IP Cameras at Overclockers UK
An easy-to-install solution for video surveillance, wireless IP cameras can be integrated into larger, complex systems, or they can function as stand-alone solutions in entry-level surveillance. Discover the range of IP camera systems available at Overclockers UK, and enjoy real-time security at budget prices.
What is an IP Camera?
IP stands for Internet Protocol and, when associated with cameras, indicates that video information is sent or received via a local area network device (LAN) or the internet. While the term IP webcam is sometimes used, IP cameras are distinct from webcams and refers only to those cameras used for surveillance and security. IP cameras are considered the next generation of CCTV, and like traditional CCTV cameras, are used both inside and outside, as well as in both professional and personal capacities.
IP Cameras vs. CCTV
Both IP cameras and CCTV refer to very specific types of security camera, and the differences between the two are equally technical and practical. For many years CCTV was the standard type of surveillance camera in use. CCTV (closed circuit television) is connected to controllers using a coaxial cable and the images are transferred as analogue signals, just like in a television. This is then converted into a digital signal and stored using DVR. Because CCTV is analogue, these systems were restricted to the premises.
By contrast, a wireless IP camera transmits the video signal digitally to an NVR (network video recorder), and because the IP camera is a network device, it has an IP address. The signal is transferred using an Ethernet five wire—the standard computer network cable. The images are then stored in a separate location. This is one of the main distinctions between the wireless IP camera and traditional CCTV, while both provide high-quality footage, because wireless IP cameras use a digital signal, the footage can be stored in a separate geographical location, protecting it from theft, and can even be live streamed to the owner.
Advantages of Choosing an IP Camera
There are several benefits to choosing a wireless IP camera:
Easy to use
Unlike traditional CCTV cameras which require extensive wiring and professional installation, the setup of an IP camera is simple. Most models are ready-to-go and can be installed by first-time users with no technical skills necessary.
HD IP cameras are now the standard in digital surveillance thanks to progressive scanning and superior frames per second.
One of the main advantages of IP cams is the owner can use the IP address to gain real-time access to the footage, wherever they are. This provides a level of security previously unattainable with CCTV.
IP cameras are also considered a more secure method of surveillance. Because CCTV requires localised installation, the footage is also susceptible to theft. IP cameras eliminate the need for physical installation, making it nearly impossible to gain access to the original footage.
In addition to providing higher quality, more secure footage, IP cameras are also available at a lower price point since there are no installation or maintenance fees.
What Can IP Cameras Be Used For?
IP cameras can be used in both professional and personal settings, and enable a live feed which can then only be viewed by authorised personnel. Some popular uses for IP cameras are:
Construction site monitoring: External IP cameras now play a key role in combating theft and vandalism at construction sites since they act as both a deterrent, as well as providing secure evidence.
Traffic and transport monitoring: External IP cameras are used both professionally and by residents to ensure that vehicles and pedestrians are secure.
Employee monitoring: Using IP cameras is an effective way for businesses to monitor employee behaviour and prevent theft of company property.
Home security: This method of surveillance is widely used both inside and outside the home as a deterrent, as well as to monitor possible points of entry.