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How to Update Your Camera Names So They Actually Make Sense

The best way to name your surveillance cameras in Milestone XProtect so they actually make sense. Save future you time and stress with this straight-forward naming logic.
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If you’ve been using Milestone’s VMS for a while, you might have noticed that the default camera names need a little bit… of work?

“Camera 1” and “Camera 296” just don’t pack the same punch as they used to, now that you are managing 500+ cameras. It’s time to retire your standard naming conventions and give your VMS a refresh so finding what you need becomes less of a needle in a haystack situation.

Not sure where to start? We’ve got your back.

In this post, we’re going to show you how to update your camera names so they actually make sense, to more than just you. This is our tried and tested logic for camera naming conventions that is guaranteed to save you time and precious brain energy, no matter the size of your installation. It’s also a great way to improve your overall security system’s usability.

Let’s get started!

Camera Names: Why Do They Matter?

Using camera names that actually make sense to you and your team is crucial.

Why? Because searching for one specific camera in a sea of thousands, is like searching for a needle in a haystack. It can be an even bigger bummer if you aren’t the one who originally set the system up or manages it regularly. Even if you are pretty sure you know what “Front Camera 8372” points at, your colleague who steps in when you’re out sick, definitely does not.

This is where a standardized naming comes in handy.

Our Recommended Camera Naming Logic

Here’s the gist: start broad, then get more specific.

For example:

Geographic location > building identifier > internal/external > what camera is looking at/defining attribute > Camera number (last 2 octet of IP address)

ie. LAX-BLDG1-FL1-EXT-Elevator [168.20]

Using more descriptive identifiers in every camera name makes managing your growing VMS system a lot easier.

And if you’re already dreading the monotony of updating all these camera names manually… we’ve got you covered there too.

PRO-TIP: 

The Boring Toolbox has powerful bulk operations tools that make reduce the time needed for renaming devices and cameras down from hours to minutes. It also allows you to search for names and organize them into the device groups that you already created within Management Client!

Now that you know how to quickly and easily update your camera names so they make a bit more sense, there’s no excuse for not having logical naming conventions that anyone could understand at first glance. Trust us, this simple step will save you time and frustration down the road.

Why wait? Try out the Boring Toolbox today with a 30-day free trial and rename every camera in your system in under 60 seconds!

Do you think your naming logic beats ours? We want to hear it! Drop it in the comments below or tag us on LinkedIn.

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