IP CCTV vs Analog CCTV

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IP CCTV security systems are state of the art CCTV cameras that protect your home, business or commercial premises.

Hikvision IP CCTV cameras are leading the way with their technological advancements and integrated video recorders. The Hikvision brand is well regarded as manufacturing reliable, high quality products.

So you might be wondering what the key differences are between IP CCTV cameras and Analog CCTV cameras?

IP stands for Internet Protocol, and refers to a digital video camera that can send and receive data via a computer network, as opposed to sending a feed to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR).

IP CCTV security cameras sending and receiving data over a computer network are advantageous for many reasons:



The best analog security cameras can’t even be compared to the worst type of IP camera when it comes to the resolution of the image it captures.

This speaks volumes of the difference between an IP CCTV camera and an analog camera. Additionally, IP cameras capture a much wider field of view than comparable analog cameras, meaning a single IP camera is potentially able to do the job of three to four of the traditional CCTV camera systems.

Have a look at the massive difference between (by all accounts a high quality) TVI CCTV system vs a new IP CCTV system.



Essentially what this means is that you can setup your network to flag specific events that occur in the cameras field of vision. This can include motion detection, objects being removed from the view of the camera (i.e. a car or garden equipment) and even flag for tampering of the camera itself.

The benefit is, instead of having to trawl through hours of footage when an event occurs, the network can tell you the specific time the event occurred and direct you right to them.

This simply cannot be done with traditional CCTV systems.



With a traditional analog DVR setup, each individual camera must be connected directly to the DVR itself.

IP CCTV cameras however, can circumvent this through the use of switches – which allow cameras in close proximity to each other to be connected to a single switch. This then allows the cameras to run on a single wire to the NVR (that’s the modern network video recorder).

This can dramatically reduce amount of cabling required, which can save on the labour component of your CCTV system installation.

Furthermore, because an ethernet cable is used to send and receive data between the NVR and the IP CCTV camera, the ethernet cable also powers the camera. This eliminates the need for a separate power cable.



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