Internet Connected Security Cameras? Pros and Cons

In the past few decades, security camera technology has seen some major progress. Video quality has improved, as has hardware quality and durability. Storage has improved, too. The days of recording to VHS or other tape formats are mostly gone now, replaced by hard drives, solid state storage and even cloud storage.

Connectivity is another area where we’ve seen innovation. In addition to single standalone camera systems and older legacy camera networks, businesses today also have the option of choosing camera systems that are connected to the internet.

But are internet-connected security cameras always the best idea? At Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we stock both types, and we’re happy to give you an unbiased comparison.

Pros of Internet-Connected Security Cameras

The pros of internet-connected security cameras are all about access and control. Do you need to pull up your feeds from off property? With an internet-connected system, you can. If the cameras in your system are motorized, you may even be able to control where they’re pointing from a distance.

The same goes for accessing archived footage. With the proper credentials you can do this from anywhere.

Potential Cons of Internet-Connected Security Cameras

First off, connecting your security camera system to the internet does increase the possibility of your system being compromised. No, you’re not statistically very likely to come under a Hollywood-style hack attack, but the possibility of compromise is present. What’s more, the attackers wouldn’t need physical access to your premises.

Another con (or potential con) is how the camera handles internet outages. What happens to footage when local storage is full and cloud backup isn’t working? The best systems have redundancies built in, so be sure to discuss this with your installer.

The truth is, most of the potential downsides are either minimal risks or have been solved in higher-end systems. For most businesses, there’s no reason not to choose an internet-connected security system.


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