IP camera

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An IP Camera is similar to a traditional electronic video camera in most respects, except that it includes support for Ethernet and/or wireless (Wifi) communication and either has its own built-in web server so it may be connected to directly or uploads (streams) the real-time feed to another Internet-accessible location. Instead of saving images to a storage device, such as an SD card, the IP camera transmits the images to a remote location using TCP/IP. A smartphone or tablet computer or web browser are often used to view the output from IP cameras. Some IP cameras also include a microphone.

IP cameras can be used to record a sporting event or to maintain surveillance of a location. Typically, the camera operator places the camera and then leaves the camera's location.


IP cameras are trivial to install. The IP cameras are connected to a network, usually with Ethernet cable or a wireless connection, and a source of power. Once they have been powered on and connected, client software or a web browser can be used to see and hear the camera's output as well as control any additional features such as zoom, panning, email alerts, etc.

Camera features

  • Audio Reception is included with most cameras above entry-level, to record sound as well as images.
  • Night Vision, be it infrared or other, is offered on some models. This is an enormous advantage over anyone outside in the dark.
  • Panning greatly increases a cameras effective field of view, but it can also alert near-by individuals to the camera's presence if it is noisy.
  • Two-way Audio includes a speaker on the camera to allow communication with the camera's location. Most surveillance tasks do not require this, but it is a worthwhile consideration.
  • Zooming changes the focal length of the camera for viewing details.

Server features

Most IP camera have some form of web server and several other types of servers as well. The features of these cameras will give you different abilities in controlling the camera or know what is going on with it even when you are not looking at it.

  • Email Alerts can be broadcast by many cameras, these can be triggered by sounds, motion, light, or any other of a range of inputs. This email can be sent to either an email account or as a text message through a service provider's email-text gateway, i.e. Verizon customers can be sent text messages via email at 5555555555@vtext.com.
  • Web Servers are a part of nearly all cameras. These will provide you with a console to watch and listen to the camera's output, control its features, configure it, and more...


The extensive use of IP cameras is a major issues for privacy. Many citizens have concerns with the fact that countless IP cameras and other surveillance cameras have been install in every major intersection of big cities and in innumerable other public places.


In the modern era, rather than a sentry, the IP camera has become almost indispensable to all modern "fortification" and security, from banks, to government and business offices, to home security. A fortified and secure location is nearly indefensible without some sort of IP cameras.


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