Well, to be honest, the original goal was to welcome any suggestions of the latest and greatest 100% Wireless HD Cameras readily available comercially in the market to offer a good deal for my customer, so that he doesn't have to pay an extra $19 hundred dollars.
Why $1,900 ?? you may ask...
Choice #1 was:
- $200 (for drilling holes and openings in the house's gypsum drywall, fishing & wiring ALL the concealed cables through the inner studs of his living room, bedrooms, kitchen and patio centrally to a power supply and repairing the gypsum afterwards) multiply that times 8x cameras = $1,600
- Add another $300 (for searching/buying the closest paint-color "which sort of matches" his existing wall color --with NO WARRANTY whatsoever from our part that it will match 100% (the house is NOT that new and the walls had received lots of UV sunrays already) and then painting the gypsum with this "original" color.
- Time for completion (including 8x cameras installation): 24-36 Hours / 3 workers including the gypsum guy.
Choice #2 was:
- Just put up the wireless cameras on each placement point, connect and configure wirelessly.
- Time for completion: 3-4 Hours Max. / 2 workers including the IT guy.
But then the discussion evolved naturally towards "the factibility of using powerbanks as in smartphones, etc." and it's main disadvantage (very well mentioned by "B" by the way): constant attention, replacing battery packs constantly and worrying about cameras running out of battery juice.
I guess that (from my point of view at least) the main takeaway from this very interesting discussion was:
- It seems people will NOT mind charging their personal smartphones every night, but will disapprove replacing their security cameras batteries every morning when they leave the house.
- Even the latest cutting-edge research on batteries has NOT yet solved the "power-hungry problem" that wireless HD cameras represent.
- And 100% wireless cameras are either UGLY, BULKY unfit for indoor use, or lack the resolution clarity (VGA 640x480, anyone ??) that customers desire (everybody wants HD/Full-HD nowadays).
I guess my customer will have to go with Choice #1 and pay extra ; ) : ) ....