Intro To IP Cameras

In an IP camera system each camera is assigned a unique IP address. This assignment can be done automatically through DHCP or manually by programming a specific address into a specific camera. IP conflicts will cause both devices to not be able to communicate. The first of many questions that will need to be answered is will your new IP cameras share the same network fabric as the existing devices or will you utilize a separate network. This decision will most likely be made in collaboration with your IT department. The importance of a collaborative partnership with your IT department during this transition cannot be overstated.

Once you’ve determined what network will be used, coming up an IP camera numbering scheme is critical. For example, camera 1 always having the same IP address (i.e. camera 2 In addition to not conflicting with each other, they cannot conflict with any other IP devices on the network.

In addition to avoiding conflicts, using a numbering scheme also improves the eventual service call for a failed camera. Unlike analog cameras where you can unplug one camera and as long it had compatible power requirements, you could plug another in with no other considerations; IP cameras require a compatible IP address. If camera 1 always has the same IP address keeping track of available IP addresses becomes much easier.

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