The Reboot Command may not Work on Sarix Enhanced Series Cameras


The resolution of this article has many complex steps that may result in unforeseen results if not performed correctly. If you are at all unfamiliar with the requirements, please contact Product Support Services for assistance.


Until now, customers have been able to reboot a camera through using either the reboot or the commands. However, the reboot command does not work on Sarix Enhanced series cameras. In addition, the /sbin/ command does not work on Sarix Professional series cameras.

Product Line

Pelco Cameras


  • Sarix Enhanced (Maxwell) cameras, specifically, IXE and IME series cameras.
  • Sarix Professional cameras, specifically IXP, IBP, and IMP series cameras


The PATH variable does not include the /sbin directory. Further, the reboot command on a Sarix Enhanced camera only causes the camera to partially shut down.


There are two possible solutions. If you are using a Sarix Enhanced series camera, simply type /sbin/ instead of the reboot command. If you are using a Sarix Professional series camera, continue to use the reboot command.

If those methods do not work, use these commands:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq
echo b > /proc/sysrq-trigger

The other work around is to use the Reboot camera button in the Web interface for the camera. (See the figure below.)