What You Need to Know About IP Surveillance Cameras:

We present key features, components, functions and setup involved in an IP surveillance camera system.

Aug. 17, 2010 — by EH Staff

Surveillance cameras are an important component of home security. They can visually monitor key areas of your home and property, record activity and alert you immediately if they notice anything unusual. IP (Internet Protocol) cameras are able to transmit images and signals via the Internet, making them a popular choice for on-the-go families. But how do you decide what type of cameras to rely on in your system?

And what types of capability are you after? The answer to one could help provide some answers to the other.

Here are some important aspects of IP surveillance cameras, system functions, features and setups, courtesy of Richie Scholl, Worthington Distribution.

CAMERAS Choose indoor or weatherproof models based on your application. Fixed, pan/tilt, and pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) models are available. Fixed cameras will always be looking at one specified area. PTZ cameras, by contrast, can be manipulated manually or automatically. For this type of camera, consider having a “home” position that the camera returns to after a few minutes of inactivity.

Cameras differ in their ability to see in the dark. Use a camera with a night mode or a low lux rating if vision in the dark is important. Standalone IR illuminators can provide night-viewing capabilities for standard cameras. They have built-in sensors that activate the illuminator automatically when necessary. One-way and two-way audio features are available on many cameras. One-way audio allows a user to hear the sound that a built-in microphone in the camera picks up. Two-way audio adds the ability for the user to speak into a computer microphone and have that sound played through the camera.

Form factors vary by manufacturer. Many cameras are shaped as a square unit with a bubbled lens. More traditional bullet and dome styles are now available. Keep in mind that an IP (Internet Protocol) camera will always be larger than standard analog camera.

Most IP cameras require a hardwired Ethernet connection, although wireless WiFi IP cameras are available. POWER OVER ETHERNET (POE) PoE capability greatly simplifies the installation of an IP camera because only one wire is necessary to carry both power and Ethernet signals. Use a PoE switch at the head end, or PoE injectors somewhere between the switch and the camera. PoE is a standard, which ensures compatibility between equipment from different manufacturers.

RECORDING The most cost-effective option for recording is PC software that records video to a local hard drive. Make sure you have plenty of space available or pick up an external hard drive.

Video storage eats space quickly. Another option is a hybrid DVR. This is a device that can record images from both analog and IP cameras. Some IP cameras have built-in storage or memory card slots. They can store still frames or short video snippets, based on motion. SENSORS/AUTOMATION

Many IP cameras have motion sensing built in, which can trigger the recording of video for a select amount of time.

When tied to a control system or specialized recording device, remote sensors can perform a number of tasks. For example, they can be used to pan, tilt or zoom a camera to a certain position, or they can trigger the system to send an email or text message when motion is detected.

IN-HOME VIEWING Look for a TV monitoring adapter that’s compatible with your cameras so that you can view multiple images on a standard television. Many IP cameras also have an analog video output that can be connected to more traditional video distribution systems. When tied to a control system, televisions can automatically display images from cameras if, for example, motion is detected. Or the system can be programmed to display a picture-in-picture image from the front door whenever the doorbell is pressed.

REMOTE VIEWING Some cameras have web servers built in, so all you need is an Internet connection. They are more expensive than their simpler IP counterparts, but for single-camera installations this is an attractive option. Motion sensing allows some cameras to send still frames to a specified email address when movement is detected. A port will have to be opened on the website’s router to permit access to the camera. Stay away from port 80, as it is typically blocked by ISPs.

Use a Dynamic DNS (DDNS) service to preclude the need for an expensive static IP address. These services are available free of charge. Many manufacturers have IP cameras that can automatically configure the router and provide the DDNS. Many security monitoring stations support video monitoring. They can view your cameras remotely upon sensor activity or some other alarm event.

 

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Video Capture.  Use up to 64 cameras (webcams, camcorders, network IP cams, analog cards, or your PC desktop).   Capture JPEG snapshots or capture movies in standard AVI, advanced DVR, or leading-edge Windows Media file formats.

Video Security.  Keep an eye on your home, place of business, cars, and valuables;  watch your pets or your kids;  monitor your nanny, babysitter, or employees.  Watch your door for mail, packages or visitors.  Use motion detection, audio detection, or capture continuously.  Receive alerts via loudspeaker, e-mail, instant messaging, or phone.

Webcam.  Overlay text and graphics.  Use the built-in web server, or post to a website.  Webcast using MPEG ActiveX, JAVA, or Windows Media.

Technology Features

  • Simultaneously use up to 64 video cameras (with full version).
  • Use USB webcams, DV camcorders, network IP cams (see list below), as well as video servers.
  • Use generic BT848/878 cards, or we specifically recommend the 4-channel PV149 and 8/16-channel Hikvision DS-40xx cards
  • Overlay text, timestamps, and alpha-blended graphics.
  • The highly-efficient Blue Iris DVR file format allows time-slip viewing.
  • DirectX integration provides smooth digital scaling.
  • DirectShow integration provides optimal capture performance.
  • Windows Media technologies integration (full version) allows capture into WMV format and Windows Media webcasting.
  • Multithreaded, optimized and rigorously tested code for optimal performance.

Video Security Features

  • Use motion or audio sensing to trigger recording, or record continuously or periodically.
  • Overlay the current date/time as well as a logo or other information
  • Optionally record audio
  • Use a timer to determine when the system is armed
  • Images may be captured as either JPEG images, MPEG movies or Windows Media movies (full version).
  • Receive alerts via loudspeaker, email, instant message, voice phone call (with automatic redial), or external program/script
  • Run Blue Iris as a Windows service so that only you have control over its operation on a shared PC
  • All passwords are stored encrypted

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EASY INSTRUCTIONS: (From Set-up to Working Wireless!)

 
Open this PDF file and print the detailed instructions: EASY INSTRUCTIONS
 
 
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DIAGRAM C

  • After signing in to your EZ Cam you will need to go to Administrator option and it will display a screen similar to Diagram C (above). 

 

  • Select Alias Settings – this is where you will name your EZ Cam (exmpl: Front Patio)

 

  •  Date & Time Settings – choose your correct time zone and select how you would like your EZ Cam to sync it’s clock.

 

  • User Settings – this is where you will add user names and passwords for any type of group you would want someone to gain access to on your EZ Cam. You will also “Browse” to create a file folder to send your EZ Cam recording to. Make note of the path and file folder you create so that you can find and review your recorded video.

 

  • Multiple-Device Settings – the Device List in Lan srceen will show other available cameras that you may add. Just click on the 2nd Device, and so on to add your other cameras. Press the “submit” button at the botton after you have added your devices. (Note: to learn more about Http Port Settings, please see the Router Help section with-in these EZ – FAQ’s)

 

  • Basic Network Settings – this is where you can select to obtain your camera’s IP address from the DHCP Server (your Router) or set a static IP address (which I recommend when using multiple EZ Cameras together). You can also assign your Ez Cam a port number here  (Note: to learn more about Http Port Settings, please see the Router Help section with-in these EZ – FAQ’s). Remember to press “Submit” button after making any changes.
  • After signing in to your EZ Cam you will need to go to Administrator option and it will display a screen similar to Diagram C (above). 

 

  • Select Alias Settings – this is where you will name your EZ Cam (exmpl: Front Patio)

 

  •  Date & Time Settings – choose your correct time zone and select how you would like your EZ Cam to sync it’s clock.

 

  • User Settings – this is where you will add user names and passwords for any type of group you would want someone to gain access to on your EZ Cam. You will also “Browse” to create a file folder to send your EZ Cam recording to. Make note of the path and file folder you create so that you can find and review your recorded video.

 

  • Multiple-Device Settings – the Device List in Lan srceen will show other available cameras that you may add. Just click on the 2nd Device, and so on to add your other cameras. Press the “submit” button at the botton after you have added your devices. (Note: to learn more about Http Port Settings, please see the Router Help section with-in these EZ – FAQ’s)

 

  • Basic Network Settings – this is where you can select to obtain your camera’s IP address from the DHCP Server (your Router) or set a static IP address (which I recommend when using multiple EZ Cameras together). You can also assign your Ez Cam a port number here  (Note: to learn more about Http Port Settings, please see the Router Help section with-in these EZ – FAQ’s). Remember to press “Submit” button after making any changes.
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 If you are using 2 camera in the network and you want to access the camera remotely via solo link, Here is the thing you need to do:
 
  • Configure the 1st camera with same wireless settings from the router with the follwing: �
    • Same Wireless setting should be setup to the WVC54G
    • IP Address of 192.168.1.116
    • Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    • DNS: Valid DNS from the Status page of your Router
    • Go to Options Tab and select UPNP Enable
    • Enable Alternate port and change the port to (1025-65534) which should be unique from any devices used.
    • Go to the linksys router setup page
    • Enable port forwarding for port 1025 into an ip address of 192.168.1.116
    • Then Go to the Solo Link DDNS Tab of the Camera
    • Input the username and password needed
    • Change the WAN port to 1025
    • DDNS update should be Every 15 min
    • Make sure that the Status of the DDNS should state Registered and Connected
  • By then you should be able to access your camera via Domain Name through the following pattern (cameraname.DNS you registered.ourlinksys.com )

With regards to the second WVC Camera

  • Configure the 1st camera with same wireless settings from the router with the follwing:  
    • Same Wireless setting should be setup to the WVC54G
    • IP Address of 192.168.1.115
    • Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    • DNS: Valid DNS from the Status page of your Router
    • Go to Options Tab and select UPNP Enable
    • Enable Alternate port and change the port to (1024) which should be unique from any devices used.
    • Go to the linksys router setup page
    • Enable port forwarding for port 1025 into an ip address of 192.168.1.115
    • Then Go to the Solo Link DDNS Tab of the Camera
    • Input the username and password needed
    • Change the WAN port to 1024
    • DDNS update should be Every 15 min
    • Make sure that the Status of the DDNS should state Registered and Connected
  • By then you should be able to access your camera via Domain Name through the following pattern (cameraname.DNS you registered.ourlinksys.com )
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    EZ ip Camera – Pan & Tilt with NIGHT VISION

    Smooth Operation – When you Pan-and-Tilt - you can’t even hear these cameras move! With The Night Vision – Built-In – You can see almost as clear as Day! Don’t miss-out, You won’t be disappointed – ALL of your friends and business partners will think you spent thousands of dollars to incorporate your security EZ Cams!

    Frame Rate: 30 fps NTSC

    Motion Detection

    Night Vision

    2 – way Audio

    Simple and quick to setup, friendly user interface.

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    There are many reasons why people install network cameras.

    First, the viewing console is built right into every individual camera, whether it be wired or wireless. The benefit of this is you can log into any ip network camera from an internet conenction from anywhere in the world and be able to instantly view the cameras video. You can even snap a shot or record it on your end!

    Wireless ip network cameras provide a great way to monitor your home or warehouse or small business because they are easier to set-up and install. You don’t have to drill into your walls or ceiling to run the network cables because it operates through a wireless router network with-in the home or building.

    These type of ip cameras are great for keeping an eye out on your children, pets, home entry way, business lobby, warehouse or anywhere you would like to monitor!

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