IP Video

Solutions Overview

Analog vs. IP

Power over Ethernet (PoE)


I/R Illuminators

Software & Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)

Axis Authorized Partner


VNS chose to partner with Axis Communications in part because they are the market leader in IP-based network cameras, with an estimated 67% of the IP video surveillance (IPVS) market share today.  And we also chose to partner with them because they were the first company to develop this innovative technology and have years of expertise  This is a mature technology - if you're still unsure about it, you may want to review the Top 10 Myths About Network Video.  Video over IP is a technology that allows you to leverage your existing data infrastructure to it's fullest.  Instead of installing two networks, one for your data and one with traditional analog coaxial technology for your video, why not leverage one infrastructure to it's fullest, and enjoy the additional benefits of an IP network-based video solution?  Benefits include direct connectivity to every camera, full remote control functionality via a web browser, and digital video recording (DVR) to hard disks on your data network.

Analog vs. IP-Based Video Surveillance

Analog closed-circuit recording systems (CCTV) are limited, because they are only as smart as the person monitoring the system. With IP networks you have access to a wide-range of automated software settings and alert systems that make security management more efficient and intelligent and less error prone and less costly.  On the other hand, IP camera systems handle motion detection, event triggers, and alert automation (via e-mail, pager or phone call), and have a multitude of options for changing frame rates, resolution and timed record cycles. Analog camera systems can't do this without digital conversion.

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

PoE switches and adapters are useful for times when local power outlets are not available. Power is drawn from the power source near the switch and then routed over Ethernet cables. This is possible because the CAT5 Ethernet spec enables both data and power.  As always, pricing depends up the various equipment involved on a site, along with such network variables as the number of ports, switch capabilities, vendors deployed, etc.  PoE (short for Power over Ethernet) is basically a power extension via Ethernet cable. It requires a PoE switch or PoE adapters. PoE switches will send power and data to either a PoE enabled device that can take power and data from a single Ethernet cable and the attached PoE switch; or A PoE terminal adapter that splits the power out of the Ethernet cable at the end of the line and connects to a standard power input on the networked device (in this case a camera).

HHere are some other very helpful white papers on IP-based video surveillance technology that may be of interest if you're considering this technology for the first time.

To see any of these units live, in our showroom, please call your VNS Account Executive to get a demo, or if you don't yet have a dedicated Account Executive, give us a call at (559) 650-2600 and we'll get you one!  Click here to check pricing on all Axis cameras.

Not sure where to start?  Check out the Axis Product Comparison, or you can review details on each of the models below.

AXIS 212 PTZ Network Camera

AXIS 212 PTZ Network Camera

  The AXIS 212 PTZ is no ordinary PTZ. It’s the only PTZ network camera that provides full overview, and instant, one-click pan/tilt/zoom - with maintained sharp image resolution. And it’s all done without moving parts, so there’s no wear and tear. In short, it’s a whole new definition of PTZ.

These distinguishing features make a unique combination:

  • Full overview Instant pan/tilt/zoom
  • No moving parts
  • Resolution - Sharp and maintained

The AXIS 212 PTZ is perfect for indoor surveillance of premises up to 150 m2/1600ft2, such as shops, reception areas, banks, server rooms and other places where you need to see the whole area and have the possibility to zoom in for detailed inspection and monitoring.  The AXIS 212 PTZ-V is also available as a vandal-proof model.

To check pricing or buy an Axis 212 PTZ Video Camera now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS 232D Network Dome Camera

AXIS 232D Network Dome CameraAXIS 232D Network Dome Camera

The AXIS 232D Network Dome Camera is a day and night camera that is designed particularly for outdoor surveillance and remote monitoring applications. It provides round-the-clock, high quality Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 video, with full pan, tilt and zoom control over IP networks.

The AXIS 232D features an 18x optical zoom, autofocus lens with a removable IR-cut filter. The IR-cut filter can be automatically or manually removed, depending on light conditions. This enables the camera to capture color video in light conditions down to 0.3 lux, and black and white video in conditions down to 0.005 lux.

As with all true domes, the AXIS 232D enables a continuous 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt operation. In addition, it supports 20 preset positions and 1 sequence. The AXIS 232D offers 4 alarm inputs and 4 outputs, advanced event management functions, and a complete set of security features such as HTTPS and IP address filtering. The AXIS 232D is ideal for demanding security surveillance installations, such as at airports, railway stations and prisons, as well as at warehouses, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers and school campuses.  An optional outdoor housing and accessories are also available to provide IP66-rated environmental protection for indoor or outdoor use of Axis' network dome cameras.

To check pricing or buy an Axis 232D Network Video Camera now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS 225FD Fixed Dome Network Camera

AXIS 225FD Fixed Dome Network Camera

The AXIS 225FD Fixed Dome Network Camera is a high-performance, progressive scan, day/night camera for professional surveillance. Its discreet, vandal-resistant and outdoor-proof design with built-in heater and fan provides maximum protection in tough conditions.  The AXIS 225FD delivers crisp, clear images even of objects moving at high speed in the dark, constitutes the perfect solution for securing harsh environments over the network.

Power over Ethernet Technology background Built-in Power over Ethernet allows the camera to receive both data and power over a single Ethernet cable. This makes the installation easier and cheaper, and means that the camera can operate even when there is a power failure, if connected to a central Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)./font>

To check pricing or buy an Axis 225FD Fixed Dome IP Video Camera now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS 213 PTZ Network Camera

AXIS 213 PTZ Network Camera

The AXIS 213 PTZ Network Camera enables advanced remote monitoring with pan, tilt and zoom control over IP networks. It features a powerful 26x optical zoom, auto focus lens and an IR mode for nighttime conditions.

The AXIS 213 PTZ delivers superior quality Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 video streams simultaneously. The camera provides 20 preset positions and 1 preset sequence (auto patrol) to monitor specific areas. It also offers pre- and post-alarm image buffering and advanced event management features.  The optional AXIS 213CM Connection Module provides functionalities such as two-way audio, in addition to two alarm inputs and three relay outputs. /font>

The AXIS 213 PTZ connects directly to an IP network, and with a built-in Web server, enables remote monitoring and control from any PC connected to the local area network or the Internet. The camera provides wide coverage with its ability to pan 340 degrees, tilt 100 degrees and zoom in on specific details. The AXIS 213 PTZ is ideal for monitoring people and property, and for remote learning and troubleshooting. A protective dome housing is available for indoor and outdoor applications.

To check pricing or buy an Axis 213 PTZ IP Video Camera now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS 2120 Network Camera

AXIS 2120 Network Camera

Complete with built-in Web server and motion detection, the award-winning AXIS 2120 Network Camera is all you need to keep a visual track of events both at home and in the office.

With no PC required for transmitting your images over the WAN/LAN or the Internet, you’re just a network plug away from live remote monitoring from any convenient desktop./font>

An outdoor housing is also available for this camera for external applications.  Power over Ethernet (POE/POL/POLM) converters are also available for installation where areas where traditional power cabling and outlets are unavailable or difficult to install.

To check pricing or buy an Axis 2120 IP Video Camera now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS 211 Network Camera

AXIS 211 Network Camera

The AXIS 211 Network Camera is designed for professional indoor and outdoor security surveillance and remote monitoring. It provides superior image quality using progressive scan and offers built-in support for Power over Ethernet, motion detection and advanced event management.

The AXIS 211 can deliver Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 video streams simultaneously, allowing for optimization in image quality and bandwidth. The MPEG-4 compression mode is ideal for applications where available bandwidth is restricted and higher frame rates are required.

The AXIS 211 connects directly to an IP network. With a built-in Web server, the AXIS 211 enables remote monitoring over a local area network or the Internet using a standard Web browser.

With built-in support for Power over Ethernet, the AXIS 211 is able to receive power through a network cable, which reduces installation cost and enables users to increase their security by consolidating the power source to a central location. The AXIS 211 fully supports the IEEE 802.3af standard and works with compliant midspans and switches. With Power over Ethernet, an Axis network camera can be set up in a way that enables it to continue to function even when there is a power failure.

To check pricing or buy an Axis 211 IP Video Camera now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS 2420 Network Camera - IR Sensitive

AXIS 2420 Network Camera - IR Sensitive

See without being seen! Use the AXIS 2420 Network Camera - IR Sensitive in combination with infrared lighting--and see in the dark what the human eye can't. See without being seen! Offers access to live video in low-light conditions, with streaming black & white video directly into standard Web browsers - at up to 30 frames/second. 

The AXIS 2420 is the first surveillance camera to offer future-proof digital security solutions, as well as backward compatibility with traditional analog CCTV systems.  Using Motion JPEG image format, the camera guarantees high quality motion and still images at all times, regardless of the bandwidth restrictions on the network.

The AXIS 2420 connects directly to a local area network or the Internet and is all that is needed to receive high quality streaming video through a standard Web browser. To complement existing analog cameras, it can simultaneously plug into an analog surveillance system via its video output connector.

For surveillance in low light or night-time conditions, the AXIS 2420-IR Sensitive version offers black and white video using infrared technology. This is the world's first completely networked infrared-sensitive camera. Used in combination with an IR Illuminator, it offers access to high quality images 24 hours a day -- even in complete darkness.

To check pricing or buy an Axis 2420 IP Video Camera now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS IR Illuminators

AXIS IR Illuminators

Use the IR Illuminator in combination with the AXIS 213 PTZ Network Camera, AXIS 232D Network Dome Camera, AXIS 2420 Network Camera – IR Sensitive and AXIS 230 MPEG-2 Network Camera in low-light or complete darkness and you'll have good quality images round the clock without attracting attention.

The high quality IR Illuminator can be used in indoor and outdoor environments for both semi-covert and covert applications. The adjustable power settings offer the possibility to match the scene's requirements.

The low power consumption of the illuminator's solid-state LEDs (light-emitting diodes) results in ultra-long lifetime and very low running cost.

To check pricing or buy an Axis IR Illuminator now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS 2191 Audio Module

AXIS 2191 Audio Module

Used together with the Axis network cameras, the AXIS 2191 Audio Module enhances the visual communication by adding audio capability.

The combined products offer communication via microphones and loudspeakers along with the live images over networks and the Internet.

To check pricing or buy an Axis 2191 Audio Module now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS Camera Station

AXIS Camera Station

AXIS Camera Station is an IP-Surveillance software that works with Axis network cameras and video servers to provide video monitoring, recording and event management functions.

With the AXIS Camera Station installed on your Windows PC, you can monitor your cameras, and at the same time, record high quality, digital video either continuously or on schedule, alarm and/or motion detection.

The AXIS Camera Station offers easy ways to search for recorded events. In addition, the software has a multi-view playback feature that enables a user to view simultaneous recordings from different cameras to get a comprehensive picture of an event.

Remote viewing and playback are also possible with the use of a Web browser or with the AXIS Camera Station's Windows client. The Windows client also enables remote administration of the software. The software allows for scalability, with easy addition of licenses for up to 25 cameras.

To check pricing or buy an Axis Camera Station now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS Camera Recorder

AXIS Camera Recorder

AXIS Camera Recorder software offers Windows PC users basic video recording and monitoring functions for security surveillance at an attractive price level. The software enables live video surveillance on a PC, as well as the ability to record video continuously, on schedule, on alarm or when motion is detected.

You can be alerted to alarm events by computer sound or e-mail, and search for specific recordings by date/time or event. /font>

AXIS Camera Recorder is ideal for maintaining a good visual track on your hotel, service site or factory, or wherever you need to record and monitor movements for safety and security.

To check pricing or buy an Axis Camera Recorder now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS Camera Explorer (ACE)

AXIS Camera Explorer (ACE)

The AXIS Camera Explorer software lets you watch live network video from anywhere. Whether on a PC/workstation or on a PDA running Pocket PC 2002/2003, you can view live images from an unlimited number of Axis cameras and video servers simultaneously.

ACE gives IT and security staff the freedom to remotely monitor places, people and processes while stationary or on the move. So protect your business interests with remote monitoring over wired and wireless networks./font>

To check pricing or buy an Axis Camera Explorer now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS Network DVR

AXIS Network DVR

The AXIS 2460 Network DVR (Digital Video Recorder) gives you maintenance-free digital recording of images from up to 4 analog cameras, and simultaneous access to live viewing, playback and administrative functions from anywhere using an Internet Explorer Web browser.

The AXIS 2460 also provides smarter, longer and more secure storage of recordings -- features which make this product unique among DVRs. As with any Axis product, the AXIS 2460 is designed for outstanding ease of installation and operation. /font>

To check pricing or buy an Axis 2460 Network DVR now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

AXIS 2400+ Video Server

AXIS 2400+ Video Server

Designed for professional surveillance applications, an AXIS 2400+ Video Server can network up to four analog cameras. It transforms analog video into high quality digital images for video transmission over intranet networks or the Internet. This enables users to view live images from any networked computer with a standard Web browser.

The AXIS 2400+ provides greater memory, increased performance and a higher level of customization than the original AXIS 2400, the world's best-selling video server. /font>

Easy to install and use, the AXIS 2400+ provides a comprehensive, single-box solution that enables you to have a professional surveillance application up and running in minutes. Your system can be as open or closed as needed. Access to live images can be restricted to only authorized users through several levels of password protection.

To check pricing or buy an Axis Video Server now, visit our eSales site by clicking here.

What Next?

VNS has been providing Axis IP surveillance solutions to our Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Visalia and Oakhurst customers since 1996, and we use them ourselves.

For more information or to discuss purchasing or implementing an Axis IP surveillance solution with VNS, give us a call at (559) 650-2600, or send us an email at

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