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Glossary: Wireless IP Camera

There are IP cameras available today which have wireless connectivity built-in as standard allowing them to be placed around the home without the complication of running Ethernet cable to each room.  Other IP cameras also offer wireless connectivity as an additional add-on such as a wireless card.  These cameras can be placed around your home or business to provide IP CCTV monitoring across your wireless network (WLAN).

Benefits of wireless transmission

Wireless cameras takes the hassle out of installation. There’s no need to run cables discreetly under floorboards or through walls. All you need to do is locate a power outlet to provide power to the IP camera, the data will be transmitted over the WLAN.

Install virtually anywhere.  With no reliance on cables you can place in hard-to-spot places for discreet surveillance.

Easy to move.  If you want to change your camera’s position its easy with wireless connectivity.  Just unplug the camera, move it and then plug it back in.  The camera will reconnect to your wireless network automatically.

Once connected you won’t be able to tell the camera is connected wirelessly.  It works just as well without the cable as it does with it!

Standards and Encryption

Most wireless cameras include support for either IEEE802.11b or or IEEE802.11g with the majority supporting both.  This means they are compatible with the most common WLANs available.  Another thing to look out for is wireless encryption support.  Again most wireless IP cameras today support a full range of wireless encryption protocols.  So if you use WEP at home with a 128-bit hex key or WPA-PSK for your business your camera should be able communicate effectively. 

Published on October 24th, 2008 by Greg

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