Your Options for Wireless Security Systems

Choosing Wireless Surveillance Cameras

The best wireless security camera for your setup will depend largely upon your other devices. Some brands are proprietary, only allowing connection between their own cameras and other security equipment. Other systems allow some integration with other brands, such as SmartThings, which allows use with its own cameras plus the Netgear Arlo.


Other things to take into consideration include:

  1. Compatibility (IFTTT, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, etc.)
  2. Image clarity
  3. Whether you get a snapshot or clip in the event of an alarm
  4. How much video can be recorded at one time
  5. How video is stored (on a memory card, computer, or in the cloud)
  6. Whether it costs extra to store video
  7. Ability and ease of live streaming the feed through your mobile device

You may also consider using a doorbell camera, such as the Ring Video Doorbell, which is compatible with service from some home security companies, like ADT. Also keep in mind that you may use a wireless home security camera independently of the rest of your system, you’ll just have to use separate apps to monitor the various components.


There’s no question that installing a home security system is an effective way to reduce your risk of becoming a burglary victim. In a study done by the University of North Carolina, researchers found that the presence of an alarm is a significant factor in deterring thieves from targeting a home. Whether you choose a professionally installed wireless security system or go the DIY route, you’ve got plenty of tech-savvy options.