Wired vs Wireless Security Camera Systems

Security camera systems have one purpose – to give a peace of mind to their users. Your home should be a place where you feel safe and sound, so you can relax knowing that you’re protected from dangers and threats.

There are two types of security camera systems based on their connectivity: wired and wireless. Wired security systems have been around the longest and are hardwired into a property’s electrical system. Wireless camera systems are more flexible to install, use, move, and upgrade. Take a look at the pros and cons of both security systems to know how to choose between a wired and wireless one.

Wired Security Systems

The equipment for wired security systems is easy to maintain. After it’s set up, you don’t need to worry about any battery charges or maintenance. Wired units are the best choice for large spaces because they can handle more sensors and can span between buildings located on one property.

As for features, wired systems offer superb units with HD video surveillance and control panels in multiple rooms. Professionals favor them due to their consistency, reliability, and security, and because they are less vulnerable to hacking. Unlike wireless systems that rely on sensors that use radio frequency to communicate, wired networks are very reliable (as long as the phone line isn’t snipped or the wiring damaged.)

On the other hand, wired systems have certain disadvantages. They are more vulnerable because burglars know that, to disable a wired security camera system, they only need to cut the phone line. Wired systems are expensive to install and a pain to uninstall. Installing wired equipment is difficult and costly because it needs to be embedded in the premises (i.e., drilling holes inside walls to install low-voltage wires) with each camera connected to the central monitoring. The last of cons is the problem of control – wired systems can be controlled only from the room where the control panel is located.

Wireless Security Systems

When it comes to installation and uninstallation, wireless security camera systems are pretty advantageous. There’s no complicated wiring or drilling, so it’s very swift and easy to install. To uninstall there will be no damage to the walls, which eliminates a lot of fees. If you are a renter, you can move your security system wherever you go.

Wireless camera systems don’t have any phone lines that burglars can cut to disable them, so that’s extra protection. The equipment is easily modifiable and upgradable, and the system is remotely accessible via cellular technology which allows you to check your cameras live stream from your smartphone.

Unlike wired systems, wireless cameras are battery operated, which means that you must check for battery life of the cameras and sensors. They are also limited in distance and vulnerable to interference. Just like your smartphone can disconnect from a Wi-Fi connection, wireless camera systems can disconnect due to interference in radio frequency communication. There is also a risk of hacking as some wireless units fail to authenticate or encrypt signals sent from sensors.

Before you commit to a wired or wireless security camera system, take all these pros and cons into consideration. We at Rhode Island Telephone offer services that include installation of telephone wired and wireless networks to support your security camera systems, as well as remote monitoring, tech support, servicing, and on-site maintenance. Contact us now to receive a free quote!