Different Types of Network Cameras

Wired Network Cameras

In the past a wired network camera system was a more reliable option than going wireless. Many companies still prefer the added security of a wired system. With a wired system a potential hacker would require a physical connection to the network. A disadvantage of a wired camera system is the installation process. It is very time consuming and disruptive if the building or home is not pre-wired for network cameras. In addition to the installation of a wired system it is an evasive process to repair a broken or damaged cable that is running though a wall.

Wireless Network CamerasA wireless network camera, like the Logitech Alert 750i, gives you the flexibility needed in many home and business environments. Unlike a wired camera the wireless option eliminates the need to purchase and install long lengths of cable or new power sources. Wireless cameras can be very small in size as well as being disguised as common household or office items. Larger cameras are generally used outside. A few disadvantages to wireless network cameras are security and quality. Many wireless cameras are susceptible to interference from outside sources. Wireless signals can also be intercepted by unauthorized personnel.

Remote monitoring with Network Cameras

Many of today’s camera systems can be remotely monitored. This monitoring requires the system to be connected to a broadband internet connection and have software running to allow outside access to the video feed. These feeds can be monitored using another computer, PDA or smart phone. There are apps available for smart phones running both Android and iPhone operating systems. Software running on your system can notify you of activity in the areas being watched by your cameras. Most new model cameras come with motion sensing capabilities that when triggered will email the owner a still shot of the area in question.Baby Monitors

Many parents use wireless cameras as a baby monitor. Before the availability of wireless cameras you had an audio only monitor. Video gives the added comfort of seeing what the baby is up to. Most baby monitors are battery powered to allow for easier placement and portability. These cameras also come with night vision and can be used anytime night or day. Another feature is two-way audio so moms and dads can talk to their baby when needed. Baby monitors can also be used to keep an eye on older kids as well as pets.