Debunking the differences between Network IP and Analogue CCTV Cameras
Homeowners invest in CCTV systems for a number of reasons: crime prevention, or simply to monitor the premises during times of absence. However, for those intending to install a CCTV set-up of some kind, there are some factors you need to think about that can sometimes be a little tricky to get your head around
When installing a CCTV system into your home, the main things you need to think about are where the cameras are going to go, and how you want to monitor them. We at A Clearer Picture are here to explain the differences between IP and analogue systems with you in order to help you decide which one is right for your home.
What Is An IP Camera?
IP cameras use the Internet in order to transmit footage and management alerts. All of the information they pick up is transmitted digitally using an IP address that can be picked up via your PC or even a smartphone. That way, you could be anywhere in the world and it would still be possible for you to monitor every single camera you’ve installed in order to see what was going on in your own home. The other benefit of IP cameras is that they usually come in a wireless format. That way, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of wires and complicated cables spoiling the aesthetics of your home. In contrast with analogue cameras, IP cameras also provide higher quality, more professional picture footage.
Different Types Of CCTV Cameras
Analogue cameras are perfect for viewers wanting monitor their footage via screens as they convert the video instantly to a suitable format. They’re available in a number of sizes and designs and are perfect for businesses wanting to set up a base from which security staff can monitor the CCTV system.
Analogue CCTV cameras may be the ideal choice if the purpose of your CCTV unit is instant viewing. However, it is a more dated system and doesn’t have the versatility allowing you to operate via the means of switches, hubs and routers in quite the same way as the IP camera does. In addition, the IP cameras come with an extra layer of encryption making it harder for people to breech your system. Whereas the analogue picture can easily distort with signal interference, you won’t have this problem with an IP camera either.
If you’re on a budget however, analogue designs present a more economic solution to your security needs as the price of setting up the optimum IP system can quickly become costly. Analogue CCTV is also simpler to work and unlike the IP cameras, you won’t have any problems with compatibility as analogue systems match with pretty much any model of camera!
So there you go, IP and analogue cameras debunked! Each system comes with an array of advantages and disadvantages and the sort of system you decided to opt very much depends on your building and your monitoring needs. Here at A Clearer Picture we’re always happy to help you make those decisions. We’ll do a full overview of your home and be sure to offer the best solutions possible to meet your CCTV needs!