How do IP Cameras Work?

Video surveillance is here to stay, and business owners and other consumers can take advantage of the technological developments of IP cameras for their security needs. Because of the relatively inexpensive cost and enhanced image capabilities of these types of systems, they are fast becoming ubiquitous in commercial facilities.

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Two prime features of these cameras are their quality and remote viewing accessibility that allows users to control them from a variety of WiFi-equipped devices.  With a myriad of uses, the cameras are both versatile and affordable. Models are available that transmit just video or a combination of video with audio that is capable of recording conversations spoken in normal tones of voice.

The video quality of these IP camera systems ranges from low VGA quality to High Definition, and either 4:3 standard or 16:9 widescreen formats. Advances in technology have made installing and connecting these cameras much easier than it was only a few short years ago.  The cameras use computer networks to communicate with the remote controlling device, allowing the footage to be viewed from locations across the street or across the world, as the need requires.

IP cameras can be connected to a network through a LAN or as part of a wireless set-up.  Manufacturers typically include the software necessary for the operation of the cameras with the initial purchase. Installation usually takes less than half an hour.

Video can be saved to a dedicated storage device either locally or at a remote site. The proliferation of cloud computing data storage options has expanded consumers’ options for data storage and retrieval.

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