How to set up and configure a Pelco IP camera or other Pelco network device for initial network communication.

Issue

Your new Pelco IP camera or other Pelco network device may need to have an IP address assigned and configured if the local area network (LAN) is different than what the camera's default network address is set to. The camera or device will first attempt to obtain an IP address from a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server if one is available. If the device is unable to obtain an IP address from the DHCP server, it will then set its IP address to its factory default IP address.

Product Line

Pelco Cameras, Pelco Video Management

Environment

TCP/IP networks with Pelco IP camera's or other Pelco network devices.  

Cause

  • The local network may not have a DHCP server.
  • The camera IP address is different than the local area network address.
  • Create server client networking

Resolution

How to Network

To initially configure the IP camera or other Pelco network device, its recommended to connect directly to the device from a desktop or laptop computer with an ethernet patch cable. Follow these steps below to initially configure the device using this recommended method:

  1. Power up the camera using the recommended power supply.
  2. Connect the computer directly into the camera's network interface card (NIC) using a standard patch cable.
  3. If the computer is configured with a static IP address, you may need to write down the IP address settings to revert back to. Set the computer's IP address to 192.168.0.225 and subnet mask to 255.255.255.0. Leave the remaining IP address settings blank.                                                               
  4. Open the web browser and type in the default IP address of the camera* (see example below for typical default settings).
  5. Click the Login link on the top right. Enter in the default login credentials of admin for the user name and admin for the password.  
  6. Once logged in, click on the admin link on the top right (next to login). Change the password to something other than the default password. Its best practice to use a password that is 8 characters minimum length with a combination of numbers, letters in both upper and lower cases, special characters, and SSL encryption enabled.
  7. Click on the Settings link, then select the Network tab. Type in the IP address settings to match your local area network settings. Be sure to include a valid IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS server(s). .
  8. On the computer, change the IP address back to what it was set to previously. 
  9. Ensure that the camera is now set to the IP address that was configured in step 7 by either logging into the camera using the newly configured IP address and a web browser, or by using the ICMP Echo Request (Ping) command at the command prompt* (see ICMP example below if help is needed).

*You may need to refer to the product manual located on the provided resource CD. However, in most cases the camera or device will be configured with the following IP address settings:  

Sarix IP Settings Field

ICMP Echo Request:  The ICMP Echo Request command, commonly referred to as the "ping" command, is used by network devices to determine if the device is available to communicate on the local network. On a Microsoft Windows based Operating System, type in CMD into the Search field located in the start menu (Its labeled as "Run" on Windows XP and earlier Windows based OS). Once the command prompt is open, type ping   where is the device's IP address you are attempting to ping, then press enter. The device your attempting to ping should respond back if it is on the network and configured correctly.