What is an IP camera? Don’t worry, UMIX is here to help — we have put together this blog post which looks at the key characteristics of such a system and why you should consider installing one in your home or business. 

Defining an IP camera

IP cameras, which you can purchase in various guises here, are networked digital video cameras that are able to transmit data through a fast Ethernet link.

You will often see an IP camera being used for IP surveillance — in other words it’s a digitized and networked variation of a CCTV system.

How does an IP camera work?

An IP camera will transmit digital video to a DVR or monitor through a data connection, as opposed to video cable.

Such a functionality is available straight from the box so long as you have a network device set up and operational in your property — similar to how you’d connect a wireless printer or scanner to a computer.

The benefits of IP cameras

The advantages of IP cameras over other forms of video surveillance are vast and include all of the following features:

  • You can carry out remote administration procedures from any location.
  • IP cameras can be repositioned without you needing to be present in a room or at a property.
  • Images and video can be easily sent to various compatible devices so long as you have an internet connection.
  • More high-quality images can be extracted from a video thanks to the capability of progressive scanning.
  • A digital zoom function enables you to get a closer look at a scene.
  • Less cabling is required to operate a system.

Setting up an IP camera

There are different procedures that you need to be aware of when installing an IP camera in your home or around your business. Here are the two main installations to be aware of:

The setup of a single IP camera

If you just need to install one IP camera, then this will be connected either onto your network or directly onto your router.

Any piece of imagery or video from the system will then be able to be viewed through an authorized PC, MAC computer or mobile phone with an internet or local network connection.

The setup of multiple IP cameras

Working with more than one IP camera? Then you will need to connect each device onto your network via first a network switch and then a router.

Just like when setting up a single IP camera, you can then watch media recorded through the system on a PC, MAC or mobile phone that is authorized and has either an internet or local network connection.