If you've been considering purchasing wireless cameras and are wondering how hard it is to configure a wireless security camera system then you need to watch this video we made. Up till now wireless security cameras have been riddled with issues. Up till 2012, the only kind of wireless security cameras available were those that used RF signals to transmit the video signal. Although RF signal is great for transmission of real time video (instantaneous transmission of action without delay), the signal is highly susceptible to interference from other wireless signals of the same frequency or from EMF transmitted by high power lines. Most importantly, RF wireless signals cannot traverse any obstructions whatsoever without significant degradation in video quality.

In 2013, usable wireless IP cameras started appearing in the market. Wireless IP Cameras (aka WiFi Cameras) use a digital wireless signal that can travel through obstructions and produce a crystal clear picture even if there is a weak signal. Although the frame rate or refresh rate of the video may drop, the video would still be clear unlike analog wireless cameras. Although on paper and theory the technology seems promising, the actual products in the market have been unreliable because of a number of issues. These include poor reliability and durability of the built-in wireless radio, overheating issues, and configuration difficulty. Chinese manufacturers flooded the US and other major markets with cheap wireless ip cameras for home use, but they were unreliable security devices. They can still be found today on eBay and Amazon. Even $500+ WiFi cameras from high end manufacturers were riddled with issues; we've tested cameras from Hunt, Brickcom, and Vivotek to name a few, and found their built-in WiFi radios to be plagued with either overheating problems or high ping times. Despite all these shortcomings, configuring a system with multiple wireless cameras is also challenging for the layman who is not an expert at the principles of networking.

Well come 2017, we are proud to carry Avalonix Wireless IP Cameras that now offer Plug & Play operation of their WiFi cameras with their 4 Camera WiFi NVR with built-in Access Point. You simply have to provide power to the cameras, and the NVR will automatically connect to them and start recording. There is no configuration required. This is true for their fixed cameras which you can find at the below mentioned links.
Wireless Bullet WiFi Camera
Wireless Dome WiFi Camera

We've sold the previous non-plug & play generation cameras from Avalonix throughout 2016 without any reports of failed cameras, overheating, or signal drops. With the introduction of this plug & play connection capability with the 4 channel WiFi NVR, they have made it easier for home and small business users to deploy a 4 camera wireless system. You can even connect wireless PTZ cameras to this NVR, but we found manual configuration of the camera was required for it to connect to the NVR. We had to first connect the camera to a home network, and then using the camera's built-in websever, configure it to connect to the WiFi network being transmitted by the Access Point of the NVR. It took 5 minutes, and we had the wireless PTZ functioning. One feature we liked a lot was that after power loss, the cameras and NVR reconnected to each other without any user intervention.

You can find the wireless PTZ here:
WiFi Outdoor Wireless PTZ Camera
WiFi Wireless PTZ Camera with Infrared and Microphone

To realize how easy it is to set up such a system, we feel you have to watch for yourself. If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop us a note in the comment box below.

Don Stephens is a Technical Support Manager at CCTV Camera World, a leading Security Camera distributor located in Buffalo, NY. His area of expertise is in designing professional security camera systems for medium and large scale businesses, schools, and government projects.

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