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Footprint Security 2010
Before you start, you need to know the IP address of your network. On your computer, go to Start – All Programs - Accessories – Command Prompt. In the window which comes up, type ‘ipconfig’ and press enter. A screen similar to this will open:
Most networks are similar, but the last 2 sets of numbers can vary from router to router. The Default Gateway is the internal address of the router. In this case it is 192.168.1.1. Sometimes it will be 192.168.2.1 or some other combination. You need to ensure that your IP camera is in the same ‘segment’ – that is the first 3 sets of figures must match the router, or it will not be able to connect.
It is best to set up one camera at a time on your network, then disconnect that camer to set up the next one, to avoid confusion in the software. Ensure that each camera has a different IP address and port.
Initially connect the IP Camera with a network cable to a spare port on your router as below:
Power up the camera and place the CD into your computer. On the disk you will see the following:
Click on IPcamera.exe and the following screen will appear
Click on IP Camera Finder, and the following screen will appear:
Normally, you would use the Wizard Mode, and you will see the following:
Normally, the camera would be connected to the router, which is the first tab. The alternative of connecting to the computer can be used if the camera can't be found when connected to the router.
Using the cable connection, you should see the following:
Click on the camera IP address, and click next to see the following screen:
From here, you can manually set the IP address to suit your network, using the manually set button. When you have done that, you can log into the camera from your computer using Internet Explorer, using the IP address and port number you have set up.
You will need to set up Internet Explorer to allow ActiveX controls - click on Tools, Internet Options, then click on the Security Tab:
Click on Custom Level, then scroll down until you see ActiveX Controls:
The actual settings will depend on your own requirements, but you must tick Automatic Prompting for ActiveX Controls, then either Enable or Prompt on most of the others.
Then you can log into the camera using Internet Explorer, typing in the IP address in the form – http://192.168.1.126:81 Your browser may come up with a message such as ‘blocked unsafe script’ – allow the browser to run the ActiveX control, and you will see the log in screen appear as below:
Thye default login is admin with no password. It will open up this screen:
Sign in on the ActiveX Mode for IE:
You will see that the resolution is set at 320 x 240, and you can change this to 640 x 480 by clicking on the arrow to the side. This is the Operator screen, and is the screen you will see if you log in remotely on the internet. In this screen you can set the resolution, brightness, contrast etc. and also change mode from 50 HZ normal for inside, to Outdoor for outdoor use.
From the Operator screen, you can see 1, 4 or 9 cameras on screen, change the on screen display, record etc.
At the bottom of the right hand panel is the Options button. This will take you into the Options page:
This page allows you to set up many options for the camera, including Users, network settings, Wi-fi settings, mail settings etc.
Once you have set up the wireless lan settings, it is best to reboot the camera, and check that the settings have been saved, by going back into the wireless settings page. When they are OK, power down the camera before disconnecting the network cable. Then power the camera up again, and is should access your wireless network correctly.
Once these settings are changed in IE, you can then use the included software, IP Superclient. This software will enable you to control up to 64 cameras, set up recording options, motion detection etc. (Motion detection must be set in IE before it can be set in IP Superclient.)
There is a user code and password for the IP Superclient on the last page of the small included manual.
To set up your camera in IP Superclient, right click in the white area to the right of the screen, and a menu will appear.
Click on Add Equipment and fill in the IP address of your camera and the login name and password.
Once your camera is started (click start) you can change the options by clicking the Options button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, and a new menu will open:
From here you can program where the recorded footage is saved, how long you keep it, motion detection etc.
Your camera is now set up on your local network.
To view on the internet, you will need to port forward the port and IP address you have given the camera, using your router administration page. As this is dependent on the router used, it is beyond the scope of this document. We recommend using an IT professional if you do not have the skills yourself.