Connecting your CCTV DVR to a Wireless Router
Most video surveillance DVRs are designed to use a wired LAN port for internet access. They are intended to run hardwired for optimal performance. Almost all DVRs on the market do not come with WiFi built in but is there a way to change this? What happens if you need to install your DVR in a location where you don’t already have a hardwired LAN connection?
What you can do about it.
You can use wireless bridge. A wireless bridge simply connects to your DVR using a Cat5e cable. You are then able to configure the wireless bridge to connect to your WiFi router. Now, you have remote access of your security cameras if port forwarding is configured correctly on your router.
Why do most DVRs not come with WiFi?
Wireless connection is never as reliable or stable as a hardwired connection. Wireless can fluctuate based on interference with other devices, or just as your network speed varies. You can’t get around it, a hardwired connection is more consistent and dependable. This is why most DVRs come with a wired connection and if you are able to utilize it, you should do so.
Why does this matter for security systems?
Your systems are streaming a lot of video, this requires a lot of bandwidth to handle properly. With a less reliable source, you may face issues with video quality. This is especially true if you have a weak router or an older model DVR. The number of cameras you have is also a concern, the more cameras you have capturing footage, the more your device will have to process.