Axis OEMs from Dynacolor. The other companies OEM it as well. For a version that is marketed as open, see: Open Camera Installation Tool (Razberi).
Also, the Axis T8414 has some negative reviews (see here).
IPVMU Certified | 01/16/15 08:25am
This Tatung unit was released couple months back, haven't used it, sounds good though.
Universal IP Cam Test Monitor TOM-0431IP
- 4.3" OLED Touch-Screen Display
- PoE (Class 2)
- Snapshot and Video
- 3 Hours Average Display Time 6+ Hours Standby Time
- Test for Wire Pin Alignment
- SD Micro Card and USB Storage
ByteBrothers has a few testers with PoE in from switch, then PoE out to camera. They don't replace a laptop but can be used for troubleshooting/verifying PoE, network ports, etc.
What is the price point an installer will pay for such a device? I have had feedback on the Dynacolor OEM tester as well as Pinpoint/Laptop combo practicality in some applications. What is realistic range?
The Axis T8414 is essentially a Dynacolor DT-2 (succeeds their DT-1) with a firmware limitation that it is only for Axis cameras. The Pelco IPCT01 is also the same product with the same limitations (only for Pelco cameras). I believe at least one other manufacturer sells its own equally-crippled version.
The Razberi IT-5000 is the Dynacolor DT-2, supporting the full camera list of the Dynacolor product. Razberi confirmed that they alone sell the full version in the U.S. and that other manufacturers can only sell a device-limited product.
That said, none of them are very useful. Camera setup is a nightmare - you have to navigate multiple menus to set the device up for any given camera and the number of cameras supported is still very limited. Latency is also a major problem and makes it difficult to aim/zoom/focus cameras - you have to adjust-wait-adjust-wait to optimize FOV, etc.
We also tested the Totevision MD-1001. It does have more functionality than the Dynacolor/Razberi device but that's not saying much. On the plus side, it is a 10.1" tablet running Windows7 embedded with enough storage (32GB) to run quite a few applications and has a neat optional tote bag with sunshield and shoulder strap. On the minus side, its puny Intel Atom N455 processor struggles with common tasks so latency is killer (on the order of one-to-several seconds). It also does not support ONVIF streams.
IPVMU Certified | 01/19/15 12:27pm
What we have found is that the Axis tester works good in an application where you can send it out with a technician (without laptop) in a case where you have remote access to the video server. The technician can install the camera, verify functionality, and set the IP address with the Axis device. Then a support engineer at the office can log in remotely to the video server, configure the camera, and focus with the technician still onsite. It is impossible to focus (properly) with only the Axis device because the screen is too small. And as Carl mentioned, it is a real pain trying to fully configure a camera using the device. We just set the IP address and password with it and then use real computers from there.
Enclosed is link to a new Multifunction enterprise CCTV tester TS2 , it has built in POE and many features , has anubody used this yet ?
Any feedback on this unit appreciated
Craig, thank you my friend. I put a request into CCTVDIRECT over the phone and I will let you know what transpires!
great hopefully it does the job
I have read the spec it looks good ,may take the plunge and also buy one
Any feedback on the TS2 tester yet?
Looking for the right product as well.
IPVMU Certified | 05/09/15 03:53am
This is something that we are looking for as well.
We would appeciate any feedback that you might have.
it doesn't look like feedback is coming. I may have to test it out myself! If so I will post back.
My assessment cannot match an IPVM thorough review however.
IPVMU Certified | 05/19/15 04:38pm
Like this but supports POE 'out'
Richard, the new model, (IPC 8600) now has POE out.
Chris, poor review on Amazon for IPC 8600
That's not a camera tester.......
This is a camera tester! :)
Which then flips upside down and attaches to a tripod. Supports 4 PoE cameras for about 6 hours running Milestone Corporate with all the bells and whistles.
Some manufacturers now requiring password changes on first login is killing implementation time for us. I don't see how any viewing device can get past this. It's been a nightmare for us. I could typically put a 40-50 camera job online, recording, everything in under an hour and now it's a pain in the butt having to login to each individually and set passwords and such.
This one !
I scored this one, it was just released right before the big show in China, and brought back with me. Amazing speed to have the video display in seconds, and can search IPC, have Hikvision camera active and does POE etc. Still learning/playing with all the functions .... but Indeed Love it!
Have you figured out who is making it yet? I assume it supports onvif so you can at least see your cameras?