How to Use a Wireless Hidden Camera
A wireless hidden camera can be as discreet or as obvious as you like. This article explains how to use a wireless camera to your advantage, and how it can help with protecting your home or business.
If you’re looking for a hidden camera to monitor a specific area of your home or business, a wireless camera can be perfect. However, not all wireless cameras are the same. Here’s a quick explanation of what each type of camera is good for.
Audio-filtered cameras are typically designed to detect sound coming from the camera’s cameras instead of the camera itself. These cameras are used to listen in on small, private conversations. Therefore, you won’t hear the other person when they talk; you’ll only hear a ticking sound, as if the speaker was speaking inside a computer. However, these cameras can get loud, so make sure you turn the volume down as much as possible.
Video-filtered cameras are designed to pick up sound from a room, but not the camera itself. This type of camera is good for monitoring the area around the camera. This is often the best choice for a hidden camera that needs to be visible to the general public.
Audio-filtered cameras use a sensor to pick up sound. However, there is no video to see. The sensor picks up sounds and the image of the camera takes care of itself. If you want to watch a movie, it doesn’t matter whether the sound is clear or not, the image still captures the room with clarity.
Wireless hidden cameras are an even better choice for both audio-filtered and video-filtered hidden cameras. If you have problems seeing the image from a wireless camera, a hidden camera has the same zoom lens and infrared LED lights as an audio-filtered camera. Therefore, the only way you’ll be able to hear the camera is by listening to the output.
Most wireless cameras require an on/off switch or remote-control access, meaning you’ll need to get out of your chair or stand and close the door to the room where the camera is placed. This doesn’t have to be difficult. All you need to do is set the camera to record only if the off switch is on, or off if the switch is on.
To mount a wireless hidden camera, you should first consider which mounting option will work best for you. If you want to mount it into a wall, try to use a “drop-in” camera stand, which clips into the studs around the wall. If you want to use cable ties to mount it, then you can choose the free-standing system, which has the antenna directly attached to the camera.
When installing a wireless hidden camera, be sure to wear ear plugs or ear muffs, because the noise from the camera will be amplified by any nearby electronics. When the noise level gets too loud, shut off the microphone and disconnect the microphone cable from the camera. Once that’s done, you can move the camera out of your view.
Next, you need to choose a video camera for your hidden camera. Be careful, though. Many hidden cameras only have a small or medium zoom lens, so if you’re looking for something that’s in focus, you may have to adjust the zoom range on the camera. In addition, if you are using a soundless wireless camera, you may have to turn the audio on to make sure that the camera is indeed recording properly.
Finally, you’ll need to connect the camera to a computer. Make sure the computer you’re using supports installing cameras, and keep in mind that many computers only have one audio output. There’s no need to plug in two audio devices. Your camera should be compatible with most digital cameras.
Using a wireless hidden camera is very simple, and can be very effective if you know what you’re doing. Use your best judgment, and consult with someone who knows the camera inside and out before you start picking out your hidden cameras.