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How to play audio from an Axis IP camera without Internet Explorer

May 18th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

musical notes over axis grey and yellow linesListening to sound from an IP camera can be a headache when using a web browser other than Internet Explorer (IE). Most camera manufacturers create ActiveX controls for handling sound which are limited to IE only, resulting in no audio at all for other browsers.

It’s not widely known, but Axis cameras have another facility for playing audio; Java. This means that users with Mac or Linux computers can listen to audio, as well as Windows users who don’t use Internet Explorer.

Some configuration changes are required, but it can be accomplished in a few minutes.


How to Setup Multi-Camera viewing in Panasonic IP cameras (BB and BL)

April 12th, 2010 by Kevin Bowyer

Multiple Panasonic IP cameras from the BB and BL range can be viewed together through one camera interface by using the Multi-Camera page. This guide walks you through how to set up this feature for viewing your cameras locally and over the Internet.


Recording at the edge – A new approach to surveillance system design

February 26th, 2010 by James Drinkwater

Edge recording is a term which is has started to populate through the IP camera industry with regards to network video recording. Edge recording is a network configuration designed to reduce the bottlenecks inherent to centralized video systems. This article describes how edge recording functions work and describes the pros and cons of its use.


How to set up recording to a microSD card on a Mobotix M24

February 24th, 2010 by James Drinkwater

The latest generation of Mobotix cameras, such as the D24, M24 and Q24, feature on-camera memory for storing video footage. As standard, each camera comes with a 4GB microSD card, allowing you to store video footage without any additional equipment.

For this article, we will demonstrate how to configure the SD card, set the recording and review stored footage. The camera we will be using for the demonstration is a Mobotix M24M-SEC-D22, although most Mobotix models will be identical.


Dynamic DNS with Panasonic’s Viewnetcam.com

February 23rd, 2010 by Simon

To access your camera over the internet you need to know the IP address of your external internet connection this is known as your public IP address. Most domestic ISPs will provide you with a dynamic public address which means every time you connect to the internet you will get assigned any available IP address. This means that it will regularly change. So to keep track of what IP address your internet connection has you need a dynamic DNS service.

All Panasonic IP camera models starting with BB and BL come with free registration to Panasonic’s Viewnetcam dynamic DNS service which is regularly updated by your camera. The Viewnetcam service then provides you with a domain name to link to the current IP address of your internet connection allowing you access to your camera.

This HOWTO guide walks you through setting up the Viewnetcam service with a Panasonic BB or BL IP camera. The screen shots taken in this guide are of a BL-C131 but are going to be pretty much identical for most of the BB and BL range of Panasonic IP cameras.


Digital Pan, Tilt and Zoom Cameras: Can they compete with conventional cameras?

February 19th, 2010 by James Drinkwater

With the increase in megapixel and HD cameras, more and more camera manufacturers are offering digital pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) features as an alternative to conventional mechanical pan, tilt and zoom. Can digital pan, tilt and zoom cameras offer the same level of functionality when used in security scenarios?


How to set up email (SMTP) settings on Axis IP cameras

February 18th, 2010 by Simon

IP cameras can send you email notification on alarm or at scheduled intervals, but to do this they require access to a SMTP server to send the email. Most email accounts come with SMTP access for outgoing mail but not all of them are easy to integrate with your IP camera because they require a secure connection.

This guide will walk you through setting up SMTP settings in an Axis IP camera with a GMX email account. This guide uses an Axis M1011 IP camera but most Axis IP cameras have pretty similar settings.


What is a Network Port and why do I need one?

February 17th, 2010 by James Drinkwater

Network Ports can often be a difficult concept to understand. When working with IP cameras you don’t really need to worry about them until you have to set up remote access. Routers rely on ports to limit data which can access your camera and differentiate between multiple devices. Believe it or not, you are using a port just now, only you can’t see it.


How to set up email notification on Panasonic BB and BL cameras

February 17th, 2010 by Simon

IP cameras have the ability to send you email notification on alarm but they cannot send this by themselves. They require an email service or SMTP server to send the email.

This guide walks you through setting up email notification on a Panasonic IP camera with a GMX email account. The shots in this guide are from a Panasonic BL-C131 but should be almost the same for all BL or BB range Panasonic IP cameras.


How to set up IP cameras for remote access

February 16th, 2010 by James Drinkwater

Remote access is often a key factor when choosing a security camera. The ability to monitor a location remotely is a huge benefit for most and is often the main reason for selecting an IP camera.

However, the act of setting up remote access can often be very confusing for non-technical users and can lead to difficulty. The process is actually very simple but does require some explanation.