4 ways to use your security cameras without using up your data

wireless surveillance cameras should provide peace-of-mind without the worry of exceeding your monthly Internet data usage. Below we provide four recommendations to maximize the benefits of your home Wi-Fi security system and Service Plan Data.


1. Use a lower resolution


Many security cameras on the market, including Nest Cam and Netgear Arlo offer both a high-definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) view. Select the SD setting to reduce bandwidth and storage.
See how to change Nest camera video quality.


2. Reduce frames per second (FPS)


A security camera only needs a small number of frames per second to capture good images. If your devices offer this setting reduce the frames per second.


3. Set record/upload intervals


Recording and uploading in real-time 24/7 will use a lot of your Service Plan Data. Consider setting up your devices to sync at a set time once per day or use the motion/sound-based record function with a low sensitivity. Some products offer ‘mask’ areas or ‘Geofencing’ to avoid false recording motion in designated zones in order to allow for movement from pets, fans and windows. Learn about Arlo Geofencing.

When motion is detected most systems record 30-second video clips. Shorter video recording lengths use less data, and longer video recording lengths use more data.


4. Limit number of cameras


While it’s easy to install 10 or more cameras in your home, consider that too many video streams will bog down a wireless router and degrade the performance of the security system overall and any other service or device that’s connected to the Internet. Learn about Canary's Wi-Fi requirements.

Wireless surveillance cameras troubleshooting tips


If you experience any issues with your security cameras, refer to your product manuals first.


Visit speed test to determine if your Internet connection meets the requirements of your wireless security system. Sign in to check now. You must be connected to your HughesNet modem.


If your device is too far from the router or you have dense wall materials in your home, you may benefit from a Wi-Fi extender to improve your wireless signal.


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