What are Wire-Free Camera's?
Wire-Free Camera's are just like any other surveillance Camera out there, with the exception that is has no wires or cables connected because they are powered usually by Lithium-Ion (Lion) batteries. They are unique in that they can be connected almost anywhere, even a tree.
As long as the spot you pick to install the device can connect to your WiFi Network, then you can view the livestream from anywhere in the world using your mobile device. If there is no WiFi connection available, this type of camera offers the option to record to SD card. There is also the option (if WiFi is available) to save video to our own cloud service (Coming Soon).
How do I know if Wired, Wireless or Wire-Free Camera's are best for me?
In our experience, on a new install, where there were no cameras installed and the situation is right at the site it is usually better to not have to deal with wires. We would in the right scenarios suggest wire-free rather than the other choices. With wifi cameras, these are fantastic devices that never need charging because they are always plugged in, same with Wired (BNC/Ethernet/POE) configurations.
Is it more expensive to install wired cameras?
Depending on the situation on site (distance, how many walls and ceilings that have to be passed by/through), at the very least, there is the additional cost of the cabling. It often takes longer to install wired systems then wireless/wire-free systems. So Generally it is more expensive but it all depends on what is needed in a particular scenario.
How long do the batteries last in a Wire-Free Setup?
The cameras on a wire-free configuration use rechargeable batteries. How can a simple battery have any lifespan in a surveillance camera configuration? Here is a quote from Learn.Adafruit.com which is a learning center for electronics.
As a result of PIR Motion Sensing, a Wire-Free Camera can remain in a near state of sleep until this very low-power device wakes the camera up (usually less than half a second for the entire process to complete), this allows for batteries to last much longer than older technology, making it impossible to have a viable rechargeable camera solution. Thanks to the advent of this technology, some camera systems can run even up to 2 years (Depending on the Mah of the battery and the amount of motion the camera detects, which usually a large body is needed to trigger the system, that way birds etc will not set the camera off).