In an ever more security concerned society, thankfully we have a growing security industry with constant developments in surveillance technology, to help you protect your home or business with peace of mind. As this technology progresses, it becomes much cheaper, and accessible for many more people to use and benefit from outdoor security cameras to protect your home and property.
With the constant development in technology however it raises more questions as to the differences between security cameras and which is the best option for you specifically. In this article we’ll address some of the questions we’re most commonly asked, especially with regards to how security cameras are powered. Questions such as:
We will delve into the benefits and downfalls of how outdoor security cameras are powered, to help you decide the overall best option for your particular set up.
Now interestingly, you might think that whichever way the cameras are powered, they should still carry out the same functions – this is not usually the case at all! Although the connection to WiFi for both battery powered cameras and mains powered cameras is wireless there are distinct differences with other features, such as recording time and reliability.
It’s actually very important to understand the clear differences that usually classify each type of security camera, especially if you are looking to make any investments in the near future.
So let’s zoom in and take a look…
In general the majority of customers who opt for battery operated cameras do so because they are easy to install, and are very flexible in terms of where you can place them, because they don’t need any access to an electric mains, meaning there are no cables. As long as they are accessible, so you can recharge them when they run out of battery.
The battery life can vary depending on usage. Some battery powered cameras can last month’s whereas some only last days even though they are advertised to last a lot longer. A recent customer told us their battery powered security camera only lasted 3 days even though it was advertised as up to 6 months.
One supposed benefit of battery powered or wire-free camera systems, is that if there is a power-cut, they will maintain their functionality, as long as the batteries are working fine. However battery powered security cameras also rely on a WiFi connection so this is actually not a real benefit as in the event of a power cut the camera would still be offline.
On testing a number of battery powered outdoor security cameras, so far we’ve found them not suitable for our customers. We’ll go through the reasons below.
Then we have one of the biggest reasons we’ve stayed away from battery powered security cameras.
Overall on the outset, battery operated security cameras might look like the easier option, but when you delve deeper, there seems to be a lot of issues that can crop up that most people never usually consider. We think for a small household, battery operated cameras could be a decent choice, to cover only a focused weak spot that you are concerned about.
But if you want true peace of mind we’ve always preferred mains powered security cameras.
So now we take a look at security cameras wired into the electric mains, and how they could benefit your desired security needs. Sophia and Olivia our indoor security cameras and Oscar, our outdoor security camera, are mains powered and we’ll go into the reasons why we chose this option below.
Wired in surveillance cameras are the traditional approach to indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, and they are renowned for their reliability. Our customers want reliable, good quality, easy to use security cameras that provide them with peace of mind.
Unlike battery powered units, wired in surveillance cameras can capture footage 24 hours a day, with no gaps in-between! Plus interference is likely to be minimal or none, because they have a truly secure wired connection, unlike wire-free alternatives.
As well, once your cameras are up and operational, there’s no need to worry about them anymore, they’ll just do their job – making for less stress and worry for yourself.
What’s even more assuring is…
All the recorded footage is available to playback for free with time2 security cameras (as long as you have added a Micro SD Card) using the Clan at home app, and can be recorded to your device and shared with friends and family on social media, email, Whatsapp and more.
Well, there is a longer waiting time to get your security cameras up and installed, which should be quite obvious, because there’s the need for a wire to be fed through to a power source. Yet, we would think anyone serious about security, wouldn’t really mind the longer installation time, as opposed to a shorter one with a less comprehensive wire-free set up.
If you think over the long term, how much a good solid security system could save you, in terms of looking after your business or family interests, it surely makes sense to make sure they are properly installed.
The only other complaint you could have with a hard wired security camera, is if there is a power-cut, then it will cease to work, unless you have a back up generator to hand.
Now, only you know if this really presents a threat to you in reality.
We could ask the question, how many power-cuts do you remember having this year? You know what we’re getting at..
To summarise after evaluating both security system setups we’d recommend mains powered cameras because they provide:
The battery operated surveillance cameras do have their place, but we ultimately think they are no match for the mains powered system. When they are, rest assured we’ll ensure they are available to time2 customers. From our stringent tests we’ve always found mains powered cameras much more reliable.
Whilst we’ve addressed this hot topic let’s have a look at some other questions our customers commonly ask us:
With wireless security camera you don’t need to connect your cameras to your router or an Ethernet port with messy wiring. However you will need to provide them with power, whether that is mains power or battery power. Most wireless security cameras do need to be plugged in and you should find out how simple installation is to determine which camera is best suited for your needs.
In a closed environment such as a house the transmission can depend on a number of things including other devices in the home and how far they are from the router. The range should be between 100 to 100 feet but we’d recommend testing the signal strength on your phone wherever you intend to place them.
We’d recommend covering your front door as a minimum, as 74% of burglars walk in through the front door. Place your outdoor cameras roughly 7-10 feet above ground to get the best viewing angle, and be high enough to be out of reach of thieves and vandals.
Obviously you will have to ensure you have access to power where you intend to place them. If you do need a longer power cable we do provide extension cables if required.
Any other questions? Feel free to ask our support team on [email protected] or feel free to call us on 01254 272688.
Added by ebizadmin on 14th Jun 2019 in Security Cameras
October is National Home Security Month, the aim of which… Read More