IP Buddy+ Series Quick Start Guide

IP Buddy+ Series Quick Start Guide
For use with all meters in the SecurityTronix IP Buddy+ Family
Thank you for your purchase of a SecurityTronix IP Buddy+ series test monitor. This Quick Start
Guide will help you view live video and change settings to an ONVIF compliant IP camera as well
as Analog and HD over Coax (HDoC) in a few easy steps. For more in-depth information on your
IP Buddy+ functions, the full manual is available in PDF format at:
Table of Contents
Description of IP Buddy+ test meters ………………………………………….pg. 2
What part numbers are considered IP Buddy+? ……………….…………pg. 2
Analog Video/HDoC Cameras ……………………………………………….…….pg. 3
ONVIF Compliant IP Cameras ……………………………….……………….…….pg. 4
RTSP Video Stream ………………………………………………..…………………...pg. 7
Analog/HDoC Cameras ……………………………………………….……………..pg. 8
ONVIF/RTSP ………………………………………………………………….……………pg. 8
Contacting Us …………………………………………………………….………………pg. 8
The term IP Buddy+ is a series of different SecurityTronix CCTV test meters with monitors for
viewing live video from many different types of cameras including IP, Analog and HD over Coax
cameras. The tester is also a great tool for Ethernet network testing. It can test PoE power
voltage, PING, and IP address searching. You can use the blue cable tracer to locate individual
connected cables from a bundle of cables and test a LAN cable for proper connection
termination. Other functions include providing 24W PoE power to your camera, LED Flashlight,
12VDC 2A power output and much more. Its portability, user-friendly design and many other
functions make the IP Buddy+ an essential tool for all installers or technicians.
ST-IP-TEST: Analog cameras, IP cameras, network testing with a 7 inch monitor.
ST-SDI-TEST: SDI cameras, Analog cameras, IP cameras, network testing, multi meter with a 7
inch monitor.
ST-HDoC-TEST-MM: CVI/TVI/AHD Cameras, Analog cameras, IP Cameras, network testing, multi
meter with a 7 inch monitor.
ST-HDoC-TEST: CVI & TVI Cameras, Analog cameras, IP cameras, network testing with a 4.3 inch
ST-HDoC-TEST-MINI: CVI/TVI/AHD Cameras, Analog cameras, IP Cameras, network testing with
a 4.3 inch screen.
Please refer to the chart below for a comparison of IP Buddy+ part numbers:
All of the meters in the IP Buddy+ family can do analog video viewing & PTZ control via RS485. If
your Analog camera uses 12V DC, you may use the included power wire from one of the IP
Buddy+'s 12VDC Outputs to power the Analog camera or you may use an alternate source of
Once you have power connected to the Analog camera, you may use the included BNC jumper
cable from the camera's BNC output and connect it to the IP Buddy+'s BNC VIDEO IN port. Now,
all you need to do is open the PTZ app by touching the icon with your finger. From the PTZ app,
your analog video should immediately appear on the screen. If it is an Analog PTZ camera, you
need to match the Baud Rate, Address and Communication of the camera to control it.
If you are using an HDoC camera (CVI/TVI/AHD), please refer to the above description of
connecting an Analog camera. The only differences are that you plug the camera's video output
into the meter's HD IN BNC input and instead of opening PTZ, you open the corresponding app.
(i.e. you have an HD-CVI camera, so open the CVI APP).
Pictured below is the configuration of connecting an Analog PTZ camera (BNC video in, BNC
video out, RS485 positive and negative):
To use the ONVIF app on your IP Buddy+, you will need an ONVIF compliant camera. You will
also need the default IP address or what the camera's IP address is currently set to and you
need the username and password of the camera.
Powering the Camera: Once you have this information, the first thing you want to do is power
on your camera. If your IP camera uses 12V DC, you may use the included power cable and the
IP Buddy+'s 12VDC Power output. If your camera uses Power Over Ethernet (PoE) you can
connect your camera to the LAN port of the IP Buddy+ using an Ethernet cable. Next you need
to click on the Power Out icon on the screen and flip the switch. You will know your IP Buddy+
is outputting PoE power when it displays 48V ON at the top of the screen. At this point, you can
exit the Power Out app.
Figure 1 shows the Power Out icon and 48V ON while Figure 2 shows basic connection from IP
camera to the meter’s LAN port:
Configuring Network Settings: PoE power typically takes 30-60 seconds to fully power on your
IP camera, so while we wait for that we can go to the IP Buddy+'s Settings and then click on IP
Settings. This shows you the meter's IP Address, Subnet Mask and its Gateway:
Let's say your camera's default IP address is; what you need to do is set your
meter's IP address to something similar, but NOT THE SAME. So, let's use
The subnet mask is usually always, so you can leave that alone. Now the
Gateway of the meter needs to match the Gateway of the IP camera. So using our hypothetical
IP camera's address of, our Gateway would be Be sure to Save your
IP settings and then close the Settings app.
Pro Tip: You can click on the Advanced button to set the meter up for multiple IP addresses.
Click on Add to set up another IP address for the meter to use and search for. This is useful if
you are working on multiple networks or if you aren’t sure what the camera’s IP or Gateway are
set to. Pictured below is an example of both and Gateways:
Now that we have everything set to be matched up with our IP Camera and it is powered on,
we need to click on the ONVIF app. Most cameras that use H.264 encoding will require you to
use ONVIF HD but we noticed some newer cameras prefer regular ONVIF. So if one doesn’t
work, try the other. Once we have the ONVIF app open, it should automatically be searching for
your camera. Once it does, the camera's IP address and firmware will show up on the left hand
side under the Device List:
Be sure to enter the IP camera's username and password at the top of the screen and then
click Login. Once you are logged in, click on your camera's IP address under the Device List. The
meter should now connect to the camera and it should go to Live Video by default:
If your camera doesn't show up under the Device List or it won't display Live Video, please
proceed to the troubleshooting section.
This is for cameras that may not be ONVIF compliant or if you are having issues viewing video
using the ONVIF app. Before opening the RTSP app, please refer to Powering the Camera &
Configuring Network Settings in the above ONVIF section. Once you have completed both of
these steps, locate the icon that says APP TOOL. This will open up a folder with many useful
networking tools but for now we are focusing on RTSP PLAYER:
Once you have this open, please enter the camera's username and password. Then on the right
hand side, you need to click on Search. From here you can manually enter in the camera's IP
address or click on Scan IP and it will search for you. Your camera's IP address should pop up
and you simply click on it and select which stream you want to view. Typically, Main Stream is
the highest resolution video:
If the Scan IP button finds your camera but says that the camera does not have a searchable
RTSP address, this means your camera does not have RTSP enabled. Please see the
troubleshooting section.
Analog/HDoC Cameras:
(i) Be sure to check all BNC & power cables are connected securely and into the correct
BNC Input. Remember: Analog and HDoC cameras have separate BNC Inputs on the meter. Try
using another BNC jumper cable if you are having any kind of video issue. (ii) Check the power
supply to the camera and confirm you are using the correct voltage. The IP Buddy+ has two
12VDC Outputs but your camera may require 24VAC. If you are not getting power to the
camera, use the built in multi meter to check output voltage of your power supply. (iii) If you
are using an Analog camera, open the PTZ app; if you are using a CVI camera, open the CVI app;
if you are using a TVI camera, open the TVI app; if you are using an AHD camera, use the AHD
ONVIF IP Camera & RTSP Video Stream:
(i) Please be mindful that every IP camera may have a different IP address, Subnet,
Gateway, ONVIF version and even if your camera claims to be ONVIF compliant, ONVIF may not
be enabled by default on your camera. Your IP camera’s manual should contain all of the
information you need to connect to your IP Buddy+. (ii) If you are sure of your camera’s IP
address and it is not showing up on ONVIF or RTSP, try to use the PING tool on the meter. Open
up PING and put the IP address of the camera into the Remote IP field and press START. If none
of the ping requests come back to the meter, confirm the network settings of the meter match
those of the camera. If all ping requests come back normal, ONVIF/RTSP may not be enabled on
your camera and you need to refer to your camera’s manual on how to enable ONVIF/RTSP. (iii)
If your camera requires DHCP and does not have a default IP address, the IP Buddy+ has a built
in DHCP server that can be found in the APP TOOL folder. For more information on using the
built in DHCP server, please refer to the full IP Buddy+ User Manual that came with your meter.
(iv) Some cameras REQUIRE you to change the password or configure the camera with
proprietary software before connecting using ONVIF. If this is the case, please refer to your
camera’s manual. (v) If your camera’s RTSP address comes back as NOT SEARCHABLE, you may
manually enter the RTSP stream address in the RTSP Add: text field. The RTSP address may be
found in the camera’s manual or by looking it up online.
If you have exhausted all your troubleshooting options already and still require assistance, you
can reach a SecurityTronix CCTV Technician by calling (347) 817-4342 or e-mailing
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