Security camera systems, whether installed at home or in public places, are growing in popularity. There are numerous surveillance solutions available, most of which boast convenience and affordability. An attractive trend is wireless security cameras because they are relatively easier to install and maintain. However, just because you can do it yourself, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Before installing your wireless security cameras, take a look at these common mistakes so you can avoid them.
Number Of Cameras
You may think that investing in a single PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) camera will save you money because it has capabilities to expand your viewing range. Unfortunately, this camera may not get all the angles, and zooming in and out may not always produce the best picture. Instead, purchase enough security cameras to cover the different areas you wish to monitor around your property.
Aside from installing enough cameras, positioning plays an important role in adequate surveillance. Things to consider are lighting conditions and possible obstructions. You don’t want your video footage to be washed out from too much light during the day, nor do you want any branches or bushes blocking your view.
You should also be mindful of placing your cameras where there is reliable Wi-Fi signal. Without it, your live feed could be choppy and may not be connected at all times. If the Wi-Fi signal is poor in an area where you need a security camera, there are Wi-Fi extenders that you can purchase, or some security cameras have these technologies already built-in.
Because these cameras do not need to be physically connected to a router or Ethernet port, they are considered wireless. However, the power source is a different story. While most wireless security cameras are powered by batteries, others need to be plugged in. If that is the case with your cameras, be sure that power outlets are close by and accessible.
Since your wireless cameras will be connected to your network, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your network should have a secure encryption configuration and a strong password to access it. Aside from that, your cameras should have specific passwords that are necessary to input during set up and installation. Most cameras come with default usernames and/or passwords, but it is pertinent that these be changed immediately to prevent hacking or unauthorized access. Passwords should be complex, but relatively easy for you to remember.
If you are looking to remotely access your surveillance feed, you will want to make sure that your wireless security cameras provide that option. More specifically, determine how you want to access your feed (ex. via web browser), and double check your cameras specifications to find out whether this is possible or not. Also, you will want to check the compatibility with your devices (ex. supports iOS, Android, or both).
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