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AXIS 250S MPEG-2 Video Server

Full resolution, live MPEG-2 video over your network

The AXIS 250S MPEG-2 Video Server is a one-port video server designed to stream full resolution, DVD-quality video over the network. It offers users access to high quality video and audio from any workstation on the LAN/WAN.

The video server is ideal for surveillance applications that require high quality, full motion video and audio, as well as comparatively low bandwidth demands on the network.


  • DVD-quality video stream     
  • CD-quality synchronized stereo sound     
  • Up to 1 minute of pre-alarm video buffer     
  • Independent system with embedded Web server     
  • Real-time MPEG-2 hardware compression and transmission     
  • High performance: full frame rate of 30 (NTSC) or 25 (PAL) frames per second     
  • Multicast support: any number of clients can view the MPEG-2 video stream simultaneously on a local network     
  • Wide range of application software from Axis' Application Developer Partners 

Application possibilities

  • Public transportation - Enhance security of passengers at airports and train stations. The AXIS 250S can be integrated with existing solutions.
  • Law enforcement - Monitor troubled areas to keep track of what happened during outbreaks of violence. Who pulled the trigger? Who delivered that uppercut?
  • Shopping centers and malls - How did that expensive watch disappear from the jeweler's desk? The AXIS 250S can send the proofs for storage and enable playback possibilities.
  • Casinos - What just happened at the poker game at the casino? Who cheated with his cards? Let the AXIS 250S capture the rapid sequences and find the evidence of what really happened. 

Technical Specifications

System Requirements 

• The AXIS 250S MPEG-2 Video Server uses the standard Internet TCP/IP suite of protocols and can be used with high performance PC’s running Windows 2000® or Windows XP® 

Minimum client PC requirements:

• Pentium III 500 Mhz or higher, any AMD
• 128 MB RAM
Graphic card
• AGP card with Direct Draw support and 16
Mb video memory*
Sound card
• PCI-based
• Internet Explorer 5.5, Mediaplayer 7 and
Direct-X 8.1 or higher
• Three simultaneous clients supported
*32/64 Mb recommended for high resolutions/
color depths 


• RJ 45 network connector
• Installs directly to NTSC or PAL video camera
or other Video source using BNC or Y/C
(S-VHS) connector
• Power supply AXIS PS-K  


• Remote configuration and status using
Web-based tools   


• User level password protection
• IP Address filtering  

Video/Audio Compression 

• MPEG-2. User controlled bandwidth
utilization control
• Bit rate configurable: 0.25-8 Mbit/s per client
• Available resolutions: 720x576, 720x480,
352x288, 352x240 pixels
• 16 bits stereo sound  

Video Inputs 

• 1 BNC composite video input with 75 Ohm
termination/Hi Z
• Y/C (S-VHS) Input
• NTSC or PAL Configurable  

Audio Inputs 

• Stereo microphone input
Low sens. Max: -18.1 dBu (270 mVpp)
High sens. Max: -39.0 dBu (25 mVpp)
• Line input Max: +2.7 dBu (3.0 Vpp)  


• 10baseT Ethernet or 100baseTX Fast Ethernet,

General I/0 

• Two Terminal Block connectors providing four
digital alarm inputs and a single transistor
• Event-triggered actions for remote video
storage via File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
• E-mail notification of events (SMTP)
• Pre-alarm video storage  

Serial Connectors 

• One 9 pin D-SUB RS-232 max 115 kbit/s
• One RS-485/422 transceiver max 38.4 kbit/s,
half duplex  


• PTZ support for remote camera control.
Currently supported units and protocols
BT Trippy, Canon VC-C3, VC-C4, Daiwa,
Diamond SmartScan III, Ernitech ICU 51PA,
Kalatel, Lilin, Panasonic, Pelco-D, Sony EVIG20/
21, EVI-D30/31, Surveyor, VCL, Videmech
(UOCP), Videor, and Videotronic.
Future support for other PTZ units will be added  


• MPEG-2 compression chip
• ETRAX 100 LX, 32 bit RISC, 100 MIPS CPU
• 16 MB RAM
• 4 MB FLASH memory  


• External power supply 9V DC, 9W AXIS PS-K,
• Alternative input voltage 7-20V DC, min 5W  


• No extra software needed. Direct Show filters
and 3 Viewer (decoder) licenses included  

Firmware Updates 

• Flash memory for simple upgrades  

Operating Environment 

• Temp: 40-125°F (5-50°C)
• Humidity: 20-80% RH  

Dimensions and Weight 

• Height: 1.1” (2.7 cm)
• Width: 4.4” (11.2 cm)
• Length: 5.2” (13.3 cm)
• Weight: 0.70 lbs. (0.32 kg)  

Approvals - EMC 

• EN 55022:1998 (CISPR 22:1997), Class B -
Emission, Europe
• EN 55024:1998 - Immunity, Europe
(using line input)
• EN 61000-3-2:2000 - Power, Harmonic
current emission
• EN 61000-3-3:1995+A1-Power, Flicker and
inrush current
• FCC part 15, Subpart B, class B demonstrated
by compliance with EN 55022 (CISPR 22)
• C-Tick AS/NZS 3548 - Australia
• Safety: EN 60950
• Safety: UL, CSA (power supply only)