An Internet Protocol camera, or IP camera, is a type of digital video camera that transmits and receives data over a network or the internet. Unlike an ordinary webcam it is a standalone unit with its own IP address that requires nothing more than a network connection in order to transfer images. The IP camera connects to a network in exactly the same way as any other standard network device such as a laptop, tablet or printer.
Some IP cameras require support of a central network video recorder (NVR) to handle the recording, video and alarm management. Others are able to operate in a decentralized manner with no NVR needed, as the camera is able to record directly to any local or remote storage media. The first centralized IP camera was Axis Neteye 200, released in 1996 by Axis Communications.
What are the benefits of an IP camera?
- Available for both indoor and outdoor use with night functionality and the ability to pan or zoom either remotely or via operator command.
- Remote accessibility that lets users view live video from any device with sufficient access privileges.
- No co axial cables, a computer station or even wired electricity needed since it use Wi-Fi for connection.
- Secure data transmission through encryption and authentication methods such as WPA or WPA2, TKIP or AES.
- Cameras can contain video analytics that analyze images and footages.
Frequent asked questions
· How do I set up an IP camera?
Setting up an IP Camera is relatively simple, requiring nothing more than a network connection and a little patience to site and configure the camera. The majority of IP Cameras on the market can be configured to provide live viewing, continuous recording, operate at a scheduled time or be triggered by a specific event.
· What should I look for when shopping IP cameras?
At RiteCCTV, we provide IP cameras with diverse sizes and shapes. Factors like internet speed, cabling, location and costs should be considered before the you choose to purchase. You also need to determine the capability of the camera with your current system if you already have a wireless or wired system. The level of quality of surveillance you want in your property, as well as the image resolution or footage analyze feature, will influence your purchasing decision.