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Wired vs. Wireless Security Cameras: Pros & Cons

Published 12/27/2019 by General Security


Wired and wireless security cameras are designed to protect your property and loved ones, and each type possesses distinct characteristics better suited for specific environments and users than others. Examining both can help you choose the best model for your home or office.

Several factors to consider regarding wireless cameras include connection reliability, smart home advantages, video monitoring and notification, resolution, and encryption. The installation process, location, and power outage backup should be noted with wired models.

Let’s review each camera’s features, examine pros and cons, and outline best practices.


Weighing Options

When comparing wired and wireless security camera solutions, keep these questions in mind:

  • What is the best location for my camera?
  • How much time should I allow for installation?
  • What is the best long-term solution? 
  • Which offers the best protection for my security needs? 
  • Which provides the most benefits?


Wired Security Cameras

A wired solution is recommended if you’re installing multiple cameras on a larger property. It’s dependent on a single-cable Power Over Ethernet (PoE) connection facilitating multiple devices to run without overextending your network. 


This system is challenging to hack because it’s on a closed network. While there’s no guarantee that any solution is 100-percent free of incidents, wired carries a slightly lower risk.

Stability is also a key feature with this network, offering several choices of where to place the actual cameras.

You won’t experience interfering signals with this connection. Sources may include competing devices, or small household appliances, such as a microwave oven or cordless phone.

Wired security cameras are well suited for new construction projects; the loud power tools, and possible opening of walls during installation can lead to disruption in an already-occupied area.

For an existing space, it’s best to work with an experienced installer who can implement a drilling and fishing method. This facilitates running cables and wires through walls and ceilings without disturbing the current structure.



For leased spaces, it's best to check with the building management prior to indoor or outdoor installation, as some may not permit tenants to alter an existing structure.

If your location is vulnerable to lengthy or frequent outages, you'll need to purchase a camera with backup battery. This will ensure functionality until power is restored.

In some cases, you won’t have data access during the outage, but with the proper battery backup and network components, this can be bypassed. Data can also be viewed on an alternative device if the camera features a Secure Digital (SD) or memory card drive.

Wireless Security Cameras

These cameras’ portability are a great fit for smaller, temporary areas, such as an apartment or other leased space. They're also an easy first step if you're looking to add smart home security components to your home.

Going wireless can easily add to your Smart Home goals, as an automated system works in concert with your full security solution.


A wireless connection's absence of cords and cables make installation easy for any DIYer. Working with a company such as General Security can assist with the correct project components.

While this can also be achieved with wired, a wireless solution can easily add to your smart home goals. Having an automated camera system can work with our full security solution. This could include motion sensors, cameras, and video surveillance. 

Both solutions can provide real-time alerts, but wireless offers a slightly easier set up on any smartphone, tablet, or laptop for 24/7 video analytics, reporting and monitoring. Decreased false alerts and visual search matching are two additional pluses. 



If you're in a remote area, or unsure of Wi-Fi connection strength, you'll need to conduct due diligence. Plug in “Speed Test” to Google, and click the “Run Speed Test” built into Google Search Results. This will launch a test and provide subsequent results.

An intruder well-versed in technology can block transmissions, hampering your video surveillance, sensors analytics and notifications.

A strong connection is also necessary to handle the bandwidth required for high-resolution 1080p or 4k images.  

Hard-wired cameras have an established track record when it comes to development and best practices. Wireless does hold its own, but there are still existing security measures that must be taken into consideration.


A Note on Wireless Encryption 

While wireless technologies have improved by leaps and bounds recently, no system is ever 100-percent unbreakable. If you choose wireless, you'll have to take extra precautions to make sure the feed is secure.

According to security tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), wireless cameras can be high risk if you're running an open network.

“Many public access points are not secured and the traffic they carry is not encrypted,” its website states. 

To address this, an extra security layersuch as wireless encryptionis required to keep your access points secure. This demands an authentication protocol that secures information so that it can't be deciphered by network outsiders.

While this might be a typical cause for concern, it's best to consult with an industry professional. General Security has already been implementing this technology for consumers and business owners alike on a regular basis.


Final Analysis

If you require additional guidance, it’s helpful to consult a trusted professional. In the short term, they can identify determinant factors in your quest to find the right camera. They can also advise about longer-term maintenance and services.


General Security provides reliable, effective, and feature-rich security systems, giving consumers and business owners round-the-clock safety and peace of mind. Request a quote from us today. 

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