How To Identify Network Problems In IP Video Systems

We design and deploy camera systems on a regular basis.

The systems usually range in size from 12 to 48 cameras, exclusively IP based. Communications paths are usually provided by our IT dept. on VLANs with in our back office networks.

Our dept. contracts the camera installations and administers the VMS servers, including configuration and turn up.

When it is all said and done, although similar, no two systems perform exactly the same. Obviously this is due to the nuances of each environment. What I am vexed by is the ability to quantify these properties. My questions:

  1. Is there one place that I can view activity on my VLAN network and observe (quantitatively) the traffic?
  2. Is there an analyzer software or device that is best suited for this task?
  3. Are there relevant standards for acceptable performance metrics of a video system overall?

Any input would really be appreciated. At the moment we just keep learning more and more, but it all seems very omni-directional…

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