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Analog Vs. IP - Which is Best for You?

Long gone are the days of blurry surveillance camera footage. Today’s video surveillance technology is able to capture high-resolution images that can capture minute details from any distance and in any lighting. Thanks to the latest digital IP camera technology, a single camera can go beyond 4K resolution of an analog camera and even do the work of multiple cameras with a single lens. If you already have an analog system in place, Legacy analog camera wiring can be reused with HD over analog cameras, allowing you to upgrade your system without the high cost of updating your wiring. To learn more about which technology is better for you - Analog or IP - read on below.

What is an IP Camera.

An IP – which stands for “Internet Protocol” – security system is essentially a Network system on which the footage can be streamed directly from the camera to the recording device over a Local Area Network (LAN) or other internet connection. IP networks are becoming more and more popular as users begin to realize just how easy it is to install and utilize an IP system.

Like a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet, internet protocol equipment can be connected to a network and placed wherever there is an Internet connection. Not to be confused with a web cam, which only works when it is connected to another device such as a laptop, a network camera has its own web server. Network systems can be used for live viewing and/or set to record, and can be scheduled to start monitoring at any given time or during specific events. In addition to capturing footage, these tools can also be set to detect motion and audio, as well as alert you when anything is “amiss.” The definition of “amiss” can be set and changed by you as you see fit.

Types of IP Cameras and the Benefits of Each

There are several different CCTV equipment options available for you to choose from, but what type you ultimately decide on all depends on your needs and which features can meet them. Below are the seven major types of IP cameras available to choose from and the various features of each:

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Wired & Wireless IP

The great thing about IP networks is that they don’t require multiple wires to be effective. IP can either be wired or wireless. If you opt for the wireless version, you can simply connect it to a local computer network via the internet. To ensure a steady and strong internet connection, use an Ethernet cable to connect your equipment to a router. Completely wireless IP cameras can be used to survey a greater area than wired ones, as they run off of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi; however, the connection isn’t nearly as strong, and it is susceptible to the normal pitfalls posed by Wi-Fi.

Day & Night IP

These cameras do exactly what their name implies: provides seamless monitoring both day and night. While most recording devices are designed to work hard for you in broad daylight, not many can provide clear footage at night. This equipment can though. A day and night camera works a lot like a night vision one. When the sun sets, it employs an infrared light to see through the darkness and to provide high resolution black-and-white images. During the day, however, it provides crystal clear images in full color, giving you the best of both worlds.

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Pan-Tilt-Zoom lenses can do what their name implies: pan an area, tilt to capture footage from various angles, and zoom in on objects as necessary. PTZ lenses can be controlled remotely or can be set to P, T or Z whenever motion or audio is detected. The wide range of motion offered by these types of cameras negate the need for several cameras, as they can monitor different directions and multiple angles. While these types of equipment are great for just about anything, they are especially useful when monitoring a moving subject.


Unlike PTZ lenses, fixed lenses stay focused on the same spot throughout the day and can only be redirected to monitor a different area if the lens is manually adjusted. However, a fixed camera can come equipped with different lenses that can help to enhance their function.

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Most cameras come in a box form, but dome cameras allow for 360 viewing when PTZ lenses are utilized. A dome camera comes with built in protection from the elements, making them ideal for outdoor use, an integrated infrared light and is vandal-proof. The only pitfall is that switching out the lenses in a dome is much harder to do than switching out the lens in a box camera.

Megapixel IP

Megapixel IP equipment is ideal for businesses that need to capture precise footage. The lowest resolution available on these types of cameras is 1280×1024 pixels. If you want to go wireless or use Wi-Fi, the megapixel IP camera may not be the one for you, as this equipment requires significantly more bandwidth and storage than most other types of security equipment. These cameras are ideal for organizations that need to closely monitor their footage for small details, such as law enforcement agencies.

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Decentralized & Centralized IP

Decentralized IP cameras are standalone recording devices that sends its footage to a built-in hard drive or external hard drive. While these types of equipment cut down on the amount of equipment you might need to secure your property, they come with a few risks—namely, if the equipment is stolen or vandalized, your footage is gone.

Centralized IP cameras, on the other hand, are linked to external recording devices, which handles both the recording and playback of your footage. Even if your recording device is stolen or vandalized, your footage will be safely stored in another device.

Installation of Your IP Security System

When it comes time to install your surveillance system, you should work with a professional who understands the best spots to place your equipment, what type(s) of cameras you would benefit most from and how to set up the most comprehensive system while working within the confines of your budget. At Mammoth Security, we hire only the most qualified individuals and train them to become the expert installers you’re looking for. Our team of professionals will guide you toward the best surveillance solutions for your businessand ensure that when our job is done, your business is wholly protected from theft, vandalism and other types of harm.

Don’t take a chance on your business and try to install your system yourself. A DIY security system might save you money up front, but it could cost you in the long run. Err on the side of caution and hire a team of expert security system installers to get your surveillance network up and running today. Call Mammoth Security in Connecticut for your free consultation now!

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