Beginning with version 2.2.0, Orchid Core VMS supports operation in WebRTC mode in addition to the original Low-bandwidth mode. The benefit of WebRTC mode is that it allows for viewing full-bandwidth, live and recorded video streams through a web browser without requiring a plugin. The availability of these operating modes will depend on your web browser and operating system.

The table below provides a high-level comparison of the two operating modes.

Low-bandwidth mode WebRTC mode
Compatible operating systems Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android Windows, Linux, macOS
Compatible web browsers Most modern web browsers
(Microsoft Internet Explorer is not supported)
Google Chrome (version 66 or higher in a desktop environment)
Network requirements Works well even on slow connections between web browser and Orchid Core VMS server Requires a good connection between web browser and Orchid Core VMS Server
Video decoding Decoding is done on the Orchid Core VMS server Decoding is done on the client machine
Additional configuration required for viewing servers behind a firewall None (assuming web interface is already accessible) STUN server
Video quality Frame rate that throttles to match available bandwidth Native, unthrottled frame rate
Supported video file types H264, JPEG, MPEG4 H264
Audio support No No
PTZ camera support Yes Yes
Video statistics Yes (Minimal) Yes (Overload)
Mode is selectable (at sign in and per Player) Yes (In Google Chrome only) Yes (In Google Chrome only)
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