What is an IP Network Camera?

March 9th, 2021

An IP Network Camera is a video camera that uses all digital video technology, and can be followed over the Internet. IP network cameras let you know what is going on in your Chico, CA home or business. You can even use "smart camera" options such as motion detection. IP Network cameras allow users to monitor and secure their homes and offices in Chico, CA from anywhere. Network cameras can feature an automatic router configuration and web address (URL) setup for easy remote viewing over the web.

If there is no wiring, installation is cheaper for a IP Network system than one with coaxial wiring. In addition, wireless networking can be used where cable is unpractical. IP Surveillance technology provides an open, easily integrated platform. A single network connects and manages data, video, voice, etc., making management more effective and cost efficient. Any video stream, live or recorded, can be accessed and controlled from any location in the world over wired or wireless networks. IP Network cameras can stream high-quality live video at up to 30 frames per second. Users can playback video, record directly to their hard drive, and trigger automatic recording via motion detection. They can monitor and record events in the workplace and remotely watch their business in Chico, CA from LAN, WAN or Internet.

The last stage to complete CCTV digitization is the link from the cameras to the Digital Video Recorder (DVR). For many of today's Closed Cable (CCTV) systems, the last use of analogue technology is the co-axial cable. Network cameras have made the link from the camera to the recorder digitalized, using standard computer networks. Digital imaging combined with networking enables a whole new range of system-level functionality and cost-efficiency. With a DVR, the processes of digitization and compression occur in the recorder unit. But with IP Network cameras, the camera is digital, and includes "smart" functions like motion detection and others that are managed by software. IP Surveillance doesn't lose functionality; it moves it from the DVR to the camera

IP-based data is easily moved to off-site storage and lets you use redundant infrastructure. By using standard server and network equipment, replacement time if any should go down considerably. Management software provides real-time system operation status and information. IP Surveillance promises to continue to deliver a host of attractive, future end user benefits: Increased intelligence located at the camera level, includes Video Motion Detection (VMD), license plate recognition, event triggers, object tracking, etc. You get more resolution, and a higher resolution than the limits of the analogue NTSC and PAL formats. Up to 5 Mpixel. Mega-pixel Cameras are available though most outlets. You can get power via Ethernet – eliminating the need to have power outlets at the camera locations and enabling easier application of uninterrupted power supplies to ensure operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through the use of wireless transmission of video using cost-efficient standard technologies such as IEEE 802.11b, videos can be transmitted to PDAs, Tablet PCs, and cellular phones with encryption, watermarking and connection authentication at camera level. They offer a considerably more secure operation than with any analog camera.

What Our Customers Say

"I had the Alibi system installed several years ago. It has functioned flawlessly. The image quality is exellent both night and day and in all weather conditions. I particularly like the replay (which can be set at various speeds) and zoom functions of the system. Tech support from Crimefreeliving has been excellent. I have received quick responses to questions, and timely home visits — as when I changed IP carriers and my Alibi system needed to be reset. I have recommended Crimefreeliving to several friends."


"As a small business owner here in Chico we definitely saw the need for video surveillance. After expressing our needs and concerns Tim did an excellent job getting us set up with the set up with the appropriate equipment. He really took the time to address our concerns in a very friendly, professional and knowledgeable manner. I highly recommend Tim for all of your business and residential video surveillance needs."

Ron H., Owner/Auto Doctor

"I have to say I love having my security cameras at my home. Tim Truby did a wonderful job of installing the five cameras. He is very neat and cleaned everything up after the installation. He explained to me how to operate the monitor, my phone and IPad. However, I have had to call Tim because I'm not tech savvy and forget what he has told me. He usually just helps me over the phone and then all is well. I'm 80 years old and enjoy the comfort of knowing I have these security cameras."


"Tim Truby designed and installed a 32 camera system for us here at the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. We had received several other quotes from security system vendors, but Tim’s quote was the least expensive. Tim also installed the system quickly and has always been available when we needed him. We are very happy with our security camera system and we can highly recommend Tim Truby for all of your surveillance system needs."

D. Weseman, Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District

Crime Free Living updated our old video system with a new 16 Channel HD Alibi Video Security System. The old system had been added onto by different installers which resulted in a cabling mess. There were cables that worked and cables that went nowhere. It was a mess. Tim sorted it all out and installed cameras that are very clear. He also installed a monitor for our cashiers to watch hidden areas, a monitor to watch the entry door, and a monitor that allows employees to watch the outside parking and gas pump area. All work was done on time and very professional! Will always recommend Tim and Crime Free Living.

S. AM PM Chico Arco Station

"I had Tim install an Alibi Video Security System at my residence and a couple business locations. The remote view option is invaluable to absentee owners or anyone who travels a lot. The clarity and quality of the cameras have allowed for viewing employee theft. The evidence provided from the HD video cameras was fantastic! Tim was professional and provided extra value from his law enforcement background."

J. Folsom Arco Station

"Tim, I want to thank you again for doing such a fantastic job on installing a wireless IP security camera system at our dream home. The extra time that you took to hide wires, and install a clean, professional system is much appreciated. I still can’t believe the clarity, quality, and ease of use of this new system. I wished that I would have met you before our original inferior system was installed by another company. Now, whether I am at home, or monitoring the system from around the world, I know that my home and family are safe and sound."

John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

Tieka and Don S.

"I have been using Crime Free Living for the last couple years ar work and at home and I really recommend this product. Tim is a very good service provider. If he can't figure it out, he's got good tech support with the system that he offers."

Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

Steve D., Down Range Indoor Training Center

images Certifications & Training

With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators