Things To Look Out For If You're Buying IP Cameras
October 21, 2016
Now that you know the difference between an IP camera and a webcam, you can make an informed decision as to whether this is what you really need. If you’re in the market for an IP camera, there are a few things you should look for in these devices:
·Consider your lighting situation. If you don’t have a light on 24/7 wherever your camera will be facing, you’re going to need one with night vision. Most surveillance IP cameras have infrared-sensitive sensors and infrared-emitting LEDs on the optics. This will allow them to continue filming in total darkness, receiving the reflected infrared radiation from their LEDs.
·This is a no-brainer, but I’m still going to say it: Get the highest-resolution camera you can afford. 720p ip camera should suffice, but 1080p will always yield better. Don’t get a lower resolution unless you’re doing something like watching your child while you’re at work. You need the clearest picture if it will ever be used as evidence.
·Remote pan and zoom functions are always an enormous plus!
·Watch for cameras that can be managed through a mobile device.
·Get a camera capable of communicating through 802.11g or n. This will ensure a crisp image. The “g” and “n” refer to wireless protocols that directly affect the available transmission bandwidth. For best results, use 802.11n (you’ll also need a router that can communicate with the same protocol). This will spare you enough bandwidth for anything else you’re doing on WiFi with your other devices.
·If your camera is outside your home or business, get something tamper-proof.
Megapixel IP cameras used to be much more expensive and cumbersome to install. Now, they’re extremely versatile and convenient. Just don’t make the mistake of using a webcam as a surveillance device. They’re just not made for that purpose.
The advent of IP cameras has made it much simpler to keep a home or business safe. These cameras have significant differences that make them more advantageous to this particular purpose than using simple webcams. If you have any questions about HD IP cameras, please contact us directly.