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Release Notes for Cisco Video Surveillance High Definition IP Camera Release 1.2.1
These release notes provide important information for the High Definition Cisco Video Surveillance IP camera release 1.2.1.
Cisco strongly recommends that, after upgrading to Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) 6.3, the firmware on existing Cisco high definition IP cameras be upgraded to release 1.2.1. In addition, this new IP camera firmware is required for any new high definition IP camera that you add and for any existing high definition IP camera on which you update configuration. VSM 6.3 contains the new camera firmware upgrade that simplifies and automates this process.
This document includes the following sections:
Firmware release 1.2.1 includes features that extend the functionality of the following Cisco IP camera models:
What's New in this Release
Cisco Video Surveillance IP camera and IP dome firmware release 1.2.1 provides fixes for several caveats. For detailed information, see the "Caveats" section.
Upgrading to Release 1.2.1
To upgrade your IP camera to release 1.2.1, perform the following steps.
Alternatively, you can upgrade your IP camera to firmware 1.2.1 by using the Camera Firmware Upgrade feature in the VSM Management Console. For instructions, see the "Using the VSM Management Console" chapter in Cisco Video Surveillance Manager User Guide
Step 1 Take these actions to obtain the release 1.2.1 firmware:
a. Go to this URL:
b. Click the Download Software link, log in to Cisco.com, and locate the 1.2.1 firmware file, which is named CIVS-IPC-4xxx-V1.2.1.bin.
c. Double-click the 1.2.1 firmware file name and follow the on-screen prompts to download it to your PC.
Step 2 Take these actions to display the Firmware window in the web interface for your IP camera:
a. Start Internet Explorer and enter the following in the address field:
–protocol is the connection that you use for your IP camera (either HTTPS or HTTP).
–ip_address is the IP address of your IP camera.
–port_number is the port number that is used for HTTPS or HTTP connections to the IP camera. You do not need to enter a port number if you are connecting through the default HTTPS port 443 or the default HTTP port 80.
b. Enter your IP camera user name and password when prompted, then click OK.
The IP Camera Main window
c. Click the Setup link to access configuration menus for the camera.
d. Click Administration, then click Firmware.
The Firmware window appears.
Step 3 In the Firmware window, click the Upgrade button.
The Upgrade Firmware window appears.
Step 4 In the Upgrade Firmware window, enter the path and folder where the firmware upgrade file for the IP camera is stored.
The upgrade file may be stored on another PC. You can click Browse to find this location.
Step 5 Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen prompts to load the firmware upgrade on the IP camera.
Do not power down the IP camera during the upgrade procedure.
After you upgrade firmware, the IP camera restarts automatically. It retains all configuration information.
Table 1 describes the caveats that are resolved in this release.
Table 1 Caveats Resolved in this Release
Power failure during configuration changes may sometimes cause NVRAM corruption
Camera cannot upgrade when using a firmware image size greater than 20 MB
Table 2 describes the caveats that are open in this release.
You can use the Bug Toolkit to find information about caveats (bugs) for the this release, including a description of the problems and available workarounds. The Bug Toolkit lists both open and resolved caveats.
To access Bug Toolkit, you need the following items:
•Cisco.com user ID and password
To use the Bug Toolkit, follow these steps:
Step 1 To access the Bug Toolkit, go to http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/action.do?hdnAction=searchBugs.
Step 2 Log in with your Cisco.com user ID and password.
Step 3 To look for information about a specific problem, enter the bug ID number in the Search for bug ID field, then click Go.
Step 4 To look for information if you do not know the bug ID number:
a. Choose Security from the Select Product Category menu.
b. Choose the desired product from the Select Product menu.
c. Choose the version number from the Software Version menu.
d. Under Advanced Options, choose Use default settings or Use custom settings. The default settings search for severity 1, 2 and 3 bugs, open and fixed bugs, and only bugs containing bug details. Use the custom settings to change the severity and status parameters, or to search for keywords within the bug headline and description.
For additional information about the Cisco Video Surveillance IP camera or IP dome, see the User Guide for your IP camera or IP dome. User Guides are available at this URL:
Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines
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