Customers looking for a smaller-scale surveillance solution often ask A1 Security Cameras about edge recording for their apartment, home, or small business. Indeed, it is an excellent option for those needing something on the smaller side.

What is Edge Recording?

Customers looking for a smaller-scale surveillance solution often ask A1 Security Cameras about edge recording for their apartment, home, or small business. Indeed, it is an excellent option for those needing something on the smaller side. It explicitly uses the internal storage of each security camera rather than relying on a centralized video recording system. Such a system provides anyone needing surveillance with a more focused and easier to install a system that can be immediately personalized to their needs but is particularly limited in capacity and features.

A1 Security Cameras has produced this article that provides a general overview of the subject for those interested in edge recording. In it, you will see the most common questions we receive and information specific to the method of surveillance. Our design team can help construct a system that implements it throughout your home or business for someone immediately considering edge recording!

What are edge-based cameras?

Generally, edge-based cameras are IP cameras or cameras with a similar design that features onboard storage. In this regard, edge recording is each security camera saving all recorded video footage data onto the internal storage hardware. The internal storage hardware is typically an SD card purchased separately from the security camera itself, as most do not come included or as a package deal. Some have used hard drives plugged in directly to the camera and placed nearby, but such a setup is most often inconvenient and more difficult to physically secure. Another example can commonly be found with game cameras. Still, when discussing the concept in reference to surveillance, it will most often be an IP camera with an SD card that is checked wirelessly or by switching out the SD card every so often.

Can analog cameras support edge recording?

No, analog security cameras do not support edge recording as a function due to most having no capacity for onboard storage. While digital cameras most often come with an SD card slot or can communicate with a storage system wirelessly (cloud, NVR, etc) while analog cameras are limited to recording video footage data by way of a digital video recorder. As referenced in a previous article focusing on the subject, analog security camera systems without a DVR are only capable of streaming the video footage taken by the cameras, not recording it. While these cameras can be streamed, it is much harder to install such a system when considering remote viewing.

What is the difference between edge recording and regular?

The difference between edge recording and regular recording is straightforward. As discussed above, edge recording utilizes the SD card slot in devices like the IP camera to record data while regular recording uses a centralized recorder to do so. The latter option will most often include a network video recorder or computer devoted to storing and managing video footage. In essence, the entire difference between edge recording and regular is the former does not have centralized hardware and the latter solely relies upon it.

It is worth mentioning that edge recording can be a first step to setting up a greater security camera system as IP cameras are added as needed to a home or small business before establishing the centralized hardware they are later connected to for recording and management.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of edge recording?

With such a flexible system, edge recording features multiple advantages that traditional security camera systems do not, but they also feature just as many disadvantages that make them only effective for certain circumstances. To provide full context to that, we will list the most notable advantages and disadvantages of edge recording before providing the best use of the surveillance method.

Edge Recording Advantages

  • Allows more personalized configuration
  • Highly flexible
  • Less network traffic
  • Provides specific area focus
  • Reduced bandwidth usage

Edge Recording Disadvantages

  • Extremely limited storage space
  • Cannot be used at a larger scale
  • Limited opportunity for advanced features
  • Requires heavy focus on individual security configuration
  • Vulnerable physically and cybernetically

As shown, edge recording is a flexible option for those looking to implement surveillance at a smaller scale, but it is not effective at a larger scale nor does it provide support for more advanced features that need more space for processing programming and data. As shall be shown in the next section, edge recording is not for everyone.

When would you use edge recording?

Edge recording is primarily used by homeowners, those residing in rental properties, and small business owners. For each, it entirely supports a flexible option of surveillance that only needs a wired connection to power or power and to the router if a wireless connection is not viable. Furthermore, it is an especially affordable option as it only requires the IP cameras, transformers, SD cards, and a reliable connection to the local network.

However, the method of surveillance will conversely be a poor fit for those needing larger-scale surveillance like homeowners with significant or multiple properties and larger businesses. Such examples would also need advanced features from their surveillance, which is simply not possible for edge recording. In short, edge recording is easy to put and flexible when used but is inconvenient if there are more than a few security cameras.

Best features for edge recording

Best features for edge recording

While technologically sophisticated as a solution, edge recording is fairly simple when compared to greater security camera systems with central recording hardware. That means that options are fairly limited for those needing edge recording features. Among some of the best surveillance features on the market, the most popular tend to be specific to the camera model. Most notably, some of the most common include:


  • Digital noise reduction
  • Motion activated recording
  • Power over ethernet
  • Smart IR
  • Wide dynamic range


As can be seen in our selection of IP cameras, these features are commonly included among modern and current examples. Those considering edge recording should look at some of the best-selling products by brands will highlight below.

Best brands for edge recording

Each brand offers IP cameras capable of edge recording while offering some of the best surveillance features available on the market. Furthermore, Digital Watchdog and GeoVision cameras are some of the most popular products sold worldwide while LTS is the most popular brand of products purchased from A1 Security Cameras.

Furthermore, each brand offers firmware in each IP camera that works well with edge recording, making configuration and management several times easier than other branded products offered on the market. Feel free to look through the massive catalog of products A1 Security Cameras offers!

Get the best surveillance from A1 Security Cameras today!

When you need surveillance in your home or business, A1 Security Cameras is the best place to get your security cameras and hardware. With a history of dealing with high-profile clients, we have the best option for you that will fit your surveillance needs. Furthermore, residents and business owners of Dallas Fort Worth can help you install the best edge recording security camera system through our installation team. For more information on any of our IP cameras that offer edge recording or for more information on edge recording in general, contact us today!

Apr 15th 2022 Wayne Hahne

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