And Some Things to Consider
What’s the issue?
Most video surveillance DVRs are designed to use a wired LAN port for internet access. They are intended to run hardwired for optimal performance. Almost all DVRs on the market do not come with WiFi built in; but is there a way to change this? What happens if you need to install your DVR in a location where you don’t already have a hardwired LAN connection?
What you can do about it.
You don’t need to go through all the hassle and financial drain of running a new wire through your wall. Fortunately, you can use what’s called a wireless bridge instead. A wireless bridge simply connects to your DVR using a Cat5e cable. You are then able to configure the wireless bridge to connect to your WiFi router. Now, you have remote access of your security cameras if port forwarding is configured correctly on your router.
Why do most DVRs not come with WiFi?
Wireless connection is never as reliable or stable as a hardwired connection. Wireless can fluctuate based on interference with other devices, or just as your network speed varies. You can’t get around it, a hardwired connection is more consistent and dependable. This is why most DVRs come with a wired connection and if you are able to utilize it, you should do so.
Why does this matter for security systems?
Your security systems are streaming a lot of video, this requires a lot of bandwidth to handle properly. With a less reliable source, you may face issues with video quality. This is especially true if you have a weak router or an older model DVR. The number of cameras you have is also a concern, the more cameras you have capturing footage, the more your device will have to process.
Is running a bridge safe, is it right for you?
Of course running a bridge is safe in terms that it’s not going to destroy anything. Although, you do need to weigh the pros and cons of running a possibly less-stable connection. You may find a wireless setup where you experience no issues in reliability or quality. However, you may also find yourself regretting that decision down the line. Regardless, some circumstances require a wireless connection, and in that case, it is a very usable option.
Some alternative solutions
IP cameras are like miniature computers with optics built in. They come configured with their own software and simply need to be connected to a wireless network to function. Many even come with apps allowing for quick and easy viewing and recording by the user. IP cameras can come in many different configurations, even in the form of hidden cameras; because these devices have a self-contained connection, they are able to be disguised quite easily. This is a much simpler solution and tends to be much more reliable as IP cameras are designed to operate in this manner.
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