Date: January 21st, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: QNAP
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
QNAP recommends setting up the cameras first. The reason for this is during the NVR setup, it will search for IP cameras on the network and having them ready to go will eliminate the need to backtrack and configure them.
After connecting the camera to the network, the next step is to run the IP Finder utility found on the setup CD. It will locate the camera and list its IP address.
Typing in the camera's IP into a web browser brings up an interface complete with a real-time image of the action. A few different tasks can be performed here such as changing the compression (choices are MPEG4 and MJPEG), adjusting the zoom, enabling night vision, and taking a snapshot.
Network settings, including wireless settings, can also be configured right from the interface. Since the cameras will likely be placed far away from networking equipment, wireless is a great feature to have. Who wants to string long cables everywhere when you don't have to?
Further adjustments can be made to the brightness, contrast and saturation of the video image. The colors seemed a bit “off” by default, but after some adjustments I was able to correct it.
The cameras are now operational and can be accessed from any PC on the network, but we're only halfway done at this point. The NVR now has to be set up so the video can be recorded and stored.
Removing two screws from the back releases the outer shell of the unit, giving access to the drive bay.