The Viewing Station (VX51) provides a plug-and-play solution to stream multiple camera feeds simultaneously on a display, with zero local configuration needed. It is a dedicated, admin managed device and supports up to 36 camera feeds per page (up to 5 pages) with ultra-low latency, crisp video playback, and customizable layouts. Built on the powerful Mac mini platform, the Viewing Station is the platform of choice for customers with mission-critical real-time viewing requirements.
Setting up your Viewing Station
The Viewing Station comes with an HDMI cable, power cord, and setup guide. The only thing you will need to provide is the ethernet cable.
Once you take the Viewing Station out of the box, follow these setup steps:
- Attach the power cord to the Viewing Station and connect it to a power source.
- Connect one end of the HDMI cord to the Viewing Station and the other end to your display.
- Attach an ethernet cable to the Viewing Station and connect it to your network.
Once everything is connected, power on the device. On the display you will see the Viewing Station's serial number. Add the serial number of the Viewing Station to your Command account the same way you would add a camera.
Once the Viewing Station has been successfully added, the following screen will show on your display. You are now ready to add cameras to the Viewing Station from your computer through the Command website.
Select the Viewing Stations tab from the menu in Command. Click on the pencil icon next to "Unnamed Viewing Station" to edit the Viewing Station's name. Click Manage Cameras to start adding cameras to display.
Camera thumbnails are shown. Click on one to add that camera's live feed to the Viewing Station. The camera thumbnail will display a blue checkmark icon to indicate that it has been included in the Viewing Station layout.
When more than one camera is added, the Viewing Station layout can be changed by selecting a different one from the list of options to the right of the Viewing Station preview. The layout affects the sizing of individual cameras displayed.
Up to 5 rotating pages can be created on a single Viewing Station, each displaying up to 36 cameras. This means that a Viewing Station can rotate through up to 180 distinct cameras. Click the + icon to add an additional page.
Click on the clock icon to configure the amount of time for which the page is displayed before the Viewing Station rotates to the next page. The options are 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes.
Cameras can be repositioned by clicking and dragging a camera preview on top of another, and removed from the Viewing Station by clicking the X at the top right of the camera preview.
When you have finished adding cameras, click Done. Mouse over a camera preview and click on the menu icon at the top right to adjust how it is displayed on the Viewing Station. The fullscreen (leftmost) option configures the Viewing Station to crop the camera's image to ensure the entire space is filled. You may click and drag on the image to pan it.
The middle option ensures the entirety of the camera's image is displayed (no cropping), but may result in black bars being added.
The rightmost option allows you to zoom in on the camera's feed. Click the + to zoom in and the - to zoom back out. Click and drag on the image to pan around.
The Users and Settings icons are displayed at the top right of the page.
Click on the Users icon to configure the administrators for the Viewing Station. Only those users who are designated as admins are able to configure the Viewing Station within Command. Click Add other users to invite additional Viewing Station admins.
Click on the Settings icon to configure whether or not the grid will show labels (the camera names). If cloud streaming is de-selected, the Viewing Station will only stream live feeds directly from cameras on the local network. If cloud streaming is selected, the Viewing Station will attempt to reach cameras on the local network, but will resort to cloud-proxied streams if needed. Please note that cloud streaming must be enabled to view remote cameras.
Click Delete this device to remove the Viewing Station should it need to be moved to another organization.
Once you have saved all desired changes to the Viewing Station, the configured grid will show on the display. Streams will continue playing on the display without additional maintenance or adjustments from admins, and streaming will restart automatically after a power outage. There is no need to reset the device, or relaunch a browser or application.