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How to Connect IP Cameras to an NVR

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Configuring a Network Video Recorder 101

Many times I have been asked what is the proper way to configure an NVR and cameras. In this article I will describe the recommended settings you should have in your NVR and cameras. For this scenario I will be working with an NVR-16 Mini and our IPOB-EL1MPIR50 IP Cameras.

If this is the first time you are working with an NVR and IP cameras you might have to know a little bit about your network structure and how is everything connected. The typical structure is shown in the picture:

LAN

Now what we need to do is connect the NVR to a monitor either using a VGA cable or HDMI, also connect the Ethernet cable to your router and the NVR Ethernet jack and begin to power up the unit.

Examples of cable monitor and TV inputs:

HDMI CableVGA Cable
TV back

After the unit boots up, you can see the main interface of the NVR and a pop-up menu will appear on the screen showing you the Startup Wizard. You can use the Wizard to set the main features on this unit, but for this Demo I will skip these steps and hit cancel.

Login to the NVR by using any of the administrative usernames built in the unit. You can use the “admin” username and the password “admin” to get to the Main Menu.

In this Menu you will find many features. We will start by setting up the correct day and time in the unit based on your time zone.

NVR screen General

Next we will be going to the network section. To get there, click on SETTING>NETWORK. In here you can modify your IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway etc. We are going to click on “DHCP” option to get an IP address automatically from your router; therefore you don’t have to figure out what network scheme your router is setup to. Click on save and reboot the NVR. This method is the quickest way to get an IP from your Router without going to a computer. Once we get an IP address then we need to go back to the network settings of the NVR and turn OFF DHCP by simply uncheck the option next to the word DHCP. Make sure you write down the IP address of the NVR, so later on you can access the WEB SERVICE of the unit from your PC.

The next option is the SCHEDULE. This is going to be crucial because this is how the NVR will be recording and how frequently will do so. I recommend configuring it to motion detection, so the NVR and cameras will only record when there is an object in front of the cameras. This way the hard drive of the NVR will not fill up as quickly as it would if the unit was configured to record 24/7 non-stop.

NVR schedule screenshot

These are all of the essential settings you will need to setup your NVR. Now let us start configuring the megapixel cameras. I will always rather configure one camera first, then export the configurations of my settings to a file then later on I can import them to a new camera, this way the configuration time will be reduced and all my cameras will be configured the same way. This method is ideal when using the same camera model; otherwise you will need to export the settings of those cameras that are different model numbers.

To start this process I recommended to connect one camera at the time, due to the fact that we are dealing with IP devices and most likely all of the cameras will be set with the same default IP address of 192.168.1.108.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the different kinds of IP ranges on a given network, you might need to assign a static private IP address on each camera to make sure they will not conflict to another device in the network.
You can use our Configuration Tool in this link http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/downloads/?category=tools-and-software-downloads to find the cameras in your network and assign the desire Static IP address.

Here is a snapshot of the configuration tool:

ConfigTool

CAMERA CONFIGURATION PROCESS

Now that we have assigned an IP address in the camera, it is time to access the camera settings and features. To do so, you will need to open Internet Explorer and begin to set up some of the features of the browser.

Click on this link http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/forum/remote-viewing-software/web-service/ to follow step by step of how to setup this feature.

Type the IP Address of the camera on the address bar of your browser to access the web service, once the web service comes up input the username and password. The default username and password for our cameras is “admin”.

After accessing the camera make sure the ActiveX files are installed, they will be needed to access and configure Video resolutions, Schedule, etc.

On the left side of the camera settings go to conditions to adjust the brightness, contrast, HUE etc. I normally leave these settings alone and just change them depending of the environment.

Web Service Conditions

Click on video to configure the resolution of the camera, Frames per second, Encoding, etc.

This part of the settings is crucial because it has to do with the recording resolution.
Notice that you have two columns, one labels Main Stream and the other Sub Stream. In a nutshell this is referring to recording streaming and viewing streaming. The Main Stream settings will affect how the camera sends the image to the NVR over the network, among other things it will also affect recording quality and how many FPS (Frames per Second) your NVR will be able to use as each camera gets added to each of the NVR Channels.
NOTE: NVRs and DVR have a maximum amount of cameras and FPS that they can handle. In the case of NVRs, they are restricted to an amount of FPS based on the video resolution your IP cameras are configured.

Web Service Video

To understand this Frame restriction, refer to the following charts based on a 16CH NVR:

ADDING 16 CAMERAS

ADDING 8 CAMERAS

ADDING 4 CAMERAS

16 cameras

You can see the FPS increases or decreases based on the amount of cameras you add to the NVR. The math is simple, it is FPS / Camera amount = Max FPS per camera.

8 cameras
4 cameras

Once you have decided how many cameras you will be adding to the NVR, it is important to configure the correct FPS, Bit Rate Type and Bit Rate. For the Bit Rate Type I recommend “CBR” (Constant Bit Rate) instead of “VBR” (Variable Bit Rate), this way the camera will constantly use a predetermine amount of data you set under Bit Rate. The Bit Rate settings will vary depending of what resolution the camera is configured. For a 1080p resolution I will set the Bit Rate to 2048 (2MB). This amount of data is more than enough to stream one camera at 1080p without loosing pixels.

Next we will set the Sub Stream settings. These settings will not affect recording video quality, instead it will affect the way the video performs over the phone while using our app TechproSS or TechproSS plus. This is mainly just for viewing purposes and should be set to D1 at 10 FPS or 15 FPS. The Bit Rate type is fine if we use CBR, and the Bit Rate can be set anywhere between 250 Mbps to 320Mbps. Also make sure the Enable option for this Stream is enable, otherwise you will not be able to view any kind of video while viewing the cameras over the phone or NVR local Interface.

Under “Code-Stream Type”, click on the Drop Down and choose Motion.

Noticed that the Encode Mode and Resolution are now gray out and this means that you can only change the FPS and Bit Rate to affect how motion events occurs. These settings are ideal when recording based on Motion only, so you can have the Main Stream at a less intense setting and the NVR will record at a higher FPS and resolution when Motion happens due to these settings. Click Save when done.

Web Service Video Motion

Proceed to go to “Event > Video Detect”. In here we can enable the motion detection feature of the camera. Also we can adjust the “Anti-Dither”, this acts like a delay to proven false motion events, The higher the number the higher the delay the camera will react to motion events. Right now I like these settings shown in this picture:

Web Service Video Detect

Next option is the Schedule. Click on “Storage > Schedule” and you can set now Motion recording for every day 24/7. Always remember to save your settings.

Web Service Schedule

We are almost done configuring the camera. The last thing we need to make sure we have correct is the Time Zone and Date and Time, therefore the info will be displayed correctly in the NVR. You can click on “Sync PC” button to get the Time and Date of your PC instead of doing it manually. You can also enable DST to have the camera change its time when daylight saving occurs. Click Save when done.

Web Service General

Click on “Import/Export to export these settings to a file and later one you can Re-Import them to a new camera.

Web Service Import Export

HOW TO ADD THE CAMERAS TO THE NVR

Now for the last step after all of the cameras and NVR are configured, we will need to add the cameras to the channels of the NVR. To me the easiest way to do this is from a PC accessing the NVR over the network.

Open Internet Explorer and begin typing the Internal IP address of the NVR. If you don’t remember what it is, then you can go to MAIN MENU > SETTING > NETWORK and it will be displayed under the IP address field.

After you login to the NVR’s interface, click on CONFIG. On the left panel click on Remote Device and the following interface will display the following options as shown in the example:

Config

In this interface you can click on “Device Search” to find any IP camera in the network and is also possible to use Filter Types to search for a specific type of device, such as DVR’s, NVR’s, Cameras, etc. You can also add the cameras manually if you know their IP address and port. Always remember to save the settings when you are done.

Here is a video demonstration on how to add IP cameras to your NVR

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Security Camera Software

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Security Camera SoftwareSecurity camera software can be though of as the glue that binds together digital video cameras and Personal Computers (PCs) or Macintosh Computers (Macs) as well as Digital Video Recorder (DVR) units for standalone systems.  It’s also the heart of remote DVR monitoring applications (Apps) that allows your smartphone to access your video security system.  In essence, it provides the programming that allows you to control the camera, monitor the camera, record the digital video files, and maintain and control the DVR.

 

There are many types of security camera software.  Perhaps the simplest to use is a typical web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox Mozilla, Google Chrome and others.  For digital video security cameras and DVRs that are IP (Internet Protocol) ready, a web browser may be all that is needed to control, monitor, and record digital video security images.  However, these cameras may also be networked and use a Network Video Recorder or NVR.  If that’s the case, then the software used for the NVR must be considered also.

 

Although it may be difficult to describe what security camera software is we can easily describe what it isn’t.  Security Camera Software is not firmware.  Firmware is basically the drivers and internal commands that a device needs to communicate with processors and other devices.  Firmware is device and manufacturer specific and is usually only updated on a seldom basis.

 

Security camera software is not Operating System (OS) software.  Operating systems like Windows, Linux, Mac, and others provide the basis for central communication between devices, processors, and users.  OS software is what makes a computer system work.  Normally, DVRs and NVRs have OS software like Linux and WIndows 7.

 

So where does that leave us with security camera software?  As stated earlier it could be considered as a web browser, but typically security camera software is specific programming that is designed to operate a digital video security system.  We can list the types of security camera software based on how they are designed to work.  Security camera software can be:

 

  • -Designed to provide the control, monitoring and recording of security cameras and DVRs;
  • -Designed to allow PCs and Macs to provide the control, monitoring, and recording of security cameras when used in conjunction with a security video PCI card;
  • -Designed to provide the control, monitoring and recording of security cameras and DVRs that may be networked using the Internet (IP ready);
  • -As mentioned earlier, designed as Apps for Smartphones to allow them to monitor and control IP ready cameras; and
  • -Designed to integrate a variety of digital video capture devices such as webcams, netcams (or IP ready cams), computer PCI capture cards and computers to create a digital video security system.

 

The first type on our list is software that is normally provided when you purchase a standalone digital video security system with a DVR.  The manufacturer of the DVR or the Cameras (or both) may provide the software that is normally installed on the DVR unit.  This software is used to control camera functions such as Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) functions and timers that turn the cameras on and off.

 

The second type of security camera software on our list works with computers that use a PCI card.  There are some digital video security systems that are specifically designed to work with your computer.  For example Geovision brand PCI DVR cards provide inputs for multiple security cameras that connect to your computer.  This system uses your computer’s hard drive as the DVR.  The software that accompanies this card that allows the computer to control the cameras and store the digital video files is a type of security camera software.

 

Our third type applies specifically to IP ready digital video cameras, DVRs and servers, and systems.  The software is normally produced by the manufacturer of the security system and is designed to allow a computer to control, monitor, and record security video using the network.  As mentioned at the beginning of this article, it may be something as simple as a web browser, but it can also be a proprietary program produced by the security equipment manufacturer that is used to coordinate the video security system’s functions.  These may also be in the form of browser plug-ins such as ActiveX subroutines that must be installed in the browser before it is used with the system.

 

The fourth type of security camera software is Smartphone Apps which we have already described.

 

The fifth and final type of security camera software allows you to use a variety of video capture devices (such as webcams or capture cards) in conjunction with your computer to create your own digital video system.  While this does not create the ideal video security system, it does save money by allowing you to use equipment you have already purchased to create a digital video system.

 

IP Security Camera Software

There are lots of ways to network a digital video security and surveillance camera system.  Thanks to the digital age and the advancements of computer and Internet technology the Internet can be used as a medium for networking, allowing the user to have global access.  This is just one of the functions of Internet Protocol or IP security camera software.

 

IP security camera software may come with a variety of different functions.  For example its primary purpose may be just to make the camera IP ready so that it can transmit its video images over the Internet to the user.   These cameras are often called IP ready security cameras and it allows the user to place a camera just about anywhere there is access to broadband Internet.  The camera then transmits its videos over the Internet to a personal computer that has the IP security camera software installed.

 

This software contains the programming needed to communicate with the IP digital camera.  It normally runs as an active x function on Windows’ Internet Explorer and other browsers so the user can monitor his/her camera simply by using a compatible browser.  If the camera is a Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ camera, the IP security camera software may even provide the necessary programming so that the user can operate the controls to the PTZ via the Browser.

 

Another type of IP security camera software uses the Internet as the vehicle for networking among IP cameras.   In other words, instead of the camera using RG-59 coaxial cable or other wiring to send its video images to the Digital Video Recorder or DVR, the camera simply plugs into a broadband Internet connection and once connected, uses the Internet to send its video image data to the NVR.

 

The NVR acts pretty much like a typical DVR however it is made for networking cameras and storing their video images via the Internet.  Some NVRs require that a certain type or brand of camera be used and some NVRs also restrict the use of the NVR and IP cameras to one physical location.  The NVR coordinates the IP system, including the cameras, file storage, and playback.

 

So why use IP cameras and IP security camera software?  In this age of global communication, many workers perform a great deal of traveling.  Using and IP camera with IP security camera software, it’s possible to monitor your IP cameras in Maine while you are in Hawaii.  You can also often gain access to the cameras using smartphones and a special type of IP security camera software designed specifically for smartphones called an “application” or just simply put, “an app.”

 

Another example for using IP camera systems is that you may have cameras located in totally different geographical areas.  However, you may want to record these cameras from a totally different location (a home office for example).  Perhaps you own 2 or 3 convenient stores in your area and want to be able to monitor them from your home office.  You simply connect the IP camera to the Internet, set up your NVR, and you can monitor all three locations at once from a totally different location than any of your cameras (home office for example).

 

These are just some of the ways that an IP camera system can be used.  If you prefer to take advantage of professional full time monitoring of your cameras IP camera software can also make it possible for the monitoring company to see each of your cameras.

 

Usually, IP security camera software is provided by the camera manufacturer or the NVR manufacturer so you seldom ever need to purchase the software separately.  Security Camera King has another type of IP security camera software called a Mobile Video Server and in comes in 4, 8, and 16 channel capability.

 

This software allows the user to embed a live stream of one or more cameras on a web page.  This means that any Web browser that can play streaming video will be able to view the cameras.  Of course smartphones, PDA’s, and the like will be able to view them too.

 

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IP Security Camera Software

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

There are lots of ways to network a digital video security and surveillance camera system. Thanks to the digital age and the advancements of computer and Internet technology the Internet can be used as a medium for networking, allowing the user to have global access. This is just one of the functions of Internet Protocol or IP security camera software.

IP security camera software may come with a variety of different functions. For example its primary purpose may be just to make the camera IP ready so that it can transmit its video images over the Internet to the user. These cameras are often called IP ready security cameras and it allows the user to place a camera just about anywhere there is access to broadband Internet. The camera then transmits its videos over the Internet to a personal computer that has the IP security camera software installed.

This software contains the programming needed to communicate with the IP digital camera. It normally runs as an active x function on Windows’ Internet Explorer and other browsers so the user can monitor his/her camera simply by using a compatible browser. If the camera is a Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ camera, the IP security camera software may even provide the necessary programming so that the user can operate the controls to the PTZ via the Browser.

Another type of IP security camera software uses the Internet as the vehicle for networking among IP cameras. In other words, instead of the camera using RG-59 coaxial cable or other wiring to send its video images to the Digital Video Recorder or DVR, the camera simply plugs into a broadband Internet connection and once connected, uses the Internet to send its video image data to a Network Video Recorder or NVR.

The NVR acts pretty much like a typical DVR however it is made for networking cameras and storing their video images via the Internet. Some NVRs require that a certain type or brand of camera be used and some NVRs also restrict the use of the NVR and IP cameras to one physical location. The NVR coordinates the IP system, including the cameras, file storage, and playback.

So why use IP cameras and IP security camera software? In this age of global communication, many workers perform a great deal of traveling. Using and IP camera with IP security camera software, it’s possible to monitor your IP cameras in Maine while you are in Hawaii. You can also often gain access to the cameras using smartphones and a special type of IP security camera software designed specifically for smartphones called an “application” or just simply put, “an app.”

Another example for using IP camera systems is that you may have cameras located in totally different geographical areas. However, you may want to record these cameras from a totally different location (a home office for example). Perhaps you own 2 or 3 convenient stores in your area and want to be able to monitor them from your home office. You simply connect the IP camera to the Internet, set up your NVR, and you can monitor all three locations at once from a totally different location than any of your cameras (home office for example).

These are just some of the ways that an IP camera system can be used. If you prefer to take advantage of professional full time monitoring of your cameras IP camera software can also make it possible for the monitoring company to see each of your cameras.

Usually, IP security camera software is provided by the camera manufacturer or the NVR manufacturer so you seldom ever need to purchase the software separately. Security Camera King has another type of IP security camera software called a Mobile Video Server and in comes in 4, 8, and 16 channel capability.

This software allows the user to embed a live stream of one or more cameras on a web page. This means that any Web browser that can play streaming video will be able to view the cameras. Of course smartphones, PDA’s, and the like will be able to view them too.

Most IP security cameras use CODECs (COmpression/DECompression) software in tandem with the DVR to shrink the size of the incredibly large digital video file while maintaining quality. For example, many IP security cameras send MJPEG to the NVR for recording and use H.264 for streaming to the Internet.

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Hidden Nanny Camera

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

So you feel comfortable now that you have a baby monitor camera so you can keep a watchful eye on your infant any time you want to.   But in this day and age, that’s really not quite good enough.  That’s because not only do you need to keep and eye on your baby, but for complete piece of mind, you need to keep and eye on the nanny as well.  The best method for doing that is to install one or more hidden nanny cameras.

There is nothing special about a nanny cam except the name.  Of course they are called nanny cams because the soul object of having them in the first place is to keep a watchful eye on the nanny.  And you can do this covertly or overtly.

Should you choose to watch nanny covertly, it will most likely be best to do it with a hidden nanny camera.  Security Camera King has a huge inventory of hidden cameras-cameras that make great nanny cams.  Whatever camera(s) you choose, they will need to be hooked up to your Digital Video Receiver or DVR or broadcast over the Internet to a Network Video Recorder or NVR.  Should an inappropriate act occur, you will have it recorded for future use as evidence.

You could purchase an IP (Internet Protocol) ready camera.  This would allow you to monitor the camera via the Internet while you’re at work.  Just a quick click to access an Internet browser and you can see what the camera is seeing in real time (live).

However, there’s an even better method thanks to Security Camera King’s DVR design.   Mount the hidden cameras in the room(s) that you think are best to monitor.  Connect the cameras to your DVR.  Connect your DVR to the Internet and you can view ALL or your cameras.  That’s because each one of Security Camera King’s DVRs is IP ready themselves and include their own web server technology.

Do you have an employer that won’t let you use your work computer for personal use (like viewing the hidden nanny cameras)?  That’s no problem with Security Camera King’s systems because anywhere you can pick up broadband Internet you can also monitor your cameras and that includes using your 3G or 4G smartphone!

Security Camera King has a wealth of hidden cameras.  Although not every type of hidden camera can make a good hidden nanny camera.  The following list is some of the hidden cameras that Security Camera King sells that would make good hidden nanny cameras:

  • 420 TVL Motion Detector – this works especially well if you already have a burglar alarm installed.  This unit looks like a stand motion detector but in reality is a 420 TVL hidden camera
  • 420 TVL Smoke Detector – the smoke detector isn’t functional but the camera is!
  • 420 TVL Pinhole Security Camera – You can hide this just about anywhere
  • 400 TVL wired Phillip’s head screw
  • Desktop Speakers – they look like typical personal computer speakers
  • Wall Clock – almost impossible to detect the camera
  • Alarm Clock – This works well anywhere but is especially suited for use in bedrooms or babies’ nursery.
  • Wall Clock with Humidity and Temperature readings – Looks great, all of the clock functions work, and like the wall clock mentioned above it’s almost impossible to detect the camera
  • Cordless House Phone – The phone works and so does the camera, hidden in the base unit
  • Suspended Animation Clock – The clock is quite the novelty item. The camera hidden inside is quite the hidden nanny camera
  • CD/Boombox – Nanny can listen to some music and have her picture taken at the same time
  • Heater Thermostat – looks like a typical heating/cooling control
  • CD Clock Radio – Like the alarm clock above this is especially well suited for bedrooms and even the nursery.

There are several more hidden or disguised cameras that do the job, but listing these at least gives you a good idea of what kind of hidden camera makes a good hidden nanny camera.  If you have additional questions on hidden nanny cameras check our catalog pages for hidden cameras (http://www.securitycameraking.com/wireless-hidden-cameras-253-ctg.html for example) or contact one of our security experts either via Live Chat or telephone at 866-573-8878.

 

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