The Differences Between IP and DVR Security Camera Systems

December 13th, 2018



Protecting your home is one of the main things that any homeowner will have to think about. Not only do you need to ensure that your belongings are safe and protected from thieves, but protecting yourself and your loved ones from intruders is incredibly important.

One thing that you have to consider when installing a good security system is to ensure that you use the right kind of security cameras for your needs. While things like the shape or size of the camera must be considered, another key thing you’ll have to consider is whether to go with a DVR system or an IP security system.

Each of these systems offers its own benefits and drawbacks, and taking a closer look at a few of the main factors related to them will help you determine which is the best choice for your needs.

The DVR Security System

DVR security systems are what most think of when they think of a security camera system. Cameras are located throughout a property, each connected to a central recording device by coaxial cables.

The DVR is essentially a computer that has a video capture card installed with a connector for each camera. The feed from the camera is captured by the card and stored on a hard drive. Users can access the stored video as needed and over time may need to erase footage to free up room on the hard drive.

DVR systems are more of a ‘direct connection’, and loss of a network connection or internet connectivity won’t hinder their performance. However, they do lack some of the more high-tech features of modern IP security systems.

The IP Security System

An IP security camera system uses individual cameras that each essentially act as their own DVR. A camera is a self-contained unit, and only one cable is run back to a central hub. The rest of the cameras all connect to the local network using wireless technology, storing their images and video on their own device.

With IP security camera systems, you can access live footage and recorded footage from your mobile device or any computer connected to the internet. The main drawback of these types of systems is simply that they are prone to hacking or to losing capabilities if the internet connection is lost. However, in today’s modern world of high-powered IT, this isn’t as big of an issue as most assume.

Which Do You Need?

Choosing the right system really comes down to your own unique needs and preferences. DVR systems are more stable and reliable, but IP security offers more flexibility, easier installation, and more features. As such, it’s important to take some time and talk to your security system provider about your options and which they feel is the best choice for your home.

Finding the perfect security system begins with making sure your security team knows what your goals and needs are. From there, they’ll help you make a choice that will keep your family safe.