have 24 hour access to the live stream of video through an app on your smartphone or a link that you can access from any internet-connected device.
Most systems also provide the ability to view past clips of incidents, too, though some cameras may only store up to a specific time period, such as the past few days. You can usually pay an additional fee for those systems to have additional access to video and audio recordings beyond that timeframe. This can be advantageous as there may be times you aren’t aware of a potential security incident until well after it occurred. Having access to an expanded period of video recordings allows you to review those incidents even if it was relatively recent.
You most likely won’t want your camera to run 24/7 and store footage without any incidents. This is why motion detectors are another essential component of an effective home security system.
At Richmond Alarm most of our wireless security systems operate with a motion detector built-in. However, those that don’t can be paired with separate motion sensors to improve your home security camera’s output.
When security cameras are paired with motion detectors, it allows for recording only to take place when motion is detected. A popular option- Analytical Video is incredibly fine-tuned to distinguish from benign movements, like leaves blowing in the wind, a dog running in your yard, or potentially dangerous activity, like a person approaching your home at night. This allows you to keep only recordings you’d need to review and not hours upon hours of non-activity.
Remote access gives you the ability to view a live shot of your security camera from your smartphone, tablet, or another internet-enabled device. So, if you’re on vacation, you can keep an eye on what’s going on in or around your house.
There are applications beyond monitoring for nefarious doings, too. Many people use their remote access to see how their pets are doing throughout the day. If you have a new pet or if they have a medical issue that requires monitoring, remote access can give you peace of mind that everything is going well.
Remote access can even benefit you when you’re inside your home. Our security systems can include a video doorbell. With this component, you can see who’s ringing your doorbell or knocking at the door.
Scheduled recording allows you to set specific times when you want your camera on and recording. Essentially, the scheduled recording provides a more fine-tuned version of motion-detecting, as it allows you to control when you want a recording to take place.
For instance, you may want to have your camera on only at night while you’re asleep or during the day while you’re at work. You may want to see your children come home from school. And once inside, ask them about their day! Scheduled recording gives you more control over how your security camera is used.
Generally, the only restriction with wireless cameras is ensuring they have access to your Wi-Fi. If they’re placed out of reach of your home’s wireless internet, it won’t be able to send recordings to cloud storage, and you’ll be unable to use the remote access capabilities. Let your RAC Consultant help you to decide solutions if this may occur in your home.
Richmond Alarm Company
At Richmond Alarm Company, we care about keeping your home or business secure. We will identify potential weaknesses and offer a well-rounded system that resolves those issues.
To keep your home or business safe, call us at 804-745-1117 or click here to start the journey. We will provide a no obligation Security Review. We will help you discover which Security Essentials will help you feel safe, whether you are Home or not!