Apr 21, 2016
Will A Security Camera Take Up A Big Chunk Of My Bandwidth?
Unfortunately, a yes or no answer doesn’t exist for this question. Whether a security camera uses a lot of bandwidth or not relies on a number of different elements. Lucky for you, here at Piper we like to keep things quick and simple, so we’ve listed the two factors that should be considered when asking this question.
1. Monitoring Environment
First, consider the environment your security camera will be monitoring, as more activity will result in increased bandwidth usage. Is it a high traffic area with frequent movement, or relatively consistent with only sudden periods of activity?
Security cameras will use bandwidth mostly for streaming live video and recording detected activity. You can decrease the amount of bandwidth being used by choosing a security camera that enables event-based recordings, like Piper, which allows you to record specific events of your choice.
2. Video Quality
The quality of the video being streamed also effects the amount of bandwidth being used. Streaming video at a higher quality will result in more bandwidth usage and can also increase the likelihood of glitches, video lags, and slower internet connection. For this reason, most current security cameras come with the option to adjust the video quality to a lower setting.
Take Piper for example! Not only does it allow you to change the quality of the video being streamed, it also allows you to customize the quality based on the two networks your mobile phone could be using—Wi-Fi or data.
Venturing out into the world of home security may seem intimidating and confusing, especially with the growing number of options available to users. Just be sure to ask questions, do research, and remember—nothing is worth more than security and peace of mind!