An IP camera, also known as network camera, utilizes the Internet Protocol network connection whereby the camera and the computer is combined as a single unit to aid in the transfer of the captured video through an IP network consisting of network switches and hubs. The data is then recorded inside a PC server that has video management software. This camera can at the same time be regarded as a standalone device that acts as a surveillance unit and which can be monitored as well as controlled through the use of standard protocols such as FTP,HTTP and SMTP, without the use of a computer. Footage can eventually be accessed through the web browser on a PC.
There exist numerous types of IP cameras such as fixed, wireless, dome, as well as Indoor and outdoor and PTZ IP cameras. Furthermore, IP cameras types can be classified depending on different factors. One such classification is made according to how the camera lens and the image processing unit are constructed. Through this method two different types of cameras can be distinguished:
- Integrated IP camera: Here the image capture unit is integrated with the image processing unit and therefore there is only a single lens that supports only one channel.
- Video server IP camera: This camera consists of the image processing unit, the transfer unit and the networking module, without the video capture unit. It therefore supports two to thirty-two multi video input channels.
In addition, IP cameras can be classified according to how the video capture unit is linked to the video server:
- Corded Camera: These cameras are linked and connected by a cord and are known to produce a good quality video image.
Lastly, the remaining types of IP cameras can be classified according to how they are connected to the Internet:
- Wired camera: This is a camera that is linked to the Internet using a UTP data cable such as a CAT 5, which provides a more reliable and faster data connection.
- Wireless Camera: This camera is linked to the Internet through Wi-Fi, blue tooth or other wireless connections.
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