Types of Setups

The Image Acquisition Toolbox™ software supports GigE Vision devices. Not all cameras that use Ethernet are GigE Vision. A camera must have the GigE Vision logo appearing on it or its data sheet to be a GigE Vision device.

There are five different setups you can use for GigE Vision cameras.

  • Direct to a PC not on a network — PC is connected to camera with a Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. PC is not on a network. This is one of the setups that offers the best acquisition speed.

  • Direct to a PC on a network, using two Ethernet cards — PC is connected to camera with a Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. PC is connected to a network. This is one of the setups that offers the best acquisition speed.

  • Indirect to a PC on a network, with PC and camera on same subnet — PC is connected to a network with a Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. Camera is connected to the same network with a Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. You may connect multiple cameras to the network using separate cables.

  • Multiple cameras to a PC directly, using multiple Ethernet cards — PC is connected to camera 1 with a Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. PC is connected to camera 2 with a separate Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. PC is optionally connected to a network. This is one of the setups that offers the best acquisition speed.

  • Multiple cameras to a PC directly, using switch or hub — PC is connected to a switch or hub directly with a Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. Camera 1 is connected to switch/hub with a Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. Camera 2 is connected to the switch/hub with a separate Cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cable. PC is optionally connected to a network. Alternatively, switch/hub is optionally connected to a network.