How To Remotely Reboot Axis IP Camera

Axis 215 PTZ IP Camera with 2 way audio
Axis 215 PTZ Now With 2-Way Audio

There are times when you might want to be able to remotely reboot your Axis IP Camera like I did when I was away from home traveling and logged into check on things and found one camera not providing live video stream.

This method works, provided you have FTP access to the camera and it’s responding. It could be, unfortunately, that you can ping the camera but NOT have FTP control.

In other words, you notice that you cannot get live video feed from your Axis IP Camera, cannot login via the web interface, are not at the same physical location (to just pull the plug and plug it back in) and are hoping to get it back up and running with surveillance video streaming.

Here is the process to reboot the camera remotely via FTP.

1. In Windows open the Command Prompt

2. At the command prompt type in (without quotes) “FTP <ip address of the camera>”

3. You should be now asked to enter a username. Enter the username and password that you setup for the camera. The default is:

User: root

Password: <password>

4. Once you are logged into the camera type in this command press enter and re-type the command again and press enter again. The command is:

quote site reboot

(then press <enter>)

Make sure to enter this command in twice (Just press the up arrow after the first time and it should “re-type” it for you – press enter). It should respond: 200 Command Okay each time or something similar, then go dead as it reboots.

That’s it. If successful, the camera should reboot within a very short time and hopefully all will be well. If this problem happens more than rarely, though, I would open a support ticket with Axis Technical Support.

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Is WiFi N Faster Than WiFi G?

The DLink DIR-655 WiFi N Router has been a solid performer

I frequently get asked why someone’s new WiFi N router does not give them 10 times the internet speed of their old WiFi G router like the guy at (fill in the blank store name) said. Here’s the scoop on buying a WiFi N router to get faster network performance.

A decent WiFi G router with a fair connection is already faster than almost everyones internet connection – unless you have Verizon FIOS or some other rare, blazing speed internet. Note: faster internet is coming more people’s way every day. A WiFi G router can, under the best of circumstances, deliver 54Mbps speed. Your internet is likely 20Mbps or slower (most people are doing good to get 5Mbps).

So upgrading to a WiFi N router for internet speed doesn’t make any sense.

What will be different, however, is in-house network data transfers, such as if you have a home NAS where you store your music, photos, video and the like.

Newer N class routers are likely to have a Gigabit switch (10/100/1000) included instead of just 10/100. So for computer to computer WIRED connections, speed can be up to 10 times faster than your old router.

And since WiFi N should connect up faster than your old WiFi G, and possibly with better range, you will probably see in-house network WiFi speeds increase as well.

But your internet will probably NOT be any faster UNLESS you were not connecting up to your old WiFi G router with a solid wireless signal.

When shopping for a fast WiFi N Router you need to look at a few different things:

  • A WiFi access point is to be avoided UNLESS you are simply trying to ADD WIFI to your network. If you need the device to connect to your internet connection then you want a WiFi router.
  • Make sure the new device still supports any older devices you might have around (WiFi a/b/g), unless you keep your old WiFi router on your network for that purpose. If you do that, just make sure you turn off DHCP on the old router and do NOT use the “wan” or “internet” port for anything. Most ‘N’ models will support G, but maybe not something older.
  • Some routers have more ports than others. You want all ports for WIRED connections to be 10/100/1000; and at least 4 of those ports in addition to the “wan” or “internet port”.
  • Look at the customer reviews. You can ignore a one-off comment here and there, perhaps the person is a competitor, a goof ball, or just happened to receive a lemon. Look at routers that have LOTS of reviews and make sure that OVERALL, people are happy.
  • Spending the extra money for extra range may or may not work out that well. In my experience, the building – and how many other WiFi routers are in the area – has more to do with reception than how much you spent on the router. Learn how to search for other routers, see what channel they are operating on, and set yours for the least competitive air waves.

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Dell PE1600SC Slow POST Fixed

With my small business computer consulting clients I have a tendency to wring out every last bit of use from each piece of quality computer hardware we buy.

So, because I have found time and again (including this morning in an unrelated SBS 2003 server problem) that splitting up tasks between multiple servers is much preferable for uptime and reliability over having everything done by one server, I use older servers like the Dell 1600SC with a fresh copy of Windows Server loaded to take over jobs from the SBS Server.

One such Dell PE1600SC was recently loaded with Windows 2008 just to run WSUS (Windows Update Server) and Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security; not too heavy of a load.

For the installation and configuration work it was setup at a separate desk solely for my convenience, but now that it was up and running I went ahead and moved it into the server rack and connected it to my TrendNet TK-423 KVM Switch. It uses a PS/2 keyboard connection and a USB plug for the mouse.

When the server was powered on, though, I noticed that the POST (Power On Self Test) was EXTREMELY SLOW; like 10 minutes instead of 1 or 2. Once Windows Server was running, though, it seemed fine EXCEPT I had no mouse!

Powered off and back on, same exact SLOW POST and no mouse. Windows stated that a USB device failed.

Taking a cue from another older box in the rack, I put the USB to PS/2 converter on the mouse plug and and, with the server powered off, plugged into the PS/2 mouse connection instead of the USB.

POST went through at normal speed, mouse worked once Windows was up and running.

Sheesh, fickle hardware.

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Install Windows 7 On Asus P4C800 Deluxe

Today I successfully installed Windows 7 Professional on an Asus P4C800 Deluxe computer, 1GB RAM (will likely be upgraded), 2.8 Ghz processor and a ATI Radeon 9200 LE video card. The problems I encountered were the drivers for the SoundMax sound driver and the ATI video card.

My previous post covered installing Windows 7 Professional on an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard, the P4C800 Deluxe (note lack of -E) is actually slightly different. Notably, the sound and network drivers are different – why they used different chips on very similar boards I do NOT know.

It turns out, both the sound and video drivers I used were the latest Windows XP flavor.

The difference is, if you try to run the setup programs (the ATI setup runs automatically when you fire off the compressed exe file) they will tell you that the operating system (Windows 7) is not supported.

Just go into device manager, right click the device and select upgrade. Then browse your computer to where you have the driver files, make sure the “check subdirectories” box is checked and it will install the driver no problem.

UPDATE: With the ATI driver loaded, I received a BSOD (blue screen of death) on every shutdown. So I ended up just running the Windows 7 standard VGA driver and it took the 19″ 4:3 monitor up to 1280 x 1024 and that was just fine. No gaming done on this PC so it should be fine with that.

The P4C800 will run Windows 7 nicely, but 2GB is the minimum RAM I suggest – really the same as worked well for Windows XP.

Upgrade your RAM here and KNOW that it will be compatible with your computer.