Installing an IP Camera in Your Home


IP-Camera-ViewIn this age where security is of great importance, the need for surveillance cannot be stressed enough. There are several resources that are used for this purpose, the main one being cameras. Technology has increased over the years to such an extent that there are motion sensors that can detect intrusion, but never the less cameras are used to capture the crime that might take place. This brings us to IP cameras.

There used to be a time when CCTV cameras were the best possible equipment that can be used for this purpose. IP cameras are advancement over the closed circuit television cameras. Network IP cameras are ideal pet cam, baby cam and nanny cam video surveillance devices.

A combination of a camera, a storage space, an image sensor and one or more processors is what makes up a typical IP camera or a network camera. It thus can be seen as a combination of a small sized computer and camera. The image sensors and processors are used for image processing, networking and analysis of video and compressing it. The memory in it is used to store the recording video locally and for storing the firmware of the onboard embedded system. The term IP camera is used generally in instances where normal cameras with the above mentioned specifications are used for surveillance purpose.

Every IP camera just like a computer has its own IP address and be connected anywhere there is a network connection available. The main difference between a web cam and a IP cam lies in the capability of a IP cam to send recorded data over a network to a remote location which cannot be done without any supporting software or a connection to a computer in case of a webcam. A network camera providesweb server,FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and e-mail functionalities.

Video can be sent over an IP network when a IP cam is configured to do so for the purpose of live recording and live viewing. These can be done continuously or at scheduled times. The authority to trigger such events can also be monitored and set accordingly. The images that are captured are streamed in various formats including JPEG, MPEG-4 or the images captured are sent using FTP, HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) or a simple e-mail.

One of the many useful features of IP cameras is the ability to access it over a web browser from anywhere over the world. All that is needed is get connected to the IP address of that particular cam and then access it and perform several actions depending on the firmware and features specific to that particular cam. Many of the cams present day are using open source based technologies which add to the ability to get connected to several devices and the possibilities are endless on the kind of security features that can be designed.

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