IP Networking Course (Jan 2015)

Author: John Honovich, Published on Dec 01, 2014

This is the first networking course designed specifically for video surveillance professionals.

IPVM is launching an IP Networking for Video Surveillance Course, starting March 10th.

Lots of network training exists but none of it really explains how it relates to actual video surveillance systems or focuses on video surveillance problems. The IPVM courses solve this.

[UPDATE: This is the fastest sign-up rate we have had for any course yet. Due to the great interest, we are adding a second session at 8pm ET. It is still one course but you can attend either or both the 11am or 8pm ET sessions.]

What the IPVM IP Networking Course Covers

In 10 sessions, we cover the fundamentals of IP networking as it impacts video surveillance.

(1) Bandwidth

The course starts with bandwidth, one of the key challenges of running IP video over networks, breaking down what drives camera bandwidth consumption and the ranges of network speeds available.

(2) Addressing

Teaches network discovery and setup of IP camera addresses, choosing between dynamic and static, public and private IP addresses.

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(3) Network Hardware

Explains how switches, routers, extenders NICs and CPEs are used in IP video surveillance systems.

(4) PoE, VLANs and QoS

Breaks down the key issues and options in using PoE to power IP cameras and the use of VLANs and QoS with network switches.

(5) Protocols

Covering TCP/UDP, Unicast/Multicast, NTP and SNMP, we explain the tradeoffs of each of these for using IP cameras.

(6) Network Cabling

Explains the different forms of network cabling, the practical tradeoffs between UTP and STP, and best practices in cabling IP networks connected to IP cameras and recorders.


Learn how IT organization BICSI's standards apply to video surveillance projects, including key installation issues of cabling and equipment.

(8) Network Security

Breaks down the use and tradeoffs of different password approaches, HTTPs, 802.1x and physical security measures to secure IP cameras and VMS servers.

(9) Wireless

Explains how wireless is used in video surveillance, looking at frequency ranges, bandwidth constraints and tradeoffs of topologies (PTP, PTMP, Mesh, Cellular).

(10) Managed Networks

To cap off the course, IPVM shows and explains a live IP video surveillance system, configuring a managed switch and connecting IP cameras, including VLANs, QoS, bandwidth management, network security and more.

Who Should and Should NOT Take this Course

If you have IT networking expertise / knowledge (e.g., have or could pass the CCNA or Network+ certifications), you should not take this course. The better course for you is our IP camera course (next being held in April).

This IP networking course is for those with limited training in IT networks and limited experience managing them.

Course Calendar

The IP Networking course will meet live online, starting March 10th for 12 times over 6 weeks (Tuesday and Thursday at 11am - 12pm ET and 8pm - 9pm ET). You can attend either one or both, and you can switch between sessions on different days, whatever is best for your schedule.

Additionally, all classes are recorded so you can watch on-demand on-line anytime.

Here is the schedule / calendar:


At the end of classes, you will take a comprehensive final exam including multiple choice and essay questions. If you pass, you will become IPMVU IP Networking certified (see list of IPVM Certified Professionals)


The course is now closed.

Comments (14)

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Hi John, this looks like an interesting course that I'd like to do. However it will be at 3am-4am in my location. Might this course be repeated at a different time? I find it most valuable to participate in the classes rather than watching the recorded sessions later and missing out on asking questions. Thank you!

It's tough to juggle live events between the Americas, Europe and Australia/ Asia. Since the first two are bigger markets, that's why we generally optimize classes for their time zones.

We might look at running 2 sessions in the future but not sure.

Sorry about that.

Thanks John, I've got a good alarm clock and coffee so I'll sign up.

Hi John, I've been looking forward to the VMS course which was previously slated for Q1 2015. Is this course still likely to go ahead soon? I do hope so. Thank you.

We see more demand / interest in IP networking than VMS so that is why we moved up the IP networking class. We are still interested in offering a VMS one as well later this year.

Thank you John. I keenly await the VMS course.

Hi again John, will the course include the various methods of handling dynamic DNS addresses, port forwarding, virtual servers, and security including encrypted DNS? I'm comfortable with some of this but struggle with other parts of it.

Luke, we plan to cover port forwarding and application specific VPNs but not ddns as its less commonly used.

Thanks very much John. That's good news.


Is this a good course for beginner to intermediate networking or should i wait on a different course? Thanks!

Billy, this course is designed for beginners to intermediate. If you are already intermediate or more experienced, do not take this course. The IP camera course would be a better fit.

Great news - we've had an incredible response for this course, the best sign-up rate we've ever had.

Because of this, we are adding another class session at 8pm ET. This will make it easier for our Pacific (hi Luke) and Asian members to join and will give a second opportunity at night for our American members.

It's all one course still - you can join live for either of the sessions or both if you really want to!

Multi-casted networking course, what a great idea!

Woohoo! 8pm ET is perfect for my time zone. Thanks very much John!

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