Rural Wireless Broadband Makes Smart Camera Security Possible

NZ Ultra-Fast Broadband Rollout is progressing, but many areas still rely on wireless, satellite or 3G / 4G routers for their internet connection.

NZ Ultra-Fast Broadband Rollout is progressing, but many areas still rely on wireless, satellite or 3G / 4G routers for their internet connection. Now it’s possible to have smart video security even over non-cable internet systems.

If you own a home, holiday house or business in a rural area or a remote location, you may want to make use of a security system to protect your property when you are not there. But how do you do this if you want a camera security system and you’re not in an area yet covered by one of the main companies rolling out the UFB network? Thanks to rural wireless broadband services, this is easy to achieve.

Assuming that you have power to your property, common barriers to setting up security systems in rural or remote areas are the limitations around internet bandwidth and data limits. Most rural areas just don’t have UFB connections and dial-up doesn’t cut it, particularly with many locations suffering from electric fence interference. But don’t despair, there are options that you can use.

NVR Camera System

If you can’t or don’t want to set up internet at your rural property, then the easiest way to add a security system that also makes use of cameras is to purchase a traditional NVR system. These systems record camera video streams to a local hard drive. You can then manually check the system when you arrive home if you think something unusual has happened.

The biggest problem with this type of system is you never know what’s actually going on at your place unless you go there and check the hard drive. This makes it hard to protect your property in time, and unfortunately, thieves tend to look for hard drives and remove or destroy them if they see cameras around a property.

Wireless broadband

In many areas of New Zealand you are likely to have at least one company offering wireless broadband (sometimes called a WISP or wireless internet service provider), and although it its normally more expensive than than a wired dial-up or UFB connection it tends to be cheaper and offer higher data caps than either mobile or satellite internet. A wireless broadband system is basically standard WiFi on steroids using directional radios that send and receive signals over long distances.

The company supplies a small radio or dish which it locates on, or somewhere near your home, and this is pointed at their nearest antenna, usually on a high spot in the area, and often tens of km away. An internet connection is transmitted between the central antenna and the unit at your home, and connected via network cable to a normal WiFi router inside.

Wireless internet connections are well suited to running a home security camera system, as they tend to have speeds and data packages similar to standard wired ISP’s. Check your local providers for package costs and details.

3G / 4G (mobile) Routers and Satellite Internet 

Another approach which is becoming increasingly popular is to get access to internet using a satellite or a 3G/4G internet router. A 3G/4G router is simply a router with an SIM card slot, so it does require you to be in a location where there is mobile phone data coverage. With 3G/4G routers, you simply purchase a data plan from the mobile phone or internet service provider.

Once a 3G/4G or satellite router is set up, they are actually pretty easy to use, and generally provide the same type of wifi coverage in a property that you get from using a standard router. The biggest issue with these routers however is the data plan they come with, which is often limited to a certain number of Gigabytes per month, and the cost, which is normally significantly more than other types of service providers.

Cloud based security cameras are not suitable for 3G/4G or satellite based systems, because the cameras send footage to the cloud 24/7, which quickly drains your monthly data plan. No one wants a security system that consumes most of the internet bill each month!

Using CleverLoop with Rural Broadband

CleverLoop is a great solution for using with rural broadband technologies. CleverLoop uses the local network inside your property to transfer and analyse the footage from cameras, which doesn’t take any broadband allowance at all.

With CleverLoop, only once something is detected as unusual will CleverLoop send you a notification, and backup the video clips to the cloud. This small transfer of video data only consumes a tiny fraction of a monthly broadband allowance.

If you want to go further, you can even turn off ‘cloud backup’, so no video footage will be uploaded to the cloud. You’ll still get real time alerts, the ability to live view your cameras and check historical events, it will just mean even less broadband data is used and that your video clips could be lost in the event of a break-in.

In New Zealand, we have several customers already using CleverLoop with their rural wireless broadband service provided by companies such as Spark, Vodafone and others.

Further reading:

Here’s a great link to the options you have for rural broadband from the website The Rural:

http://www.therural.co.nz/country-living/rural-broadband-options-in-new-zealand

 

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by CleverLoop Team
June 26, 2016