The Boring Lab

Managing XProtect made Easy

Boring Toolbox is a powerful XProtect Management Client extension which makes the lives of Milestone admins more productive and, well, less boring

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How Much Time Will I Save?


Name Management

An average tech will take 1 to 4 min to rename a hardware device and all the sub-devices in Milestone XProtect management client. Why such a wide range? Well, because it is so time consuming most techs will end up only renaming the devices they need. This leads to poor data integrity, non-compliance with policy and difficulty managing the system. Assuming these numbers, if you rename just 1 time using the Boring Toolbox you will save 67 hours. Rename them more than once and you save even more. What would you do with those 67 hours?

Password Management

Changing a password in Milestone XProtect will take between 20 to 30 seconds if you are in the groove, but doing this for 1000 cameras quickly makes you want to find something else to do. We assumed 60 seconds or 1 min per password with the added buffer for wandering attention spans and achy wrists, which for our 1000 cameras, equals 1000 min per password change. Now assume your IT security team has a password rotation policy for IOT devices that requires you to do this once per quarter...that is 4000 minutes or just under 67 hours. Boring Toolbox can do 67 hours of work in less than 20 min and 10 clicks.

Auto Groups

Let’s say you need to move devices from multiple storage configurations on a recording server or you need to stop devices in certain storage configurations for a short amount of time. Doing this now would be a super manual process and would take a little less than 17 hours to sort through the 1000 cameras and add them each to a device group related to the storage configuration of a recording server. With The Boring Toolbox we do 17 hours of manual labor in seconds.

YOU’LL BE HIGH-FIVING YOUR COWORKERS

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BLAZING FAST

We can perform tasks 60x faster by using The Boring Lab API (we know this number is crazy, but it is true).

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BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE

We designed our interface to be simple, clean and self-explanatory. No manual needed!

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TIGHT INTEGRATION

Tightly integrated with Milestone XProtect. Whatever you do in Boring Toolbox shows up in Management Client.

Visualize your VMS

Simple actionable dashboards

Dashboards for Milestone XProtect that provide actionable data and metrics that beautifully summarize the information you need and lead to actions you need to take.

The only management extension for milestone XProtect

Save time, money and your sanity with bulk operations

Milestone XProtect management client is a powerful VMS management interface but we make it better with the power of bulk operations, simple user interface and intuitive workflows.

Manage you device groups auto-magically

Powerful device group management

No more hunting through long lists of devices, automatically create device groups based on camera model, firmware or recording server storage configuration, IP subnet and more!

Mind blowing hardware management

Simple methods to configure your cameras at scale

The Boring Toolbox gives users the freedom to enable and disable devices. rename hardware and devices, apply FPS and resolution changes and update IP addresses in bulk. Stop right clicking yourself to death and work smarter.

Secure Your VMS Deployment​

Password management from VMS to Device​

Stay in compliance and keep unwanted people our of your cameras and devices by updating passwords with ease. Boring Toolbox will update passwords in Milestone XProtect AND camera hardware from Axis, Hanwha, Sony, Bosch and Arecont.

Know what you have

Detailed Camera Reporting

Get useful, filterable Excel reports on camera hardware, devices, retention, camera snapshots and stream information all in a couple of clicks.

Testimonials

See what our customers have to say

"I came across The Boring Toolbox by accident and had that light bulb moment that finally someone released something that will help me do my job more efficiently and ensure that my my fleet is up to date and managed well."
CHRIS GOETZE
CHRIS GOETZE
Swinburne University
"Since we began to use The Boring Toolbox, we have seen intensive and time consuming tasks cut to a fraction of the time and effort. The Toolbox is simple and easy to use and is a force multiplier when it comes to manpower. The Support team is efficient, knowledgeable, and eager to help and streamline our process."
ANDY GORDON
Senior Operations Lead, Snap Inc
"The Boring Toolbox has helped save countless hours by taking the mundane tasks of password changes, and other bulk changes and speeding them up to a matter of minutes instead of many hours. Boring Labs is always adding new features and they listen to their end users and integrators to add new features frequently. "
BRYCE FULLER
BRYCE FULLER
Engineer, Stone Security

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