EDUCATIONAL QUESTION: I need to gain some knowledge our of necessity. Here is the situation. I do NOT know my way around things such as: 1. What the function of DHCP is; 2. Why port forwarding is necessary in some instances; 3. How to configure the ip addresses of my surveillance cameras; 4. How to start anew with my NVR and surveillance system.
I did not want to take the time to educate myself on these items since I would seldom have need for this knowledge. However, since I just got a new fiber isp and virtually nothing operates properly on the surveillance system I think that I must gain the knowledge necessary to do this myself. The company I purchased 70% of the system from will assist me somewhat but refuses to assist in any way at all for the cameras that I did not purchase from them. There are many free utility programs available that I have installed, however I need the knowledge to determine what to do with them. I think you get the picture. What my question is: Can any Expert advise me of an online course that will teach me what I need to know to understand this area of technology that will not take me overboard? I will not be doing this for a living. I just need to know what is needed to enable me to restore my system to default and start anew and KNOW what I am doing. I wish I didn't have to take the time needed to learn this, but I cannot locate a person that can guide me through all that is necessary to get things up and operating again. I would feel comfortable paying up to $100. for someone that could do this and briefly explain to me the highlights of what he/she was doing. It is like the person wanting an elephant sandwich but not wanting to start a new elephant for just one sandwich. Your comments and suggestions would be most welcome.