Cheap Wireless CCTV System Buyer’s Guide
Cheap CCTV, or Closed-circuit television, has been around since 1942 when the German Siemens team first designed the technology with the purpose of watching V-2 rockets after take-off. The process involves transmitting a signal to a specific place for it to be monitored by a team of specially trained individuals. Since those early days it has been used for a variety of different reasons such as crime prevention, traffic monitoring, transport safety and even in retail video surveillance. It is estimated that in London alone there are more than half a million CCTV cameras in operation. Nowadays it is not only the intelligence services and stores that can deploy this type of equipment, instead more and more people are using it to monitor the safety of their own homes. Previously this was too expensive for the consumer market however several manufacturers, such as Foscam and D-Link, have created cheaper brand models.
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Why should I purchase a wireless model?
Like the majority of Internet connected devices on offer today, CCTV cameras have started to integrate this type of technology into their models due to the sheer amount of benefits. Due to the nature of CCTV, a user will want to put them in different places around any given location. Connecting them via a cable would mean having ridiculously long cables laid down all over and would require significant work. Using a wireless model like the BT Smart Home Cam 100 allows you to easily place the camera wherever you want (as long as it remains within range of the recorder) without the need to spend time and money perfectly placing cables.
What features should I look for?
Wireless CCTV cameras come with a variety of features which ensures you're capable of finding something perfect to meet your needs.
IR Range: Wireless CCTV uses infra-red to communicate with other possible devices especially the main recorder/central hub. The Sony SNC-CX600, for example, has a range of three metres whereas the Foscam FI9804W has a range of more than 30 metres. Depending on your needs this will be an important feature for those who require more range than your normal sized room or house.
Night Vision: The Belkin NetCam and the Netgear Ario are good examples of two different cameras that both offer night-vision as part of the package. This means that even at night you will be able to securely record whatever your camera is pointed at. They are perfect for small shops and darker places of your home like the garage.
Uploading to the Cloud: If the safety of your recordings is important to you then you need look no further. The D-Link DCS-942L and Heden VisionCam Cloud V5.6 offer a feature where you no longer need to store all of your recordings locally and spend a significant amount of money on storage media. Cloud storage automatically uploads everything to the manufacturer's website so you can easily access the footage from anywhere in the world. It also means that your footage is secure as even if someone destroys your cameras, say during a burglary, they will not be able to access the recordings.
Resolution Sensor: This is an important feature as it will determine just how clear your recordings will be and is therefore a wise area to invest in. Less expensive models like the Konig SEC-IPCAM105 only have a sensor with 0.3 mega-pixels which is good if you only need to use it as a baby cam for example. However, if clear images and recordings are important to you then purchase a model which has a higher mega-pixel count, such as the Spypoint TINY-W3, which offers a high-end 8 mega-pixel.