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Encrypting RTSP Streams for VMAX IP Plus

Encrypting RTSP Streams for VMAX® IP Plus


Affected Roles:  Administrator

Complexity:  Low

Software Version:  Recommended v1.3.7.0 or higher

Last Edit:  October 27, 2020


CCIP™ Encryption Option

As of March 2016, the VMAX® IP Plus Series began to feature a CCIP (Closed Circuit Internet Protocol) Camera and Recorder Encryption option.  This features provides users with system owners with the option to protect their NVR from out-of-network attacks by encrypting the RTSP stream that is used between connected IP cameras and the surveillance system.

The way that it works is that when the VMAX® IP Plus requests the default encrypted stream from the connected camera, the camera will encrypt its RTSP stream a second time, over the user ID and password, resulting in an encrypted RTSP stream that can only be read by the requesting VMAX® IP Plus NVR.  If someone were to try to access the camera from any other NVR or VMS, they would only receive a blank screen.

This article will outline how to enable CCIP encryption for a camera through the VMAX® IP Plus recording unit.

**Note:  To perform this, you must be logged in as the Administrator (default: admin/admin) directly at the VMAX® IP Plus unit.

Supported/Affected Devices:

  • VMAX® IP Plus Series
  • MEGApix® IP Camera Series

Enabling CCIP Encryption

To enable the CCIP encryption feature:

  1. From Live Mode directly at the NVR, right-click on the desired camera then select “Camera Setup”.
  1. From the resulting IP Camera Setup window, locate the Encryption checkbox.

Click in the box so that it is marked with a checkmark, then click the Apply button.

  1. The camera’s RTSP stream is now secured and will only be available when accessed from the VMAX® IP Plus.

If anyone were to try to access the RTSP stream from any other NVR or VMAX, only a blank screen will display.

  1. Repeat Steps 1 – 3 for any other cameras that you would like to secure in the same manner.

**Note:  An additional measure that you can take to better secure your VMAX® IP Plus and MEGApix® IP cameras is to practice good password habits.  For more information on setting up passwords, check out:

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