How Does an IP Camera System Work?

October 18, 2016 blog-img

Numerous stores offer affordable home appliances in the Philippines. In this regard, it is quite easy to purchase various household products that would make your life more convenient. However, in your haste to buy the best devices in the market right now, you should not forget to secure your home. After all, what’s the use of filling your home up with outstanding appliances if an intruder can easily enter your home undetected and steal all of your belongings?

To deter thieves from breaking into your house, you should install IP cameras. This is one of the most popular security features worldwide. Before purchasing one, learn how an IP camera system works first.

What is an IP Camera?

IP camera means “internet protocol” camera. This is also sometimes called as “internet camera” or “webcam” and it is mostly used for surveillance purposes. You can view videos in your laptop through this camera as long as there’s internet connection. Most of the time, IP cameras are like small computers because they have their own software. You just need to configure it to a network before using it.


Think of an IP camera as a digital camera, because they pretty much work the same way. The only difference is that IP cameras are capable of compressing files as well as transmitting them through the internet. If you want to use numerous cameras, you should use a centralized network camera. This requires a network video recorder (NVR) which is a program that will allow you to view videos from multiple cameras all at once. However, if you wish to use one or two IP cameras only, you may use a decentralized network camera instead. 

What are the Types of Networks?

There are 3 types of networks that you can use:

  • Cellular Network – This is probably the most secure network out of the three. The use of cellular transmitters in the cameras means that you don’t have to use LAN at all. Unfortunately, this is pretty expensive and slow.
  • Wireless Networks – This makes use of WiFi routers when transmitting videos. Although this is faster than using a cellular network, it is definitely slower than wired networks. You can easily set up and customize a wireless network; unfortunately, they can also be easily accessed without your consent by other individuals.


  • Wired networks – This requires you to connect to a broadband modem or router through Ethernet cables. This is not only the fastest out of the three, it is also probably the most secure since it eliminates the possibility of signal interception. 

What Else Do I Need?

Aside from an IP camera, internet, and router, you will also need a computer (for configuring the camera), as well as an NVR – especially if you plan to store videos. Lastly, you’ll have to get a video device that can be connected to the internet.

Installing an IP camera will help ensure you and your family’s safety. This would not only help you sleep better at night, it is also quite advantageous if you are going to leave your house unattended for a long period of time. Monitor your surroundings and keep burglars away by installing an IP camera system now!

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