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Steve in Tyler, Texas listens on KTBB and asked: “I’m looking into getting a home security system. I do not have WiFi and I’m wondering what my options are, other than getting some type of satellite dish or something along that line.”
Steve, you don’t need WiFi for a home security system, but you will need some kind of internet connection if streaming it to your phone or anything else outside your home.
If all you’re concerned about are cameras that you can look at or record from within your home, that’s easy. You can still buy regular wired cameras and plug them into a central DVR and watch them from a screen.
If you’d like to use wireless cameras you can get a WiFi access point even if you don’t have internet access at home and spare yourself the task of wiring you home for the cameras. WiFi can create a local network, it doesn’t need to speak to the outside world. Just keep in mind that you will need it if you want to watch your cameras from outside your home.
For internet access, if you’re in a rural area your options may be limited, and you may be looking at satellite. Just keep in mind that whatever you choose has no data caps or at least high data caps because streaming video is data intensive and you don’t want to end up with overages or using up all your data on just cameras.
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