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Outdoor Wireless Security Camera Types

Updated on November 6, 2010

The benefits of an outdoor security camera are numerous.  Depending on the structure that you would like to install a camera on, wireless outdoor security cameras can facilitate putting a surveillance camera in a place where a traditional wired security camera simply cannot be installed – whether because of building materials or because of the logistics of running the wiring to the camera to carry the signal.  An outdoor wireless security camera can be a lifesaver in those types of situations where installing a traditional wired security camera is difficult.

2.4 Ghz Wireless Camera With Receiver

There are numerous brands of wireless cameras that have two pieces to them: the camera and the receiver. The camera is mounted in the desired location and the receiver is mounted next to your recording device. The camera will wirelessly send its signal (via antenna over the air) to be picked up by the receiver and converted into a signal that can be piped into your recording device (VCR, DVR, etc.). These types of cameras are fairly inexpensive, easy to install, and reliable. The wireless signal length is normally 150 feet and up, depending on the types of walls and materials the signal must traverse prior to being picked up by the receiver. This allows you to install the camera in such a location that it cannot be tampered with easily.

Network Security Cameras for Remote Security Monitoring

If you have a broadband internet connection and a wireless router for your internet, you can install a Network or IP camera (Internet Protocol Camera) for maximum ease of use and great monitoring capabilities.  An IP camera can transmit its signal to be picked up by your wireless network router and can then be viewed and controlled (tilted and panned) over the internet using a standard internet web browser such as Internet Explorer.  These types of cameras are great for remote monitoring of baby sitters and children that are home alone as well as outdoor monitoring.

Surveillance Cameras with Built-in DVR

This was covered briefly in another article about using an outdoor security camera.  But, the general idea of using a camera with a built-in DVR is that the whole unit is self-contained.  There are no wires to run (aside from power) and if you need to access the video that has been recorded, you can simply grab the SD (Secure Digital) memory card out of the camera itself.  The card can be read by most any personal computer – allowing you direct access to your surveillance videos.

A few final points to remember about wireless security cameras: even though they are wireless, you will still need to power them.  So, it should still be put in a location that has an electrical outlet nearby, although you can find some that are battery operated.  You will also want to ensure that the camera is mounted within a weatherproof shield if it is not already considered weatherproof by design.  Doing so will help to ensure the safety of the camera from the sometimes harsh outdoor elements.

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