Pod sharing overviewPod Sharing enables your NetBotz 500 or 550 Appliance to connect with, and receive data directly from, pod devices integrated with or connected to NetBotz Appliances, certain Pelco cameras, and AP9361 APC NetBotz Rack Access devices. These shared pods can be an integrated camera or sensor pod, or externally connected pods.
With pod Sharing, a single NetBotz 500 or 550 Appliance acts as a facility host to manage alerts from many other NetBotz Appliances, certain Pelco cameras, and AP9361 APC NetBotz Rack Access devices, distributed throughout your network. Once a pod is shared with the host NetBotz 500 or 550 Appliance, it functions as though it were connected directly to that NetBotz appliance. A single NetBotz 500 can host up to 16 shared pods, total. Up to 4 of the shared pods can be Camera Pod 120s or CCTV Adapter pods. The shared pods can be physically connected to up to 8 target devices.
A NetBotz 500 or 550 host can share pods with RackBotz and WallBotz 320, 350, 420, 450, 500, and 550 NetBotz Appliances, as well as with legacy NetBotz devices that run BotzWare 1.x (including RackBotz and WallBotz 300, 303, 310, 400, and 410 devices). Once a NetBotz 500 is configured to access these legacy models they are treated exactly like other shared pods or devices, providing alert and sensor data exactly as if they were directly connected to the NetBotz 500.
It is important to note the following concerning pod sharing.
- The Pod Sharing task can be run only on one device at a time.
- A NetBotz 500 v2.6 or later, or a NetBotz 550, can host remote pods without using the optional Premium Software Module that must be used with earlier NetBotz 500 versions for pod sharing.
- Pods that are not physically connected to a device do not count against the total number of USB-connected devices allowed for the NetBotz Appliance model.
- A NetBotz 420 supports an additional camera pod and up to four additional non-camera pods.
- A NetBotz 500 or 550 supports up to four camera pods and up to 17 non-camera pods.
- Frame rate from remotely hosted camera pods is limited to 10 frames per second.
- The camera image resolution available from a hosted camera pod is determined by the maximum resolution available to the device to which the pod is physically connected. For example, for a Camera Pod 120 connected to a NetBotz 500, the maximum resolution is 1280x1024. However, if the Camera Pod 120 is connected to a NetBotz 420, the maximum is 640x480.