Internet availability and faster home computers have lead to amazing breakthroughs in the way most industries work. The security and surveillance products of the world are no different, as cameras have been able to create new business platforms, additional security features, and high-quality art forms all from the same system. Here are a few ways to expand the use of Internet Protocol (IP) security cameras.
How Are IP Cameras Different?
The Internet Protocol part of IP cameras means more than just connecting to a network. It's an entire set of features that can deliver content and even send different features to the camera with a push of a button.
For most IP security camera owners, the main feature is being able to observe and record footage across the network. This means that your camera is connected to a computer of some sort, and you can control the system as you see fit.
This is an improvement over old camera systems that featured proprietary or limited-use accessories and software suites that most people had to learn just to use at a basic level. With IP cameras, you can use your Windows, Apple, Linux distribution, or other computer platform as long as the camera's software is compatible.
To make things easier, you may not need to use the camera company's software. Many IP cameras either connect directly to computers via USB (universal serial bus) connections or an adapter that will connect the device to the computer.
Using IP Cameras With The Internet
An IP camera deliver your security information to the internet, but you need to be careful how you use it. At the same time, it's important to understand that security and privacy are not synonymous.
You likely won't want the inside of your home to be broadcast on an internet site 24/7, but what about the outside of your home? For exterior cameras, it's possible to leave up a video feed called a stream on websites such as YouTube, EarthCam, or Opentopia.
Just be sure to change the default password on your camera. The world of technology hacking isn't hard as some would assume, as many internet-enabled devices are "hacked" because people leave the factory-default passwords on their devices that can be looked up by anyone. There's even websites that expose people who have unchanged passwords.
The dangers can be offset by the convenience of recording your surveillance on the internet instead of a physical drive. Contact a security camera professional, such as from ACC Telecom, to discuss other features and security concerns to make your surveillance layout efficient, safe, and maybe even profitable if you can sell a nice view.