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How Does a Wireless Security Camera Work Without Internet?

The truth is criminals thrive in darkness. And most remote or rural areas with sprawling locations have tons of pitch black nooks and crannies for them to hide in. But that doesn't mean these locations have to go unprotected.
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Security providers offer both wired and wireless video surveillance systems. But what if you don’t have internet or electricity on your job site? Fortunately there are cameras built for these situations. Here’s what you need to know about these setups and how to use them.

Do Wireless Security Cameras Need the Internet?

Not necessarily. You can record footage directly onto a hard drive or on micro-SD cards. Theseare called IP (Internet Protocol) cameras. Despite the acronym “internet protocol,” you don’t have to connect these cameras to the internet. They typically use your Wi-Fi, a USP, or an Ethernet cable to reach a network video recorder (NVR).

So what are the pros and cons of installing a wireless security camera without the internet?

The Pros of Security Cameras Without the Internet

  • You can’t have a data breach.

    Wireless cameras that send data inside your four walls will never be breached by hackers. Ring home security systems made the news a year or so ago when hackers hijacked the signal and started watching people inside their homes.

  • You won’t pay fees for storing your video data in the cloud.

    Instead, your camera footage will be stored on physical hardware inside your building.

  • Your surveillance cameras can keep running, using battery power, when there is a power outage.

    This is a huge advantage from a security perspective.

  • Your business bandwidth won’t be slowed by video surveillance.

On the other hand, what features will you miss if you install wireless surveillance cameras without access to the internet?

The Cons of Security Cameras Without the Internet

  • Your security team won’t be able to check the video feed in real-time from a PC, phone or tablet.

    This is a huge benefit for internet-connected surveillance systems. You, or your trusted security team, can literally use a phone to connect to an internet app. Then you can view through the eyes of the cameras at your business anytime, 24/7.

  • You won’t receive alerts if there is an intruder at your business.

    Internet-connected surveillance cameras often come with software that can text security alerts to you or your security professionals. You’ll lose this benefit, however, if you install wireless surveillance cameras that don’t connect to the internet.

  • Your data will be stored on-site on a DVR or a micro-SD card.

    While this means it can’t be hacked, it also means it is vulnerable to physical theft. If your business is broken into, thieves could take the DVR right out of an office, for example. Also, the footage will have to be maintained. That means you’ll have to monitor the storage unit, since it will eventually run out of space.

  • You also won’t be able to take advantage of two-way communication features.

    Modern internet-connected IP cameras allow your security team to communicate through the camera to someone on-site. There’s a level of control that comes with using the internet that gives business owners a lot of flexibility.

  • Battery-operated surveillance cameras have a finite operation time.

    Eventually the battery will run out. To prevent this, you should look for wireless surveillance cameras that include solar panels to keep the battery constantly charged.

Wireless surveillance cameras without the internet are necessary for many situations. Let’s look at what kinds of businesses could benefit from having remote surveillance cameras without the internet.

Why Would a Business Need Wireless Surveillance Without the Internet?

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There are two primary scenarios that could justify surveillance infrastructure without using the internet and all the rich features it offers.

  1. First, the business could simply not have internet access.
  2. Alternatively, you have internet access, but you don’t want the IP camera to gobble up too much bandwidth.

In both of these situations, a wireless surveillance camera without the internet will keep your business safer.

Industries With Extra Vulnerabilities

  • Construction sites may lack internet connectivity.

    However, 21% of construction sites in the U.S. experience onsite theft every week, making it critical to safeguard them. You can set up IP cameras to connect wirelessly to the cell network. However, it may be faster and more cost-effective to deploy wireless surveillance cameras without internet.
    These sites not only often lack internet, but they also can lack electricity. They may not even have stable, permanent structures to set up video surveillance units. The answer in these situations is to set up a portable security system with wireless surveillance cameras that store data in the cameras themselves.

  • Farms and ranches often have remote areas with no electricity or internet.

    This is a problem because 58% of these business owners experience crime. Farm owners need a way to watch large swatches of land, equipment, and assets. Wireless surveillance cameras can work without the internet and can even be connected to solar panels for uninterrupted service.

  • Sprawling warehouse facilities, such as ecommerce fulfillment businesses, need security solutions that protect them.

    Hardwiring video surveillance is a costly and time-consuming option. Spotty internet can also be a potential problem if you’re seeking a video surveillance solution. The answer could be wireless surveillance cameras that don’t need the internet.

Security Options for Rural Locations

The truth is that criminals target rural areas, sprawling locations, and businesses that have dark nooks and crannies to hide it. Wouldn’t it be great to know that you have many options for video surveillance? For example:

  • Wired video surveillance.

  • Wireless cameras with internet storage and features.

  • Remote surveillance cameras with DVR storage.

  • Temporary mobile video surveillance powered by solar panels.

  • IP cameras connected to the cellular network.

  • And more.

The reality is you have many options when considering video surveillance.  One of the benefits of working with experts like Pro-Vigil is that we can design and deploy video security that fits almost any requirement. No matter your business security goals, we can help you achieve them with state-of-the-art video surveillance tools. Call on our team today to find out more.

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