There is growing demand for security and surveillance systems, especially in homes, as people have greater concerns about keeping their families and their property safe. There are many factors to consider when picking out the right security and surveillance system for your home or business. Choices begin with determining if you want a wireless or a hardwired system.
Both types of systems rely on sensors installed at strategic points around your home or business, including entry points like doors and windows, as well as in hallways and other high-traffic areas. They can detect when a door or window is opened. They can also detect when someone is moving around in monitored areas the building.
Based on your preferences and settings, the system will send an alert to the central control panel. Both types of systems offer audible alarms. Following an alarm, a notification can be sent such as a telephone call, text, or an alert through a mobile app.
Wireless security systems operate through installed components that use your existing internet signal to send video to a computer and/or phone app. Wireless security systems use a secure network to keep the devices connected. These systems install easily because there is no wiring required for installation, and can offer whole-property or limited coverage, depending on your preferences. While there are many products on the market today, common examples of these types of systems include the Ring Doorbell and other Ring monitoring products, and Google Nest devices.
The components of a wireless security system share information with each other utilizing Wi-Fi and radio signals that send captured video surveillance to a receiver. The video feed is then stored remotely in the cloud. This allows footage to be saved and accessed remotely, and at future dates. Through your monitor, receiver or phone app, you can follow a quick link to access images or video clips, search by date and time, and retain footage for later viewing.
Wireless systems can be as simple as a video doorbell motion sensor with video capture, or more sophisticated whole-building monitoring.
As the name suggests, a hardwired security system relies on installed wires running through the building to send information from sensors back to the central control panel. Wires must be run throughout the building to every device and sensor. Installation usually involves running wires behind walls. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to hide all the wires in an already constructed home. While hardwired systems are more complicated to install initially, they can be less expensive in the long run and the surveillance power is more substantial than wireless systems. Wired systems can provide dependable, thorough surveillance at a residence, or extensive security coverage for commercial uses to cover the complete facility including buildings and parking lots.
A wired security and surveillance camera records directly onto a high-capacity digital video recorder (DVR), which is connected to the internet with an Ethernet cable. Because of this hardwiring, it can continue to record even if the internet goes down. These cameras don’t need to be plugged into electrical outlets because they are powered by a central adapter, using a splitter to feed each one. Should the power go out, most systems have a backup battery pack.
One very popular feature of hardwired systems is that they can record locally to onsite (or offsite) hardware so your video recordings are not in the cloud, but on a hardware device. This means there is no dependency on the internet, monthly service charges for cloud storage, and all recordings are completely controlled by the owner.
Because the hardwired system’s components communicate through wires, they tend to be less susceptible than wireless security systems to incidental radio or electrical interference or purposeful interception, blockage, tampering, and/or imitation by a hacker. Hardwired systems are also less prone to false alarms.
Another nice feature of hardwired systems is that they can cover a larger physical area in a home or business so they offer more zones of surveillance and protection. While they usually require professional installation, wired systems have a lot of options for equipment, provide greater coverage, and are more robust overall than wireless systems.
At Downeast Audio Video, we are experts in options for security and surveillance systems, and can help you determine what is the best system for your needs. We offer a wide range of products – from wireless to hardwired, and simple, inexpensive cameras and recorders to elaborate commercial quality products. We can help ensure your home is properly protected, and that your commercial facilities have plenty of camera coverage from various angles, and close and far range of image capture.
Unlike other security companies, we are here to install your complete security and surveillance system, but we do not charge any monthly fees to maintain your system after installation. You own your equipment, and manage your system monitoring. We are here only to service your system should you need it. Your only ongoing cost is electricity.