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Archive for 2007

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Differences Between Milestone XProtect Basis+ and XProtect Professional

September 6th, 2007 by Greg

Milestone XProtect Basis+ Milestone XProtect Professional

If you are looking for a Milestone recording solution are but not sure which package suits your needs then take a moment to consider our guide to the key differences between Milestone XProtect Basis+ (update: discontinued) and Milestone XProtect Professional.

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How to email images from your Axis network camera when motion is detected

September 2nd, 2007 by Greg

We get asked this a lot as it’s one of the most popular features of network cameras when purchased with home security in mind. It’s fair to say that every camera we sell supports the function of image transfer based on a triggered alarm but this guide will focus on how to set this up, step-by-step, in your Axis network camera.

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How to register your camera with Axiscam.net

August 20th, 2007 by Greg

Axiscam.net

We’ve been asked about this many times so here is the complete guide to setting up your Axis IP camera or video server with its very own ‘Axiscam.net’ domain name.

First of all, what is ‘Axiscam.net’? Well, it’s all about accessing your camera from another location across the internet. The beauty of IP cameras is that you can connect to them from anywhere in the world, but in order to do so you must know the address to type into your browser. This is known as your ‘Public IP Address’.

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IP Network Cameras and Lighting – A Basic Guide

July 4th, 2007 by Frank Crouwel

We receive questions about IP cameras and lighting on a daily basis. We thought that this post may help many of you who are specifying lighting for use with IP cameras and are looking for guidance. This is a concise guide dealing with the basics only.

No light, no picture

The first thing to remember is that no camera will work in the dark. For a camera to provide a picture some form of light will be required. This can be either natural sun light or artificial light. Artificial light will be a requirement when the camera is to be operated indoors or at night.

Artificial light

We separate between three forms of artificial light:

  • Standard interior lighting and external (flood) lighting
  • White light
  • Infra-red light

When designing a camera system that requires artificial light, the following advantages and disadvantages should be kept in mind:

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What is a Video Server?

March 30th, 2007 by Greg

Video Servers, also known as video encoders, are useful devices.

What they can do is simple. The can transform your existing analogue CCTV cameras into powerful network IP cameras by digitizing the analogue video stream to send digital images over an IP network such as a LAN or the Internet.

Watch your existing cameras over the internet!

This allows the viewer to watch live feeds from their existing cameras using a regular Internet browser, on the network or even across the Internet!

The benefits don’t stop there though… Simultaneous viewing of your video streams can be enjoyed by those accessing the video server from different locations, and even Pan Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) cameras are supported and can be controlled remotely by those who are authorized to do so.

Advanced Features

Because the existing analogue cameras are now digitally controlled through the video server they now have many more advanced features. Motion detection and event triggering for example will notify the owner that the camera has detected movement and send an alert accordingly, ideal if you want to monitor your office, shop, manufacturing line or many other areas which require discrete monitoring.

Go Digital!

I’m sure you’ll agree that there are many benefits to adding a video server to your existing CCTV system, and if you have the cameras already, a cost effective solution for an IP based network camera solution.

Look at some of the video servers we have in stock right now for more information:

Axis brand video encoders
Panasonic brand video encoders
Sony brand video encoders
Vivotek brand video encoders

Important Warranty Information For All Axis Network Video Customers

March 20th, 2007 by Kevin Bowyer

AXIS INCREASES WARRANTY COVER FROM 1 TO 3 YEARS

Axis Communications announced on March 15th that it has increased the warranty period on its network video products from 1 to 3 years. The new, three-year hardware warranty applies to purchases made from January 1, 2007 and onwards. It is applicable to all Axis network video products except for the Axis 206 and Axis 207/207W/207MW network Cameras.

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More Strange Uses for IP Cameras

March 14th, 2007 by Kevin Bowyer

We’re always on the lookout for interesting uses for IP cameras and webcams and while on holiday in New Zealand last month this one caught my eye.

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Why sticking with the major IP camera manufacturers makes good sense

March 5th, 2007 by Kevin Bowyer

We are often asked why we only stock network camera products from the big boys: namely Axis, Panasonic and Sony. The reasons, for us, are simple and clear: reliability.

Any business knows that the less you spend on a job, the more you make and within the security industry this has driven a worrying trend. Cheap surveillance equipment is available from many supplies and new IP cameras are being developed thick and fast by manufacturers all over the globe, but predominantly China and East Asia. Some people choose to buy two cheap units of every component rather than a single high quality device* in the hope that if one fails prematurely, the second one replaces it thereby doubling the service lifetime! Nuts, I know, but it’s common. It looks like a saving, but once all things are considered the message is clear.

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How to set up your Axis 207W network camera to work on your wireless network

February 27th, 2007 by Greg

One of the many benefits of the Axis 207W is its ability to work in a wireless network, giving its owner the freedom of placing the camera in a number of discreet locations with no nasty cables to trip over.

If you have found yourself struggling to set up your camera wirelessly, then let our guide be your path to wireless success.

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How to set up scheduled FTP events in your Axis 207 network camera

February 27th, 2007 by Greg

From the setup pages in your Axis 207 camera you may be forgiven for thinking that it’s only capable of sending images by email based on motion detection, but can it send a constant stream of images to a server using FTP? Well, yes it can, it’s just a little trickier to achieve but we are here to help.

Let’s get started.

Our example will help you configure an Axis 207W to continuously send 1 image per second to an FTP server, the image being continuously overwritten.

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