Axis IP Surveillance Camera Introduction

May 17, 2019 posted by

hello again as you know I am Eli the computer guy in today's class is introduction to access IP surveillance cameras now as soon as I start talking about any brand names all of a sudden in the comments a lot of people will start complaining about that I have sold out Eli you've sold out to the man the fact that you're talking about any individual brand that proves it right the reason that I'm talking about access IP surveillance cameras is because I think that the access IP surveillance cameras they are a very good solution for many consultants out there and especially for small organizations now I used to install surveillance cameras and one of the things I can say is they have a really good profit margins right it is it's a beautiful thing to install IP surveillance systems the problem that you run into is that there's not a lot of real standardization in the IP surveillance industry or even in the surveillance industry everybody and their brother seems to be creating surveillance cameras everybody and their mother seems to be creating DVRs or NVRs it's just you go out there and you're there there's a zillion different options some options or $20 some options or $20,000 and you know there's a million different manufacturers there's a million different standards and so one of the issues that you run into in the real world of being an IT professional is not simply knowing how to configure IP addresses but also being able to deploy solutions that will work and that you will be able to maintain so one of the issues I ran into in the past when I installed surveillance systems is we would go out and we would buy particular products cameras or DVRs or such the manufacturer would then randomly go out of business or stop making the product and all of a sudden we would get warranty calls legitimate warranty calls but the problem is is we couldn't replace the part that failed with a new part because the new part was no longer being built so one of the issues you get into in the whole world of surveillance is again there's a lot of demand for there's a lot of profit in it but there's so little standardization it's really it can be really really difficult to be running a business off of what I like about access systems is that one they make very good products so they have a relatively simple lineup of and they're all very good quality so they make good quality products they also work with other manufacturers so Netgear Buffalo so on and so forth they're getting their name out there so this is one of the big things I talk to you guys about in the real world of business is a lot of times it's easier to close a sale if the if the client knows the name of the manufacturer so access is going to enter up it's going to is see it's going to all of these different security and tech conferences they're really trying to get their name out there so their brand is out there more than a lot of the other manufacturers and I also like that they're building an overall ecosystem now right or wrong people feel more comfortable if they have a piece of paper that states that they are allowed to install or maintain systems right you know everybody wants to see everybody wants their CCNA for some reason they're not so worried about actually a learning group policy they just want the piece of paper right and so if you go out to install surveillance systems and there's not a lot of good training programs available one of the things that's nice with access is again they're building this overall ecosystem so that they have their own training programs you can do online courses you can do in-person courses so especially if you have a business let's save a business with like five or six employees you can send a few of them to these classes then they feel that they're certified you feel that they're certified the client feels that they're certified it's good all the way around let's go over to the computer for a second so I can just show you their website so if you're interested this is access comm ax is comm you can come here you can see you know we can look at the products network cameras video encoders accessories the whole nine yards you know video management software are we over two solutions but the big thing is we go over here to the Academy and this is where we can take a look at their different classes so we can attend a classroom training joy webinar so we click on classroom training over here it asks you where you want to do it we go down to the United States once we go to the United States up here in these tabs you know they have sales training so this is nice so they've actually got training on sales you know $99 sales essential class in Seattle Washington Morgantown West Virginia of all places Chicago Davenport so if you want to learn how to sell their products better and that's nice we can go to the technical training and we can see that these are the different technical trainings that they have you know 599 dollars two hundred and ninety nine dollar six hundred and ninety eight dollars but all these different classes some network video fundamentals access camera stations axis bootcamp is you know five hundred dollars here for a few days and so that can be a very useful thing again you're going to go out and you're going to be installing these products into the client environment and it's nice to not learn on the job I mean we all do it right as IT professionals we all learn on the job but it's a lot nicer just to be able to walk in and actually know what the hell you're doing and so the fact that they offered those kind of classes not only are you able to get good surveillance cameras and install good equipment but you also make sure that you and your employees or staff know what's going on and make sure everything is good so that's those are some of the reasons that I like access security cameras so if you give me a second I will dive right in so before we start looking at the configurations of access cameras and the overall system we need to look at the different components of an access IP surveillance system so whenever you're dealing with different cameras different vendors they give you different options for how their systems are built and access has its own little ways of doing things so let's go over to my little demo table so I can show you some of the different components of an axis system so this is a basic little two camera axis system that I have set up and this is what we're demoing today so these are the access cameras so these are basically just standard their access IP cameras we have the network cable going in and for these guys we have normal power cable now depending on what cameras you purchase you can either power these using a power cable or you can use the power these using something called APO we switch so power over ethernet now what you decide to do that is up to you now the important thing to remember again whenever you're buying any of these like IP surveillance cameras is that there's a zillion different versions or models of them some allow you to do things like power over ethernet some of them don't so whenever you're gonna be buying cameras do make sure you take a look at what the exact specifications are for the camera so this is the the basic little guy going on this is one of their higher-end camera so this actually has power over ethernet built in it has a microphone and speaker built-in so I can actually talk through this thing if I wanted to it has a light on it so this has a lot of different functions here now one of the things that these particular cameras don't have is they don't have on-board storage so whenever you're going out to buy surveillance I pee surveillance cameras nowadays a lot of them allow you to put SD cards in or allow you to have on-board storage and some of them don't so this is going to be one of the considerations to be thinking about is will the store to be onboard or will it go to something like an FTP server so with with the access system what I have set up is an FTP server here so these have their own little operating systems in here and what I've done is I've configured these to all dump their video onto an FTP server so this is just a standard buffallo Tara station you could use a free nas system you could even use a Windows with like FileZilla FTP server on there if you wanted to so these are the different physical components so you got to go out and you've got to buy the cameras you've got to then power the camera somehow either through plugging them into a wall or plugging them in through a POS switch and then you've got to be able to dump the file somewhere so the files have to go from here to an FTP server or to a local story now with these particular with this particular system with access just so you know they really like the Windows environment so we're on my computer right now and so they really like Windows now when you're going to configure your different IP cameras they have some different tools different utilities for you now you can access the IP cameras using just a simple IP address so if you know the IP address of your camera you can use a web browser I would advise that you use Internet Explorer in order to connect to it and you can go in and you can take a look at what the current feed is and you can play around with it so the one thing to understand with the access cameras is that you don't need an ftp server you don't need an overall system you can just use the the camera individually so I can literally just plug in one camera it wouldn't be able to record if I didn't have an FTP server but I could use it to surveil an area or do things like talk to people on the other side so this is what you get when you're looking at the web browser now beyond that they have configuration tools that you can use so this is the access camera management client so with this what this allows you to do is this allows you to find the access cameras that are on your network and then be able to do configurations for them so you can do things like assign an IP address you can do backup and restore configure the devices restart install camera applications so on and so forth so the big utility for this is there's this add device button right here and so when you plug these cameras onto your network they're going to pick up a DHCP address now the problem is is they're gonna pick up a DHCP address but do you know what DHCP address they got to pick up probably not so this little camera man a tool probably one of the most useful components of it is the fact that you can do the add add devices and it will go through and it will scan your network to try to find access cameras and then once it's found an access camera you will be able to add it so that's probably one of the most useful things here and then the other thing is you can just go through and do these other basic configurations beyond that the other piece of software that they have they'll give you is this access camera companion and so this is the tool that basically gives you the normal in VR or DVR functionality so as you can see here this is these two cameras so if I want to click on either one I can take a look at it that way I can go over here to quad and take a look so if I had four cameras I could take a look at it in this particular setup so this reminds you very much of a normal normal surveillance system setup beyond that we can go over here we can take a look at the recordings and this shows us you know the different cameras is there a recording so let's say like 3:00 p.m. I can go and I can take a look and I can see what's going on so let's see here it's a little slow there we go so we can see a 3-2 5544 p.m. that is what I was doing yesterday drinking some coffee doing my thing so this is what gives you that DVR in VR functionality beyond that I don't have my little smart phone with me right at the second but beyond that it also gives you a nice little mobile app you can use on your smartphone and this is what you're looking at when you're getting one of these systems right so basically the camera itself the camera itself is its own self-contained little unit if you want to use the camera just as a basic real-time surveillance camera you can do that you don't need an FTP server you don't need anything else you basically just need a web browser so that you can connect to it if you want to be able to store video you need either an FTP server or the particular camera that you purchase has to have its own built-in storage then you'll be able to save video if you're doing that then you'll use something like access camera companion that for free from access to be able to interact with and be able to see the video feeds the big thing to remember though the big tool is the the tool this the access camera management client and the nice thing with that is that's what allows you to go out and actually find all of your cameras on the network and then be able to configure them as need be so these are the different components you need in an Access camera system and again it's just important to realize these different components exist so the the access camera management client is free for you to download and use you've just got to realize to download and use it the what is it the the access camera companion again is free for you to download and use there's a limitation with that is it's limited to 16 cameras so this should be fine for any kind of small or a decent size environment so you can lock it up to 16 cameras on the screen and flip through it and it also has that little mobile client so you can actually use a smart phone to take a look at the different video feeds so these are the different components you're looking at you know if you're looking at installing an access camera system so with that we're going to look at the cameras and then actually start going into the configurations of this thing now before you go into actually installing any of the cameras the first thing that you have to do is figure out which cameras you want to purchase and you that you want to deploy remember cameras surveillance cameras just like every other electronic product out there there's a zillion different versions and they all do lots of different things so it's very important and when you go out to buy these cameras that you buy a specific one do you need on-board storage do you need power over ethernet do you need a particular resolution right so with access like all these other companies they have a number of different types of form factors so cameras that can go inside cameras I can go outside cameras that are vandal-proof so on and so forth so you have to think about what the form factor is and then you actually have to think about the specifications of the camera things like resolution and all that so let's go over to the computer we can kind of take a look at what axis currently has available so all you would do is you go over to like access comm and you'll click down products and what we'd be looking for today is the the network camera so if we scroll down again we can see there's lots of different things so we have fixed cameras we have fixed domes PTZ cameras thermal cameras thermal cameras are really cool those really are they're they're like thermal cameras they're cool they're expensive as hell oh my golly they're like $3,000 a pop and frankly I don't really know who would use them like the very few people did but they're cool onboard cameras panoramic cameras outdoor cameras a TD and megapixel cameras now one of the questions that comes up is what is the difference between fixed cameras and fixed dome cameras this is one thing that you'll be thinking about with your environment now again as I talked about with employees employees always like to do really stupid things with the equipment that bosses and owners bind and one of the things they have realized is if they have a surveillance camera on them all the time if they just simply reach up and twist the surveillance camera into a different direction guess what the boss can't look at them anymore right so that's one of the reasons that people go with dome cameras is because it's a dome camera people can't screw with it as easily you can't just go up and move a dome camera the way that you can one of these normal fixed cameras so that's a type of thing that you will be to think about in your environment do you want cameras that are easy to move around you may like let's say you're in a warehouse setting and you have shipments coming in and out maybe you want to position a camera in one location and then the manager can simply swivel a camera every once in a while so you know if if you have if you're if you're dealing with a certain location of your dock in one month they can point it in one direction and if they're dealing with a different location of the dock the next month they can point in a different direction it's really easy maybe you want the fixed cameras on the other hand if you're in like a restaurant environment or if you're in an environment where basically you set up the camera and you want the camera to be focused on that specific area until then the building burns down then you may want something like a dome so that's what you're gonna have to be thinking about with the actual form factor of the cameras so if we click on the fixed cameras we can then see there's lots of different versions of fixed camera so this is kind of like the bullet version of cameras the camera the day sent me is this access m10 series so again you just got to go through and figure out what you're looking for and then you scroll down and you can see even with this access 10 series they've got a lot of different options for you so m100 4 w blah blah blah so the max resolution so we can see m100 4 – w is 1280 by 800 whereas a 101 3 is only 800 by 600 does that matter for you I don't know you'll have to decide you know this is all the way up to a 1080 so if you're seeing that these cameras cost different amounts of money it's important to realize that they've got these different specifications but then we come down we look at minimum illumination so Lux is the amount of light that's required in order for the cameras to see and so we can see with these three cameras they go down to 1.2 lux whereas with a 1080 camera it's 1.5 lakhs so with lux lower is better the lower the lux the better so as we can see this has a higher resolution but a worse Lux the worst light level again does that matter it's you have figured that out memory card slots those three of these guys have memory card slots one doesn't two-way audio these guys don't have built-in sensor power over ethernet so the 1080 has a power over a thorn out the other ones don't alarm input so on and so forth now if we scroll down here the one that cameras that I'm playing with are these m10 five fours and so we can see it's got 1280 by 800 resolution versus again like an 800 by 600 1.2 Lux is not wireless so some of these are wireless some of they're not does that matter to you megapixel memory card slot so this is an important one again as I said these particular cameras don't have any internal memory honestly if my client has the budget for it I want internal memory nowadays because it would be really nice to be a BIST or video files both locally and on your FTP server so again one of the question one of the things you have to think about in the real world is what happens if a crackhead comes in is videotaped stealing your FTP server seriously this is this is the crap you have to think about what happens if your surveillance system is working perfectly all the way up til the crackhead Yanks the FTP server out of the rack and runs away with it right well if all of your video files are stored on an FTP server and even though the video worked you no longer have those files if you have local storage then even if the ftp server gets stolen you'll still have local storage again things to think about two-way audio stats what I'd like with these particular cameras you can actually talk and listen on them so that's nice power over ethernet again something to realize here is not all of these models have it the 105 4 does the other ones don't alarm in hosted video compatible act bah blah blah so these are all the different things that you're gonna have to look at so you're gonna have to figure out you know what your budget is for purchasing your your different surveillance cameras and then you have to come here and then you have to weigh all of these different options again okay having onboard storage may cost me 50 extra dollars but if a crackhead comes in and it steals the FTP server I'd rather have the onboard storage or maybe this camera needs on-board storage but this camera doesn't again one of the problems that I see a lot of people do when they go out and they install surveillance equipment is that they they basically install one type of care when they find one dome-like literally one type of dome camera one model number and that's all they install install a zillion of those and what you need to be thinking about is is mixing and matching the different cameras in order to provide the best solution for the client so if you are dealing with a warehouse so let's say you're dealing with a large warehouse environment so the warehouse environment you have an office space you have some kind of entrance point and then you have the large warehouse area so in the large warehouse area you may not you may not need to be able to talk you may not need to weigh communication and a large warehouse area it's so big you may not really care about on-board storage because you don't figure anybody's actually gonna steal anything out of the the large area whereas in the office space let's say you have five cameras in the office space maybe there you want to weigh communication and you want the on-board storage because if somebody steals the computers you won't be able to prove that that they actually stole the computer so these are the kinds of things to be thinking about is like you know not just what is the system going to be used for but within the system what are the individual cameras going to be used for this this camera is going to be used for real-time viewing and two-way communication this camera is going to be used to make sure nobody steals the crap that's in front of it you know this camera is gonna be used for this that this camera is gonna be used for this and so you go through and why it's important to think about this is because it's amazing how you can stretch the budget if you think like all my cameras are gonna cost three or four hundred dollars then if you've got a four thousand dollar budget let's say that means you can only buy ten cameras but you're looking at your facility you're like well I really need 16 cameras well if you can mix and match maybe you can buy you know maybe you can buy five $200 cameras and for $600 cameras and a couple $400 cameras and so for that one four thousand dollar budget because you're mixing and matching and picking different options it allows you to give an overall better solution and still be able to hit that budget but whenever you're buying these cameras again whether you do axis or any other manufacturer do make sure you sit down and you look at all the specifications because I just showed you I just showed you for one form factor on one type of camera and there were a lot of different options there so it really really is one of those things you have to think about when you're purchasing equipment so you've gone out you figured out what cameras you want you've actually purchased them from someplace like a new egg you've got them you've broken them out you've installed them on the wall you've connected them the network the problem then becomes how do you find them on the network this is the biggest problem with all this new equipment they pull DHCP addresses and then it's really fun trying to figure out where they are how to deal with them now basically if you're trying to find any kind of network equipment that bulls and poles a DHCP address you can use lots of different types of network scanning software out there so the one warning I will give you with access equipment is it's all seams we would be basically built for use use in a Windows environment so the question is is like what if you're like me what if you're using Mac's how would you go about finding your access camera so if you didn't want all of the extra software you just wanted to use it for like real-time viewing or such all you have to do is you can go out there and you can simply download any kind of land scanning software and it will go out there and it will scan the different IP addresses on the network and then you'll be able to find the cameras that way now what's nice is if you're in the windows world access does provide you this access camera management client and it does that performs two functions for you one that actually goes out in fines and the cameras for you and then it allows you to configure them so let's go over to my Windows computer so I can show you what's going on with this so I've installed my little access cameras on to my network and now I've brought up access camera management client as we can see right now it's completely empty and so what I need to do is I need to add my cameras because I need to figure out what they are and where they are and so forth so all you do is you go up here to this button that says add devices we click on that and it will now go through and it will scan for cameras on the network so as you can see it's found and it's found so i think i need to enter the password for these guys let me see if that's the right password so enter the password there and then I enter the password here so there's a default password for the access surveillance cameras and so now that I was able to insert the password it's been able to connect those two so then all we do is we click Next and then it shows us and then we click finish so this will now add these particular cameras into this axis camera management client so that we can configure them or mess with them if we want to so this is probably the easiest way to go and try to figure out where your cameras are is basically just to download and install this is a free piece of software and I'm not gonna show you how to install it because it's dirt easy to install now once it's here the important thing to understand again one of the issues whenever you're dealing with any kind of new system is to understand what different components do now the access camera management client this does not allow you to view from the cameras it does not allow you to view recordings from the cameras all this is is kind of like just a back and administrative utility so don't try to figure out how to view a camera from here because you can't well you can do is if we right-click on this we can do things such as assign an IP address so if we want to assign this with a specific IP address we can we can plug that specific IP address in here so let's say so if we're dealing with surveillance cameras on our network I would argue and then standard practice is all of your devices should be within a certain range IP address range so let's say all of your networking equipment is between 192.168.1 to t right to t all of your network printers are 192.168 1.21 to let's say and then you go through and you say ok all of my surveillance cameras they should be or throw in a range of to 192.168 dad let's say 1.80 maybe so we can put up to two cameras there so we can put up to 40 cameras there so that's one of the things you can be thinking about here is you don't want your IP addresses all willy-nilly and so using this you can very sim very easily just give them all little manual IP addresses and go from there beyond that we can back up and store configurations so we can we're able to configure the device we're gonna go into the web-based configuration to show you that it has user management so we can set the password here we can add users and remove users just specific camera upgrade the firmware restart and all this kind of stuff beyond that they have some other things up here but this is the important thing that I would say that you should be able to be looking at is being able to add your cameras into the system and then be able to do those basic configurations again that's all that the camera management software does again you know whenever you're dealing with these systems you got to understand that each product does one specific thing and so what this does is this allows you to configure your cameras so that you can use them using either the web-based interface or using the other management software later so now that we've installed our cameras and we've we've been able to find them using the camera management client now we can start to go in and actually start playing with the cameras and see all the cool functionality they have and again like I say access cameras they're just kind of fun I really do think they're kind of fun so let's go over to the computer for a second and we can take a look at the actual web browser interface for the camera so the big thing now is so we've got the camera management client and now we know the IP addresses and we know the host names for the for the different cameras on our network so we can now use this to be able to connect to the camera now again over here what I've done is I've opened up Internet Explorer and I've connected to this particular camera here as you can see now what I have found just you know playing with the access cameras is they do seem to prefer Internet Explorer right or wrong I'm not getting into it but I found weird little issues like I was using Google Chrome and it just found really weird little issues it just all seems to work much more smoothly with with Internet Explorer just so you guys know now when we're looking at this we've got a couple of pages so we've got the live view and then we've got the setup so the live view is obviously the live view see how you doing right so this is the normal view that you would get so if you just want to set up the camera individually you don't want to worry about recording or any of that kind of stuff you can just set it up this way and again like I say you can connect to it simply using a domain name or the host name now there's a few things here we can look at the stream profile so this is using motion JPEG or h.264 I would generally not mess with that a lot now one of the cool things this has is again as I talked about before this actually has a light function so if I press this button the light comes on now here what I'm gonna do is we're gonna go I'm gonna show you the demo table and let me let me see so basically I'm gonna show you the demo table here so when I press the light button you can see that the light comes on so if you really want to creep somebody out is you know because one of the problems is a lot of times is you have surveillance cameras but people don't realize they're being surveilled so if you're surveilling somebody but nobody but nobody realizes that they're being surveilled is it going to be a deterrent so being able to do things like turn on a light is really cool now beyond that they also have a function for audio clip so let me get my little microphone up here right and so you can do things like do the audio clip so that's basically just an audio file and I'm gonna show you later where you can have that be triggered so you know you could do like the intruder or you can have dog barking and so basically you know if you just want to screw with somebody you can turn on the light and start playing the the sounds like that and again that's one of those just it's a very nice nifty it's it's a neat thing and then as we go further into this setup and configuration I'll show you why it's more useful then beyond that down here you can see we have speaker and we have microphone so you can do two-way communication with this because I'm videotaping this it's a freaking mess for me to try to demo it for you but just just believe me when I say it works well so basically the speaker a you know you can talk so I I could be on this side of the webcam talking in and it will come out through the camera and then I can listen to the person on the other side so let's say you were gonna put this up where there's some kind of gate or some kind of other thing where you wanted to actually be able to communicate with people you can do that and you can actually interact with it just through this little web interface so that's really nice the audio clip I was just showing you is this audio clip thing up here so we can see dog barking intruder camera clicks so on and so forth and again all you have to do is you just you just highlight the audio clip and then you press the play button and then a place again nice to screw with people nice to screw with people so that that's that's the the real time of Ewing then we can go over here to the setup configuration and actually take a look at what's going on in the backend so this is a set up again whenever you're dealing with these IP surveillance cameras nowadays you just have to realize that essentially they're full-fledged computers that have a specialized tasks there's all kinds of different configurations so you know we can go in and we can do different users so we can actually create different user accounts for this particular camera again if you want this as a standalone camera you don't care about FTP or any of that kind of stuff you can create different user accounts or different different users can access it obviously you can go into the IP settings you know came to the the IP address and all that from here there's video stream audio settings they've got lots and lots of configurations here if we go down here we can do stream profiles camera settings overlay image so if we want an image overlaid like some kind of watermark or whatever audio settings privacy mask so this is an interesting thing so let's say you have a camera and it's kind of pointed let's say it's pointed and there's like a bathroom with within the frame what you can do is you can use this to simply block out that particular area so it'll happen is on the video feed you'll simply no longer be able to see this particular area for whatever reason so so let's say you have a surveillance camera set up and it looks at the main sales area and it Peaks into the boss's office maybe you want to set up a mask so that it doesn't record what happens in the boss's office something like that again I'm not gonna get into why you would want to do it but it you can set that up within here so those little privacy masks and very useful you know we can go down to live view configurations let's see here default viewer different MPEG settings that kind of stuff user defined links you can actually add little links on to that front page that we're taking a look at we have detectors that we go on detectors a lot for dark images we have motion detection so if we want to set up motion detection let's say if something happens in this area we can do let's see new do that area too so basically we can set up in these different areas if motion is detected we can do audio detection so again since these things have a microphone as you can see it actually detects audio so we can have events happen based on the audio or the motion detection if we go down to applications there's different applications that you can add let's see there's motion detection so you can go through here and you can you can play with these types of things then we can go down to events it is a little slow but is a web-based thing so action rules so let's see here we can add an action rule and this is pretty cool because what we can do here is we can enable the rule and this will mean an automatic event will happen so let's say we want the trigger to be detectors and we want the trigger to be motion detection and we'll just do the default window schedule we want it to be always on and then the action type let's say we want to do play an audio clip and we're gonna do the audio clip as dogs barking and what we're gonna do is you're gonna click ok so now we've created that rule so basically whenever I move right so see look I moved yeah okay but here what I want to show you is that if we go back so I'm sitting here I'm not doing anything right I'm not doing anything I'm not stealing anything as soon as I move right and so that's that's kind of cool so if you really want to like screw with people whenever there is motion it will it will trigger that event will happen so it'll trigger a light to come on or it'll trigger this sound happen again so that can be really really useful and really really really annoying thing as you can see so let me just turn off this rule right now so we're just kind of remove that so this is one of the this is one of the things I really like with these access cameras is this whole rules and detection so if there is a noise or if there is a motion in a certain area that it will do things like cause the speaker to play because what you have to remember is that a lot of criminals really are kind of scared with what they're doing they don't want to go to prison so there they're creeping through during doing their thing and as long as they don't feel as if they've been noticed as long as they if they feel they don't like feel as if they haven't been seen they're gonna keep doing whatever they're doing if they walk through and the camera triggers to actually say an alert or say something like hey you I see you I'm calling the police now there's a chance that the people are going to run and at least they will do a less damage for you beyond that we can do recipients for emails and schedules or and reoccurrences and all that we can go down we can take a look at recordings so this is currently recording so we can make sure that it actually is doing the recording and then we go and go down here to system options now the big thing for system options again lots of different stuff here but we want to go down to storage though so this shows you where you're gonna be storing your video files so right now it's on a network share so if I click this this just shows me that it's good that's a network share 192.168.1 211 it's going to share share if this required to log and I could click it here the other thing is to remove recordings older than however long so so do you want to kept for five weeks or two weeks or one week or one day so on and so forth and then a lock is it right protected so can the the video files be deleted or not so this storage management the thing with access is the user interface isn't great a user interface is better than some but the fact that this is buried so far down is a bit of a pain in the butt so just realize for the storage this is where you go to again I say if you're going to be configuring me the FTP server inside so every camera you need to go in and you can figure that storage and so that is where that's that's how the camera knows where to dump the files so that you can view those files using the the companion software that we're going to see in a second so now we're going to look at the axis camera companion software so this is a software that gives you the functionality that you are used to with most digital video recording systems or in VR systems right it gives you the ability to look at quad-core look at multiple cameras at the same time it allows you to go through and scan all the recordings that kind of thing now the important thing to realize is whenever you're going to be using this this companion software that you set up the storage for recording this will be able to show you the live view configuration the live view of your cameras but if you don't actually in fact set up the storage it's not going to be showing you the recording and so that's the important thing the other important thing to remember with the storage and the companion software is a companion software can be installed onto a system that has nothing to do with the storage so again what I have setup here is I'm using a buffalo Tara station as the FTP server and then I've got this companion software installed onto a different Windows 7 computer so keep that in mind so normally when you're dealing with NVR systems or DVR systems the the where the data is stored and and the interface you use is the same system these are two different systems so let's go over to the computer so I can show you this because again as with all of the access equipment it's it's it's pretty nice pretty simple pretty easy to use now all you do is is again you install the software you click you open the software and then when when you do you only have really a few options here so we have the live view we have the recordings and then we have the configuration so these are really the three options you've got on this page then this will show you however many cameras you have connected into the system so in order to look at a different camera you simply click on that particular camera and it will show you that different camera alright so so if I have whoops let's say I have a corgi cam here right so I've got my little Corgi so I go hey look it's a Corgi so maybe I want to look at a Corgi and then I want to go look at a camera so you just switch back and forth for the live view here beyond that if we click on this show split view this will give you again what I what I would consider the more in VR or DVR surveillance system set up that you're used to all we'd have to do is press escape to get out of that and that's really all there is to that then beyond that we can go to recordings so recordings for this particular system is pretty easy as we can see here it says January 27th so we can just scroll back or forward January 26 27 28 29 so let's say we want to do the 29th and we're curious what happened at 9 a.m. we can just click on this and then it will bring the recording up again do you realize this has to get pulled over the network so however faster a network or your your system is it will matter here oops and of course it's coming into a little bit of a cork here let me see there we go of course because I'm doing this but so we can take a look here and we can see you know what's what's going on so this was a nine six o'clock in the morning and it's playing through and we can see you know this is just my little area so we can see what's going on with that no big deal there and so that's where the recordings are now if you want to go and you want to play with configurations we click over here to the configuration area this will show us our different configurations so we can take a look at the cameras so this shows you the cameras and this shows you things like status and storage and all that so the name of the camera whether the audio works storage so on and so forth this gives us information for this particular site so this particular site is just camera sight this allows us to edit administrator access or operator access or different access files then the other thing you can do here is for these cameras is you can enable internet access so they have a mobile version of this access camera companion so if you enable the internet access for these cameras you will be able to access them on your mobile device so if we just go back I've got my little note 4 here and if I open this up let me go to a little demo table just to show you a little better I just open this up and I can see the different cameras and I can simply click on the different camera this is the recording let me just go to live view and there we go see you know it now it shows the live view so again so the nice part with this is you can be sitting anywhere in the world and taking a look at your property or what's going on all in a fairly easy to use format so that's basically all there is with this particular software now when you're dealing with a lot of the NVR or DVR software a lot of the different different vendors is very complicated stuff with this access system is what you have to realize is a lot of the functionality is spread out through the different components so no Moore's at a time when you're dealing with an NVR or a DVR all the functionality all the configurations are basically stored on that on the one server on the one device and then the information gets disseminated amongst all the cameras or whatever else you have going on with the access system well you have to understand it is different components and those components have to be configured individually so if you're gonna have storage you have to build and set up an FTP server with the proper sharing and firewalls and all that kind of stuff and so that's where the storage is then you go to the cameras and on the cameras you have to configure the edie FTP storage and motion detection and all that kind of stuff on the cameras and then you go over to the companion software the companion software is then what allows you to watch the real time viewing and allows you to watch recording and all that kind of stuff so the important thing to understand if you're gonna be dealing with access systems is that they're all these individual components and so the companion part really really is pretty dirt simple and the reason is is because it's only it's only providing you access to the view and record functionality it's not providing access to the whole back end like a normal piece of env our DVR software would so that's all there is to an introduction to access IP surveillance cameras they're not overly complicated but they do take a little bit of effort this is access surveillance cameras are the type of thing if you plan to install them I would take a day before you do a real install to play around with them come but I wouldn't really take any more than a day this isn't this is an overly complicated it's complicated enough that you don't want to be learning this stuff on the job but it's not so complicated that you know you're gonna have to take a week off to learn this stuff now I know again like I say a lot of people are gonna be saying Eli you sold out because I'm talking about a specific brand but again the reason I'm talking about this brand is because I think it fits in with the same mentality I've been trying to teach you guys essentially from day one the idea of how are you going to go out and deploy systems again and again and again and again and again when you're a newbie you want to go out there and you want to find the least expensive camera and the least expensive system and throw it up as inexpensively as possible you think that's what the primary goal is once you've been doing this stuff for a while once you've installed your tenth and your 20th and your 50th surveillance system what you really don't want to have happen is warranty calls you know I'm saying like newbies really worry about price old timers worry about warranty calls right look I guess at the end of the day it kind of becomes the same thing but what I like with the axis of surveillance cameras in their entire ecosystem is this is the type of thing that you can sell solutions day in and day out based upon and they give you the support so that you can build your business doing this one it's very good quality equipment that does a lot of good things you know it's built well – they have all of these different components different functionalities so you can do it and use it in different situations and then they also have the things like the classes I mean don't pooh-pooh the classes I mean the idea that you could go and you could find some kid who got their a plus and you're like hey that's cute you got your A+ Wow well you're motivated I tell you what I really don't need anybody certified an A+ but if you're smart enough to you're a plus I can send you off to Washington DC for four days get certified and access camera systems and then we can start installing some that's actually gonna make both of us a little bit of money right you know simply having those certification programs is a very useful thing it means you don't have to train all of your employees you can send them somewhere they get a piece of paper they feel like they're professional your clients feel like you're professional it's just one of those all-around good things and then the final thing that I like with access cameras is the fact that you don't have to go through distributors to get this equipment one of the issues that you run into when you start dealing with surveillance cameras like actually going out and installing surveillance cameras and dealing with warranty work and all that kind of stuff is a lot of the better equipment requires you go through real distributors even to this day so that means you have to fill out paperwork and send back tax ID numbers and it can be a real pain in the butt the fact that you can buy this type of equipment with warranties and all that from Newegg it's really nice you know I'm saying like oh no that camera broke yeah let me go to Newegg and order a new one and we'll have it in two days right that is that is just a very easy nice thing and additionally for a lot of you guys going out there and you're starting an consultancy in your area maybe a lot of people need surveillance cameras or maybe they don't what's nice if you don't have to go to a distributor to buy cameras is that you don't have to create that relationship you can go out you can get one job to install ten cameras you can buy ten cameras if it works out well then you can keep selling access if it doesn't work out well you can just rub your shoulders and walk away you don't have any agreements or any of that you know you don't have to buy $5,000 for equipment every year you know per the contractor that type of thing so overall I would honestly say I would really take a look at excess stuff it's very good I've been watching them for any a lot of years now and if I was still in the consulting game I would probably be building my business off of them like I say just because of all the stuff that they're doing really it's not just the individual product itself it's this entire ecosystem that they're creating so this was the introduction to access IP surveillance cameras as you know I'm Eli the computer guy I enjoy teaching this class and I look forward to seeing it the next one


48 Replies to “Axis IP Surveillance Camera Introduction”

  1. Brandi Jump says:

    at 4 min I got tired of listening, I just want to know how to install thin cause its giving me a headache not to mention all this non needed info

  2. Korey Kandel says:

    will this camera work in a total dark garage?

  3. NOBODY says:

    Bought some used for my home and their great. I have 149 to program tomorrow for a school system. Theirs are way nicer than mine, glad I had the experience already.

  4. Герман Пугачев says:

    I have an Axis camera too, it's so good! and it works perfectly with my Xeoma software

  5. Герман Пугачев says:

    I have an Axis camera too, it's so good! and it works perfectly with my Xeoma software

  6. Robert Casio says:

    HAHA, I just found this after I wrote you a message on the other video you posted about cloud surveillance. Does this work well with Camcloud? This is what I asked about this specific camera

    "I'm not a big fan of using proprietary systems like nest (Dropcam) and canary, so I'm looking for a system where I can just add any ip camera. I found these cameras called Axis and I'm interested in using camcloud with these cameras, since they are plug and play. They claim that the upload bandwidth is only 256kbs and if internet is lost, they can record locally to an SD card or NAS device. Have you tested this service? I would really like to see what you thought prior to investing my 10 locations on this service. They also have continuous recording through their dealer channel, but I'm not sure if I really need that. Their site is, please let me know what you think."

  7. On Rail says:

    Low budget quality camera. you get much better camera if you buy Bosch or Sony and much more for the price !!!

  8. Arnold Verhoeven says:

    Do not chose, install AXIS at all! Many hidden obligations afterwards and no support after a few years. Old software can not be updated etc etc… stay away from them!

  9. fitguy says:

    Quite informative, thanks for sharing. What I actually do to find cameras on my network is simply go to the router interface and look at the list of attached devices. No LAN scanning software required.

  10. jeeperscreepers7 says:

    I have one question: let's say I've a couple of Axis cameras installed and want to give to a 3rd part company access to the video stream and recorded video ONLY. Can I do that? Can I handle all the configuration and admin stuff and give only those specific privileges to others? thanks a lot, hope you answer! regards

  11. dr abdulrahman Hussein says:


  12. dfgdfg says:

    -1 for talking about 'crack heads'

  13. Steve Smith says:

    06:00 no …DO NOT setup Axis to record to NAS, we tried it on a couple of sites and was a nightmare because you need to use their Axis Camera Companion which is not stable!! Use Axis cameras with Windows PC/Server and Milestone recording software if you want a stable recording environment. Do not use Axis software it is rubbish!!

  14. Carlos Loyo says:

    what do you thing about mobotix cameras?

  15. Garbage Trash says:

    Eli, of all the web cameras I've… erm "accessed" axis seems to be the most likely to come up. They aren't that secure. Sure they're good quality and are used in lots of facilities but they aren't all that secure.

  16. SG3mes says:

    Eli where are you?

  17. Overwatch Highlights says:

    What happened to "eli", is he ok?

  18. greatsea says:

    bigger and better things i guess.  reminds me of when gary vaynerchuk stopped doing his wine videos.  that sucked.

  19. Tim Miltz says:

    Two words

    John Malkovich !  Just realized you two look alike Eli.

    Thanks so much for all you put into your offerings on youtube.

    I have grown from them.

    Best regards

    Tim Miltz

  20. Samuel Rutty says:

    Rip Eli the computer guy

  21. MrLucky007 says:

    Hi dude just wanted to ask you, if i was using a VPN such as spotflux and then using the tor browser to surf .onion etc would i be anonymous ? example isp and ip. also can anyone actually be anonymous on the internet? via mac or windows, can you tell me the difference on both operating systems in being anonymous, as i heard you cannot really be anonymous on the net, even hackers. Thanks.

  22. Vince "Out Of Touch" McMahon says:

    Do you know how to make Roman Reigns look strong?

  23. TheSandarud says:

    why no new videos?

  24. natserog says:

    great video!!  thanks!!
    I need a simple camera in living room just to monitor pet. I don't want bells and whistles. I just want to monitor my pet  live on my IPHONE. Can you recommend a simple one camera setup. –thanks!

  25. Dawson Vaillancourt says:

    Eli where are you? Havent uploaded in 3 months???????

  26. Ramses says:

    Where are your uploads? Did you stop making videos? that would suck

  27. banderson5676 says:

    Eli, Great video. What was your role as a Security Integrator (sales, engineer, tech)? Why aren't you doing security anymore?

  28. Andile Simelane says:

    the list of books behind u.

  29. omar cherkaoui says:

    Quel est le meilleur bloggers étrangère qui a mis de nouvelles discussions chaque jour divers sujets techniques

  30. omar cherkaoui says:

    Quel est le meilleur bloggers étrangère qui a mis de nouvelles discussions chaque jour divers sujets techniques

  31. Luan barmes says:

    hello, i would like to know, DAS Trader Pro with an intuitive web-based platform, it was 7 days trial,
    and now even if i change my email they simply know i have used it before, how can they know my exact computer and is there a way i could change "something" so they would think is other computer?

  32. Hacking tutorials says:

    Thanks for the video.

  33. Troy S says:

    I'm just going to leave this here:

  34. ft of the X says:

    Which way did he go George?

  35. Femtosoft Incorporated. says:

    Are you in a blizzard?

  36. Juan Brown says:

    Can you please create a video explaining collision domains, broadcast domains…I'm confused on page 10 of the CCNA study guide by Todd Lammle … a 3 hub network is 1 collision domain and the bridged is 2 collision domains? PLease make this make sense to me!

  37. Ubaldo M Gomez says:

    I love learning from Eli. He is a great teacher.

  38. CraftAnBoom Doombox says:

    Eli the computer guy can you add more ram to laptops because i heard it does not work can you show if it is adable plz ?

  39. ☠Lowizay☠ says:

    Aye Mr. White!! 
    good video.

  40. James Forster says:

    Hi I'm a student studying in telecommunications I'm strongly into security systems I've been to a few expos and visited with a few companies to learn more about access control and CCTV done webinars I'm set to graduate in 5 months my question is besides the certifications do I need to do with security systems course in order to install security systems. PS great videos much appreciated

  41. xXChaoticSymphonyXx says:

    1 month since this was released and no further uploads to this channel? 

  42. Seki ‍ says:

    Hi I really need help, my computer (Lenovo IdeaCentre B340 Touchscreen) hands on the logo screen when I start it up. Sometimes it might work the other 80% of the time it just hangs on the logo screen. The computer has fell against my wall two times and I am wondering if maybe something was either broken or knocked out of place. It would really be nice if you could help me thank you. 🙂

  43. Anonymous 5815104875 says:

    Do you have a video on Port Sniffers?

  44. Anthony Papillion says:

    Excellent video! I had a client ask me about video survellience a few days ago. I think I'm going to check out Axis. It has everything they said they wanted (particularly, the smartphone companion app). Thanks!

  45. Whizadree says:

    Eli can yo do a piece what you think about the release of the FCC decision on net neutrality now that is released we don't have to guess now see

  46. OMG Real TV says:

    Anybody want to stream their IP cameras to youtube holla at me

  47. ObamaBinLaden says:

    what happened to the great classes that got his channel so many subs lol

  48. Andrew Alejandre says:

    please have a pfsense tutorial. I believe you can make ANY I mean ANY network related tutorials understandable

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