Hardware guidelines

System Hardware Requirement

The hardware requirements of an AXIS Camera Station system depend on a wide number of factors:

  • The total bandwidth retrieved by the server from all video sources
  • The Bandwidth used by clients for video viewing both live view and playback, as well as the number of clients
  • The bitrate delivered by each video device varies and depends on the scene complexity, the chosen frame rate, resolution, video codec, compression, illumination, as well as the number of streams fetched from each video source
  • The number of open network connections on the server side (between server and clients as well as server and devices)
  • The number of alarm events and overall log activity generated
  • The advanced configurations using the rules engine that might trigger background data traffic and load on system
  • and more…

There are no hardcoded limitations on the number of clients or devices connected to an AXIS Camera Station system. This gives great flexibility but also requires the system designer to make responsible designs and it is very important to use server hardware that can handle the worst-case scenario of each individual system.

AXIS S11 Recorder Series and AXIS S22 Appliance Series have been validated during extensive testing to provide a reliable recording solution with outstanding user experience. Check the product pages for more details on our Out-of-the box ready recording solutions.

Our general recommendations for system design are:

  1. It is always preferable to have multiple servers sharing the load.
  2. It is a good practice to keep the number of connected video channels below 64 per physical server. 
  3. When adding devices that do not require a video stream such as speakers, access control and input/output devices, it is possible to connect larger number of devices, but we do not have any verified limits today. Therefore, system designers should be prepared that it might be required to add more servers. 
  4. The user behavior has a significant impact on the system, which is hard to quantify. Therefore, we propose to have spare system resources on the server to handle multiple viewing clients. In many installations, it is also a good practice to have viewing clients and devices on two separate networks. This makes the network load easier to predict and control.
  5. If large amounts of motion in an area during specific times is expected, it is in general preferable to use continuous recordings as opposed to loading the system with very large numbers of video motion detection triggers.
  6. Verify the recorded material quality over at least 24 hours so that all possible illumination conditions are covered. Do not rely on the live view only when verifying the quality of video. 

The following hardware recommendations for AXIS Camera Station 5 are primarily based on the total bandwidth per server or number of video channels. For bandwidth estimations please use AXIS Site Designer.

REMEMBER: ALWAYS CALCULATE ON THE WORST CASE SCENARIO.

Systems up to 100 Mbit/s recording bit rate or 16 Video Channels

AXIS Camera Station client & server**

Operating System*: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
CPU: Intel® Core i3, such as Intel® Core i3-7101TE
RAM: 8GB, DDR4-2400 MHz
Graphic card: Intel® HD Graphics 630
Network: 1 Gbps

Systems up to 200 Mbit/s recording bit rate or 32 Video Channels

AXIS Camera Station client & server**

Operating System*: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
CPU: Intel® Core i5, such as Intel® Core i5-8500
RAM: 8GB, DDR4-2666 MHz
Graphic card: Intel® HD Graphics 630
Network:1 Gbps

 

Systems up to 300 Mbit/s recording bit rate or 64 Video Channels 

AXIS Camera Station client

Operating System*: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
CPU: Intel® Core i5, such as Intel® Core i5-8500
RAM: 8GB, DDR4-2666 MHz
Graphic card: Nvidia Quadro P620
Network: 1 Gbps

AXIS Camera Station server**

Operating System*: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
CPU: Intel® Xeon, such as Intel® Xeon® Silver 4208
RAM: 8GB, DDR4-2666 MHz
Network: 1 Gbps

Multi-server system above 300 Mbit/s recording bit rate

All systems with higher performance requirements should use multiple servers**
Add more AXIS Camera Station servers and divide bandwidth load equally per server, each within above specifications.

More client recommendations:

Always use the latest graphics card drivers.
Multi-screen support - Up to 4 monitors per graphic card or multi-4K stream support:

  • At least 2 GB dedicated video memory
  • HDMI 2.0 or Display Port 1.2 support
  • For example, NVIDIA® QUADRO® P620

Please note that multi-4K stream and multiple monitors will put more load on your client and network.
Using H.265 video coding will put more load on the graphic card.

Non-video devices

When non-video devices are used in AXIS Camera Station, they will still use performance of your server.  Although they are not using more bandwidth than cameras, depending on the system configuration, such as Action rules they will place a load on the system and need to be verified on a case-by-case basis.

 

* For a list of all supported Operating Systems, please check the release notes. Always use latest service pack from Microsoft.
**The operating system physical disk should not be used for recordings. This will help maintain general system stability and achieve better performance, while avoiding fragmentation and bottlenecks. If the operating system and recordings need to be combined on the same physical disk, recordings should be kept in a different partition than the operating system.
UPS recommended: To avoid unexpected system shutdowns, which could cause database corruption

Hardware recommendations for AXIS Camera Station 4 and below