Maximum number of Media Gateway camera streams in Security Center 5.11 - Security Center 5.11

Security Center System Requirements Guide 5.11

Applies to
Security Center 5.11
Last updated
2022-10-25
Content type
System requirements
Language
English (United States)
Product
Security Center
Version
5.11

To ensure optimal performance, do not exceed the maximum number of camera streams supported by a Media Gateway in Security Center 5.11.

Media Gateway agents provide video streams to the Security Center Web Client, Genetec™ Mobile app, and external RTSP connections. In some cases, video transcoding might be required. Video stream transcoding is determined by the requesting application as follows:

Requesting application Transcoded?
External RTSP connections Never
Genetec™ Mobile Only when all the following conditions are met:
  • Media Gateway Allow transcoding setting is enabled for the Mobile Server role
  • Mobile role allows the use of MJPEG streams
  • Original stream is not H.264
New Genetec™ Web App Only in the following situations:
  • Requesting user has video watermarking enabled
  • Browser does not support H.264 decoding through Media Source Extensions
  • Original stream is not H.264
Web Client Only in the following situations:
  • Requesting user has video watermarking enabled
  • Requesting user is streaming a PTZ camera and moving it (PTZ widget)
  • Browser does not support H.264 decoding through Media Source Extensions
  • Original stream is not H.264

The maximum number of camera streams supported by a dedicated Media Gateway server in Security Center 5.11 is as follows:

Performance without transcoding

H.264

Resolution @30fps VGA

640 x 480

HD

1280 x 720

Full HD

1920 x 1080

Ultra HD

3840 x 2160

Average bit rate per camera 1 Mbps 2.3 Mbps 5.5 Mbps 20 Mbps
Recommended 200 streams / ~220 Mbps 170 streams / ~350 Mbps 100 streams / ~600 Mbps 35 streams / ~0.85 Gbps
High Performance 340 streams / ~370 Mbps 300 streams / ~600 Mbps 175 streams / ~1 Gbps 60 streams / ~1.2 Gbps
Performance with transcoding

H.264/H.265

Input Resolution @30fps VGA

640 x 480

HD

1280 x 720

Full HD

1920 x 1080

Ultra HD

3840 x 2160

Average bit rate per camera 1 Mbps 2.3 Mbps 5.5 Mbps 20 Mbps
Recommended 45 streams, 50 Mbps /

39 streams, 43 Mbps

30 streams, 60 Mbps /

15 streams, 30 Mbps

16 streams, 100 Mbps /

6 streams, 12 Mbps

6 streams, 120 Mbps /

1 streams, 20 Mbps

Media transcoding applications server 55 streams, 60 Mbps /

65 streams, 70 Mbps

50 streams, 100 Mbps /

50 streams, 100 Mbps

26 streams, 160 Mbps /

26 streams, 160 Mbps

7 streams, 140 Mbps /

8 streams, 160 Mbps

NOTE: Bitrate is for input streams only. Output resolution is VGA.

Considerations

There is a hard limit around 500 connections, the values in the table are obtained with 30 fps, if the framerate is reduced and the throughput remains under the maximum values in the table, then the number of connections can be increased linearly.

When transcoding, output is resized to resolutions of 640x480 (VGA) or less, maintaining the aspect ratio.

CAUTION:
Do not host Media Gateway on the same server as an Archiver. The Media Gateway role can use significant processing power. High CPU usage on the Archiver server can result in Archiving queue full situations that might lead to data loss.