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How-to: The use of remote control in video surveillance

If you want to use remote control in video surveillance

Suppose you have 2 machines. Both machines can be either desktop or tablet ones, it makes no difference. What you would like to do is to access your conducting surveillance machine #1 using machine #2 remotely.

Practical example for this is when you want to monitor your staff's activity on a PC and in the office in general using remote access from another machine that can be physically located even in another country.

You want your surveillance software on local PC (say machine #1)

  • not to give itself away: give no notifications or alarms,
  • to work in hidden (stealth) mode,
  • to show the face of person who is working on it, or background,
  • to capture screenshots of what that person is doing on machine #1,
  • or you have external cameras connected to this machine and would like to watch the whole office.

Xeoma is perfect for meeting all of these goals. It can work in stealth mode without giving itself away on the local machine while you can view real-time video or recordings, access settings and receive notifications remotely from another machine.

Advice: Please read our FAQ section if you want to use Xeoma in Sleep Mode of your PC.


How Xeoma does remote surveillance

Important: Make sure you have port-forwarding and static IP at your office (on machine #1) to connect from outside (from Internet) or use Repeater service to be able to connect even to firewalled office computer.

Xeoma consists of two parts: Server and Client. Server part does work with cameras, microphones, takes screenshot, records on disk, can upload images and video to an FTP server, transfer them to Internet, by email, etc. License activation is used for Server part. Client part is for viewing cameras from Server, to configure modules, etc. It is free to use.

You can monitor remotely in real-time or view archive from any place in the world by connecting to your Xeoma server wherever it may be located. You can use Xeoma Client part at any other computer - you just need to know your password.

Note: all client-parts should be of the same version as server part.


Detailed instructions on setting up remote surveillance with Xeoma webcam software

MACHINE #1



First of all you need to run Xeoma on machine #1. This will be the server part. Click 'Install' in installation menu below the main window (or field of work). Make sure 'Server autostart' and 'Hidden mode' boxes are checked.
Write down to paper the password for local access to the server. Click OK button to install server.
Reboot machine #1. You will see the icon of Xeoma client on your desktop. Click it to start client. (The server must work already - it starts with your OS automatically). Xeoma server, configured to "autostart on reboot" will work on any reboot.
Installation menu

Then, start setting up chains of modules. The simplest way for the task is to use universal camera->preview&archive and screen capture -> preview&archive chains. Configure camera, archive with storage time as required, probably, for few days.

Minimal chain required for recording video from the cam to archive Minimal chain required for storing screen captures to archive


If you like, you can add more modules: scheduler, FTP server upload, any modules you think you are going to need. Modules are easy to (dis)connect to chains, replace, move, set up, so don't be afraid to try them out.
Build up a chain relevant to what you want to get


Go to Installation menu and enable Repeater service (make sure the box "Repeater is on" is checked).
Xeoma gives you a wonderful opportunity to try before you buy - before activation you can use trial 10 minutes a day to see how it works. Later you can buy subscription and activate monthly/yearly unlimited traffic for it. Write down to paper Repeater's "address" and password (for example 945-835-398-321 and s5FW8q9).
Repeater settings dialog in Xeoma - best video surveillance software

MACHINE #2:

Run Xeoma on machine #2. Use Repeater location and password in 'Connection to server' dialog (runs automatically at Xeoma start or you can click on globe icon in the panel below the main field at any time later) - it will immediately connect to your machine #1 and you will see all what you have on machine #1.

It is up to you whether to check boxes 'autorun client' and 'use password for localhost' - it depends only on if you would like to use these possibilities or not. Do NOT check 'autorun server' on machine #2.

Please make sure you can connect to the server (machine #1) from another machine without clicking/running anything on machine #1, i.e. that Xeoma server is started automatically.

That's all. Now you can connect to Xeoma running machine from anywhere in the world to change settings, view video and pictures from cams in real-time mode or archived recordings, etc.


Activation questions

We advise you to try all Xeoma possibilities in the trial version. This way you will get an opportunity to test all of program's features and make sure Xeoma has all you need for most effective surveillance system. Trial version has no limitations in functionality except for all settings you specified will not be saved when you close the program and they will be reset in 48 hours. Full comparison table of modes can be found on our official site.

If everything works the way you need, obtain and activate licenses for respective amount of video sources in Xeoma and for Repeater service (either for 1 month or 1 year of unlimited traffic use).

Remember, you only need 1 license to activate the server part, every client part is free of charge. The same is with Repeater subscription: activate it on the server part and connect to it from away freely.

You can discuss Xeoma on forum, ask any questions, search for answers, or share your ideas how to use Xeoma or how it helps you.

20 June 2012


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