Understanding Cisco has a range of Linksys IP cameras, does anyone have any recommendations?
Looking at 5 cameras and not sure between wired and wireless cameras as yet. Would like to have single platform to manage all cameras and IP cameras with configurable resolution.
You may want to look at several vendors and establish what features and management software you need, like do you need to capture and store images or not and temperature, flood, or not.
APC purchased NETBOTZ a few years ago that are rack and datacenter friendly.
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One thing to get prepared for is what mm lens and angle do you need and most of the time you don't know until you install them and try them out. The Panasonic line is flexible in that way with zoom and pan tilt servos too.
Cisco's can manage 16 cameras PVC2300
Thanks for the reference links!!
I have started researching Cisco Small Business IP Surveillance architecture and like the PVC2300, WVC2300 and PVC300. It seems simple to configure and I like the idea of using the free Video Monitoring System to centrally manage all IP cameras.
APC and Panasonic will be next on my list.
Not looking for anything complicated just a solution to record and capture videos.
Are motion sensors, tilt functions and IR capabilities all standard features in modern IP cameras?
Would there be any resistence in rolling out wireless IP cameras? I read the WVC2300 is 1x2 MIMO so 75Mb/s speed is very attractive instead of paying for cabling costs.
Q: APC and Panasonic will be next on my list.
A: Note that Panasonic is for flexible and universal and you can field install very easily a different lenses, a sun filter, IR filter, add zoom, add pan and tilt, add all weather enclosure, add mounting yoke or whatever. Cisco's stuff is also flexible and catching fast and offer other interesting featues. please see video linked below. Other software vendors can manage them, your not locked in. A security alarm company may be helpful here too if they sell you Panasonic and are licensed contractor, bonded to work in the location as a pre-approved vendor if your not covered to be up on a 30ft ladder and boss gets nervous about that. APC can bundle the installation for everything together in one price and you may get 20% the package installed with 24 mo financing.
Q: Not looking for anything complicated just a solution to record and capture videos.
A: It is good for the investment to be flexible if future needs change what you need to do (often the case.) The APC ones are nice and more packaged but less flexible.
APC gives you more comprehensive environmental data trending and over threshold alarms/SNMP/SMTP emails/pager like high temperature, high humidity, water leak, other data probes in the rack for security if it's opened and on and on expandable, all recorded by their software. The have good support.
Q: Are motion sensors, tilt functions and IR capabilities all standard features in modern IP cameras?
A: No. But these are being bundled with the cameras so you may need to get an exploded/detailed full product bundle parts description to know what is and is not included in your part number and package offering. For example many APC netbots cameras are installed on a larger cereal sized box instead of just a normal sized camera but they have more sensors and probe ports.
Q: Would there be any resistance in rolling out wireless IP cameras? I read the WVC2300 is 1x2 MIMO so 75Mb/s speed is very attractive instead of paying for cabling costs.
A: Because the camera is there for years it will need to have a power supply. Some take line voltage AC, some take DC and have power transformers, the best ones take POE from a Cisco Switch and don't need a separate power run.
The wireless version may solve a few installs but it will still need power and is for more temporary use. Often for problem installs where a extra wire is unsightly or other issues are present. For security a criminal could jam radio a wireless camera if that is a concern and could not for a direct cabled camera.