Put simply, yes, internet protocol cameras can provide functionality at a base level and offer limited features without any internet. For home or business owners looking for a camera that delivers superior advantages compared to any other, IP cameras are typically a modern yet affordable solution. Likewise, installers will find them easy to work with and enjoy a simple integration process into a more significant security apparatus.

 

Can IP cameras work without Internet?

Put simply, yes, IP security cameras can provide functionality at a base level and offer limited features without any internet. For home or business owners looking for a camera that delivers superior advantages compared to any other, IP cameras are typically a modern yet affordable solution. Likewise, installers will find them easy to work with and enjoy a simple integration process into a more significant security apparatus.

To summarize, an IP camera will still work without the internet but will be cut off from any device separate from the network it is connected to. However, that does not necessarily mean surveillance is entirely limited to purely simple functionality, especially with ip cameras. In this post, we will briefly highlight how IP cameras work, what a network is, and how the two interact with each other. For installers and those that might be considered “off the grid,” this information can prove valuable to you when you are interested in adding surveillance to your security apparatus.

How do IP cameras work?

As explained in our previous post about IP cameras, ip cameras are effective security cameras. Similar to other options in surveillance, these devices capture video footage and then condense it into data that can be more efficiently transported over a network. Unlike the analog and purely wireless alternatives, these cameras can be wired or wireless when installed. Some of the features regularly offered with these cameras include:
 

  • Cloud storage integration
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Remote streaming
  • Resolution and quality management
  • SD card for built-in storage
  • Two-way audio
     

As shown, i cameras are typically more capable compared to most other security cameras. As a result, these cameras perform excellently across a wide range of environments, from small homes and offices to construction sites and ranches. However, when not connected to the internet, features like cloud storage integration and remote streaming are not possible due to their dependence on an internet connection.

Further features from IP cameras can typically be acquired through connecting the cameras to a network video recorder or converted computer. Why this connection is essential to ip cameras, and security camera systems overall, is because the storage the camera can have internally is limited. In contrast, a central recorder like an NVR or converted computer can hold much more video footage and video surveillance software like a VMS.

How do I stream my IP camera?

In reference to this topic, a stream is the incoming data or video feed from a camera. When someone says: “I’m watching the stream from my video camera,” they could just as easily say that when doing so from their phone as they could from the central recorder connected to the camera itself.

As to how either is done, the process is quite simple. For those looking to stream their IP camera online, they will need to port forward their IP camera and slightly configure their router to the correct specifications. With or without internet, the other way of streaming is relatively simple because it all remains in-house. After the security camera system is installed, meaning the ip camera is also connected to the central recorder, all that is needed is to configure the camera through the monitor and voilà. This latter process is necessary because it will play into our discussion of local area networks and how a person can use their security camera system without the internet.

What are the seven types of networks?

What are the seven types of networks?

Depending on who you ask, there may be a few types of networks or a wide selection. To avoid getting overly technical, we will limit our discussion to the seven networks a person is most likely to interact with on a daily basis. These networks are:
 

  • PAN or Personal Area Network
  • LAN or Local Area Network
  • WAN or Wide Area Network
  • WLAN or Wireless Local Network
  • MAN or Metropolitan Area Network
  • VPN or Virtual Private Network
     

In one way or another, there is a strong likelihood you’ve heard of or have actively encountered most of these networks. For example, anyone that uses Bluetooth technology also actively uses a PAN as it is meant for limited connections between one device and another. Another example is for residents and those visiting places like New York City, which provides free Wi-Fi access through a metropolitan area network. However, the one we will distinctly be focusing on below is the local area network.

What is a local area network?

Simply put, a local area network is a group of computers or related devices connected together throughout a given area. Such an area may be one building or several, with users being able to communicate with each other on each device without having an internet connection. When such an accommodation becomes larger than a few buildings and expands over a larger expanse, the specific term switches from an LAN to a WAN. There is very little change in definition between the two other than how far the network expands and sometimes the capacity of users on it.

How can I see my IP camera on LAN?

In such a system that has been outlined, viewing your IP camera on an LAN that is devoid of the internet is actually relatively simple. Whether you’re on your phone or computer, the first step is to be connected to the LAN. When wired to or wirelessly on the LAN, you should be able to see a list of devices on the network itself. If you were given access to the surveillance in the local network, then all that is needed is to find the recorder or specific security camera depending on the setup. It should be noted that the process will be different depending on the brand of the security system and the chosen managing software. For example, Axis has developed its own system that comes included in most Axis NVR called Axis Camera Station. Another example of brand-specific VMS is the Vivotek VAST2.

How do IP cameras work with the internet versus without?

As mentioned above, ip cameras simply have more features when connected to the internet that makes your security camera system more convenient. For example, if you are not interested in wiring running through your home or business, IP cameras can use a WiFi signal to be entirely wireless. Likewise, some even use cloud saving, so you don’t have to get a recorder, but also generally charge a monthly fee for such a feature. Furthermore, the video feed from the cameras can be accessed through other computers or cellphones via the internet. Likewise, the video footage stored in an NVR can be accessed similarly.


When an IP security camera system is strictly on an LAN and not connected to the internet, those features are not possible. However, with a lack of features comes both more secure surveillance and a more reliable system overall. Let us explain, as shown in our wired vs wireless security cameras post; wired systems will always produce better quality video footage and feature a reliable connection unless the power goes out or the cable is cut. An IP security camera system that functions regularly without the internet is then much simpler in design and does strain or put weight on other systems to perform effectively.

Internet or not, secure your IP cameras!

Internet or not, secure your IP cameras!

Something that cannot be overstated is configuring your security cameras and recorders with the correct measures. In this case, we mean a username and password if applicable. While your system may not be connected to the internet, ip cameras still have the capability to be and sometimes can be online through other types of wireless networks. For that reason, you should have a password and username implemented into where possible. While it is a small security measure, it can prove quite effective if ever in the case your system were to be compromised or a nefarious party sought to do so.

How can I use an IP camera without Wi-Fi?

As shown, the most simple and effective way to use an IP camera is to wire it directly to a recorder or converted computer. Even when offline, the broader security camera system reliably retains full functionality outside of a few features that are reliant on the internet. Using ip cameras can easily be one of the best decisions a person can make when considering installing a security apparatus into their home or business. Furthermore, when installing internet becomes possible, the security already in place will be able to integrate without much trouble.

When looking for a team of security professionals that can help you choose the right surveillance product or design the future security camera system, A1 Security Cameras is the team to call. We offer a massive catalog of security cameras, recorders, and more to choose from. Our team can also design the perfect security camera system that meets all of your needs through our design help service. For more information on what we offer and what we can do for you, call A1 Security Cameras today!

Feb 2nd 2022 Wayne Hahne

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