How to limit data usage of home security cameras

How to limit data usage of home security cameras

We all know that watching a YouTube video on your phone uses more data than Googling photos.

Home security cameras work the same way.

Watching video from your home security camera uses more internet data than simply reviewing images from your camera.

That’s why here at Cammy, we give you the option to review camera footage with snapshots instead of video.

But what if you want video too?

What you need is a network video recorder (NVR), or as we call it, the Cammy Hub.

How the Cammy Hub helps you use less data

If a security camera records video it needs somewhere to store that video, right?

With most camera systems, video from your cameras is stored in the cloud (internet) so you can access it anytime from your phone.

The problem is the video is constantly streaming to the cloud. It’s like watching YouTube all day, every day.

As you can imagine, this not only costs you more internet data, but it can put a strain on your local Wi-Fi. This is not great if you rely on your home Wi-Fi for other things like Netflix and Spotify.

That’s why you need a Hub.

A Hub is a small hard drive that stores all video from your cameras (on the device itself) instead of storing it in the cloud.

This limits the amount of data your cameras use because with a Hub, you’re only using data when you watch a video instead of having video upload in the background all the time.

Network Video Recorders (NVR) vs Digital Video Recorders (DVR)

The Cammy Hub is an NVR, while traditional CCTV camera systems use a DVR.

The difference is a DVR’s cameras need to be connected with analog cables, which limits the distance you can put your cameras but it also impacts the video quality.

An NVR however, offers a higher video resolution and there is no need for cables. You simply plug the NVR into power and into your router using an ethernet cord. You can then place your cameras anywhere with power.

Storage is another reason NVR’s are better than DVR’s. Both use hard drives to store and record video, however, the format is different for each.

Not only do DVR’s produce lower quality video but they also use more space. Meanwhile, NVR’s use IP cameras which compress video footage, giving you more storage and a better quality picture.


Home security cameras without an NVR (or Hub as we call it) store video in the cloud and upload 24/7 which requires more internet data and puts a strain on your home Wi-Fi.

Home security cameras with an NVR, store video locally and only upload that video when you want to view it.

Every Cammy package includes the Cammy Hub, an NVR that is easy to set up and saves you data.

And that’s how you limit the data usage of home security cameras.

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