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I have a client that has an extensive security system with many (40 +) Honeywell HD3MDIP IP cameras. The security room has it's own DVRs and analytics servers for the house.

We are integrating the A/V and control of the house. I am trying to get a stream from the cameras into our video distribution system to allow the client to view them on their displays and touchpanels throughout the home.

I am new to IP cameras. I have the camera and I am able to connect to it locally via the web interface. I can see that it has two options for displaying a primary and a secondary (lower resolution) stream. I am only able to view the stream from this interface. What I am trying to do is to use an address (ie guest@guest@172.16.0.100) to capture the stream to use in our system, which is Crestron DM.

The first issue I see is that I can only view the camera's web interface from IE using ActiveX. Annoying. The second is that I am unable to pull it's video.

What is the best way to get all these IP cameras into our system. Ideally I would be using an IP address into our system. The only other option I see is to use some kind of IP to analog streamer. This would lessen the quality of the video greatly.

Any ideas or directions to point me in?

Thanks.
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by:kode99
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You might have better luck trying to get video from the DVR setup.

On that camera if the recording system is using the first stream at full resolution the secondary stream is shut off.  Even at that the secondary can only support 640x480,  so you would not lose much quality if you have to switch it to analog.  I would expect the primary stream is going into their NVR setup.

I could not find what the URL is to get the stream out of that camera on the net.  It would be far too much trouble for Honeywell to document it.  So probably have to tap the network to see what the proper format for the request is.

This might do the job, http://www.fiddler2.com/fiddler2/ 

Whoever installed the system might also be able to tell you.

I've not used any of the Crestron stuff I don't know what it can take for input digitally.
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by:My name is Mud
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There's a database where it shows you the direct URL to set up a DVR system called Zoneminder, but your camera is not listed, maybe some time they will put it up...

http://digdilem.org/cameras/index.php?
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After finally getting ahold of the right person at Honeywell I found that the URL to the stream is:

rtsp://guest:guest@ipaddress/mpeg4

or

rtsp://guest:guest@ipaddress/mjpeg

As a note for anyone who comes by this. using the mpeg4 stream counts as the primary stream and if you connect to it, you will block the NVR from seeing the camera. Need to use the mjpeg stream!

Thanks for the help!
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by:farroar
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Found this on my own using Honeywell tech support, and a lot of hours waiting on hold.
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