IP Camera

An IP camera is a security camera that transmits its information over signals traditionally used for the internet. They can use wireless signals or Ethernet cables in order to transfer information. This is convenient for security/surveillance systems, and IP cameras are becoming more popular as their technology becomes more convenient for today’s digital systems. IP cameras are a type of closed circuit system, and the information they transmit is meant to go directly to a specific system. In order for them to record, they have to be connected to some type of video recording system; they do not have any native capability of recording video images.

IP cameras are a type of closed circuit television (CCTV) camera. CCTV refers to any type of video signal that can only be accessed by a strictly limited number of systems. By contrast, broadcast television can be accessed by a tremendous number of televisions. A CCTV signal usually is transmitted from the camera to a recording system and/or a few monitors. When done wirelessly, there is usually some type of security encryption that keeps other digital devices from picking up the signal. CCTV is useful for security systems because it works well in transmitting information and provides some security against people who might want to get their own feed of the video.

IP cameras are distinguishable from other CCTV cameras because of the specific way they transmit that information. “IP” stands for internet protocol, and this is how the information I transferred. This is very useful for people with newer digital recording systems, as they are increasingly compatible with this type of information. They are also versatile, and can be connected either wirelessly or with Ethernet cables. This allows owners to be very flexible in how and where they place the cameras. Also, Ethernet cables can run a great distance without any degradation, which is convenient for many.

The main convenience of IP cameras, however, is in their ability to transmit information wirelessly. An IP camera can transmit video to any device that can read it within its area. That can go through rooms and the feed can be accessed at any time. With a simple security code, the signal can be encrypted so that other passers-by can’t pick up the signal. However, anybody who does know that password can access it, through a computer or even a cell phone, if the phone has the adequate technology. It functions in much the same way as a Wi-Fi internet connection does.

The flip side of this benefit is that the connection is much less secure. First of all, if the password is found by any means, the encryption becomes useless. Passwords can be hacked into easier than an analog feed, and they can also be found in more places, assuming the owner of the camera use that password for more than one thing. However, this isn’t a problem for some people – unless the camera will record a specific process that you want to keep secret, like a safe combination, there’s no real advantage to accessing its feed.

When it comes to buying an IP camera, they aren’t much more expensive than any other camera. The more expensive models can cost upwards of $400 USD, but most people will be able to buy an IP camera for less than $300, and many cost less than $200. The price difference accounts more for their features than for their image quality, which doesn’t vary as much for mid-range cameras. However, a digital recorder that can wirelessly connect to an IP camera can cost much more than the camera itself, so whether that expense is worth it depends on the situation.

This IP Camera Review is Written/Updated on Apr 27th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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