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When you are choosing the right surveillance equipment for your home or business, there are multiple factors to consider. With CCTV equipment improving, IP cameras and HD over-coax security cameras have taken over the industry. Both options offer excellent storage capacity, enhanced HD video, remote viewing capabilities, and more. These are two primary options for a new installation or an upgrade.

IP Cameras

IP cameras use CAT5 and CAT6 ethernet cables. This allows them to deliver an exceptionally high-quality image. Most IP cameras provide 1080p, 2K, or even 4K resolutions. The cameras specs can range from 2 to 8 megapixels to meet all surveillance needs. IP cameras are the best option when maximum clarity is needed, as well as where you need more coverage using a single system.

IP cameras are typically more expensive than HD over-coax cameras, but their costs have gone down a lot. You also need fewer IP cameras to view a larger area because of clarity at a greater range. The initial cost is high, especially when you upgrade from an analog system. In addition, you can customize and scale your system as needed.

IP cameras only use one cable for video, audio, and power. This can make installation much easier than over-coax systems that need separate wiring for power, audio, and visual. Now that there is more advanced ethernet (PoE) technology, it is possible to zoom and focus IP cameras remotely at any time.

IP videos can be encrypted so that they are hard to intercept. However, the networks connecting the cameras can be the targets of cyberattacks. Each camera, the NVR, and the devices are connected by a network, so you might want to invest in digital security. However, IP camera systems can be a reliable option for monitoring your assets.

HD Cameras

Over the years, these security camera systems have improved greatly in terms of video resolution and quality. HD cameras can deliver 720p, 1080p, and 1520p resolution with BNC coaxial cables. These cameras are 3-5 times clearer than standard analog systems. Most commercial buildings or offices with surveillance systems installed already have the cable infrastructure required in place. Upgrading would only require switching out the recorders and cameras.

HD cameras systems are easy to run. Unlike IP camera systems that are attached to your network, HD camera systems won’t be affected by potential network issues. Any HD camera can be plugged into a DVR. There are no compatibility issues when changing either the HD cameras or the DVR. Most digital recorders come as hybrids so that they can have seamless conversation and management with both IP and HD cameras.

HD camera systems can transmit over distances of 500+ feet with coaxial cable. If you upgrade from an analog system, you do not have to replace the existing cables. There is also no need to replace the existing cables, and there’s no need for HD system installations, making them easy to install. The technology is cost-effective, offering HD camera surveillance at a reduced cost compared to IP cameras.

HD cameras are not connected through a network. The cameras connect physically via coaxial cable. This makes them resistant to cyberattacks or viruses. The only way to interfere with an HD camera is to attack the device physically.

Wrap Up

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