IPv6 Toys: Axis Cameras

Probably one of my favorite IPv6 enabled devices are the cameras made by Axis. On many of their newer models, IPv6 support is now in the RTSP software they use, so you aren’t limited to watching just their MJPEG streams over IPv6. This will be a super simple walk-through for enabling IPv6 on the cameras, and even setting a static IPv6 address.

First and foremost, make certain your camera is running the latest firmware. If not, upgrade before changing any settings. So lets log into your camera. I’m using a M1011, but the menus we’ll use and options we’ll set were similar if not exactly the same for my 215PTZ and 210. Under Basic Setup select the TCP/IP submenu, which should look like the following:

On this page, You should see a check-box for enabling IPv6. Selecting this and saving the setting both enables IPv6 as well as auto-configuration if that is available on your network.

If you want to set a specific static IPv6 address, you need to go into the more detailed configuration settings area. Under the System Options menu, you’ll find the Advanced sub-menu. Select Plain Config as shown below:

After entering the Plain Config, it will be a very minimalist page, and there will be a pulldown menu. Select Network and proceed to view the settings. Scroll down to the section covering the network interface. For just a static IP configuration, uncheck “Accept IPv6 router advertisements” and set DHCPv6 to “off”. Make certain that “IPv6 Enabled” is checked off šŸ˜‰ In the network interface manual setting section, you can set your static IPv6 address as well as its default IPv6 gateway. Save the settings and the system will be available on that static IPv6 address.

Once back out into the standard menu system, you can verify your network settingsĀ  under the TCP/IP settings sub-menu and clicking on the “View” button to bring up current settings:

So doing this static IPv6 configuration, I have two cameras online: