“We never locked our front doors.”
Gone are the days our grandparents hark after. It’s certainly true that times have changed.
But with a few simple measures in place securing your business and home will allow time to enjoy the wonderful world we inhabit.
Simple? Yes indeed!
Security of all we hold dear is of paramount importance.
You can start with an IP Security Camera.
I fully understand it can be a little confusing understanding how best to secure your home; there is, of course, a whole host of gadgets on the market. Working out which is the best IP camera can seem like an impossible task.
So what is the best product to kick start your secure future?
An IP Camera is the number one investment for you, and let me explain why.
What Exactly Is An IP Camera?
An Internet Protocol (IP) Camera is a digital camera, often used for surveillance. These can vary from webcams up to enterprise-grade security cameras.
These cameras connect to your network via an Ethernet cable, and video is transmitted via a computer network over Ethernet or internet connection. This allows for real-time monitoring to happen via smartphones, in addition to the traditional surveillance desk setup.
Does An IP Camera Need An Internet Connection To Work?
No, not at all.
An IP Camera can work perfectly fine without an internet connection, but it will need to be connected to some form of storage system, such as a NAS drive, or a computer network with its own storage.
What Is The Difference Between An IP Camera And CCTV?
The quick and easy answer is that an IP Camera is digital, whereas CCTV is analogue.
IP Cameras record digital footage and are powered through Ethernet Cables. They can connect to the internet or network to record onto a server or cloud. CCTV cameras usually record onto tape or disk.
IP Cameras send data to network or cloud storage, usually via a network video recorder (NVR). Users can access what the camera is capturing via a PC, tablet or smartphone. With the installation of an IP Camera, you have negated any messing around with labour intensive trickery. The IP Camera will have you covered.
What Are The Benefits Of IP Cameras?
IP cameras are easy to install. They can be powered through Power over Ethernet (PoE), and connected with Ethernet cables, meaning fewer wires are needed to install the cameras. Particularly helpful in areas where installation could be tricky.
Plus, you won’t need an electrician to wire the cameras.
IP Cameras are a lot cheaper than CCTV too, meaning they are far more accessible to small businesses and home users. The barrier to entry is a lot lower too, as the setup costs are much lower than a full CCTV setup. No bulky tapes or expensive installations for a one or two camera setup.
As the cameras are often linked to smartphones too. This means you can check what is occurring security-wise with your property by simply logging in wherever you are in the world. No pain of a limited range.
Easily Install Multiple Cameras
You can also connect more than one IP Camera to your network. This way you’ll be covered on all fronts, quickly accessing all the cameras at your disposal. On most cameras, you can also have a motion sensor technology as part of your set-up, thus reacting to any movements inside or outside your property. One movement and you will be immediately notified via your smartphone.
Integrates Into An Existing Network
If you already have a full computer network, then migrating to IP Camera can be as easy as connecting the cameras to your existing network. You can upload the video footage to existing servers, and use existing switches.
IP Cameras can record on resolutions of up to 4K, depending on the quality of the camera. This means you can have a clear view of everything in your shot, including faces. In comparison, even the high-end CCTV cameras have quality issues, and can often be fuzzy. We’ve all seen the news clips of unclear CCTV footage, where you can barely make out what’s going on.
Also, IP cameras can be rigged up to many Internet of Things (IoT) devices. You could connect your camera to an alarm system that triggers when motion is detected on the camera. If your camera has face recognition or license plate detection, you could even rig this up to give personalised greetings or give access to only those who need it.
Simply take control of your IP Camera via your smartphone and you can happily zoom in and out, and move direction of your camera if you spot something untoward.
How Do You Install IP cameras?
Yes, that is all well and good but what about installation?
That’s tricky right?
For most low-end cameras, the devices are more or less plug-and-play. You can have most simple IP cameras up and running within minutes.
Mid-range and High-end cameras may need a little more work.
A simple setup will look like the below:
You will need a few things to get started.
Network Video Recorder (NVR)
NVR handles all the feeds from each camera on the network. The Video is processed at the camera, encoded and then streamed to the NVR through Ethernet cables. It uses the camera’s IP Address to know which camera is which.
The NVR maintains the quality and frame-rate of the video, meaning that the video stays as clear as it is from the camera.
The NVR then moves the video to a storage system.
Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Switch
A PoE switch provides power through standard Ethernet cables. This allows you to power IP Cameras and a variety of other devices.
Some switches come with Quality of Service functionality, which allows you to prioritise the security footage over other less critical network traffic.
A router forwards data packets between computer networks, usually between your network and the internet. A router will be needed to store any video footage in the cloud.
So what’s on offer?
No surprise that we are working with all of the market leaders. So we can offer a vast range to cover all of your security needs and price ranges
D‐Link IP Cameras are designed specifically for use in small businesses and residential applications. D‐Link cameras are an attractive entry‐level surveillance camera solution. They offer HD resolution, the ability to see in complete darkness and two‐way audio with a built‐in microphone and speaker.
See the full range of D-Link Cameras on our website.
From the VMS3130 through to the VMS4330P Pro 2 and everything in between the Arlo range offers you anytime, anywhere crystal‐clear live and recorded HD video. Arlo’s built-in motion sensors automatically send alerts to your phone when movement is detected. Allowing you to have complete peace of mind. The cameras record to your free private cloud storage to review anytime.
See the full range of Arlo Cameras on our website.
TRENDnet has become a leading networking surveillance hardware brand. They have an emphasis on continual improvement, so TRENDnet is consistently recognised for exceptional quality, superior performance, and responsive support.
See the full range of TRENDnet Cameras on our website.
EZVIZ help visually connects you to your life. No matter where you are Ezviz cloud services and smart home video technology can help you feel like you are home – right from the palm of your hand.
See the full range of EZVIZ Cameras on our website.
Ubiquiti are best known for their access points, but their video cameras are pretty powerful too. Their cameras have infrared LEDs with an automatic IR cut filter. You can access their easy-to-use online dashboard from a web browser. This dashboard contains detailed statistical reporting, multiple views, versatile camera settings, advanced analytics, and customisable event recordings.
See the full range of Ubiquiti Cameras on our website.
Axis is the market leader in IP cameras. They are a driving force behind the shift from analogue to digital video surveillance, which means they know IP Cameras inside and out. Axis offers higher-end cameras for businesses and enterprises, but the quality and feature sets are second to none.
So start taking your home security seriously. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our great team.