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AXIS 211 Network Camera

Superior video quality for professional indoor/outdoor uses 
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The AXIS 211 Network Camera is designed for professional indoor and outdoor security surveillance and remote monitoring. It provides superior image quality using progressive scan and offers built-in support for Power over Ethernet, motion detection and advanced event management.

The AXIS 211 can deliver Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 video streams simultaneously, allowing for optimization in image quality and bandwidth. The MPEG-4 compression mode is ideal for applications where available bandwidth is restricted and higher frame rates are required.

The AXIS 211 connects directly to an IP network. With a built-in Web server, the AXIS 211 enables remote monitoring over a local area network or the Internet using a standard Web browser. 

With built-in support for Power over Ethernet, the AXIS 211 is able to receive power through a network cable, which reduces installation cost and enables users to increase their security by consolidating the power source to a central location. The AXIS 211 fully supports the IEEE 802.3af standard and works with compliant midspans and switches. With Power over Ethernet, an Axis network camera can be set up in a way that enables it to continue to function even when there is a power failure. See Using Power over Ethernet.

Backed by the industry's largest base of application software for video and alarm management, the AXIS 211 is an ideal choice for securing offices, shops and other facilities.

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  • Superior image quality using progressive scan CCD sensor     
  • Varifocal DC iris lens with a light sensitivity of 0.75 to 500,000 lux     
  • Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af)     
  • Up to 30 frames per second in all resolutions ranging up to 640x480     
  • Supports simultaneous Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 streams (where available bandwidth is restricted and higher frame rates are required)     
  • Built-in video motion detection with pre- and post-alarm buffers, in addition to 1 alarm input and 1 alarm output     
  • Scheduled and triggered event functionality with alarm notification via e-mail, TCP, HTTP, and upload of images via e-mail, FTP & HTTP     
  • Capability to insert privacy masking, custom logo or overlay image in the video stream     
  • Up to 20 viewers can directly access the camera simultaneously; virtually unlimited viewers if streamed through an application server     
  • Security: multi-user level password protection for restricted camera access, plus IP address filtering     
  • Easy installation using AXIS Internet Dynamic DNS Service or the Windows-based AXIS IP Utility software 

Optional accessories:

  • Outdoor housing (Bundle with AXIS 211 and an outdoor housing is available in Europe and the U.S.)     
  • Wide range of application software from Axis and its Application Development Partners     
  • Power over LAN Midspans available in 1, 6 and 12-port versions (There is no need for Power over LAN Active Splitter as the AXIS 211 comes with built-in PoE support)     
  • Wireless connectivity with 802.11g EZ Connect SMC2870W  

Application possibilities:

Backed by the industry's largest base of software applications for video and alarm management, the AXIS 211 is ideal for security surveillance and remote monitoring applications.

  • Education - Protect school building and equipment from vandalism and theft; improve safety for staff and students    
  • Retail - Protect staff and assets, verify transactions and cut down on false alarms    
  • Offices - Keep an eye on entrances, reception areas or queues     
  • Industrial - Monitor manufacturing lines, industrial and pharmaceutical processes, automation, warehouse and stock control systems

System overview:

  • See also Using Power over Ethernet, which illustrates how you can make use of the AXIS 211's Power over Ethernet feature with Power over LAN Midspans from Axis.

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What you need:

  • A regular straight Category 5 or 6 Ethernet cable       
  • An available port on your hub, switch or router 

Installation methods:

The AXIS 211 is designed for installation on an Ethernet network. This involves assigning it an IP address, automatically or manually. Depending on how your network is configured, the following methods may be used:

  • AXIS Internet Dynamic DNS Service at       
  • UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)       
  • AXIS IP Utility for Windows       
  • From a command prompt, arp -s and ping may be used       
  • If you are using a home broadband router, you can view the router's administration pages to discover which IP address has been assigned to your AXIS 211. 

Using Power over Ethernet:

The following set up shows how your network camera can receive power over a network cable and can continue to function even when there is a power failure. 

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Power over LAN Midspan
The Power over LAN Midspan is connected in between the switch/hub and the Power over Ethernet-enabled products such as the AXIS 211 Network Camera. It uses the unused pairs in a standard Cat 5 network cable to supply power to Power over Ethernet-enabled products that are up to 328 feet (100 meters) away.

An important feature is autodetection of Power over Ethernet-enabled (PoE) products, such as the AXIS 211 Network Camera. This means that power will only be delivered to products designed to accept power over the network and not to standard networked equipment such as desktop computer and laptops.

The Power over LAN Midspan can be connected to a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) device, which enables PoE-enabled devices, as well as non-PoE devices that use a Power over LAN Active Splitter, to continue to operate even when there is a power failure. 

Power over LAN Active Splitter
The Power over LAN Active Splitter gives the Axis network video products that lack built-in support for Power over Ethernet, the ability to receive power over the network by splitting the data and power coming over the network cable. (With products such as the AXIS 211, which has built-in Power over Ethernet, the Power over LAN Active Splitter is not required.)

Download the AXIS 211 data sheet 

Technical specifications:

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• Simultaneous Motion JPEG or MPEG-4 based network camera with built-in web server
• Superior quality CCD image sensor with progressive scan


• Built-in Video Motion Detection
• Scheduled and triggered event functionality with alarm notification via e-mail, TCP, HTTP and upload of images via e-mail, FTP & HTTP
• Pre and post alarm buffer of up to 20 seconds of 320x240 resolution video at 4 frames per second
• A mask, custom logo or overlay may be inserted in the video stream
• Flash memory provide ability to upload embedded applications
• Support for 20 simultaneous direct viewers. Unlimited number of viewers using MPEG-4 and multicast, or via a relaying server
• UPnP
• AXIS Dynamic DNS service

System requirements

The following specifications apply to the use of browser-based viewing. When using an application software, please refer to the specifications provided with the software.
• Pentium III 500 MHz or higher, any AMD Athlon Memory**
• 128 MB RAM**
• Meeting the specification for selected operating system and browser
Graphic card**:
• AGP card with Direct Draw support and 16 MB video memory (32/64 MB recommended for high resolutions/color depths) 

Supported operating systems:
• Windows XP**, 2000**, NT4.0, ME and 98, Linux and Mac OS X
Supported Web browsers:
• Windows - Internet Explorer 5.x or later** and Mozilla 1.4* or later
• Linux - Mozilla 1.4* or later
• Mac OS X - Mozilla 1.4* or later and Netscape 7.1* or later

Hardware and System

• Lens: F 1.0 Varifocal (3.0 - 8.0 mm) automatic DC-Iris
• Focus range: 0.5 mm to infinity
• Sony Super HAD progressive scan CCD 1/4” RGB, 300 K pixels
• 16 MB RAM, 4 MB Flash
• AXIS ARTPEC-2 video compression chip with 8 MB RAM
• Linux 2.4 kernel


• Network: 10BaseT/100BaseTX Ethernet networks (RJ-45)
• I/O: 1 alarm input and 1 output (terminal block)
• Power: 9 V DC / 9 W - external power supply included
• Alternative input voltage 7-20 V DC, min 4 W
• Power supplied via Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) or via included external power supply 


• Multi user level password protection for restricted camera access
• Strong security package with IP address filtering 

Firmware updates

• Flash memory allows firmware updates over the network using HTTP or FTP over TCP/IP. Firmware upgrades are available from 


• Color & Black/White
• Frame rate: Up to 30 frames per second in all resolutions
• Video compression: Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 (Part 2, Advanced Simple Profile at level 5)
• Supports various resolutions and video quality settings
• Max resolution: 640 x 480 VGA in 30 frames per second
• Illumination: 0.75 - 500 000 Lux
• Rotation: 90, 180, 270 degrees
The file size of a JPEG image depends on factors such as selected resolution, compression level and the actual content of the image:

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Custom Applications

Designed for system integration and custom application development by providing:
• AXIS Media Control SDK
• Embedded scripting support
• Customized HTML pages 

Operating conditions

• Temp: 5-45 ºC (41-113 ºF)
• Humidity: 20-80% RHG 

Dimensions and weight

• Height: 38 mm (1½“)
• Width: 95 mm (3¾”)
• Depth: 172 mm (6 15/16”)
• Weight: 345 g (12 3/16 oz) (excl. power supply) 


• EMC:
- CE Compliant according to: EN55024:1998 + A1, EN55022:1998 + A1 Class B, EN61000-3-2:2000, EN61000-3-3:1995 + A1
- FCC Part 15, subpart B, demonstrated by compliance with EN55022:1998 Class B
- VCCI:2002 Class B ITE
- C-tick AS/NZS 3548
• Safety: EN60950, UL, CSA 

Included accessories

• Power supply
• Stand
• Connector kit
• CD-ROM with software and User’s Manual 

Available Accessories (not incl.)

• AXIS Camera Station – software for recording and management of up to 25 cameras. Advanced search tools. Remote client included
• AXIS Camera Recorder – viewing and event-based recording of up to 16 cameras, search tools included
• AXIS Camera Explorer – basic software for viewing and manual recording of multiple cameras
• AXIS MPEG-4 Decoder 10 user license pack
• More software applications available via partners