Hardware Installation (GigE Cameras)#

This topic tells you how to install a Basler ace 2 GigE or Basler ace GigE camera.

Prerequisites#

The pylon Camera Software Suite for Windows must be installed.

General Considerations#

Make sure that the following items are available before starting the hardware installation:

  • A Basler ace 2 or ace GigE camera.
  • A computer with a suitable GigE network adapter.
  • As applicable, a power supply or a PoE power injector. Make sure that the power supply meets all of the requirements listed in the topic about your camera model. If you want to use PoE and your computer is not PoE-capable, use a PoE injector. Alternatively, you can make your computer PoE-capable by using a network card with added PoE capabilities, for example this one.
  • As applicable, a C-mount or CS-mount lens for the camera. If you already know what lens you will be using in your actual application, use this lens during the camera installation and setup. If not, Basler suggests using a zoom lens for the installation and initial setup. Contact Basler technical support if you need assistance in determining the best lens for your application.
  • A standard Ethernet cable. Basler recommends using Cat6 or Cat7 S/STP cables. If you're using a PoE injector, you need 2 Ethernet cables. Suitable cables are available via the Basler website.

The following GigE network adapters are recommended for use with Basler GigE cameras:

  • Intel Pro 1000 series
  • Intel i210 series
  • Intel i340 series
  • Intel i350 series

These adapters generally work well with the Basler performance driver. However, because the Intel Pro 1000 series has changed over the years, it is possible that the Basler performance driver does not support your particular Intel Pro 1000 adapter.

Contact Basler technical support for recommendations of currently available Pro 1000 adapters and for information about compatible chipsets.

Network Adapters and Network Drivers

Although Basler recommends the adapters listed above, the cameras will work with any Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit/s) or Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbit/s) compatible network adapter card.

  • If the adapter is not a recommended network adapter or if you use the camera with a Linux or macOS computer, the camera uses the pylon GigE Vision filter driver or the socket driver.
  • If the adapter is a recommended network adapter and you use the camera with a Windows computer, the camera can use the pylon GigE Vision performance driver. The advantage of the performance driver is that it significantly lowers the CPU load needed to service the network traffic between the computer and the camera(s). It also has a more robust packet resend mechanism.

Installing the Camera#

This procedure assumes that want to establish a peer-to-peer connection between your ace GigE camera and a computer.

ace 2 GigE Connectors

ace 2 GigE Connectors

ace GigE Connectors

ace GigE Connectors

To install the camera:

  1. Remove the protective cap from the lens mount.
  2. Mount a C-mount or CS-mount lens onto your camera. Be careful not to insert the lens any deeper than specified in the Maximum Allowed Lens Intrusion topic.
  3. Connect the camera to the computer and power.

    • If you are using Power over Ethernet (PoE) with a PoE-capable computer (recommended option)
      1. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet connector of the camera and plug the other end of the cable into the PoE-capable GigE network adapter port of your computer.
    • If you are using Power over Ethernet (PoE) with a PoE injector
      1. Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the "In (or similar) port of the power injector and plug the other end of the cable into the GigE network adapter port of your computer.
      2. Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the "Out" (or similar) port of the PoE injector and plug the other end of the cable into the Ethernet connector of the camera.
      3. Use the power cord that shipped with your power injector to connect the injector to an AC outlet.
    • If you are using a power supply
      1. Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the network adapter port in your computer and plug the other end of the cable into the Ethernet connector of the camera.
      2. Plug the 6-pin connector of the cable from your power supply into the 6-pin connector of the camera.
      3. Switch on the power supply.

    The camera starts up and will go through several initialization steps including IP address assignment. This takes some time.

Info

If your system is configured to show network connection icons in the Windows system tray, you may see a yellow exclamation point on the icon. You may also see a message about limited connectivity. You can ignore the icon and the message as they don't affect the camera.

Next Steps#

  • Use the pylon Viewer to check whether your camera has been detected, acquire images, display images, and adjust parameter settings to improve image quality.
  • In most cases, you must configure your network before you can use the camera.