There are myriad video surveillance options out there if you’re looking to equip your home or office with security cameras. However, before you pick one solution over another there are some things you should know about how security cameras work – and what kinds of alternatives you have when it comes to storage solutions.


Digital Storage Capacity


Most individuals will opt for a digital video camera system when they’re installing a home or office surveillance option. However, if you’re considering such an option you should know that all that video your cameras are shooting has to go somewhere. Typically, video is stored on a device called a digital video recorder (DVR), similar to what you would use at home to record your favorite television shows for viewing at your leisure. The higher video resolution your digital camera records, the more space you’re going to need in your security DVR – and you’re going to double those requirements every time you decide to install an additional camera.


However, there’s an alternative to keeping your video stored on a DVR in your home or place of business. You can also use the Internet to store your surveillance video at a remote location through the use of an FTP server.


File Transfer Protocol


FTP, which stands for File Transfer Protocol, is a term used to describe how data is sent over the Internet.It’spart of the backbone of the entire Web as it’s an incredibly stable and reliable way to transfer all types of data – and since digital video is just another type of data, you can upload video captured by your digital security system directly to an FTP server in a remote location.


There are plenty of advantages of using an FTP server solution to archive your video data. It’s usually cost-effective, as the cost of a DVR can be prohibitive while most FTP server companies are willing to host your data for just a few dollars a month. Since the video is cloud-based, you can review it at any time from any device connected to the Internet, including a smartphone or a tablet. Additionally, your video is much more secure in a server somewhere than it would be physically stored in a DVR in your home or place of work. Moreover, almost any camera can be used as a FTP server camera – including webcams built into laptops and computers, wireless IP cameras, and even cameras built into Web-connected smartphones and tablets.


Still, FTP server storage isn’t perfect, as it does require a steady broadband Internet connection to transfer large amounts of data. This means that you would have to ensure your Internet connection was fast enough to handle the extra load – and that load can increase exponentially if you’re recording in high definition, at a high frame rate, with more than one camera, or any combination of these. Despite this, FTP server storage is still an excellent option for many reasons.