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Do I Need a Router for Security Cameras?

Security cameras and Wi-Fi routers are a match made in tech heaven, allowing homeowners to stream live video, store video footage in secure Cloud servers, and use mobile devices to control and manage the device anywhere worldwide. 

What Kind of Wi-Fi Do I Need for Security Cameras?

If you need to connect to either channel (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), 802.11n Wi-Fi is best.

4 Things to Look for in a Wi-Fi Router

How exactly does a user know what  the correct Wi-Fi router is for their security camera? Consider these four essential things to look for when picking a Wi-Fi router. 

1. ISP Compatibility

Although manufacturers ensure network compatibility of their Wi-Fi routers, it still makes sense to check with the internet service provider (ISP). Visit the ISP’s official website to determine compatible routers for the network. 

2. Wireless Protocol

For better range, consider 802.11b (at 11 Mbps) and 802.11g (at 54 Mbps). For a combination of the 2.4 GHz range and the 5 GHz speed, an 802.11n capable of transmitting at 450 Mbps would be ideal. Of course, the 802.11ax wireless protocol is the best.

3. Latency

4. Noteworthy Features

5 Steps to Connect Security Cameras to Wi-Fi Routers

Step 1: Ensure optimal Wi-Fi signal strength

Security cameras require a stable and strong wireless network for optimum operation. Unstable and weak signals can reduce video quality, preventing users from enjoying the benefits of wireless systems.

Check wireless signal strength using a smartphone, noting the spot with the strongest and most stable signal. Try to position the security camera within that area.

Step 2: Configure the security camera for the network

Access the security camera’s settings by using a browser to open its IP address. For wired security cameras, connect it to the Wi-Fi router using an Ethernet cable. On the web interface, navigate to “setup” and configure the TCP/IP settings under “network.” 

Step 3: Configure the Wi-Fi address

This step won’t be required if the security camera is wired. Otherwise, configure the Wi-Fi address to “default” and “static.” Note the subnet mask and default gateway for accuracy. Ensure the Wi-Fi address is not similar to other network-connected devices.

Step 4: Connect to the Wi-Fi router

Access the wireless network and enable Wi-Fi. Clicking “search SSID” produces a list of available networks, unless the internet network doesn’t broadcast the SSID. In that case, manually type the SSD after clicking “add SSID.” Enter the network credentials to connect to the wireless network.

This step isn’t required for wired security cameras because plugging the Ethernet cable automatically connects it to the internet.

Step 5: Check the security camera’s functionality

Disconnect the security camera from the Wi-Fi router and wait about ten seconds before reconnecting. Visit the security camera’s IP address and determine if it’s streaming as intended.

How Much Data Do Security Cameras Use?

Wireless security cameras transmit about 60 to 400 gigabytes of video data a month. It varies so greatly because it depends on the frame rate (FPS), video resolution, upload frequency, and compression level of the camera. 

FAQ

How can I get my security camera to work without Wi-Fi?

To get a security camera to work without Wi-Fi, connect it to a storage device or a digital video recorder to transmit and store footage. Alternatively, determine if the security camera can connect to mobile LTE or 5G data, in which case, consider purchasing a SIM and data plan.

How to connect security cameras to Wi-Fi?

To connect security cameras to Wi-Fi, turn on the security camera and ensure a properly working Wi-Fi network. Access the security camera’s “Wi-Fi Options” or “Wi-Fi Setup” settings by pressing the Menu or Home button and opening Settings.

Turn on the security camera’s Wi-Fi to connect automatically to the wireless network. Some security cameras require choosing the network to connect to before entering the Wi-Fi network password. 

Next, open the Wi-Fi settings on the smartphone and choose the camera’s Wi-Fi network. Confirm any message that pops on the screen and enter a password or encryption key if prompted.

Do any security cameras work without the internet?

Can you set up cameras without the internet?

Yes, you can set up security cameras without the internet. Check the device for a media storage slot for a MicroSD card or a USB port for connecting a portable hard drive. Some security cameras allow recording onto DVRs, which don’t require an internet connection.

Do wired security cameras need internet?

How to use mobile as CCTV camera without internet?

Turning a mobile into a CCTV camera without internet involves the following steps.

  1. Download and install an appropriate video recording app on the smartphone to serve as a mediating platform for receiving live-streaming CCTV footage. AlfredCamera works a charm. 
  2. Turn on the smartphone or tablet’s LTE or 5G connection and open the CCTV footage live-streaming app. 
  3. Answer all prompts and configure the app to the desired settings, including security measures, video preferences, and storage. 
  4. Note the IP address.
  5. Use another mobile device or computer to check mobile CCTV functionality. 
  6. Open a browser and input the IP address obtained in the app setup. Alternatively, install VLC Player and pick “network streaming” under “media.” These actions will activate the CCTV footage live-streaming.

Conclusion

Wi-Fi routers offer seamless access to security cameras, allowing homeowners to enjoy seamless security video live streaming and secure Cloud storage. 

Making sure that the security camera is compatible with the router is vital to it functioning properly.