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Configuring the Web Server
iCatcher Console has a built-in in Web Server that can be used for remote access on a local network or via the internet.
As well as providing web-cam style views of the running cameras, the web interface also allows remote playback of feeds, statistics view, a limited amount of remote administration, and the iDomain functionality.
Embedded Web Server
Once enabled, various options can be set to customize the configuration, though for most situations the default configuration is adequate.
For advanced users who specifically require "Binding" (the use of a specific IP address on the system, rather than all available) the IP address to listen on and port can be changed. The default of 0.0.0.0 refers to "any available" and port 80 is the standard port for HTTP/Web access.
There is also an option for a "firewall" of sorts by means of the IP black list. IP addresses in this list will be prevented from accessing the features of the web view, and will instead be presented with an "unauthorised access" web page. Instructions on how to edit the black list file are included in the file itself.
Live view options
Various options are available for restricting use of the web interface:
Log sessions writes to the iCatcher Console log when a new web view session is started.
Limit live view sessions stops too many people from using the web interface at once.
Limit live view duration stops visitors from using the web interface for too long.
Limited initial feed size prevents the video from being too large, regardless of the native size of the video as it is served out at the size requested to save bandwidth. This option has no effect once the web view zoom options have been used.
Allow multi-view mode allows visitors to see more than one live feed at a time.
Allow resizing the live view allows visitors to increase the size of the live view, effectively zooming in and out.
Default mobile image size sets the image size used by the view intended for mobile browsers.
Mobile view update speed sets the time to wait before the mobile view reloads the live image.
Default video streaming protocol changes the video protocol in use. iCatcher Console can either stream using standard Motion JPEG streaming, or using the iCatcher iPEG protocol, which reduces bandwidth per frame by only sending the blocks that have changed since the last update. This typically results in higher frame rates over slower internet connections.
If your system is accessible to the public, then you can make use of Google Analytics. When you enter your Google Analytics ID, the tracker code will be added to each page. It is not able to track image or video requests.
Customising the web view
Colours & Style
Change web view style allows you to customise the web view.
Use the default iCatcher Console colours reverts to the default colour scheme
Use custom colours allow you to specify your own background, text and link colours
Use a custom CSS style sheet allows you to specify a CSS style sheet to use. Details on CSS style sheets is beyond the scope of the help file.
Here, you can select to use alternative left and right hand header graphics. Simply click Use an alternative left graphics or Use an alternative right graphic and choose the location of the file.