Surveillance FAQs

Surveillance Questions…

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As part of our commitment to excellence, we believe that the more our clients understand the technologies and products available to them, the better they are equipped to make informed decisions. We have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions as related to video surveillance and security, but don’t hesitate to reach out to us anytime if you have any additional questions. 

FAQs: Video Surveillance

CCTV analog cameras connect to a video monitor or DVR using a coax connection, while IP cameras connect directly to the network using a RJ45 connector and have their own IP address.  CCTV or analog cameras transmit analog signals over the coax cables, while IP cameras transmit digitally encoded video over a standard network cable.  IP cameras have computers and intelligence, so they can be shared by many PCs using web browser and the video recorded using video management software or a NVR.

Here are a few of the many differences between these devices.

  • The NVR connects to the computer network and so does all the IP cameras. This allows you to take advantage of the existing network infrastructure instead of running wires from a “home base” location to all the cameras.
  • The DVR uses coax connections to each of the analog cameras
  • The NVR supports high-resolution megapixel cameras
  • The DVR supports only cameras with VGA resolution.

There are many more differences between systems that use analog cameras and those that use IP cameras. To learn more take a look at our article that compares an analog system to the new IP camera systems.

The latest IP cameras get power over the network. This is referred to as Power over Ethernet (PoE). You can also add a PoE midspan or power injector between the switch and the camera. This means that you only need to run one network cable to each camera, making installation very easy.

You can use either a physical router for your network (wired) or a WiFi connection (wireless). Wired networks tend to be more secure and reliable, although WiFi is easier, it leads to the increased need for security.

Surveillance Secure can help you encrypt these networks and customize a wireless network to minimize chances of any problems with a WiFi setup. You may also choose to use a cellular network, which tends to be safer than WiFi, but also slower.  Surveillance Secure can discuss your options with you to determine which one would be best for your custom setup and security needs.

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