This KB discusses the bandwidth consumption by camera model and different streaming modes available.

Bandwidth Consumption by Camera Model

Below is a breakdown of the expected streaming bandwidth consumption based on camera model and streaming mode. See the section 'Modes' for more details on streaming modes. Local mode will be prioritized if a local connection can be established to reduce bandwidth consumption.

D30

  • No View: 20-50Kbps upload
  • SD: 300Kbps upload
  • HD: 1Mbps upload
  • Local streaming: 300Kbps upload (LAN only)
  • Recorded no motion: 300 kbps upload
  • Recorded motion: 1Mbps upload

D50

  • No View: 20-50Kbps upload
  • SD: 300Kbps upload
  • HD: 1Mbps upload
  • Local streaming: 300Kbps upload (LAN only)
  • Recorded no motion: 300 kbps upload
  • Recorded motion: 1Mbps upload

D40

  • No View: 20-50Kbps upload
  • SD: 300Kbps upload
  • HD: 1.5Mbps upload
  • Local streaming: 300Kbps upload (LAN only)
  • Recorded no motion: 300 kbps upload
  • Recorded motion: 1.5Mbps upload

D80

  • No View: 20-50Kbps upload
  • SD: 600Kbps upload
  • HD: 2Mbps upload
  • Local streaming: 600Kbps upload (LAN only)
  • Recorded no motion: 600 kbps upload
  • Recorded motion: 2Mbps upload

Modes

Generally speaking, your Verkada system will operates in 3 different modes depending on your and your team's activity.

  • No View
  • View Live Stream
  • View Recorded Stream

No View

When none of your users is viewing cameras in Command, your system will operate at a steady state of about 20-50 kilobits per second upload per camera. In this mode, Verkada cameras send only select video metadata and thumbnails to the cloud, conserving bandwidth for other business applications.

View Live Stream

When a user logs into Command and begins to view live video, the cameras will switch into a higher uplink consumption pattern. 

  • SD Stream: Verkada's default video stream is a standard definition (SD) 800x600 stream. Upload bandwidth consumption will be 300Kbps or 600Kbps pending on camera model.
  • HD Stream: Verkada's high definition (HD) stream which delivers about 50% more detail than 1080p and depending on the camera model has a 3-megapixel or 5-megapixel resolution. Upload bandwidth consumption will be in a range of 1Mbps - 2Mbps depending on camera model.

Note: D30, D50, D80 have 3-megapixel HD resolution; D40 has 5-megapixel HD resolution

  • Local: Verkada's local stream is a standard definition (SD) 800x600 stream. This will be 300Kbps or 600Kbps pending on camera model.

**Note: by default, Verkada multiplexes live video streams in its cloud service. As a result, many users can watch the same live stream without increasing the individual camera's uplink consumption. 

View Recorded Video

When recorded video is viewed, the bandwidth consumption will vary between the SD and HD stream depending on whether activity was detected. 

  • SD is used when no motion is detected in frame and will be 300Kbps or 600Kbps pending on camera model
  • HD is used when motion is detected in frame and will be in a range of 1Mbps - 2Mbps depending on camera model

Variables that Impact Bandwidth Consumption

When estimating bandwidth consumption for your Verkada system, it's important to keep the following variables in mind:

  • Number of cameras viewed per day
  • Number of SD hours viewed per day
  • Number of HD hours viewed per day
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