Xvisions IP Device Search tool allows you to search for and adjust the IP settings for Xvision IP Cameras and NVRs.
When you purchase an IP Camera or NVR from us there is a mini-cd rom disc in the box.
The video below explains how to install and use the Xvision IP Device Search tool supplied on the mini CD Rom.
Adding HD-IP Cameras to the Xvision PC Software
This video shows how to add your NVR or IP cameras to the PC software supplied with our HD-IP Equipment.
This applies to the following models..
Cameras - Any of the XC model cameras (XC1080BP, XC1080VVP etc)
NVRs - Any of the XRN range of Network Video Recorder (XRN0808E, XRN1609 etc)
Lets talk about IP
Confused about IP?
IP stands for Internet Protocol, it relates to any device that uses a computer network, anything that connects to a broadband box in the home or office.
An IP Address is a unique number given to a networking device somewhere on a network. No two devices can have the same IP address on a network. Every device connected to a network must have an IP address in order to work.
There are some IP Addresses that are reserved for internal use by routers, these usually begin 192.168.xxx.xxx
An example of an internal network IP address would be 192.168.0.1
The router can allocate any address between 192.168.0.1 - 192.168.0.255 to connected devices.
To go to an IP address you would use a Web Browser such as Internet Explorer, or Firefox or Safari etc.
So far we have only spoken about Internal IP addresses, these only work from the same building on the same network, but what about if you want to connect to a device in another building,or another town, or another country? Then you need to know about External IP addresses.
EXTERNAL IP ADDRESSES
An external IP address is a unique number given to you by your internet supplier, it is your unique internet "telephone number".
How to find out what YOUR external IP address is…go to http://www.whatismyip.com, there it will tell you what your IP address is.
Most domestic internet suppliers provide what is called a Dynamic IP service, this means that they can change your IP address whenever they choose to do so, you are at their mercy. This is not good for use with a CCTV system as you need to know your IP address to log into your cameras.
Some companies offer a Fixed IP address service for an additional fee, a fixed IP address never changes, this type is perfect for use with a CCTV system.
There is a way to fool the system to thinking you have a fixed IP address when you don't...
This method is called DNS, which stands for Dynamic Name System.
This involves signing up with an external website, http://www.No-IP.com is one such DNS website. Once signed up it tracks any changes to your Dynamic IP Address and updates its records.
Both of these services will give you a unique name for your external IP Address, an example of a DNS address is http://davescctv.no-ip.com, this is easier to remember than a load of numbers and most importantly once it is set up correctly it will track your Dynamic IP address changes and update them so you can always log into your cameras using the http://davescctv.no-ip.com IP address
Why no WiFi?
We have a lot of our customers asking and searching for WiFi products on our website only to find we do not do these at present. We are currently researching the market place for reliable products in this range.
In this day and age WiFi is sold as quick and easy solution for most computing needs and indeed is fantastic, unfortunately an issue arises when you start to add items that require a lot of data such as IP CCTV cameras, this limitation is due to the WiFi Bandwidth.
Here at hdcctv.co.uk we only sell High Definition IP cameras and for this reason they require more than the average bandwidth. Here are some geeky facts.
0.5-2 Mbps: Is enough for all your basic chatting and mailing services, though it will slow down some content-heavy websites.
4-5 Mbps: Is enough for handling all websites and basic video streaming.
20+ Mbps: This is the minimum you need to even consider HD streaming. Even though, the typical bandwidth of a 720p IP CCTV camera is 3-5 Mbps, your router needs to compensate for dropouts, other connected clients and buffering.
50+ Mbps: Enough for 1080p IP CCTV cameras.
One IP camera streaming at 1080P in realtime requires a minimum bandwidth of 8 Mbps
The most common type of wireless router is 802.11b and although new standards and speeds are being developed these take time to feed out into the market place. The typical peak throughput (sustained data rate) of an 802.11b wireless connection under ideal conditions for end user data is roughly 4-5 Mbps. This level of performance assumes a wireless client in very close proximity (within a few meters) of the base station or other communication endpoint. Due to the distance-sensitive nature of Wi-Fi signalling, 802.11b throughput numbers will decrease the client moves further away from the base station.
Please note I am not talking about internet speed as this is measured in Megabytes per second and all the figures are based on Megabits per secound, on average a single 1080P full HD realtime image from a IP camera will use approximately 1 Megabyte of internet bandwidth.
This brings us back to the heading “Why no WiFi”, as we are selling security products we can not afford for equipment to drop off networks and fail, the equipment we sell must be fit for purpose and WiFi can not guarantee this at present for all applications. When it does we will be the first people to shout about it.
However we do offer a wireless solution in the form of Ethernet over mains adapters, These units simply plug into a mains socket next to your router, they even have a plug socket on the back so you are not taking up a mains socket on the wall. Connect a wire from the adapter to your router and you have now turned all you mains wiring into network wiring. Plug another adapter within 100 metres on the same mains ring, press the simple connect button on the adapter and there is your network point to plug the camera into. Perfect for streaming HD IP cameras and with a bandwidth of 200Mbps multiple units can be used on the same mains ring for wireless distribution around your premises.