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IP or analog, which camera type is right for you?

Surveillance cameras can protect your home in many ways, but choosing the right solution for your needs, and your budget, is integral to securing your home effectively. Both IP and analog cameras can have a positive impact on your home security strategies, making either a solid choice.

Looking at IP cameras
IP cameras can be incredibly flexible, adaptable and feature-rich devices. A camera that connects to the web can be programmed to alert you when something happens around your house. For example, an IP camera complimented by a mobile app can be commanded to notify you via alert when somebody comes to your door, opens a window or moves in the yard within the camera's viewing range. This allows you to then tap into what the camera sees and identify if there is a threat or the device is noticing the mail carrier or an animal in your yard.

IP cameras can also be controlled through the web. When you are on vacation you can use this functionality to make sure your home is safe and has not been damaged. This is particularly beneficial, for example, if you are away when a major storm hits your area and you need to check if your house has been affected.

While IP cameras offer powerful functionality, those capabilities come with a cost. Installation can be incredibly expensive, especially since many IP cameras depend on wired network capabilities. While wireless is an option, it is generally not nearly as effective from a performance perspective. As a result, wired IP cameras are generally the better solution, especially if you have a large home or property to protect.  

Considering analog cameras
An analog camera setup may not be able to offer as much flexibility in terms of providing access through mobile devices, but they can still provide a more-than-adequate level of protection. Using an analog camera setup with a closed-circuit TV setup, for example, can still make the cameras accessible from a central platform or computer within your home. This allows you, for example, to check your cameras if you hear a disturbance without having to go outside to do so. The system also keeps video recordings for a set time, ensuring that, if you are burglarized, you have access to video that shows who broke into your home.

While analog cameras may be inferior to IP cameras in terms of functionality – IP cameras can do everything analog cameras can, however, analog solutions have a major advantage when it comes to price. Analog cameras have been around for a long time and, like any technology that has gotten older, have been refined to the point where components are much less expensive and the entire package is cost efficient for consumers. As a result, analog cameras are a prime option for homeowners that care about security, but do not have the funds available to invest in a state-of-the-art solution. Analog cameras may not be the newest security technology out there, but they are solid, effective and reliable solutions that consumers can trust.

Selecting the right security camera solution for your home is often a matter of balancing price and performance. Perhaps you are best off with a system that features an IP camera for your main point of entry, but analog cameras elsewhere. Maybe you can afford a few analog cameras and need help figuring out the best way to install them. Perhaps you have the kind of budget needed for a fully-featured IP camera setup. Regardless of which choice is right for you, working with a good security system provider can give you vital help in choosing the right system and having it installed correctly.

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