Using a Dahua TIOC camera standalone

Using a TIOC camera stand alone.

It is possible to use a Dahua TIOC camera as a standalone device. In this blog we are going to highlight some features and set-up procedure to make the most of your TIOC camera.

To use a TIOC IP camera with SD card:

Tools required :
Small Crosshead screwdriver.
Security (Torx T10) Tool - included with the camera.
Laptop with Dahua Toolbox installed.

Camera: DH-IPC-HDW3549AS-PV
SD Card (up to 256GB)
Cat5e/CAT6 cable
Power supply of choice (12VDC/POE injector/POE Switch)

Use the Torx T10 tool to loosen the outer ring locking nut of the camera, this will allow you to tilt the position of the eyeball to give access to the SD card cover which can be removed.
Once this cover is removed you will see the SD card slot and the manual reset button for the camera.

Now connect the power and network connection to the camera.

Open your laptop and open ConfigTool. You should be able to see your TIOC camera on the ConfigTool and if the camera is new then it will show as status "Uninitialized", select the camera and click initialize.
Enter a memorable password for the camera, (you can also register an email address for password resets if required) and select if you wish to enable automatic updates. You can also enable P2P at this point.
Once initialized you can use the 'edit' operation to change the IP address to something that suits the network you are using (ie 192.168.*.*)

Now that the camera has an IP address on your network, then type it's IP address into the address bar within internet explorer, you should be greeted with an IP camera log in screen.

Use the username admin and the password you used to activate the camera.
Now that you are logged into the camera you may be prompted to download and install the web plug in, allow this to run and then you should be able to see an image from the camera.
In the top right you should see the settings tab, click on here.

Now go to Storage > Destination then click the local tab at the of the screen. This should display the current status of the SD card. If the status is General, then we are good to start recording.

Within the Storage > Schedule settings you can adjust the types of recording you require. Generally for use with SD card recording we would suggest either event or alarm recording to allow you to increase the recording duration.
In this example we have set the SD card to record continuously at the weekend (Sat and Sunday, with Event recording for the rest of the week.)

So, now that we have set the recording based on an event, we must make sure that we set an event up.

We can use Video Detection (motion), or IVS (Intelligent Video Surveillance) events such as Trip Wire or Intrusion. For this example we will be using intrusion detection.

The first step is to make the the 'Smart Plan' is set to IVS, these cameras can be set to use IVS events or Face detection. Go to Smart Plan and choose the light bulb icon.

Go to Setting>Event>IVS . You should be presented with a page which shows the video feed from the camera on the left hand side with the configuration options on the right hand side. Click the 'add' to start adding a new IVS rule. Now back on the left hand side, you can click the draw rule button and draw an intrusion box. (left click to place the corners, and right click once you have drawn your shape).
You can also apply target filters, based on object size within the frame. Setting a Max Size or Min Size means that objects must appear within the image as an object larger than the min size box, but smaller than the max size box to trigger an event. Back on the right hand side you can also enable Object filtering by Human or Vehicle. You can also set various options for what will happen upon an event trigger. The main option in this case is to set the camera to record, you can set this to record anywhere between 10s and 5 minutes.
With the TIOC cameras we also have an option to trigger the Warning Light and also an Audio Linkage (siren, warning message etc).

You can now test the event that you have set up (walk in front of the camera for example). Wait a minute or so and then click onto Playback. If everything has been configured correctly and you have triggered the event then you should be able to see the playback from the SD card.

So, now that is recording set-up, we'll take a look at enabling remote viewing. Once again, go into the setting tab while logged into the camera. Starting at the TCP/IP section make sure the camera has a valid IP address, subnet mask, default gateway and DNS address. (If your router has DHCP enabled then you should be able to enable DHCP in the camera settings to automatically collect these details.). Go to UPnP and Enable UPnP, otherwise set port forwarding rules within your router settings.

Go to Access Platform, if you haven't already enabled P2P then you can enable it here by ticking the box.  Once enabled the Status should read as being online, and if it does then you are ready to add the camera to your DMSS mobile app.

Open your DMSS app on your smart phone. From the main screen, click the add button in the top right. Choose the SN/Scan option and then use your phone camera to scan the QR code displayed on your laptop/pc monitor from the camera P2P screen. The camera's serial number should be read and you can now click 'next'. Now choose the option of a wired camera from the product type list and then on the next screen enter the camera details (Device Name, Username and password). Click Save, now you can make sure the Time zone and any DST (Daylight Saving Time) settings. Once you click the completed button you should be able to see the live view from the camera. Now the camera is added to DMSS you can choose whether you wish to receive notifications for your chosen events. You can also choose to disarm the camera's strobe and siren when required.

To view any playback that you can use the DMSS smart phone app, a web browser or the PC Smart PSS app (to be featured in Part 2!)