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Axis 211M User Manual

Axis 211m: user guide
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  • Page 1 AXIS 211M Network Camera User’s Manual...
  • Page 2 • visit Axis Support at Safety Notice - Battery Replacement The AXIS 211M uses a 3.0V CR2032 Lithium battery as the power supply for its internal real-time clock (RTC). Under normal conditions this battery will last for a minimum of 5 years. Low battery power affects the operation of the RTC, causing it to reset at every power-up.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Accessing the AXIS 211M from the Internet ........
  • Page 4: Product Features

    Product Features The AXIS 211M is a high performance megapixel network camera, designed for professional video surveillance. Owing to its high quality megapixel sensor, it delivers crisp and clear images, perfect for identification of objects and persons. Key features • Superior image quality, with maximum resolution 1280x1024.
  • Page 5: Overview

    Underside DC-Iris control cable External microphone/ line in AXIS 211M - Product Features Status indicator & Microphone DC-Iris Mounting screw hole Serial number Control button Power indicator Network indicator Audio output Network connector line out (and PoE) Tele/wide puller Focus puller...
  • Page 6 Serial Number - This number is used during installation. Control Button - Press this button to install using the AXIS Internet Dynamic DNS Service as described in the AXIS 211M Installation Guide or to restore the factory default settings, as described on page 36.
  • Page 7: Using The Network Camera

    Note: The default administrator user name root cannot be deleted. 3. Enter the password as set above, and click OK. If the password is lost, the AXIS 211M must be reset to the factory default settings. See page 36. 4. If required, click Yes to install AMC (AXIS Media Control), which allows viewing of the video stream in Internet Explorer.
  • Page 8: Accessing The Axis 211M From The Internet

    Accessing the AXIS 211M from the Internet Once configured, your AXIS 211M is accessible on your local network (LAN). To access the camera from the Internet, network routers must be configured to allow incoming traffic, which is usually done on a specific port.
  • Page 9: The Live View Page

    JPEG format on your computer. This button is intended for use when the AMC viewer toolbar is not available. The AMC (AXIS Media Control) viewer toolbar is available in Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows only. It displays the following buttons: Play/Stop button - starts and stops the live video stream.
  • Page 10 There are audio controls for controlling the client computer’s speaker output. These controls are only available when audio is enabled, see AXIS Media Control (AMC), on page 12 and Audio Settings, on page 17. Click the Speaker and Microphone buttons to switch the sound off and on for the speaker and microphone, respectively.
  • Page 11: Video Stream

    The Live View page in the AXIS 211M provides access to MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG video streams, as well as single JPEG images. Other applications and clients can also access these video streams/images directly, without going via the Live View page.
  • Page 12: Mpeg-4 Clients

    The recommended method of accessing Motion JPEG live video from the AXIS 211M is to use the AXIS Media Control (AMC) in Microsoft Internet Explorer in Windows. Note also that multiple clients accessing Motion JPEG streams can use different image settings.
  • Page 13: Configuration

    The camera is configured from the Setup link in your standard browser. The descriptions below show examples of the features available in the AXIS 211M. For details of each setting, please refer to the online help available from the Setup link. Click To configure the camera Follow the instructions below to configure the camera from a browser.
  • Page 14: Video And Image Settings

    Video and Image settings The following descriptions show examples of some of the features available in the AXIS 211M. For details of each setting, please refer to the online help available from the setup tools. Click to access the online help Image Appearance Use these settings to change the image as required.
  • Page 15: Overlay/Mask Settings

    A prioritized frame rate limits the exposure time in order to allow for full frame rate. This may raise the gain factor, creating possible noise or darker exposure. AXIS 211M - Video and Image settings Image Size The height and width of the overlay image in pixels must be exactly divisible by 4.
  • Page 16: Advanced - Mpeg-4 Settings

    Not setting a priority means the frame rate and image quality will be affected approximately equally. AXIS 211M - Video and Image settings...
  • Page 17: Audio Settings

    This mode requires you to use the push-to-talk button. Simplex - Network Camera microphone only mode transmits audio only from the AXIS 211M to web clients. It will not receive audio from any other web clients. This can be used in remote monitoring, web attractions etc., to provide live audio, as well as video, of a monitored situation.
  • Page 18: Audio Output

    The AXIS 211M can be set to trigger an event if the incoming sound level rises above, falls below or passes the set value. The Alarm level is set between 0-100%.
  • Page 19: Advanced Audio

    AXIS 211M - Audio Settings Advanced Audio Advanced audio settings can improve audio quality by speech filtering, echo cancellation or setting the noise canceller threshold value or attenuation. When enabled the speech filter reduces noise by filtering out all the frequencies below 100HZ and above 3500 Hz.
  • Page 20: Live View Config

    These are the tools for deciding the layout of the camera’s Live View page. The layout can be set in 2 ways: • Use Axis look - the layout is unchanged. • Use custom settings - modify the default Live View page with your own colors, and images. Click the Configure button and see below.
  • Page 21 Your own background pictures, banners and logos can either be located externally on a network server, or they can be uploaded to the AXIS 211M itself. Once uploaded, files appear in the drop-down lists for Own (file). Follow these instructions to upload a file.
  • Page 22 These buttons can be used to manually trigger and stop an event from the Live View page. For more information, see Event servers, on page 30. The snapshot button allows users to take a snapshot of the video stream and save it on a computer. AXIS 211M - Live View Config for more information. User-defined link...
  • Page 23: Html Examples

    6. Select the Use as cgi link radio button and enter the cgi link in the field: 7. These links will appear in the web interface and can be used to control the PTZ camera. For more information on the Axis HTTP API, see the Support / Developer pages on the Axis Website at
  • Page 24 AXIS 211M - Live View Config Select the desired video sources and enter the time in seconds to display each source (up to 59 minutes). Click Save. The Sequence buttons that appear on the Live View page are used to start and stop the sequence mode.
  • Page 25: Event Configuration

    FTP server, and/or send a notification e-mail to a pre-configured e-mail address with a pre-configured message. Images can be sent as e-mail attachments. AXIS 211M - Event Configuration Information required • Descriptive name of your choice •...
  • Page 26 The frame rate will be the best possible, but might not be as high as specified, especially if uploading via a slow connection. AXIS 211M - Event Configuration for descriptions of each available option. Image file names can be formatted...
  • Page 27: Motion Detection

    6. Click Save. To exclude parts of the Include window, click the Configure Excluded Windows button and position the Exclude window as required, within the Include window. AXIS 211M - Event Configuration for descriptions of each available option.
  • Page 28: Port Status

    If the doorbell button is pushed, the state of the input changes to active. Please see the online help for descriptions of each available option. AXIS 211M - Event Configuration History An object that appears in the region will trigger...
  • Page 29: System Options

    Checking the Enable IP address filtering box enables the IP address filtering function, whereby the IP addresses in the list of filtered addresses will be allowed or denied access to the AXIS 211M. Up to 256 IP address entries may be specified (a single entry can contain multiple IP addresses). All other IP addresses not in this list will be allowed or denied access accordingly, i.e.
  • Page 30: Date & Time

    Ethernet level. Clients and servers in an 802.1X network may need to authenticate each other by some means. In the Axis implementation this is done with the help of digital certificates provided by a Certification Authority. These are then validated by a third-party entity, such as a RADIUS server, examples of which are FreeRADIUS and Microsoft Internet Authentication Service.
  • Page 31: Network - Basic Tcp/Ip Settings

    (under Services) to receive notification from the camera when the IP address changes. •Alternatively, if your DHCP server can update a DNS server, you can access the AXIS 211M by host name which is always the same, regardless of the IP address.
  • Page 32 If using a host name for the NTP server, a DNS server must be configured under TCP/IP settings. See Network > TCP/IP below. Host Name Configuration The AXIS 211M can be accessed using a host name, instead of an IP address. The host name is usually the same as the assigned DNS Name. For more information, see the online help.
  • Page 33: Socks

    SOCKS is a networking proxy protocol. The AXIS 211M can be configured to use a SOCKS server to reach networks on the other side of a firewall/proxy server. This functionality is useful if the AXIS 211M is located on a local network behind a firewall, but notifications, uploads, and alarms need to be sent to a destination outside the local network (e.g.
  • Page 34: Smtp (Email)

    QoS DSCP Settings For each type of network traffic supported by your Axis network video product, enter a DSCP (Differentiated Services Codepoint) value. This value is used to mark the traffic’s IP header. When the marked traffic reaches a network router or switch, the DSCP value in the IP header tells the router or switch which type of treatment to apply to this type of traffic, for example, how much bandwidth to reserve for it.
  • Page 35: Led Settings

    Recent log items. Many of the captions are also links to the proper Setup page to conveniently make adjustments in the camera’s settings. Logs & Reports - when contacting Axis support, please be sure to provide a valid Server Report with your query.
  • Page 36: Advanced

    If a script does cause problems, reset the unit to its factory default settings (in which case, a previously saved backup file will be useful for returning the unit to its latest configuration). Axis strongly recommends that you do not use this function unless you fully understand the consequences. Axis support provides no assistance for customized scripts.
  • Page 37: I/O Terminal Connector

    • 1 transistor output - For connecting external devices such as relays and LEDs. Connected devices can be activated by the AXIS VAPIX API, out- put buttons on the Live View page or by an Event Type. The output will show as active (shown under Event Configuration >...
  • Page 38: Connection Diagram

    Connection diagram AXIS 211M max. 100mA AXIS 211M - Connection diagram e.g. pushbutton...
  • Page 39: Troubleshooting

    Setup > Basic Configuration. Upgrading the Firmware When you upgrade the firmware with a file from the Axis Web site, your Axis camera will receive the latest available functionality. Always read the upgrade instructions and release notes available with each new release, before updating the firmware.
  • Page 40: Axis Support

    Axis Support If you contact Axis support, please help us to help you solve your problems, by providing the server report, the log file and a brief description of the problem. Server Report - go to Setup > System Options > Support Overview. The server report contains important information about the server and its software, as well as a list of the current parameters.
  • Page 41 The Power indicator is not constantly lit To enable the updating of video images in Microsoft Internet Explorer, set your browser to allow ActiveX controls. Also, make sure that AXIS Media Control (AMC) component is installed on your workstation. Configure your camera to use a Java applet for updating the video images under Live View Config >...
  • Page 42 Motion Detection triggers unexpectedly Changes in luminance. For additional assistance, please contact your reseller or see the support pages on the Axis Website at AXIS 211M - Troubleshooting Check that you are using an AXIS PS-K power supply.
  • Page 43: Technical Specifications

    • Flash: 8 MB • Battery backed-up real-time clock Power 7-20 V DC max 5 W PoE IEEE802.3af Class 2 Operating conditions 0 - 45 ºC (32 – 113 ºF) Humidity 20 - 80% RH AXIS 211M - Technical Specifications...
  • Page 44 Windows 2000 or later Internet Explorer 6.x or later For other operating systems and browsers see System integration Open API for application integration including AXIS VAPIX API*, AXIS Media Control SDK*, event trigger data in video support stream Quality of Service (QoS) Layer 3, DiffServ Model Embedded Linux operating system * Available at
  • Page 45: Optimizing Your System

    • Viewing on poorly performing client PC’s lowers perceived performance. Frame rate affected. Optimizing your system To see the bandwidth and frame rate currently required by the video stream, the AXIS 211M provides a tool that can be used to display these values directly in the video image.
  • Page 46: Glossary Of Terms

    IP address to a hardware MAC address. A request is broadcast on the local network to discover the MAC address for an IP address. ARTPEC (Axis Real Time Picture Encoder) - This chip is used for image compression. ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) - A circuit designed for a specific application, as opposed to a general purpose circuit, such as a microprocessor.
  • Page 47 The HTTP protocol runs on top of the TCP/IP suite of protocols. AXIS 211M - Glossary of Terms Hub - A (network) hub is used to connect multiple devices to the network. The hub transmits all data to all devices connected to it, whereas a switch will only transmit the data to the device it is specifically intended for.
  • Page 48 PAL (Phase Alternating Line) - PAL is the dominant television standard in Europe. PAL delivers 625 lines at 50 half-frames/second. AXIS 211M - Glossary of Terms PEM (Privacy Enhanced Mail) - An early standard for securing electronic mail. The PEM-format is often used for representing an HTTPS certificate or certificate request.
  • Page 49 Varifocal lens - A varifocal lens provides a wide range of focal lengths, as opposed to a lens with a fixed focal length, which only provides one. VAPIX - AXIS VAPIX is considered to be the global application programming interface (API) standard, in the rapidly growing field of Network Video based on IP.
  • Page 50 AXIS 211M - Glossary of Terms WAN (Wide-Area-Network) - Similar to a LAN, but on a larger geographical scale. W-LAN (Wireless LAN) - A wireless LAN is a wireless local area network that uses radio waves as its carrier: where the network connections for end-users are wireless.
  • Page 51 GOV Settings 16 Half duplex 17 Host Name 32 HTML examples 23 HTTP Server 25 HTTPS 30 AXIS 211M - Index I/O Ports 34 I/O Terminal Connector 6 Include Windows 27 Input 37 IP address filtering 29 LED indicators 6...
  • Page 52 Services 31 Simplex 17 Snapshot button 9 SNMP 34 Support 35 System options 29 System Overview 35 AXIS 211M - Index TCP Server 25 TCP/IP Settings 31 Text overlay 15 Time Mode 30 Upgrade Server 35 Upgrading the firmware 39...

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