The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wireless IP Cameras

If you have the interest in installing wireless IP cameras, by now you should be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of wireless IP video surveillance cameras over analog video surveillance cameras. Basically, wireless video surveillance uses a management or IP camera software to capture, view and transmit video footages over an internet connection.


One major and greatest advantage of IP cameras is their ability and capability to transmit data whether in a video or image wirelessly. This article will focus on the main advantages and disadvantages of the wireless surveillance cameras.

Advantages of Wireless Surveillance Cameras:

Broadband services – Since the camera is wireless, Wi-Fi-based wireless broadband services could be used by any public surveillance system. This includes surveillance of streets, locality, traffic junctions, etc.

Effective – Who likes wired connection with this digital era? Wireless cameras can be useful in situations where it is quite difficult or impossible to lay cables. This includes areas like museums, industrial plants, and heritage buildings.

Cost Effective and Easy Installation – Compared to wired networks involving trenching and fiber cables, wireless IP cameras are easy to maintain and install. The network connections can be deployed quickly and provide free and temporary connections to exhibitions and fairs.

Stronger and Safer – The point to point backhaul network feature could extend the network to a range of more than five kilometer over a wireless medium. The networks are quite secure these days as most of them use encryption and authentication using WPA2.

The quality of Service – Simplified to as QoS, the camera parameters can be configured for carrying real-time traffic. Basically, with these types of cameras, any real-time traffic is identified in the network and is given a higher priority over any data information traffic.

Easy To Move – Wireless IP cameras can be moved from one place to another without carrying the worry if the network or cable jack is available at the new given location. In fact, the whole wireless setup can be moved to a new location quickly and easily.




Here are some of The Disadvantages of Using Wireless Cameras

Interference – If the wireless network is not properly configured, there would be interference from access points operating on that same channel. The channel can be internal and neighboring AP’s. This will most likely reduce the quality of the Wi-Fi network.

Overcrowding – The commonly used Wi-Fi network band is the 2.4 GHz and has only three non-overlapping channels. This makes the network to be overcrowded. Other non-Wi-Fi devices like Bluetooth devices and microwave ovens can interfere with the wireless connectivity.

Bandwidth – The bandwidth decreases with increase in distance. Wireless networks offer sufficient bandwidth when IP surveillance cameras are placed near the wireless access points. But not all is lost; the IEEE is the latest wireless standard offering more bandwidth and increased wireless coverage distance.

Performance – The performance of wireless networks decreases considerably with any additional hop. This simply implies that the area that the network covers is limited.

There you have it. With an increase in the use of surveillance cameras, you need to understand the merits and demerits that come along with the use of the Wireless IP camera.

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