Multipurpose IP Security Cameras

Meeting today’s video surveillance challenges.

As security management over the IP network expands and intelligence capabilities move out to network cameras, systems can scale much more easily. The transition to network video is a reality as customers take advantage of flexible, industry standard systems for security and video surveillance. For the security manager, the shift to network video creates new opportunities where digital technology can be put to use to deliver maximum value.

The IP Way: How it works

A network video system is able to send video without the need for a dedicated physical infrastructure. It uses standard IP networks, such as Local Area Networks (LANs) and the Internet, for transporting information, rather than dedicated point-to-point cabling, such as that used in analog video systems.

Making the most out of your system

Progressive scan: Depicting moving objects clearly
Many network cameras employ progressive scan technology that better depicts moving objects clearly. This advanced image capture technology means that the whole image is captured at one time, thus providing crystal clear images even with a high degree of motion.

HDTV and megapixel resolution: See what you’ve been missing
A megapixel network camera provides more detail or can cover larger areas. In addition to the advantage of depicting more detail with greater pixel density, it can be used to digitally pan, tilt and zoom, and to create multi-view video. An HDTV network camera provides even better video quality with full frame rate and excellent color representation.

Wireless networking: For full installation flexibility
Sometimes wireless solutions are the best and most costeffective option for video surveillance installations. For example, it is useful in historic buildings, where the installation of cables would damage the interior, or within facilities where there is a need to move cameras to new locations on a regular basis. The technology can also be used to bridge sites without expensive ground cabling.

Total cost of ownership at a glance

According to independent research on the differences between analog and digital solutions, installation, configuration and training costs for analog systems are almost 50% more than for IP systems. For example, cabling is almost three times as expensive in analog systems compared with IP-based systems. The primary reason is that coaxial cabling is more expensive than Ethernet cabling.

Also, analog typically requires separate power cabling, while Power over Ethernet eliminates the need for electrical connections in the IP system, and separate cabling is also needed to control analog PTZ cameras. A network video system allows users to incorporate open PC systems and open storage with video management software, which costs 20% less than DVRs.

If an IP infrastructure is installed, the network video system is always lower in cost. Network video systems of 40 cameras or more have a lower total cost of ownership than analog-based systems.

32 cameras is the break-even point for IP systems vs. analog. Beyond 32 cameras, the network video system in common scenarios has a lower cost, and between 16 and 32, the cost is quite similar or may be slightly lower for analog systems.

Network video products have other benefits that cannot be quantified: scalability, easier integration with other systems, superior image quality, better maintenance and service, easier troubleshooting, and many more.

Ready to upgrade your old Analog system?

Significant investments in analog CCTV systems may have already been made. The technology shift to network video does not, however, mean that existing analog CCTV investments have to be discarded. With a network video solution, you can integrate your existing analog system into an IP-based solution.


IP video surveillance systems provide tremendous benefits including exceptional image quality and advanced functionalities. Due to these benefits, migration to IP system is only a question of time. We can help you with the perfect video surveillance solution for your business no matter where your analog system is.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I install home security cameras?


Many of today's IP-based home security cameras can be installed, placed, and configured by homeowners without the need to hire a contractor. With CompCam home security cameras, the convenience of professional installation by Smart Home Pros is part of your smart home purchase. But once you have security cameras installed, you may want to make small adjustments sometime in the future, such as relocating cameras or adjusting angles. If you decide to do the work yourself, we suggest paying special attention to these four points:

  • Camera height — Mount cameras well out of reach to prevent tampering.
  • Signal strength — Make sure camera placement is within your WiFi range.
  • Power supply routing — The closer to the power source, the better.
  • Mounting — You want secure and weatherproof attachment.

How does a doorbell camera improve home security?


The CompCam Doorbell Camera is one of the smallest and smartest outdoor cameras in the security market. A smart home system equipped with a doorbell camera allows you to track activity at front door and stay aware of who comes and goes. There’s more:

  • Knows who’s at the door without opening it.
  • Monitor the door remotely when your kids are home alone.
  • What you need to know and see at your doorstep gets recorded, so you never miss a thing.

How to protect your home with cameras and more.


A complete security system can help protect your home and family from a variety of threats—burglary, intrusion, property theft, vandalism, and house fire or flood—by facilitating quick access to emergency assistance. Vivint Smart Home provides you with a security ecosystem for your whole home—inside and out—as well as an on-call support team to assist you day and night.

Every Vivint Smart Home system includes a one-on-one product consultation, free professional installation, and 24/7 customer support and monitoring. The suite of products typically included in a Vivint Smart Home security system includes:

  • Outdoor Camera – Wireless, HD security camera with infrared night vision that gives you on-demand access to a live video feed and sends notifications to your phone when someone approaches your door.
  • Flood/Freeze Sensors – Protect homes from water damage and pipe-freezing low temperatures by sending mobile notifications when temperatures drop, or when moisture levels rise beyond set parameters in or around your home.
  • Motion Detector – Infrared motion sensor with 90-degree look-down to ensure nothing passes by undetected.
  • Smoke Detector – Uses photoelectric sensing to detect heat increases.
  • Door/Window Sensors – Sound an alarm whenever protected doors and windows are opened and can also be used to protect medicine cabinets, gun cabinets, or the door to a child's bedroom.

How much does a home security system cost?


The total cost of a home security system can be measured in three phases: purchase price, installation costs, and operating costs over time. Purchase price varies by provider, equipment package, and payment options. CompCam Smart Home smart home packages come with flexible payment options.

Some of the lower-quality home security systems come with only basic door and window sensors that customers can easily install themselves. More high-end equipment packages—like the ones CompCam Smart Home provides—come with a touch-screen control panel and the option to add outdoor home security cameras, all of which require professional installation.

The home security market offers many plug-and-play equipment packages that center around an audible alarm to deter intruders who trigger a door or window sensor. They do not offer professional monitoring, so there’s no monthly service contract involved. Monitored home security systems cost between $20 and $60 per month. Although criminology research suggests most intruders flee at the first sound of an alarm, complete home security offers much more than just crime prevention. Protection from house fire or water damage, and assistance with medical emergencies should also be considered. In addition to providing more comprehensive protection, complete home security systems backed by professional monitoring services may also qualify customers for discounted homeowner’s insurance premiums.