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MVN Ethernet Camera (Legacy)

NOTE: The MVN Ethernet Camera is a legacy product. If you are looking for similar functionality, the Remote App for iOS and Android might be suited:  MVN Remote App for iOS and Android

 

MVN Analyze/Animate has the ability to record synchronized MVN and video data. This is possible using the Ethernet camera (Prosilica GS650) provided with the PRO system. The camera is a high quality professional GigE camera with a C mount. The GigE interface enables the use of long cables (max 100m) and standard 1 Gigabit Ethernet cards for interfacing. The currently supported frame rate in MVN Analyze/Animate is limited, but the camera itself is capable of 120 frames per second (fps), depending on lighting conditions. The camera has a global shutter and is capable of advanced triggering and synchronization features.

 

1. Using the MVN camera GS650

The MVN camera GS650 has the following components, which you will need to know to connect to your PC.

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  1. Gigabit Ethernet interface, IEEE 802.3 1000BASE-T conformant, CAT5E or CAT6 recommended, max 100m.
  2. GPIO port – Power supply
  3. Status LED 1
    a. Solid Orange, link established
    b. Flashing Orange, data transmission, activity
  4. Status LED 21
    a. 
    Solid Green, normal operation
    b. Flashing, 1 Hz, booting
    c. Flashing, 3x quickly @ 1 Hz, error

To use the MVN Camera, connect the power supply to the mains power (Slot 2) and connect the network cable (Slot 1) to the MVN Camera and to the network slot of the PC or laptop.

 

2. Camera driver

The camera should be available to MVN Analyze/Animate when connected. The camera driver is installed together with the software. However, depending on your network card specification and the setup used, in some cases MVN Analyze/Animate does not find the camera, or the performance is not as expected, re-installing the driver may solve this issue.

A dedicated driver (Prosilica GigE Filter Installer 1.20.exe) is available and can be found in folder

...\Program Files (x86)\Allied Vision Technologies\

 

3. Network Configuration

There are two main methods of connecting the camera to your PC/laptop. There is also a third method, which is possible, but not recommended.

  1. Connect the MVN Camera directly to the LAN-port on your PC/laptop.
  2. The most advanced and recommended way of connecting the camera to your PC/laptop is to equip it with a second Ethernet-card. This way you can keep a wired LAN connection with your (corporate) network and receive the camera data directly on your PC/laptop without being routed over the LAN.
  3. Connect the MVN Camera to the same LAN your PC/laptop is connected to (in your building). The data will then be routed via the LAN/switch to your PC/laptop.

The MVN camera is configured to obtain its IP-address by DHCP. In both cases the camera must be able to obtain an IP-address via a DHCP service. In the case you connect the camera directly to your PC the operating system must issue a (private) IP-address to the camera, this should happen automatically in Windows. Most LAN networks are configured to provide a DHCP service, ask your network administrator for details if you encounter any problems.

A direct connection (options 1 and 2) is faster, more robust and prone to less potential latency and connection issues.

Note that in the case that your PC/laptop has another means of accessing the LAN/internet, such as a WiFi link it is actually quite easy to opt for choice 1 or 2, with the advantages of a direct, fast connection to the camera, while still being connected to the LAN/internet.

Option 3 is not recommended, since this way of connection will not support high frame rates. However, a connection via the LAN has the advantage of having access to the services on the LAN (e.g. internet). Additionally, depending on the (security) policies implemented on the LAN it might be difficult in getting things to work without support from your network administrator. Technically, the DHCP service must give the camera an IP-address and subnet in the same range as the PC/laptop.

 

4. Jumbo Frames

The MVN camera will work with any Gigabit Ethernet network card; however it is strongly recommended that Gigabit Ethernet components that support Jumbo Frames are used.

A Jumbo Frame is loosely defined as a frame size greater than 1500 bytes however typical Jumbo Frames are around 9000 bytes. Frame size is the number of bytes per packet and the larger the frame size, the less the computer CPU will be loaded due to the processing of incoming packets. There are many Gigabit Ethernet cards available which will support Jumbo Frames. The following examples have been verified to work well with the camera:

  • Intel PRO/1000
  • D-Link DGE-550T
  • SMC EZ Card 1000

Please check the Ethernet Network Card settings in the Windows Device Manager to enable support for “Jumbo Frames” and adjust it to its maximum value. The “Jumbo Frames” might also be called “Maximum Frame Size”. Setting the correct Jumbo Frame settings in the Device Manager dialogue:

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5. Camera Usage Guidelines

Do not remove the fitted lens, this may cause the camera to become out of focus and may introduce dirt and debris in the housing destroying the CCD sensor in the camera. If you need to fit a different lens, this is done outside of warranty and on your own risk.



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