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Blue Iris CCTV remote monitor , off site, remote DVR monitoring

This instruction if for Blue Iris software but can be used for any CCTV DVR server..

Technicality there are few way to do this… They depend on your ISP using NAT protocol and how much time you want to spend on it. Lets see:

If you ISP does NOT use NAT then you can do following.
1. On you DSL/Cable modem go to dynamic DNS tab and register for one of those dynamic addresses. While in DSL/Cable modem setup, go to port forward, pick a port (ex 88, don’t use 80), setup port forwarding for port 88 to destination IP (IP address of you CCTV server). In Blue Iris web server option change web server port to 88 as well, restart the server.
Dynamic DNS
note: RISK: with this setup you are exposing you server to world. Your DSL/cable modem can be hacked (very unlikely), and well as BI server if some bug in the BI security is discovered/published.

Any ISP setup, even behind firewalls or NAT (easiest)
1. On Blue Iris server simply go to www.logmein.com and create a account. Download and install the Log Me In (free) software. From remote location, log in to your www.logmein.com account, pick your server from ACCESS list. you will have to install web browser add-on for first time users. You should see you CCTV server desktop. So when ever you want to remote log in, go to www.logmein.com, log in to your account and that’s it. Simple…
note: this setup creates a lots of network traffic on you home and remote location. The quality depends on network speed. This is fine setup for occasional remote monitoring.

2. my setup
On Blue Iris server start BI web server. Go to www.logmein.com and create account. Download and install the Hamachi service. Under NETWORK tab create new network. Create Mesh network and give it a name. Download the installer and install it on you BI server and remote computer. Start the Hamachi. On remote location, right lick on server name, click on BROWSE. In IE add this address as trusted web site so Active-x would install. Now you have full access of you BI web server as if you were home.

Blue Iris web server files
http://yourIP/default.html (IE only, active X)
http://yourIP/jpegpush.htm (Java applet, all browsers)
http://yourIP/jpegpull.htm (Java script, all browsers, auto refresh)
http://yourIP/cell.htm (cell phone version, jpeg auto refresh, slow rate, live feed only) (use this for remote monitoring)
http://yourIP/mobile.htm (cell phone version, jpeg auto refresh, slow rate, + archive)
http://yourIP/iphone.htm (Iphone version, jpeg auto refresh, slow rate, live feed only)

Blue Iris CCTV – reduce CPU, settings, high CPU usage

These are things that I have found while using the Blue Iris CCTV for last year or so…

reduce CPU usages
+ switch from MPEG4 to MJPEG
+ switch recording codecs from MPEG4 to XVID
+ use good video card
+ lower fps on each camera to 5fps (update setting on the camera and BI as well)
+ Lower the resolution
+ disable Web server if not using
+ remove or minimize “Text and Graphic Overlays”
+ defrag you disk
+ disable audio
+ auto rest your server every 3 days, free up resources.
+ checked recording location (does it exists)

DIY server setup info.
P4 CPU is good for 2-3 camera setup
Dual Core 4-8 camera setup
read my other post for more info

Blue Iris CPU usage reported by other users

  • 25 cameras on Intel Quad core 3.2GHz – 16% idles
  • 6 cameras on AMD Quad core 2.8GHz – 40% idles
  • 4 camera on Intel P4 hyper 2Ghz – 80% idles (my old setup)
  • 6 camera on Intel Dual Core 2.2Ghz – <20% idles (my current setup)
  • General Blue Iris setup guide
    http://www.cam-it.org/cms/?Blue_Iris_Surveillance_Software
    Forum
    http://www.cam-it.org/smf/index.php

    CCTV DIY DVR and NVR video recorders (CCTV Server DIY)

    Hopefully you just finished reading How-to on CCTV wiring.

    So what is DVR and NVR. DVR are video recorders for analog cameras. NVR are video recorders for IP camera. DVR recorders cost about $200-300, the price very on type of video compression and HDD (recording time).

    Since this is DIY blog I will write only about home version of recorders, the PC setup.
    For analog type camera you will need to purchase one of these.
    The DVR cards are split in two types: hardware or software encoding. They also come in 4 or 8 camera setup. Hardware encoders are faster since they do all encoding on DVR card, making them more expensive. Software cards use more CPU to record events and are cheaper. DVR cards come with software that can be used to display and record information from multiple cameras at the same time. These are installed in computers to allow them to function as digital video recording (DVR) systems. The quality of recording 1fps or 25fps will dictate the size of HDD that you need. Also, some encoders are better then others when it comes to video compression. NOTE: You need DVR cards only if you use analog cameras, for IP cameras you DO NOT need DVR card.

    CCTV server setup (2 to 6 camera setup)
    CPU: you need at least Duo Core type CPU with 2GHz speed. note: on average P4 cpu can handle 2 cams @ 5fps, with motion detection.
    Memory: 2 GB at least, 4GB recommended. This has to do with pri-motion/alarm recording and if you decide to use this option. This will record 10-15 images before motion was triggered.
    HHD: 500GB at least, 1TB recommended. Need to be able to record for at least 15 days. I personally use motion detection on CCTV software, so it only records once triggered and then records for 30 sec if no other motion detected.

    My setup:
    Windows XP, Blue Iris CCTV software, 1TB HHD, Dual Core 2.2Ghz, 4GB ram, UPS. cpu load at ideal <20% Why Blue Iris? its cheap (<$50), it works well and has web server option. This allows for mobile phone to view and monitor cams as well. Also, using BI web server and LogMe Hamachi for remote monitoring. check my other post relating to Blue Iris and remote monitoring

    other alternatives:
    www.objectvideo.com
    www.h264soft.com
    www.webcamxp.com
    www.griffid.com
    www.neverblinks.com
    www.NUUO.com
    www.Aimetis.com
    www.visecintl.com
    www.uniargusstore.com/trial
    iCatcher Console
    Do you homework before purchasing any software, not all of DVR cards are supported.

    other free options:
    zoneminder Linux video camera security and surveillance solution
    www.milestonesys.com The XProtect is limited to one camera (free version)

    Note: Under your CCTV server BIOS setting you can activate following option to ensure the server will auto-start after loss of power. (AC Power Loss Restart / Automatic Power Up)

    YOU ASSUME TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND THE INTERNET. IT IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS AND USEFULNESS OF ALL OPINIONS, ADVICE, SERVICES, MERCHANDISE AND OTHER INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE SERVICE OR ON THE INTERNET GENERALLY. IF YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW THIS DIY, YOU ARE DOING IT ENTIRELY ON YOUR OWN RISK! I take absolutely no responsibility for any damages, injuries, legal problems or anything that might occur after following these instructions.
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