Many people use the terms wireless security camera and Bluetooth security camera interchangeably. However, these are two different types of security cameras. Here’s what you need to know about a Bluetooth security camera for your home or office.

What is a Bluetooth Security Camera?

First things first, Bluetooth is indeed a type of wireless technology.  However, Bluetooth technology only allows for connections between devices. Bluetooth technology does not directly connect to the internet. It allows for the transfer of data between, for example, your smartphone and your vehicle when you have your smartphone in your car.  Bluetooth technology can only transmit data across short distances.  

To that end, a Bluetooth security camera is a camera that uses a radio frequency to transmit data to other devices, such as a smartphone or tablet.  However, once the device that the camera is connected to moves out of range, the security camera will not work. As such, cameras that only use Bluetooth technology are not popular options for home or office security, despite the low cost. It’s worth noting, however, that some people opt for a low-cost Bluetooth camera for monitoring infants or children, when they are at the home and can view the footage on their phone or tablet.  

A second reason that Bluetooth surveillance cameras are not ideal is that they do not require a password to be entered, which makes them more susceptible to hacking by someone with a compatible device.  

Unsurprisingly, due to the limitations of Bluetooth security cameras, today most of them also offer Wi-Fi connectivity.

Does My Home Security Camera Need to Be Connected to the Internet?

A home security camera system doesn’t necessarily require an internet connection. However, if you opt for a wired home camera system that is independent of the internet, you’ll need to route it to a monitoring screen in your home, or a dedicated drive. But you’ll also likely get better quality footage, and you won’t have to pay a cloud storage fee for footage. 

Wired systems are ideal for businesses that constantly monitor surveillance footage.  For example, large stores, hotels, casinos, and banks often used wired systems that are not connected to the internet and are instead continuously monitored using banks of screens.  Because they aren’t connected to the internet, they are less vulnerable to attacks.  However, wired systems are not easy to pack up and relocate if or when you decide to move, which is one of the drawbacks of installing a wired system in a residence. 

Wireless cameras offer easier installation and excellent coverage. But they are not failsafe, as an internet outage can compromise your surveillance.  If you’re unsure which type of system is right for you, talk with an experienced technician. 

Learn More About Home Security Camera Options in Oregon

If you’re planning to install home security cameras, it’s best to consult an expert who can help you select the best type of camera for your needs. Though a Bluetooth security camera may be the least expensive option, its limitations make it the least reliable type of security camera. To learn more about protecting your home and family with wired or wireless home security systems, contact Federal Security today by calling 541-757-8153. If you prefer, you may also send us a message and we’ll get back to you promptly.