Wireless security cameras can make home security installation much easier if you want to do it yourself. However, there are common problems that many people experience when trying to set up their own security systems. If you are not careful, then you could create problems for yourself later. Here are several of the most common problems that people experience when installing wireless security cameras.
Forgetting About Power Requirements
One of the biggest problems that people face when setting up their home security systems is that they forget about the power requirements for each camera. Wireless cameras are designed to transmit their signals wirelessly back to the base station, but they still need to receive power in some way. On wired cameras, this is usually done through the ethernet cable that the signals are transmitted through. Since wireless cameras do not have ethernet connections, they will most likely have a wired power connection. That means that you will need to place the camera somewhere near a power outlet or you will have to have an electrician run a power conduit for each camera.
An easier solution is to use battery-powered cameras. However, this means that you will need to replace the batteries regularly. If a battery dies, that camera will cease to function until you replace it. This can be a problem for home security unless you have a lot of overlapping coverage from your cameras. This also means that you may have to place the cameras in a somewhere that is easy to reach unless you are willing to use a ladder to switch out batteries every time.
Another common issue with wireless cameras is signal interference. Signal interference happens when two or more devices use wireless signals that are nearly the same frequency. These signals can interfere with each other and make it difficult for the base station to receive the signal from the camera. Older electronic devices and devices that emit strong signals can interfere with wireless cameras. Walls and other obstructions can also interfere with camera signals. If a signal has to pass through several walls and other obstructions to reach the base station, the signal will be degraded, if it can reach the station at all.
It is entirely possible to choose a series of wireless cameras that will not work well with your intended purpose. For example, wireless cameras that do not have remote access controls compatible with your smartphone means that you will have to go to the base station, or whatever device that you can view the feed from the cameras on, every time you check them. To avoid this problem, make sure that you are buying cameras with remote access controls that work with whatever device you will use to check them regularly. This could be a smartphone, a tablet, or some other kind of device, but you must make sure that that device is compatible with the cameras. In some cases, operating systems will not accept certain cameras.
Not Getting Help From Professionals
One of the best ways to avoid problems with setting up a wireless security system is to work with professional security and installation companies that can help you design and install the best system for your needs. At Video and Sound Service, Inc., we have extensive experience designing and installing security systems. Call us at (800) 244-6316 for help setting of your wireless security system.