When most people take make the move from analog cameras to Network Cameras (IP Cameras), what they need in the ways of video recording, archiving, and cables is the biggest challenge for them to learn. Unless you are a network engineer or seasoned IT vet, you’ve probably never had to deal with switches, PoE ports, or port forwarding. After gaining a strong grasp on these things, Network Surveillance systems are breeze.
How Does a Network Camera Send Video Signal?
Unlike standard analog cameras which connect to a DVR via BNC cable, IP cameras use standard CAT5 cables to connect to an NVR (Network Video Recorder). They are the same network cables used for connecting computers to routers, modems, and each other. In fact, many houses and businesses are already outfitted with a CAT5 network throughout.
How Does a Network Camera Receive Power?
The majority of network cameras are Power over Ethernet (PoE) compatible. Essentially, the same CAT 5 network cables can be injected with power using a PoE injector or a PoE switch. This helps reduce the amount of wires required to make a camera operational and often saves time since, again, many sites are already outfitted with CAT5.
The fear of new and different technology often keeps people from implementing the best possible solutions. Armed with the understanding of Network Camera connections, there is no reason not to make the upgrade.