Whether it’s for a home or a business, a modern security system can use a lot of high-tech equipment. Keycards with advanced encryption and access restrictions, alarm systems that use motion detection and glass-shatter sensors, and surveillance cameras that capture HD footage and don’t need any wires for power or video uploads. It’s enough to keep out all but the most determined and tech-savvy burglars.
However, if a modern security system has any weakness it’s that you need a strong internet connection with plenty of bandwidth to use all these features at once. Security cameras that transmit wirelessly will use your home or business’s Wi-Fi signal to send the footage to your recording setup or directly to a cloud server. Keycard scanners need to check with a central database to identify a card’s credentials and permissions. Even alarm systems will use internet connections to send alerts to any security station you have or to the security company you hired.
While many of these applications don’t use much bandwidth, surveillance recording, in particular, can take up a lot of space since each one is effectively streaming HD videos whenever they’re on. That’s one reason why many people connect cameras to motion detectors that will only turn them on when someone is moving around nearby. That can help you make the most of your bandwidth, but it can still be irritating if a download suddenly slows down because a rabbit ran past an exterior camera.
That’s why it helps to upgrade your home or business internet connection to gigabit fiber if it’s available in your area. The massive bandwidth you get from gigabit speeds will give you plenty to spend on round-the-clock security while still having enough left over to stream videos, download movies, communicate with remote workers, and do everything else you need an online connection for. In fact, a fiber-optic home or business internet also gives you a dedicated connection, and that means your security system won’t slow down or start dropping frames from the recording during peak use hours.
With a little extra bandwidth for a home or business internet setup, anyone can make the most of a modern security system. Fiber connections are the best option because they don’t share bandwidth between you and your neighbors, plus they have the best potential for faster speeds in the future. As such, if your security system is in need of an upgrade, don’t forget to upgrade your internet speed along with it.