Tips to Seamlessly Switch From Analog to IP Security Cameras
November 8th, 2019
Video surveillance can be considered a must nowadays, not just for commercial establishments and offices, but for homes as well. In the previous decade, analog security cameras installed with a digital video recorder (DVR) have proven sufficient for basic surveillance purposes.
However, in today’s world where the Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage, your analog security camera system can already be labeled as a thing of the past. Internet Protocol (IP) cameras now dominate the market — and for a number of good reasons.
IP cameras allow you to monitor your home or business online, regardless of time and location. Some installations also allow the storage of video files in a cloud server that you can access anytime. This means that you no longer need to manually rewind and select video recordings in a DVR.
If you’ve been considering to switch from analog to IP cameras, these tips will help make the migration easy and convenient for you.
- Hire an independent consultant.
It’s easy to look for tips on how to install security cameras online. You can even find tutorials and buy cameras from online shops. However, your home or business may actually have unique requirements that only an independent security consultant can recognize. By working with an expert, you won’t waste any of your investments because you can ensure that you’re getting the right cameras and system.
- Replace what you can.
True enough, replacing your analog cameras may require an investment. However, this is an investment that’s sure to prove worth it. If you’re working on a budget, make sure to discuss it with your consultant. They will suggest solutions that suit your needs and budget. If possible, they may suggest replacing specific cameras first, particularly those that are in key areas of the property.
- Reevaluate your entire security system.
When switching from analog to IP camera surveillance, it’s wise to reevaluate your entire security system while you’re at it. Other components of your security system might not work well with your new camera system or might also need an upgrade. Since you’re already working with a security consultant, you might as well have them check your entire system.
- Consider future upgrades.
Technology is ever-evolving. When you make the switch to newer cameras, keep in mind that sooner or later, you may find the need to add or somehow improve parts of the system. So, when choosing a solution for your home or business, it’s best to ensure that it can be upgraded. For instance, ask your provider if the devices will support future firmware updates.
- Don’t forget the lighting.
You may have the best IP cameras in the world, but if the lighting in the areas where they are installed is poor, you may not get the best security camera footage. While there are cameras that have night vision, it’s still best to have a good light source as much as possible.
Ready to make the switch from analog to IP security cameras? Grayson Pro-Tech is the name to trust. We’ve been providing high-quality security solutions to home and business owners in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma since 1985. Call us today to schedule a free consultation!