A Network IP Security Camera can be described as a camera and a computer combined. Under the network IP cameras category you will be able to find all the different types of network IP surveillance cameras that you need for home and business security solutions. It is connected directly to the network as any other network device and it has built-in software for a Web server, FTP Server, FTP client and e-mail client. It also includes alarm input and relay output as well. More advanced network cameras can also be equipped with many other value-added functions such as motion detection and an analog video output.
• Higher image resolution: IP cameras have a resolution of at least 640×480 and can provide multi-megapixel resolution and HDTV image quality at 30 frames per second.
• Flexibility: IP cameras can be moved around anywhere on an IP network (including wireless).
• Transmission of commands for PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras via a single network cable.
• Encryption & authentication: IP cameras offer secure data transmission through encryption and authentication methods such as WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES.
• Remote accessibility: live video from selected cameras can be viewed from any computer, anywhere, and also from many mobile smartphones and other devices.
• Cost-advantage for larger systems:Studies show that for systems with less than 16 cameras, analog technology is cheaper, between 16 and 32 they are equal, and beyond 32 cameras, IP-based systems are more cost-effective.
• IP cameras are able to function on a wireless network. Initial configuration has to be done through a router; after the IP camera is installed it can then be used on the wireless network.