Home Security – Analog Cameras vs IP Cameras

Home Security

Analog Camera Based Security Systems vs Digital IP Security Systems

Analog video cameras have a majority of market share today, but the video surveillance space is undergoing migration from analog to IP video cameras. “Analog” is quickly becoming synonymous with “outdated” so it’s certainly something to think about: maybe it’s time to step into the future.

Analog camera based systems – An analog camera captures information and sends the video signal in a format that can be viewed on an analog television and/or recorded over storage disks, DVRs.

IP camera based systems – IP based cameras combine the capabilities of a camera with some PC functionality that don’t require a direct connection to a PC to operate and can be placed anywhere within a network. In other words, an IP camera is a “network appliance”, just like any other IP device on the network. It has its own IP address, and can be accessed and controlled over any IP network such as a WAN, LAN, Intranet, or Internet.


Why are the users migrating to IP Camera Surveillance Systems?

Remote accessibility


The biggest advantage of IP surveillance is that users can access real-time video from any computer, anywhere. The digital video outputted from these cameras can be transported over the LAN or Internet and stored at multiple remote locations for requirements such as information security, disaster recovery etc. Whereas, in the case of analog systems video has to be viewed from places which are physically tethered to the camera and information is stored in storage solutions such as DVR that have limited flexibility in terms of expansion and hardware changes.


The new IP cameras are smart and can detect motion and are able to view, sense and notify monitoring stations of any irregular activities. Whereas, analog cameras are just a set of “eye balls” panning over an area.

Unlimited Scalability

It’s easier to configure IP based systems for current requirements and just as easily expand or re-configure as needs change. One or more cameras can be added to the network with no additional cabling or power requirements. Most importantly, these changes can be made without losing the investment in the original system.

Storage and Bandwidth requirements

It is possible to trigger video recording only when some sort of irregular movement is detected. This drastically reduces the storages space requirements for the video feed. Also, the latest compression rates such as H.264 can compress to about 80% of the raw bit rate.


The initial cost for IP system is certainly substantial, but it’s important to remember that a single IP camera can take the place of three or four comparable analog cameras due to the increased coverage area. So while a single unit may cost more, you’re ultimately buying less cameras. Separate power sources aren’t necessary for IP cameras if you use a POE switch, so you can save money on power supplies. In addition, low-cost storage options like hosted video make IP systems a much more affordable option than location-based analog solutions.

Image Resolution

IP cameras provide higher resolution than the analog cameras. Check out a sample below.

Analog-Vs-Ip Camera-Image-Sample

Secure Access and Encryption

IP cameras have a plethora of security mechanism options such as authentication via 802.1x mechanisms, encryption via advanced encryption standards AES or secure access via HTTPS and VPNs. Analog camera based networks are extremely vulnerable to attacks like man-in the middle, spoofing etc. IP based systems provide complete end to end network protection from such attacks.

About Starpower Home Security Services

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Why You Should Buy Electronics from an Authorized Retailer

Starpower Why You Should Buy Electronics From An Authorized Retailer

You’re in the market for a new TV, and you see a hot deal from an unauthorized retailer. You consider the purchase,

“Why is buying from an authorized retailer important?”

you think to yourself. Well, Starpower is here to help with some cardinal rules for purchasing electronics.


Always Buy Home Electronics from an Authorized Retailer  

Always buy from an authorized dealer. When you buy electronics from an authorized dealer, you are assured a high level of reliability and quality. Starpower buys their products directly from the manufacturers in order to bring you the vest best-quality assured item possible, therefore Starpower is an authorized dealer.


Before you buy from an unauthorized dealer-here are some things to consider:

  • Some dealers will not honor the warranty or rebate offers on products that are not sold through an authorized dealer.
  • Some dealers will sell refurbished products without informing you of this.
  • Some dealers will remove accessories out of a sealed package and sell them to you separately for an additional cost.
  • Some dealers will remove the serial number or even entirely remove them so the manufacturer cannot track the item.

Let’s go a step further-you want to buy your TV at a place that has a known service center because although uncommon, problems still occur.


Why you want to buy from an authorized dealer with a service center:

  1. Quick Response: When you have a problem, Starpower is quick to respond. We have our very own service center that deals with your questions/concerns and problems.
  2. Better knowledge: The service center employees have all the knowledge needed to best help you.
  3. Intimate manner: We’re good listeners-we understand your problem and do our best to be in constant communication with you in order to fix your problem efficiently and proactively.

Before you go into your purchase wanting to save a couple bucks, we urge you to think big picture. Although you may pay more up front, it could prevent paying the big bucks later on.

One of our experts at our four Starpower locations in Dallas, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas, and Southlake, Texas; as well as Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona would be happy to answer any questions you have about Starpower and what it can do for you!

Buying Electronics Online | Starpower Home Theater | Southlake, Dallas, Scottsdale

Buying Consumer Electronics Online - What You Need To Know

Buying Electronics Online

I often hear “Buying online is the cheaper way to go”. This is always an interesting statement. Whenever you can buy paper, toothpaste, books and other household items that can be clearly identified as the same- it makes sense. You always want to save money “apples to apples”.

Buying consumer electronics online, however, is different. Often times, online retailers, even manufacturer’s own websites, don’t always give you the facts you need to make a decision. For instance, Samsung, one of the best-known manufacturers of televisions has over 40 TV’s to pick from in the 46”-58” range. They range from $600 to $6000. Are we really better off going for the cheapest? Most expensive? What does your neighbor recommend? If there wasn’t a difference, why did they create so many? And why do I need a retailer like Starpower Home Theater?

I’ll save the obvious whining by many local retailers that it is important for society that you buy from your neighborhood rather than buying electronics online. Real life doesn’t work that way and people buy where they get the best overall deal. When you can save money, you should.

For example, 4K televisions are not all the same. 4K TVs can vary vastly in picture quality. Turned off- most TVs look the same. An online retailer does not have an interest in quality or value, but rather what they can make more money on.

What You Need to Know About Online Retailers of Consumer Electronics

Here is what you should know. On-line retailers do not carry everything. In fact, online retailers sell you what they will make the most money on. Many times, they will use the old bait and switch where they either change your product outright, sell you a bunch of overpriced accessories, must have warranties that will never be redeemed, or overpriced shipping. And guess what- if you don’t buy the expensive add-ons – you don’t get your “too good to be true” deal.

Even Apple, a successful online retailer, realized that a physical store must be present locally to ensure the best overall experience. They have opened and are in the process of opening hundreds of stores so Apple customers will continue to experience a high satisfaction with their product. This simply can’t be accomplished exclusively online. Buying Consumer Electronics online is no different.


Here are some things to remember when you shop online:

Online Sellers do not have to abide by any local business ethics (by law or by practice).
• Shipping is almost always extra and even more to upgrade your delivery service.
• Even with Free shipping, damage to your package can result in hundreds of dollars to return the product. With shipping paid for by the customer.
• B-Stock, factory returns, and refurbished electronics are often resold online. “B-Stock” items are not covered by most manufacturer warranties.
• If an online seller is not specifically authorized to sell the model number you are buying your warranty may be void.
• The accessories sold with the products, ie. mounts, cables, etc are usually low-quality items.
• They will push you to buy a warranty that isn’t necessary and is nearly impossible to redeem.
• Return policies are usually a burden and involve shipping costs out of the customer’s pocket.
• Most local retailers will not install products purchased online for liability reasons.
• Online retailers simply don’t care about whether this is the best product for their customers.

In the end, do your research online. Look at the deals and then bring the information to a qualified, established, expert with a solid reputation for dealing with electronics (ask your friends).


Buying Electronics Online from Starpower

High-quality local retailers such as Starpower Home Theater have a real incentive to do what is right for their customers. They design a solution that works long term, meets your overall needs and is the best value. Remember that a quality retailer will be there to resolve any questions or concerns you may have. If it’s a better deal online, a reputable dealer will tell you so. In the end, how much are you really saving? If you don’t buy from a local retailer, at least visit one and see what they have to offer. It’s for your own benefit.

Starpower offers a limited selection of our products online for your shopping convenience. However, if you’re just starting your research, we highly recommend stopping into one of our showrooms to “audition” the products you are looking for.

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