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The convenience of a wireless system is tempting when you are purchasing a video surveillance system -you have more flexibility in where you install cameras, and can limit the number of cables you need to run by connecting to the cameras using wifi internet. But do you know how this technology works, and what situations it is best suited for?
When it comes to wireless surveillance systems, you are really talking about two different types of technology: wifi cameras, and point-to-point wireless linking.
All-in-one wifi cameras are popular with homeowners and small businesses. These cameras are small, affordable, and easy to use. They should only be used in small systems though, because having too many wifi cameras on one network could overwhelm your bandwidth.
These cameras will have basic features, so if you need a specific feature or advanced functionality your options will be limited. It should also be noted that very few cameras are battery operated - even a wifi camera still needs to be plugged in to get power.
If you need to install multiple cameras over a large area, and require specific or advanced features, a wireless point-to-point system is a much better option. This type of system allows you to turn an IP system into a wireless system by linking cameras with wireless antennas.
These systems use powerful antennas to connect over large distances (although they should have line of sight ideally), such as connecting surveillance systems in multiple buildings on a college campus or a retail store and its parking garage. The wireless antenna connected to the cameras will communicate with the base station, connecting it to your NVR or VMS.
The cameras in these systems also require power, and are not batter operated.
This blog post will walk you through installing and configuring your Ubiquiti antennas to establish a wireless link. Wireless surveillance systems are key to extending your security into areas a traditionally wired system can't go, including large campuses and remote buildings.
Before you install any wireless equipment, we recommend bench testing the connection between the Ubiquiti antennas - a mistake will result in having to un-mount the remote antenna to reconnect it locally.
Step One: Wiring the Components
The first step to setting up your wireless system is to wire the components so that all parts of the system receive power and network connectivity.
All Ubiquiti antennas require a separate power supply, and cannot work off of standard PoE devices. The power supply needs to be connected to a standard power socket, and have two ports for Ethernet cables. The ports are labeled PoE and LAN.
The PoE port will always be wired directly to the Main port on the Ubiquiti device. If the Ubiquiti device has a secondary port, do not wire the PoE to that port because it will not correctly power the device.
The LAN port on the power supply needs to be wired into your network, or to a switch powering the camera. The LAN port cannot be wired directly to a PoE camera, as it will not provide enough power for the camera to function.
Step Two: Setup Units as Broadcaster & Receiver
Once you have wired the units you need to setup one unit as a broadcaster and one unite as a receiver.
To begin, log into the Ubiquiti unit. The default IP address is 192.168.1.20. The default username is ubnt, and password is ubnt.
Once you have logged into the unit, click on the wireless tab.
In the wireless tab, you will need to change a few settings.
First, you need to select the wireless mode. Select Access Point for the unit that will act as the broadcasted, and Station for the unit that will act as the receiver.
Always check the WDS (Transparent Bridge Mode) box.
You will always need to set a SSID that will be used by both antennas to communication. The SSID has to be identical on both antennas. We recommend hiding the SSID so no other devices can see the network connection.
The last setting you'll need to change is to make the link secure, an important set to creating the link between units.
We recommend WPA2 for the security setting. Use a long, hard to guess WPA Preshared Key. If you do not secure your wireless link, anyone with a wireless device will be able to connect to your network.
Once all of these setting changes have been made, click Change at the bottom of the screen. A message will pop up saying that the configuration contains changes and asking if you want to apply these changes. Click Apply.
Step Three: Secure Your Network
Select the Network tab at the top of the screen.
On this screen, set the antennas to a static IP address that will be reachable by your network. We do not recommend setting the antennas to DHCP, as communication between the antennas can be interrupted.
Next, select the System tab. Here, you will want to change the username and password of the devices to make your wireless connection secure.
To change the password, click on the key icon next to Administrator Username. Enter in the current password, and then enter in your new password.
Once you have changed username and password, click Change at the bottom of the screen, and select Apply when prompted. Repeat steps two and three as needed for every Ubiquiti device on your network.
The devices will reset to accommodate all of the setting changes you made. Once they are back online, and both antennas have been setup, check the connection between devices. First connect the Access Point to your network, and then connect the station to the PoE side (leave the LAN side blank).
The back of the units will light up with red, yellow, and green bars if the connection is good. Once these light up, the connection is good and you can mount the Ubiquiti antennas to access your remote cameras.
Whether you're securing a large college campus on need to keep an eye on remote buildings on your property, wireless surveillance systems make it easy to connect cameras over long distances. Using a system of wireless antennas and base stations, your system will send and receive data for up to 10 miles.
To help you better understand this powerful technology and its uses, VideoSurveillance.com has released a new guide to wireless video surveillance. This guide covers how the systems work, what surveillance situations are ideal candidates for wireless systems, and how your business can benefit.
Download the Wireless Surveillance PDF now, or call our experts at (866) 945-6808 to start designing a custom wireless video surveillance system today.
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