IP intercoms: connection to telephone and analog systems
How to connect a phone to an intercom
Despite the great capabilities of IP video intercoms, their primary task is to control the actuators of the entrance doors and communicate with visitors. And more often than not, users want to customize some innovations precisely for these purposes. Therefore, one of the most popular questions is how to open an intercom using your phone. This is especially true for large country houses or for people with disabilities.
In order for all this to be possible to implement technically, it is necessary that the intercom equipment supports connection to the network: either the entire system must be digital, or one network element (usually a monitor) is interfaced with the analog system, which will redirect to the smartphone. Integration of a digital system into an analog system is permissible thanks to special adapters. more on this below.
Direct connection of the IP intercom to the phone occurs via a mobile application from the equipment developers. The primary connection is carried out in different ways:
- via the IP address of the intercom;
- via a Wi-Fi network distributed by the intercom;
- via a QR code with a link to the application, etc.
The application interface, of course, is different for each manufacturer, but for the most part it is simple and straightforward. As a rule, cameras (one or more) and all connected devices are displayed there, buttons for answering a call and opening a door, setting up notifications, etc. This allows you to bind the intercom to your smartphone.
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By the way, the IP video intercom software can be more multifunctional, so the owners of digital intercom networks often do not buy separate monitors, but immediately transfer all control to a tablet or smartphone.
Everything that was once analog can go digital
In our previous articles, we have already compared analog and digital technologies. In particular, we examined IP telephony, IP television and IP video surveillance, and I must say that these are not the last “IP representatives” of modern devices. Thus, it is no longer impossible to open the intercom from the phone.
IP intercoms are a convenient access system for both private and apartment buildings. They differ from ordinary intercoms, first of all, by the integration with the home network. The connection to the router is via a standard twisted pair cable or via Wi-Fi, if the device supports wireless communication, and the communication between the components of the IP intercom is via the SIP protocol. This scheme is very similar to connecting digital video surveillance and telephony, and with some additional options, the intercom can work as an alarm and security system, which is more like an access control system than just a device that opens the front door.
The connection of the intercom to the Internet provides the ability to use that rich functionality that interests most users:
- Remote access. Connecting the intercom to your phone, tablet, computer and other devices.
- Forwarding audio and video communications to home network devices.
- Equipped with a motion sensor.
- Save videos to external storage or other device.
- Integration with various network systems: smart home, alarm, home automation, etc.
Connecting an IP-intercom to an entrance coordinate
If the entire system in the house is digital, then the question of connecting an IP intercom to a smartphone is clear. But what if you live in an apartment building where the common intercom line is analog? How to Convert Coordinate Intercom to IP? For such purposes, various companies produce special adapters (converters, interface modules), which will allow, instead of a regular tube, to install an IP video intercom.
What you need from Honor before purchasing an adapter:
- The converter must be compatible with the intercom, therefore, all information about the latter must be collected: type, model, method of connection with apartments in the dashboard.
- Determine for yourself specific tasks for the video intercom, the configuration of the adapter will depend on this: whether additional cameras will be connected, to how many subscribers the signal will be distributed.
How to connect an IP intercom via an interface box:
- The video intercom monitor is connected to the dashboard on the floor via a 4-core cable.
- With the same cable, connect the outdoor panel on the floor.
- The adapter is installed in the dashboard to the lines of the driveway intercom.
- You can connect the adapter both to the outdoor panel at the entrance door to the entrance, and to the entrance camera (in this case, there will be a radio frequency cable in the shield).
- Additionally, you can connect an IP camera on the floor to the interface module.
This is where the conversion of analogue intercom to IP ends. Further, everything is as we described above. download the application to the device and you can control the intercom from your phone, tablet or computer.
Pitfalls of IP intercom
A few words about the advantages and disadvantages of digital technologies in the video intercom environment. Advantages: huge functionality, remote access, integration with other systems and open infrastructure.
There are not many disadvantages, but they are very significant and can affect the final choice.
- First, there is the issue of price: IP intercoms like monitors and additional cameras are expensive. Integration with analog systems also requires significant costs for installation services and the purchase of adapters.
- Secondly, the low prevalence of this technology left users without competent and prompt technical support.
- Thirdly, like all digital devices, IP intercoms are connected to the Internet, and therefore require special attention in security matters. And this is not even so much a disadvantage as the most important point, which is often neglected and thus increases the chances of hacking.
On the protection of IP intercoms, we have prepared a special
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Serial number connection
Before connecting to the camera in this way, you need to enable P2P connection in the camera. You can read about this in the article “How to connect a Dahua camera to the Internet”.
To get started, you need to click the “Add camera” button in the top panel of the application (1).
Then press “Scan.SN” (2).
After that, the built-in QR-code scanner will open. Scan the code on the camera.
If you cannot scan for any reason, you can enter the serial number manually by clicking on the “Enter serial number manually” button (3). The serial number is located next to the QR code on the camera.
After that, if necessary, enter the serial number in the field “Serial number of the device” (4) and click “Next” (5).
Then you need to select the type of device. Because in the example, the camera is connected via a wire, the corresponding type has been selected (6).
Then we press “Next” until the window for entering the parameters appears.
In the parameter entry window, enter the device name (7) and the administrator password (8) and click the “Save” button (9).
If everything is done correctly, the camera will be added to the list and displayed on the smartphone screen.
How to connect Dahua IP camera to phone via DMSS mobile app
Sometimes you need to access the camera with only your smartphone at hand. For this purpose, Dahua has created the DMSS application. This application works on both Android and iOS.
First you need to install this application.
There are 3 ways to connect to the camera:
- Serial number connection is a fairly simple option that allows you to scan the QR code on the camera itself and connect to the camera from anywhere with Internet access.
- Connecting by IP address is the classic way of connecting. When using this method, you need to be in the same local network with the camera or have a dedicated ip-address.
- Searching the Internet is the easiest option to find a camera on the local network, but it will be impossible to connect outside of its aisles.
Connection by IP address
To connect to the camera in this way, you need to know the IP address of the camera. In the top panel of the application, click the “Add camera” button (1).
Then press the button “IP address”.
In the window that opens, enter “Address” (3), “Port” (4) (if it has not been changed in the camera settings, leave the field unchanged), “Device name” (5), “Administrator password” (6) and press the button “Save” (7).
If everything was done correctly, the camera will appear in the list of cameras and the image from the camera will appear on the smartphone screen.
This approach is the simplest, but at the same time imposes a limitation. the camera and smartphone must be on the same local network.
First, you need to click the “Add camera” button in the upper panel of the application (1).
After clicking the button “Search the Internet”.
After clicking, a window will open with a list of available devices on the network. Click on the necessary (3).
If you did everything correctly, the camera will be added to the list of devices in the application.
We hope this article was helpful. If you have any questions, write to the chat or call our technical support.
We connect a Chinese IP camera for video surveillance via the Internet to Ivideon Server
Hello dear friends! Now the author will continue his fascinating acquaintance with the mega-class service Ivideon ru. If you remember, in the last publication we already managed to tell in some detail and tell a lot about him.
That is why, in continuation of this topic, we will touch on the question of how to connect a Chinese digital IP camera to the Ivideon Server program for the needs of video surveillance via the Internet.
It should be noted here that if we manage to set up even a rootless device bought in China to work with the service, then in principle there should be no problems with branded things.
So, from the previous article (the link was above) you already know what Ivideon Server is, what it is for and what it is eaten with. If you haven’t read that material yet, now is the time to do it. Otherwise, there may be difficulties.
Therefore, we will assume that the application is already installed on your computer, and that a simple registration on the service website has been completed. If for some reason these conditions are not met, then, again, re-read the previous material:
And we are at this step, we start connecting the camera to the program. But before that, it must be said that all our devices must be on the same home network.
This is done as follows. Open the server and follow the path “General-Settings Wizard”:
Then we reach the item “New configuration”:
Next, enter your mail, which is the account login on the Ivideon ru website:
At this stage, the application will try to find the camera automatically, but if this did not happen, then click on the “Add IP camera” button:
This opens a dialog box with settings. Everything is simple here:
- Manufacturer: select the manufacturer of your camera;
- Model: Please indicate the exact model of the connected camera;
- IP: you need to enter the real IP-address of the video camera;
- Username / Password: enter the administrator login and password to access the camera (not to be confused with the Ivideon service account).
From this it follows that before buying a camera to work with the Ivideon Server program, you must immediately make sure that such a model is in the list of supported devices.
Naturally, the device of the author of the article was not in the list (who would doubt it), so I had to experiment with the selection of other models from the general list. In the end, everything worked with the following options:
And even the PTZ control tab has become available. Hey server, hey well done:
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Well, now we can safely say that our IP-camera from the Middle Kingdom has successfully “docked” and will work like a clock. As you can see for yourself, everything is done in just a couple of steps:
So, this question was sorted out. But now you still need to connect it on the service website itself in order for it to become available for viewing via the Internet.
To do this, go to your personal account on the ivideon.ru website, select the newly added device and click the “Select tariff” tab:
But, in fact, all the tariff plans available to us as an individual, that is, calculated for private use:
For clarity, the author of the article selects a free offer and clicks on the “Connect” button. Remember that in this situation, no more than two cameras can be connected to the site, and there is also no possibility of recording to the cloud archive.
Therefore, if you need something more than just a freebie, study the paid rates in more detail. over, it seems to me that the here are quite adequate.
Well, in the meantime, in the Ivideon Server application itself, you can already press the “Run” button and start enjoying the viewing:
And this is the view from your personal account on the service website:
Again, it is worth recalling once again that in addition to the site, we also have a program for viewing on a PC, as well as a mobile device. In the last publication, we also talked about them in great detail.
By the way, my friends, remember we had earlier an article about how you can turn the most ordinary smartphone into a camera? So, it can also be connected to the server.
To do this, specify the value “Android IP WebCam” in the “Manufacturer” parameter. Look carefully at the picture:
So guys, now we can confidently say that our video surveillance system via the Internet is ready for battle. But now let’s talk about the cons. And in this situation, there are several of them. Let’s go in order.
First, if you will connect several cameras at the same time and want to watch them remotely via the Network, then you need to think about whether you have enough outgoing Internet speed.
There is one cool way to test this. To do this, you need to use the calculator for calculating the video archive, which is located on the website of Denis Markevich, a blogger in the field of professional video surveillance.
So, go to this link and enter your input data:
Here it must be said that a lot depends on the video compression codec used by the camera. In the picture above, advanced H.264 was applied, and now let’s see what kind of “pipe” is needed for the legacy MJPEG:
As you can see, the difference is sensitive. But in such a situation, one tricky nuance can be applied. After all, it makes little sense to set 25 frames per second in the camera settings. For normal viewing of the archive, 9-10 is enough:
As you can see, in this situation, completely different indicators are obtained. Okay, let’s assume that we have dealt with this important aspect. Let’s move on to the second minus.
So, despite all the attractiveness and free-of-charge of the Ivideon Server program, it turns out that you will always need to keep your computer turned on. And this, you see, may not always be convenient.
And there is only one way out: you need to buy additional equipment. It can be a network video recorder or a camera with firmware from Ivideon. Such devices connect to the Network directly, without intermediaries.
You can buy them on the service website by following the link in the “Shop” section:
Therefore, if you are interested in just such a scheme for organizing video surveillance, bypassing a constantly turned on PC, then I recommend watching Denis’s video, in which he talks about how easy it is to implement it:
In more detail and step by step about this option, you can read by following the link in this article. So to speak, watch, study and implement. And our story comes to an end. If someone is not entirely clear about something, please in the comments. Until!