Installation Guide AXIS Camera Station

INSTALLATION GUIDE
AXIS Camera Station
About this Guide
Trademark Acknowledgments
This guide is intended for administrators
and users of the AXIS Camera Station, and
is applicable for software release 3.40 and
later. It covers the installation of AXIS
Camera Station Server and AXIS Camera
Station Client as well as instructions for
using and managing the AXIS Camera
Station on your network. Later versions of
this document will be posted to the Axis
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help pages.
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Camera surveillance can be prohibited by
laws that vary from country to country.
Check the laws in your local region before
using this product for surveillance purposes.
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Minimum recommended requirements
For best performance and stability these minimum requirements must be met.
Client PC:
Server PC:
• Windows 7 Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows XP Professional,
Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003
Always use the latest service packs
• CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 2 GHz (Intel Xeon recommended for larger systems)
• RAM: 1 GB (4 GB recommended for larger systems)
• Microsoft .NET runtime environment (included in installation package)
Network:
• 100 Megabit Network
(Gigabit Network recommended for larger systems)
Hard disk configuration:
• At 30 fps in VGA with compression 30 up to 15 cameras per hard disk
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• Windows 7 Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows XP Professional
Always use the latest service packs
• CPU: Intel Pentium 4 or higher, 2 GHz
(Intel Corei7 recommended for larger systems)
• RAM: 1 GB (4 GB recommended for larger systems)
• Hard drive: 1 GB free memory
• Screen: 1024 x 768
• Graphic card with DirectX 9.0c; Onboard video memory of 256 MB
Use latest graphic card driver
• Microsoft .NET runtime environment (included in installation package)
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Overview
This document will help you install AXIS Camera Station and configure it for your
Axis Network Cameras and Axis Video Encoders. A brief introduction to the
functionality of the software is covered here, see the help files or the AXIS
Camera Station User’s Manual for a detailed description. The User’s Manual is
available on the CD and on www.axis.com
AXIS Camera Station is a complete monitoring and recording system for use with
Axis Network Cameras and Video Encoders. This installation includes AXIS
Camera Station Server and Client.
AXIS Camera Station Server handles the communication with the cameras while
AXIS Camera Station Client provides quick and easy access to up to 50 connected
and configured cameras, recordings, inputs and outputs used in the system.
Multiple Clients can be connected to the same Server. A Client can be connected
to multiple Servers.
Configuration
Quick links to all dialogs that allow control and configuration of all aspects of
the AXIS Camera Station Client are found in the workspace Configuration. They
can also be found under menu items Configuration and Options.
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Install AXIS Camera Station Software
Install AXIS Camera Station Server on a dedicated computer.
Note: Visit www.axis.com to check if a new software release is available. Always use the
latest version to ensure that your installation has the latest functionality and improvements.
1. Insert the CD in the CD drive. If the installation CD does not auto-start,
click autorun.exe in the CD’s root folder.
2. From the CD’s interface, click Software and then AXIS Camera Station
3. Select the preferred language to install.
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Note: You may be prompted to:
• install .NET Framework. Simply follow the Installation Wizard’s instructions
• update the computer’s graphics card driver. For information on how to do
this, see the AXIS Camera Station User’s Manual or help files
4. Next, you will be asked where you wish to install the program. If
nothing is specified the program is installed in C:\Program Files\Axis
Communications\AXIS Camera Station 3
5. Select components to install. Full installation includes AXIS Camera
Station Client and Server. If you have already installed AXIS Camera
Station Server on another computer you may choose to install only AXIS
Camera Station Client.
Firewall - AXIS Camera Station Server accepts incoming network requests from
AXIS Camera Station Clients that can be located outside of your local network.
If your computer has a firewall installed it must be configured to allow
incoming network requests. See the chapter Network & Security Configuration
in AXIS Camera Station User’s Manual.
6. Click your way through the Installation Wizard.
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Network Configuration
AXIS Camera Station can record and play back video from cameras that are
connected to a LAN (Local Area Network) or to a WAN (Wide Area Network).
Depending on your installation, follow the instructions under Network & Security
Configuration in AXIS Camera Station User’s Manual.
Connect AXIS Camera Station Client
To connect AXIS Camera Station Client to a Server, from the Start menu, click
AXIS Camera Station 3 > AXIS Camera Station Client or click on the AXIS
Camera Station Client icon on your desktop.
Installed on the same computer
To log onto the AXIS Camera Station Server installed on the same computer as
your AXIS Camera Station Client:
1. Check Local server.
2. Click Connect. The Credentials dialog opens.
3. Check Log on as current user or enter your User name and Password.
4. Click OK.
Installed on another computer
To log onto an AXIS Camera Station Server that is
installed on another computer than your AXIS
Camera Station Client.
1. Check Remote server and enter the
address or hostname of the AXIS Camera
Station Server you want to connect to.
2. Click Connect. The Credentials dialog
opens.
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3. Check Log on as current user or enter your User name and Password.
4. Click OK.
Note: If the server is configured to accept clients on a different port than the default
port 55752, enter the address followed by the port number. For example,
192.168.0.5:46001
For more information click Help or see AXIS Camera Station User’s manual.
Configure Client Proxy Settings
If AXIS Camera Station Client and AXIS Camera Station Server are separated by
a proxy server, the client proxy settings need to be configured:
1. Open AXIS Camera Station Client. Click Cancel in the Connect to dialog
to open the client without connecting to a server
AXIS Camera Station Activation
The first time you start AXIS Camera Station you will be asked to register your
license. The License Key can be used for only one current installation. Once
registered it cannot be used again. The License Key is your proof of purchase,
keep it in a safe place for future reference.
Licenses
A base license is required to run AXIS Camera Station and allows for 4 or 10
video channels to be used with the program. Upgrade licenses for additional
video channels can be installed under Options > Licenses, see AXIS Camera
Station User’s Manual for more information.
There are three licenses available for purchase at your local Axis reseller:
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Base license - For 4 or 10 video channels. Includes one year free
support and software upgrades.
Upgrade license - For additional video channels.
Support license - One year support and software upgrades.
Licenses and the time period remaining are displayed under Options > Licenses.
MyAxis (www.axis.com/reg/) also shows your registered licenses and activation
dates.
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2. Select File > Client Proxy Settings and enter the proxy settings. Click
Help for more information.
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Internet connection:
Register automatically
If AXIS Camera Station is installed on a computer with Internet access you can
register automatically. Your license information is sent directly to the Axis Web
server.
1.
Select Licensed Version and click on the OK button.
2. Select the option The server is connected to the Internet and fill in the
requested information. The License Key is found on the inside of the AXIS
Camera Station CD casing. Click Register.
3. Your license information will be sent to Axis Communications and your
software will be activated automatically.
4. You can now start using AXIS Camera Station.
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No Internet connection:
Register manually
If AXIS Camera Station is installed on a computer without (or with low-speed)
access to the Internet, you can acquire the Access code that is needed to
activate the software from the Axis Web site and enter it manually.
1. Select Licensed Version and click on the OK button
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2. Select the option The server is not connected to the Internet and enter
the License Key.
3. Click Activate.
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4. A dialog opens with the Server ID, make a note of it. You will need the
Server ID when filling in information on the Internet form to receive an
Access code.
5. Click Activate Later. You can now use AXIS Camera Station in grace
mode for 5 days.
Activate licenses in Grace mode
During the grace period you can receive the Access code by using any computer
with Internet access. Browse to http://www.axis.com/techsup/acs, fill in the
requested information and click Submit. You will be given an access code.
1. When you have received the access code, select Yes to the License
Registration prompt when starting up AXIS Camera Station.
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2. Click the Grace activation button in the Licenses dialog.
4. Click Activate Now.
Register License from 30-day Demo or AXIS Camera Station
One
If you are currently running the Demo version or AXIS Camera Station One and
wish to switch to the full version of AXIS Camera Station, you can register your
license by selecting Options > Licenses from the main menu.
Follow the instructions for “Internet connection: Register automatically”
described on page 8 or “No Internet connection: Register manually” described on
page 9.
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3. Enter your Access code. License Key and Server ID are filled in
automatically.
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Configure AXIS Camera Station
For easy navigation AXIS Camera Station is divided into workspaces; Live view,
Recordings, Camera Management, Logs and Configuration.
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Live view - Provides a single interface to organize and monitor Axis
network cameras and video encoders on your network
Recordings - Search, playback and export recordings from one or
many cameras in a desired time interval with timeline visualization
Camera Management – Manage firmware upgrades, configure IP
addresses, passwords and date & time settings of one or multiple
devices
Logs - Alarm, event and audit logs for an instant overview of the
system
Configuration - has a collection of all the important links to add
cameras, set up recording settings, user permissions, event
configuration and more
When AXIS Camera Station is started for the first time it automatically adds Axis
cameras and video encoders it finds on your network. If there are more cameras
on your network than you have a license for, the Add/Edit Camera dialog will
open automatically.
For more information see the AXIS Camera Station Help or the User’s Manual.
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AXIS Camera Station User Interface
View Groups
Workspaces
Toolbar
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Audio & PTZ controls
Alarm & Task tabs
AXIS Camera Station Installation Guide Rev. 8.0
November 2010
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