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How to configure and connect an ONVIF IP Security Camera (our TP-Series)

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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Onvif Cameras have become very popular these days and many companies are adopting this new open protocol to integrate with other equipment brands.

Today I will introduce our new line of ONVIF cameras (our TP Series) with a new and elegant style, that promise to be an easy and great setup for your CCTV needs.

One of the greatest thing about this new line is the variety of models we are offering from bullet style, varifocal & fix lenses to small ball domes that can be installed in no time.

As I mentioned before, Onvif (Open Network Video Interface Forum), is an Open Industry aimed to facilitate the communication of IP based video products with other devices that are not necessarily from the same manufacturer. Some ONVIF products require to have certain features turned ON before integrating with any equipment that is not from the same brand. In my opinion and as a rule of thumb I always configure each device first to avoid any misconfigurations, then I will end connecting these to the recorder.

For this demonstration I will be using an IPID-TP2MPIR50L2812-W. The settings and access setup is the same throughout the entire TP-Series Cameras. Some settings such as brightness, sharpness, WDR, etc need to be adjusted depending of the environment where the cameras are mounted.

Like any IP based device it will require to know its IP address, or at least have a way to find it. These cameras come with a default IP of 192.168.1.2 or sometimes will be set to DHCP. The best way to approach this is by downloading and using the TP-IP Series Search Utility.

The first step to connect to the camera is to find its IP. Open the finder and click on refresh, the result will show below:

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Select the resultant IP address and here you can change some settings such as port, IP address, mask, etc. I suggest to only change IP Address related settings and not change the ports.

Internet Explorer Settings

Internet Explorer is the only web browser that will work without any add-ons, and is in fact the only browser supported 100% with our DVRs/NVRs and IP cameras.

To access your camera with Internet Explorer, is important to know what version is currently installed in your computer. To do so, open internet explorer and click on Help>About Internet Explorer. A window will open and you can see the current version running in your computer.

IE Version

This particular version of Internet Explorer has been optimized for better graphics, performance, etc. The steps to connect to the camera are the same exempt now you will need to add the IP address of the DVR/NVR/IP Camera to the compatibility view settings of the software in order to show correctly.
1.- Go to Start button>Control Panel and Internet Options.

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2.- Click on the Security Tab, then custom Level…

3.- On the next window we will scroll down to look for an option labeled “Download Unsigned ActiveX Controls”. Select “Prompt” and click OK.

IE Security

At this point you should be all set to access your Camera.

4.- Open Internet Explorer and type the IP address of your camera. If you are performing these task from the same location were the camera is, then type the internal IP address.

If this is the first time you are trying to connect to the IP camera then it will not show correctly. You will encounter this issue if you are using Internet Explorer Version 11, which is the latest version Microsoft is offering on computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Connecting to the camera for the first time

Once you have configured Internet Explorer, the next step is to connect to the camera. Input the default IP address 192.168.1.2, or if you have changed the address then you will need to use that instead.

A log in page will show up after the necessary Activex Files finish installing. The Default username is Admin/Admin.

Click on Configure to access the settings of the camera and begin enabling features like Motion, Schedule, Resolution, etc.

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Configuring Motion & Schedule Detection

This is one of the main features that you should configure to allow the camera to record when there is movement. To do this click on the configuration panel on the left side and locate “Alarm”.

Motion Alarm - Apply to EveryDay

Once there, click on the top check mark to enable motion and proceed to select the Motion detection Area. Click on “Set Motion Detect Area” and drag you mouse across the picture to select the area you want the camera to detect motion, like in the picture above, and show the desire selection. Adjust the “Motion Detect Threshold” to adjust the sensitivity. The higher the number the more sensitive to movement the camera will be. Click on “Set” to save those settings. Move down to schedule and change the timing from “00:00 – 23:59”, this will make the camera enable motion 24/7 for a specific day. Click on ”Apply  to Every Day” then “Set” to save these settings. NOTE: when you move to another menu and decide to come back to the Motion Alarm settings, you will notice that the area you have selected for motion will not show up. Don’t panic, the settings are there, you just need to click on “Set Motion Detect Area” again and the area will reappear.

Configuring Encoding Resolution

Encoding will be one of the most fundamental settings you will need to understand and configure correctly. These settings will allow you to setup how the camera will broadcast the video resolution and quality to the NVR and smartphones.

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The settings above are the most common when it comes to configuring the Main Stream of the camera. These settings will be the ones the NVR will record with and it will affect the quality of the recordings if this is set incorrectly. You should set your cameras this way but sometimes it will be necessary to decrease these settings if you lack on bandwidth to stream IP cameras over the Internet.

Lastly the settings for the Sub Stream should be as follows:

Video Parameters 2Major

The Sub Stream is basically how you will see your cameras over a smart phone or tablet. These settings are usually at a lower frame rate and resolution (D1), without compromising quality on the video recording. Make sure you click on “Set” when changing any of these settings so the changes will stick.

NOTE: If you are using an NVR with PoE Switch build in, then you will need to configure the camera’s IP address to match the PoE IP address range. When ready to connect the camera then you need to add the camera manually utilizing Onvif as the Manufacture and the HTTP port number is 8080. Once that is all set, click add and the video will start streaming over the NVR.

There are many features in this camera that will make this article incredibly long but these are some of the essential settings you should have when connecting them to your NVR. For more information visit us a www.securitycameraking.com

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How to connect an Onvif Camera on our Techpro Security NVR

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Monday, April 28th, 2014
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Configure and connect an Onvif Camera

As the evolution of Security IP devices grow tremendously over the past few years, a group of well know companies decided to create a protocol that will be used on a variety of applications to interconnect IP devices with Network Video recorders.

Additional companies have become members of this platform to facilitate the integration of their devices with other manufacturers.

Some Manufacturers have successfully integrated this platform so well that their devices perform close if not the same as there own brand.

Like any technology, Onvif have limitations when it comes to features. Some IP camera products will not be able to fully integrate all of the common features of a Megapixel Camera, such as being able to overlay camera name, the ability to change encoding features such as resolution or even frames per second. Some others will fully integrate, including the ability to detect motion.

Today I will be demonstrating our new line of Onvif Cameras and how to configure and integrate with our NVRs. For this demonstration I will be using an NVR-ELT-4 and an IPOB-LX2MPIR150L2812.

Preparing the camera

All of our LX Series IP cameras come with a default IP of 192.168.1.168, so we need to ensure we can access the camera first using a computer.

Connect your camera to a POE switch or connect a 12v DC power supply in the camera and make sure you have an Ethernet cable connected in your router or switch.

Download the following tool to find the camera on the network: http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/downloads/?wpdmdl=134&ind=0Open the Search Tool and click on Search. Remember to connect ONE camera at the time.

Search

Select the resultant IP address and assign a new IP address to the camera. Make sure you configure this with an IP address that is not being used in your network. To learn how to do this, follow these simple steps in this article: http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/how-to-configure-your-dvr-for-remote-access/

Preparing your PC to access the camera

 Before we connect to the camera, we need to allow a pluggin file to be installed in our computer. To do so you will need to go to Control Panel>Internet Options>Security>Customer Level and select the option “Prompt” under “Download unsigned ActiveX controls”. For this demonstration I will leave the default IP address of the camera intact and proceed to access the web interface.

Open up your browser and type the IP address of the camera, in my case is 192.168.1.168; the resultant web interface will be shown below:

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Click on Download to install the pluggin. When done, refresh your page then install and allow the ActiveX file in your PC.

After the ActiveX has been installed successfully it is time to login to the camera and begin configuring some essential settings that will allow this camera to record based on motion. The default username and password is admin and the login page will be displayed as follows:

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Go to Camera Settings to adjust resolution, bit rate and stream of each camera as shown in the figure below:

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Next go to Alarm Settings to enable motion detection on the camera. Click on the checkbox next to “Enable Alarm” and “Motion Detection”and cane the alarm Duration to 10 Seconds. This option is to adjust how long is the camera detecting motion when a motion event occurs. Click OK when Done.

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Click on Motion Detect Option and click on “Select All”. Next change the sensitivity to “HIGH, MEDIUM or LOW” depending of how sensitive you want the camera to be. When done click the OK button. Note: motion recording needs to be tweaked in order to find the optimal detection trigger. One of the common options to change is sensitivity and region.

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Our next and last step will be to connect the camera to the NVR. As you might know all of our DVRs and NVRs have a default IP address of 192.168.1.108. Assuming your network falls in that range the next steps is been able to access the unit from your PC.

Make sure your NVR is connected to the network with an Ethernet cable, and connected to your router.

Open Internet Explorer and begin typing the default IP address of the NVR, in this case the default IP is 192.168.1.108. You will be prompt to install ActiveX Files for the NVR as well.

After you have installed all of the necessary plugins then logging to the NVR and click “Set”. The screen shot will show you a sample of the buttons to press:

Device Search SelectDevice Search Select

Next, Click Add to connect the camera to the NVR.  After the camera has been added, wait a few seconds for the camera to successfully establish the connections stream. You can now click on “Preview” and click on the channel where the camera is connected.

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The last step is to configure your NVR Schedule to record base on motion. To do so go to Set>Storage>Schedule. Click on Set and select Motion under Period 1 and select all to record motion every day of the week. Click on Save, Copy and select All to copy all of these settings to all of the channels.

Schedule

Remember to save all of the settings when you finish. If you have follow all of these steps  you have successfully configured your LX IP Series Camera to record based on motion. Below is a quick video demonstrating how to setup and connect the camera to the NVR:

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