Wireless security systems have gained popularity in homes in the recent past. Even though they are increasingly being adopted by homeowners, there is one question that users are not keen to consider, “How much data does the wireless home security system consume?”

It is true that some cameras use less data to operate, while there are other wireless security systems that use lots of data. We are going to look at five ways in which your home security system affects the internet speed.

Number of security cameras

It goes without saying that the more the number of cameras, the more data they will use. The good thing is that cameras can cover a wide area, which makes one require quite a few cameras, unlike the use of sensors. Most home security systems can easily work with two to four cameras without straining the home internet.

Camera resolution

The quality of the picture is what is referred to as the resolution. More data is used with high resolutions camera setting. This being the case, you don't need to install high-resolution cameras on your home security network. The most common home security cameras offer a camera resolution of 1080p which is not as powerful as an Android or iPhone smartphone; but it's enough in the provision of good pictures.

Frame rate per second

The frame rate is defined as the speed at which the images which are also known as the frame, are displayed per second. If the camera has high FPS, then more data will be consumed by the camera. Images display fewer FPS than video displays. That is why a camera system that provides an option of snapshots instead of video delivery is the best option in most cases. For instance, there are cameras that use 1.5 FPS on images and approximately 20 FPS for video.

Network video recorder (NVR)

Videos that are recorded from your cameras are stored in a small hard drive. In case you don’t have an NVR, your videos will be uploaded to the cloud on a frequent basis; the process will use data even when you are not using the cameras. But if you have NVR, data will only be used in the viewing of camera footage.

Wireless cameras that are constantly shooting can use up to 60GB of data on a monthly uploading process.


When you familiarize yourself with the IP camera settings, you will choose the right camera format for your needs. For instance, in case you want to increase the storage space, an h.264 format is a better option because it will reduce the IP camera storage space, and this will have less impact on your network.

Benefits of a wireless security system

It's more secure since real-time awareness is possible. through the connection with a secure cellular connection.
It is easy to install.
It is versatile and flexible because you can move the sensors around your home to track all sorts of entry points.
It is easy to expand your home security system.


Technology will continuously evolve even though some homeowners prefer the wired security systems. Cord cutters are at a disadvantage with most monitored home security solutions who prefer not to shift to the wireless system. Even though this is the case, new technologies are here to make life easier. When you look at the new home security systems, they allow us to have a firm grip on the security of our home allowing us to cut down on some utility bills. Consider shifting to a smart wireless system for your home, and you will see how convenient it is to you.

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