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IP Camera Types

Indoor cameras are widely used both residential and commercial. Depending on their functionality, they're classified as a fixed camera or a PTZ camera. Fixed cameras are generally used to monitor an set area, whereas a PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) camera can be used to either track motion or manually adjust the monitoring area. Let the professionals install a camera system for your business, Installation on POE and residentials.

Outdoor wired cameras, also known as AC powered cameras, are placed in outdoor environments. They are designed to survive weather conditions, such as heat, cold, and rain, and are generally capable of capturing video in low light conditions. They are often rated IP65/IP67 standards to withstand the outdoor environment.

Wired (AC Powered) or Wired free cameras for homes are IP cameras that have their own independent power source, such as a Solar panel or Battery.

Cloud & Local Storage

Some camera manufacturers offer cloud subscriptions where users may remotely view and download recent video clips by paying recurring subscription fees. Cloud subscription plans typically come with several days of looping storage, and the videos will be overwritten beyond this duration.

Some cameras include a micro SD card slot so users may store videos locally. There is no looping as long as the memory card has sufficient space to store the images. However, locally stored video footage can not be accessed remotely.

Potential Benefits

Concerns include:

  • Privacy concerns

  • Average higher purchase cost per camera

  • Security can be compromised by insecure credentials, given that the camera can be accessed independently of a video recorder.

  • Public internet connection video can be complicated to set up or using the peer-to-peer (P2P) network.

  • Data storage capacity concerns

Wi-Fi Home Cameras

Many consumer-level IP cameras used for home security send a live video stream to a companion app on the users’ phone. IP cameras in the home generally connect to the internet through WiFi, Broadband, or Ethernet cable.

IP cameras used to be more common in small businesses than in homes, but that is no longer the case. A 2016 survey of 2,000 Americans revealed 20% of them owned home security cameras.

This crossover of IP cameras to home use is partly due to the device’s self-installation.

IP cameras don’t require professional installation, saving time for home and business owners, whereas large businesses and commercial spaces, like malls, require high-resolution videos (i.e 4K), many cameras, and professional applications to accommodate the installation and management of the cameras.

One of the most popular abilities that WIFI home security cameras have is to view their camera footage via a mobile app.

Many cameras offer features such as a wide-angle lens (around 140 degrees, or pan/tilt up to 350 degrees horizontal, 90 degrees vertical), low-light or night vision, and motion detection.

When an event occurs, such as detected motion, users can receive alarms and notifications via an app. Video clips can be stored in a local device such as a micro-SD or through a cloud service.

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