September 22, 2011

ADT Hosted Video Service’s Video Quality

ADT Hosted Video Service is a cloud service for business video security. To learn more, check ADT Hosted Video Service Review. Take a look here at what affects ADT Hosted Video service’s video quality and how can you improve it? 

While using ADT’s service, you will get high quality video if you are viewing or storing the camera’s video feed on your local network (where the camera is located) as the bandwidths available are likely to be 100 Mbps or better. But, what about when you are viewing or storing the feed over the Internet?

ADT’s service uses Axis IP cameras. For decent video quality, the Internet bandwidth needed for an Axis camera is about 1 Mbps of upload. This is bandwidth between
  • camera to viewer - for viewing live video
  • camera to storage server - for recording live video

(At the above link, you can play with the different bandwidth parameters to find the best video quality for your needs)

Remember this is 1 Mbps per camera. i.e. if you remotely record 8 cameras concurrently, you’ll need 8 Mbps of upload bandwidth. If 3 viewers remotely watch a camera concurrently, you need 3 Mbps of upload bandwidth for that camera etc.

Unless you are on a 100 Mbps Internet plan, you may not have this bandwidth available at your business. With lower bandwidths, expect to get lower video quality and watch fewer cameras concurrently.

An example of video quality with Axis cameras can be seen in this live video feed of an aquarium. Demo feed via EyeSpyFx, an Axis partner providing mobile apps for Axis cameras. 

At night, the feed will show a dark scene. Flash is required to see this live feed.

So, to get the best video quality with ADT’s cloud video security service, get the highest Internet bandwidth that is affordable. And plan on allocating 1 Mbps per camera.