Network video surveillance cameras: 7 advantages and 4 disadvantages

Network video surveillance cameras: 7 advantages and 4 disadvantages

Despite the fact that systems based on artificial intelligence are already leading the global video surveillance market, many users do not know what a network video monitoring system is. This article was written with the aim of acquainting the general user with the main types of video surveillance systems. I’ll tell you about what a network video surveillance camera is, as well as about more modern and more affordable video security systems.

What is a network video surveillance system?

A system of data transmission from video cameras, which is carried out via the Internet, will be considered a network. In this case, both global networks and local ones can be created.

Mandatory network system design:

  • video cameras (analog and/or IP, PTZ cameras);
  • equipment for data processing and storage of video recordings: recorders, servers, computers, hard drives, switches;
  • special software.

Until recently, it was believed that such an organization of video systems is the optimal solution for continuous monitoring of facilities and events. Many users have chosen network surveillance cameras because of their efficiency and simplicity.

IMPORTANT: analog, IP and CCTV cameras have a number of differences. CCTV (Closed Circuit Television), as a modern generation closed loop system, is no longer analog equipment, and if CCTV is connected to a DVR, it becomes an IP camera.

7 main advantages of a networked system

Let’s look at some of the fundamental benefits of a network video surveillance system:

  1. Delivering high quality images based on sequential scanning technology and high resolution. Applicable only to digital cameras (network ip video surveillance cameras).
  2. Receiving an integrated signal. The operator receives synchronized audio and video signals.
  3. Opportunities for remote access and management. Information is transmitted to any geographic point in the world.
  4. Flexibility of settings and possibility of integration with other equipment, networks and security systems.
  5. Presence of intelligent functions of the first generation: movement, occurrence of emergency situations, counting of visitors, etc.
  6. Secure data transmission. IP cameras use encryption to ensure the security of video recordings.
  7. Convenience of data storage when using the cloud, which excludes the purchase of a server and other additional equipment.

4 disadvantages of the network system

Check out the disadvantages of a network video monitoring system:

  1. Requires technically competent system planning and professional installation. It is necessary to keep in mind the compatibility of equipment, lighting parameters, capabilities of the coaxial cable between the network nodes, height and angle of the cameras.
  2. Video signal delays are possible during data transmission and viewing recordings in real time.
  3. High cost of equipment, including license payment for each camera.
  4. High cost of installation, configuration and regular maintenance of the system (2-3 times more expensive than other video surveillance systems).

Alternative approach to home and business surveillance

In addition to network video surveillance systems, there is a simple remote monitoring model in the 2020 market. This is the Faceter application (the AppStore link) developed by the international company Faceter. The video surveillance is based on the use of two smartphones and software. In case you have an Android phone, you can download the application here.

The requirements for the devices are as follows: a 1.3 MP camera, ability to work in camera mode and access the Internet, working processor, screen and charging socket.

Read a selection of articles on how to use phones as an alternative solution for home and business video surveillance:

If you use the cloud video surveillance system from Faceter, you will get:

  • no need to purchase expensive, complex technical equipment;
  • real-time monitoring and round-the-clock access to video archives (depending on the tariff plan);
  • free data storage up to 24 hours and special offers for regular users (for example, connecting up to 5 phones and free weekly storage);
  • multi-user access without restrictions (up to 6 people);
  • free system updates;
  • remote access and the highest possible level of security;
  • set of highly intelligent video analytics based on neural networks.

Faceter’s price advantage over network video surveillance systems

One medium-quality IP-camera with Internet connectivity (Wi-Fi and/or 3G/4G), remote access and built-in battery costs 10 thousand rubles or more.

You also need to spend money on the design of the network system, its installation, regular adjustment and updates. Don’t forget about paying for cloud storage.

Don’t want to spend money on a stationary system? Consider an innovative solution — using Faceter cloud video surveillance. In this case, you can even get by with old phones and free mobile application.


Network CCTV cameras are a good solution to security issues. However, today they are not the only optimal solution. Due to the complexity of installation and high cost of equipment, network monitoring systems can be easily replaced with the advanced system from Faceter. Read about all the capabilities of the system based on artificial intelligence here.

Александр Вебер

Alexander Weber

Specialist in video surveillance, video analytics, cloud storage systems. Consultant on the integration of video surveillance systems and tools in various business sectors. Over 10 years of industry experience.

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