What is a Wireless IP Camera?
IP cameras go by many different names. You may hear them referred to as “Internet Camera or “network cameras”, “internet protocol” cam, or “webcam.” Whatever you decide to call it, an IP camera is a cam that sends and receives data over a local area network (LAN) and/or the internet.
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How Can I See What’s Happening in My Home or Office When I’m Away?
It has become very easy to check in on your children or their nanny from your desk at work. To be able monitor your business from home on your laptop, all in real time. Wireless IP Cameras allow you to connect through to the internet and remotely view streaming video from just about web browser around the world. Once your home security system is set up, the only requirement for its functionality is Internet access. You can monitor multiple video Webcams or DVRs from a single tablet or smartphone.
Some IP cameras require a physical connection via cable, while others are wireless and transmit their data via radio frequency (RF) signals or over your Wi-Fi network.
IP cameras are basically mini computers with sophisticated optics built in to them. Internet Cameras come with their own built in software and just need to be configured to your network in order to function. The network configuration is fairly simple process for most devices; generally the set up is no more complex than configuring your Wi-Fi network. While some models do require a good knowledge of Internet technology to get them running. Many cameras now also come with their own apps, which make viewing and recording video on the internet even easier.
Many internet cameras look like traditional security cams, but consumers these days demand hidden cameras (nanny cams) with webcam capabilities. IP cameras are now hidden in a wide array of forms, from a book to a clock radio to a DVD player.
Does My Computer Need to be Turned On To Use an Internet Camera?
Generally no, but it depends on the type of camera and it is set up. When you are using a Personal Computer as a network access point, instead of connecting directly to the network from the camera then the PC will need to remain on.
What is the Difference Between a Standard Webcam and a PTZ Internet Camera?
PTZ is an abbreviation for Pan, Tilt and Zoom. PTZ cameras can be controlled and viewed by various users. Just like a standard network camera, but it has the ability to be moved remotely. Unlike a traditional fixed camera a PTZ allows a user to adjust the camera’s view as needed.
Do I Need to Purchase Additional Software to Use An Internet Camera?
This can vary by the camera. Most IP Cameras will come with necessary software required to configure and operate your camera. Most of the time they include recording software. Some also include more advanced features, like the ability to view multiple camera viewing and send text/email motion alerts.
If your camera does not include the features you need, there are many NVR (Network Video Recorder) programs are available for purchase to add other capabilities.
How Does an IP Camera Work?
Instead of transmitting data over a cable to a DVR or Monitor, a Webcam transmits digital video over a wired or wireless data connection. Everything that is required to transfer images and/or sound over your network is built into the unit. The Internet camera is connected directly to the network, just like other network devices. Depending on the type of camera you have it may save video to an attached memory card or drive, stream captured video to the internet, connect to another device on your network for storage.
An IP camera captures images just like any digital camera. Its different because of its ability to compress files and transmit them to a network. If your building is equipped with a network, the required infrastructure is in place to install Internet Cameras. If you are adding one or a multiple cameras, you may use a decentralized network camera, that has its own control interface and storage built in. When Mr Security Camera is installing multiple network cameras we usually use a centralized network camera which requires a (NVR) Network Video Recorder .
A Network Video Recorder is a program that stores video and/or audio from network cameras and allow you to view multiple cameras at the same time. It is similar to a DVR, but NVR needs the cameras to encode the video. The NVR simply stores data allowing for centralized remote viewing. Network Video Recording software is installed on an existing device and sometimes a dedicated device with its own operating system. Hybrid systems exist which are available that can accept both analog and IP inputs. These systems will usually allow analog cameras to be viewed remotely as well as network cameras.
What’s a Static IP Address and Why Do I Need It?
When a device is on a network, you access it by entering the IP (Internet Protocol) address into any web browser. (ISPs) Internet service providers supply a dynamic IP address to almost everyone. A dynamic IP address is just like a phone number that adjusts every time a device disconnects, while a static IP address never changes.
Only a ISP can provide you with a Static or Dynamic IP address and they typically charge a monthly service fee for a Static IP. In order for you to obtain constant access to your Internet Cameras you will need a Static IP address. If your ISP is unable to give you a static IP, there are also third party services are able to provide a virtual Static IP address. Most are free to use, and a simple internet search will provide a multitude of options.