CCTV Systems Explained by DCUK Kent
With so many CCTV systems on the market offering wired CCTV, wireless CCTV and IP CCTV systems it can be confusing on which is the best system for your needs. DCUK Ltd, CCTV installers in Kent, explains each system and their pros and cons.
DCUK Ltd are based in Welling and install security and CCTV systems for the home, office, retail or industrial premises. We have 20 years experience in CCTV systems. For more information or to obtain a ‘no obligation quote, please telephone us on 020 8298 1111
CCTV Systems Explained – Wired CCTV
Before the advances in wireless CCTV, every system used wires to send and receive images from the CCTV system.
Wired CCTV, as the name suggests, uses high quality wires between the cameras and the monitor or recording equipment.
Benefits of wired CCTV include:
If the CCTV system is professionally installed the picture quality is usually exceptional. High quality cabling, such as Cat 5, allows the camera image to be seen or recorded without any interference.
The system is almost impossible to “jam” with frequency blockers.
Although, obviously, wired CCTV requires wiring to each camera, most camera systems have just one cable to each camera which carries the signal and power source. If you are utilising a power distribution box, up to 16 cameras can be connected to one power source. This also allows for cameras to be placed anywhere as they do not need to be near a power source.
Wired CCTV allows for a greater choice in cameras and functions such as pan, tilt and zoom cameras.
There are many different CCTV systems on the market for wired CCTV and so finding a suitable system for your needs is a simple exercise.
The ‘cons’ of wired CCTV are:
The system needs to be wired in – this may include long wire runs, overcoming obstacles in walls such as ‘stud timber’ or concrete blocks. Systems take a little longer to install.
CCTV Systems Explained – Wireless CCTV
Recent advancements in wireless CCTV means they are a real alternative, to wired CCTV, as a high quality CCTV system.
Wireless CCTV used to send images through analogue signals. These often produced low quality images and could fairly easily be blocked by ‘jamming’ equipment.
The latest technology, and the wireless CCTV systems DCUK Ltd install, use high-speed, highly-encrypted and secure data transfer to get images from the camera to the receiving unit.
Benefits of Wireless CCTV include:
Not having wires to or from the camera means that you can install your system virtually anywhere. Although some systems require the camera to be near a power source, DCUK Ltd, have cameras that operate from batteries meaning they are truly versatile in where they are placed.
The cameras send there images through wi-fi signal, but can also utilise 3G and 4G and even satellite signals to send data. This means they can be used anywhere and even the remotest site can be protected.
Being quick to install and versatile, wireless systems can be installed as a permanent CCTV solution or as a temporary, mobile or semi-permanent situations security measure.
The very latest technology utilising wireless IP camera CCTV systems ensure a high quality picture, with less chance of interference from microwave ovens, car alarms or baby monitors. IP camera systems also allow for a multitude of cameras on a single system without fear of interference.
Being cable free and transmitting over Wi-Fi means we can also set up the images to be shown ‘live’ on your TV, iPad or iPhone (or any other tablet or smart phone).
As they are easier to install, wireless CCTV systems are usually cheaper to supply and fit, making them an ideal choice for the home, small retail or office units.
The ‘cons’ of wireless CCTV systems include:
Although there have been great advancements in wireless CCTV systems in recent years and the picture quality is impressive, a wired system utilising Cat 5 wiring will have a better picture, but this is reflected in the cost of installing such wiring.
Installing a wireless camera may mean putting the camera near a power source, which may not be the best position for the angle or “shot” you wanted recorded. Battery powered wireless CCTV cameras overcome this issue.
Having a fast broadband that the system can connect to allows for greater quality of video or image capture.
CCTV Systems Explained – Summary
Regardless if it is a CCTV system for the home, shop or office, more and more people are choosing the convenience and affordability of wireless CCTV systems.
Easy to install and flexible in their use makes them a great choice for domestic and commercial premises. They are regularly used in office buildings, large industrial properties, shops, bars, hotels, restaurants and even domestic properties and homes. DCUL Ltd wireless CCTV systems offer reliable coverage for a very affordable price.
For more information on wired and wireless CCTV systems or to arrange a free, no obligation survey of your premises in Kent, London or the South East UK please telephone DCUK on 020 8298 1111