MPX Series FAQ
1 What is MPX?
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MPX is a new standard for transmitting high definition video (1MP and 2MP) over standard coaxial cabling (typically RG59 or RG6).
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Publ. No.: LX400039
Commit: 17131
Head: 19457
Language: en-US
Modified: 2014-09-15
Formatted: 2014-11-07
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In addition to outstanding image quality, MPX provides the following advantages:
• MPX enables an easy upgrade path to HD security without running new cabling.
• MPX systems enable extended cable runs up to 2300ft (700m). See 4 How long can I
make the cable runs? for details.
• MPX provides HD video with zero latency to the DVR.
• MPX allows connection and control of PTZ cameras (PTZ cameras sold separately)
over the coax cable. You do not have to run separate RS485 wires to control MPX
PTZ cameras.
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2 Is MPX compatible with my existing
Our first MPX bundles in the M3100 Series are designed to be installed as a complete
new system or an upgrade/replacement to an older analog system. Therefore, the DVR
and cameras are only compatible with MPX equipment.
Future DVR models will support both MPX cameras and standard analog cameras, allowing customers to utilize existing analog cameras in their installation. Future MPX
cameras will feature dual outputs for MPX and 960H analog recorders.
3 What resolutions are supported by MPX?
Our first MPX bundles in the M3100 Series include 1MP 720p cameras and a 720p DVR
that can record all channels in real time (30fps). Future MPX DVRs and cameras will
support 2MP 1080p cameras and can record at 1080p in real time (30fps).
4 How long can I make the cable runs?
You can have a maximum cable run of 2300ft (700m) between the camera and DVR, depending on the type of cable used and the resolution of the cameras (see below). It is required that the cable runs be made in a single run between camera and DVR, as daisy
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chaining multiple cable runs together can prevent the DVR from getting a picture from
the camera or may impact image quality.
The table below shows the maximum allowable run for each cable type:
Cable Type
Maximum Run Length for 720p
1MP Cameras
Maximum Run Length for
1080p 2MP Cameras
RG59 20AWG Conductor 95%
Braid CSA/UL or C(UL)
1500ft / 455m
1000ft / 300m
RG6 20AWG Conductor 95%
Braid CSA/UL or C(UL)
2300ft / 700m
2000ft / 600m
Analog CCTV Balun
300ft / 91m
300ft / 91m
Long cable runs over 1000ft may be affected by electromechanical interference (EMI), which can increase the amount of noise in the picture in some installations.
5 Can I run baluns with MPX?
Yes, MPX supports standard CCTV analog baluns if you want to use twisted pair cabling,
such as CAT5E or CAT6, in your installation. You can run up to 300ft (91.4m) per segment of CAT5E or CAT6 with baluns.
Example of compatible CCTV analog balun
6 Do you provide power supplies or extension
cables in the MPX bundles?
A 12V power adapter is provided for the DVR. 12V power supplies for the cameras and
extension cables are not provided with the MPX bundles or MPX cameras and must be
purchased separately.
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7 How do I stop the DVR from beeping?
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The system is designed to alert you by beeping if it is not connected to the Internet. To
disable the beeping, you can connect the system to the Internet. You can manually turn
off the beeping if you prefer to not connect your security system to the Internet.
Option 1 of 2: Connect the system to the Internet:
Connect your system to your router using an Ethernet cable and then restart the system
by turning it off and on with the power switch.
Option 2 of 2: Manually turn off the beeping:
1. From the Main Menu, click
and then click Event>Warning>Network.
2. Under Event Type, select Net Disconnect.
3. Uncheck Enable.
4. Click OK to save changes.
8 How do I set the DVR to record on motion
Setting the DVR to only record motion events can dramatically increase the amount of
time the hard drive can keep video recordings. Follow the steps below to set the DVR to
record motion events only:
Step 1 of 2: Enable motion detection on your cameras:
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1. On the system, right-click and then click Main Menu. From the Main Menu, click
and select Event>Motion>Motion Detect.
2. Under Channel, select the channel you would like to set up.
3. Check Enable to enable motion detection on the selected channel.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 for each channel you would like to enable motion detection on.
5. Click OK to save changes.
Step 2 of 2: Set up the recording schedule for motion only:
1. From the Main Menu, click
and then click Storage>Schedule>Record.
2. Under Channel, select the channel you would like to configure or select All to set up
the schedule for all channels.
3. Click
next to All to link the recording schedules for all days. The icon for a day
changes to
when days are linked.
4. Check Continuous to set up continuous recording.
5. Click and drag over one of the green lines to disable continuous recording. This will
be automatically copied for all days.
6. Check MD to set up motion recording.
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7. Click and drag on the schedule so the yellow line covers the entire day. This enables
motion recording all day. The schedule should look like the screen shown below.
8. Repeat steps 2-7 for additional channels you would like to set up.
9. Click OK to save changes.
9 What are the default passwords for the
The default user name for the DVR is admin and the default password is 000000. The
first time you connect using the CMS or apps, you are required to change the password.
The CMS also includes a separate user name and password, as it is a central location
for administrators and users to view multiple systems from the same computer. The default user name is admin and the default password is admin.
If you lose the password for the DVR or CMS, contact FLIR Technical Support to have it
reset. For security reasons, there is no way to reset the password yourself.
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