Whether protecting your loved ones or your valuables, home security is no laughing matter. The days of simply setting your alarm have passed. Toda...
Whether protecting your loved ones or your valuables, home security is no laughing matter. The days of simply setting your alarm have passed. Today, intruders come equipped with sophisticated equipment allowing them to bypass most wired security systems. In the age of technology, there is no excuse for not making your home as secure as possible.
Video surveillance has become a vital aspect of the home security system. Two basic options are available for home video surveillance, closed circuit television (CCTV) and Internet Protocol Cameras (IP cameras). While CCTV has been available for well over two decades, IP cameras are a more recent development. Accordingly, IP cameras have a number of advantages over CCTV.
If you have spent any time looking at home surveillance equipment, one of the first things you notice is the difference in size between the older CCTV cameras and the new IP cameras. IP cameras tend to be significantly smaller than closed circuit cameras. The smaller sized IP camera allows for placement in a more secluded location, in most instances almost completely hidden from sight. In the past, a security system was planned around the structures of the home, potentially allowing blind spots or easy detection of camera locations. The advanced technology and diminutive size of IP cameras allows devices to be placed nearly everywhere, making surveillance blind spots a thing of the past.
Another advantage of an IP camera system is the ease of installation. Previously an entire coax cable network needed to be installed in you home. Not only is installing coax costly, but unsightly holes were drilled in the wall as well. IP cameras can connect to any type of Internet network available. Nearly all homes today have already been wired for Internet access, making the network setup of IP cameras simple and quick. The ability of the cameras to transmit wirelessly makes setup even easier. As long as at least one access point exists in your home, an entire network can be integrated securely.
In addition to an easy integration, an IP camera network has significantly less downtime than a CCTV system does. Each IP camera transmits an individual digital signal to the network. In the event that a repair or software upgrade is needed, cameras not in need of repair can continue to provide a video feed to another network server. When using a closed circuit coax system the entire network may need to be taken down during repairs or upgrades.
The most fascinating thing IP cameras have going for them, is the ability to access your video feed from any location with an Internet connection. In the past, taking a vacation meant having your neighbors check on the house for you. With the advent of the IP camera, no matter where you are, you have the ability to access your secure video network and see exactly what is happening at your home. It is as simple as logging in and pulling up the video feed.
Securing your home has never been more important than it is today. It has also never been easier. While the initial cost of implementing IP cameras is slightly higher than the cost of closed circuit televisions, the added flexibility, features, and security benefits are unquestionably more robust. If you are thinking of adding video surveillance to you home security arsenal, consider the benefits of implementing an IP camera network. The next time you find yourself on vacation wondering how things are at home, you will be glad that you did.