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Archive for the ‘HOWTO/FAQs’ Category

How to select the right Milestone product

August 15th, 2018 by Network Webcams

Milestone recording software is a powerful way of analysing and acting on information from connected IP devices. This could be anything from opening a barrier to an authorised vehicle or finding footage from incident which occurred last week. As an open-platform it’s compatible with thousands of different cameras, fantastic if your system has built up over time and is comprised of different makes and models.

What can sometime stump customers is choosing the right XProtect product. There’s an array from the entry level Essential+ up to Corporate, with each one successively expanding the feature set. If you’d like a steer on which might be suitable for your organisation, read on.

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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.

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Top 5 reasons to keep your NVR or VMS up-to-date

November 24th, 2017 by Kevin Bowyer

Surveillance recordings are largely stored with either an NVR or software-based video management systems (VMS). As web connected systems, they often have updates which you can download.

Updates take time and effort to be installed, which requires resources from your business. This begs the question are they worth it?

They absolutely are, and here are our top five reasons to prioritise network video recorder and video management system updates.

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Securing remote access in Milestone XProtect Essential and Express

May 24th, 2017 by Network Webcams

Milestone XProtect Essential and XProtect ExpressMilestone 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.

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

April 22nd, 2014 by Kevin Bowyer

Internet Explorer logo over a cogWhen you’re setting up an IP camera or NVR, some devices require a browser to pre-configure your camera. For many devices this means using Internet Explorer and the ActiveX plugin.

This setup can be frustrating if you can only see a white screen.

Using a video recording and management system can allow you to view and configure devices in some situations. There are still occasions when you can only change your settings through Internet Explorer (IE), especially with the lower-end cameras on the market.

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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.

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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…

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CCTV frame rate comparison – which is right for me?

September 18th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Still of frame rate comparison videoIP cameras come with a range of frame rates with most offering 30 frames per second (FPS) but an increasing number offering 60 FPS or more. If you’re new to the technology it’s tempting to use the highest setting, as the higher the better? Right?

Well no, this is not the case for most applications.

Apart from considering the right frame rate for the scene being monitored, also bear in mind that increasing the frame rate will increase storage requirements and CPU use. This may not be such a big deal when you only operate a few cameras but the cost of hardware may ramp up quickly if you operate a larger camera estate.

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How to 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.

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Using an Axis M3007-P with Axis Camera Station

March 8th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

With 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.

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