Webcams are good for holding video chats. They're also appropriate for snapping a few shots when they detect motion, and then emailing the photos to you. For more-thorough monitoring and protection, however, you should turn to another class of cameras, called IP (Internet Protocol) video cameras.
IP video cameras can monitor your home or office in real time and alert you to suspicious activities. They also can record events, producing valuable evidence that you can turn over to law enforcement officials in the wake of vandalism, a robbery, or some other crime. You can even incorporate some cameras into home automation and alarm systems.
[ FREE DOWNLOAD: 68 great ideas for running a security department ]
While some IP cameras are designed strictly for indoor placement, others are weatherized for outdoor use. Better-quality models carry a two-digit IP rating (though in this case, the initialism stands for ingress protection). The IP-rating system, an international standard, specifies the degree of protection that a cameras enclosure provides against solid objects (indicated by the first digit) and liquids (indicated by the second digit).
Unlike a Web camera, an IP camera doesnt rely on a local computer. Typically IP cameras also have better optics than webcams do, and they remain connected to the Internet 24/7, so you can monitor themand the recordings theyve madefrom anywhere you have Internet access.
Recently we put two new consumer models (D-Links DCS-5222L and Trendnets TV-IP572WI) and one professional model (Axis Communications M5014 dome camera) to the test. For our impressions, see the reviews linked below.
This story, "Network cameras go HD: we review three new models" was originally published by PCWorld.
Much as I hate to admit it, sometimes I still have to turn to Mac OS X or Windows to do things my Linux...
Here are 8 of the best desktop environments, ranked in inverse order -- saving the best (according to...
In today's open source roundup: Chrome OS users often own more than one device. Plus: DistroWatch...
The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, but Sen. Bernie Sanders could change...
Rombertik is designed to steal any plain text entered into a browser window
The hyperconverged systems for cloud, social and mobile will scale out to thousands of racks
The company has revamped its routine for supplying security patches and has unveiled data and system...