Remote Viewing Over the Internet with Vanguard Software

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Questions

How do I access my picture from another computer using Vanguard Control Center?

Answer

Vanguard is designed so that you can make your live cameras and saved video and still images available to remote users over the Internet. The computer where you run Vanguard and have cameras connected is called the Vanguard Server when you are sharing images over the Internet.

  • To start sharing, all you have to do is click the Connect button: 237.gif
  • If your sharing settings are configured, you are ready to start sharing. When you click Connect, your Vanguard server connects to an X10 server that acts as a gateway for remote users.
  • When Vanguard is connected for sharing, you will see some new things in the main program window:

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  • You can turn off the display of the Internet-related items in the Streaming Options window.
  • The Quality slider changes the compression quality of the image you are sending. A more compressed image is faster to send, but doesn't look as good as a less compressed picture.
  • The Frequency slider tells Vanguard how often to send video frames to the remote user. A higher frequency gives you smoother video, but will use more bandwidth and might be slower to display. We recommend starting out with the Quality slider in the middle and the Frequency slider turned all the way up.
  • At the top of the window are several tools to monitor the status of your online connection.

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  • The bar on the left shows is a gauge of the data you are transmitting. The bar on the right shows how much you are receiving. Clicking the Status button opens the Connection Status log window.

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  • The connection status log shows you a more complete picture of your remote connections. You can see how many remote users are connected to your Vanguard Server, how much data you've sent and received, and you can read a log of connection messages.

Accessing Your Server Remotely

Once you have the Vanguard Server configured and running the way you want it, you can access your images from any Windows computer connected to the Web and running Internet Explorer 5 or newer.

  • Before you get started, you will need to know your user identification code and password. You can get these from the Remote User Settings window on your Vanguard Server. If you have that ready, direct your browser to:

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  • The Remote Client looks just like the Vanguard Server, but loads in your browser window. When it is done loading, click the Connect button to open the connection window.

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  • Enter your Access ID, a name for this connection, and the password for this Access ID (the Username field is optional). Click Connect to make the connection to the Vanguard server. After the first time you connect, the connection information will be saved in the list box. You can just click on a name in the list to automatically enter the connection information.
  • Once a connection is established, you have remote access and control of all the features in the Vanguard Server.

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