This install package has three programs: The camera controller/recording server (camnetserver), the client (camnetsvcmgr), and the recording file inspector (cnsdump). None of CAMNET carries any advertising nor does CAMNET connect to the internet on its own.
All programs can be installed onto the same computer, or the server can be installed on one machine, and the client on another. The server can run as a service (using the local service account, or any user on the machine), or as a console application. Generally, running as a service is the way to go since it starts at boot and does not need someone to log in.
The Windows registry is not used. The installation, or any of the programs, can be picked up and moved or copied to any other machine with little to no change needed.
The default install directory is \camnet, on the Windows drive. The default location of recordings is within this directory, therefore, installing into \Program Files is not recommended. You can change the permissions of the installation directory so only you have access.
The default is to run the recording server (camnetserver) as a service. When run as a service, camnetserver delays starting for 15 seconds, giving NAS or other external recording destinations time to become ready. This delay can be adjusted up to 120 seconds. The client cannot access the server during this delay.
Uninstall from the Windows Control Panel. All installed files are removed; the service is stopped and uninstalled. Files created after installation remain, including recordings and other data files. Files that contain sensitive data are encrypted. Recordings can be encrypted, also.
A shortcut to Camnet Service Manager (the client) is in the Start menu. If just installed, allow at least 15 seconds for the CAMNET server to become ready before starting the client. This is its default 15-second start delay when run as a service.
The CAMNET server, if it was not installed to run as a service, should be started manually rather than by shortcut, at least for the first few times. Create your own shortcut to camnetserver.exe, with any custom switches you might need, once you get the hang of starting it.