Designing a Camera System
Step 1 - Select Your Camera(s)
Choose the best camera for each camera application.
Determine the best place to mount each of your cameras to view the area you want to view.
Choose what features each of your cameras will require to view the subject area 24 hours a day.
Common camera features include:
- Infrared (night vision)
- Vandal Proof
- Exterior / Weatherproof
- 2-Way Audio
If you require more advanced camera features be sure to check our selection of Axis Professional Series Cameras and Recorders.
Step 2 – Select Your Recording Device
Axis Companion Series cameras are extremely flexible and allow the user multiple recording options.
Recording options Include:
- Side Storage Option – Companion cameras are designed to accept Micro SD Cards that allow recordings to be stored directly at the camera – No need for additional storage devices. Cameras can be plugged directly into your network router for remote access.
- Companion Switch – For small applications with up to four cameras the Companion 4 ch Switch with its Side Storage capability can record all four cameras directly to a single inserted Micro SD Card.
- Companion NVRs – For systems that require more cameras, features or recording time the Companion NVSs provides all of this and more. A top quality professional recording system.
- Cloud Recording – No need for expensive recorders. Save, secure and remote video storage. Low monthly plans available.
Axis Companion Software and Apps all contain a camera detector feature that automatically allows you to bring up your cameras on your phone or tablet without any networking or programming required.
Step 3 - Choose Your Cables
Each of you Axis IP cameras will require a single network cable to connect each camera directly to your recorder or switch. The network cables will transmit both the video signal and the power (PoE) over the same cable.
Make sure you choose a cable length that will reach from your camera to your recorder / switch (make sure you include the vertical distances as well as the horizontal distances in you calculation of how long of a cable each camera will require).
If you have an Axis Companion Switch or Axis Companion NVR then you will require an additional network cable to connect your Companion Switch or Companion NVR to your router for remote access to your camera.
Two network cable options: