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D-Link SECURICAM Network DCS-900 Manual

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Internet Camera
Version 1.50
Building Networks for People



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  • Page 1 DCS-900 Internet Camera Manual Version 1.50 Building Networks for People (10/04/04)
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Hardware Installation ... 9 Security ...10 Using the Setup Wizard ... 11 DCS-900 Configuration ...16 Installing the DCS-900 Behind a Router...23 IPView Lite Application Installation ...37 IPView Lite ..42 Uninstall IPView Lite Application ...72 Appendix (FAQ, Troubleshooting, How to Ping your IP Address, Time Zone Table, Active X Installation).
  • Page 3: Package Contents

    Package Contents One DCS-900 Internet Camera One Installation CD-ROM One AC power adapter One Camera Stand One Category 5 Ethernet Cable If any of the above items are missing, please contact your reseller. Local Area Network: 10Base-T Ethernet or 100BaseTX Fast Ethernet...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Unlike a PC Camera, the DCS-900 is a stand-alone system with a built-in CPU and Web server that transmits high quality video images for monitoring. The DCS-900 can be accessed remotely, and controlled from any PC/Notebook over the Intranet or Internet via a web browser.
  • Page 5: Web Configuration

    Using a standard Web browser, Administrators can configure and manage the Internet Camera directly from its own Web page via the Intranet or Internet. This means you can access your DCS-900 at anytime from anywhere in the world! Remote Monitoring Utility...
  • Page 6: Rear Panel View

    Power LED begins to light up. Release the reset button and the Power LED will begin to flash indicating that the DCS-900’s settings are reverting back to the factory settings. The IP address will also return to the default setting of
  • Page 7 Connections (continued) Bottom Panel view Stand Connector...
  • Page 8: Front View

    Dummy. Please refer to the DCS-900 Camera Configuration section for detailed information and usage. LAN LED The LAN LED is positioned on the right side of the DCS-900’s lens. It is located below the Power LED. Steady orange confirms a good connection to the LAN.
  • Page 9: Hardware Installation

    Hardware Installation Attach the Swivel Stand Locate the stand connector on the bottom panel of the DCS-900 and screw on the swivel stand to the base of the DCS-900. Attach the External Power Supply Attach the external power supply to the DC power input connector located on the rear panel of the DCS-900 and connect it to your local power supply.
  • Page 10: Security

    DCS-900. Note: When the DCS-900 is used for the first time, it is highly recommended that the Administrator set the Admin ID and Admin Password to constrain user access to the DCS-900 since the Default settings are Null String (no password). Once the ID and Password are defined, only the Administrator has access to the management of the DCS-900.
  • Page 11: Using The Setup Wizard

    Using the Setup Wizard Follow the simple steps below to run the Setup Wizard to guide you quickly through the installation process. Insert the D-Link DCS-900 CD into your CD-ROM drive. Click Install Software Click Install Wizard Click Next...
  • Page 12 Using the Setup Wizard (continued) Click Click Next Click Finish...
  • Page 13 Using the Setup Wizard To run the Setup Wizard, click on Start->Programs->DCS-900 Series SetupWizard. Your camera’s IP Address will be displayed here if it is valid. Click Wizard to begin You must change the Admin ID and Password immediately to protect your camera against unauthorized access.
  • Page 14 Using the Setup Wizard If you need to make any changes, click Back to modify your camera settings. Otherwise, click Restart to save and apply your settings. Click Restart Your setup is now complete! Click Link to launch your Web browser and view your images.
  • Page 15 Using the Setup Wizard If you change any of the default settings in the Setup Wizard, the following screens may appear: This screen appears if the default IP Address of the camera ( does not correspond with your local area network settings. You must assign an IP address for your camera that corresponds to your network’s IP addressing scheme.
  • Page 16: Dcs-900 Configuration

    DCS-900. Home Screen When you click on “Link”, the DCS-900 Home screen will appear with a still image from your camera. There will be three options to choose from to set up and view your Internet...
  • Page 17 DCS-900 Configuration Configuration Click on Setup from the Home screen to access the settings required for the DCS-900. There will be several options in the Configuration page to choose from to setup your DCS-900 and they are as follows Advanced •...
  • Page 18 DCS-900 Configuration (continued) Advanced > System The System menu allows you to configure and set up your DCS-900 for operation. If you already set up your camera using the Setup Wizard, you may view/change your settings here. To access the System menu, click on the Advanced Tab in the menu bar, then the...
  • Page 19: Camera Name

    Camera Name is DCS-900. The maximum length is 32 characters (Printable ASCII). Location: This field is used for entering a descriptive name for the location used by the DCS-900. IP Assignment: There are two options to select from the IP Assignment, either Assign Automatically Using.
  • Page 20: Dynamic Dns

    Automatically Using and click on RARP, BOOTP or DHCP. Under this setting the DCS-900 will automatically assign an IP Address from the RARP, BOOTP or DHCP Server. Each time the DCS-900 starts up, be sure the RARP, BOOTP or DHCP Server is set up to assign an IP address to your DCS-900.
  • Page 21: Led Control

    DCS-900 Configuration Advanced > System Username/E-mail- Password/Key- LED Control: The LED control allows you to set up the LED illumination as desired. This feature provides flexibility for surveillance activity. There are three options as follows: Normal Power -LED indicator is steady ON.
  • Page 22 For detailed instructions on how to do this, please refer to the next section of this manual on how to install the DCS-900 with a router. For each additional camera that is installed, you must select the Open Second Port option and assign the approriate Web server and Transfer Image Ports for each camera to enable remote viewing.
  • Page 23: Installing The Dcs-900 Behind A Router

    DCS-900 Configuration Installing the DCS-900 Behind a Router Single Camera Installation If you are installing a single camera on your network the installation is an easy 4–step procedure: 1) Identify Your Camera on the Network 2) Assign a Local IP Address for Your Camera 3) Determine Your Router’s WAN IP Address (Enable Remote Viewing)
  • Page 24 DCS-900 Configuration Installing the DCS-900 Behind a Router 1) Identify Your Camera on the Network Once you are logged into the camera via a Web browser on your network PC,click on the Advanced Tab, and select System. Enter a unique Camera Name and Location.
  • Page 25 DCS-900 Configuration Installing the DCS-900 Behind a Router Assigning and opening second port in the DCS-900 ( For Installing Multiple Cameras) Opening ports will allow users to view the camera via the Internet. The ports that are opened must be unique for each camera in order to successfully view the images remotely.
  • Page 26 ROUTER SET-UP AND INSTALLATION The following steps generally apply to any router that you have on your network. The D-Link DI-614+ is used as an example to clarify the configuration process. Determine Your Router’s WAN IP Address Note: Because a dynamic WAN IP address can change from time to time depending on your ISP, you may want to obtain a Static IP address from your ISP.
  • Page 27 DCS-900 Configuration Installing the DCS-900 Behind a Router ASSIGNING AND OPENING VIRTUAL SERVER PORTS 5) Open Virtual Server Ports To Enable Remote Image Viewing The Virtual Server Ports of your router must be opened for remote access to your camera. This is also referred to as port forwarding. Please proceed as follows: Select Enabled to enable virtual server settings.
  • Page 28: Viewing Your Camera

    DCS-900 Configuration (continued) Installing the DCS-900 Behind a Router Viewing Your Camera After all settings have been entered correctly, a user inside or outside your network will have access to the camera through a standard Web browser. To access from the Internet, simply type in the IP Address of the router given to you by your ISP, a colon, and the port number that you gave your camera.
  • Page 29 DCS-900 Configuration Advanced > Video The Video menu allows you to control and adjust the image settings for your DCS-900. Click on Video on the left hand panel and the Image screen will appear as shown in the following illustration: Video Resolution: Select the desired video resolution format: 320x240 (default) or 640x480.
  • Page 30 Tools > Admin he Tools->Admin menu allows the system administrator to assign users permission to monitor the DCS-900 from a remote site. Click on Tools, then Admin in the left hand panel to access the Admin menu. Enter the Admin...
  • Page 31: Add User

    Each user name can be used as a group. For example, if the Username is Guest and the User Password is Guest, anyone can access the DCS-900 using this information. The maximum length for the User Name is 12 characters (Printable ASCII).
  • Page 32 Select Synchronized with Time Server and the time will be based on the GMT setting. This is the default setting for the DCS-900. Using a time server with your camera is recommended for time/date accuracy for your recorded video images and is critical for surveillance applications.
  • Page 33 Apply/Cancel: After making sure all settings are correct, click on the Apply icon to store the settings in the DCS-900. You can alternatively click on the Cancel icon if you do not wish to make new changes to the DCS-900.
  • Page 34 Factory Reset: A factory reset restarts the DCS-900 and returns all settings to their default values. The Factory Reset will prompt you with a “Do you really want to factory reset this device?” message and a YES button. If you do not want to carry out a factory reset command, exit the panel without clicking YES, otherwise click on the “YES”...
  • Page 35 Viewing Image using either ActiveX Mode or Java Mode as described in the next section. The last step is to position the DCS-900 and adjust the focus, by manually turning the lens clockwise or counter-clockwise to the desired image quality.
  • Page 36 900 will be displayed when the Location field is changed in the Web Configuration settings under Advanced > System. (continued) Date/Time - The date/time of the DCS-900 will be displayed according to your time server settings or from your manual settings.
  • Page 37: Ipview Lite Application Installation

    IPView Lite software is included for administrators to manage up to 4 DCS-900s remotely, record to hard drive, and configure advanced settings for the DCS-900. IPView Lite is a complete software management tool for the DCS-900 and includes all configurable settings available in the web configuration utility.
  • Page 38 IPView Lite Application Installation (continued) Click Next Click Click Next...
  • Page 39 IPView Lite Application Installation Click Next If your sound card or video card has not passed Windows Logo testing, this window will appear. Click Continue Anyway If there are previously installed target files that are newer than the source files, do NOT overwrite them. Click (continued)
  • Page 40 IPView Lite Application Installation Click Finish After successfully installing the IPView Lite, the application program for the DCS-900 is automatically installed to \Programs\IPViewLite Directory. To start running the IPView Lite click on windows Start > Programs > IPViewLite > IPViewLite.
  • Page 41 IPView Lite Application Installation (continued) Once logged in, the IPView Lite application is executed and the IPView Lite interface will appear in the default List View format:...
  • Page 42: Ipview Lite

    IPView Lite This section describes the operation of the IPView Lite application User Interface with detailed procedures for using the application. IPView Lite IPView Lite allows you to manage your cameras by enabling you to search, configure and preview all the DCS-900s from one location. It is designed with a user-friendly interface for ease of control and navigation.
  • Page 43: How To Add A Camera, where is your router’s WAN IP and :800 is the port that your camera is using. Please refer to the DCS-900 Configuration, Installation Behind a Router section of this manual for details on P.23.
  • Page 44 IPView Lite (continued) How to Add a Camera Click on Search. IPView Lite will detect and search for all the available cameras that are installed on the local area network. Highlight the camera you wish to add and click on Add. The Add Camera dialog box will appear once again with the IP Address entered.
  • Page 45: How To Delete A Camera

    IPView Lite (continued) How to Add/Delete a Camera If the Login Camera dialog box appears, make sure to enter the correct Username and Password. Click OK. The camera will be added into IPView Lite, in list format. If the Username and Password are entered incorrectly, the camera will not be added into IPView Lite.
  • Page 46: How To Change The Ip Address

    IPView Lite (continued) How to Change the IP Address Changing the IP Address To change an IP Address for a camera, select Camera > Add. An Add Camera dialog box will appear (see below) Click on Browse. The Browse Camera dialog box will appear with a blank screen (see below).
  • Page 47 ID and password, you will be prompted to enter your admin ID and password before IPView Lite will allow you to change the IP Address for the DCS-900. Enter the new IP Address, the Subnet Mask and the Default gateway into the respective...
  • Page 48: How To Format The Camera View

    IPView Lite (continued) How to Format the Camera view From the menu bar select View > 4 Cameras. (See below.) The icon on the upper left corner of the screen will appear with the camera number that is being displayed. To return to the IPView Lite list view , click on the icon located on the upper left corner of the screen and a case sensitive menu will appear.
  • Page 49: How To Rotate The Video View

    IPView Lite (continued) How to Rotate the Video view In View Mode format, click on the icon located on the upper left corner of the screen and a pop-up menu will appear. Once you click Rotate Right or Rotate Left in the menu, the video will rotate 90 degrees to the right or left.
  • Page 50: How To Start Recording

    IPView Lite (continued) How to Start Recording To start recording with a camera you must highlight the camera you want to use from the list view format. From the menu bar select Camera > Start. An AVI file will appear in your IPView Lite folder to save the recorded videos.
  • Page 51 (continued) Camera Property Settings > General Once you have completed the initial configuration of the DCS-900 using the Web-based interface, you can review or change your configuration using either the Web-based configuration utility or the Property Settings in the DCS-900 IPView Lite.
  • Page 52 If you need to change your IP Address, select the IP Address tab in the Camera property window. There are two options: Manually Assign or Assign Automatically Using. Please refer to the DCS-900 Configuration section: Advanced – System for further details (P.18).
  • Page 53 IPView Lite (continued) Camera Property Settings > DNS DNS (Domain Name System) server is an Internet service that translates domain names into IP Addresses. Please refer to the DCS-900 Configuration section under Advanced - System for further details (P.18).
  • Page 54 DCS-900 Configuration section under Advanced– System for further details (P.18). Image Brightness, contrast, hue, resolution, compression, frame rate, and light frequency can be adjusted for your camera. Please refer to the DCS-900 Configuration section under Advanced – Video for further details (P.28).
  • Page 55 Users Set up user accounts with user name and password for camera access. Please refer to the DCS-900 Configuration Setting under Tools-Admin for more detailed information (P.30). To add a user click on the Add icon and the Add User dialog box will appear. Enter the User Name and Password into the specific field.
  • Page 56 Camera Property Settings > Date/Time Date/Time Set the camera’s time and date to provide correct time information for remote users by selecting Synchronized with Time Server or Set Manually. Please refer to the DCS-900 Configuration section under Tools-Time for further details (P.32).
  • Page 57 IPView Lite (continued) Camera Property Settings > Information Information Displays information about the camera such as the model, firmware version, MAC address, and IP address. Please refer to the DCS-900 Configuration section under Status for further details (P.34).
  • Page 58 (continued) Camera Property Settings > Tools Tools Reset the camera and update firmware in this section. Please refer to the DCS-900 Configuration section under Tools-Default for further details (P.34). Upgrade Firmware Enter the full path of the firmware binary file name in the Update Firmware field or you can click on the Browse button to select the file.
  • Page 59 If the Manual Recording option is chosen, you must manually start recording in the List view of the DCS-900 in the Menu Bar or by clicking on the Record Icon. Choose Round the Clock to enable the DCS-900 to record all video frames continuously to your hard drive.
  • Page 60 IPView Lite (continued) Camera Property Settings > Recording Scheduled Recording Select Schedule Recording to record based on specific times and dates. Click Schedule Setting to set the time and date for recording your files. Select By Date and enter in the dates, Start, and Stop Times.
  • Page 61 When this option is selected and the camera detects motion within the range of the viewing window, recording will be triggerd. Recording will continue until no motion is detected. Click on Sensitivity Setting to set the sensitivity levels for the DCS-900.
  • Page 62 IPView Lite (continued) Camera Property Settings > Recording File Options You can adjust the maximum file size by clicking on By File Size from the Recording File Options field. The file size must be between 10 and 50MB. If the recorded video files reach the file size allocated, video images will be recorded into another file automatically.
  • Page 63: Menu Bar

    IPView Lite (continued) Menu Bar The menu bar makes it easier to navigate IPView Lite. All Management functions can be accessed from the menu bar. Menu Bar > File New > Opens a new camera list. Cameras must then be added to the list for configuration Open >...
  • Page 64: Viewing Format

    IPView Lite (continued) Menu Bar > View View on the menu bar provides users with management capabilities for Columns, List, Camera and Refresh. You can view the Camera in 1 Camera or 4 Camera mode. The View menu bar is pictured below. Columns When Columns is launched, a dialog box will appear displaying the Column Settings.
  • Page 65: List View

    IPView Lite (continued) List View All the cameras and their properties, such as the camera name, IP Address, user name, and location, will be displayed in the list view. Note: Right click on any camera to bring up a menu of actions you can apply to the selected camera.
  • Page 66: Enable Function

    IPView Lite (continued) Menu Bar > Camera, Tools Camera on the menu bar provides options to manage the camera. Add up to 4 additional Cameras for viewing. The Camera menu also allows you to Delete a camera, manage the Property, Enable real-time video capture, or take a Snap shot image. Enable Function By default, the video image is enabled.
  • Page 67: System Configuration

    IPView Lite (continued) Menu Bar > Tools Account The account menu is for administrators to change user name and password. System Configuration This menu allows you to set overwrite options to overwrite old recorded files with new recorded files. Check the Load Last Configuration When Program Starts to load all your configured settings each time you run IPView Lite.
  • Page 68 IPView Lite (continued) Menu Bar > Tools overwritten. You can specify between 300MB to 10GB hard drive reserve space. Click on By Time to overwrite old files with new files once the time frame that you specify has been reached. Clicking on By HDD Reserved Space allows new files to overwrite old files.
  • Page 69 IPView Lite (continued) Menu Bar > Tools Networking Configuration If your LAN uses a Proxy server to connect to the Internet, select Use a proxy for HTTP Protocol, and click OK. If you choose this option, you must enter the IP address and port that your Proxy server uses to connect to the Internet.
  • Page 70: Ipview Lite Icon Description

    IPView Lite Icon Description Open a new file. The hot key is Ctrl+N. Open an existing file. The hot key is Ctrl+O. Save a file. The hot key is Ctrl+S. List view format. The hot key is Ctrl+F1. 1 Camera view format. The hot key is Ctrl+F3. 4 Camera view format.
  • Page 71: Context Sensitive Menu

    IPView Lite (continued) Context Sensitive Menu In List View format, highlight a camera and right-click to bring up a context sensitive menu for features such as Add, Delete, Property, Enable, and Snap shot and Start/ Stop recordings. In View mode format click on the icon located on the upper left corner of the screen and a case sensitive menu will appear (see below).
  • Page 72: Uninstall Ipview Lite Application

    Uninstall IPView Application Click on windows Start Menu / Programs / IPView / Uninstall IPView. A new prompt screen will be displayed like the one below confirming the removal. Choose the option that you want and click Next to continue the process or click on Cancel to reject the uninstall process.
  • Page 73 Uninstall IPView Application (continued) The InstallShield Wizard prompt will appear. Click Finish to complete the uninstallation procedure.
  • Page 74: Address, Time Zone Table, Active X Installation)

    Appendix A Frequently Asked Questions Internet Camera Features Q: What is an Internet Camera? A:The Internet Camera is a standalone system connecting directly to an Ethernet or Fast Ethernet network and supported by the wireless transmission based on the IEEE 802.11b standard.
  • Page 75: Internet Camera Installation

    Q: Can the Internet Camera be setup as a PC-cam on the computer? A: No, the Internet Camera is used only on Ethernet and Fast Ethernet network or supported by wireless transmission. The D-Link DSB-C110, DSB-C310 can be used as a PC Camera (Webcam).
  • Page 76 Troubleshooting Internet Camera Installation Q: Why does the Power LED not light up constantly? A: The power supply used might be at fault. Confirm that you are using the provided power supply, which is DC 5V, for the Internet Camera and verify that the power supply is well connected.
  • Page 77 Troubleshooting Internet Camera Installation Q: The focus on the Internet Camera is bad, how can I correct it? A1: Adjust the Internet Camera focus manually as described in “Adjusting the Internet Camera Focus” in the Appendix section of this manual on P.85. Q: Noisy images occur.
  • Page 78: How To Ping Your Ip Address

    How to Ping Your IP Address The PING (Packet Internet Groper) command can determine whether a specific IP Address is accessible by sending a packet to the specific address and waiting for a reply. It is a very useful tool to confirm if the IP Address conflicts with the Internet Camera over the network.
  • Page 79 How to Ping your IP Address 1) A successful connection to the camera will be indicated by 4 reply statements (above). If you fail to connect to your camera you will see the following: 2) Check to see if you have entered your camera’s IP Address correctly or reassign your camera’s IP Address.
  • Page 80: Time Zone Table

    Time Zone Table GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time, which is the global time that all time zones are measured from.
  • Page 81 Time Zone Table (continued)
  • Page 82: Important Information

    Xplug Control Installation Installation to a Web Server It is highly recommended to install the Xplug Control application to the Web Server for Internet Explorer 6.0. It must be installed to a Public Domain with a Fixed IP Address. 1. Installation: Copy the “xplug.ocx”...
  • Page 83 Installation of the X-Plug to a Local PC (continued) Insert the CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive to initiate the completed, a menu screen will appear as follows: Click Install Software. To install Xplug Control click on the “Install X Plug” button to activate the installation procedure for the plug-in program.
  • Page 84 Installation of the X-Plug to a Local PC (continued) Click Next Click...
  • Page 85: Adjusting The Camera Focus

    (continued) Click Finish Adjusting the Camera Focus To help you get the best image quality, keep in mind that while adjusting the DCS-900 focus you can preview the image quality from your Web browser. Camera Lens Adjust by turning clockwise or...
  • Page 86 Adjusting the Camera Focus Note: You can further adjust the Internet Camera’s image quality through the Web Configuration under Advanced-Video. Please refer to the Web Configuration section for further details. Direct exposure to sunlight may cause permanent damage to the CMOS sensor.
  • Page 87: Technical Specifications

    Technical Specifications Video specification Resolution: Sensor: Gain control: Exposure: White Balance: Shutter: Minimum Illumination: Focal Length: Aperture: Image (Video Setting) Image compression: Frame rate: Compression Rate selection: Frame rate setting: Video resolution: Brightness control: Contrast control: Hue control: System Hardware LAN Connector: 640 x 480 pixel 1/3"...
  • Page 88 Technical Specifications LED Indicator: Power Supply: Power Communication: Communication Support Communication: Communication protocol: Web Configuration Requirements: • Internet Explorer 6.0 or above or Netscape 7.0 or above • CPU: Pentium II, 266 MHz or above • Memory Size: 32 MB (64 MB recommended) •...
  • Page 89: Contacting Technical Support

    Contacting Technical Support You can find software updates and user documentation on the D-Link website. D-Link provides free technical support for customers within the United States and within Canada for the duration of the warranty period on this product. U.S. and Canadian customers can contact D-Link technical support through our website, or by phone.
  • Page 90: Warranty

    D-Link’s sole obligation shall be to repair or replace the defective Hardware during the Warranty Period at no charge to the original owner or to refund at D-Link’s sole discretion. Such repair or replacement will be rendered by D-Link at an Authorized D-Link Service Office. The replacement Hardware need not be new or have an identical make, model or part.
  • Page 91 Expedited shipping is available if shipping charges are prepaid by the customer. D-Link may reject or return any product that is not packaged and shipped in strict compliance with the foregoing requirements, or for which an RMA number is not visible from the outside of the package. The product owner agrees to pay D-Link’s reasonable handling and return shipping charges for any product...
  • Page 92 D-Link Corporation/D-Link Systems, Inc., as stipulated by the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Contents are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Page 93: Registration

    Registration Register your D-Link product online at register/...