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How do wireless security cameras work?

It’s a good question to ask when you’re wondering what to consider before buying a wireless security camera. How it works is the most important thing for you to know in order to make sure it does the job in protecting your home and your family. There are a few different options when it comes to securing your home with a wireless camera system. We’ve selected a few of the bundled options that we stock at Mitre 10 to show the difference between various wireless options.

EUFY 1080p 2C Wireless Security Camera & Homebase Kit

A fantastic place to start is with this at home wireless camera kit. It features four cameras for great reach to all corners of your home and great 135° of 1080p high definition resolution. This kit is relatively easy to install and supports up to 16 cameras and 34 sensors.

Why we chose Eufy

This brand consistently delivers customers with a fantastic experience and is a great entry level kit for the home. Eufy cameras are reliable, good quality and their products are intuitive to install.

FAQ's

How much does a home security system cost?

It’s entirely up to you how much you want to spend on securing your home with a camera system. You can spend anywhere from $50 right up to $3000. Depending on what you require, the price will alter. The list of different functions for the best wireless camera systems vary considerably across different models. HD camera, cloud storage fees, app connectivity, night vision, motion sensors, face recognition, alarms, microphone - there’s a lot to consider. For a basic entry level set up with multiple wireless cameras and no hard wired elements you are looking at an average of about $300.

Should I choose a DIY or professionally installed security system?

When you need to decide which smart wireless outdoor security cameras to choose for your home, there are DIY and professional options available. Both options definitely have their benefits, but it depends on a few contributing factors as to which is best for you. The DIY option will require a little bit of elbow grease and installation time, but you will save on the cost of getting someone to do it for you. If you have no bounds on your budget then absolutely go for the professional option, otherwise DIY will get you great results also. Less equipment and knowledge is required for the DIY option and some troubleshooting will always be a part of the process.

Should I choose a self-monitored or professionally monitored security system?

There’s pros and cons to both options as you will gain a lot more peace of mind and safety with either one you choose. A professionally monitored system will cost a lot more money, but allow emergency services to be called immediately if required.  As the third party with a lot more resources, your camera footage will be safely stored and managed. When you choose to take care of monitoring your own system at home, you are in complete control and no one else can view your footage unless you show them. This option will also cost you less, and you can disarm the alarms remotely if needed.

How much equipment do I need?

Depending on which of the best wireless camera systems you choose, there will be varying amounts of equipment you need to install the products. Luckily as there are no wires, the process and the equipment is reduced. If you’re planning on installing the cameras yourself you will need the following:

  • Smart phone
  • Screwdriver 
  • Drill
  • Wood blocks (for extra mounting)
  • Cameras
  • Sensors
  • Ladder
  • Screws or nails

What are disaster home security devices?

Products that keep you and your family safe from all sorts of disasters are easily integrated into your home and can be a part of a smart home security system also. They include:

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector 
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Intruder Alarm
  • Water Detectors
  • Sensor Lights
  • Temperature Sensors

How to set up a home security system?

Installing a DIY home security system is relatively easy, especially if it is wireless. If you’re savvy with the smart phone app tech then here are the steps.

  1. Install the panel that the camera slots into in a spot that makes the most sense. You will most likely only need a small screw or nail to do this.
  2. Place sensors and detectors throughout your home as per the instructions the camera system units came with. Trial and error will be needed with this step as you might find that adjusting the locations of the sensors will be required.
  3. Test the security system by connecting to the app to see if the locations are optimal for your view of your home. Have someone walk in front of the sensors to see if they need to be adjusted. Make sure everything is in working order and acquaint yourself with the system’s settings. 

How do I use a video doorbell?

All you have to do is install the video doorbell system on the wall where you would normally have someone come to ring a traditional doorbell, connect to the app and test the doorbell. Not only does this let you know someone is there, but it will engage the camera and you will be able to see and communicate with the person via an app on your phone. If you don’t feel comfortable answering the door then you can at the very least, see who it is without answering the door. 

Should I get a security camera package?

A security camera package could be the best option if you’re serious about providing 360 degree protection to your family and home. If you’re looking to get great vision in different locations around your home, putting up multiple cameras is the only way you will be able to do so. A package like the very affordable Eufy 2 Camera Doorbell Sensor Bundle has several sensors and even a doorbell that engages a camera for extra protection.