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Quick Guide
Single-Channel Video Encoder
Vicon Industries Inc., 89 Arkay Drive, Hauppauge, New York 11788
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Vicon Industries Inc. does not warrant that the functions contained in this equipment will meet your requirements or that the
operation will be entirely error free or perform precisely as described in the documentation. This system has not been designed
to be used in life-critical situations and must not be used for this purpose.
Document Number: 8009-8267-20-00
Product specifications subject to change without notice.
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Quick Installation Guide
1. Description
The information in this manual provides quick installation and setup procedures for the VN-901T Video
Encoder. These units should only be installed by a qualified technician using approved materials in
conformance with federal, state, and local codes. Read these instructions thoroughly before beginning
an installation. Always refer to Vicon’s website to assure you have the most up-to-date manual,
The VN-901T supports the network service for an existing analog camera. An analog image entered
can be monitored on a real-time screen regardless of distances and locations. By using its dedicated
program, many users are able to have access to the VN-901T Encoder at once or a single user can
monitor various encoders at the same time. It also enables users to play, store and retrieve a
monitoring image by using a PC. All the settings and real-time monitoring screens are also provided
through access to the web.
The VN-901T is fully compatible with all ViconNet® systems; its ONVIF certification provides an openplatform for integration into other video management systems. The encoder is equipped with an
RS-485 port for connecting third party PTZ systems. The alarm input and alarm output can be used to
connect various third party devices, such as door sensors and alarm bells.
Installation Steps
Follow these steps to install the encoder on your local network (LAN):
Check the package contents against the list below.
Connect the encoder.
Set an IP address.
Set the password.
Package Component
The system comes with the following components:
Product Unit
Installation CD
Quick Guide
Mounting Bracket
Mounting Screws
Contents in the installation CD
1. The VN-901T User’s Manual
2. The SmartManager User’s Manual
3. The SmartManager Installation software
Note: Make sure all these components have been received before starting installation.
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Front View
Reset Button
Network Indicator
Power Indicator
Not used.
Press this button to restore the factory default settings
Lights when a remote user is connected to the unit.
Lights when the power is on.
Steady amber during booting and flashing amber during factory
Steady green for normal operation and steady red for failed
Rear View
Power adaptor
8-pin I/O terminal
Audio In/Out
Video In/Out
Connects a power adapter or an external power supply, 12V DC or
24V AC, max. 5W.
RJ-45 port compatible with 10/100 Mbps (PoE function).
Connects RS-485, alarm input and output.
Connects the port to the microphone and speaker(amplifier
Connects the video input and output.
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2. Installation
The VN-901T Encoder is supplied with a mounting kit for wall mounting. The mounting bracket
can be positioned for mounting the encoder on a vertical surface.
Connecting to the RJ-45
Connect a standard RJ-45 cable to the network port of the network encoder. Generally a
cross-over cable is used for direct connection to a PC, while a direct cable is used for connection
to a hub.
Connecting the Power
Connect the 12 VDC or 24 VAC power adapter to the encoder.
• Network Connection and IP Assignment
The video encoder is designed for use on an Ethernet network and requires an IP address for access.
Most networks today have a DHCP server that automatically assigns IP addresses to connected
devices. By the factory default, your video encoder is set to obtain the IP address automatically via
DHCP server. If your network does not have a DHCP server the network camera will use as the default IP address.
If DHCP is enabled and the product cannot be accessed, run the “Smart Manager” utility on the CD to
search and allocate an IP address to your products, or reset the product to the factory default settings
and then perform the installation again.
Connect the Video Encoder to the network and power up.
Start SmartManager utility (Start>All programs>SmartManager>SmartManager); the main
window will be displayed. After a short time any network devices connected to the network
will be displayed in the list.
Select the encoder on the list and click right button of the mouse. The pop-up menu displays
as below.
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Select Assign IP. The Assign IP window displays. Enter the required IP address.
Note: For more information, refer to the Smart Manger User’s Manual.
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3. Operation
The Video Encoder can be used with Windows operating system and browsers. The recommended
browsers are Internet Explorer®, Safari®, Firefox®, Opera® and Google® Chrome® with Windows.
Note: To view streaming video in Microsoft® Internet Explorer, set your browser to allow ActiveX
Note: Some screens may appear different depending on the firmware version, but the functionality is
the same or similar.
3.1 Access from a browser
Start a browser (i.e., Internet Explorer).
Enter the IP address or host name of the encoder (the encoder name as it appears in the
ViconNet site list) in the Location/Address field of your browser.
A starting page displays. Click Live View or Setup to enter web page.
Click Live View for the Video Encoder’s Live View page appears in your browser.
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3.2. Access from the internet
Once connected, the Video Encoder is accessible on your local network (LAN). To access the Video
Encoder from the Internet you must configure your broadband router to allow incoming data traffic to
the Video Encoder. To do this, enable the NAT-traversal feature, which will attempt to automatically
configure the router to allow access to the Video Encoder. This is enabled from Setup > System >
Network > NAT.
For more information, refer to “3.5.7 System>Network>NAT” of User’s Manual.
3.3 Setting the admin password over a secure connection
To gain access to the product, the password for
the default administrator user must be set. This
is done in the “Admin Password” dialog, which is
displayed when the Video Encoder is accessed for
the setup at the first time. Enter your admin
name and password, set by the administrator.
Note: The default administrator username is
“ADMIN” and password is “1234”. If the
password is lost, the Video Encoder must be
reset to the factory default settings. See “3.6
Resetting to the Factory Default Settings”.
To prevent network eavesdropping when setting the admin password, this can be done via an
encrypted HTTPS connection, which requires an HTTPS certificate (see note below).
To set the password via an encrypted HTTPS connection, see “3.5.7 System >Security>HTTPS” of
User’s Manual.
Note: HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol over SSL) is a protocol used to encrypt the traffic between
web browsers and servers. The HTTPS certificate controls the encrypted exchange of information.
3.4 Live View Page
The live view page comes in several screen
modes: 704x480(576), 640x480,
352x240(288) and 320x240. Select the
most suitable mode. in accordance with
your PC specifications and monitoring
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1) General controls
Live View Page
Search & Playback Page
Setup Page
Help Page
The video drop-down list allows you to select a customized or pre-programmed
video stream on the live view page. Stream profiles are configured under Setup > Basic
Configuration > Video & Image. For more information, see “3.5.1 Basic Configuration > Video &
Image” of User’s Manual.
The resolution drop-down list allows you to select the most suitable video
resolutions to be displayed on live view page.
The protocol drop-down list allows you to select which combination of
protocols and methods to use depends on your viewing requirements and on the properties of
your network.
2) Control toolbar
The live viewer toolbar is available in the web browser page only. It displays the following
The Stop button stops the video stream being played. Pressing the key again toggles the
start and stop. The Start button connects to the encoder or start playing a video stream.
The Pause button pauses the video stream being played.
The Snapshot button takes a snapshot of the current image. The location where the
image is saved can be specified.
The Digital Zoom activates a zoom-in or zoom-out function for video image on the live
The Full Screen button causes the video image to fill the entire screen area. No other
windows will be visible. Press the 'Esc' button on the computer keyboard to cancel full
screen view.
The Manual Trigger button activates a pop-up window to manually start or stop the event.
The PTZ button activates a pop-up window for Pan, Tilt and Zoom control.
Use the Speaker icon scale to control the volume of the speakers.
Use the Microphone icon scale to control the volume of the microphone.
Use the slider icon scale to control the volume of the speakers and microphones.
3) Pan/Tilt/Zoom Controls
If the Video Encoder has been appropriately configured, the Live View page displays the controls
available for the installed Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) device. The administrator can enable/disable the
controls for specified users.
For more information, see “3.6 PTZ Control” of User’s Manual.
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4) Video Streams
The Video Encoder provides several image and video stream formats. Your requirements and the
properties of your network will determine the type you use.
The Live View page in the Video Encoder provides access to H.264, MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG
video streams and to the list of available video streams. Other applications and clients can also
access these video streams/images directly, without going via the Live View page.
3.5 Video Encoder Setup
This section describes how to configure the Video Encoder, and is intended for product Administrators,
who have unrestricted access to all the Setup tools, and Operators, who have access to the settings
for Basic, Live View, Video & Image, Event, and System Configuration.
You can configure the Video Encoder by clicking Setup in the top right-hand corner of the Live View
page. Click on this page to access the online help that explains the setup tools
When accessing the Video Encoder for the first time, the
“Admin Password” dialog appears. Enter your admin name
and password, set by the administrator.
Note: If the password is lost, the Video Encoder must be
reset to the factory default settings.
See “3.6 Resetting to the Factory Default Settings”. The
default administrator username is “ADMIN” and
password is “1234”.
3.6 Resetting to the factory default settings
To reset the Video Encoder to the original factory settings, go to the Setup>System> Maintenance
web page (described in “3.5.7 System > Maintenance”, the User’s Manual) or use the Reset button on
the front panel of the Video Encoder.
Using the Reset Button
Follow the instructions below to reset the Video Encoder to the factory default settings using the
Reset button.
Switch off the Video Encoder by disconnecting the power adapter.
Press and hold the Reset button with a small pointed object, such as a straightened
paperclip, while reconnecting the power.
Keep the Reset button pressed for at least 2 seconds.
Release the Reset button and wait for the Status LED to turn off.
The Video Encoder resets to factory defaults and restarts after completing the factory
reset. The unit now has the default IP address
Caution: When performing a Factory Reset, any settings that have been saved will be lost.
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3.7 More Information
For more information, refer to the Video Encoder User’s Manual, which is available on the CD included
in this package.
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