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Frequently Asked Questions about Xeoma DVR software

1. Q: What software is better - WebCam Looker or Xeoma?

A: Simply put, WebCam Looker is time-proven functionality that has been developed since 2005. The software has gained lots of fans since and been acknowledged as reliable and functional. Xeoma is a new product by FelenaSoft, it's more up-to-date, flexible and quick. Functional and usability modifications are constantly applied. To compare functionality of WebCam looker and Xeoma you may find the comparison of WebCam Looker and Xeoma useful.

2. Q: Will Xeoma work with my wifi cam?

A: Yes, Xeoma supports any IP-cameras, including wireless (wi-fi) cams. List of supported cams can be viewed here.

3. Q: Xeoma can't find my IP cam. What should I do?

A: Xeoma can scan cams automatically and find even cams protected with default password. However, if your cam is not in the list of found cams, you can specify the URL manually. Go to the cam's Web Control Interface. Provided you can see image from the cam there, do right click on it and copy its URL, then paste it in Xeoma. More on this topic in «What if my camera is not auto-detected in Xeoma?» article.

4. Q: How much free disk space will I need for my surveillance? What are the system requirements for my projected system?

A: You can find it out with our calculator of minimum system requirements (required memory, processor, disc and Internet connection speed).

5. Q: With what can I view .xem files in the archive?

A: You can view recordings straight in the archive with the help of built-in media player. But if you need to watch the files outside Xeoma, you can use, for example, VLC player (specify fps of the video in the command line so that it would look like "C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --mjpeg-fps=30 1077.xem where 1077.xem is your file's name and "C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" is the path to your VLC player). Moreover, with sufficient codecs other popular players can play the .xem files, too. But the easiest way is to export the needed extract in the desired format straight from the built-in player.

6. Q: What happens after the trial version expires?

A: You can activate trial period again. Specify settings once more and continue using Xeoma. The settings will be reset in 48 hours again. You can activate trial version as many times as you need to feel all the powerful possibilities of Xeoma.

7. Q: How long does the commercial version last?

A: Commercial license for Xeoma Video Surveillance Software isn't limited in time. Once you buy Xeoma license for any amount of cameras, you get your version upgraded to the commercial edition and can use it as long as you want and/or need to.

8. Q: How many cameras do I need to buy license for?

A: It depends on how many cameras you are going to use. Use trial version to build chain(s) to meet your demands, count how many cameras are there in use. You will get the number of cameras you need to buy a license for. See example in our article 'What is Xeoma's module?'

9. Q: I have a license for 16 cameras. I need to add 8 cams more. Can I do that? I'm afraid lest my first license should be lost...

A: There's nothing to be afraid of. Licenses summarize. You can add unlimited number of licenses. You will be able to use as many cameras as all of your activated licenses allow in total.

10. Q: I have lost my activation key. What do I do?

A: Contact us. We will help you restore it.

11. Q: How do I get a free license for Xeoma?

A: We offer a variety of possibilities to get Xeoma license for free. Find what fits you best on our Special Offer page!

12. Q: Xeoma will work as long as my PC is on, won't it? What about sleep mode/hibernation?

A: Sleep mode turns PC and processor off (while only state retains), so none of the programs can continue working. If you need stable non-stop surveillance, you should switch off the sleep mode option in Windows in: Control panel -> Power Options. You can also use our cloud service if you don't want to have your PC running all the time.

13. Q: What are my options if I want to use remote control? When do I need to use Repeater?

A: There are basically 3 options:
1) Repeater is a service similar to but more powerful than dynamic DNS. You only need to use Repeater if your PC running Xeoma is not accessible from the Internet, i.e. can't obtain or forward an external IP address.
2) If your computer is inside firewall, i.e. does not have Internet IP address, you can use port-forwarding at your router to forward external port to your machine with Xeoma running. Then just use 3) option.
3) In other cases, when real IP address is available, simple server-client connection of Xeoma can be successfully used ('Connect to remote server' option).

14. Q: What Internet browsers do support MJPEG live video broadcasting?/ Will my browser support MJPEG live streaming?

A: The list of browsers supporting live MJPEG video streaming you can find in the Xeoma web server article.

15. Q: Can I install Xeoma on Ubuntu server or do I need desktop interface?

A: Absolutely, you can install Xeoma on Ubuntu server without graphical shell. Please pay attention: console sound support requires libasound2. If you're running a 64-bit version you may need to install ia32-libs. After the installation there will be an access password in console - you need to save it somewhere to have an ability to connect from another machine (client).

16. Q: How do I run application from the archive (xeoma.app) or isn't that an application at all? Is there any requirements for Linux hardware?

A: Xeoma supports the following distributions of Linux so far: openSUSE, Mint, Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS. To install or run Xeoma on Linux please make sure you are uncompressing xeoma_linux.tgz archive on Linux machine. Otherwise, it is required to execute: chmod a+x xeoma.app and then you can run Xeoma as usual: ./xeoma.app.

17. Q: I have lost my password for protected mode. What should I do now?

A: To deactivate protected mode without password you will need to delete settings file. For example,
в Windows Vista/7:
[System disc]:\Users\Public\Documents\Xeoma\settings.dat
Please note that once settings file is deleted, all settings will be lost. Therefore it is highly recommended to save passwords and other important information in text editors, etc.

18. Q: In Xeoma I can see other people's feeds. Will mine also be shown all around the world?

A: What you see is random world Internet cameras. You only see these feeds because you have them manually. These world web cameras have been made public by their owners on purpose. Your pictures and videos in Xeoma are not going public unless you do it on purpose by posting the link on website or blog, etc. So there is nothing to worry about - your feeds are safe.

19. Q: I get Connection-to-server dialog when I run Xeoma. What is that? What should I type in there?

A: When you work on 1 computer without remote access, you don't need to type anything. Xeoma will find and connect to the server by itself (learn more about the program's architecture). If you use remote access feature, type IP address of the server to connect to or Repeater address. More about remote access here.

20. Q: How do I change port when connecting to a remote server?

A: You don't need to change the port. If the server computer doesn't have static IP address, what you need to do is set port forwarding (use portforward.com for instructions or - easier and more conveniently - get Repeater subscription and don't worry about port forwarding!)

21. Q: Can I conduct surveillance with only 1 computer like on the scheme IP cam > Internet > Computer using your software?

A: Yes, you can use cloud service for that. But if you don't need saving footage when the computer is off, you can view the camera remotely without cloud service. In this case you need to set up port forwarding to your IP cam from the router and so you can connect to the IP cam same as to a router from away.

22. Q: Can I view my cameras with mobile devices?

A: You can view cameras from any mobile devices via web browser if it supports MJPEG live streams (you can get a list of such browsers on our site).

23. Q: How do I make Xeoma show time on display?

A: Use our Marking module (please keep in mind that if you have many cameras, embedding marking can slow down the performance).

24. Q: Where can I find Xeoma settings files?

A: Settings are located in default user directory. Read more.

25.Q: What option for remote access do I need to use?

A: Please take a look at our comparison of remote access options with Xeoma.

26.Q: Why I can only view recoding for the last hour/Why are there no recordings in the archive? Is it because I use non-licensed version?

A: Check your Preview and Archive module settings and set up a longer period for storing files. Also, if you are using Xeoma in trial mode, where settings get back to defaults if you exit the program, you might have closed Xeoma and older recordings were lost. Another possible cause is if you use motion detector and there was simply no motion in the field of view earlier.

27.Q: I'd buy your software but I need a feature you don't seem to provide. How can I inquire about upcoming improvements?

A: Just contact us and ask your question to see if the feature will be added soon or is already implemented.

28.Q: I use connection to server from remote client via Repeater service. While video is ok, sound gets intermittent. What may be the problem?

A: Most probable is the Internet connection speed. We recommend to check the bandwidth. Perhaps, several clients connect to the server at the same time and drain all of the bandwidth.

29.Q: If I bring up the client on a PC at my office and try to connect to my server at home (which I can address directly via a VPN between my home and office) it doesn't connect.

A: You must be using Xeoma in free mode. Server in free mode can't be used for remote access. Any version of Xeoma can be used as a client that connects to a remote server. And the server can be either in trial or commercial mode. Please switch to the trial mode to test remote connection feature, or purchase a license.

30.Q: Will Xeoma work with my camera/operating system?

A: If your camera is not on the list of supported cameras, or your operating system is not on the list of supported OSs, you can try Xeoma in either free or trial mode in your environment and see if it works. Your user report will be much appreciated!

31.Q: My server is Linux. Can I connect to it from a Mac?

A: Yes. The program is cross-platform. Your server can be installed (or just run, without installation) on any of the supported OSs, say, Debian, and you can connect to it remotely from another machine with any of the supported OSs, from a Mac with Mac OSX. You just need to have the right Xeoma file for the operating system it is launched on.

32.Q: Xeoma is running in fedora 18. When I run xeoma -core, I cannot connect remotely from the client. What should I do?

A: Please run -showpassword in a command line of Xeoma to see a remote access password (you need it to connect remotely) and it will enable remove access automatically. Then start Xeoma again and it will accept connections from any IP.

33.Q: The message I get every time I try to start ./xeoma.app -client is:

! XWindow graphical shell is not available in console mode

Any ideas what be wrong?

A: Please check if you have XAUTHORITY variable installed:

echo $XAUTHORITY

If not, install it.

34.Q: Does remote connection require the static IP address? How do I know if I have it?

A: You only need the static IP address on a server computer (the computer you coonect remotely to). If this computer doesn't have the real static IP address, you can use Repeater service or dynDNS services. Usually those who have the static IP address, already know that for Internet providers usually charge extra fees for that. Please request this information from your Internet provider.