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August 5, 2016 - 2:58 pm
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Hi,

i really need some help with this. I am a Mac user and unfamiliar with all things PC.

I need to replace my old Windows Vista laptop with a new Windows PC to setup and troubleshoot  ONVIF ip cameras hooked up to the built in switch on my Elite 8 camera with 8 port built in POE switch I bought here.

One of my big problems has been getting tech support to be able to check my ip cameras attached to the built in poe switch on my Elite series 8 POE switch NVR with my current old PC running Vista. As you know, for Tech support to check an ONVIF camera plugged into the built in switch you have to run an Ethernet cable from the PC to the switch to check a camera plugged into the built in switch. To take advantage of your great tech support the PC has to be able to support wifi at the same time it is hardwired to the Poe switch via the RJ 45 port otherwise my computer cannot be accessed by tech support via logmein123.com. So a few questions:

1.So are all new Windows laptops capable of connecting to the Ethernet and wifi simultaneously?

If not, how can I tell from the specs which one is capable?

2. Intel or AMD processor, does it make any difference to camera setup?

3. Any particular version of Windows? Is 7 better than 10 for instance?

 

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Tubac Tom

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Tubac –

1.So are all new Windows laptops capable of connecting to the Ethernet and wifi simultaneously?
As long as they have Wireless adapter (Wifi) and and RJ-45 port. (LAN or Network connector)
Or it can have two network cards as well – same thing. Some newer laptops only have wireless and have done away with LAN connector.
Ask if it has wireless and LAN connector (RJ-45 port) to be sure.

2. Intel or AMD processor, does it make any difference to camera setup?
Does not matter – I always prefer Intel, but that is just my preference.

3. Any particular version of Windows? Is 7 better than 10 for instance?
I would stick with Windows 7 Professional. I think you can get it very cheap now. Windows 10 is OK too, but I find it a little difficult to get used to. (From a technician point of view – they keep making the settings harder to get to)

So in summary – just make sure you have wireless and hard wire capability on whatever you get, and you should be good to go.

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Thanks!

So any recently manufactured Windows laptop running Windows 7 or 10 with wifi and an Ethernet port should be capable?

Do you have to enable anything or should the wifi and Ethernet port work simultaneously ,automatically?

 

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Usually you will have to set an IP on the LAN connector if you are trying to connect to an NVRs POE ports. The wireless should always connect to your LAN and get an address from your LAN router. In a perfect world – all you need to do then is connect the cable to the NVR ports and it ‘should’ get an address from the NVR POE switch. This doesn’t always happen though, so sometimes it is necessary to go to properties of the wired LAN adapter and manually set an address that will work in the NVRs POE IP range. Once that is done, you will be able to connect to the Internet via the wireless and to the NVR via cable simultaneously. (sounds like Voodoo, but it works!)

The only caveat is = the two networks must have different IP address ranges. (which they should by default, because the NVR LAN and POE ports need to be different ranges to work correctly.)
EX. = if your LAN is set to 192.168.1.xxx the POE needs to be set 192.168.2.xxx or even 10.1.1.xxx – no specific address range as long as the two both ‘private range’ addresses and are different.
Private range address =
Class A = 10.0.0.0 ~ 10.255.255.255        *any IP address starting a 10
Class B = 172.16.0.0 ~ 172.31.255.255     *any IP with 172.16.xxx.xxx through 172.31.xxx.xxx
Class C = 192.168.0.0 ~ 192.168.255.255  * any IP with 192.168.xxx.xxx

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Ted. thank you for your post. It made matters a lot clearer!

 

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