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IP or Network Camera instead of CCTV

Updated on August 23, 2017

IP Camera

Photo Credit: Mine
Photo Credit: Mine

IP or Network Camera is Now a Necessity for Home Security

Have you thought of installing an IP or network camera in your home? Even if you think that you are living in a relatively secure and safe area on earth, you might still need this item. It brings peace of mind to be able to have a clear view of your surroundings when you hear some weird or unusual noises in the night.

All of us experienced waking up at wee hours because of an unusual noise or perhaps a bad dream that someone wants to break in. If you live with your family and your children are still very young, it is frightening to even think about a situation when bad elements enter your home. With all the news we watch everyday, it is not sick to become paranoid and start proofing our homes from danger. Installing an IP Camera will not make our homes danger proof but it will buy for the owner time to ward off imminent danger. It adds a layer for security.

What are the features that you must check before you buy an IP or network camera?

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My Choice of IP/Network Camera

Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black)
Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black)

Have it real time.

What makes the camera of most shops not serving the purpose why it is there? It is because no one is monitoring what the camera is capturing. You have heard of a store where a valuable item was shoplifted. There is camera installed but no one saw what was happening until someone reviewed the footage.

Installing this Foscam FI8910W will keep you in touch with its two way talk system, email alert and web apps.

This item has all that you are looking for in an IP/Network Camera.


Why Choose IP Camera instead of CCTV or Closed Circuit TV?

First, let us highlight but simplify the difference:

"Closed Circuit" TV, as the title implies is limited to the area where it is installed

while IP Camera (IP stands for "internet protocol"), is accessible to the world wide web.

So, you can access your camera wherever you are as long as you can connect to the net.

Other users prefer CCTV with the reason that it's more safe.

But, you can also secure an IP Camera

Important Features You Should be Looking For - Do not buy one until you are satisfied on the answer to the following

  • Can you pan/tilt it so you can easily divert and clearly see an area that you wish to focus on?

Some cameras cannot be tilted while others can tilt to a very limited degree. Buying these cameras will be a waste of money because you have to buy more in order to cover your zone three hundred sixty degrees.

  • Can it detect motion?

Before you buy an IP/Network camera, read carefully the product description. Some cameras can detect motion but it will set an alarm even if it is caused by the wind blowing on your favorite ornamental plants in your garden. This will cause unnecessary worries and panics. Imagine if you are having fun in Maldives and you have to cancel the rest of the trip to be home and check on the alarm you got thru your email only to find out that it is not what it seems to be.

  • What about night vision?

The darkness fosters sinister intents and machinations thus, night vision feature of an IP/Network camera cannot be overemphasized. In fact, it might be our number one item in our "to check list" when shopping for this item.

  • How's the quality of the video or images?

Okay, so the camera caught squarely what happened that could shed light to a case. The problem is, the images are of poor quality that none of the people there could be recognized. It is almost the same as not putting a camera after all.

  • Check it's recording system.

What is the capacity of its storage? Then you would be asking yourself if it worth it to buy for a more expensive one with higher memory. It really depends on your personal circumstances. One who could check it every now and then may not need a large storage.

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Where's the Camera?

Where's the Camera?
Where's the Camera?

Where is the camera

I preferred to hide the camera because I think that hiding it is more advantageous than making it visible. If the camera is visible, it would be easier for

To Hide or to Highlight - Two opposing views

The photo above shows the front of our house where one of the cameras is installed. The camera cannot be seen because it was painted and disguised. Would you rather hide the camera and not let others know that you're house is secured with surveillance system?

Others prefer to let outsiders know that their house is protected by a system by posting decals. The rationale: it will ward off possible intruders/burglars. On my opinion though, I prefer it hidden and unknown. If intruders are fully aware of what they have to expect, they will be more prepared or ready. Disabling the system would be their first priority.

Would you hide it or leave it unnoticed or pose decals to highlight that you are protected?

IP Camera and Your SmartPhone

Remote viewing is possible

With your smartphone, you can record images or videos on what's happening in your home or room where the IP camera is installed. You may also set up an email alert when motion is detected.

Several Features means Several Functions

Now, it is not only against burglars or intruders

The primary use of the IP camera is to give you peace of mind while you are away from your home or feeling of security while you are inside. But, it is not only about keeping those burglars or intruders away. With the features that IP cameras have, you can also spy, or shall I use a more less blunt term, "monitor" the people inside.

This is useful in many ways.

It is useful for parents who has to leave their kids under the care of someone else or, simply to know and be updated of what their kids are doing; how well they are doing.

It can be used to spy on unfaithful partners. That is, if the other party does not know about it. (That sounds a bit paranoid but do not be too comfortable and confident).

Other IP options to choose from - Only the best rated items on Amazon

I saved your time in browsing for the best options. All items you find below are rated with full five star by customers on Amazon.

Comments, short or long are very much appreciated

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    • wjlambert lm profile image

      wjlambert lm 4 years ago

      I currently use 2 Asante Voyagers on my home, one in front, one in back. I like that you can use them over the wireless net but wish that good camera weren't so dang pricey.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I have not thought of installing this camera at home but I think we need one! Thanks for sharing :)

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      Great lens

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      Its a pretty nice surveillance cameras. This information is very much important now