Thanks to improvements in technology and affordability, more and more Australian households are investing in home security systems. However, if you’re renting, modifying your home to install security cameras isn’t exactly an option, so what do you do?
Wireless home security cameras are an easy way to monitor and protect your home and contents, as well as your family’s safety—and they’re rental friendly.
In this article, we will walk you through everything you need to know about buying and installing security cameras around your home or property. You’ll also find information on cost, tips on where to install your security cameras and how to find the best local business to help you choose and install your new cameras.
How do wireless security cameras work?
Wireless security cameras transmit data via internet or wireless connections.
The main difference between wireless and traditional wired security cameras is that a wireless security camera does not rely on an electrical connection source. The video and audio signals are instead transmitted via the internet or a wireless network.
However, this does mean you need to have an active internet or wireless network for the cameras to connect to and they must be in range. So, this can impact where you install your cameras. A professional security company can help you with this.
Many wireless security systems use a motion sensor to trigger recording. When the camera detects movement in its range of view, it will send a signal the software (installed on an app, computer or cloud storage). If enabled, this will also trigger a push notification to alert you that there is movement around your property.
On the downside, the motion sensors will detect any movement, so any trees in the way, possums or other wildlife will set off the recording. Many units will allow you to change the sensitivity of the motion capture, so you don’t get a notification every time a breeze makes a branch move.
Most wireless security systems will operate on battery or solar power.
The most common power source for a wireless camera is batteries, so it’s important to use high-quality and long-lasting batteries, as well as regularly check them. Some brands offer rechargeable battery packs.
The life time of a battery will depend on how your camera records. If a camera is activated by motion sensors, it will consume less battery power than a camera which records 24/7.
Another option is to find solar-powered security cameras, which will connect to a closely placed solar panel. This option may cost more to install upfront, but is ultimately a more environmentally friendly option and will pay for itself in the long-run.
Guide to Buying the Best Wireless Security Camera for Your Home
Step 1: Decide where to install your wireless security camera.
Where you place your security cameras can be the difference between capturing any unwanted activity or missing it completely.
The most important areas to capture are the front door, back door and any other entrance to the house. Most professionals will recommend capturing a few different angles around these areas so you have a wide field of view.
Outdoor security cameras can also be positioned to face gates or a wide shot of the property. Always be mindful of the privacy of any neighbours and you’re not capturing their own garden or house.
Adding security cameras inside is also quite common, with the living room, home office, nurseries and the entrances to the house being captured.
Step 2: Decide what type of security camera you want.
With so many brands and types of wireless security cameras out there, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which you need. Whatever direction you go in, it’s recommended you read online reviews and compare models to ensure you’re getting the best specifications for your budget.
The main features to consider include:
Wireless security camera quality.
Choose a camera with high resolution and clarity so all recorded footage is the best possible quality. It’s also highly recommended to find a camera with a night vision mode.
Camera range of view.
As you’ll be wanting to catch as much of your property as possible in your footage, ensure you’re opting for a wide-shot camera. You can also find models with pivot features or one that will follow a subject caught in frame.
Security camera video and sound capture.
Some basic models may only record video, but it is definitely worth the added cost to ensure your camera also records audio.
You’ll also want to decide if you want a camera that records 24/7 or only when motion is detected. If you choose the latter, you should opt for a camera that records for at least 30-60 seconds of footage when triggered.
Step 3: Get quotes from your local security company.
Wireless security camera cost.
For cheaper models, you will be looking at $50 to $100 per camera unit, however these may be limited by the quality of image captured and additional features available. Some of these models may offer access to additional features such as increased cloud storage for a monthly subscription fee. More expensive models will set you back anywhere between $300 to $600 per camera.
Brands will often sell sets of two or more cameras, which will save you more money if you are looking to install multiple cameras.
Make sure to compare costs and features and ask for quotes for camera and installation fees.
Step 4: Call a local security camera expert to install and help set up your system.
While wireless cameras do not need to be electrically connected, it’s recommended you still get help from a professional to ensure you’re protecting your home properly and the cameras are installed correctly.
A reputable security camera company will not only help you choose the best camera, but will also be able to help ensure each camera is placed in the best possible spots.
Some companies may even offer further security services such as installing security lights or providing around the clock technical or security, in case there are any issues with your wireless security camera.
Find a local wireless security camera and installation business
When choosing a local company, be sure to read reviews, compare quotes and research if they use the latest technology.