1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to sidebar

Home icon

The NW blog
Archive for the ‘FAQ/HOWTO’ Category

Axis M3004-V IP camera Axis M3004-V HD 720p
64GB storage card included
Buy now for just £144 / €199

Major differences between Axis’ old and new browser interfaces

January 23rd, 2018 by Kevin Bowyer

It may not be widely known, but Axis Communications have always had a largely cross-browser capable user interface to their products. This is especially important with network devices such as IP cameras, since the browser is often the initial method of access the device in order to get it set up. A great deal of end-user support has historically been caused by browser and compatibility issues for NW and with this new interface these have dropped off significantly, since browser compatibility is no longer an issue – with Axis cameras at least.


HOWTO: Top 5 reasons why keeping your NVR or VMS up-to-date is important

November 24th, 2017 by Kevin Bowyer

In the world of IP-based security, we capture surveillance recordings largely either via NVRs or software-based video management systems (VMS). We procure a system, have it installed and (hopefully) properly commissioned based upon our real requirements and needs, and the system is handed over for operational use. Often, that’s where things start to go wrong.

In our experience, few integrators either make the necessity clear or offer ongoing update support in order to keep a system current and working at its best.


Securing remote access in Milestone XProtect Essential and Express

May 24th, 2017 by Paul Sandford

Milestone XProtect Essential and XProtect Express

Milestone has changed their practice of using a default user and password in their entry-level XProtect products, Essential and Express.

This is in response to a security vulnerability that relates to customers who have enabled remote access via the mobile server on these variants of their video management system (VMS) software.

This issue only affects:

  • XProtect Essential 2.0a to 2017 R1
  • XProtect Express 1.0a to 2017 R1

No versions of Expert or Corporate are affected and none of the Husky NVRs are affected either. Professional and Enterprise (now discontinued) are only affected if they were upgraded from the entry-level products noted above.


Creating a free to use CCTV system easily with an app and no PC

August 11th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

App-based CCTV ideal for small businesses and home usersIf you’re a small business or home user seeking a simple CCTV solution, you’d probably like to be able to mount your new IP camera in a suitable location, connect it to your network and then use a free app on your mobile phone or tablet to access live video and recordings whilst on the go. That’s it – safeguard your business or home with no complicated set-up and configuration. Some might call this approach “Plug and play”.

Until recently, it’s not been that easy and as a minimum, a PC was still required during the installation of the IP camera. Now it’s possible to do using just a mobile app and although we probably wouldn’t use the phrase “Plug and play”, the solution is certainly very straight forward.

Both Axis and Hikvision support this app-based approach and we’ll outline how to get up and running, weigh up each brand’s offering and consider the limitations.


HOWTO add your network camera to Internet Explorer’s Compatibility View

April 22nd, 2014 by Kevin Bowyer

Recent changes to Microsoft’s browsers have made viewing and configuring IP cameras that use ActiveX more difficult. Whilst adding a camera into a video recording and management system gets around these issues in some situations (though it’s rare to do this before a camera is even installed in its final location), many prefer and some are required to use a browser to pre-configure cameras for, at the very least, checking the live view and adding IP address settings, but similarly for many other settings as and when necessary.

Let’s take a look at how to set up Internet Explorer to allow ActiveX controls again. This should work for all IP cameras of any brand. If you are logged into your camera in IE and see nothing, this will most likely work for you. [Updated below for Windows 10]


Milestone Software Upgrade Plan (SUP) explained

February 10th, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

Milestone Systems LogoThe recent changes to the rules surrounding the Milestone Software Upgrade Plan (SUP) can be somewhat confusing so we thought to clarify it in a succinct post.

First off the SUP is essentially an agreement with Milestone that will give you access to software updates for the duration of the SUP. The software updates tend to be frequent (3 to 4 times a year) and provide you with bug fixes, additional features, ongoing platform compatibility (e.g. Windows updates) and ever widening camera and device support. SUPs are available for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 year periods and can be renewed on expiry.

So far so good. However, the way SUPs are sold is different for the different Milestone software products and that’s what makes it confusing and what we are trying to clarify here.


Useful examples of pixel density in network cameras

October 22nd, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

We are frequently being asked to give examples of what different pixel densities look like and we’d thought it would be useful to address this FAQ in a visual blog post. So here we go…


Useful frame rate comparison tool

September 18th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

To make it easier to understand the visual differences between frame rate options, we thought we’d share this handy video frame rate comparison tool with you, and make it available as a free download.

The tool allows you to easily visualise different frame rates ranging from 1 fps to 30 fps, and how this appears as video footage, and is ideal for helping you decide which frame rate best suits your requirements.


HOWTO use the Focus Assistant on Axis IP Cameras

April 23rd, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis P1343 Focus AssistantA useful, but often overlooked feature on Axis model network cameras P1311/P1343/P1344/P1346/P1347  is the Focus Assistant. Focusing security cameras via the lens levers can be a tricky business and any installer welcomes a neat trick or device that makes this vital step of the installation process easier and more accurate.

Using this tool it is possible to focus the camera accurately without looking at the video image output from the camera, but to adjust the focus and get visual feedback from the camera itself when the view is nearing and has hit that focus sweet spot.


Using an Axis M3007-P with Axis Camera Station

March 8th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis M3007-P with Axis Camera StationWith the recent release of Axis’ 360°/180° hemispheric dome the M3007-P / M3007-PV we’ve been asked a few times how the fisheye dewarping is achieved in Axis Camera Station, the brand’s main video management and recording software. Axis Camera Station does not natively include any de-warping technology so this processing task is left to the camera. First, some background…

See our First Look blog post on the Axis M3007-PV with sample videos.