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Why Purchase an IP Camera over a DVR System for a Home?
Homeowners have more choices than ever for surveillance cameras for their home. A homeowner is going to want to ensure they take the time to consider their options to find the right one for their home and their needs. One of this choices they’re going to need to make is whether they want to purchase a DVR system or an IP security camera.  The Differences Between IP and DVR IP cameras are viewed wirelessly while DVR systems need cables to be run to a central DVR that needs to be hooked up to a monitor to view. A DVR system is more similar to a CCTV system used by businesses and does work well to keep a record of everything that happens within the cameras’ views. The IP cameras typically don’t record all of the time like the DVR system, but they can do so if they’re set up for it. They can also provide other benefits a DVR system won’t offer, like motion detection alerts.  DVR Cameras Allow for Continued Recording, But IP Cameras Can As Well As mentioned, DVR cameras constantly record what’s happening around the home. This is all stored on the DVR, which is typically large enough to hold a few day’s worth of video. Once it is full, it can be set up to delete the oldest files to make room for the new ones so the cameras will constantly record what is happening. IP cameras, on the other hand, are not connected to a DVR and, if they have storage, will likely only have an SD card with a few gigs of space. However, if the person has a spare computer they can dedicate to their surveillance system, they can use this to constantly record from their IP cameras. They will want a dedicated computer to ensure there is plenty of space for the recordings. IP Cameras Allow for Motion Detection and Alerts to the Homeowner DVRs record continuously but often cannot alert the homeowner if anything happens. Instead, the homeowner will need to view the saved videos or watch the videos live to see what happens around their home. IP cameras, however, do allow alerts if there is motion detected on the camera or at certain times. The cameras are designed to notice any change in the area they can view. When they do detect a change, they can send an alert to the homeowner and the homeowner can check the camera from anywhere they are. IP Cameras Can be Viewed from Anywhere This is going to be another benefit of IP cameras; the homeowner can view them anytime and anywhere. They can simply open the app for the cameras on their smartphone, connect to them, and see what’s happening around their home. If they have the cameras set up to alert them to any changes, they’ll receive the alerts through the app or through their email and can open the phone immediately to see why they were alerted. The ability to view their home from anywhere means it’s possible for them to always keep an eye on their home. DVRs Required Cables, While IP Cameras Can be Wireless The typical DVR system involves running cables from the cameras to provide power and to send information to a central DVR. This means they’ll need wires for each of the cameras in their home, all of which will connect to the DVR in a central location. With IP cameras, however, this cable isn’t necessary. The person will still need to provide power for the cameras, but that is the only wire they’ll need. The IP cameras can wirelessly transmit the photos and videos, so they don’t need to provide cables to do this. This makes it far easier for the homeowner to install the camera and means they don’t have to figure out what to do with all of the cables running across their home. IP Cameras are Typically Less Expensive to Purchase In most cases, DVR cameras are going to be far more expensive to purchase. Not only does the person need to purchase a set of cameras, they’ll need to purchase the DVR as well. The homeowner may also need to hire someone to install the DVR and cameras for them, as running the cables can be difficult to do if the person wants them to be well hidden in the home. IP cameras, however, do not require a professional installation and do not need to be purchased with a DVR. This significantly reduces the cost for the homeowner. IP Cameras Allow a Homeowner to Build Their Surveillance System Slowly Along with saving money on purchasing an entire DVR system, the homeowner also has the option of building their surveillance system slowly. They can start with just one or two cameras and add more as their budget allows instead of needing to purchase the entire set at one time. Although it will take a bit longer for the person to purchase all of the cameras they might want, it’s not as hard on their budget and they can ensure their surveillance system is fully customized to their needs. These are just a few of the differences between DVR cameras and an IP security camera that a homeowner will want to consider before they make their decision. It’s a good idea for the homeowner to consider their own needs and preferences to determine which system will work better for them. Then, they can go ahead and look into the various options they’ll have so they can narrow down exactly what they want and need to protect their home.