The Pros and Cons of Upgrading from Analog to IP

The technology world is rapidly changing and it can be hard to keep up. You may be wondering if it’s really necessary to upgrade your old analog surveillance system to a new IP system. The ultimate decision is yours and there are many personal factors that may influence your decision. It is important to know that there are several benefits to keeping your surveillance system up-to-date with the latest technology but there are also a few drawbacks. While IP surveillance systems are rapidly becoming a favorite choice among consumers, they may not be the most cost effective choice.

IP surveillance systems provide better video quality with a higher resolution, in most cases up to 1080p, and allow for more storage. IP security systems are wireless which makes for easier installation and also allows users to view footage remotely on their PC or smart phone which can be a useful tool in many circumstances. The drawback of an IP surveillance system is that it costs a great deal more than the older analog systems. Also, due to the fact that they operate using an internet network connection, if the connection is bad then the cameras may go down or lose footage. Analog surveillance cameras are wired so they are not reliant on an internet connection. They are also less expensive. However, analog surveillance systems do not provide the best image quality and footage can only be viewed on monitors. As technology continues to evolve, analog security cameras are becoming more and more obsolete which can make it difficult to find replacement parts for an analog surveillance system. The real debate between upgrading to IP and sticking with analog comes down to your specific needs. If the analog surveillance system is meeting your needs and the image quality works for you then you may want to stick with your current system. Like the old adage says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”


For customers who want better image quality but don’t want to break the bank, there may be a compromise. HD CCTV systems provide better image quality but are still hardwired so they are not reliant on internet connections. An even more cost effective choice would be the HD-AVS system that provides image quality that rivals IP surveillance systems but costs about the same as an analog CCTV surveillance system. You can read our in depth explanation of the HD-AVS technology here:

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