IP Cameras are similar to traditional video cameras in most respects, except that they include support for Ethernet and generally have their own built-in web server.
Assuming you already have an existing home network, IP cameras are trivial to install. They simply need to be provided with a connection to the network, usually with ethernet cable or a wireless connection, and a source of power. Once they have been powered on and connected you can either use client software or a web browser to see what it is seeing and hear it is hearing as well as control any additional features such as zoom, panning, e-mail alerts, etc...
- Audio Reception is included with most cameras above entry-level, this allows you to listen to what is going on in addition to seeing it.
- Night Vision, be it infrared or other, is offered on some models. This is an enormous advantage over anyone outside in the dark.
- Panning will allow you to greatly increase a cameras effective field of view, but it can also alert near-by individuals to the camera's presence if it is noisy.
- Two-way Audio allows you to speak from the camera. Most surveillance tasks do not require this, but it is a worthwhile consideration.
- Zooming allows you to get a closer look at a potential threat, the more you know about your enemy the better prepared you will be for their attack.
Most IP camera have some form of web server and several other types of servers as well. The features of these cameras will give you different abilities in controlling the camera or know what is going on with it even when you are not looking at it.
- E-mail Alerts can be broadcast by many cameras, these can be triggered by sounds, motion, light, or any other of a range of inputs. This email can be sent to either an email account or as a text message through a service provider's email-text gateway, i.e. Verizon customers can be sent text via email at [email protected]
- Web Servers are a part of nearly all cameras. These will provide you with a console to watch and listen to the camera's output, control its features, configure it, and more...
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