I just had a general question regarding security cameras I have setup at home. The cameras are wired in to the network and accessible internally (through a private LAN address) and externally through a static IP. I was wondering if accessing the cameras internally, through the LAN address (on an iPad or smartphone) will count towards my monthly data cap?
Any help or clarification you guys can provide is appreciated.
Yes, there will be data consumed if you view the content from outside your home. There also may be data consumed as your cameras interconnect with your surveillance service provider - usually these maintain some form of connection between your cameras, and their network, so they can provide video connectivity to you.
There should be no data charges for packets which stay inside your local network.
What brand of security cameras are you using? If content is not streamed externally, it should not count.
I love Nest cam, but they do upload to the cloud.