How does a wireless security camera work?

When security cameras were first invented, there was only one option, wired cameras. Unlike wired cameras, a wireless security camera works without the need for audio or video cables. Instead, video and sometimes audio is transmitted wirelessly from the security camera to a receiver that can then process, record and display the footage.

Does a wireless security camera need an internet connection?

Although all wireless security cameras need a network connection to work, not all require a wireless internet connection to operate, and some aren’t even capable of connecting via Wi-Fi. For example, some use cellular data or a Bluetooth connection, so you should always check to see the compatibility options available before buying a device.

How do you power a wireless security camera?

A true wireless camera will have no wires at all and are battery-powered. That being said, a lot of ‘wireless cameras’ are only wireless in terms of transmitting footage and audio and still work with a standard power cable.

The benefits of wireless security cameras

  • Easier to install: When installing a wireless camera, you won’t need to drill holes or use wire hooks because you won’t need to accommodate for any wires.
  • Flexibility: Switching up the placement of your security camera is far easier when you have a wireless camera, as you won’t have any cable management issues.
  • Aesthetically pleasing: Wireless cameras look much tidier, and you won’t have any messy or ugly-looking wires to worry about.
  • Modern Features: Wireless cameras tend to integrate with more modern features, such as connecting with smart home automation devices like the Amazon Echo.
  • Remote Access & Cloud Storage: Storing footage on the cloud and accessing your footage from any location is a staple of modern-day security. Both are commonly available on wireless cameras.

The cons of wireless security cameras

  • Security: If your cameras lose network connection, your wireless won’t work until they are reconnected. In addition, wireless cameras are susceptible to being hacked remotely. It is important to note that wireless camera manufacturers are continuously developing more secure wireless devices. 
  • Slower live feeds: Cable connections are faster than wireless, meaning that live footage from a wireless camera tends to have a moderate delay.
  • Slows internet speeds: Having your wireless security cameras will tax your internet usage and thus can reduce your internet speeds.