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Review: Axis 211A Network Camera

Setup and Administration

After setting up the IP address, you access the configuration page by typing the assigned IP address into your web browser. The configuration pages (Figure 7) let you set options such as Audio/Video quality, alert types and network settings.

Figure 7: Basic Configuration Page
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Security features are decent, although I would have liked to have seen support for HTTPS connections. I liked that the setup forces the user to set a password for the root user upon first login, and that you can change the default port of the 211A's webserver from its default of 80, which can help fend off quick port scans. I was also pleased to see that while anonymous viewing (which allows viewing live video without needing to provide a username and password) is supported, it is turned off by default.

Multiple users can be created, and assigned Viewer, Operator or Administrator privileges. (Viewers are view-only, Administrators are fully privileged and Operators are somewhere in between.) Note that the root user, who has full privs cannot be renamed or deleted. While the 211A does not support secured HTTPS connections, there is an Allowed IP Address list (256 entries max.). There is also a Referrals feature to prevent unauthorized clients from including the 211's video stream into external Web pages.

Configuring the 211A is easy, as the menus are logically laid out. Every page has a Help feature that can be accessed by clicking the question mark on the upper right corner. As you can see from Figure 8, the help screens explain every setting in great detail. You can also view a live video feed by clicking Live View in the upper right corner of any admin page.

Figure 8: Easy to understand help menus
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