This article answers some frequently asked questions regarding Meraki Security Cameras.
Video is stored on the camera itself.
128GB of solid state storage allows for up to 20 days of continuous, 24/7 recording.
At this time, the MV family does not have a solution for customers needing more than 20 days of storage; however, with software optimizations, this 20 day figure is expected to increase over time. These software updates come standard with the Meraki license and can be scheduled to push to Meraki MV cameras automatically.
Standard streaming video is not stored in the cloud, but exported video clips are stored in the cloud for 30 days. Metadata for video thumbnails and motion indexing are also stored in the cloud. Video will proxy through the cloud in the event of remote streaming and is cached in order to retrieve footage more quickly, but during standard recording operations, MV cameras will only save video locally.
No. At this time, there is no option for bulk cloud storage of video. Exported video clips are retained in the cloud for 30 days for easy retrieval.
MV cameras record 720p video.
Users can choose to record in either Standard Quality (8fps / 530kbps) to store 20 days of footage or Enhanced Quality (15fps / 765kbps) in deployments where it’s necessary to capture quickly moving objects. Enhanced Quality recording will reduce storage capacity to about 14 days.
As with all security camera systems, care should be taken during installation to ensure cameras are out of reach of potential thieves or vandals. If cameras are taken, video footage from that camera will be lost unless the culprit plugs it back into a network connection, at which point footage will become retrievable again. If there’s concern about vandalism, the MV71 is recommended, as it is IK10 rated for impact resistance in addition to its IP66 weather resistance rating.
Like most other systems, in the event of a fire, if cameras become damaged to the point of inoperability, footage will be lost. Unlike a deployment with a recording device, however, there is no single point of vulnerability in an MV deployment since each camera stores its own video.
Yes, MV features full disk encryption.
MV cameras will continue to record, even if they lose access to the network, as long as they have power.
Cameras will not operate without power. A switch with redundant power supplies is recommended if there is a concern about power loss.
No. The MV is designed to operate without an external recording solution. It will not work with an NVR, DVR, or NAS. Video cannot be automatically exported to these solutions.
The Meraki dashboard will intelligently determine if the viewing computer is in the same local network as the cameras. If this is the case, video traffic will stream directly over the LAN, saving WAN bandwidth. If video is viewed remotely, the dashboard will proxy it through the cloud. It’s recommended that customers with limited WAN bandwidth planning on doing frequent remote viewing should select the Standard Quality video setting.
H.264 and MJPEG. MJPEG is used only during setup and H.264 is used at all other times.
Video clips are exported as MP4 encoded with H.264.
No, the solid state memory on these cameras cannot be removed or replaced.
No, this is a fixed dome camera. Zoom, focus, and aperture settings can be adjusted remotely through the dashboard, but lens angle and positioning must be adjusted during installation.
MV’s powerful motion search capability comes standard with MV hardware plus a license. Additional analytics functionality like face recognition and people counting is not currently available.
No, they require a standard Ethernet cable and PoE (for MV21) or PoE+ (for MV71) to operate. Meraki also has power injectors available for users who do not have a PoE enabled switch available.
Video clips are exported in standard MP4 format, so it is possible to use the zoom feature in standard video players during playback.