Becoming the IP guy or gal
You may not be ready to deploy an enterprise-level network implementing VLANs to segregate the video traffic from the company’s production network, but understanding the general lingo and initial IT apprehensions will go a long way. To take it to the next level, basic and advanced networking techniques are best learned in a hands-on classroom setting, which nearly all IP video manufacturers offer today.
The physical security industry is moving to all IP. Take the initiative to become the IP Guy, not the one asking for their advice.