The ONVIF Service

The surveillance industry has created an open standard protocol called ONVIF that allows cameras to communicate with each other and with network recording devices. ONVIF has different versions of compatibility that dictate which features can be integrated into the system. In some cases, a camera can have basic video compatibility but lack the ability to do more advanced features, such as motion detection. All our 1080p IP products are 100% ONVIF compatible with version 2.4 of Profile S for IP security cameras.

All current INSTAR 1080p IP cameras are compliant with the ONVIF Profile S Version 2.4.
The 720p Series supports the ONVIF Profile S Version 2.1

The ONVIF Service

The surveillance industry has created an open standard protocol called ONVIF that allows cameras to communicate with each other and with network recording devices. ONVIF has different versions of compatibility that dictate which features can be integrated into the system. In some cases, a camera can have basic video compatibility but lack the ability to do more advanced features, such as motion detection. All our 1080p IP product are 100% ONVIF compatible with version 2.4 of Profile S for IP security cameras.

ONVIF does no policing of its standards. Sometimes companies say that a device is ONVIF compliant when it is not.

How to check your ONVIF version?

If you want to use your INSTAR camera with an ONVIF recording device (NVR, NAS, etc.), you will need to contact the manufacturer or retailer of the device and ask them what version of ONVIF they support. If they do not give you a version number and instead just say "Profile S" or "ONVIF compliance" with no version number, they have dodged your question. You can check the ONVIF Version of your IP camera with a Windows tool called ONVIF Device Manager. You can download it from HERE

The ONVIF Device Manager

Start the ONVIF Device Manager and type in your camera login. Select your camera from the list of discovered ONVIF devices inside your local network.

Click on Identification and check your camera´s ONVIF Version. Make sure that all your ONVIF devices support the same standard.

The supported ONVIF version dictates the available functions. Be aware that, due to this restriction, the amount of functions can be reduced if your INSTAR camera is not supported natively by your recording device.

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