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Gigabit Ethernet & GigE Vision camera network recommendations

 How to setup GigE cameras with Swing Catalyst

 

GigE Vision is an interface standard for machine vision cameras. Swing Catalyst supports the GigE Vision standard through a licensed USB dongle.

Swing Catalyst also supports several gigabit ethernet cameras from different manufacturers such as AVT, IDS and Point Grey. For more information related to our supported cameras please see this article: http://support.swingcatalyst.com/hc/en-us/articles/200967858-Supported-Cameras

For the most accurate recommendations please refer to your camera manufacturer's setup articles.

 

Hardware Requirements

 

Recommended Network Adapters:

To setup and install GigE cameras you will require one or more free network ports in your computer.

We recommend using one of the following network cards since they have been tested and verified to work by the manufacturer:

  • Intel Pro 1000 PT (PCIe x1, 1 port)
  • Intel Pro 1000 GT (PCI, 1 port)
  • Intel CT (PCIe x1, 1 port)
  • Intel Pro 1000 PT Dual Port (PCIe x4, 2 ports)
  • Intel Pro 1000 PT Quad Port Low Profile (PCIe x4, 4 ports)

 

PoE Network cards

Same network bandwidth requirements as normal network cards.

Recommended models:

Adlink GIE72/74 Dual or Quad port Card

AdLink GIE62 Dual Port Card (PCIe x4 2 ports)* End of life.

Adlink GIE64 Quad Port Card(PCIx x4 4 ports)

Please note PoE network cards require power from the computers power supply.

It is also possible to use other gigabit network cards, but it is important to note that the card must support "jumbo frames".

 

Non supported network adapters:

Qualcomm Killer / Etherkiller e2200 network card series do not work well with GigE camera's.

Many Realtek network cards do not work well with IDS GigE & Point Grey GigE cameras, wherever possible use a recommended network adapter.

If you wish to use more than one camera it may in some cases also be necessary to use a Gigabit network switch. Most Gigabit switches will work, but it is important to ensure that the switch also has support for jumbo frames.

  • Netgear GS105 gigabit switch 5-port

* Note: Not all camera's can run on a network switch, some require a dedicated port.

 

Generalized configuration:

These steps are simplified and generalized and may not apply exactly to your camera.

  • Configure the network card to accept "Jumbo Frames (9K)"
  • Install the drivers and make sure to accept installation of the "filter" driver.
    • For Halcon users, please make sure the camera is using the MVTEC Halcon filter driver.
  • Set Interrupt moderation to Disabled unless moderation rate Extreme or High are available options.
  • Disable all network modules on the network card except the respective filter driver and IPV4.
 
 If you are unsure on how to do any of these steps please contact your camera manufacturer.
 

Connecting the GigE camera(s)

To connect a single GigE cameras just use a normal CAT5e/6 RJ45 network cable to connect the camera directly to the gigabit network card/port.

If you wish to connect more than one camera you may use multiple network cards or in some cases a network switch to connect multiple cameras to a single card (see recommended adapters)

Using a network switch is only possible in some cases (where the total bandwidth of all the cameras does not exceed that of a gigabit port), please contact us if you are unsure if this is possible in your case.

 

Connecting 2 cameras to a single network card/port

In some cases it is possible to connect 2 cameras to a single network card/port. This is possible if the overall bandwidth is less than 1gigabit.

 

Point Grey / FLIR: We strongly recommend having a dedicated network port for each camera for these camera's.

 

IP Setup

Each camera and ethernet card should be configured with static IP's on different subnets (and a subnet mask)

Example:

Network adapter 1:


Network adapter IP: 10.0.1.1
Camera IP: 10.0.1.10 ... 10.0.1.20
Subnet mask:255.255.255.0

Network adapter 2:


Network adapter IP: 10.0.2.1
Camera IP: 10.0.2.10 ... 10.0.2.20
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0

 

Note: Camera IP & Network Adapter IP has a different subnet than Network adapter 1, this will improve performance vs having both camera's on the same subnet.

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