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How To Hook Up A PTZ Camera
If you are looking to hook up your PTZ camera, you have different options. When you get started, you might have a single camera and you may add others as you grow. PTZ cameras can have different outputs so you need to know what you have and how you plan to use the camera.
For example, if you want to connect a single camera to an IP connection, you can do it by connecting an HDMI cable to the monitor and an SDI cable to the controller. You can control it using an IR remote with this kind of setup.
You can also set a PTZ camera up over a network and control it from your joystick or controller. They can be connected through a DVR so that you can record any activity, such as in a surveillance system. It is important to make sure that your camera and your controller use the same protocol so that they can communicate with one another. The important thing is to consult your user manual to make sure that your devices are compatible.
How to Hook up Multiple PTZ Cameras
If you plan to hook up multiple PTZ cameras, you have two options. You can take multiple cameras with the same connections as long as the controller has the option for connecting more than one camera. One way of achieving this is by using multiple cameras that are powered using PoE connected to a PoE switch. Your cameras are going to transmit video to a video switcher that is connected to your local area network. You can control the switcher with your computer, using your mouse or your keyboard.
If you plan to connect your PTZ cameras to a DVR, you need to connect them to a controller and then connect the controller to the DVR. The DVR only has one input, which is why you need to use the controller.
How to Daisy Chain PTZ Cameras
PTZ cameras have three cables for power, video, and data. When you daisy chain them, you connect one to the controller and then you use cables to connect one camera to the next until you connect all of the cameras in the chain.
You should have an RJ45 cable in and out button, which you can use to daisy chain the cameras. You can also use RS232 (serial cables), but this is ideal for short distances. People often use RS485, which is a one-way connection from a DVR to a camera, and it works for larger distances.
One important thing to keep in mind is that your cameras and your DVR and controller need to be set to the same protocol. The protocol is what allows them to communicate with one another. You can check your user manual to see how to do this on your particular brand of camera.
You need to assign a hardware ID to each camera. You can use the DIP switch on each camera to do this. You should find a small bank of these switches inside the camera and you can change them to make sure that each camera has a unique configuration.
Once you have connected the cameras together in a daisy chain, you need to assign termination. There is actually a setting that is called termination on each camera, and this should be assigned to the last camera in the chain. You can look for this setting and make sure that it is turned off for all of the other cameras on the chain. If you have a camera that doesn’t have a termination setting, you can set each camera to a unique Ohm. You will want to look at your user manual to find out what the manufacturer recommends.
When you hook up your PTZ cameras, it is important to know what kind of setup you want to make. If you want to connect cameras to a controller, you can do it using PoE on a local network. You can also daisy chain multiple cameras, where you connect one camera to the controller and then connect each camera to the one before it until you reach the last one. You will be able to control all of the cameras using one joystick when you choose this method. Make sure that you consult your manual to verify the protocol available to you as well as any details specific to your brand of camera.