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June 28, 2014 - 1:30 pm
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I noticed you have the TP Series Cameras on your website now.  What it the difference between the EL & TP Series?  The TP series are more of my price range but that depends on what quality or features I would be loosing compared to the EL series.

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Hi, 

TP series Cameras are Onvif Cameras. EL cameras are proprietary from our NVR manufacturer. Both provide outstanding features. EL series are basically plug and Play, 85% of the features of the camera can be controlled from the DVR unlike onvif cameras you will need to set certain thing at the camera such as motion detection and region. Overall both cameras are great but onvif cameras will alway need to be preconfigured before hand. 

 

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If the TP/ONVIF camera is power by poe from the nvr,  How do you set up the camera?  Can you still access the camera by IP thru the nvr?

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Hi, 

You will need to configure the camera prior to connect the camera. Like I said before onvif cameras need to be preconfigured before connecting to the NVR. TP series cameras Onvif Port is 8080. After the camera is connected to the NVR then you can change the FPS, resolution and bit rate. Motion needs to be reconfigured in the camera prior to connected.

EL cameras you don’t need to do all of that.

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I am sorry but I am new to this so I don’t mean to ask ignorant questions but are you saying I have to set the camera at the physical camera itself which would be a PITA or are you saying access it from internet explorer or camera software.  If the camera is set up with POE on the nvr, then it would require me to run power to the camera to set it up and then attach it to poe nvr which wouldn’t make much sense. This would negate the need for a nvr with poe if I have to run a separate power source to each camera to set it up.

Can I use a POE switch and access the camera over the network to set it up instead of using a POE NVR?

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No Problem. Yes that is correct. you will need power to configure the camera before or you could connect the camera in the POE side of the NVR then connect your PC in one of the ports of the poe switch of the NVR so then you could access the camera web service through IE. I know you might find this tedious but for the price you can beat that. If you thing it is too complicated then you could go with the EL series for more convenience and easiness setup.

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Doesn’t sound too tedious since I will most likely be using my laptop to set it up.

If I went with your poe switch to power the cameras and seperate nvr instead of the nvr with poe, could I access the cameras thru the network with a computer on the network to set them up?

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if you use an external PoE then you can definitely access the cameras individually. You will still need to change every Camera’s IP address using the tool and also you will need to configure every camera motion detection. 

 

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I was under the impression every camera had to have a static IP address either way.  I think I would rather have individual access to each camera anyway.

 

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