Zoom Box Camera Series
Hardware Manual
B21, B24, B25, B27
2014/04/02
Hardware Manual
Table of Contents
Precautions ............................................................. 4
Safety Instructions .................................................................................... 6
Introduction ............................................................. 7
The List of Models ..................................................................................... 7
Package Contents...................................................................................... 8
Physical Description ................................................................................. 9
Mounting Options .....................................................................................11
Before Installation................................................. 13
Connecting a Power Adapter (Optional) ................................................ 13
Connecting the DI/DO and Audio Devices (Optional) ........................... 15
How to Connect DI/DO Devices ............................................................ 15
How to Connect Audio Devices ............................................................. 18
Connecting a Serial Device (Optional) ................................................... 19
Indoor Installation Procedures ............................ 21
Step 1: Mount the Indoor Bracket .......................................................... 21
Step 2: Attach the Camera to the Bracket ............................................. 22
Step 3: Connect the Cable(s) .................................................................. 24
Step 4: Access the Camera Live View .................................................... 25
Other Accessories ................................................ 26
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How to Install / Remove the Memory Card ............................................ 26
How to Insert the Memory Card ............................................................ 26
How to Remove the Memory Card ........................................................ 26
Accessing the Camera ......................................... 27
Configure the IP Addresses .................................................................... 27
Access the Camera.................................................................................. 31
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Precautions
Read these instructions
You should read all the safety and operating instructions before using this product.
Heed all warnings
You must adhere to all the warnings on the product and in the instruction manual. Failure to follow
the safety instruction given may directly endanger people, cause damage to the system or to
other equipment.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service this video device yourself as opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Trademarks
All names used in this manual are probably registered trademarks of respective companies.
Liability
Every reasonable care has been taken during the writing of this manual. Please inform your local
office if you find any inaccuracies or omissions. We cannot be held responsible for any
typographical or technical errors and reserve the right to make changes to the product and
manuals without prior notice.
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Federal Communications Commission Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed
to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Warning: Changes or modifications to the equipment that are not expressly approved by the
responsible party for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
European Community Compliance Statement
This product has been tested and found to comply with the limits for Class B
Information Technology Equipment according to European Standard EN 55022
and EN 55024. In a domestic environment, this product may cause radio interference in which
cause the user may be required to take adequate measures.
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Safety Instructions
Cleaning
Disconnect this video product from the power supply before cleaning.
Attachments
Do not use attachments not recommended by the video product manufacturer as they may cause
hazards.
Do not use accessories not recommended by the manufacturer
Only install this device in a dry place protected from weather
Servicing
Do not attempt to service this video product yourself. Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel.
Damage Requiring service
Disconnect this video product from the power supply immediately and refer servicing to qualified
service personnel under the following conditions.
1) When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged
2) If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the video product.
3) If the inner parts of video product have been directly exposed to rain or water.
4) If the video product does not operate normally by following the operating Instructions in this
manual. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the instruction manual, as an improper
adjustment of other controls may result in damage, and will often require extensive work by a
qualified technician to restore the video product to its normal operation.
Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs to this video product, ask the service technician to
perform safety checks to determine if the video product is in proper operating condition.
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Introduction
The List of Models
This hardware manual contains the following models:
B21
5MP Zoom Box with D/N, Basic WDR, 12x Zoom lens
B24
1.3MP Zoom Box with D/N, Basic WDR, SLLS, 10x Zoom lens
B25
2MP Zoom Box with D/N, Basic WDR, SLLS, 10x Zoom lens
B27
3MP Zoom Box with D/N, Superior WDR, 12x Zoom lens
From the installation perspective, these models are very similar; therefore one manual is used for
all of them.
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Package Contents
Camera
Terminal Block
(for Power)
Terminal Block
(for Audio and DI/DO)
Terminal Block
(for Serial Port)
Quick Installation Guide
Warranty Card
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Physical Description
1) Memory Card Slot
Insert a memory card into this slot for local recording purposes. See How to Install /
Remove the Memory Card on page 26 for more information.
NOTE: Supports microSDHC and microSDXC cards.
2) Digital Input / Output (DI/DO) and Audio Input / Output
This connector connects to digital input or output devices, such as an alarm trigger, panic
button, etc., as well as audio input and output devices, such as microphones and speakers.
Digital Input (DI) and Digital Output (DO) devices are used in applications like motion
detection, event triggering, alarm notifications, etc. See Connecting the DI/DO and Audio
Devices (Optional) on page 15 for more information.
3) DC 12V Power Input
In case the camera is connected to a non-PoE (Power over Ethernet) switch, use this
connector to connect an external adaptor (not included) to the camera. See Connecting a
Power Adapter (Optional) on page 13 for more information.
4) Reset Button
The purpose of reset button is to restore the factory default settings of the camera, including
administrator’s password.
The reset button can be used for following purposes:
1. The administrator’s password has been forgotten and therefore the camera cannot be
accessed.
2. In case of IP address, mask, or allow/deny filter related issues, resulting with inability to
modify these settings.
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3. In case of connectivity issues or abnormal video quality.
How to do the reset?
Using a pointed object, such as a paper clip, press and hold the reset button for at least 5
seconds or until the Power LED goes off.
5) Power LED
The Power LED turns on when the camera is powered on and the system is running.
6) Ethernet Port
Connects to a network using a standard Ethernet cable.
7) Serial Port
This port connects to serial devices via RS-485 or RS-422 protocols. Use the supplied serial
port terminal block to connect the wires from the camera to the serial device.
See Connecting a Serial Device (Optional) on page 19 for connection details.
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Mounting Options
The camera can be installed both indoors and outdoors. For outdoor installation, additional
waterproof housing is required. Below are several mounting options that you can use to install the
camera. Select the most suitable solution for your installation environment.
Mount Types
Accessories
Ceiling or Wall
(Indoor)
For indoor applications, the camera can be mounted on the
ceiling or wall using an indoor bracket (not included in the
camera package). You may use the bracket from a local
supplier or purchase ACTi’s indoor bracket.
See Indoor Installation Procedures on page 21 for more
information.
PMAX-1105
Wall
(Outdoor)
A waterproof housing is required when installing the camera
outdoors.
The following accessory sets can be used:
Pole Mount
(Outdoor)

SMAX-0229: Wall Bracket with Housing (110V) and
Mounting Block

SMAX-0230: Wall Bracket with Housing (220V) and
Mounting Block

SMAX-0231: Wall Bracket with Housing and Mounting
Block
Suitable when mounting the camera on vertical poles. The
camera must be enclosed inside the waterproof housing.
The following accessory se3s can be used:

SMAX-0232: Pole Mount with Wall Bracket, Housing
(110V) and Mounting Block

SMAX-0234: Pole Mount with Wall Bracket, Housing
(220V) and Mounting Block

SMAX-0236: Pole Mount with Wall Bracket, Housing and
Mounting Block
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Mount Types
Accessories
Corner Mount
(Outdoor)
Suitable when mounting the camera on a corner wall. The
camera must be enclosed inside the waterproof housing.
The following accessory sets can be used:

SMAX-0233: Corner Mount with Mounting Bracket,
Housing (110V) and Mounting Block

SMAX-0235: Corner Mount with Mounting Bracket,
Housing (220V) and Mounting Block

SMAX-0237: Corner Mount with Mounting Bracket,
Housing and Mounting Block
NOTE:

For more information about the mounting solutions and accessories, please check the
Mounting Accessory Selector in our website (http://www.acti.com/mountingselector).

The above mounting accessories are not included in the package. Contact your sales
agents to purchase.
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Before Installation
This section describes the procedures in preparing the external devices that you can connect to
the camera. The camera supports DC12V power input, Digital Input and Output (DI/DO), Audio
Input and Output devices, as well as Serial Devices like a Pan-Tilt (PT) Scanner using the
bundled terminal blocks. The use of these devices, however, is optional.
Connecting a Power Adapter (Optional)
In case of using a non-PoE switch or your PoE switch has limited power supply, you can
purchase a power adapter and directly connect the camera to a power outlet. The power adapter
must be connected to the supplied terminal block before use.
To do this, follow the procedures below:
1. Loosen the screws of the 12V and GND pins of the power terminal block.
2. Take note that a standard power adapter cable has two (2) different wires:
Connects to GND Pin
White stripe: Connects to 12V Pin
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3. Connect the wire with the white stripe to the 12V pin and the other to the GND pin.
4. Tighten the screws of the 12V pin and the GND pins to secure the wire connection.
5. Set the prepared power adapter for connection later. Below is an example of a power adapter
with an attached terminal block.
NOTE: The power adapter is not bundled in the package.
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Connecting the DI/DO and Audio Devices (Optional)
Depending on your surveillance needs, you may connect digital input / output or audio input /
output devices to your camera. The camera comes with one (1) terminal block for both digital and
audio input/output devices.
How to Connect DI/DO Devices
Digital Input (DI) devices can be used to notify the camera about an activity in the camera site. DI
can be triggers of events. For example, you can connect a “panic button” to the camera; as such
when the panic button is pressed, the alarm signal will be sent through the camera. Other
common DI device applications are emergency button, smoke detector, passive infrared sensor,
etc.
Digital Output (DO) devices are external devices that are activated by the camera upon an event
inside the camera. For example, you can connect an “alarm horn” to the camera; as such when
an event occurs inside the camera (e.g. detected intruder), the alarm horn will sound. Other
common DO device applications are motion-triggered lights, electric fence, magnetic door locks,
etc.
Press and hold the orange tab as you insert the wire through the pin slot, then release the orange
tab to secure the wire.
For DI/DO Use
For Audio Use
To connect digital input / output devices (DI/DO), map the pins to one of the pin combinations
below:
Device
Pin
Mapping Instructions
DIO PW
Connect the wires of the output device to DIO PW
Digital Output (DO)
DO
DIO GND
Digital Input (DI)
DI
and DO.
Connect the wires of the input device to DIO GND
and DI.
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The table below shows the DI/DO connection specifications:
Device
Connection design
DI
TTL - compatible logic levels
To trigger (low)
Logic level 0: 0V ~ 0.4V
Normal (high)
Logic level 1: 3.1V ~ 30V
Voltage
Current
10mA ~ 100mA
Connection design
Transistor (Open Collector)
Voltage & Current
< 24V DC, < 50mA
DO
Typical Connection
Based on these specifications, if the DI device has a voltage of 0V ~ 30V or the DO device has a
voltage of < 24V (< 50mA), then the camera can supply internal power to these devices and there
is no need to connect the DI/DO device to an external power source.
Use the DIO GND and DI pins to connect a DI device and use the DIO PW and DO pins to
connect a DO device. See wiring scheme below:
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High Voltage DO Device Connection
Even though the camera provides 12V power, this may not be enough for some high voltage DO
devices, such as a ceiling light or a motor that opens or closes a gate. In this case, there is a
need to connect an external relay. See wiring scheme below:
Note that when choosing an appropriate relay, please refer to its specifications and make sure
they match the above design. The triggering circuit voltage has to be around 12V DC and the
switch-controlled circuit voltage has to match the external power supply (e.g. 110V AC or 220V
AC).
The illustration below is a graphic example of connecting a relay to a high voltage DO device.
110V-220V AC
External Power
Source
Relay
(DO1 Device)
)
Camera
Illuminator
NOTE: For more information on DI/DO connections, please refer to the Knowledge Base
article All about Digital Input and Digital Output downloadable from the link below
(http://www.acti.com/kb/detail.asp?KB_ID=KB20091230001).
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How to Connect Audio Devices
Audio input / output devices, such as an active microphone or speaker can be connected to the
camera using the supplied terminal block.
Press and hold the orange tab as you insert the wire through the pin slot, then release the orange
tab to secure the wire.
For DI/DO Use
For Audio Use
To connect audio devices, map the pins to one of the pin combinations below:
Device
Pin
Mapping Instructions
AO_GND
Connect the wires of the audio output device to
Audio Output (AO)
A_OUT
AI_GND
Audio Input (A1)
A_IN
AO_GND and A_OUT.
Connect the wires of the audio input device to
AI_GND and A_IN.
NOTE: For more information about AUDIO in connections, please refer to the Knowledge Base
article How to Use Audio-in of ACTi Cameras, downloadable from the link below
(http://www.acti.com/support/KnowledgeBase/outside/detail.asp?KB_ID=KB20100114003).
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Connecting a Serial Device (Optional)
The camera can be connected to a Pan-Tilt (PT) Scanner (Pan-Tilt Head) using the serial port
connector. This allows the zoom camera to do pan and tilt using the Pelco-D protocol. Most PT
scanners accept Pelco-D and Pelco-P protocol commands via RS-485 or RS-422 connection,
which are both supported by your camera.
Check the connection available on the PT scanner and connect it to your camera following the
procedures below.
1. Map the wires from the PT scanner to your camera using the supplied terminal block
according to one of the tables below.
Via RS-485 Connection
Terminal Block
Pin Number / Label
Wire Mapping
Camera Pin
PT Scanner Pin
1
TX +
TX +
TX +
2
TX -
TX -
TX -
3
GND
GROUND PIN
4
RX+
-
5
Rx-
-
Via RS-422 Connection
Terminal Block
Pin Number / Label
Wire Mapping
Camera Pin
PT Scanner Pin
1
TX +
TX +
RX +
2
TX -
TX -
RX -
3
GND
4
RX+
RX +
TX +
5
Rx-
RX -
TX -
GROUND PIN
NOTE: The pins of the PT Scanner may be labeled differently depending on the location or
country where the scanner is purchased. For example, some devices may have TX – pin
labeled as "A” or “485 -”, etc. Refer to the scanner documentation or contact the
manufacturer to verify the corresponding pin labels and ensure proper wiring connection.
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CAUTION: Incorrect wiring may cause damage to the connected devices.
DISCLAIMER: ACTi will not be responsible for any damage caused by improper wiring.
2. Connect a ground wire to one of the GND terminal pin to complete the connection.
For more information on connecting PT scanners, please refer to the Knowledge Base article:
Pan and Tilt Scanner for ACTi Zoom Cameras
(http://www.acti.com/support/KnowledgeBase/outside/detail.asp?KB_ID=KB20110120001)
available on the website.
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Indoor Installation Procedures
This section describes the procedures in installing the camera indoors using PMAX-1105 indoor
bracket (purchased separately).
When using brackets from other manufacturers, check the installation guide included in the
bracket to install the camera.
NOTE: Some pictures in this documentation may slightly differ from the actual camera or
accessories.
Step 1: Mount the Indoor Bracket
NOTE: Before installing the bracket, make sure the ceiling or wall can bear more than the weight
of the camera and its accessories.
Install the indoor bracket to the ceiling or wall using the three (3) screws included in the bracket
package.
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Step 2: Attach the Camera to the Bracket
NOTE: The following images show the mounting bracket attached on the bottom side of the
camera. Same procedures apply when attaching the mounting bracket on the top side.
1. If necessary, insert a memory card into the memory card slot of the camera with the metal
contacts facing down. Push until the card clicks into place. See How to Install / Remove the
Memory Card on page 26 for more information.
2. Slightly loosen the knurled knob.
3. Screw the camera to the bracket.
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4. Tighten the hand knob until the camera is secured to the bracket.
5. Adjust the camera angle.
6. Tighten the knurled knob to fix the camera position.
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Step 3: Connect the Cable(s)
1. Connect the network cable to the Ethernet port of the camera.
2. If necessary, connect the other external devices, such as DI/DO, PT scanner or power
adapter to the camera. See Before Installation on page 13 for more information.
3. Connect the other end of the network cable to a switch or injector. Then, connect the switch
or injector to a network, PC and a power source. See Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection
example below.
Network
Ethernet Cable
Ethernet Cable
(Data)
Ethernet Cable
(Data + Power)
PoE Injector /
PoE Switch
Power Cable
AC Power
Source
Camera
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Step 4: Access the Camera Live View
See Accessing the Camera on page 27 for more information on how to access the Live View of
the camera.
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Other Accessories
How to Install / Remove the Memory Card
The camera supports local video recording or saving of snapshots to a memory card.
NOTE: Supports microSDHC and microSDXC cards.
How to Insert the Memory Card
Insert a memory card into the card slot with the metallic contacts facing down the camera. Push
the card until it clicks into place.
How to Remove the Memory Card
In case there is a need to remove the card, make sure to access the camera Web Configurator to
safely “unmount” the card first (see the camera Firmware manual for more information). Once
unmounted from the firmware, push the card to eject it from the slot.
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Accessing the Camera
Configure the IP Addresses
In order to be able to communicate with the camera from your PC, both the camera and the PC
have to be within the same network segment. In most cases, it means that they both should have
very similar IP addresses, where only the last number of the IP address is different from each
other. There are 2 different approaches to IP Address management in Local Area Networks – by
DHCP Server or Manually.
Using DHCP server to assign IP addresses:
If you have connected the computer and the camera into the network that has a DHCP server
running, then you do not need to configure the IP addresses at all – both the camera and the PC
would request a unique IP address from DHCP server automatically. In such case, the camera
will immediately be ready for the access from the PC. The user, however, might not know the IP
address of the camera yet. It is necessary to know the IP address of the camera in other to be
able to access it by using a Web browser.
The quickest way to discover the cameras in the network is to use the simplest network
search, built in the Windows system – just by pressing the “Network” icon, all the cameras of the
local area network will be discovered by Windows thanks to the UPnP function support of our
cameras.
In the example below, we successfully the camera model that we had just connected to the
network.
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Double-click the mouse button on the camera model, the default browser of the PC is
automatically launched and the IP address of the target camera is already filled in the address
bar of the browser.
If you work with our cameras regularly, then there is even a better way to discover the
cameras in the network – by using IP Utility. The IP Utility is a light software tool that can not
only discover the cameras, but also list lots of valuable information, such as IP and MAC
addresses, serial numbers, firmware versions, etc, and allows quick configuration of multiple
devices at the same time.
The IP Utility can be downloaded for free from http://www.acti.com/IP_Utility.
With just one click, you can launch the IP Utility and there will be an instant report as follows:
You can quickly notice the camera model in the list. Click on the IP address to automatically
launch the default browser of the PC with the IP address of the target camera filled in the address
bar of the browser already.
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Use the default IP address of a camera:
If there is no DHCP server in the given network, the user may have to assign the IP addresses to
both PC and camera manually to make sure they are in the same network segment.
When the camera is plugged into network and it does not detect any DHCP services, it will
automatically assign itself a default IP:
192.168.0.100
Whereas the default port number would be 80. In order to access that camera, the IP address of
the PC has to be configured to match the network segment of the camera.
Manually adjust the IP address of the PC:
In the following example, based on Windows 7, we will configure the IP address to 192.168.0.99
and set Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0 by using the steps below:
1
3
2
4
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Manually adjust the IP addresses of multiple cameras:
If there are more than 1 camera to be used in the same local area network and there is no DHCP
server to assign unique IP addresses to each of them, all of the cameras would then have the
initial IP address of 192.168.0.100, which is not a proper situation for network devices – all the IP
addresses have to be different from each other. The easiest way to assign cameras the IP
addresses is by using IP Utility:
With the procedure shown above, all the cameras will have unique IP addresses, starting from
192.168.0.101. In case there are 20 cameras selected, the last one of the cameras would have
the IP 192.168.0.120.
Later, by pressing the “Refresh” button of the IP Utility, you will be able to see the list of cameras
with their new IP addresses.
Please note that it is also possible to change the IP addresses manually by using the Web
browser. In such case, please plug in only one camera at a time, and change its IP address by
using the Web browser before plugging in the next one. This way, the Web browser will not be
confused about two devices having the same IP address at the same time.
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Access the Camera
Now that the camera and the PC are both having their unique IP addresses and are under the
same network segment, it is possible to use the Web browser of the PC to access the camera.
You can use any of the browsers to access the camera, however, the full functionality is
provided only for Microsoft Internet Explorer.
The browser functionality comparison:
Functionality
Internet Explorer
Other browsers
Live Video
Yes
Yes*
Live Video Area Resizable
Yes
No
PTZ Control
Yes
Yes
Capture the snapshot
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Video overlay based configuration (Motion
Detection regions, Privacy Mask regions)
All the other configurations
* When using non-Internet Explorer browsers, free third-party software plug-ins must be installed
to the PC first to be able to get the live video feed from the camera:
Browser
Safari
Other non-Internet Explorer
browsers
Required Plug-In
QuickTime (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/)
Basic VLC Media Player (http://www.videolan.org)
Disclaimer Notice: The camera manufacturer does not guarantee the compatibility of its cameras
with VLC player or QuickTime – since these are third party softwares. The third party has the right
to modify their utility any time which might affect the compatibility. In such cases, please use
Internet Explorer browser instead.
When using Internet Explorer browser, the ActiveX control for video stream management will be
downloaded from the camera directly – the user just has to accept the use of such control when
prompted so. No other third party utilities are required to be installed in such case.
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The following examples in this manual are based on Internet Explorer browser in order to
cover all functions of the camera.
Assuming that the camera’s IP address is 192.168.0.100, you can access it by opening the Web
browser and typing the following address into Web browser’s address bar:
http://192.168.0.100
Upon successful connection to the camera, the user interface called Web Configurator would
appear together with the login page. The HTTP port number was not added behind the IP
address since the default HTTP port of the camera is 80, which can be omitted from the address
for convenience.
Before logging in, you need to know the factory default Account and Password of the camera.
Account: Admin
Password: 123456
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