4XEM WPT User Manual

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Before You Use This Product

The use of surveillance devices may be prohibited by law in your country. The Network Camera is not only a high-performance web-ready camera but also can be part of a flexible surveillance system. It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the operation of such devices is legal before installing this unit for its intended use.

It is important to first verify that all contents received are complete according to the list in the "Package Contents" chapter. Take notice of the warnings in “Quick installation guide” before the Network Camera is installed, then carefully read and follow the instructions in the “Installation” chapter to avoid damages due to faulty assembly and installation. This also ensures the product is used properly as intended.

The Network Camera is a network device and its use should be straightforward for those who have basic network knowledge. The “Troubleshooting” chapter in the Appendix provides remedies to the most common errors in set up and configuration. You should consult this chapter first if you run into a system error.

The Network Camera is designed for various applications including video sharing, general security/surveillance, etc. The “How to Use” chapter suggests ways to best utilize the Network Camera and ensure proper operations. For the creative and professional developers, the "URL Commands of The Network Camera" chapter serves to be a helpful reference to customize existing homepages or integrating with the current web server.

For paragraphs preceded by the reader should use caution to understand

completely the warnings. Ignoring the warnings may result in serious hazards or injuries.

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Table of Contents

Before You Use This Product

1

Package Contents

4

Installation

5

Hardware Installation

5

Software Installation

6

Check Network Settings

9

Add Password to prevent Unauthorized Access

9

How to Use

10

Authentication

10

Installing Plug-in

11

Primary User’s Capabilities

12

Main Screen with Camera View

12

Client Settings

14

Administrator’s Capabilities

16

Fine-tuning for Best Performance

16

Opening accounts for new users

18

Opening accounts for new users

19

Building a multimedia web attraction site

19

Building a security application

23

Software revision upgrade

25

Definitions in Configuration

26

System parameters

27

User group administration

28

Network settings

29

SMTP

29

FTP

30

HTTP

30

Streaming

31

Video codec parameters

32

Motion detection

34

Application setup

35

Weekly Schedule

35

Event operation

35

 

 

 

 

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Sequential operation

36

Camera Control

37

UPnP and DDNS Settings

39

Remote controller

40

Viewing system parameters

41

Factory default

41

Appendix

42

A. Troubleshooting

42

B. Frequently asked questions

46

C. URL commands of the Network Camera

49

Capture update Snapshot of JPEG image

49

Query status of the digital input

49

Drive the digital output

49

Restore factory default settings

49

Restart system

50

Page URL

51

System resource URL

51

General format of command URL

52

System configuration URL

52

Security configuration URL

53

Network configuration URL

53

DDNS & UPnP configuration URL

54

Audio/Video configuration URL

55

Camera control URL

57

Image quality configuration URL

57

Application configuration URL

58

D. Technical specifications

59

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Package Contents

Network Camera IPCAMWPT

Camera stand

Software CD

Power adapter

A/V Cable

Remote Controller

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Installation

Hardware Installation

Please verify that your product package contains all the accessories listed in the foregoing Package Contents. Depending on the user’s application, an Ethernet cable may be needed. The Ethernet cable should meet the specs of UTP Category 5 and not exceed 100 meters in length.

Connect the power adapter jack to the Network Camera before plugging in to the power socket. This will reduce the risk of accidental electric shock.

Upon powering up, the device runs through a self-test procedure and the front LEDs will blink between green and red a few times. If self-test passes, the LEDs will shut off and the Network Camera will be on stand-by and ready for software installation. If self-test fails the red LED will blink several times. Refer to Appendix A for troubleshooting.

The Network Camera provides a general I/O terminal block with one digital input and one relay switch for device control. Pin 1 and Pin 2 can be connected to an external sensor device and the state of voltage can be monitored from the initial state 'LOW'. The relay switches Pin 3 and Pin 4 can be used to turn on or off an external device.

Consult with the dealer of the peripherals for correct installation.

1

DI+

INPUT (Max. 50mA, 12VDC)

2

DI-

INPUT (Initial state of DI is Low)

3

SW_COMMON

OUTPUT (open from SW_OPEN at initial state)

4

SW_NOPEN

OUTPUT (Max. 1A, 24VDC or 0.5A, 125VAC)

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Software Installation

In this manual, "User" refers to whoever has access to the Network Camera, and "Administrator" refers to the person who can configure the Network Camera and grant user access to the camera.

At the end of the hardware installation, the Administrator must place the product software CD into the CD-ROM drive of the PC running in MS Windows. An auto-run program will pop up (If the program is not on auto-run, go to the root directory of the software CD and click on “autorun.exe”).

Click on the IP installer to execute the installation program.

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Upon IP installer’s start up, a searching box will pop up. This program searches for the Network Cameras on the same LAN:

After searching the LAN, the main window of IP installer will pop up.

The IP addresses shown in the "Current IP Address" field reflect those on the local network. They may be from the DHCP server. If there is no DHCP server, the camera will try to find a free IP address (this takes from 15 second to 3 minutes, depending on the LAN status). The method of finding IP address is seeking from 192.168.0.99, to 192.168.0.254. If any of the address inside this range is free, the Network Camera will be assigned to this IP, and its subnet mask would be 255.255.255.0. If

none of the addresses is free, the Network Camera will try the range from 192.168.0.2 to 192.168.0.98. After an IP address is assigned to the camera, the “Activity” status LED blinks.

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The UPnP function will always assign an IP address for the Network Camera.

The Administrator can click on button “Link to selected device” to connect the I.E. to the camera.

If the camera is not on the IP installer list, click on the “Search” button to search for the camera on the LAN.

For the series number in the “Serial Number” field, please check the label on the bottom of the camera.

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Initial Access to the Network Camera

Check Network Settings

The Network Camera can be connected either before or immediately after software installation onto the Local Area Network. The Administrator should complete the network settings on the configuration page, including the correct subnet mask and IP address of gateway and DNS. Ask your network administrator or Internet service provider for the detail information. By default the Network Camera requires the Administrator to run installation every time it reboots. If the network settings are to remain unchanged, disable the Install option. Refer to “Network settings” on the System Configuration page for details. If any setting is entered incorrectly and cannot proceed to setting up the Network Camera, restore the factory settings following the steps in the “Troubleshooting” chapter of the Appendix.

Add Password to prevent Unauthorized Access

The default Administrator’s password is blank and the Network Camera initially will not ask for any password. The Administrator should immediately implement a new password as a matter of prudent security practice. Once the Administrator’s password is saved, the Network Camera will ask for the user’s name and password before each access. The Administrator can set up a maximum of twenty (20) user accounts. Each user can access the Network Camera except to perform system configuration. Some critical functions are exclusive for the Administrator, such as system configuration, user administration, and software upgrades. The user name for the Administrator is permanently assigned as “root”. Once the password is changed, the browser will display an authentication window to ask for the new password. Once set, there is no provision to recover the Administrator’s password. The only option is to restore to the original factory default settings.

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How to Use

Authentication

After opening the Web browser and typing in the URL of the Network Camera, a dialogue window pops up to request a username and password. Upon successful authentication, the following figure is displayed.

The foreground is the login window and the background shows the message if authentication fails. The user may check the option box to save the password for future convenience. This option is not available to the Administrator for obvious reason.

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Installing Plug-in

For the initial access to the Network Camera in Windows, the web browser may prompt for permission to install a new plug-in that is the Network Camera. Permission request depends on the Internet security settings of the user’s PC or notebook. If the highest security level is set, the computer may prohibit any installation and execution attempt. This plug-in has been registered for certificate and is used to display the video in the browser. Users may click on to proceed. If the web browser does not allow the user to continue to install, check the Internet security option and lower the security levels or contact your IT or networking supervisor for help.

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4XEM WPT User Manual

Primary User’s Capabilities

Main Screen with Camera View

The main page layout has three parts:

Configuration functions: The camera can be configured using these user interfaces.

Camera View: What the camera sees.

Pan/Tilt control buttons: These buttons provide a command interface to control the aim of the camera.

Click on the configuration link to the left of the image window to enter the configuration page.

The Configuration:

“Digital Output”

Clicking on the “On” or “Off” button turns the digital output to either on or off status.

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“Client Settings”

Clicking on this button links you to the client setting pages, please check the following session for more details.

“Configuration” Only the Administrator can access camera configurations.

The camera view:

The information bar at the top of the camera view shows the connection type to the Network Camera and the current date/time.

The camera view provides not only the live video, but also a way to aim the Network Camera to different target. Using mouse to click on the target inside the video will command the Network Camera to aim at the target.

The pan/tilt control buttons:

The direction buttons are for Left, Right, Up, Down, and Home functions. The Home button centers the camera.

“Go to” Once the Administrator has determined the preset positions; the User can aim the camera using this control.

“Pan speed”

This button sets the moving range of the “Left” and “Right” commands.

“Tilt speed”

This button sets the moving range of the “Up” and “Down” commands. “Auto pan

This button commands the camera to pan from the current position to the left-most and then to the right-most position. After panning, the camera returns to the original position.

Auto patrol

This button commands the camera to patrol between the preset positions on the Patrol List, which can be modified on the “Camera control page”. After one patrol cycle, the camera returns to the original position.

Stop” This stops the “Auto Pan” command or “Auto Patrol” command.

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Client Settings

At the initial access to the “Connection type” page in Windows, the web browser will ask for a new plug-in installation, the plug-in being the Network Camera. This plug-in has been registered for certification and can be used to change the parameters at the client’s site. The user may click on to install the plug-in. If the web browser does not allow the user to complete the installation, check the Internet security to lower the security level or contact your IT or networking supervisor.

There are two settings for the Client site. One is “Media Option” for the User to determine if audio should be muted. The other is “Protocol Option” which allows choices on connection protocol between client and server. There are three protocol choices to optimize your usage - UDP, TCP and HTTP.

The UDP protocol allows for more real-time audio and video streams. However, some packets may be lost due to network burst traffic and images may be obscured.

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The TCP protocol allows for less packet loss and produce a more accurate video display. The downside with this protocol is that the real-time effect is worse than that with the UDP protocol.

The HTTP protocol must be selected if the network is protected by a firewall and it only allows HTTP Port (80) to be opened. In this mode, audio will not be sent and only video is operational. If no special need is required, UDP protocol is recommended. Generally speaking, the client’s choice will be in the order of UDP → TCP → HTTP. After the Network Camera is connected successfully, “Protocol Option” will indicate the selected protocol. The selected protocol will be recorded in the user's PC and will be used for the next connection. If the network environment is changed, or the user wants to let the web browser to detect again, manually select the UDP protocol, save, and return HOME to re-connect.

<url> http://<Network Camera>/protocol.html

<Network Camera> is the domain name or the original IP address of the Network Camera.

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Administrator’s Capabilities

Fine-tuning for Best Performance

There are a few choices the Administrator is allowed to maximize the capabilities of the Network Camera. Best performance generally equates to the fastest image refresh rate with the best video quality, and at the lowest network bandwidth as possible. The three factors, “Maximum frame rate”, “Fix bit rate”, and “Fix quality” on the Video Configuration page, are correlative to allow for achieving the best performance possible.

For Best Real-time Video Images

To achieve good real-time visual effect, the network bandwidth should be large enough to allow a transmission rate of greater than 20 image frames per second. If the broadband network is over 1 Mbps, set the “Fix bit rate” to 1000Kbps or 1200Kbps, and set “Fix quality” at the highest quality. The maximum frame rate is 25 fps in a 50Hz system and 30 fps in a 60Hz system. If your network bandwidth is more than 384Kbps, you can fix the bit rate according to your bandwidth and set the maximum frame rate to 25 fps or 30 fps. If you are shooting fast-moving images, you may want to slow the maximum frame rate down to 20 fps in order to lower the rate of data transmission.

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This allows for better video quality and the human eyes cannot readily detect the differences between those of 20, 25, or 30 frames per second. If your network bandwidth is below 384 Kbps, set the “Fix bit rate” according to your bandwidth and try to get the best performance by fine-tuning with the “Maximum frame rate”. In a slow network, greater frame rate results in blur images. Another work-around is to choose “Half” in the “Size” option for better images, or “Halfx2” for a larger image view. Video quality performance will vary somewhat due to the number of users viewing on the network; even when the parameters have initially been finely tuned. Performance will also suffer due to poor connectivity because of the network’s burst constraint.

Only Quality Images Will Do

To have the best video quality, you should set “Fix quality” at “Detailed” or “Excellent” and adjust the “Maximum frame rate” to match your network’s bandwidth. If your network is slow and you receive “broken” pictures, go to the TCP protocol in “Connection type” and choose a more appropriate mode of transmission. The images may suffer a time delay due to a slower connection. The delay will also increase with added number of users.

Somewhere Between Real-time and Clear Images

If you have a broadband network, set “Fix quality” at ”Normal” or better, rather than setting “Fix bit rate”. You can also fix the bandwidth according to your actual network speed and adjust the frame rate. Start from 30 fps down for best results but not below 15 fps. If the image qualities are not improved, select a lower bandwidth setting.

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