The instinct to protect the things we value most is universal. Our families and our homes deserve the best protection against intrusion, theft and personal injury. But within the context of an unpredictable economy and an unnervingly inflated crime rate, it might be difficult to decide which outdoor security equipment is best for you. This could be the ideal time to install a outdoor wireless security camera, or to modify the system you have.
Like all surveillance cameras, wireless models function by recording video images, storing them to a virtual file, and then saving them—either internally or to a personal computer. A camera intended for outside use is especially durable. The outer shell, or “housing,” guards it against moisture and damage from contact with debris carried by strong winds.
Outdoor wireless security cameras offer many advantages. Since you are not hindered by the placement of wires and outlets, you can install them almost anywhere. The wire-free camera also allows you to reposition or relocate it easily.
Choose one you can connect to a wireless router, and view footage from any location where the internet is accessible. Data from your camera can be transmitted to the internet via Wi-Fi, and, depending upon the model, you can even stream images to your cell phone.
On average, the signal of an outdoor camera reaches up to three-hundred feet, but a Pan/Tilt/Zoom feature allows the unit to swivel, move right to left, and magnify images so that you can monitor a larger space even more effectively.
The price range for an outdoor wireless camera is broad, so that you can choose the product that best fits your needs as well as your budget.
The first thing to consider when choosing the best outdoor wireless security camera for you is which of the three basic models you want. The Bullet is so named for its sleek, narrow design. The Bullet is moderately-sized, relatively inconspicuous, and easily installed. Its sturdy shell makes it weather proof and suitable for home use. The Bullet is a cost-effective selection at an average list price range of $125.00 to $225.00, varying according to features.
A second option is the Dome security camera. This wireless unit is distinguished by an extraordinarily rugged exterior that can even withstand the blow of a sledgehammer. This “armor dome” provides extra security, since potential intruders often attempt to disable a security system before committing a crime. Domes are suitable for home use, and they have a broad price range, averaging $250.00 to $600.00, depending upon their features.
C-Mount cameras are more versatile than are Bullets or Domes. They can be customized. C-Mounts are useful additions to an existing outdoor security system. Their protective housing prevents them from recording nighttime images, but adding an infrared capability is an option. C-Mounts will also let you view feed from a remote location. Average list price range is $150.00-$400.00, varying by features and models.
Outdoor wireless security cameras are also categorized more specifically by how they function—how and where they transmit signals, whether they have night vision, whether they record in black and white or in color, if they feed through a digital video recorder, or whether they are ready to add to an existing system.
The Closed Circuit TV system transmits a signal directly to a set of television monitors. This ensures privacy uncharacteristic of other cameras that broadcast over an open frequency. This is a sophisticated system useful for criminal justice officials collecting evidence. It can provide substantial security at home Cost averages $500.00-$1000.00 per camera, plus the price of your recording device. Seek an individualized professional estimate if you want to invest in a CCTV system.
Night Vision wireless cameras use an invisible infrared beam that can be used with a Bullet, a Dome, or a C-Mount. You can also combine motion detectors and floodlights. Night vision ranges are shorter, averaging 25-100 feet. Night vision wireless cameras are useful for your home and yard. They can transmit to your television or your cell phone. Price range averages $250.00-$600.00 depending on selected features.
Black and white cameras offer the advantage of cost-effectiveness over color models. They are superior to color models for detecting nighttime activity. Black and white wireless cameras are also easy to install into a computer network. Average list price is $200.00-$400.00 depending upon choice of features.
Color cameras detect more detail than black and white models, and overall they produce a more precise image. These can also transmit through your personal computer using Wi-Fi technology. Many color cameras can alert you to activity by e-mail communication. Many color models list at an average of $200.00-$500.00, but individual selections will vary due to the thousands of color models on the market.
Digital Video Recorders are recording devices connected to your personal computer. They collect data on a drop-in recording disc. Their advantages include high resolution (clearer images), the tilt/pan/zoom feature, and a motion detector with an alarm. DVRs list averaging $350.00-$600.00, variable depending upon features and accessories.
IP Network cameras are another economical option enabling you to connect a camera into your existing system. You can transmit images using Ethernet connection, and they usually include software as well as a monitor. IPs are distinguished by the quality images they record. List prices start averaging $300.00 and range to $2000.00, depending upon features of the unit or system.
If you are thinking about purchasing an outdoor wireless security camera, it is helpful, first, to know your options. Considering the type of camera you need, which features and accessories are most important to you, and the price range that best suits you will make an otherwise complicated shopping venture less stressful.