In an era where security concerns are paramount, video surveillance cameras are crucial in safeguarding homes, businesses, and public spaces. With technological advancements, the market is flooded with various options, making it essential to choose the right video surveillance camera for your specific needs. In this guide, we will explore the key factors to consider when undergoing a security surveillance project and highlight the offerings from Go Wireless NZ, a trusted provider of surveillance solutions.

Identify Your Purpose:

Before diving into the world of video surveillance cameras, defining your purpose is crucial. Different environments require different features. Are you securing your home, a retail space, an office, or an outdoor area? Each setting has unique requirements, and understanding your purpose will guide you in selecting the most suitable camera.

Consider Camera Types:

Dome Cameras: Ideal for indoor and outdoor spaces, these cameras are discreet and aesthetically pleasing. They provide a wide field of view and are less susceptible to vandalism.

Bullet Cameras: Designed for outdoor use, bullet cameras are weatherproof and feature a longer range. They are often used for monitoring large areas like parking lots or entrances.

PTZ Cameras: Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras allow remote control of the viewing direction and zoom, providing flexibility in monitoring large spaces.

Wired Cameras: Go Wireless NZ offers industrial wired options only, as they provide more reliable connections for critical applications. 


Resolution and Image Quality:

Higher resolution ensures clearer images. Consider cameras with at least 1080p resolution, and for more detailed surveillance, 4K options are available. Go Wireless NZ offers cameras with advanced image sensors for optimal clarity.

AI-Powered Features for Enhanced Security:

Face Recognition Detection:

One of the most advanced AI features in surveillance cameras is face recognition. This technology allows the camera to identify and categorise individuals, enhancing security by providing valuable information about who is entering or leaving a premises.

Number Plate Recognition:

For areas requiring vehicle monitoring, number plate recognition is a game-changer. This feature allows the camera to capture and analyse license plate information, providing an additional layer of security and tracking capabilities.

Motion Detection and Alerts:

Motion detection is a fundamental feature that triggers the camera to start recording when movement is detected. Advanced AI algorithms can distinguish between relevant movements and false alarms, sending real-time alerts to your mobile device or security control centre.

Tracking Capabilities:

Some surveillance cameras offer tracking functionality, allowing them to follow moving objects automatically. This is particularly useful in large spaces or areas that require continuous monitoring.

Night Vision, Low Light and Depth of Field Considerations:

Go Wireless NZ emphasises the importance of considering low light and depth of field when choosing surveillance cameras. Cameras equipped with infrared (IR) technology provide clear footage even in low-light conditions. Additionally, depth of field considerations ensure that the camera captures sharp and detailed images, vital for accurate identification.

Storage and Recording Options:

Choose cameras compatible with your preferred storage solutions, whether it's on-site Network Video Recorders (NVRs), cloud-based storage, or a combination. Consider the required storage capacity based on the number of cameras and recording duration.

Remote Monitoring and Accessibility:

Select cameras that offer remote monitoring through mobile apps or web browsers. This feature lets you watch your property from anywhere, providing real-time alerts and peace of mind.

Integration with Other Security Systems:

If you have an existing security infrastructure, ensure your chosen cameras can integrate seamlessly. Go Wireless NZ provide onvif compliant solutions compatible with various security systems for a comprehensive approach.

IP Network Connection Requirements:

When using IP (Internet Protocol) cameras for video surveillance, several connectivity aspects need to be considered to ensure seamless operation. Here are the key connectivity requirements for IP cameras:

Network Connection:

Internet Connection: IP cameras rely on internet connectivity to transmit data. Ensure a stable and high-speed internet connection to prevent lag or disruptions in video streaming.

Network Bandwidth: High-resolution IP cameras generate large amounts of data. Assess your network's bandwidth capacity to accommodate the data transfer requirements of the cameras. This is especially crucial in scenarios with multiple cameras or high-resolution settings.

Power over Ethernet (PoE):

PoE Switches: Many IP cameras support Power over Ethernet (PoE), which allows both data and power to be transmitted over a single Ethernet cable. Ensure your network infrastructure includes PoE switches or injectors to simplify installation and reduce the need for separate power cables.

Wireless Connectivity:

Wi-Fi: Some IP cameras offer wireless connectivity, enabling them to connect to the network via Wi-Fi. Ensure a robust and secure Wi-Fi network for wireless IP cameras. Keep in mind that wired connections (Ethernet) are generally more reliable than wireless ones.

Network Security:

Encryption Protocols: Implement strong encryption protocols (e.g., WPA3 for Wi-Fi) to secure the communication between IP cameras and the network. This helps prevent unauthorised access and protects the integrity of the video feed.

Firewall Settings: Configure network firewalls to allow the necessary communication for the IP cameras while blocking unauthorised access.

Network Infrastructure:

Router Configuration: Properly configure your router to assign dynamic or static IP addresses to the IP cameras. Static IP addresses can be beneficial for easier management.

Port Forwarding: If you need remote access to the IP cameras over the internet, set up port forwarding on the router to direct external requests to the correct camera.

Network Protocols:

TCP/IP Protocols: IP cameras use TCP/IP protocols for communication. Ensure compatibility with standard network protocols to guarantee interoperability with your existing network infrastructure.

Remote Access:

Cloud Services: Some IP camera systems offer cloud-based services for remote access and management. Consider using such services for convenient monitoring and configuration from anywhere with internet access.

Quality of Service (QoS):

QoS Settings: Implement Quality of Service settings on your network to prioritise video data transmission, ensuring a smooth and reliable video stream, especially in environments with competing data traffic.


Choosing the right video surveillance camera is a crucial step in ensuring the safety and security of your property. You can make an informed decision by considering the purpose, camera types, image quality, night vision, storage options, remote monitoring, and integration capabilities. With Go Wireless NZ's range of surveillance solutions, you can find the perfect camera to meet your specific security needs. Invest wisely, and enjoy the peace of mind of a reliable and effective video surveillance system.

For more technical information on how to choose and installer security cameras including angles, lenses and mounting requirements, check out the video below. 

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