IP cameras are security cameras that work according to the internet protocol. This means that, unlike conventional surveillance cameras, these cameras do not work with a coax cable, but with a UTP network cable and/or Wi-Fi. By using these modern cables, smart functions can also be added in addition to the transfer of images from the IP cameras.
What are the properties of an IP camera?
There are many different models and types of IP cameras for sale in online webshops and specialized IP camera stores. On this category page we have various ip cameras clearly arranged below each other which can be ordered directly in our webshop or for sale in one of our stores.
Sitcon's IP security cameras allow you to record and save images. In addition, the images can be viewed via the internet, so that they can be streamed live at any time. It is also possible to view recordings when you are not at home. The images are also stored on your IP camera or via a recorder that belongs to the camera.
Wireless and wired IP camera models
The transmission of the images via the internet protocol can be done both wired and wireless, just as you can connect your laptop to a WIFI network. There must therefore be a router with an internet connection at the location.
What are the advantages?
The big advantage of IP cameras is the fact that they can be accessed directly via the internet. This way you can be sure that you can keep an eye on your home or business premises from any location. In addition, it is possible to save images via the internet, so images can be stored in the cloud and you do not need any recording equipment for this. Do you prefer to store your images physically? Then it is best to do this on an SD card.
What are the disadvantages?
IP cameras have a number of disadvantages. For example, it is important that the internet connection is 100% stable, only in this way can they function properly. In addition, it is important that they are properly secured, if this is not the case, your security camera can be broken into. Finally, keep in mind that the internet will not become overloaded, if this is the case you will no longer be able to view your images.
Different types of IP surveillance cameras
At Sitcon you can find different types of IP security cameras. Consider the following types:
- IP outdoor camera
- IP Cube camera
- IP PTZ cameras
- Stand-alone IP security camera
The IP outdoor camera
This IP outdoor camera is our most sold IP camera. Due to its attractive price, compact size and easy installation, this camera is the simplest solution for many applications. The IP outdoor camera films in Full HD and by installing an app you can follow the images live via a WiFi connection. Recorded images can only be viewed via a micro SD card.
The IP Cube Camera
This wireless IP security camera is of very high quality. The IP camera comes with IP software for the smartphone and makes it possible to view images from anywhere in the world. The system only records when motion is detected, so you can find relevant images the fastest. Thanks to its magnetic base, the camera can be placed quickly in many places.
The IP PTZ camera
The PTZ IP security camera is a very high quality security camera that can rotate to monitor a larger area. The IP security camera works together with an app that you can download for free. The security camera works via an IP network, so that images can be viewed continuously via the internet. Nice if you want to keep an eye on your home or business space. Thanks to its compact, waterproof design, this IP PTZ camera is also suitable for private use.
The Stand-alone IP security camera
When installing IP security cameras, no cable network needs to be installed, because the images are sent via the WiFi network. However, the cameras must be connected to AC power in order to operate. This can be inconvenient when you want to secure a room where the available power points are already in use. Moreover, it is a shame if the camera constantly uses power, while no suspicious activity takes place for months. Thanks to an internal battery, this stand-alone camera does not need to be connected to the power network. A full battery lasts up to 3 months, connected to a power bank even up to 24 months. As long as no movements are detected, the camera is in standby mode. As soon as the PIR motion sensor picks up something, the camera switches on to take a photo and video.
Buying a separate IP camera or complete IP camera system?
Although a stand-alone IP camera has many advantages, it is often wiser to opt for a complete system with a recorder. this is for the following reasons:
- An IP camera system with a recorder is more stable in use because a cable runs from the IP camera to the recording device. This is always better than a wireless (wi-fi) connection.
- Multiple cameras can be controlled from one point.
- There is a larger storage capacity that can be placed in the recorder than in the IP camera itself. The IP camera has an SD card slot, while an HDD can be placed in an NVR.
On the other hand, there are also a lot of advantages for a smart AP camera that works stand-alone. The number of smart methods to secure your home is only increasing. In this blog we discuss the possibilities and benefits of IP surveillance cameras. This is a type of smart security camera that works slightly differently from other smart variants.
- You do not need a hub or central unit with an IP camera.
A major advantage of an IP camera is that you do not need any devices or systems to use it. All you need is a network. The camera then connects via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable. That is different with standard smart cameras. Because they are part of a larger whole. You connect them to a hub so that they are connected to your complete smart home system. An IP camera operates as a standalone unit. You can connect to other devices within the network with your own IP address. In fact, this type of camera works in the same way as your laptop, smart printer or smartphone.
- Send the images all over the world
You can view the filmed images wherever and whenever you want. In that respect, a smart IP camera is comparable to other smart cameras. You set whether you wish to receive a notification as soon as movement is detected. You can also control more luxurious models remotely. For example, you can rotate the camera for a better view. This means you always keep a close eye on your home.
- Communicate via the smart camera
It is possible to communicate with someone standing in front of the camera via a microphone and a loudspeaker. It is therefore not illogical to hang an IP camera above your front door. You then have security and the device fulfills a large part of the functions of a smart doorbell. You can also scare off unwanted visitors by suddenly saying something to them.
- An IP camera is very flexible in use
Compared to other smart security cameras, an IP camera is much easier to integrate with your home network. The device functions almost completely independently. You don't need a Google or Apple hub at home. All you need is a home network to connect. Everyone with a connection to a major internet provider in the Netherlands has a modem and therefore a wireless network. As a result, there is direct integration with other devices in the network at your home. Via alternative, smart solutions, the connection always takes place via an intermediate station. When you are away from home, you should therefore have your complete smart system switched on. That is not necessary with an IP camera. The only thing you have to leave on is the device itself and your internet modem.
Advice about IP cameras in our stores
Would you like professional help in making your choice for an IP camera or stand-alone security camera? Our specialists are at your service in one of our branches in Utrecht, Amsterdam or Maaseik in Belgium. Would you rather order an IP camera online, but still have some questions? Feel free to call 030-6303631 or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you place your order before 5:00 PM, we will ship today! You also always get a 14-day cooling-off period with us. Your satisfaction is our priority.