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Which Is Better For Home Security? IP or CCTV?

Which Is Better For Home Security? IP or CCTV?

Whether you want to keep watch of your home while your family sleeps or while your house is empty, a video surveillance security system is a simple and effective way to do this. Having a security camera allows you to keep a watchful eye on your property and ensure the safety of those within. An easily visible security camera even helps to deter would-be intruders before they trespass on your property. If you’re looking for a security camera you may be struggling to decide, as there is more than one type of security camera out there. The two common types of security cameras are CCTV and IP, both of which have their own benefits. To help you decide which camera will suit your needs best, here is a breakdown of these two camera types.

CCTV Versus IP

CCTV Camera
These cameras are the traditional cameras used for surveillance. They are called CCTV cameras because they operate on a Closed Circuit Television so that the video feed is going directly to the camera it is being watched on and no other parties can gain access.


  • Cost. Although IP camera prices have gone down, the CCTV camera is still the more affordable option, especially as more cameras are added to a security system.
  • Well Known. Since CCTV cameras have been around for longer, more people and companies know how to operate them, so it’s easier to find someone capable of installation and repairs.
  • Easy Use. CCTV cameras send video to a digital video recorder (DVR), which converts analog to digital, and saves it, making videos easy to store and watch.
  • Continuous Power. Since CCTV cameras are connected to a power source, they do not have to be taken down to replace batteries or to charge, so there is no time your property goes without surveillance.
  • Closed Video Feed. Since the video feed is not wireless, only those who have access to the camera feed are able to see it.


IP Camera
IP stands for Internet Protocol camera and this digital camera transmits data via an ethernet link. These cameras tend to have high-quality video signals as well as the ability to transfer signal data through an ethernet link.


  • Multiple Cameras. IP cameras can run multiple cameras in one so that a much wider area can be viewed.
  • Picture. The resolution of IP cameras is typically superior to that of CCTV cameras with picture quality adjustable for a slightly lower resolution for a seamless video without waiting for the network to catch up.
  • Extra Features. IP cameras can do more than just capture video: they can detect motion, smoke, colour, number of people, when things are moved, and they can set off alarms, among other capabilities. This elevates IP cameras from regular residential video surveillance to a full security system.
  • Simple Installation. Since this camera doesn’t need on-site power, it only takes one wire for installation while CCTV cameras take two. It also means there doesn’t have to be a power source anywhere nearby.
  • Open Platform. IP cameras typically have the capability to connect to any of your devices so you can watch your video surveillance feed from any device instead of one predetermined device.

Find The Right Security Camera With Frontline Security In Calgary

If you are looking to install a residential video surveillance security camera but you’re unsure which one is best, the experts at Frontline Security can help you decide. Frontline Security offers a large selection of high-quality security cameras in all price ranges in both IP and CCTV formats. The Calgary security experts at Frontline Security will install your security system for you and explain how it works so that you can easily understand all of the features of your chosen video surveillance equipment. When you receive a free quote from our trusted Calgary owned and operated security company, we will discuss the features you are looking for in a residential video surveillance system to get you the security camera that will best suit your needs. To get peace of mind knowing your family and property are safe, contact Frontline Security at 1-403-291-9311 or fill out the online contact form.


Frontline Security offers 24-hour monitoring and two-way audio to scare potential intruders away. You will also be able to access your home and property video feed in real-time on your own device.

As a Calgary security company, we know how important it is for security cameras and other security systems to function even in the cold Calgary winters. Choosing a camera with the correct IP rating, installing it to be protected from the elements (as much as possible), and adding a waterproof casing are some of the ways you can make sure your home protection system lasts through the coldest months of the year.

We provide a four-year warranty on the parts associated with your residential video surveillance system and a one-year warranty on our labour.

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Your First Line of Defence

In a world of ever-increasing threats, you need a security company you can count on. We’re that company. Our Calgary-based full-service security company specializes in commercial security solutions, providing large-scale properties and facilities with the protection they need to guard their valuable assets. We also provide residential alarm and video surveillance systems, giving homeowners the peace of mind they need to sleep soundly at night. 

If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. Put us on the frontline and rest easy knowing you’re properly defended.

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You’ve worked hard to build your business or buy your home. Now it’s time to protect them properly and give yourself the peace of mind you deserve. Our full-service security solutions can give whatever matters most to you the 360° protection it needs. Contact us today by calling (403) 291-9311 or by filling out the form below and put us on your frontline.

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