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Upgrading the firmware

If you need to upgrade the firmware or activate features on the IP VCR, refer to these topics:

Upgrading the main IP VCR software image

The main IP VCR software image is typically the only firmware component that you will need to upgrade.

Follow these steps to upgrade this image:

  1. Check the Current version field to verify the currently installed version.
  2. Log onto the Codian support pages to identify if a more recent image is available.
  3. Download the latest available image and save it to a local hard drive.
  4. Unzip the image file.
  5. Log on to the IP VCR web browser interface.
  6. Go to Settings > Upgrade.
  7. Click Browse to locate the unzipped file on your hard drive.
  8. Click Upload software image. The browser begins uploading the file to the IP VCR, and a new browser window opens to indicate the progress of the upload. When finished, the browser window refreshes and indicates that the "Main image upgrade completed."
  9. The upgrade status displays in the IP VCR software upgrade status field.
  10. Shutdown and restart the IP VCR.

Upgrading the loader software image

Upgrades for the Loader software image are not typically available as often as upgrades to the main software image.

Follow these steps to upgrade this image:

  1. Check the Current version field to verify the currently installed version.
  2. Log onto the Codian support pages to identify if a more recent image is available.
  3. Download the latest available image and save it to a local hard drive.
  4. Unzip the image file.
  5. Click Browse to locate the unzipped file on your hard drive.
  6. Click Upload software image. The browser begins uploading the file to the IP VCR, and a new browser window opens to indicate the progress of the upload. When finished, the browser window refreshes and indicates that the "Loader image upgrade completed."
  7. The upgrade status displays in the Loader upgrade status field.
  8. Shutdown and restart the IP VCR.

Enabling IP VCR features

The IP VCR requires activation before most of its features can be used. (If the IP VCR has not been activated, the banner at the top of the web interface will show a prominent warning; in every other respect the web interface will look and behave normally.)

Advanced IP VCR features (such as Video Firewall) are not enabled as standard, and require additional activation. For information about configuring the video firewall, refer to the FAQ section in the support pages of the Codian web site.

If this is a new IP VCR you should receive the unit already activated; if it is not, you have upgraded to a newer firmware version, or you are enabling a new feature, you may need to contact Codian or your supplier to obtain an appropriate activation code. Activation codes are unique to a particular IP VCR so ensure you know the unit's serial number such that you may receive a code appropriate to your IP VCR.

Regardless of whether you are activating the IP VCR or enabling an advanced feature, the process is the same:

  1. Check the Activated features (IP VCR activation is shown in this same list) to confirm that the feature you require is not already activated.
  2. Enter the new feature code into the Activation code field exactly as you received it, including any dashes.
  3. Click Update features. The browser window should refresh and list the newly activated feature, showing the activation code beside it. Activation codes may be time-limited. If this is the case, an expiry date will be displayed, or a warning that the feature has already expired. Expired activation codes remain listed, but the corresponding feature will not be activated.
    If the activation code is not valid, you will be prompted to re-enter it.
  4. It is recommended that you record the activation code in case you need to re-enter it in the future.

Successful IP VCR or feature activation has immediate effect and will persist even if the unit is restarted.

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