Every home or business owner should have adequate security in place to protect themselves from preying eyes, but a challenge presents itself when considering what system will meet their specific needs.

With so much technical jargon flying around, it is easy to get confused; CCTV, IP, wireless; the list goes on. To help bust the myths around security cameras, we’ve put together a handy comparative guide to show you how these systems differ, and what solution is best for you. We run down our list of CCTV vs wireless security camera’s.

What makes wireless security better than CCTV?


cctv vs wireless security camera


CCTV is exactly what it says on the tin – a closed circuit television system. This means that viewing is restricted to within the confines of the network and relies on strategically placed cameras, which are then viewed by monitors in a control room. CCTV systems are not built for remote viewing, with poor/non existent apps available on the market. Plus, you can’t go down to your local shop to buy these cameras; these systems are usually supplied by professional fitters.

Wireless security cameras do not rely on the same constraints as CCTV. By using a wireless network, these cameras can be accessed from anywhere in the world. You’ll also find them stocked in most major online retailers, and many come with a handy app that enables quick and easy access to all recorded footage.


Wireless security cameras require less installation – no cables all over your house or business, and instead of needing a dedicated room full of recorders and monitors, a wireless camera will traditionally record to its internal microSD or to the cloud. Less wires, less boxes, easy to move, easy to add too.


CCTV is predominantly used by larger companies that require cameras in various locations with access to a control room, so if you looking for something that will fit in your home or small business, then these systems are probably not suitable. CCTV does have a range of large scale applications for services such as the prison system and local councils (take a look around your local town and you’ll find CCTV) but it is not always suitable for home use.

Given the discreet nature of wireless cameras, these are perfectly suited for any home or office, and require very little in the way of setup and installation (most take about five minutes to get up and running). These cameras can be used in all types of situation, from checking up on your pets while you’re at work, to making sure your older relative is safe at home. We have even seen these cameras monitor water levels in Italy and during lambing season in Wales!


One of the major issues with close circuit television is that the footage captured by the cameras is recorded and stored on a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) which is then exported to DVD. If you are the victim of a crime, such as a burglary, then having physical copies of the footage means all the criminal needs to do is remove the DVD, and the evidence is lost forever.

With wireless security cameras, such as the HomeMonitor HD, footage is stored in a bank-level encrypted offsite server, which means that if the camera itself was destroyed after an incident took place, the footage would be safe. These cameras have proven to be lifesavers, particularly for one businessman who caught a criminal in the act.


While CCTV systems have progressed since they were first introduced in the 1940s, they are still somewhat behind the technological times compared to the latest wireless security cameras. If you are looking for a camera that provides high definition footage, then CCTV is probably not for you. The quality of recordings is often grainy and hard to convert to a share-able format, plus they often don’t include audio.

Most wireless security cameras now offer HD quality footage for both daytime and night time viewing, which can be downloaded and shared with ease.

Public Opinion

The court of public opinion has spoken candidly about the perception of CCTV and there are two main issues; invasion of privacy and crime prevention. While figures have proven that CCTV reduces incidents of crime, the oppressive nature of the technology often drums up negative connotations as people are uneasy with being watched at all times.

While CCTV has received bad press in recent years, wireless security cameras are regarded as a useful and necessary addition to any home. Recent reviews of the HomeMonitor HD Pro have demonstrated how highly regarded the device is as a security system that offers a cost effective solution for added peace of mind.

What has been your experience of using CCTV and wireless cameras?