How To Know If a System is Analog or IP: Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jun 14, 2012, 08:00pm EDT (Info+)

A fundamental question often asked is: "How can I tell whether I am looking at an IP Video system or an Analog CCTV system?" Understanding which type of equipment you are looking at is critical when determining how to address the issue at hand. While both systems handle video, the equipment and cabling involved between the types is significantly different. In this note, we take at look on how to determine: Is it Analog or IP?

NOTE: This article is a tutorial focusing on the most typical cases and may ignore some advanced edge cases.

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** ****** ** ******* ***** ** the ****** *** ***** *** **** to **** ***, *** ***** ** probably ******. ***** ** ** ******* of **** ******* *****:

almost certainly analog

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analog or ip

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** ** **** *** **** ******* one ** **** ******** *****, *** no ***** ******* ***********. *** ******** of *** ** **** (**** ****** the *** ** *** ******) ***** very ******* ** * '*******' ********. The ***** ** *** ******** *** correspond ** ******* ********/******* ***********.

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***** *** ***** ********* ***** ** analog ****** ******** **** *** ****** head ***. ** ***** *** ** analog ****** ** ** ****** *** recorded, ** **** ** ******** ********* to *** **** *** *** ** these *****.

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*** ****** ******** * ******* ** both *******, *** ********* **** ********* connectors. *** ******* ****** ** ********* if * ****** ** ** ** Analog ** ** *** *** *** camera ** *********. ** *** ****** below, ** ******** *** **** ** the ****:

**** ** ******* ******* ** ******** port ** *** ****, ***** ** red *****. **** **** ** ****** is ********* **** * ***** ******** inserted **** *** ****. *** **** almost ***** *** ** **** **** on *** **** ** ****** *******.

** ********, **** ****** ****** ******* a *** **** ** *** **** (shown ** *** *** *****), *** BNC ********** '*******' *********** **** *****. A ******* ** ****** *** **** a **** ** **** '*******', *** the ***** **** ******** *** ****** is ****** ** *** *** ********* end.

** ******* **** **-** *** ***

** **** *****, * ****** *** include **** ***** ** *****. *** BNC **** ** ******** ** **** IP ******* ** **** *** ********* focus *** ******** *** ****** **** CCTV ************ *********. ** **** *****, the '******' **** ** *** ******** to ****** *** **** ***** ******* as *** ******** ****. *******, **** is ******** *** ****** ***** ** new *******.

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*****, *************** ****** ****** ***** ******* through ******* *** **********. ** *** case ** ** **. ****** *******, the ******* ** ********* *********. *** image ***** *********** *** **********:

** ******* ********* *** ******* ****** to ******** *****, ************ ****** '******* pair' ******, ******* * ******* ***** is ******** ******** ** ******* ******* pairs ** ***** ******* ********. ***** cables *** ** ***** ** ********* wire *****, **** *****, *** ****** colors, *** ****** *** ********** ** an **-** **** ** *********. *** specific **** ** ********* *** ***** order **** **** ***** *** ********** vary, *** ** ******* **** ****** have ** ***** * '*****' ** twisted **** *********** ** *** ********* head. ***** ***** ** ***** ******* a ******* ** *********: *** ******** video ******, *****, ****** ******** *** PTZ ******, *** ****** ***** ** PoE *****.

****** ******* **** *** ** * older ********** **** ** ****** ****** '******* *****'. ***** ***** *** ****** ********** in *** **********. **** ******** ** IP *******, ****** ******* ** * single **** ****, ********** ** ** insulating ******** (****** *** **********) *** a **** ******** ****** *****, ******* up ** * ****** ******. **** of ***** **** ******** ** **** important ** ********** ******* ******.

******* *****

***** *** ***** ***** ***** ***** 90% ** *** ********, ***** ***** be ******* ***** ** ***** * different **** ** ******* ** **** for ****** **** ** ******. *** example, * ****** ****** * '***** *****' *** ** ***** **** ****** analog ******* ** *** ******* **** cabling ******* ** * ******* **** cable.

********, ** **** ***** ***** *********** coaxial ******* ******* ****** *** ** cameras *** *******, ** '******** **** coax' ******* *** ** ****. (*** our****** *** ** ******* ********** ********** *******.) **** ****** ******* an ** ******'* ***** ****** ** be ********, ****, *** ************ *********** using **** *******.

***** ********, ***** ******* ***** ******** why **** ******** *** **** *** and ******* ** *********.

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