Friday, June 29, 2018

Reset IP Security Cameras

Reset IP Security Cameras
If an IP security camera has failed or if some of its functions are not responding you may need to reset the camera. Every brand has its own resetting sequence. 


As per my last 12yr experience I have prepared this useful guide about how to reset IP cameras, with the help of IPVM.com (one of the most reliable and frontier information source of surveillance systems).

Reset Button Locations
There are a few common reset button locations, shown below. For added security some reset buttons may be located under the dome bubble or an access panel. For ease of access some reset buttons are located at the end of the whip or exposed on the exterior of the camera. Exposed locations are notably less secure than others, as they allow the camera to be reset without disturbing it, which could effectively take it offline.

3xLogic
3xLogic has two different reset methods for different series.
Visix V Series:
Press and hold the reset button for 2 seconds while the device is in use. System will reboot.
Visix:
Press the reset button and hold it for 10 seconds. This procedure will reset everything to the factory settings (password, username etc)
ACTi
1.                Disconnect the power cable.
2.                Press and hold the Reset Button. While continuing to hold the reset button, reconnect the power cable.
3.                After the power cable plugged keep holding the reset button around 6 seconds, release the reset button. The unit will reset to factory settings
ADI / W Box
Follow the same steps of Hikvision resetting procedure.
Advidia
Advidia has different resetting methods because of OEMs multiple manufacturers
A Series (HikVision OEM)
Follow the same steps of Hikvision resetting procedure..
B Series (ACTi OEM)
1.                Disconnect the power cable.
2.                Press and hold the Reset Button. While continuing to hold the reset button, reconnect the power cable.
3.                After the power cable plugged keep holding the reset button . The red Power LED light will flash on for 3 second first, turn off for about 15 seconds, flash on for another second and turn off again. This procedure takes around 20 seconds and camera will power up. Release the reset button.
E Series (Dahua OEM)
Press and hold the reset button until the blue LED (about 5 seconds) underneath the camera lights up.
Arecont Vision
*For MicroDome Duo , MegaVideo 4K and the new generation models
Press the reset button and hold 10 for seconds and then release the button.
ATV
4.                Switch off the network camera by disconnecting the power adapter.
5.                Press and hold the Reset button (SW1) on the board with your finger while reconnecting the power.
6.                Keep the Reset button (SW1) pressed for about 2 seconds.
7.                Release the Reset button (SW1).
8.                The network camera resets to factory defaults and restarts after completing the factory reset.
Aventura
Press and hold the INITIAL SET button for about 10 seconds while the power is on.

ANNKE
1.                Unplug camera from power source and NVR.
2.                press and hold reset button on camera for 20 seconds. KEEP HOLDING UNTILL the step let your hand go.
3.                keep holding reset button. At the same time, plug camera to NVR. ...
4.                hold on reset button for 20 seconds after camera is plugged into NVR and let hand go. NVR.

Avigilon
5.                Disconnect power source from the camera.
6.                Press and hold the firmware revert button.
7.                While holding the button, connect the power source back. Then release the button after 3 seconds
AXIS
1.                Disconnect product form the power source.
2.                Press and hold the control button while reconnecting power.
3.                Hold the control button until the amber lights turn on (up to 30 seconds)
4.                Release the control button. The process is complete when the light turns green.
Basler
1.                Disconnect product form the power source.
2.                Press and hold the reset button. Connect to power source back to device while holding the default button.
3.                Wait for 5 seconds and release the reset button
4.                Wait approximately one minute for the camera to finish the reset process and to reboot
Bosch
Press and hold the reset button for more than 10 seconds while the power is on.
Brickcom
Press and hold the Reset Button for more than 10 seconds
Canary
Hold the power button down for 12 seconds when the power is off.
Continue to hold until Canary Flex reboots (while light will be spinning) then release the button.
Cisco
1.                Press and release reset button. Wait for the Camera to reboot.
2.                Press and hold the reset button until the status LED rapidly blinks.
36300 and 6630 Cameras
Press and hold the reset button for 15 seconds
Dahua
Press and hold the reset button until the camera restarts (about 5 seconds) while the power source connected to camera.
Digital Watchdog
Press and hold the reset button for 5 seconds.
EZVIZ
Press and hold the RESET button for 3 seconds while the camera is on.
FLIR
Ariel
1.                Press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds.
2.                Both LEDs on the RJ45 connector are extinguished.After one second, the green network LED flashes once and remains lighted.
Others
Follow the same procedure for Dahua.
GeoVision
Press and hold the default button (for about 8 seconds) and release when status LED blinks
Hanwha-Techwin
Press and hold reset button for about 5 seconds to reboot the system.
Hikvision
Press and hold the reset button, power on the camera, continue holding for more than 10 seconds.
IQEye
1.                Disconnect the power source.
2.                Press and hold the reset button until the status indicator blinks. Then release the button.
3.                When the power indicator changes to green (may take up to 40 seconds), the process is complete.
Mobotix
Unfortunately Mobotix cameras do not have a reset button. They must be returned to the manufacturer.
Nest
1.                Press and hold the reset button on the bottom of the camera for several seconds while the power is on.
2.                Hold the button for five seconds (light will be yellow during this) when the light turns blue release the button
3.                When the blue light is faded, resetting is done.
Panasonic
1.                Disconnect the power source
2.                Press and hold the initial set button and plug the power back in.
3.                Keep holding for 5 seconds.
4.                Camera will boot itself for about 2 minutes then the resetting will be done.
Pelco
1.                Press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds.
2.                Press button down again and release to reboot camera.
Sony
1.                Turn off the camera.
2.                Press and hold the reset button while turning back on the camera.

Swann (for NHD-820/830/835/850/880/881)
1.      Reboot the camera by disconnecting the power source (Ethernet for PoE and power adapter for non-PoE) then plugging it back.
2.      Within 10 seconds of powering up the camera, press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds.
Uniview
1.                Turn of and turn back on the camera
2.                Press and hold the reset button until the PWR LED turns red. (about 15 seconds)
3.                You have 10 minutes to apply this procedure after the camera turned on.
Vivotek
1.                Press and hold the button for a few seconds.
2.                While you're holding down the button, the LED will go to POST (power on self test).
3.                Wait for the self-diagnostic to run twice.

Please keep it in mind, resetting a camera cannot solve the hardware problems and also it is not always accurate to solve software issues too.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Analog Security Camera Installation at Home

Analog Security Camera installation at Home


Home security camera (system) installation issues keep popping up, while you are choosing top surveillance equipment. Drilling holes, running wires and cables inside and outside an apartment may freak you out. Not to mention, the CCTV security camera (system) installation cost in US, Australia, Canada, India, etc. if you ask for professional home surveillance companies, installers, or other video camera installation services.

Hi Indian, no worries. Take a coffee break, and follow the expert instructions below on installing wired and wireless home security cameras inside and outside of your sweet home.
Most home surveillance packages come with the wires, DVR, and cameras included, and are a much easier way to start your system then buying everything separately.

To install a security camera system for your house, start by surveying the layout of your home and assessing how many cameras you’ll need. Once you purchase the system, install the cameras high up on the walls so that they have a broad frame in the shot. Most cameras mount to the walls with screws, and can be plugged into a regular outlet. Connect wired cameras to the monitoring system using BNC cables, or link wireless cameras to your computer.

4nos Camera based BOQ for your Home:
Sl No
item Short Description
Item Long Description
Qty
Unit
1
Dome Camera
720P IR Dome Camera
3
Nos
2
Bullet Camera
720P IR Bullet Camera
1
Nos
3
4CH DVR
4CH DVR, with Hard disk
1
Nos
4
3+1 Cable
3+1 Cable for connecting Camera
90
Mtr
5
Power Supply
12V 1A Power Supply
4
Nos
6
PVC Conduit
20mm PVC Conduit with Accessories
90
Mtr
7
20" LED Monitor
20" LED Monitor for DVR
1
Nos
8
Router
Router for Mobile View
1
Nos
9
CAT6
CAT6 Cable in complete
2
Mtr

1
Buy the right package to suit your needs. You can buy each piece individually, but it is generally cheaper and easier to buy bundled security systems. At a minimum your system should have 1-3 cameras, a DVR (digital video recorder), appropriate wiring (3+1 Cable / RG and BNC cables), and power cords. Unless you are choosing to monitor a large area, wireless cameras with wall mounting should cover your needs.

Basic Home Security: Get a package with 2-3 outdoor cameras (to monitor doors), and a DVR with at least 3 days of recording time.

HSN Code of CCTV related item
SL NO
Item Name
HSN Code
GST
1
Camera (Dome. Bullet, Speed Dome, Zoom Any Type)
85258090
18%
2
DVR (Digital Video Recorder)
85219090
18%
3
NVR (Network Video Recorder)
85219090
18%
4
M-DVR (Mobile DVR)
85219090
18%
5
HD Storage
84717020
18%
6
Embedded Video Storage
85235100
18%
7
Co Axial Cable (RG11, RG 59, RG6 etc)
85442010
18%
8
CCTV Cable (3+1, 4+1 etc)
85442090
28%
9
Optical Fibre Cables
85447010
18%
10
Optical Fibre Bundles & Cables
90011000
18%
11
Hard Disc Pack
85232980
18%
12
Digital Video Discs
85234080
18%
13
Multiplexer
85176270
18%
14
Solid-State Non-Volatile Storage Devices (Hard Disk)
85235100
18%
15
Accessories For Cctv (Lens, Video amplifier, Audio module, Housing, BNC, Stand, Connector etc)
85299090
18%
16
Any Software/ VMS Software / Access Software / Graphic Software etc
85238020
18%
17
PVC Insulated Armoured/Unarmoured Cable Low voltage
85447010
18%
18
2Core, 4Core, 6Core, 12Core PVC Cable upto 80V
85447010
18%
19
Video Monitor Colour < 17"
8528
18%
20
Video Monitor Colour > 17"
85287219
28%
21
Computer / Workstation
84713010
18%
22
Keyboard / Joy Stick
84716040
18%
23
Mouse
84716060
18%
24
LAN Cable (CAT 5, CAT 6 etc)
85441990
18%
25
Modem / Routers
85176230
18%
26
Access point for LAN/WAN
85171290
18%
27
Power Supply
85256099
18%
28
UPS Capacity Nt Excdng 100000 KVA
85042100
18%
29
Network Switches including connector/Socket
85365090
28%
30
Optical Fiber Connector
85367000
28%
31
Switches, Relays, Fuses, Surge Suppressors, Plugs, Sockets, Lamp-Holders, Junction Boxes, Circuit Breakers
85369010
28%

HSN Code of CCTV Camera Cable and import duty.
2
Make a diagram of your surveillance needs. It is both expensive and inefficient to monitor every square inch of your house, so you need to prioritize what areas you want to watch the most. Draw up a rough diagram of your house or print out the blueprints and note where you might want to place cameras. When you are done, check out each location to make sure it is not blocked by anything and provides the best view possible. You may want cameras for:
·        Front and back doors.
·        Off-Street Windows
·        Large common spaces (kitchen, living room etc.)
·        Driveways
·        Porches
·        Stairways 

3
Choose a high, broad angle for your camera. The best angle of any room is usually looking down from the corner where the ceiling meets the walls. Make sure you can clearly see all entries and exits and that the camera is near a power outlet.
If you are mounting a camera outside, place it above 10ft so that it cannot be easily knocked down. Mount your camera to the wall. Some cameras come with sticky pads to adhere your camera to the wall, but screwing your camera in is the safest way to mount your cameras long-term. While every camera is different, most of them can be mounted the same way:
  • ·        Place the mount in its desired location.
  • ·        Using a sharpie, make marks on the wall where each screw should go.
  • ·        Drill a hole for each screw using an electric drill
  • ·        Hammer in any molding pins.
  • ·        Screw the mount into the wall.
  • ·        Position the camera to your desired angle.

Attach your camera to a power source. Almost all cameras come with a power adapter that plugs into a normal wall socket. Plug the small, round end into the power input on the back of the camera and plug the other end into the outlet.
Use a power supply box to power multiple cameras through one outlet. Power boxes, available online and in hardware stores for Rs.200-Rs.400, allow you to power your cameras through a single wall outlet. They come with multiple ports and are great for powering close-together cameras or cameras that aren't near an outlet, like attic cameras. However, you will need to run lengthy amounts of wire to attach each camera to the same box.
·        Always attach the cameras before hooking the box to electricity.
·        Make sure you buy a power supply box big enough to power each one of your cameras. They should list how many outlets they support on the box.
If your power adapter is missing or broken, contact your manufacturer.

4
Now the most important part is Cable. In Security camera cable is basically manufactured in such a way that it should optimize video signal quality. CCTV camera cable is composed of two sub cables that will run simultaneously for transmitting both video and power signal, Video transmitting cable also called RJ59 Cable, one sub cable is the central solid copper conductor core shielded by dielectric material, then further shielded by copper or alloy braid that will transmit video signal and another is power cables that will transmit power and both two-part is insulated by PVC having diameter of 5.5 mm to 7.5 mm.

Now I would like to explain core means RJ59 cable, which is made up of dense copper having diameter of 0.22 to 0.28 mm. this core is very crucial and play a vital role for CCTV integrator. If use cable which have good quality solid copper which have more than 0.25mm diameter and have more than 30 shielded braid then definitely you can transmit video up to 150 meter but you should keep in mind that for 150 meter Video transmission you should also transmit power for 150 meter, for this you need good quality AWG power cable. In India this type of cable is very rare you have to make on order. General Cables comes in Indian market have 0.22mm diameter core that will transmit up to 90 meters only.  As far as security camera cable wire color code is considered generally yellow wire is used for video, Red color power wire is used for positive (+), Black color wire is used for Negative(+) and green is for ground. BNC Connector is connected to yellow wire and DC connector is connected to red and black color.
There is 3 type of security camera cable which as is as follows.
·        4+1  CCTV Cable – This Cable is the composition of two type sub cable that will run simultaneously one part is four power cables that will transmit Power and another part is the RJ59 cable that will transmit video.
·        3+1  CCTV Cable – This Cable is the composition of two type sub cable that will run simultaneously one part is three power cables that will transmit Power and another part is the RJ59 cable that will transmit video.
·        2+1  CCTV Cable – This Cable is the composition of two type sub cable that will run simultaneously one part is two power cables that will transmit Power and another part is the RJ59 cable that will transmit video.
Note:
Maximum length for coaxial cable for CCTV is 300 meters of CCTV Cable without any joint but it will transmit video only up to 100 meters.

Hide your wires. To have a truly professional looking system you can run your cables through the walls and towards your surveillance hub. Be sure you know the layout of your walls and the location of any pipes, cables, or studs as you begin running wires. Running cables requires you to drill a hole in the wall, then thread the cable through the walls to your DVR through open spaces in your house, usually the attic.
·        If you are not comfortable drilling into your walls and running cables through, call a professional carpenter or handyman to take care of the cabling.
·        You can also secure cables to the walls or baseboards using a staple gun.
·        Consider hiding cables under rugs, but tape them down so that no one accidentally trips.


 5
Attach a wired camera to your DVR. Surveillance equipment is connected using a BNC (Bayonet Neill–Concelman) connection.
BNC cables are simple to use -- they are identical on both sides and you simply plug them into the appropriate port, turning a small nut on the end to lock it in place. Plug one end into your camera's "Output" and the other into one of the DVR "Input" ports.
·        Note which input you plug into -- this is the input your DVR must be set to in order to view your camera's video.
·        If your cable does not have a BNC connection you can buy a simple BNC adapter online or at a hardware store. This will slip onto the end of your cable to make it BNC compatible.
Attach the monitor to the DVR. This connection frequently uses a BNC cable as well, but some DVR's can attach with HDMI cables or coaxial cables. Using your preferred connection, attach one end to the DVR's "Output" port and the other to the monitor's "Input."
·        You can hook up as many cameras as your DVR has inputs -- it will automatically record every camera you install.
·        Note which input you plug into-- this is the input you need to choose to see your cameras.

6
Create a central "surveillance hub." When you are wiring a lot of cameras at once, you'll need one simple place to bring all of the feeds together to your DVR. This should be a place that is easy to access, and where you can comfortably run wires from anywhere in the house. Attics, offices and your internet router all make good places to base your surveillance system.
You should only need one DVR for all of your cameras. Attach each video cable to a separate DVR port. Your DVR can handle multiple cameras at once, allowing you to record every room in the house with only one box. Your monitor will then display every camera, or you will have to cycle through them using the "input" button on your DVR.

Attention: Don’t be cheated by some cheap wired security camera systems with DVR, which use old analog cameras, and record fuzzy and useless videos. Some other wired CCTV DVR security camera systems may have more functions and cost you over Rs. 12500, almost the price of a quality NVR wired security camera system with improved performance on all rounds.

Anyway, the wired security camera with DVR is by no means a futurist choice, if it is not outdated.