Wireless video cameras have certainly changed the way people think about their own security at home. What used to be reserved only for high-end homes owned by the wealthy is now accessible to just every homeowner irrespective of their budget. DIY security camera systems are making all of us more safe and secure.
Here at Uxari, we sell several different kinds of wireless video cameras. One of the questions we hear quite frequently is how do wireless cameras handle recording? We reckon that’s a great question, especially when you understand that recorded video data can be used for quite a few purposes, including investigating and prosecuting home burglaries.
There are a number of options device manufacturers utilize to handle the recording question. Below are the most common. Please note that Uxari plans include cloud recording and data storage.
Digital Video Recorders
Perhaps the best option for homeowners who want to completely self-monitor their systems is the digital video recorder (DVR). These devices are capable of storing a tremendous amount of data that is as easy to access as putting a DVD or Blu-ray disc in its player and moving through scenes at will. A prerequisite to using this method of video recording, is that it does require at least a basic understanding of networking in order to send a video feed to a DVR.
Cloud Recording and Storage
This is the preferred method for recording and storing video from DIY security camera systems because it requires no technical skill on the homeowners’ end. Owners need only install their cameras and connect them to their central systems. Data from video cameras is sent to the consumer’s online account, via a local internet connection or cellular signals, then processed and stored in the cloud. Consumers access to their data simply by logging onto their online accounts.
Recording to a Computer
The next method of video recording is to use a dedicated computer. Again, this requires a little bit of basic networking knowledge to pull off which is easy to learn by looking it up on the internet. However, the benefit here is that a homeowner could set up a single computer that does nothing but monitor the DIY security system. A piece of dedicated equipment tends to offer more raw power and can be better protected against intrusion.
Memory Card Recording
Some DIY security camera systems come with memory cards installed. Others have memory card slots but require owners to purchase the cards separately. This mode of recording is easy and convenient because everything is built right in. A challenge one might face is that memory cards are limited in their space.Video data is sizable from the storage aspect. You just do not get enough space on the typical memory card to make this method workable, especially if you want to save more than just a couple hours’ worth of data.
Portable Media Players
One of the newest ways for recording and storing data is a portable media player connected to the video surveillance camera via a wi-fi connection. This method is a good choice for people who want portability in their data recording and storage; however, it is not intended for homeowners looking for large capacity storage solutions.
As a purveyor of DIY security camera systems, we firmly believe cloud recording and storage could be the best option overall. Keeping things in the cloud affords homeowners a lot more storage space, more reliable recording and storage capabilities, and access to support staff capable of helping owners retrieve and use data if it is ever necessary. Obviously, every homeowner has to make his or her own choice.