Getting Started With Your IPVM MembershipBy: IPVM Team, Published on Jan 20, 2017
Here's how to get started and get the most out of your IPVM membership.
Books for Members
All members can download the 3 member-only books below - just click on the books you want to download:
Getting Started Video Presentation
You can watch the 20 minute video immediately below or scan through the whole post for images and recommendations.
You are one of 10,000+ members from 100+ countries. We survey IPVM members for special reports and facilitate sharing comments and feedback from amongst members.
IPVM is very big, with an unmatched wealth of information.
IPVM is so big that it is unrealistic to read all of it yourself. You will want to pick and choose the topics most relevant to you:
One of the best ways is to use IPVM's custom search engine that is available on the top right corner of every page on the site. As you type in your query, IPVM immediately returns matches. You can select one of them:
Alternatively, you can press return for all results and go to IPVM's advanced search page. On this page, you can filter by: newest matches, type of content (tests, articles, discussions) and author's name:
New on IPVM
Every week, we have numerous new releases. We focus publishing on new products, events and trends.
Expect ~15 new articles, ~30 new discussions, multiple tests and unique news reports each week.
Getting Updates on What's New
Each time we release a new post or have news, we post it on LinkedIn [link no longer available].
Additionally, members can choose from 3 types of email notices from IPVM:
- Newsletters on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (this is opt-out)
- An email each time a new discussion is promoted (this is opt-in with 1,000 members doing so)
- An email each time a new article is released (this is opt-in with 1,500 members doing so)
Members can edit these preferences, when logged in, on their profile page:
Get the most out of your membership and ask questions in our discussion group. Just enter in a title and a description in the 'Start a New Discussion' form located on every discussion page.
Bonus, if you do not want others to know who you are, simply check the 'Post Without Disclosing Your Name?' box on the lower left of any discussion form. This way you can get help but stay private.
Show Your Picture, Company Name and URL
When commenting on IPVM, you can get more out of it by including your picture plus your company's name and URL back to your preferred site.
Here is an example of how that looks:
To add your picture / headshot, go to edit profile / photo tab.
To add your company name and URL, go to edit profile / main profile tab.
In particular, use IPVM discussions to help solve problems. They could be technical questions or issues with vendors. IPVM brings the expertise and power to help resolve them.
Here is one example of how we help solve technical problems: Help Me: Looking For a "Pretty Looking" REX
Here is an example of how we help solve manufacturer problems: Genetec Not Really Recording
Members can quiz themselves any time on a variety of topics from cameras to access control to sales to installation, etc. As soon as you finish the quiz, IPVM displays your score, how you did compared to other members, and complete answers to every question.
Additionally, if you have a group account and are an admin, you can assign quizzes to your co-workers. Pick a quiz, co-worker and due date, and IPVM will email your co-worker with the link to take it. Once they complete it, you will get an email confirmation with a link to their results including what they did wrong.
The IPVM calculator is the best way to visualize and plan your new camera selections. See what type of coverage you will get and the projected quality.
This 10 minute video shows how to get the most out of it.
The calculator has a number of members-only features including:
- Pick from over 10,000 camera models, to see how they will perform in the scenarios you plan.
- Upload your own personal scenes to see how cameras will look in the actual spots you plan to deploy them.
- Save your calculations, organize them into projects, and export them.
You can try out the entire calculator.
The IPVM Camera Finder searches over 5,900 cameras over 45 unique criteria. Watch this 90 second video to learn more:
To get a sense of what you can do with the Finder, here are some example searches:
- Under $200 HD cameras that support PoE
- 5MP+ integrated IR outdoor cameras
- Axis domes under $500
- 60fps HD cameras
- Dahua and Hikvision cameras only
- PTZ cameras operate at -40 C with IK10 vandal resistance
The IPVM Camera Comparison tool shows you the strengths, weaknesses and similarities of any set of cameras. For example, here is an Axis 5MP dome vs a Hikvision 5MP dome:
Refer a Friend, You Get Credit, They Get a Discount
Refer a friend to IPVM. If they join, you get 10% credit to extend your membership and they get 10% off their price. For example, your friend joins with the annual plan (normally $199.00). You get a $19.90 credit and your friend gets $19.90 off (only paying $179.10).
Use the referral code below:
Getting Started Video Presentation
Finally, here is the whole video presentation. The first 9 minutes walks through the slides presented above, while the final 11 minutes are a live demonstration of each area discussed:
If you need help or have more questions, simply comment below or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org