In this tutorial, we’re going to look at how to setup synology surveillance station camera.

Which cameras work with Synology Surveillance Station?

The interface to add a new camera in Synology Surveillance Station shows two options: Synology supported cameras and a universal interface (ONVIF).

Let’s start with the cameras supported by Synology. The list of cameras supported by Synology includes around a hundred brands, including the well-known HIKVISION, TP-Link and DAHUA, as well as Sony, SAMSUNG and TOSHIBA. The camera models included under Hikvision are relatively comprehensive, with 1651 types of cameras. The cameras in the support list have all been tested for compatibility, allowing for better use of the cameras’ functions. Moreover, Qunhui’s website also provides a rich filtering system to help you solve the selection problem easily.

Next is the Universal Interface (ONVIF). ONVIF is actually the name of a forum set up by Axis in conjunction with Bosch and Sony, who have opened up a set of video interface standards for harmonisation, and this protocol is supported by anyone who is on their forum member list. This is a natural way for Synology to be able to use its features. An official list of onvif members is available here for your reference However, it should be noted that there is no corresponding certification link for this protocol, so there may be some problems with compatibility between different brands and models, and it is necessary to actually use it to know the exact compatibility effect.

How to set up a camera that supports the ONVIF protocol?

Step 1: First set up the camera, as we all have different cameras, so I won’t go into too much detail here, just three points to note:

  1. Be sure to update the camera’s firmware to the latest version;
  2. The camera can record normally after installation;
  3. The camera and NAS are connected under the same network segment of the same network.

Step 2: Next, move to DSM for the NAS setup. First, install Surveillance Station package in the “Package Center”, and then download the desktop application of Surveillance Station from the official website of Synology.

Step 3: Open the desktop program and log in, enter the program and click on “Network Camera” – “Add” – “Add Camera”.

Step 4: Select the setting mode on the Add Camera Wizard page. The “Quick Setup” uses sub-streams by default and supports recording up to 640p at 10 fps. If you don’t need too much clarity, then Quick Mode is for you. However, if the camera has more than 640p and you want to get a better picture, then select “Full settings”. Then click on “Search” – “General Interface” and click on your camera. If your camera requires a password to access it, make sure you fill it in.

Step 5: Set the picture quality. If you are interested in the picture quality, you can adjust the high resolution and frame rate appropriately.

Step 6: You can then set the “before and after recording time” for your surveillance, as well as customise the number of days you want to keep and the total surveillance capacity, so you don’t overload your hard drive with surveillance video.

Step 7: Finally, there is the scheduling management of the camera. “Continuous”: as the name implies means that continuous footage is saved, the advantage is that you can ensure that everything is in your record, the disadvantage is that it will take up more hard disk space; “Motion Detection”: the footage will only be saved when an object movement is detected Save. There is also support for custom rules, so that you can arrange the saving of footage according to your needs. Then click “Finish” and the camera has been added successfully.

You can then simply click on “Live image” to view the camera and use the arrow keys in the top left corner to move the camera with the gimbal. The footage that you have saved according to your recording schedule can be viewed in “Recording”. The DS cam app can also be downloaded and installed on your mobile phone, allowing you to view the surveillance screen and footage on your mobile phone after logging into your NAS.

Conclusion – How To Setup Synology Surveillance Station Camera

After reading the tutorial, isn’t it easy to set up your Synology Surveillance Station camera? We hope this tutorial helped you. Regarding the choice of Surveillance Station camera, we recommend purchasing a wireless WiFi surveillance camera with your choice of pixels. Also to install a surveillance camera at home, it is best to have a router and be able to transmit a normal WiFi signal, and you can easily install it with just the Synology Surveillance Station solution.

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