IP CAMERAS

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A surveillance camera is the heart of a home security system. They capture and transmit or store the footage, which can be viewed in real-time or later. Instead of setting up a full-fledged home security system, you can install a security camera on various entry points to monitor suspicious activity.

One such popular camera is a network or IP camera. You can keep an eye on your house, family, and your pets. These cameras provide a live feed of both video and audio, which you can access remotely using a web browser. However, these cameras are vulnerable to snooping, making them less secure.

Let us find out more about IP cameras and their usage.

What is an IP Camera?

An IP camera can monitor your home and business and is connected directly to the internet. It transmits the video online, unlike traditional CCTV cameras, and doesn’t require the help of a computer to do so. However, if the video it sends is not encrypted, other people can access your feed. You may end up hosting the world’s biggest open house if your IP camera is compromised.

 

The IP cameras are mini-computers with their own software and have to be configured to the network. Earlier, these cameras looked like traditional security cams but now come in a miniature size and can be hidden in a Bluetooth speaker, smoke detector, etc. Some IP cameras are wireless and use radio frequency of WiFi signals for transmission, whereas some require a physical cable connection. 

 

For your IP camera to transmit videos seamlessly, you need a static IP address. Most ISPs provide a dynamic IP address that changes over a time frame. You may have to pay extra for a static IP, or you can use third-party services that provide virtual static IP addresses.

 

If your IP camera records videos in high resolution, it will require more hard disk space and more bandwidth for transmission. If you have a low bandwidth network connection, you need to lower the frame rate or adjust the image quality accordingly.

 

IP cameras can have in-built distributed artificial intelligence to analyze images and detect people. They also provide a higher image quality than an analog camera.

Security Features to Look for in an IP Camera

Secure Wireless Transmission

Since your IP camera transmits the feed to your home wireless router, look for one that supports the latest wireless security protocols, such as WPA2. 

Secure Internet Transmission

You also need to look for cameras that encrypt the feed before transmitting them. See if the camera uses SSL/TLS or any other industry-standard encryption to protect your feed and login information. If the camera login page’s URL begins with https, then the network is secure.

Multiple Users

If you allow several users to access your camera feed, look for ones that will enable different levels of access. You can create new accounts for different users, each with their own login. You can then restrict access to certain users.

This way, your family members can also access the feed, and you can ask your friend to check on your home while you are away.

Final Thoughts

An IP camera can be a great step towards ensuring home security. With just a simple camera, you can monitor your household while you are away for work or vacation. They are best suited if you have to look over your kids or pets while you are away.

There are also various benefits and concerns that come with an IP camera. If you are not satisfied with just an IP camera, you can opt for monitored security systems that come with alarms and sensors.  

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