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Today’s distributed video surveillance networks can require a large number of switches, which each connect to a group of cameras. This type of deployment can significantly increase the workload of network administrators, therefore it is desirable to have a mechanism that reduces the effort required to configure each switch.

Designed to ease the administrative burden on the network administrator, Scripting for Video-VLAN is an additional component that can be used with AlliedWare Plus products, without modifying or upgrading the current software. It utilizes existing CLI commands and features, such as the trigger mechanism, to auto-configure an interface when certain devices, such as IP cameras, are detected.
When Scripting for Video-VLAN is deployed on a device, connecting a downstream device whose MAC address matches the customizable list of MAC address pattern results in the following automatic changes to that port:

  1. A backup of the port’s current configuration is created.
  2. The port is placed untagged on the pre-specified Video-VLAN.
  3. Traffic on the port is restricted to the downstream device’s MAC address.

When the downstream device is disconnected, the backup configuration is restored for that port.

This guide describes how to customize, distribute, and activate Scripting for Video-VLAN.