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Do I Need A CCTV Camera or IP Camera?

By March 22, 2022March 31st, 2022No Comments

Do I Need A CCTV Camera or IP Camera?

Installing a surveillance system can help you feel more secure in your home. Whether you are at home, staying away for a night, having a late night with friends or sound asleep in your bed, you know that the cameras are keeping an eye on your home for you. But which camera is best to secure your home? The two main security cameras are CCTV cameras and IP cameras.

In this blog we talk about how both the cameras work so you can decide which security camera is best for your home or business.

  • What’s An IP Camera?

An IP camera is also known as a Wi-Fi camera. It is a type of digital video camera that receives and sends image data through an IP network. Once your IP security camera is installed, we will connect it your internet. This will enable you to see what is happening outside your home at all times, either live or recorded footage.

  • What’s a CCTV Camera?

A CCTV camera is a standalone system. It uses analogue cameras and digital video recorders to monitor the inside and outside of your home. The signals from the CCTV cameras and then transmitted to a monitor, or a group of monitors. This is done through cables.


Both surveillance cameras will deliver clear and full HD footage during the day. The recording changes slightly at night though. IP cameras have night vision capabilities, so, as the light goes down the night vision feature kicks in. CCTV systems however will use infrared so recording can be seen clearly in low light.

The biggest benefit of IP cameras is how easy they are to install. They can be securely mounted on walls and ceilings, like a CCTV camera. However, they can also be placed on shelves and tables. They are also easy to reposition is you need them in different rooms or parts of the business. Whereas a CCTV camera will require professional installation by surveillance engineers and are not as easy to move around the home.

Meanwhile, the biggest benefit of CCTV cameras is that they can store footage for up to 30 days. They have the capacity to hold a lot more footage than IP cameras for a longer length of time. Playback is also available at any time for CCTV cameras too.

If you’re still not sure if you need a CCTV camera or IP camera, call our security camera experts. We will take the time to understand your security needs. Then we can help you decide if you need a CCTV camera of IP camera to better secure your home.