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.
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.
AdLink GIE62 Dual Port Card (PCIe x4 2 ports)
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".
Note: The Killer e2200 network card series do not work well with gige cameras, and jumbo frames shouldn't be turned on as it causes the camera to drop frames.
Also certain Realtek network cards do not work well with IDS gige cameras, please refer to the manufacturer recommendations.
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
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 is an option.
- Disable all network modules on the network card except the respective filter driver and IPV4.
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.
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.
Each camera and ethernet card should be configured with static IP's on different subnets (and a subnet mask)
Cameras on nic1:
nic ip: 10.0.1.1
cam ip: 10.0.1.10 ... 10.0.1.20
Cameras on nic2:
nic ip: 10.0.2.1 (different subnet from nic1)
cam ip: 10.0.2.10 ... 10.0.2.20 (different subnet from nic1)
subnet mask: 255.255.255.0