A primary advantage of wireless security cameras is that they are much easier to install than wired cameras. You may need to mount them to a wall or ceiling using a drill, but otherwise, there's minimal installation – just plug it in and connect it to your Wi-Fi network using the camera’s smartphone app.
Wireless security cameras are also very simple to use. You can view live or recorded footage on a smartphone or tablet app, where you can easily scroll through a timeline view of events triggered by motion or sound. You can also control your camera’s settings from the app and download footage you want to store long term.
Wireless cameras also have advanced features powered by machine learning and innovative software. “Wireless cameras can determine whether it's a person or an animal in your yard, or whether somebody's walking back and forth multiple times,” says Jeff Welch, a former corrections officer and founder of Grab The Axe security consultants LLC.
Some wireless cameras offer onboard storage so you can record footage directly to a micro SD card. If you have a battery-powered camera and local storage, your camera will still record even if your power and internet go down.
As most wireless cameras use cloud storage, you can store more video for longer than you can with a wired system. Some cloud services offer up to 60 days of footage, although you have to pay a fee for this.
Wireless cameras are a great solution for renters as they are easy to both install and uninstall. Their flexibility also makes them a good option if you think you may want to reposition them in the future.