A system and method of setting configurations for individual encoders and cameras in closed circuit television (CCTV) systems, for example surveillance and security systems comprising a plurality of cameras. One aspect of the disclosed invention is a system for configuring/reconfiguring the settings of remote units in an Internet Protocol (IP) based CCTV system. The system may include a configuration device and a plurality of remotely located units dispersed in a region of interest. The plurality of remotely located units may include one or more groups, each group including units of the same type. Each remote unit in the system may include logic and software for operating its components, as well as communication components allowing transfer of information over a network to and from the configuration device and the other remote units in the system.