Are you looking to buy a WiFi security camera for your home? If so, check out this guide to learn how to choose the best one.
Security is a big issue in today’s society. Long gone are the days when you could leave your door unlocked and you knew your neighbor. Burglaries are easier when you live in a largely anonymous society with millions of people, without regular policing.
For better or for worse more and more people are opting for a wireless camera to ensure their properties and their goods are kept secure. So if you are going to opt for a WiFi security camera, which one should you opt for and what are the pros and cons?
The Internet of Things
One of the biggest developments which has improved the user experience of the wireless camera is their ability to connect to smartphones and tablets and even home devices like the Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
The ability to connect all of your devices up is known as the internet of things. In years to come, most everyday appliances in the home and even whole cities will have some element of integration into this system. The internet of things may soon also play a role in public safety.
Wireless cameras, including the Nest camera, can be connected to a doorbell and your smartphone or tablet. This way when someone presses the doorbell you can see who is calling, even if you are not at home.
Some devices even allow you to let someone trusted such as a friend enter your home by unlocking your front door.
Storing Video Footage
Another important consideration when buying a wireless camera is deciding where you wish to store the footage. If you want to access it locally then a USB flash drive or hard drive might be sufficient but this might mean you are not able to access a live feed remotely.
Instead, you might want to consider a camera that allows you to view the footage from your smartphone or tablet but for that, you may have to set up the cloud to store your footage. And doing that might be quite expensive, particularly if the footage is in HD, as it can use up space in the cloud quite quickly.
Is it a Webcam or a Genuine Security Camera?
Whilst it might seem like a webcam and a security cam are the same in fact there is an important distinction to be made. A webcam simply records what is happening in front of it.
Genuine wireless home security cameras can notify you of unusual activity. For example, if a motion sensor which is also connected to your internet of things security system is triggered. Genuine security cameras will generally be more expensive but it might be a worthy investment.
WiFi Security Cameras: A Sound Investment
Like everything you buy, there are a host of options when it comes to WiFi security cameras and it can seem overwhelming. But there is no right answer as to which ones are better.
The decision comes down to personal choice and what security features you feel you need to protect your house. It also depends on the value of the goods in your house and whether you feel a wireless security camera is going to make you feel safer in your home.
If you are interested in learning more about keeping your home safe then be sure to check out our safety section.