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Bandwidth Consumption & Uplink Requirements for Video

Learn how Verkada cameras record video locally, limiting consumption bandwidth

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When accessed remotely, a video proxies through the cloud and is cached to speed retrieval times and playback. This approach enables large numbers of simultaneous viewers without negatively impacting the bandwidth of your local area network (LAN).

Below is a breakdown of the expected streaming bandwidth consumption based on the Verkada camera model and streaming mode upload. Learn more about streaming modes.

Note: The local streaming mode is prioritized if a local connection can be established to reduce bandwidth consumption.

Dome series

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View - Low Bandwidth Mode

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

300 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

3 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

300 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

3 Mbps upload

Camera models: CD61, CD61-E, CD62, CD62-E

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

600 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

4.5 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

600 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

4.5 Mbps upload

Camera models: D30, D50

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

300 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

1 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

300 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

1 Mbps upload

Camera model: D40

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

300 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

1.5 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

300 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

1.5 Mbps upload

Camera model: D80

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

600 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

2 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

600 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

2 Mbps upload

Mini Dome series

Camera models: CM22, CM41, CM41-E, CM41-S, CM42

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

300 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

3 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

300 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

3 Mbps upload

Camera model: CM61

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

600 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

3 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

600 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

3 Mbps upload

Fisheye

Camera model: CF81-E

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

600 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

4.5 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

600 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

4.5 Mbps upload

Camera model: D80

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

600 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

2 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

600 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

2 Mbps upload

Bullet

Camera models: CB51-E, CB51-TE, CB52-E, CB52-TE

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

300 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

3 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

300 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

3 Mbps upload

Camera models: CB61-E, CB61-TE, CB62-E, CB62-TE

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

20–50 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

600 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

4.5 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

600 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

4.5 Mbps upload

Multisensor

Camera model: CH52-E

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

80–200 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

300 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

3 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

300 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

3 Mbps upload

PTZ

Camera model: CP52-E

Uplink Content

Bandwidth Requirement

No View

80–200 Kbps upload

SQ (Local or Cloud)

600 Kbps upload

HQ (Local or Cloud)

1.5 Mbps upload

Historical footage with no motion

600 Kbps upload

Historical footage with motion

1.5 Mbps upload

Streaming modes

The Verkada system operates in 3 different streaming modes, depending on your organization's viewing activity (No View, View Live Stream, and View Historical Footage).

No View

Cameras at rest (not being viewed) operate at a steady upload state of 20–50 Kbps. In this mode, cameras only send metadata and thumbnails to the cloud, conserving bandwidth for other business applications.

View Live Stream

When you log in to Command and begin to view live video, the cameras switch into a higher uplink consumption pattern.

  • SQ Stream: Verkada's default video stream is a standard quality (SQ) 800x600 stream. See Camera Video Resolution for video resolution by camera model.

  • HQ Stream: Verkada's high quality (HQ) stream varies by camera model and may be a 2MP, 3MP, 5MP, or 4K resolution. See Camera Video Resolution for video resolution by camera model and Modify High Quality Video Bitrates on how to adjust HQ bitrate. Please note changing HQ bitrate will impact bandwidth utilization.

  • Local: Verkada's local stream is SQ or HQ. The bandwidth consumption is the same as SQ or HQ stream, but is transferred directly from the camera to the viewing device. Learn more about local streaming.

View historical footage

When historical footage is viewed, the bandwidth consumption varies between the SQ and HQ streams, depending on whether motion was detected. Viewing historical footage at increased speeds increases the bandwidth linearly, so a camera that plays HQ video at 1 Mbps at 1x speed requires 2 Mbps at 2x speed and 3 Mbps at 3x speed. Historical footage can be streamed via the cloud or locally.

  • SQ is used when no motion is detected in the frame and is 300 Kbps or 600 Kbps, depending on the camera model. See Camera Video Resolution for video resolution by camera model.

  • HQ is used when motion is detected in the frame and is in a range of 1–3 Mbps, depending on the camera model. See Camera Video Resolution for video resolution by camera model.

  • SQ footage at 3x speed uses 900 Kbps–1.8 Mbps, depending on the camera model. See Camera Video Resolution for video resolution by camera model.

  • HQ footage at 3x speed uses 3–9 Mbps, depending on the camera model. See Camera Video Resolution for video resolution by camera model.

Variables that can impact bandwidth consumption

You can estimate bandwidth consumption for your Verkada system with these variables:

  • Number of cameras viewed per day

  • Number of SQ hours viewed per day

  • Number of HQ hours viewed per day

  • HQ bitrate selected for the camera

Note: Changing a camera's bitrate will impact the consumption and uplink requirements. See Modify High Quality Video Bitrates.

Expected network port speeds

All cameras negotiate at full-duplex. For a list of network interface card (NIC) speeds for each device model, see Network Port Speeds.

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