Best Active Deterrence Camera Set Up
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Best Active Deterrence Camera Set Up

Best Active Deterrence Camera Set Up
Hi everyone, Joe here with an article and two awesome videos for you; and Today we’re going to show you the process for “Best Active Deterrence Camera Set-Up”.  So what is “Best Active Deterrence Camera Set Up” really? We’ll, we carry the best active deterrence camera for your dollar, and we want to show you how to best set up its features. Those features are the camera’s ability to trigger it’s LED flash and audio recording on IVS rule triggers. This can be used as an alarm deterrent or – like in the video’s example as a greeting. We’ll also show you how to add your own custom recordings as well. Keep in mind you’ll need your own way to create audio files such as a PC with a microphone and audio recording software- you’ll also have to make sure those files are accessible from the PC you’ll be using today. Watch the first video to learn how to set it up, and check out our other video at the bottom for a short skit, and explanation of the camera’s benefits, uses, and features!

Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you’ve at the very least initialized the Active Deterrence camera. If you need help with that process- you can find a link to that guide in the description. Beyond that, we have a few setup recommendations and tools you will need so let’s start there. 

Firstly we recommend you have the Active deterrence camera connected to an external POE switch that is part of a network you can easily access- at least for the initial setup- rather than directly to a recorder’s onboard POE. red x onboard poe*This is because you’ll need to access the camera directly to activate and program some of the related settings- and this is not normally possible what the camera is connected to the NVRs private POE network. If the camera is to be ultimately used with an Onboard POE- it can be moved to this after setup. 

 If you want to complete the Best Active Deterrence Camera Set-Up properly, it’s important to note the following:
A major part of this process – setting up IVS rules for the camera- will require the camera to be mounted in the location for which it will be viewing. Before routing, burying, or otherwise permanently concealing the camera’s cabling- it’s good to leave the cabling just accessible enough that it can be attached to an access network, and then moved over if need be.

You’ll need a Windows PC that has access to the same network as the Camera. We recommend that you download and extract the elite Configuration Tool, as it can make discovering the camera on the network easier. Thats everything we’ll need, so follow along with the video, or read the article and we can get started!


You’ll first want to open the config tool, so let’s start the program. After it loads it will populate a list of any cameras it sees on the network. Once you see your camera in the list- click the IE logo here to open the cameras web interface in an internet explorer window. If you’re entering the IP of the camera into your browser manually- be advised you need to use Internet Explorer- as no other browser will be compatible with the plugin for the interface.

Once the interface is loaded- log in with your password.  The first thing we’re going to show you is how to access the list of existing alarm audio files- and to add your own. Then, we’ll show you how to set up an IVS rule using that sound file- or one of the existing files. First, click the setting at the top of the screen, then click “audio” under the camera menu. From here click alarm audio. This will show you a list of the items available currently for the audio files.s You can preview any of them, or download the files as well. You’ll notice the modify and delete options are grey- this is because you cannot make changes to any of the preload audio files in the camera. You can however add your own file. Click “add audio file” and then click the upload button. This will allow you to select a small audio file and add it to the alarm sounds list.  Tested working formats are Wav and Mp3- M4a will not work. You’ll see our file “Test Audio” has now been added to the list. So now let’s set up a rule that triggers this file. Next, go to the event settings, and then click the smart plan. From here, make sure IVS is selected- it will appear highlighted in orange and click save. Next, go to the IVS tab

From here we’ll need to add a rule. There’s a ton of IVS feature info and multiple types of rules. For a deeper dive into IVS- check out our video on that- link found in the description. For our example, we’re going to use a tripwire setup.  Once we set the rule, by drawing the line, and checking our record parameters- its time to set up Active deterrence specific features.

First is the “Audio Linkage” feature. You can check this box to make it so the rule will trigger an alarm sound file when crossed. You can set how many times you’d like the sound to play- up to a maximum of ten times. And you can select which file to play, as you can see our test file is in the list- so lets set that.

On the front of the AD camera, there are two White LEDs that flicker when the rule is triggered you can set whether or not the lights stay on, or if they flicker, and at what frequency. We’ll set ours to medium flicker. You can also set the duration of how long you’d like the flicker to continue up to a maximum of 30 seconds.

When all finished saving the rule.

One last piece of advice before we show you this camera working in action. This only applies If you intend to use the camera with a recorder’s onboard POE, make sure the camera is set to DHCP before swapping it from the main network to the recorders POE. to do this navigate to networking, TCP/IP, and make sure DHCP is selected and hit save. Again, this only should be done if the camera is to be used with a recorder with onboard POE.

Thanks again for joining us and check out our Active deterrence skit below!

Elite Config Tool


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