IP camera stands for Internet Protocol camera. It is a type of digital video camera commonly employed for surveillance, and which unlike analog CCTV cameras can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet. Although most of the cameras that do this are webcams, the term IP camera is usually applied only to those used for surveillance.
Generally, a wireless IP camera uses the internet protocol to communicate live video across internet by the means of a packet-switched network. The streamed signal is broken into packets by the transmitter which are reassembled by the receiver to reproduce what the camera is recording in real time. In simple terms this means that you can place your battery-operated camera high in a tree in your garden and program it to start recording whenever it senses movement close to your home.
IP cameras are digtal cameras that have a web server built in and can be used in any situation, indoors or outdoors, for domestic or business use. With an ip camera you can easily view what the camera is recording eventhough you are in any place of the world. All you have to do is enter in the IP address of the camera and the sight is visible to you. You may argur that a video camera or CCTV is equally efficient but its not about efficiency here. It is about being able to view your home or business premises from anywhere in the world.
The advantage of wireless IP camera is that, it uses a wireless internet connection that can be connected online using any wireless router. This provides the advantage that intruders cannot cut any cables to cut off the signal. The camera itself would have to be destroyed, and it would likely record this before it stopped recording and sending live signals, with the IP camera. Thus, comparing to the CCTV and video camera, an IP camera is better considering the security it provides.
These cameras are easily fitted with day/night facilities, full tilt, pan and zoom operation that is remotely controllable. With the remote control, they can be fitted with alarms, motion detectors and IR heat detection.These cameras dont cost too much. They are very reasonable, hence, providing with the option of getting two of these; in case one is sabbotaged by a intruder, the other can record it and send out an alarm. There are also powered version and a battery driven camera, so you have more to choose from. On the whole, an IP wireless camera is a worthy investment.