When it comes to increasing the security for your home or business, there’s only one real option: surveillance cameras. Once only reserved for the most lucrative of businesses or wealthy of individuals, modern security cameras are much more affordable while also being capable of recording higher quality video and audio.


However, there’s one very important question that you need to answer before you go ahead and get a security camera system installed in your home or place of business. You’ll have to decide between having a traditional wired surveillance camera system installed or a more modern wireless system instead.


Wired Cameras Aren’t Obsolete


It may be tempting to think that older security cameras are obsolete because they have older technology, but the truth of the matter is that there are several advantages to relying on this well-tested and reliable surveillance method. One of the most important reasons to use wired cameras is that they’re not susceptible to hacking in the same way that wireless cameras are – as there’s no over-the-air transmission of data, the video and audio feed can’t be intercepted or redirected in any way. Additionally, because these cameras do transmit over a closed data line there’s little to no chance of interference causing a drop in signal quality.

However, wired cameras do of course have disadvantages as well. These cameras are usually larger than wireless cameras and often cost significantly more as well; additionally, with the requirement of having to run both data and power cables to each individual security camera in your system this can also add to the cost of a system if you have it professionally installed. Meanwhile, unless you’re adept at running power and data lines through your home behind walls, under floorboards, or in the ceiling, you’re likely to have to rely on a professional either way.


Wireless Cameras – Cheap and Easy


This is where wireless cameras shine. Not only are they typically less expensive than a wired camera, they can be placed nearly anywhere you want inside or around your home or business, as long as they’re in range of the wireless receiver that the camera sends its video and audio feed to. These are two major advantages; when combined with the fact that it’s easy for an amateur to set up an entire wireless camera system, it’s an attractive option for those looking to save on security expenses.


On the other hand, wireless cameras do suffer from poor signal quality if there’s interference from things like inclement weather, other wireless devices, and even atmospheric conditions like sunspots. The other major disadvantage to wireless cameras is that even though there’s no need to run a data cable from each camera, each of your wireless cameras will still require power. This means you’ll need to either position each camera close enough to a power outlet, or spend some extra money to get a rechargeable battery pack for each of your wireless cameras.