Reducing a Surveillance System's Impact on Bandwidth
IP-based surveillance systems give you incredible flexibility, but they can also have a negative impact on your bandwidth if you don't manage the system properly. How can you get all the benefits of IP without slowing down your network? By having different settings for live previews and saved files!
There are three areas you should focus on to reduce the bandwidth impact. First, take a look at your video compression settings. Your camera will probably give you several compression formats to choose from. You can have different settings for each type of compression, allowing you to find the best way to compress files into the smallest size (without a loss of quality) to minimize bandwidth impact when sending them.
You should also look at your camera's resolution settings. Higher resolution requites more bandwidth because the video files are larger, so make sure your resolution is set to match what you need from your system and no higher. You can also have two different resolution settings - stream live camera previews in a low resolution, but save your files at the higher resolution.
Finally, your camera's frames per second (FPS) can have an impact on file size and bandwidth. Similar to having two settings for resolution, you can also set up the live video to have fewer frames per second with the video file is at the full FPS.
If you are worried about the impact your surveillance system may be having on your bandwidth, or you aren't sure how to change these settings, contact us today for expert advice.