Comes to think of CCTV systems, they offer surveillance capabilities that are utilised in the security of people, assets, and information technology (IT). A CCTV system is primarily used as a security force multiplier, providing monitoring over a wider area for a longer period than would be possible with just a small number of security people. CCTV systems are often employed to support complete security systems, providing video coverage as well as security alarms for barriers, intruder detection, and access control, among other functions. In the case of an intrusion detection system, a closed-circuit television system may offer the tools to evaluate and record an alert produced by the system.
CCTV systems are comprised of numerous components that perform several tasks, have a variety of features, and have a variety of requirements. Cameras, lenses, data distribution, power, and illumination are just a few of the important components to consider, which is part of the designing stage Trantech has been continuously providing since started as a small family-owned company more than 25 years ago now. Digital equipment choices, data storage, components, wireless connections, and automated footage analysis are just a few of the areas where CCTV technologies are always being refined to enhance their effectiveness.
The wide range of components, configuration choices, and features offered on today’s CCTV market provide a complicated set of buying alternatives for consumers. This is the most difficult part of the whole security equip process, which makes Trantech Security Wholesaler standout among all Australian security wholesalers. At Trantech, we invest and build a strong internal team of qualified engineers and technicians, who 100% give customers the best suggestions to completely satisfy your demand and budget.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to brief our signature programming and configuration service and offer information on our capabilities to assist in the procurement of a new CCTV system or the upgrade of an existing CCTV system.
HOW THE CORRECT CHOICES AT THE DESIGNING STAGE CAN LEVERAGE THE BENEFITS OF PROGRAMMING AND CONFIGURATION
When customers come to Trantech, although most of the time we help them build the complete process, there is a small rate that the end-users/landlords/homeowners already purchase the devices elsewhere and hire installers to finish the work. Trantech never refuses any customers just as they have not purchased from us, because we care about the development of the whole security industry. Therefore, regardless of the origin of the devices, we will always provide detailed programming and configuring services.
At first, Trantech experts will always ask you the following details to understand the scenario and to fully understand the devices and customers’ requirements. Sometimes, our team members also support customers to fill out this form via phone or email.
After we gather all information and consult customers with appropriate camera types, lenses, megapixels, main features and extra features with accessories such as housings, mounts, monitors, switches and NVRs or DVRs, Trantech will assign at least 2 technical engineers to prepare the stocks, check hardware and do the programming and configuration to match the requirement.
We’d love to provide customers worry-free feeling with a plug-and-play process. This programming and configuration service normally is mainly about how to successfully connect the camera to the NVR/DVR and make it work smoothly, but not all the time everything goes as planned. We will show you step by step as below.
HOW TO CONNECT AN IP SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
1. Connect IP cameras system
Step 1: Prepare and check
Before you instal any cameras, it is critical that installers bench test all of the equipment to prevent the headache of troubleshooting after the cameras have been installed. Bench testing is also an excellent opportunity to understand how to set the cameras to record while they are not in operation. Many times, incorrect cable crimping may result in a great deal of confusion. Don’t worry, our experts can help you go through individual steps until everything is tested fine.
There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to establishing an IP camera system. Plan out the system ahead of time, taking note of where each camera will be placed, and then put it in place. Label each camera and cable so that you don’t connect the wrong cameras to the wrong NVR while you’re connecting them to the NVR.
Step 2: Planning the map for all devices before actual implementation
Using the information in the section below, Trantech will mention how installers are able to easily comprehend the other ways that components of an NVR camera system or an IP camera system link to each other. Installers should take some time to view the videos to gain a better understanding of the most frequent ways of connecting an NVR and a PoE switch. The following variables influence how all components are connected:
- The number of uplink (LAN) ports on the PoE switch
- The number of LAN ports that are available on the NVR
- Check if there is a router powerful enough on the network that is capable of managing the huge quantity of continuous data traffic generated by security cameras connected to it
- Also, consider if running a single wire straight from the PoE switch to the NVR or router is more convenient
Now, Trantech engineers will introduce several popular methods that can be easily understood and implemented by any installers/security company. For the more advanced requirements, especially for big projects or big buildings, please seek professionals’ advice.
Method 1: Configure PoE Switch with 1 Uplink Port to Router
- Step 1: To begin, connect the NVR’s LAN port to a LAN (numbered port) port on the router using an Ethernet cable.
- Step 2: Connect the uplink port of the PoE switch to a LAN (numbered port) port on the router that is different from the one that is currently in use.
- Step 3: Connect a PoE camera to one of the PoE ports on the PoE switch to complete the installation.
- Result: When the router turns on the switch and NVR together, it means we successfully generate a flow of camera data from the PoE switch to the NVR, which is controlled by the router.
Method 2: PoE Switch with 2 Uplink Ports to connect Router and NVR
- Step 1: Initialize the NVR’s LAN port by connecting it to the uplink port on the switch.
- Step 2: In order to use the second uplink port of the PoE switch, you must connect it to a LAN (numbered port) port on the router.
- Step 3: Connect a PoE camera to one of the PoE ports on the PoE switch to complete the installation.
- Result: In our case, the NVR is positioned near the network switch; however, it may be put up to 100m distant from a network switch.
Method 3: PoE Switch with 2 uplink ports to add Additional cameras (available on PoE NVR only)
- Step 1: It is the network port on a PoE NVR, which is distinct from the grouped PoE ports on the rear of the NVR, that serves as the NVR’s LAN port.
- Step 2: Connect the LAN port to an uplink port on the PoE switch, as illustrated below, or connect it straight to the router if you have a wireless network.
- Step 3: Connect the other uplink port on the PoE switch to the router’s LAN port to complete the connection.
- Result: The cameras are connected to the Power over Ethernet switch successfully.
2. Configure a video recorder on the network
Step 1: Check and change the recorder’s IP address to match the target network
All of our IP cameras, network video recorders, and digital video recorders come with a default IP address of 192.168.1.108. If you attempt to connect numerous cameras and recorders without assigning each a unique IP address, you may encounter a duplicate IP address issue.
In order to connect any cameras, it is necessary to first modify the IP address on the recorder before proceeding with the next step. There are no other devices or cameras that may utilise the newly assigned IP address. The new address must be in the same network scheme or range as the current address.
When coming to Trantech, you will always be carefully demonstrated by our members how to change the IP address on a recorder so that it is assigned a static IP address that is compliant with the network’s requirements.
Step 2: Verify if the NVR is communicating successfully on the network
To ensure that the NVR is correctly set to communicate on the network, use the Ping command on a PC that is connected to the same router as the NVR to check its configuration. This procedure may also be used to determine which IP addresses are currently available on the network for usage by IP cameras.
3. Initialise and configure an IP Camera
Step 1: Initialise the camera
Once the equipment has been physically connected, configuring and starting the recording of each camera is straightforward. The Camera Registration option in the user interface of the NVR or DVR purchased from Trantech’s genuine NVRs and DVRs allows you to configure an IP address on a camera and initialise it.
Step 2: Check and initialise the camera on the network that is not in the same IP address range
It is necessary to initialise and configure the cameras to be on the same network once the NVR has been set to interact on a particular network. Our recorders, for the convenience of our customers, can be configured and initialised even if the camera is located on a separate network. Seek Trantech’s professionals for detailed technical support on this issue.
TIPS AND TRICKS TO ADD MORE CAMERAS TO AN IP SECURITY SYSTEM
Here are some preparatory suggestions that you should review before attaching any cameras to the system:
- When initialising and setting the IP addresses of the cameras, only one camera must be connected at any one moment. A network conflict occurs when several cameras share the same IP address, preventing the NVR from properly changing settings.
- Ping the network to see whether there is an IP address range that is accessible. If you are uncertain how to determine whether or not an IP address is accessible, please return to Step 2 above for instructions.
- It’s also a good idea to sketch out your system before you start configuring it. Make a list of the IP addresses for each camera that will be linked to the system and keep it safe. Thus, it is possible to prevent the assignment of duplicate IP addresses. Each camera and its IP address in your surveillance system may be documented using the table below, which can serve as a useful foundation.
- Check if the system allows you to remotely view using laptops or mobile devices (if not, you may need to configure port forwarding, which is advanced knowledge and more difficult. Luckily, Trantech experts can help you out).
- Finally, always ensure your password is strong enough because that is the last wall to protect you from any hackers (even if they can pass the IP address and username level).