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What is Multi-level user authentication?

Almost every IP camera we deal with on a day-to-day basis has some form of multi-level user authentication but what do we mean by this?

User Authentication indicates that before the user can access the live images from an IP camera he/she must first input a username and password to authenticate themselves as a valid user.

‘Multi-level’ authentication implies different levels of permissions for different users.  Each camera type handles user levels differently and some models allow for more customisation than others but typically you can set up users as administrators, operators or viewers.


An administrator would have full access to the camera in the same way the owner does.  This allows them to view the live images, control the camera and adjust image settings and access the camera’s setup pages where they would have access to the camera’s full configuration including network settings.


An operator would be able to view and control the camera and adjust image settings etc. but would not have access to any of the camera’s setup pages.  This allows someone to view and control a PTZ camera but keeps all the critical settings of the camera safe such as the network settings.


Finally a viewer would be someone whom, after logging in, would have permission to view the image but would not be able to do anything else.

Please consult your camera’s documentation for further instructions.

Published on February 13th, 2009 by Greg

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