When should I consider using an IP Camera? July 11 2014, 0 Comments

The Mystery of IP Cameras Explained

Internet speeds are now faster than ever, and IP cameras have been designed to take full advantage of the flexibility afforded by this. Being able to record high resolution footage from an off site camera allows DVR systems to expand their scope of protection. Here are a few things that should be considered when trying to decide if it's time to upgrade your analog cameras to IP cameras.

IP cameras have several advantages over their analog brethren. They can be accessed remotely, and offer higher resolutions for greater detail. Many contain onboard slots for recording directly to flash media cards, and offer power over ethernet. They can be seamlessly integrated into most networks with little fanfare as well.

There are a few drawbacks, however. IP cameras are a lot more expensive than their analog counterparts. With higher resolution recording comes greater hard drive space requirements. If there's an issue with the network the DVR is connected to, there could be periods of intermittent recording, or no recording at all.

If you need access to more detail in your recordings, and you have a stable network, then IP cameras are a great option. Also consider that it's possible to use IP and analog cameras simultaneously on all Saber CCTV PC Based DVRs, so you only need to replace cameras in the areas where more detail is required. Just remember to be cognizant of the hard drive requirements, and the significantly higher price per camera.

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