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12 IP cameras in the test: indoor and/or outdoor video surveillance
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In addition to comfort and energy saving, security is one of the main areas of application in the smart home. And if you want to protect your four walls, you will in most cases include one or more surveillance cameras. Because these security cameras Home network via internet protocol communicate, they are also called IP-Cameras.

Compared to the models of the first product generations networked cameras today easy to configure and very comfortable in operation. The typical scenario: if the integrated motion detector is triggered, the camera sends an Push notification on the smartphone their owner and starts recording. Is the device in a smart home environment integrated, further actions can accompany the alarm – e.g turning on the light and or triggering a siren.

What are the differences in detail?

There are differences in the details: saves the device records the video local or in der Cloud? Does it support one intercom function, through which the user can force an intruder to leave? How does the camera overcome the darkness at night – for example via a Spot-Light or one infrared lighting? How can you Period and focus of monitoring where appropriate Taxes and adapt it to the everyday life of the residents? We check all of this and much more in our test procedure for IP cameras – including the LAN and WLAN connection and the convenience of initial setup and ongoing operation.

What do I have to consider and plan for the assignment?

Basically there is Indoor and outdoor IP cameras. With outdoor models, there is not only the question of weather protection, but also how they are supplied with electricity. In addition to extending a mostly USB-based power supply, there are other solutions such as a battery designed for several weeks to months, connection to a 230-volt line or support from a solar panel. What is available where depends on the place of use and the conditions.

Another important question: Where and how long stores the surveillance system its recordings? Cloud-based solutions usually require a subscription and thus incur running costs. In return, manufacturers often make them attractive with additional features such as AI-supported object recognition. Local storage is cheaper, but carries the risk that a burglar simply takes away or destroys the base, memory card or NAS system – and thus destroys important evidence.

What do I have to consider when using IP cameras?

In addition to the technical there is also the use of surveillance cameras last but not least Legal framework to note. Outdoor IP cameras must be aligned so that they only film your private property – adjacent sidewalks, streets or neighboring properties are taboo. In addition, a sign like the example shown must inform visitors and passers-by of the video surveillance. Many manufacturers of outdoor cameras therefore supply corresponding stickers or signs with their products.

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A sign like the example shown must inform visitors and passers-by of the video surveillance.
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Also apply to video surveillance in private or business interiors strict legal rules: Family members, but also visitors, craftsmen or household help may not be monitored without their knowledge.

Equally clear requirements apply to employees in the commercial sector – here there are also labor law regulations. Camouflaged cameras that are hidden in books or decorative elements, for example, are definitely illegal. But even a camera that is “obviously” set up or mounted from the point of view of its owner can become problematic in the event of a corresponding lawsuit in court.

The legislator requires that all residents in the household and all people moving around there be informed in advance about any video surveillance that may take place – and also about the exact camera locations and their viewing angles.

Now to the test candidates…

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