In today’s society we are in a constant need of security for our protection in both our homes and our businesses. As you might have noticed over the past decade security systems have evolved into more of a need than a want. As consumers see the easy entry point for security systems a great quality for video surveillance there are a few things to look out for. I will review these points and give you my opinions after I take you through these things.
Security Camera Systems – These systems come in a wide variety of resolutions, designs, and connections.
IP Based; The most standard type (in todays terms) would be an IP Based system that actually runs through your home or business data network. These systems are great because of the ability to actually remotely login to each camera and configure settings, such as network IP addresses, Start/End Record Times, Motion Detection, PTZ Ability (Pan Tilt Zoom), and a host of other things. What’s really great about these systems is that you can actually plug the cameras into a network switch (POE) and split your home or business network into two different networks. Therefore you are not wasting bandwidth on your main network. Really Awesome!
The down side to these cameras is if they are plugged into your main network you can see a small lag in data process, internet lagging, and a few other things. But, if you’re not running that many it shouldn’t hurt your network!
Coaxial Based; These are still somewhat relevant. The reason being is their quality has come to rival the resolutions you can get from IP Based systems. Coaxial systems – now considered – HD over Coax are still great systems. However, you cannot log in to the camera itself by an IP address. You would have to configure everything from the DVR recorder which isn’t that big of a deal. You can still get PTZ, Motorized Lens, and Fisheye cameras on coax and you can even get up to a 5MP which is great quality! These systems are a little less than IP based systems because they are, obviously, still an “older Technology” but they are still great to use for someone looking to get the job done. As far as power to these, unlike IP, they do require two separate lines. One for the video feed and one for the power feed. This can get cumbersome having to run two lines rather than one single IP Line. But, there are solutions for this as you can use a Video Balm and convert the analog signal to a digital IP signal. To do this you would put one of the video balms on the camera end and the other a the DVR end. In the middle you would run a Cat5 (or 6) line to power both the video and the camera.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief run down of these two types of camera systems that are still widely in use!
Thanks to Solar Power Systems Cary for this great article!