So, it turns out that the camera only records if a computer has the IE browser window open to the camera’s IP address…..
This makes no sense. All that is part of the firmware, the access is JUST to modify the settings, nothing is loaded onto the computer, but if that window isn’t open the camera doesn’t record. How annoying is that??
So, if I have to leave a computer running something for the camera then I’m going to look at the some of the 3rd party software’s that are supposed to work (and add extra options) to the camera. I’ve downloaded 4 different trial versions to try, and I’ll update with my final choice once I make that decision.
Edit: I never did update this. We settled on the Blue Iris software. Though the most expensive of the ones I tried it was also by far the most versatile of the bunch. Not the easiest to use, it took some fiddling, but once I figured it out I’ve been quite happy with it since!