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Centalized and Decentralized IP Cameras

Did you know that an Internet Protocol Camera, or IP Camera, is available in two different styles?

The most common style of IP Camera is the “Centralized” IP Camera. The “centralized” IP Camera Requires a Central NVR(Network Video Recorder). The Centralized IP Camera can be connected directly to the Internet and record to an NVR locally or remotely making this very useful for applications that need the recording device to be hidden or located off site from the cameras.

The other style, “Decentralized” IP Camera actually has it’s NVR functionality built into it’s technology inside the camera.This “Decentralized” IP Camera has the ability to record to many different types of Digital Storage Media such as Network Attached Storage, Hard Disk Drives or the most commonly used Flash Drive. The Flash Drive is very small and makes the Decentralized IP Camera very versatile for low maintenance applications.

Brian Merritt


  1. Brian Conn on January 26, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Nice blog post. In today’s world, its too necessary for anyone’s security. So keep it up !

  2. Rocky Periwinkle on February 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I have a decentralized ip camera. It has a slot to insert an SD card to back up footage if the NVR goes out.

  3. Marco on February 21, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I like the idea of decentralized ip cameras. i install cctv equipment and the most common issue in the field is network failure or bandwidth issues. being able to record at the edge of the network by way of micro sd cards or flash drives is especially important for such applications as banks, jails and casinos to name a few.

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