Hosting, simply put, is a server that is created for your video surveillance system that acts like a website. Every video surveillance system has an IP address, as does every router. An IP address is like your home address and inside the router are “ports” that need to be opened for communication between the system and the router. Those ports are like the gate to your driveway. If the gate is closed, you can’t get into your house. Just the same, if the ports are closed, you cannot view your cameras. Hosting is a service we offer to eliminate that loss of communication. Without going into the nitty-gritty details of hosting and begin speaking in another language… Watchmen Security Services will create a server for your video surveillance system that will act as a constant address for all communication between the router and surveillance system to funnel through. So, no matter what changes on the internet side, you will maintain contact with your surveillance system.