IP Cameras Explained
IP stands for Internet Protocol. IP Cameras are cameras that send and receive information via computer network or internet. The commonly used webcam can also be categorized as IP camera, but when talking about IP Cameras we usually refer to those employed for surveillance purposes.
Individual IP cameras VS complete surveillance sets
Most of IP cameras on Chinavasion are decentralized IP cameras, which do not require a Network Video Recorder (NVR). These cameras all have system built in and can be controlled via software installation on any computer that is connected to the same network. Chinavasion also have complete security camera sets (like: http://www.chinavasion.com/dvr-cards-systems/cerberuscomplete-surveillance-kit-h246-dvr4-sony-ccd-weatherproof-camera-500gb-hdd/). Although the cameras supplied are CCTV cameras, the NVR that comes with the system is also accessible via network as well. This means you can control your cameras from almost anywhere in the world.
To get the best image quality, all videos and pictures are compressed before transmitting to save bandwidth usage and improve performance. The most popular compression technology is called H.264. If you choose to record videos from a distant IP camera, H.264 can also help you reduce the amount of hard drive space needed on your computer or NVR. Other compression methods such as MPEG4 or JPEG also offers video compression, but not as efficient as H.264
Other specs to watch out for:
PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) – A IP Camera equipped with PTZ can let you control you camera and zoom to the point of interest. This is a huge advantage if you want your IP camera to cover a wider area.
IR (Inferred) – IR will add night vision to your camera. If you are looking for 24 hour around the clock service, this is a must have feature. Fortunately most IP cameras now already have IR as a standard feature. So make sure to get one with a decent amount of IR LEDs in it.
Weatherproof Casing – If your IP cameras are to be used outside of your home or office, make sure to protect them against wind, dust, rain and snow by choosing one with weatherproof cases.
Once the IP Camera is setup correctly, the cost of maintenance is almost zero. But the benefit of added security benefit for your home or business is huge. Please check out our full range of IP cameras at: