Panasonic BL-C131CE, BL-C111CE Installation guide

Panasonic BL-C131CE, BL-C111CE Installation guide
Installation Guide
Network Camera
Model No.
Indoor Use Only
Please read this document before using the product, and save this document for
future reference.
• This document can be found on the included CD-ROM. English, French, German,
Italian, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Danish and Swedish versions
are included.
(Wired Type)
(Wireless/Wired Type)
This manual is written for both the BL-C111 (Wired Type) and BL-C131 (Wireless/Wired Type). Available features and operations vary slightly
depending on the model. You can confirm the model no. of your camera by checking the model no. printed on the front of the camera.
Please read the included Important Information before proceeding.
Complete Operating Instructions and all other documentation can be found on the included CD-ROM.
• This document (Installation Guide) explains how to physically connect the camera to the power supply and network, as well how to mount or place the
camera for regular use.
• The Setup Guide describes how to set up the camera so that it can be accessed using a PC.
• Refer to the Operating Instructions on the CD-ROM for details regarding the camera's features.
• Refer to the Troubleshooting Guide on the CD-ROM if you have any problems configuring or using the camera.
• UPnP is the abbreviation for “Universal Plug and Play”.
• The Network Camera is referred to as “the camera” in this document.
• The Setup CD-ROM is referred to as “the CD-ROM” in this document.
Installation Procedure Overview
The following is an overview of the steps required to install and setup the camera. All steps are explained in this document unless otherwise noted.
Camera Diagram
Confirm that you have all the
items required for installation.
Make sure you know the names
of the camera’s physical
Connecting the camera to your
network and to the power outlet.
Setting up the camera
(described in the included Setup
Guide). This involves configuring
the camera so that it can be
accessed from a PC.
Mounting or placing the camera.
Confirm the following items are included in the camera’s packaging.
Main Unit (1 pc.)
The appearance of your camera
depends on which model you
have purchased.
Screw A (2 pcs.)
Order No. PQHE5004X
Used for wall mounting the
Washer S (2 pcs.)
Order No. XWG35FJ
Used when mounting the camera.
AC Adaptor (1 pc.)
Order No. PQLV206CEY
(Cord Length: About 3 m)
For use in countries/areas
other than the United Kingdom
Screw B (1 pc.)
Order No. XTB4+20AFJ
Used for securing the safety wire
to the wall.
Washer L (1 pc.)
Order No. XWG4F16VW
Used when securing the safety
wire to the wall.
Order No. PQLV206EY
(Cord Length: About 3 m)
For use in the United Kingdom
Safety Wire Screw (1 pc.)
Order No. PQHD10110Z
Used for securing the safety wire
to the camera.
Important Information (1 pc.)
Installation Guide
(this document) (1 pc.)
Setup Guide (1 pc.)
Safety Wire (1 pc.)
Order No. PQME10080Z
Used to secure the camera when
wall mounting it.
Setup CD-ROM (1 pc.)
Order No. PNQC1048Z
Contains the Setup Program needed to configure the camera,
as well as the camera’s documentation.*
*See the included Important Information for a description of each document.
You will need the following additional items to install and configure the camera.
– a PC (see the system requirements in the Important Information document)
– a LAN cable (CAT-5 straight cable)
– a router
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Camera Diagrams
Front View
Bottom View
A Lens housing
(pan/tilt mechanism)
B Lens
C Indicator*1/
PRIVACY button*2
D Built-in sensor
(pyroelectric infrared
E Microphone
Rear View
L Tripod mounting hole
M Wall mounting holes
F Tripod mounting hole
RESET button
H LAN port
I DC IN jack
J MAC address label
K Serial number label
See 1.1 Understanding the Camera Indicator in the Troubleshooting Guide on the CD-ROM for indicator meaning.
See “PRIVACY Button” on page 4 for information about the PRIVACY button.
Front View
Bottom View
A Antenna
B Lens housing
(pan/tilt mechanism)
C Lens
D Indicator*1/
PRIVACY button*2
E Built-in sensor
(pyroelectric infrared
F Microphone
Rear View
G Tripod mounting hole
RESET button
J LAN port
K DC IN jack
L MAC address label
M Serial number label
N Tripod mounting hole
O Wall mounting holes
See 1.1 Understanding the Camera Indicator in the Troubleshooting Guide on the CD-ROM for indicator meaning.
See “PRIVACY Button” on page 4 for information about the PRIVACY button.
Connect the camera to your router and to the power outlet as described below.
• Before proceeding, confirm that your PC is connected to your router and can access the Internet. Also confirm that your router’s UPnP™ feature is
enabled. (Most routers have UPnP™ turned off by default.) Refer to the operating instructions included with your router or to the Panasonic Network
Camera website ( for more information.
• The camera illustrations in this document depict the BL-C131.
Bottom of BL-C131
LAN cable
(Cat-5 straight cable)
To the
AC adaptor
BL-C131 only: Confirm that the WIRELESS/
WIRED switch on the bottom of the camera
is set to WIRED.
Connect the LAN cable to the camera and
the router.
Connect the AC adaptor cord to the DC IN
Plug the AC adaptor into the power outlet.
• The lens will pan and tilt when the camera
is turned on.
• Confirm that the indicator lights green
after about 1 minute. If the indicator does
not light green, see 1.2 Camera Indicator
Issues in the Troubleshooting Guide on
the CD-ROM.
• The AC adaptor is used as the main
disconnect device. Ensure that the AC
outlet is installed near the product and is
easily accessible.
• Use only specified Panasonic AC adaptor
(BL-C111CE/BL-C131CE: model no.
PQLV206CE [order no. PQLV206CEY],
BL-C111E/BL-C131E: model no.
PQLV206E [order no. PQLV206EY]).
• When the lens pans or tilts, a sound can
be heard from the camera. This is normal.
• The camera may become warm. This is
After the camera’s indicator turns green, you may set up the camera. Continue by following the procedure described
in the included Setup Guide.
• If the indicator does not turn green, see 1.2 Camera Indicator Issues in the Troubleshooting Guide on the included CD-ROM.
Read the following information after setting up the camera according to the procedure described in the Setup Guide.
Choosing a Location to Mount the Camera
The sensor may not perform properly in the following areas. Avoid
these kinds of locations when mounting the camera.
Notes About the Camera’s Built-in Sensor
Please read the following information about the camera’s built-in
pyroelectric infrared sensor before deciding where to mount the camera.
Refer to the Panasonic Network Camera website at for further information about the
built-in sensor.
Where the camera or the object is
exposed to direct sunlight
The camera’s built-in sensor is a pyroelectric infrared sensor, which means
it uses infrared rays to detect temperature differences within its range that
are emitted naturally by people, animals, etc. The sensor can be used to
trigger the camera to buffer (i.e., temporarily store) camera images in its
memory. You can view these images later as desired. The sensor can also
be used to trigger the camera to transfer images to someone or
somewhere, by FTP, E-mail, or HTTP.
Because the detection range is easily affected by the temperature of the
surrounding environment or how fast the objects in front of the camera are
moving, you should take the following into consideration when deciding
where to mount the camera.
1. The sensor’s active detection range is about 5 m in front of the
camera, about 30° horizontally, and about 85° vertically, when the
camera is in a 20 °C environment.
About 5 m
In a greasy or humid place such as
a kitchen
About 5 m
Where there are sharp temperature
changes such as near an air
About 30°
About 85°
Top View
Where there is an obstacle such as
glass in front of the camera
Side View
If an object is within about 1 m of the camera, the sensor may detect
the object even if it is outside of the sensor’s range.
If there is no temperature difference between objects in range of the
camera’s sensor and the surrounding environment, such as on a hot
summer day, the sensor may not be able to detect properly.
If the sensor is obstructed, the sensor is not able to make detections.
Remove any obstacles in front of the sensor.
As shown in the illustration below, the sensor can easily detect
temperature differences of objects moving sideways within the
detection range, but cannot easily detect objects moving slowly
towards the sensor. Mount the camera where objects often pass the
camera from the sides.
Where the camera or the object is
exposed to bright light
Near devices that emit radio waves,
such as mobile phones
Easy to detect
Easy to detect
Difficult to detect
(The detection range
may be reduced)
If the lens is aimed at an area outside of the sensor’s active detection
range, the objects that trigger the sensor may not be visible, and
therefore buffered or transferred images may not show the object that
triggered the sensor.
In the example below, the person has triggered the sensor, but the
person is not in the visible range of the camera.
We recommend that you limit the pan and tilt range of the camera to
the active detection range of the sensor, or that you limit other user’s
access to the pan and tilt features.
When deciding where to mount the camera, you can verify the
sensor’s ability to make detections that satisfy your needs by referring
to the camera’s indicator. See 7.4 Changing the Indicator Display in
the Operating Instructions on the CD-ROM, and configure the camera
to light the indicator in orange when the sensor makes a detection.
You can then adjust the sensitivity of the sensor (see 2.8 Adjusting
Sensor Sensitivity in the Operating Instructions on the CD-ROM) or
change the camera’s location if necessary. Note that if you increase
the sensitivity of the sensor, the sensor may make inaccurate
• If you are not satisfied with the sensor’s ability to make detections,
we recommend using the camera’s motion detection feature. This
feature detects motion by detecting changes in the camera image.
For more information, see Section 2 Using Triggers to Buffer and
Transfer Images in the Operating Instructions on the CD-ROM.
• The built-in sensor and the motion detection feature are not
designed to be used for security or surveillance. No responsibility
will be taken by our company with respect to consequences
resulting from the use of these features.
For BL-C131: Notes About Wireless Communication
The radio wave range may decrease depending on the surrounding
environment or existence of obstacles. If obstacles such as the following
are placed between a camera and a router, radio waves will weaken.
Therefore, even if the distance between the camera and router is short, the
frame rate may decrease or images may not be displayed.
• A metallic door or shutter
• A wall with an insulation material that contains aluminum foil
• A wall made of tin
• A wall made of concrete, stone or brick
• Fireproof glass
• Several walls separated by open space
• A steel shelf
In the example below, wireless communication between the camera and
the wireless router is impaired due to steel doors or reinforced concrete
walls between the camera and the wireless router.
Wall Mounting the Camera
• Do not drive the screws into a soft material. Drive the screws into a
secure area of the wall, such as a column, otherwise the camera
may fall and be damaged.
• Make sure you attach the safety wire when mounting the camera, to
prevent the camera from falling.
• Use screws that are appropriate for the material of the wall.
• The included screws are for use with wooden walls only.
• The camera is intended for indoor use only and should not be
mounted outdoors.
• To ensure that camera images are displayed properly, do not mount
the camera on an incline. Mount the camera so that it is
perpendicular to the floor. Do not mount the camera upside down.
Privacy mode allows you to protect your privacy by hiding the lens inside
the camera, preventing camera images from being seen. You can turn
privacy mode on by pressing the PRIVACY button on the front of the
When privacy mode is turned on, the PRIVACY button (which also serves
as the camera’s indicator) changes from green to red to let you know that
privacy mode is activated. To turn privacy mode off and allow the camera
to be accessed, simply press the PRIVACY button again. It should turn
green within a few seconds.
If users are accessing the camera when privacy mode is turned on, the
camera image area displayed in their web browsers turns gray. No camera
pages can be accessed by users while privacy mode is turned on. Once
privacy mode is turned off, users can press the refresh button in their web
browsers to view images again.
The camera’s administrator can also turn privacy mode on and off using a
PC or a mobile phone, and the PRIVACY button itself can be disabled so
that privacy mode cannot be turned on or off by pressing the PRIVACY
For more information about privacy mode, see 7.5 Privacy Mode in the
Operating Instructions on the CD-ROM.
• If you plan on using the PRIVACY button to turn privacy mode on
and off, make sure you mount the camera where you can reach the
Mount the camera on the screws by inserting the screws into the
camera’s wall mounting holes, then sliding the camera down until it is
• Leave 1.8 mm of space between the screw heads and the washers,
as shown below.
Screw A
Washer S
29 mm
At least 25 mm
1.8 mm
Other Notes
• Camera images can be viewed in relatively dark areas, however, image
quality decreases when viewing dark images. We recommend using
supplemental lighting for best results.
• Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or halogen light may damage the
camera’s image sensor. Mount the camera appropriately.
4.5 mm
9 mm
Secure the safety wire to the wall using screw B (included) and washer
L (included).
• Leave some slack in the safety wire, as shown.
Screw B
Washer L
At least 25 mm
4 mm
Safety wire
29 mm
Using the template on the right as a guide, drive screws A (included)
into the wall.
• Pass each screw A through washer S (included).
• When driving the screws into the wall, be careful to avoid touching
any metalwork (metal/wire laths etc.), conduits, or electrical cables
behind the wall.
Attach the safety wire to the tripod mounting hole on the bottom of the
camera using the safety wire screw (included).
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