Internet Security Cameras

Setting up internet security cameras for your home is less complicated than you might think. The cameras can be connected directly to your IP network, which you can then control, monitor and view directly through a computer with Internet access. This gives you a lot of flexibility in how you customize your video surveillance.

You first need to determine whether you are going to be using wired or wireless internet security cameras, as there is a difference in the set-up. With the wired version, you would have to run cables to the location where you will be mounting the camera. On the other hand, by installing the wireless camera, you would only require a wireless adaptor, which plugs into your computer and facilitates the electronic communication between your security camera and the computer.

Sire you don't have to drill holes in the walls and run cables with wireless internet security cameras, you can imagine they are more popular with homeowners. In the old days, wireless cameras weren't as popular because they just weren't that reliable, but today's technology has really closed the gap. There are many quality wireless internet security cameras on the market.

Now let's talk about the actual installation process. (You'll want to follow the directions that come with the security camera you purchase, but we can give you a rough idea of what's involved in installing internet cameras.)

One of the first things you need to do is accurately assess your network's load capabilities. Don't worry--you don't need the biggest and baddest home network to install a camera.

The ideal range of speed your network should be able to handle comfortably would be between 56mbps to 10Gbps. However, if you're running a business (or adding video surveillance to a huge mansion) and a large number of cameras are going to be installed--or if there is a requirement for extremely high-quality video imaging--then a more powerful network would be required. For example a 10 Gigabit Ethernet could host up to 1000 video cameras or more.

That's a lot of coverage!

Once you have picked out your internet security cameras it is a question of getting them connected to the network. For this you have to connect the power cable to the camera and plug it into an electrical outlet. (Yes, even "wireless" cameras will need power.)

Next, connect the video camera to your computer by using an Ethernet cable (some cameras may also come with a USB cable for installation). Then install the set-up software that came with your camera. For this, there will be a few steps to follow, to make sure that the correct IP addresses are being used.

After the initial configuration is complete, unplug the Ethernet cable from the camera and mount it anywhere, as long as the camera is within range of your wireless router and power source.

Certain internet security cameras let you monitor from virtually anywhere in the world. All you need to do is log onto a specially designated internet site using a PC, and you can instantly access camera images. You can even use your web browser to move the camera’s pointing direction and modify its digital zoom to bring objects of interest into close view. Some internet security cameras also enable you to keep an eye on things from any location using an internet equipped cell phone.

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Now that you everything installed and set-up, you're well on your way to experimenting with all the features that make an internet security camera so wonderful, like motion triggers, alert automation, and timed recording cycles. Just remember, before you buy, that connecting the camera to the Internet requires Internet access and may require that you obtain additional hardware such as a cable or DSL modem. (You won't be able to install an internet security camera if all you've got for your home computer is dial-up access.)