What should you know about SNMP and Bosch cameras SNMP support?
This article explains briefly the basics of SNMP. Declares the basic terms of the protocol. It also explains what part of the protocol is supported by Bosch cameras.
Basics of SNMP and terms.
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a common protocol to monitor the health status of a system. Such a monitoring system typically has a central management server that collect all the data from the system’s compatible components and devices. SNMP provides two methods to gain the system health status:
–The network management server can poll the health status of a device via SNMP requests.
–Devices can actively notify the network management server about their system health status in case of error or alarm conditions through sending SNMP traps to the SNMP server. Such traps must be configured inside the device.
Details how to configure Bosch camera to send SNMP traps - How to activate the SNMP and configure sending SNMP traps from Bosch cameras?
SNMP also allows configuration of some variables inside devices and components. The information, which messages a device supports and which traps it can send, is derived from the Management Information Base, the so-called MIB file, a file that is delivered with a product for easy integration into a network monitoring system. There are three different version of the SNMP protocol:
–SNMP version 1
SNMP version 1 (SNMPv1) is the initial implementation of the SNMP protocol. It is widely used and has become the de facto standard protocol for network management and monitoring. But SNMPv1 has become under threat due to its lack of security features. It only uses ‘community strings’ as a kind of passwords, which are transmitted in clear text.Thus, SNMPv1 shall only be used when it can be assured that the network is physically protected against unauthorized access.
–SNMP version 2
SNMP version 2 (SNMPv2) included improvements in security and confidentiality, amongst others, and introduced a bulk request to retrieve large amounts of data in a single request. However, its security approach was considered way too complex,hindering its acceptance. Thus, it was soon pushed out by version SNMPv2c, which equals SNMPv2 but without its controversial security model, reverting to the community-based method from SNMPv1instead, similarly lacking security.
–SNMP version 3
SNMP version 3 (SNMPv3) mainly adds security and remote configuration enhancements. These include improvements on confidentiality by encryption of packets, message integrity and authentication. It also addresses large-scale deployment of SNMP.
Bosch cameras SNMP
To check what SNMP version does a particular camera support, check the data sheet of the device. (Find it under your device in the product catalogue - https://www.boschsecurity.com/xc/en/product-catalog/)
since FW 6.40 onwards Bosch devices support SNMP v1 legacy and SNMP v3
With fw7.70 a new feature was introduced that allows you to tune the scene for Day and Night separately using 2 custom scene modes.
This article explains how to switch the scene modes Custom mode#1 & Custom mode#2 based on Day or Night for Bosch cameras
The default SMTP port number for Bosch IP cameras is 25. The required SMTP port can differ depending on the service provider. From FW 5.80.0073 onwards it is possible to change the SMTP port using Alarm Task Script Language (ATSL).
The camera supports the SNMP V1 (Simple Network Management Protocol) for managing and monitoring network components, and can send SNMP messages (traps) to IP addresses. It supports SNMP MIB II in the unified code.
You may need the SNMP MIB file when you are trying to monitor the camera through a Bosch or 3rd party software. This article aims to describe how to find and enable the SNMP on a DINION 6000 HD camera.
Same LAN connection between the camera and PC