|What do I need in order to use a Network Camera?A Network Camera requires several components: a Broadband or High-Speed Internet Connection for fast download times; a Wired or Wireless Router, depending on your Camera; a Static IP Address or a Dynamic Domain Name Server (DNS) Provider; a personal computer to configure your Camera; and a computer that you will use as a remote viewing station. What is a Static IP Address and why do I need one? When you have a device on a network, you can access it by entering the IP (Internet Protocol) address in the Web Browser. Internet Service Providers supply a Dynamic IP Address to most customers. A Dynamic IP Address is like a phone number that changes every time you hang up your phone, whilst a Static IP Address resembles a phone number that never changes. Only your ISP (Internet Service Provider) can provide you with a Static IP Address and they will charge you a monthly fee for that service. In order for you to gain access to your Network Camera consistently, you need a Static IP Address that never changes. AD Alarms click here for IP camera installation
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Some Internet providers cannot provide a Static IP. You may still be able to view your camera but you will need to use a third-party service to trick the system into thinking you have a Static IP DYDNS Provider (Dynamic Domain Name Server Provider): A third party entity that, via their server site, provides a stable IP Address Routing System that ensures that your IP Address, no matter how often it changes, is routed to a stable IP Address.
Do I need a High-Speed Internet Connection to use a Network/IP Camera?
Yes, a dial-up connection does not provide a wide enough bandwidth for streaming video. The video will be transmitted as a static group of still images that will be of little use. When you use your Network/IP Camera with a High-Speed Internet Connection, you can easily view the action as through it were a movie.
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Does my computer need to be on all the time if I use a Network Camera?
No, once the IP Surveillance Camera is installed and configured, the Camera is independently accessible from any web browser without your home computer being on. The Network Camera is an independent entity, with its own IP address, just like your home computer.
Can I monitor my Network Camera from any location?
Yes, you can monitor your Network Camera from any web browser with a high-speed connection, or any location with Internet access and a high-speed connection, so you can keep on eye on things when you’re not there.
Can other people monitor my Network Camera from any location?
Yes, Network Cameras allow your camera to be viewed by other users, if they have a high-speed connection to the Internet. Most Network Cameras come with software that allows for multiple user configuration, security and management.
What is the difference between a Standard Network Camera and a (PTZ) Network Camera?
PTZ is an acronym for Pan, Tilt and Zoom. A PTZ Network Camera can be viewed and controlled by multiple users just like a Standard Network Camera; the major difference being a Pan Tilt and Zoom Camera works more like your eyes, allowing you to look, left, right, up, down, or at an angle to gain a new perspective. A standard Network Camera only sees what’s directly in front of it.
Do I have to purchase additional software to use my Network Camera?
Most Network Cameras come with some form of software that provides basic functions such as configuration, viewing, access control and in some cases recording. For advanced features that may be available, but not part of the standard software, you can upgrade to either the manufacture’s “pro-level” software or choose one of the top software company’s that offer network video software that will work wit any major brand Camera. Some of the more advanced features that may be available with more powerful software include: the ability to receive e-mail alerts, images and or video to your mobile phone or PDA. Features may vary depending on the manufacturer and quality of the Network Camera.
What is the difference between a Network Camera and a Web Camera?
A Network/IP Camera is a networking device with a built in computer chip, sometimes referred to as a “web-server”. A Network Camera has its own “intelligence,” and does not need to be connected to a PC to establish a network connection, and can be viewed from virtually any web-browser. A Web Camera on the other hand, must be plugged directly into a computer (usually via a USB Port). Web Cameras are only accessible by the host computer and cannot be shared across a Network.
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