What is ONVIF?
ONVIF is an open standard which began in 2008. Its aim is to provide a common way to interact with IP-based security devices and it is now supported by the majority of IP cameras that were manufactured since 2010.
If your cameras are ONVIF enabled it means Ops (via an Ops Link) can:
- Automatically detect the ONVIF cameras on your network.
- Automatically detect the video streams on an ONVIF camera once authentication details have been provided.
To use ONVIF:
- Your camera must support ONVIF - check your manufacturer's website or documentation.
- Your camera must have ONVIF enabled - many that support it have it enabled by default, but some need it to be manually enabled in the setup page and may also need separate user accounts to be added, including Axis and Hikvision.
- Your camera must be accessible by the Ops Link on ports 80 (HTTP) and 554 (RTSP).
- Ideally your camera should be running on the latest firmware as manufacturers regularly update their ONVIF support to fix compliance issues - check your manufacturer's website or documentation
You should test that your camera supports ONVIF before you try using it in SureView Ops. To test if your camera has ONVIF support enabled, use the free ONVIF Device Manager tool. Note: if it does not work in this tool then it will not work in SureView Ops either, please contact your manufacturer.
- Make sure your computer is on the same network as the cameras.
- Download and install the ONVIF Device Manager and run it.
- Enter the ONVIF username and password for your cameras at the top left and click "Log In".
- Click the "Refresh" button to search your network for ONVIF devices.
- Click a device in the Device List.
- To view live video click "Live Video" and the box at the bottom shows the RTSP URL which will be in the format