Configuring IP Cameras From One System To Another



  • I convinced management to combine all of our IP Cameras into one single Milestone system. We have about 10 cameras on Milestone and 26 Amcrest Cameras across 5 DVRs. Before this, I tested two of our existing IP Cameras (Amcrest) on the current Milestone system and they were discovered and worked perfectly.

    I migrated the old system into the new PC and it is working. It found all the existing cameras on the previous Milestone system. So, I am starting to bring in the Amcrest IP Cameras (Again, they worked during testing) and running into a few issues.

    Just to preface, I am a Jack of all IT Trades but not an expert in networking.

    First off, the existing Milestone Cameras are in a machine shop and they call come to a PoE switch in the shop and back into the office in a single cable to the Milestone system on a 192 network. I put that cable into another PoE switch with another one leading back to the Milestone system and it works great and sees all the existing Milestone cameras we had before.

    The first Amcrest system I want to bring in has 4 cables into my server room. I plugged them into that PoE switch, went back into Milestone and scanned for them and it didn't find them. So using this IP camera called CONFIG TOOL,. I tried plugging them into another PoE switch with my laptop and still couldn't find them.

    I went back into the Amcrest DVR and these cameras grabbed 10.1.1 addresses, assuming assigned by the DVR. I tried changing it to a 192 but it required a default Gateway and usually don't use one for 192.

    So I am kind of stuck right now...I do believe if I can get these 4 cameras from 10.1.1 to a 192 address, then I should be able to plug into that switch and have Milestone find them, correct? And am I doing the Config Tool testing backwards?



  • @garak0410 said in Configuring IP Cameras From One System To Another:

    o the office in a single cable to the Milestone system on a 192 network. I put that cable into another PoE switch with another

    Is there no DHCP server on the 192 network?



  • @Dashrender

    This was in place before I got here and as far as I can tell, no..I tried a DHCP explorer selecting the private network card and it didn't find anything....unless it is the original switch in the shop but it is an unmanaged switch...the network card for the camera network shows this...

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    I duplicated that on the new PC's second network card and it sees the original 10 cameras but nothing I try to add. I'm sure this is easy but the solution doesn't present itself yet.



  • @garak0410 said in Configuring IP Cameras From One System To Another:

    @Dashrender

    This was in place before I got here and as far as I can tell, no..I tried a DHCP explorer selecting the private network card and it didn't find anything....unless it is the original switch in the shop but it is an unmanaged switch...the network card for the camera network shows this...

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    I duplicated that on the new PC's second network card and it sees the original 10 cameras but nothing I try to add. I'm sure this is easy but the solution doesn't present itself yet.

    I'd setup DHCP from some device on that private network. Even if it doesn't work, it shouldn't take that long.



  • @garak0410 said in Configuring IP Cameras From One System To Another:

    I tried changing it to a 192 but it required a default Gateway and usually don't use one for 192.

    So set one - a fake one. Then it should just work.



  • @Dashrender said in Configuring IP Cameras From One System To Another:

    @garak0410 said in Configuring IP Cameras From One System To Another:

    I tried changing it to a 192 but it required a default Gateway and usually don't use one for 192.

    So set one - a fake one. Then it should just work.

    You could try setting the gateway to the IP of the milestone pc



  • @scotth So same as the private network or the domain network?

    It is odd that it only finds the original 10 cameras and nothing that I add, even if adding to the original switch in the shop.



  • Thinking aloud, I wonder if the former camera PC had some kind of simple DHCP on it...I still have it powered on but can't seem to find anything that would serve as one.



  • @garak0410 said in Configuring IP Cameras From One System To Another:

    Thinking aloud, I wonder if the former camera PC had some kind of simple DHCP on it...I still have it powered on but can't seem to find anything that would serve as one.

    Possible, it's an easy service to have.



  • @garak0410 said in Configuring IP Cameras From One System To Another:

    @scotth So same as the private network or the domain network?

    It is odd that it only finds the original 10 cameras and nothing that I add, even if adding to the original switch in the shop.

    I'm not aware of your network scheme. I couldn't advise without specifics.



  • Craziest thing...that program called CONFIG TOOL just decided to discover everything...was able to find cameras, give them a proper IP, used the IP of the network card on the Milestone system as GATEWAY address and I am halfway through this converstion now... 🙂


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