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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an IP camera?
IP stands for Internet Protocol. An IP camera is a digital video system that can transmit data over a network. These systems work with mobile devices so that you can view your surveillance feed from anywhere with an Internet connection. IP cameras capture footage in the same way as other digital cameras. They just transmit data differently. Your quality won’t be compromised with an IP camera—in fact, the resolution will be better!
How does IP video surveillance work?
In a traditional security system, data is sent through a cable to a digital video recorder(DVR). With an IP camera, the Internet is used to transmit the digital video. The unit contains everything it needs to do this. It’s connected to your network –just like a printer or other external equipment. Depending on your camera, the video might be stored in-unit or transmitted to a device known as a network video recorder (NVR).
What are the components of an IP video surveillance system?
For an IP surveillance system, you’ll need the actual IP cameras, DVR and NVR or other type of storage system. Accessories like microphones and speakers generally will come built into the cameras,so additional components will not be needed. Swift’s technicians can work with you to determine your needs and set you up with the best equipment for your budget.
What are the advantages of IP video surveillance systems?
The benefits of surveillance in general are too many to list. The ability to monitor your home or business in real-time and to retrieve and playback events by time, date or camera unleashes all kinds of ways to keep your premises safe and secure. IP surveillance systems in particular offer you many advantages that traditional CCTV systems can’t. Key perks include higher resolution video, easier installation and management, and better capabilities for the cost.
Is IP video surveillance expensive?
We find that our customers are generally surprised by just how affordable complete solutions can be. The systems that we design use high-quality, but cost-effective equipment and come with no monthly or other fees after installation.
How do I manage my IP video surveillance system?
We specialize in designing user-friendly systems that you can manage by desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. We will train you to monitor your camera feeds and manage your preferences using an intuitive app. Our customer care team will be a call away to help you troubleshoot system management.
Can I manage my system remotely?
Of course! We understand that being able to check on your home or business from a distance can be one of the main reasons to install a surveillance system. You will be able to monitor and manage your system from anywhere in the world where you can access the Internet.
Does IP video surveillance work indoors and outdoors?
Yes! We design systems using IP surveillance equipment that can be used inside, but that is also rugged enough to withstand our Canadian winters.
What kind of Internet connection will I need?
Will my system use all my bandwidth? The upload and download speeds needed and the amount of bandwidth that it will take to run your IP surveillance will depend on the setup. Factors like number of cameras, video resolution, recording settings and storage options will all impact your needs. Most systems can function on mid-speed Internet packages and can be setup to use relatively little bandwidth. Luckily, Swift Internet offers affordable packages that can support even a complex, multi-camera setup.
What if there is a power outage?
Surveillance DVR/NVRs will come back on as soon as power is restored. There are options to avoid this kind of interruption. We can recommend uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions, which provide a short period of backup power and also serve as a surge protection device. This will ensure that your video surveillance will still be online even if a break in the power supply is unnoticed.
What if my Internet connection goes down?
Surveillance will continue as soon as your connection is restored. If you area Swift Internet customer, this should be a very rare issue. Swift proudly offers exceptionally reliable Internet access!