If you’re planning to install some security cameras to supervise the outdoors of your residence, it’s important to know which type of power you’re going to use. There are many options out there and you can go from wireless security cameras, to PoE cameras or wire-free surveillance cameras.
You can’t really tell by their names which kind of power they’re using, so let’s get you through the basics of some of the most popular options out there.
- The wireless/Wi-Fi Security Cameras
If you’re wondering if wireless security cameras are using power cord or not, the answer is a bit tricky. It depends a lot on the type of wireless security camera you’re using and we can talk about three power options when it comes to these types of security cameras. This makes them divide in three main categories and we’re going to take a closer look to each one of them.
- Wire-free cameras that are battery operated
This type of wire-free security cameras are in fact the real wire-free solution, as opposed the ones that need to be plugged in. these cameras don’t need any cables for video or audio transmission, nor for the power supply.
As a matter of fact, you can actually tell by their name that they operate on batteries and need no nearby power source.
When you’re installing this type of security cameras, your main concern should be about the battery life. You may find battery-powered cameras that only run when they detect motion and this means energy saving. You don’t need to worry about the power outage either as they typically keep you informed about the used power through a specific software. Let’s not forget that you may also extend the camera’s battery life, lowering your energy costs.
This type of security camera is great for the indoor use as well and you need to look for the more rugged, weatherproof models for the outdoor use. They are great as they give a wide viewing angle and may be placed wherever you need. You don’t need any cords, installation nor to pay monthly a fee. In addition, that’s great for your monthly spending.
- Plugged in Wireless security cameras
Wireless feature typically means that the video transmission is wireless from the camera to the receiver, either it’s a DVR, NVR, or a monitor. You still need though a cable for power and you need to plug it into an electrical outlet, just like any other camera.
If you’re planning to use this kind of security cameras, you need to take under consideration the distance between your wireless security camera and its power source.
The plugged in security cameras are great for the outdoor use since the cable connection lowers the risk for them being stolen. In most cases, you install these cameras pretty high also and the direct electric power transmission makes your life easier as you don’t need to change any batteries any now and then.
- The Solar powered Wire-Free Security IP cameras
The solar powered security cameras imply a little more effort than other types and they may require a little bit more money investment in the beginning. You do need a solar panel for collecting the energy, but also a solar charger controller to minimize risk for overcharging. Overcharging may damage the battery bank, for instance.
You also need to buy rechargeable batteries to store the solar energy and some cables for connection.
Luckily for us, we may find many wireless security cameras that take solar power as an optional solution, for 24/7 surveillance.
They may not be the most popular choice at the moment, but they do represent a good investment to make for your residence.
The solar-powered security cameras are a great choice when you can’t install a traditional wired power source due to the location, for instance. Construction sites and parking lots are a great example for that.
- The PoE Wired Security Cameras
Don’t get into thinking that the wired security cameras aren’t as good as the wireless ones. If you chose the right type of wired security camera for your residence, the risk for spending a lot of money for the extra cabling isn’t that high.
PoE (Power over Ethernet) is a great technology that allows network cables to also carry electrical power. You only need to wire up the network and you don’t even need to find an electrical outlet for power delivery.
The PoE security cameras typically need common Cat5 or Cat6 cables and are easy to install even by the beginners.
You don’t need to hire a qualified electrician either which is why this type of security cameras is more and more popular. You don’t have to install the cameras near the power source either and you shouldn’t concern about the overload/under power that you typically have when using an electrical cable.
Another great thing about this type of cameras is that you may have multi camera supply. As a matter of fact, a PoE switch may accommodate more than 8 PoE security cameras with just one cable connection. You wouldn’t be able to do this when using the plugged in security cameras.
There are more than one or two solutions for you to try and you only need to check your wallet and your need before committing to one.