AXIS 200 / AXIS 200+ Camera Server Quick Installation Guide

The AXIS 200+ Camera Server supersedes the AXIS 200 Camera Server. This guide covers the installation and basic setup procedures for both products. Should you require more detailed instructions, please refer to the Camera Server User's Manual available via the Axis WWW Home Page at or

Familiarize yourself with your version of the camera server. The pictures show the front of the AXIS 200+ and AXIS 200, respectively. Note that the rear view is the identical for the two products.

Installing the Camera Server

Follow these instructions to install your camera server:

  1. Record the serial number of your camera server. Please note that the serial number is identical to the Ethernet address of the unit.
  2. Connect your camera server to the network using an Ethernet 10baseT connector.
  3. Connect the external power supply (Axis type PS-D), to the camera server and check that the power indicator is then lit.
  4. Acquire an unused Internet address for your camera server.
  5. Assign the Internet address to your camera server using the method approriate for your network environment as detailed below:

Windows 95, Windows NT

Start a DOS window and type the following commands:

arp -s <Internet address> <Ethernet address>
ping <Internet address>

arp -s 00-40-8c-10-00-86

When using the Windows 95 implementation of ARP you must first, if you have an empty ARP table (seen with arp -a), ping an existing unit on your network before setting the Internet Address of your camera server.


Type the following commands:
arp -s <Internet address>> <Ethernet address> temp
ping <Internet address>

arp -s 00:40:8c:10:00:86 temp

  1. Access the camera server by entering the Internet address (URL) of your camera into the location field of your browser. Example:
  2. Adjust the focus of your camera by carefully turning the lens. Reload your browser to test your adjustments.
    • AXIS 200: A white dot on the lens assembly indicates the approximate focus position for the camera, when adjusted to the 12 o' clock position.
    • AXIS 200+: The camera server is delivered in approximate focus position, with focus set to infinity. If you need to fine adjust to close focus, carefully turn the smaller lens. If you cannot obtain a sharp picture, loosen the lock ring and bring the camera into focus by turning the larger lens. Tighten the lock ring afterwards.

The installation is now complete and pictures taken by the camera may now be included into your own applications.

Taking Snapshots

To trigger a camera snapshot, simply enter the URL of your camera into the location field of your Web browser.

The following picture sizes and respective file references are available for snapshots:

To integrate live snapshot images into your own web pages and applications, refer to the target snapshot type as detailed below:

Example: (Adding an HTML reference)
<IMG SRC="" ALT="A fullsize JPEG Image">

The CRON Script

The camera server includes a CRON script service that facilitates periodic command execution. It allows you to program event and/or time triggered functions within the camera server. From the Camera Server Home Page, you can access an on-line editor for generating the CRON script file. Alternatively, you can use a common text editor and download the file via ftp.

For example, you can program the camera server to store a new fullsize image on an ftp server every 5 minutes.

The camera server can also be activated by logical transitions on its input ports. Thus, by connecting a digital microcircuit to an entrance door, the camera server could be triggered to take a snapshot on each occasion the door opens and then, for example, send an e-mail with the snapshot to an operator.

EyeGet - the JPEG Script

When using the camera server over the Internet, we recommend that it is accessed over an assisting web server and not directly. This is because the camera server has limited capacity for handling the extra amount of buffering that the Internet may generate. Axis has developed a JPEG collector program that periodically collects JPEG snapshots from your camera server and writes them to a local file on your web server for later retrieval. The program is called EyeGet and is available in both Windows and UNIX versions. You can download EyeGet free of charge from

Point to Point Protocol (PPP)

PPP support allows you to use your camera server remotely, just as if it were on your local network. Any PPP capable host can be used to dial into the camera server.

Should you wish to use PPP from another host, i.e. Windows NT, UNIX, click here.

PPP configuration for a Windows 95 host

Follow these instructions to configure PPP from a Windows 95 host:

  1. Connect the remote modem to the serial port of the camera server (US Robotics modem recommended).
  2. From the Windows desktop, double-click on the My Computer icon and then open Dial-Up Networking.
  3. Double click on Make New Connection. From within this dialog, define a <name> that descibes the connection you are creating in the `Type name for the computer you are using' field. Select a local modem from the displayed modem list.
  4. Click on the configure button to enter the modem Properties page. Accept all default settings, but ensure that modem speed is compatible with your modem and does not exceed 38,400 bps, which is the maximum serial port speed for the camera server.
  5. Click the Connection tab and then click the Advanced button.
    • AXIS 200: Check the Software (XON/XOFF) radio button.
    • AXIS 200+: Check the Hardware (RTS/CTS) radio button.
    Click OK to return to the `Make new connection' dialog.
  6. Enter the relevant phone number information for the remote modem connected to your camera server. Click Next.
  7. Click Finish. The system then proceeds to build the Driver information database and your connection dialog will then subsequently appear in the Dial-Up Networking dialog.
Accessing the remote camera server

Follow this procedure to dial out to a remote camera server:

  1. Double click on the newly created icon to establish a modem connection for your remote camera server.
  2. Enter your User name and Password an then Click Connect. The status dialogs "dialing" and "logging onto the network" are presented prior to the display of a Connected to <name> dialog that will confirm a successful connection.
  3. You can now access the camera server by entering its Internet address (URL) into the location field of your Web browser. Please ensure that you are not using a a proxy server (Netscape: Options menu\Select Network\Proxies).
If your Windows 95 computer does not have a dial up networking installed, click here.

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