In most cases, all you’ll need to get up and running is a PoE-enabled switch with DHCP. What you'll need:

  • Verkada Command Account
  • PoE-enabled switch
  • DHCP connection
  • Cat5 or Cat6 cabling 

Create your Command account

To activate and configure any camera, you first need to have an account for Command, Verkada’s web application. You can do this on both a web browser or through the mobile app. See the getting started guide for more information.

Add your camera to Command

Each camera has a serial number, which is printed on its shipping box and on the bottom its mount plate. In Command, click the "Add Camera" option on the left menu and enter the camera's information. Read more details on this step.

Check your network settings

Verkada cameras are designed to take the headache out of configuring security cameras and connecting them to a local area network (LAN). If your environment includes a firewall, however, you may need to make some small updates to get your camera online. Please see this help article for details.

Plug in your camera

All Verkada cameras are powered over Ethernet (PoE), which means electrical or coaxial wires are not required. To get your camera online, you’ll need to connect it to a PoE-enabled network switch or similar connection. 

Once connected, your camera will run an automatic firmware update and begin auto-provisioning into your Command account. Typically this takes about 5-7 minutes. 

The camera's flashing orange status light indicates a firmware update; a solid blue light indicates the camera is operational. Read more about camera status lights.

Note: While Verkada cameras are considered low-voltage devices which do not require a certified electrician to install, we strongly recommend you work with a system integrator or other professional for installation.

Camera power requirements

  • Indoor require 802.3af PoE
  • Outdoor cameras require 802.3at PoE

Learn more about installation

Review your available bandwidth

While Verkada cameras store video data locally in on-camera storage, they do require an Internet connection to enable remote access and to send metadata to your Verkada cloud-based account. Depending on the number of cameras installed, your Internet connection requirements may vary, see Bandwidth Consumption & Uplink Requirements for more info.


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