If you are looking to get wireless security cameras you will encounter both hub-based and hub-free security cameras. A hub is a base station or recording/storage device that connects via the internet to the cameras. On the other hand, a hub-free security system operates on Wi-Fi exclusively without requiring any additional hardware to storage footage. Hub-based systems have some limitations that may not be immediately clear. On the contrary, there are many benefits to a wire-free, hub-free security camera.
1. No additional hardware or products required
A hub-free security system will utilize Wi-Fi and will work with any router and smartphone with the installed app. As such, after purchasing a wire-free security camera you will likely already have everything needed to set up the security camera. As setup doesn’t require additional hardware or products, a hub-free security system is more affordable.
2. Multiple locations are easy to setup
In addition, a hub-free security system allows you to set up wire-free cameras in multiple locations around your property or different properties without needing to purchase additional hubs.
3. Extend the range of your WIFI signal
Any wireless security system, a hub-free security system is subject to range limitations. Wire-free, hub-free security systems, can use Wi-Fi range extenders to bridge gaps between the camera(s) and router. However, with a hub-based camera system, the wireless range cannot be extended. The ability to extend and strengthen your wireless connection is vital to provide the best coverage.
4. Connect several cameras
Hub-free systems can connect as many cameras as available IP addresses on your router. In reality, this is many more cameras than you would need. Before you could reach this limit, wireless interference would be the limiting factor. You can install on a property other security systems do. Camera limitations are important to keep in mind when selecting the right hub-free security system for your property.
5. Storage and backup
Hub-free security cameras operate independently with built-in storage capabilities. However, storage and backup capabilities vary significantly by company and can be a hidden cost. Make sure to review the internal and cloud storage options when assessing security cameras. Another benefit of internal storage capabilities relates to any downtime. If Swann’s wire-free security camera loses connectivity, it will continue to record and store footage in the backup clip. Furthermore, once the connection is restored, the backup will be automatically added to the cloud.
6. Battery life and weather resistance
Based on the benefits outlined above, a hub-free camera is the ultimate hassle-free security system. While it’s not the best choice for large properties, it’s flexibility and ease are perfect for small to medium properties, renters, and people looking for flexible solutions.