This deployment guide demonstrates how to configure your FortiRecorder and FortiCameras using edge recording in a typical SD-Branch scenario.
This setup is optimal when there are several branch offices with a small number of cameras connected to an HQ datacenter with a FortiRecorder. See the example diagram below.
SD-Branch edge recording allows you to manage cameras across multiple branches from a single HQ FortiRecorder through a VPN tunnel or NAT. In this configuration, only status information is exchanged between the camera and recorder, resulting in the use of less bandwidth than when transferring video.
Captured video is recorded onto the local SD card of the camera, and can be viewed from the HQ FortiRecorder after a short delay while the video downloads. FortiCameras set up in this way can be configured to record continuously or with motion detection only. When a live stream is required, the recorder establishes a streaming connection to the camera that stays active as long as the view is in use.
Edge recording in an SD branch scenario can be set up using one of two methods: