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A Brief Guide for NVR Connection with IP Cameras

Enhancing security with a robust NVR camera system is essential in today's connected world. The Network Video Recorder (NVR) serves as a hub in this system, managing footage captured by IP cameras. When it comes to NVR connection, several questions often arise. How do IP cameras connect to an NVR? Are PoE switches required? This article discusses the basics of NVRs and how to connect IP cameras to an NVR—with or without PoE switches.

What Is NVR?

A Network Video Recorder (NVR) is a specialized computer system that receives live images or video streams captured by IP cameras and records them digitally to a hard disk, USB flash drive, or other mass storage device. It is typically used in IP video surveillance networks to provide centralized video controls. Users can view, playback, and download video recordings when needed.

An NVR setup typically involves integrating various components within the surveillance network. The core connections include linking IP cameras directly to the NVR through Ethernet cables, optionally using a PoE switch to provide power and data over a single cable. Additionally, the NVR connects to a network router for internet access, and to a monitor or control terminal for local management of video footage.

Read More : What Is NVR? Do I Need NVR for IP Camera?

Two Types of NVR

Network Video Recorders (NVRs) are categorized into two types based on their powering functions: PoE (Power over Ethernet) NVRs and Non-PoE NVRs. The distinctions between them are crucial when choosing the right NVR for your security system, as they impact the ease of installation, overall system complexity, and the type of cameras you can use.

PoE NVR: PoE NVRs are equipped with PoE ports and are compatible exclusively with cameras that support PoE specifications. These cameras are connected directly to the PoE ports on the NVR using a CAT 5E or CAT 6 cable. This single cable setup provides power to the camera and facilitates the transmission of data, audio, and video, eliminating the need for a separate power adapter for the camera. The simplicity of this connection method makes installation straightforward and reduces cable clutter.

Non-PoE NVR: Non-PoE NVRs , on the other hand, do not have PoE ports for direct camera connections on their back panels. Instead, these NVRs require an external power adapter for each camera or a PoE switch to facilitate the connection. A PoE switch serves as an intermediary, providing power and network connectivity to the cameras, which then transmit data to the NVR over the network. Despite the need for additional hardware, non-PoE NVRs often feature built-in scan functions that can automatically detect and trace cameras within the network, simplifying the setup process.

How to Connect IP Camera to NVR

There are two types of NVRs on the market: PoE NVRs and non-PoE NVRs. They use different methods to connect IP surveillance cameras. Here are the connection considerations and the specific methods for NVR camera system setup.

Preparation for NVR Security System Connection

Before setting up your NVR security system, it is crucial to verify that the NVR is compatible with the cameras you plan to use.

First, make sure that the NVR supports the specific models of IP cameras. This often involves checking for protocol compatibility, such as the ONVIF standard, which facilitates interoperability between IP security devices from different manufacturers.

Then, confirm that the NVR can handle the camera's resolution, as not all currently support 4K or 12MP cameras. If the camera's resolution exceeds what the NVR can process, you may need to access the camera's web interface to adjust the resolution settings downward.

In addition, it is also necessary to configure the network of IP camera and NVR, and any IP device needs to set the correct IP address and gateway address to connect to the Internet. Typically, when initializing the NVR, the NVR will pop up a window for the user to set up the network, usually including an IP address, default gateway (usually found in the device manual), so that it can connect to the Internet and communicate with the IP camera. IP Camera's network setup is similar to NVR's, but it has a unique IP address (to avoid IP address conflicts). It is important to note that the default gateway address of any IP camera and the NVR must be the same, which ensures that the NVR can find the IP camera when performing an automatic search for the IP camera on the NVR.

Option One: Connecting IP Cameras to PoE NVR without PoE Switch

A PoE NVR has a built-in PoE switch, offering PoE ports for connecting IP cameras directly over Ethernet cables. So it does not require a separate power adapter to work. Below is a step-by-step guide for PoE NVR camera system connection

Make sure the NVR is powered on. Use an Ethernet cable to link the router and the PoE NVR, so as to connect your NVR to the internet.

Connect each IP camera's Ethernet cable to the available PoE ports on the NVR. These connections will enable the cameras to receive power and send video feed to the NVR concurrently.

Connect the NVR and a monitor or TV via a VGA or HDMI cable. Make sure the monitor or TV is set to the correct input mode, such as VGA, HDMI 1, or HDMI 2.

Once all connections are properly established, your NVR camera system should be successfully configured, at which point the capabilities of this PoE NVR security system become fully operational. This system is ideal for IP surveillance within homes and smaller-scale commercial settings, such as family villas and chain stores .

NVR Security System without PoE Switches

Option Two: Connecting IP Cameras to Non-PoE NVR with PoE Switch

Non-PoE NVRs come with Ethernet ports but need an external PoE switch or adapter to power network cameras. Follow these steps to configure the NVR camera system with the use of a PoE switch.

Connect the LAN port on the PoE switch to the router using an Ethernet cable, and connect the non-PoE NVR and the router. Make sure the PoE switch and NVR are in the same network.

Connect IP cameras to the RJ45 ports on the PoE switch by Ethernet cables. The PoE switch will provide power and support video transmission.

Connect the NVR and a monitor or TV via a VGA or HDMI cable, ensuring it's set to the right input channel, such as VGA or HDMI1.

Note that users must add the cameras to the NVR to view and record footage from the cameras. Therefore, please follow the steps in the instruction manual attached to your NVR.

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FAQs About NVR Security System Connection

Does NVR Require the Internet?

Network video recorders can work without the Internet and continue to record and stream the video stream. However, without the Internet, users can not back up the videos on cloud storage, have no access to the recordings remotely, or even won't get push notifications or alerts in case of an intrusion.

What is the Farthest Distance between a Security Camera and the Connected NVR?

The connection between an IP camera and NVR is achieved by Ethernet cables. Because of the signal attenuation, the maximum transmission distance of the Ethernet cable is 100 meters. Thus, the maximum distance that the camera can run from the NVR is also 100 meters. If users require a distance beyond 100 meters, they can use an Ethernet extender to extend the distance.

Can I mix different brands of IP cameras on the same NVR?

Yes, this is often possible if IP camera and NVR are compliant with the ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) standard, which promotes interoperability between different brands' devices. Always check the manufacturer's specifications to ensure compatibility. We recommend buying IP cameras and NVR from the same brand such as FS IP security system , because devices of the same brand are more likely to work properly without any conflict. If something goes wrong, you can contact a single source to identify the problem and fix it in time. Besides, some FS NVR supports ONVIF, so you can easily set up a stable and variable network without having to look through a lengthy compatibility list.

How many IP cameras can I connect to my NVR?

The number of cameras that can be connected to an NVR depends on the specific NVR model and its channel capacity. Some NVRs support 4, 8, 16, or more channels, which corresponds to the number of cameras that can be connected.For example, FS NVR102-16C-16P supports 16 channels and NVR724-256C supports up to 256 channels.

In summary, the process of installing an NVR security system requires careful planning, installation, and thorough configuration. This guide gives you a general understanding of the basic steps for connecting IP camera and NVR, but complex setups may require professional installation for optimal performance and peace of mind. You can choose FS , we will provide you with quality products and after-sales service, and a professional team to provide you with technical support.

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Configuring an NVR for IP Cameras with and without PoE Switch: Step-by-Step Guide

Security of property and people is important for any commercial and industrial business owner. They are investing in various security solutions, such as IP CCTV cameras and NVR systems to achieve this safety and security. IP CCTV cameras have been described and discussed several times over the years; however, Network Video Recorders (NVR) are understated for various reasons. They are used with IP cameras to enhance the effectiveness of security installations. What makes them popular? How to set up NVR for the IP camera on the network? This post discusses everything you wish to know about NVR camera systems

NVR Camera System

A Network Video Recorder (NVR) system is a software application designed to collect and store videos captured by all cameras connected to the network on mass storage devices.

Unlike other storage devices, it features no specific video capture hardware, and the software is operated on a dedicated device. NVR is usually employed on the IP video surveillance systems, and they are capable of streaming video/audio data on a single cable.

NVR is very much similar to digital video recorders (DVR). DVR is mainly used with analog cameras, whereas NVR is used with IP Cameras. It is basically a DVR of an IP camera.

Also read: NVR or DVR

Network Video Recorder

Types of Network Video Recorders

  • PoE NVR : PoE NVR features PoE ports and is only compatible with cameras with PoE specifications. These cameras are plugged into the PoE port of the NVR. These recorders require no separate adapter. You can connect a CAT 5e/6 cable from the camera to NVR. This will power the camera and support the transmission of data/audio/video over a single cable.
  • Non-PoE NVR : These NVRs have no ports for connecting the camera at the back panel. It requires an external power adapter or PoE switch to connect to the network camera. Most non-PoE NVRs feature built-in scan functions that can trace the cameras on the network.

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How to Configure NVR for IP Camera with a PoE Switch?

For configuring, the NVR for IP camera on the network using PoE switch, you will require some components and accessories including a power cable, an Ethernet cable, SATA cables, security screw, and a power supply cable for hard drive installation. Most manufacturers provide technical assistance during the connection process or they also supply an easy-to-understand instruction manual with the product and accessories.

The configuration starts with a hardware setup. Here is how you can proceed with the hardware setup:

  • Take the Ethernet cable from the router and connect it at the back of NVR. Ensure that NVR is connected to the Internet.
  • Use Ethernet cables to connect the IP cameras to PoE NVR. As the NVR is enabled with the PoE technology, it can easily power the IP cameras.
  • Take an HDMI cable or a VGA cable to connect NVR and TV or monitor. Ensure that you use the right input to connect the TV or the monitor— HDMI 1, HDMI 2, or VGA

When these steps are performed properly then NVR and IP camera connection can be easily made. Software setup is the next step in the configuration, and this can be easily done by following the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer.

How to Configure NVR for IP Camera without PoE Switch?

As discussed before, NVR without PoE switch has no Ethernet ports at its back panel. It utilizes an external power adapter or an external PoE switch to power each IP camera. Like NVR with a PoE switch, the configuration of NVR for IP camera without a PoE switch also begins with the hardware configuration. Here is how to proceed:

  • Take an Ethernet cable to connect the LAN port on the external PoE switch and the router. Then connect the router with the non-PoE NVR.
  • Use Ethernet cables to connect all IP cameras to the PoE switch RJ45 ports. The PoE switch will deliver power as well as support video transmission.
  • Use an HDMI cable or VGA cable to connect the monitor and the NVR. Always use the right input for making the connection.

Recording will be enabled only when users add the cameras to NVR. This can be easily done by referring to the steps in the instruction manual.

Things to Consider When Setting Up an NVR for IP Cameras with a PoE Switch

  • Planning Your IP Camera System: Before setting up your IP camera system, it is important to identify your security needs. What areas do you want to monitor? Do you need 24/7 surveillance, or only during specific hours? Once you have answered these questions, you can choose the right IP cameras, NVR, and PoE switch for your system. You should also decide on the number and location of cameras, and calculate power and bandwidth requirements.
  • Setting up Your PoE Switch: PoE (Power over Ethernet) switch is an essential component of an IP camera system. It allows you to power and connect multiple IP cameras with just one Ethernet cable. To set up your PoE switch, connect it to the network and configure the switch settings. Test the switch and ensure it works properly.
  • Connecting Your IP Cameras to the PoE Switch: Once your PoE switch is set up, you can attach your IP cameras to it. First, connect the cameras to the switch and configure camera settings and IP addresses. Test the cameras and ensure they work properly. You should also consider the placement of the cameras and make sure they capture the areas you want to monitor.
  • Connecting Your NVR to the PoE Switch: An NVR (Network Video Recorder) records and stores video from your IP cameras. To connect your NVR to the PoE switch, attach the NVR to the switch and configure NVR settings and network parameters. Test the NVR and ensure it works properly.
  • Monitoring and Managing Your IP Camera System: To monitor and manage your IP camera system, you can access it remotely using a computer or mobile device. You can also set up alerts and notifications to notify you when motion is detected or other events occur. It is important to regularly review video footage to ensure the system works properly and identify any security threats.

All the above pointers will help improve your understanding on NVR systems, but that is not enough. You must address several factors while selecting NVR security systems for your applications. First, you need to check the compatibility of NVR security systems with the IP cameras on the network. Next, you need to ensure the NVR camera system supports the camera resolutions because many cannot support 12MP or 4K security cameras. After all these considerations, ensure to use quality PoE switches for the connection. VERSITRON provides PoE media converters and switches in different configurations. PoE switches are one of the most popular products in their collection. You can contact the company’s experts to discuss your requirements for PoE switches for IP CCTV cameras and NVR systems. Versitron provides PoE media converters and switches in different configurations.

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Why NVR must be connected to the Internet?

NVR when connected to the Internet provides easy remote access to the recordings. It sends alerts or notifications to users regularly and creates a backup of the videos on cloud storage solutions. In the absence of the Internet, NVR will record and stream the videos, but they will not be remotely accessible to users.

What is the maximum transmission distance of the camera from the NVR?

The maximum transmission distance of the Ethernet cable connecting the NVR and an IP camera is 100 meters. This distance is limited due to the attenuation of signals. The Ethernet extender is used to extend the transmission distance beyond 100 meters.

Is it Necessary to Use NVR with Internet?

No, you can use NVR without the Internet, too. Most NVRs can be operated as CCTV systems in the absence of the Internet. However, the absence of the Internet makes it difficult to view the captured footage off-site.

Do IP CCTV Cameras Need NVR?

No, IP CCTV cameras do not always need NVR. Many IP CCTV cameras have SD card slots, allowing users to record and store videos.

Can I add more cameras to NVR?

Yes, you can add more cameras to NVR. If you are using an 8-channel NVR, you can add more cameras to it without buying a new NVR. Depending on your expansion plans, you can buy NVR with 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 channels.

How Do I Set Up, Install, and Configure an IP Camera?

To set up an IP camera, choose the right model, mount it securely, connect it to power and your network, access its interface Through a browser, configure settings, and enable remote access if desired.

How to Connect an NVR to the Internet?

To connect an NVR to the internet, start by linking it to your local network using an Ethernet cable, then configure its IP address. Next, set up port forwarding on your router and optionally enable Dynamic DNS. Ensure security measures are implemented, such as changing default credentials, and finally, test remote access to confirm the setup.

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How to configure Hikvision IP camera with NVR (DS-7616NI-I2-16P-4k-POE)

When you purchase IP security cameras, you can record the footage into an NVR (Network Video Recorder). Let's talk about how that works.

NVR Hikvision

There are a huge number of different IP cameras and NVR in the market, but the principle of IP camera and NVR configuration is similar to most of them.

In this article, I explain how to configure Hikvision IP camera with NVR model DS-7616NI-I2-16P-4k-POE, which is a 16 channel device for 4K IP cameras.

The Hikvision NVR DS-7616NI-I2-16P-4k-POE

The first thing you have to do is to understand your device, so let's take a look at the specification of the Hikvision NVR.

Hikvision NVR DS-7616ni-i2-16p-4k-poe

This is a 16 channel NVR , which means it can handle up to 16 4K resolution IP cameras that can be directly connected to the device using UTP cables.

People usually buy the NVR and the cameras from the same manufacturer, but it's not mandatory to use the same brand since most of the modern IP cameras have the ONVIF protocol which allows the communication between different brands,

I strongly recommend you to read the article about the ONVIF protocol to understand how it works in case you want to use different IP camera brands.

Hikvision NVR DS-7616NI-I2-16P-4k-POE Back part

Take a look at the following picture which shows the details of the Hikvision NVR, you can see all the connections in the back part of the device.

Hikvision NVR back part

On the left side, it's possible to see the 16 Ethernet ports that are used to connect the cameras. Those ports use PoE (Power Over Ethernet) to power up the cameras. It's not necessary to use an extra power supply.

(Please read the article: PoE switch for IP cameras to learn more)

The next connections available are for Audio IN/OUT , which can be used to connect a microphone and a speaker respectively. Most of the time, people don't use such connections because the NVR can use the audio from the IP cameras.

The I/O port is used to connect to sensors and to activate external devices, you can connect a door sensor for example that will send a signal to the NVR that can trigger events such as camera recording, email notifications, etc.

Based on events, such as motion detection and others. the NVR can also turn on/off a light, a buzzer or something else that is connected to the output port.

The VGA and HDMI ports are used to connect monitors.

A USB port is available for the NVR firmware upgrade and to export recorded footage into a thumb drive.

There is a LAN Port t o connect the NVR to the network, so you can have remote access from a computer, laptop or mobile device. This port is usually connected to a network switch or a router which is connected to the Internet. 

Hikvision NVR Network Diagram

See the following diagram which shows the DVR connection in the network.

Hikvision NVR Network Diagram

In the left side, you can see a Hikvision IP camera connected to one of the PoE ports, it's not necessary to use an individual power supply to the camera since it's power up via the network cable (using Power over Ethernet).

The idea is to connect all other IP cameras exactly the same way.

A network cable is connected to the NVR LAN port and to the router , which allows remote access to the device via laptop. It's also possible to have access to the NVR via the Internet since the router is linked to an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

The diagram shows the network connection, obviously, you need also to connect the power cable (which comes with the device) to power up the NVR.

Hikvision NVR Initial Setup

After connecting the NVR and the IP camera, it's time to start the setup.

It's easier to connect a monitor and a mouse to the NVR for the initial configuration and later you can use your laptop for additional configuration.

See the picture below which shows the front part of the NVR with the power LED and the hard drive LED on. A USB mouse is connected to the device.

Hikvision NVR mouse connection

After connecting the mouse and monitor, just power up the device and look at the screen, the first thing that appears is the Hikvision logo, that indicates that the NVR is booting up. (see the picture below).

Hikvision NVR initial screen

In the next screen, just choose the language and click the Apply button.

Hikvision NVR language setup

The next step is to create a password. Just do it and click OK.

Hikvision NVR password

You can also create an unlock pattern to secure the NVR.

Hikvision NVR unlock pattern

Hikvision NVR Wizard Setup

After the initial setup, you can use a Wizard Setup for the next steps.

Just follow the instructions and move to the next screen until you get to the end of the process. It's really very easy, take a look at the following pictures.

The 1st step is to configure the timezone, just the one you want and click next.

Hikvision NVR wizard 01  timezone

The 2nd step  is to configure the NIC (Network interface card) with the correct IP, just choose the IP that is in your local network range.

Let's say for example that your computer has the IP 192.168.1.1. You can choose the IP 192.168.1.x for your NVR and replace the X with the number 2 to 254 as long as no other device is using the same IP on your network.

Hikvision NVR wizard 02 NIC

In the  3rd  step  just check if the hard drive is OK. The NVR suppose to come with an internal HDD (Hard Drive Disc), or you have to install one before turning it on.

Hikvision NVR wizard 03 HD

In the 4th  step,  you will see the IP cameras that are available in your network since the NVR can find them by using a scan process.

Hikvision NVR wizard 04 Network

At first, you can just skip the  5th  step  that is for the remote access configuration. This process involves a little extra configuration, so you can work at that later.

Hikvision NVR wizard 05 Remote Access

The 6 th  step and final step is to just change the password. Please choose a strong one the is not easy to guess, so your NVR will be better protected.

Hikvision NVR wizard 06 Change Password

After all the steps above the NVR will show you the IP cameras in the monitor and it will start recording everything with a basic configuration that can be changed later according to your needs.

Hikvision NVR with IP cameras

The picture above shows only 2 IP cameras that were connected to the NVR during the installation process. You can connect up to 16 cameras in the same way.

After finishing the installation just go to the main menu to see the live view.

As you can see, it's not that hard to configure an NVR to work with the IP cameras, you just need to follow a step-by-step process and everything will be running in a short period of time as long as you have basic skills to setup everything.

If you want to learn more about IP CCTV and become a better professional, just take a look at the Ultimate Security Camera Guide Volume 3 .

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How to Configure IP Cameras on the Network: A Complete Guide

October 31, 2023

By Carlo Di Leo

IP cameras are network-based cameras that can be accessed and controlled over the Internet. They offer many advantages over traditional analog CCTV cameras, such as higher resolution, remote viewing, and scalability.

However, setting up an IP camera can be a daunting task for beginners who are not familiar with the network configuration and the options available.

In this blog, we will guide you through the steps of how to configure an IP camera on your local network, and what to consider when choosing an IP camera.

Step 1: Connect the IP camera to your network

The first step is to connect the IP camera to your local area network (LAN). You can use an Ethernet cable (also known as Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable) to connect the IP camera to your router, gateway, or access point. If your IP camera has Wi-Fi capability, you can also connect it wirelessly to your network. However, a wired connection is more stable and secure than a wireless one.

For wired connections

If you are using a Wi-Fi IP camera, you need to power it with a 12V DC adapter, and then follow the instructions on the user manual or the app to connect it to your Wi-Fi network. You may need to scan a QR code or enter a password to pair the camera with your network.

For wireless connections

To connect the IP camera to your network, you need to plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet socket of the IP camera, and the other end into a free port on your router. If you are using a PoE (Power over Ethernet) IP camera, you can use a single cable to provide both power and data to the camera. You can also use a PoE injector or a PoE switch to power multiple PoE cameras.

Step 2: Find the IP address of the IP camera

The next step is to find the IP address of the IP camera on your network. An IP address is a unique identifier that allows devices to communicate with each other on a network. You need to know the IP address of your IP camera in order to access its web interface and configure its settings. There are several ways to find the IP address of your IP camera.

Using the Vendor’s Utility Program

One way is to use a utility program from the camera’s vendor that can scan your network and find the camera. You can download the utility program from the vendor’s website or install it from a CD that comes with the camera. You can also use a third-party software or a network scanner app that can scan your network and find all devices connected to it.

Using Command Prompt

Another way is to use the Command Prompt program on your Windows computer. You can open the Command Prompt by clicking the Windows icon or button on your keyboard, typing “cmd” in the search box, and hitting Enter.

Then type “ipconfig” and hit Enter to see your computer’s network information, such as your default gateway and subnet mask. Your default gateway is usually the IP address of your router, and your subnet mask determines the range of IP addresses that can be used on your network. For example, if your default gateway is 192.168.1.1 and your subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, then your network can use IP addresses from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.254.

To find the IP address of your IP camera, you can type “ping” followed by an IP address in that range and hit Enter. For example, you can type “ping 192.168.1.100” and hit Enter. If you get a reply from that IP address, it means there is a device using that IP address on your network. You can try different IP addresses until you find one that belongs to your IP camera.

Step 3: Access the web interface of the IP camera

Once you have found the IP address of your IP camera, you can access its web interface using a web browser on your computer or mobile device. The web interface is where you can configure various settings of your IP camera, such as video quality, motion detection, recording schedule, etc.

To access the web interface of your IP camera, you need to open a web browser and type in the IP address of your camera in the address bar, followed by a colon and a port number if needed. You may be prompted to enter a username and password to log in to the web interface of your camera that can be found on the user manual or the label on the camera box. It is better to change the password after logging in for maximum security.

Step 4: Configure the network settings of the IP camera

The last step is to configure the IP address of your IP camera to match your network scheme and avoid any conflicts with other devices.

Dynamic IP Address

By default, most IP cameras use DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) to obtain an IP address automatically from your router. However, this may cause problems if your router assigns a different IP address to your camera every time it reboots or reconnects to the network. This will make it difficult for you to access your camera’s web interface or view its video stream.

Static IP Address

You can also set a static IP address for your IP camera that does not change with every reboot. To do this, you need to log in to the web interface of your camera and look for a “Setup” or “Config” button, and then look for a “Network” menu. There you can change the radio button selection from “Obtain an IP address automatically” to “Use the following IP address”.

Then you can enter an IP address that is within the range of your network scheme, but not used by any other device. For example, if your network scheme is 192.168.1.xxx, you can set your camera’s IP address to 192.168.1.200. You also need to enter the subnet mask, which is usually 255.255.255.0, and the default gateway, which is usually the IP address of your router.

You can also enter the preferred DNS servers, which are usually provided by your Internet service provider or can be found on your router’s web interface. Save and reboot the camera for the changes to take effect.

Here’s how to configure an IP camera on your network, and what to do to make sure that your camera functions smoothly and your connection remains secure. IP cameras are great for security surveillance and remote access, however, they also require some network configuration knowledge to set up properly and securely. Consult a security company and make sure you get the IP camera that is compatible with the existing system if you have one.

Spotter Security offers security camera installation services around Canada and with experience and expertise of over 20 years, knows the ins and outs of security camera surveillance and best practices. Contact Spotter Security today for a consultation on your security camera system .

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How to Set Up an IP camera with an NVR

  • January 13, 2015
  • Posted by Damon Delcoro
  • Configure an IP camera , How to set up an IP camera , IP Camera setup , IP Camera Web Service , IPconfig
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Analog cameras have come a long way over the years. They have brought all of us an immense amount of footage to watch from movies, to sporting events, the news, and history. This was all done with some rather low quality equipment by today’s standards. IP MegaPixel cameras have a clarity that surpasses even the human eye. IP cameras can see into spectrums of light that people cannot, and can pick up details that even a person with 20/20 vision would not notice. If anyone recalls, actors were trying to get their contracts adjusted because they did not like the idea of every little pore on their skin being easily seen. Since these cameras are so amazing it was only a matter of time until we integrated them into security camera systems. Facial recognition is of the utmost importance when identifying unauthorized access. After all, the recording is only as good as the camera. In this article I will explain how to set up an IP camera with an NVR.

Once the big brown box is dropped off at your location from SecurityCameraKing.com, the first task you need to do is grab your invoice and make sure you have everything you need to complete the job. If you have questions pick up the phone and call 866.573.8878. Pick support in the options and we can help you understand what you have, how it is used, and set up a fair amount of the system for you remotely. IP camera setup is significantly different than the analog counterparts. This walkthrough will be geared towards camera setup and recording activation at the NVR.

BEFORE YOU PULL ANY WIRE OR HANG ANY CAMERA STOP!!! These IP cameras have configurations that needs to be done first.

The first two items you will need out of the box is all of the IP cameras and one power over Ethernet (POE) switch. You will also need a Cat5 patch cable a few feet long and a laptop computer is recommended, but any PC will do. Connect the computer to the network, open the command prompt and use the following command: ipconfig all one word lower case. You are looking for two pieces of information IPV4 address and DEFAULT GATEWAY. The IP address is the computer’s address and the gateway is the router’s IP address. Make a note as this is important. The IP cameras come with an address of 192.168.1.108. If the gateway is 192.168.1.1 then we can login to the camera and make changes. If the gateway is different this can create a challenge as you cannot just plug the camera in and it works.

Should the router have a different IP scheme, your computer will need to connect to the switch which the camera is connected to..

Next you will need to open the Network and sharing center on your computer. You can do so by clicking on the network icon in the lower right corner of a Windows PC.

The next window that will open up should look like this.

You will want to click on change adapter settings in the upper left of the window.

Once this window opens click on the local area connection. This is the wired part for internet connection.

Next you want to click on properties

Now double-click on internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IPV4), or highlight then click properties. Either/or, it does not matter you will go to the same place.

Now you need to change your IP address to 192.168.1.2 and the Default gateway to 192.168.1.1. Click OK. Now you will be able to gain access to your cameras.

Go ahead and log into the camera’s web interface. Next you are going to click on setup tab at top left then network and TCP/IP.

Now that we are finally inside the GUI of the camera we can make changes. In the network options you need to to set the IP to STATIC. The reason being is that if the camera loses power it will not grab a different IP address. Should the camera get a new IP address the NVR will not know, so the NVR will lose video on that channel. Next, I recommend you use the channel in the IP address you want to choose. For example 10.0.0.101 for channel 1 then 10.0.0.102 for channel 2 and so on.

Click the save button. The camera will log you out and then you have to login under new IP address. At this point go ahead and do this for all your IP cameras. Make sure to save every time you change an option before changing pages. If you change pages then hit save it will not save, as once you change pages the camera goes back to previous settings.

After all IP addresses have been set, we need to get your computer back inside the network to finish. Click the lower right corner connectivity icon to reopen “Network and Sharing Center”

Then click the change adapter settings.

Then right click on local area connection then properties.

Then Internet Protocol 4 (TCP/IPV4) double-click.

Next change to Obtain an IP address automatically.

Then click OK and give the computer a minute and it should be back in the network. If the network card does not refresh just reboot the computer. Sometimes that needs to happen but not often.

After you regain internet connectivity we need to go back into the cameras to configure resolution and frame rate. Open Internet Explorer and surf to the IP address of the camera.

Click on the setup tab upper right corner, then camera and video on left site of the browser. There are a lot of options here that can be adjusted, you will only need to adjust a few to start.

I am only concenred about the resolution, frame rate, and bit rate. Depending on the NVR you have is how high you can have the settings. I am going to give you a good starting point that can be used as a base line. With 1 mega pixal cameras, set the resolution to 720P. The Frame rate to 15 and bit rate to 2048 (roughly). Those options are for the main stream with the General stream type. In other words the live view. For the Extra stream set the reolution to CIF at 7 frames per second. Just like in this example.

Repeat these steps for all your cameras.

Now that all the cameras are setup we can tell the NVR what IP addresses the cameras are per channel. I am describing this setup through the web-service of the NVR using Internet Explorer. Log into the DVR and once inside click on remote device.

You can see there a bunch of cameras listed. Right now in the picture you see the IP addresses and manufacture. When using IP cameras from SecurityCameraKing.com you will need to scroll down in the window and find the manufacture that is “private”.

Check the boxes and click add camera. If no camera shows up initially click the refresh button. Sometimes they can take a minute or two to come up. Now click save. I have found at this point it is best to reboot the NVR. The NVR will pull in the settings of the cameras so you should not have setup your encode options, but it never hurts to double check. After the NVR comes back up you know have video.

Now you have configured the basics. You know for sure everything works and be confident about the equipment. As for the pulling cable and hanging cameras that part I will leave up to you. Every location being different, what has worked for me may not work for you. Should you need suggestions email us with pictures and we would be happy to give you ideas on how to proceed.

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How To Configure Your NVR (And 5 Tips How to Set Up and Secure Network Video Recorders)

  • Do you have your IP cameras?  Check! The NVR? Check!
  • The next step involves configuring the setup. This is the exciting, yet frustrating part for most people. Well, you might try to read the manual. Unfortunately, the user manuals that come with most recorders tend to be vague, which makes the whole process complicated.
  • But, you know what? I am going to share with you amazing tips that will help you configure your Security System. By the time you are through with this article, setting up your NVR will be a breeze.
  • Instead of getting annoyed and overwhelmed trying to understand the manual, put your attention elsewhere, like reading this post.
  • Also read: Best NVR Systems

What are the main things to configure an NVR?

To experience the amazing features of a recorder you need to start by setting some essential parameters. Not only do you get to explore the functionality of your NVR, but you get to safeguard your network as well.

There are four main things you need to do to configure your new NVR:

  • Use Strong Password
  • Calibrate Motion Detection
  • Configure Storage
  • Set Up Notifications

1. Use Strong Password

Having a password on your recorder protects your system from unauthorized access. Your new recorder might come with a default password set by the manufacturer.

Every NVR comes with a client desktop application that allows you to make changes to the recorder settings. The User Interface might be different, but the procedure is virtually the same.

If it is the first time plugging in your recorder to a monitor or TV, you will go through an install wizard. You can either use the wizard to configure everything at once, including the password, or change items individually.

To change the password, without using the install wizard, use the following systematic approach outlined below.

  • Login the system using the password provided or leave it blank if it does not have a default administrator password.
  • After logging into the system, click the System Admin Tab or System Configuration.
  • Click on the Users tab
  • Select Admin to make edits to that account
  • A set password wizard will appear where you can input your new password
  • Make sure under Username, Admin is selected
  • Enter your new password. Remember to use strong passwords for maximum security.
  • In the Confirm field, re-enter your new password
  • Once you are through, click OK.

2. Calibrate Motion Detection

Following the right steps when configuring motion detection in your NVR will prevent you from getting false alerts.

Keep in mind that the User Interface of recorders is different. Companies use different terms, but this breakdown will give you an idea of how to go about it.

To enable motion detection, follow this breakdown:

  • Log into your recorder
  • Click the Event / Recording tab
  • You will get a configuration screen where you can enable and make changes to the motion detection schedule.
  • Under the motion screen, you can change the following:
  • Detection sensitivity
  • Select the channel/ camera to use
  • Identify the detection area
  • Make a schedule
  • Set alarm trigger for the cameras
  • To reduce false alerts, you have to alter the detection sensitivity level. In order to increase sensitivity, you have to lower the figure indicated on the screen.  A low figure indicates higher detection sensitivity.
  • Depending on the model you have, some have a snapshot checkbox that allows the Camera to take a photo during motion.
  • Once you have made changes to the appropriate tabs, click Apply to close the configuration page.

3. Configure Storage

By setting storage parameters on your NVR, you can determine the primary storage device. You also have the freedom to alter archive settings.

ALSO READ: Best Hard Drives for Network Video Recorders

Nowadays you can set storage clusters based on the number of channels you have in your System. IP cameras with a higher definition like 4K require more storage capacity than a Full HD 1080p Camera.

To check or make changes to the NVR HDD follow these steps:

  • Log into the system
  • Under Settings, click the Storage tab
  • A window will appear where you can see all details and parameters concerning your storage device
  • Make changes as required
  • Click OK to complete the process

4. Set Up Notifications

You can configure push notification and email alerts on the desktop client application. This can be for the entire system or for specific channels.

For push notifications, it can be a badge or pop-up on your phone.

This is how you go about it:

  • Log into your recorder system
  • Click Push notifications to access the configuration window
  • Under configuration, select the camera you want to activate
  • Check the events you would like to receive notifications if triggered. This can be motion or face detection. It all depends on the video analytic capabilities of the camera.
  • Click OK to apply the changes.

5 Key Tips When Setting Up CCTV Network Video Recorders

It is time I let you in on a couple of secrets that will make configuration stress-free. How you set up your NVR can either ruin or fortify your Security System.

You might get a high-quality recorder but end up with a weak system. Your NVR acts as the entry point to your network, you need to enforce it at all times.

I am going to share with you simple, yet crucial points to get you started with your surveillance system. Configuration does not stop once you have your IP cameras plugged in and the system running. No. It also entails maintenance.

Why would you go through the process of configuring all settings only to dump your NVR in a dusty room?

These tips will have your recorder functioning properly and even save you money.

  • Change your password often

Since your NVR will be active on the network, there is the inherent risk that it might be hacked anytime. I’m not saying this to make you die of worry, but to have you prepare accordingly.

To begin, always use a long non-obvious password. Change it often and do not write it down or share it with anyone else.

  • Keep Recorder’s Firmware Updated

An NVR comes with an operating system. To safeguard it from malicious exploits, always check for software updates.

No matter how detailed you get with the configurations, you will end up with a useless black box if you do not update it on a regular basis.

Your NVR will have either a Linux or Windows OS. If you cannot get updates automatically, request for specific patches from your OS vendor.

  • Ensure Secure Home Network

If you have a home surveillance system, it can be indoors or outdoors. For a business location, you most likely have it in the high-risk locations.

There are a couple of things you should do to secure your home network:

  • Do not give your guests the password from your main home network
  • Update Router’s Firmware
  • Change defaults router password
  • Set up MAC security (only allow certain devices to connect)
  • Do not expose any ports on your router to outside internet
  • Use ZeroTier or OpenVPN to get access to the home network

Imagine if someone could get access to all the footage even before it gets to your NVR. That would be catastrophic. This is why you need video encryption.

Make sure the connection equipment you use has SSL encryption or something similar. Otherwise, literally, anyone can eavesdrop and get sensitive information about you.

  • Be conscious of the temperature

A recorder has many internal components that generate heat. Apart from that, it has a power supply unit that provides power to the storage device and IP cameras.

With high heat, production comes the need for proper cooling. Make sure you place the recorder in a dry, clean and properly ventilated room. 

  • Use Custom Network Topology

This is probably a bit more advanced, but if you use a default network topology (i.e. 192.168.1.0) you might reduce the security of your home set up.

If that is your current setup, you should change it. This creates high vulnerability whereby if your laptop gets a virus then your recorder is next.

At no point should your security system be on your main network. If you cannot have the two networks physically separate, you can set up your own VLAN.

2 Things You Should Do To Secure NVR

When it comes to securing you NVR, it can be a physical, lock and key situation or prevention from online intruders.

1. Secure Access To NVR

To reiterate, to safeguard your recorder from unauthorized access do the following:

  • Use a long, strong password with different characters
  • Change your password regularly
  • Put your recorder in a different network from your main network
  • Update your NVR frequently
  • Always use video encryption

2. Protect Your NVR from Being Stolen

Let us now talk about how to protect your recorder physically from thieves or destruction.

Get a Lockbox

You need to be a step ahead to beat thieves at their own game. Get a safe box that can survive a brute force attack. It needs to have room for ventilation to prevent the unit from overheating.

Hide the Unit

Find a good spot where you can hide your NVR. It can be a secret wall, closet or cabinet. Playing hide and seek with your recorder only applies if the fan does not produce a lot of noise.

Whatever spot you choose, it has to be dry and with good ventilation.

How To Configure Amcrest NVRs

If you have an Amcrest unit, I want to help you maximize the functionality of your NVR. Below are a few useful tips that work great for your Recorder. You can also check our in-depth review of Best Amcrest NVRs

  • If you plug your recorder to your TV and get a blank screen, you have to adjust the resolution settings. By default, the resolution is 1280 x 1024. Connect your unit to a TV using a VGA cable (not HDMI).  Once you access the system, change the resolution to 1920 x 1080.
  • Switch off the recorder and disconnect the power cable before you install an HDD.
  • You can only configure motion detection and continuous recording once you install an HDD.
  • You can configure snapshot alerts via email without installing a storage device.
  • When setting an alarm schedule, the recorder uses a 24-hour clock.
  • To get the correct IP address of your NVR, log into the system and click the Network Tab. Ensure the DHCP checkbox is active. Check the IP address textbox for the correct figure.

How To Configuring Reolink NVRs

For all Reolink fans, this is your section right here. If you follow these tips, you should have an easy time with your recorder. You can also have a look at our overview of Best Reolink NVRs

  • The default name for all cameras in your system is Camera 1. Change the names for easy identification.
  • Do not connect the cameras directly to the NVR adapter. A POE recorder uses 48V while a camera requires 12V. On the other hand, a WIFI NVR uses 12V.
  • You can only configure manual record settings if the recording schedule is off.
  • Schedule auto-reboot on the recorder to maintain its stability and functionality.
  • If you get numerous false motion alerts at night, increase the sensitivity level at night. Infrared night vision increases the motion sensor that makes the recorder interpret noise as motion.

By now, you have an idea of how to go about making the appropriate changes on your recorder. The instructions provided might slightly differ since NVR manufacturers use different naming schemes for their systems.

However, the basics remain the same. The goal is to help you find pleasure in configuring your own system. As long as you follow the few important tips I have mentioned, you will be fine.

You want your system to be secure from malicious exploits and physical destruction. Always use long passwords and get a lockbox to safeguard your unit from burglars.

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Follow the instructions below to connect a compatible IP camera with a Dahua NVR

Prerequisites

  • 3rd Party ONVIF Capable IP Camera.
  • IP address of 3rd Party Camera.
  • Ports used by 3rd Party Camera
  • User Name and Password to 3rd Party Camera

Note: When you are using third party cameras you might have the full features, like motion detect.

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Step by Step Instructions

1. From the Main Menu Select Camera.

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2. Select Manual add.

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3. You can select the brand of the third party camera or ONVIF. If brand is not listed, you will need to set the IP camera to the ONVIF protocol from the camera itself if it is available as an option.

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4. Enter the IP address of the 3rd party camera.

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5. Default ports are RTSP port 554 and HTTP Port 80. It is possible the third party camera are on different ports than what is showing on the Dahua recorder. You will need to login into the third party camera and check which ports they are on as each device needs to be on the same ports. Enter User Name and Password of 3rd Party Camera and select OK to save. 

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how to configure Hikvision IP camera with NVR? Here, Some steps are there for how to configure Hikvision IP camera with NVR . To add an IP camera with Hikvision NVR, firstly find the default gateway of the existing network(if any). Then define the IP address of each camera according to the default gateway. For example. If the default gateway is: 192.168.1.1 then camera IP must be: 192.168.1.80.

To find the default gateway Go to computer > Start>Run > cmd> type ipconfig

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Steps for how to configure hikvision IP camera with NVR

The  NVR is a device by which you can connect the IP cameras and record the video of them and got the footage whenever you want. So before start how to configure Hikvision IP camera with NVR have a look at the summary of steps

Summary of steps how to configure Hikvision IP camera with NVR.

  • Step 1. Setting the IP Address of Network Camera

Step 2. Setting the IP Address of Network Camera

Step 3. Find a list of all IP cameras

Step 4. adding the ip cameras to nvr, step 1. download the required hikvision tool.

Download  SADP  or  iVMS-4200   from given link. After installing it run the setup.

Connect the IP camera to the computer directly

Hikvision IP camera with NVR

Open SADP, and it will detect the online network cameras in the LAN and list the device information including IP address, subnet mask, port number, device serial number, device version, etc.,

Now You can change the IP address of IP camera according to your network. For example, NVR IP address is 192.168.1.200 then IP camera address should be like 192.168.1.XXX. So change it accordingly.

Note: Default IP address of Hikvision IP camera is 192.0.0.64 and the port number is 8000. The default username is admin, and password is 12345.

Step 2. Adding the IP Cameras to NVR

Right-click the mouse at NVR screen when you in the live view mode to show the right-click menu of NVR.

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Here, Click on Add IP Camera  and the following window will open

how to configure Hikvision IP camera with NVR

All cameras with same network series will be displayed in the list. Click the add button from the list to add the camera into the NVR.

Step 5. Find the live preview at NVR screen.

Now you can find all added cameras from the live preview.

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I've done this before, but it's been a while. Can't seem to get it to work, as I get an error message when trying to save the export file to my desktop. Is the "encryption password" the one we use to log onto the NVR, or the other one we use to get into the cams? Is there some kind of restriction on the file name? I've tried a bunch of combinations of them both, but I keep getting the error "exporting configuration file failed." Any advice? Edit - same problem with camera config file. Same error message. Tried saving both to either the desktop or a specific folder on the desktop. Error message. All of this is from a laptop, not directly off the NVR - which I think has worked in the past. It's an I-series NVR. Does this only work on a thumb drive directly on the NVR?  

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  • Tuesday at 7:56 AM
fullboogie said: I've done this before, but it's been a while. Can't seem to get it to work, as I get an error message when trying to save the export file to my desktop. Is the "encryption password" the one we use to log onto the NVR, or the other one we use to get into the cams? Is there some kind of restriction on the file name? I've tried a bunch of combinations of them both, but I keep getting the error "exporting configuration file failed." Any advice? Edit - same problem with camera config file. Same error message. Tried saving both to either the desktop or a specific folder on the desktop. Error message. All of this is from a laptop, not directly off the NVR - which I think has worked in the past. It's an I-series NVR. Does this only work on a thumb drive directly on the NVR? Click to expand...

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  • Tuesday at 9:57 AM

NB - you may need to run the browser as an administrator to be able to save files.  

  • Tuesday at 3:32 PM
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Phil said: NB - you may need to run the browser as an administrator to be able to save files. Click to expand...
  • Tuesday at 3:53 PM

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  • Tuesday at 4:13 PM

I've checked and by "encryption password" it just means your normal NVR password (which you use to log in) - that worked for me and it saved the file to my normal downloads folder (as per my Edge download settings). Maybe try whilst running Edge in Internet Explorer mode? Or iVMS-4200? You can access the Upgrade & Maintenance page once you've added the NVR in the Maintenance & Management page of iVMS-4200 by clicking the cog in the Operation column, and then Basic Settings. Make sure the browsers are up to date too, and that you're logging in to the NVR with the 'admin' account.  

  • Tuesday at 7:31 PM
Kyle said: I've checked and by "encryption password" it just means your normal NVR password (which you use to log in) - that worked for me and it saved the file to my normal downloads folder (as per my Edge download settings). Maybe try whilst running Edge in Internet Explorer mode? Or iVMS-4200? You can access the Upgrade & Maintenance page once you've added the NVR in the Maintenance & Management page of iVMS-4200 by clicking the cog in the Operation column, and then Basic Settings. Make sure the browsers are up to date too, and that you're logging in to the NVR with the 'admin' account. Click to expand...
  • Tuesday at 8:24 PM

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  • Yesterday at 9:11 PM

@JB1970 and @Kyle I noticed another issue with Chrome and Edge today. My front door cam was picking up line crossing but not intrusion. I went into config-> smart events on that camera and for some reason, the minimum area was gone. No big deal, I'll redraw it. I couldn't. I tried to hit the "X" button to reset all parameters but the box that asks you to confirm the operation was extremely tiny, with no text and no buttons to push to confirm. I got out of that and opened it in Brave and was able to complete the operation. Something has definitely changed with Chrome and Edge, because this is the first time I'm having problems like this. Again, both browsers are run as admin, no extensions active, and the URL marked as safe. Leaving this here in case anyone else has the same problem.  

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8 Tools to Convert Your Webcam Into a Security Camera

Tools to Convert Your Webcam Into a Security Camera

Want to use your computer’s webcam to monitor your living space? Here are the best tools that turn your webcam into a security camera.

People will hardly notice that a web camera has its eyes on them, and using your webcam as a security camera will cost you much less than installing CCTVs. Your webcam is more than ready to perform its duty as a security camera.

Webcam to security camera conversion tools are software programs that allow you to use your webcam as a security camera, enabling you to monitor your home or office remotely.

Wondering which webcam software will be the best choice? Keep reading to find out.

Webcam to Security Camera Conversion Tools

Let’s find the perfect solution for your needs and enjoy peace of mind with these powerful conversion tools.

Programmed in Java, Yawcam is a free webcam to motion-sensitive security camera conversion software. Offering ease of use owing to a simplified interface, it houses all the advanced features you would expect for surveillance, making it the best choice if you own a Windows laptop.

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You can employ Youcam to shoot time-lapses, view video footage over the internet, and upload the images onto the FTP server as you wish. It also has an in-built web server that lets you access your webcam remotely.

It also supports encryption which can help prevent unauthorized access to the stored video footage. Contrary to any other naive software, Yawcam does a commendable job and detects the motion, thus eliminating the chances of triggering false alarms. Moreover, it detects the motion it notifies you about it via email.

Yawcam has multi-language support, but sadly, it does not offer cloud storage support to store the files. Other features offered are text and image overlays, an online time scheduler, and a time-lapse shooting capability. Since Yawcam is a service, it will work in the background even after closing it.

Agent DVR is an open-source security camera software compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and ARM. What distinguishes Agent DVR from other alternatives is that it doesn’t require port forwarding to function. That eliminates the need to set up the router or bear the network security breach during remote access. You can easily access the captured video footage from your desktops and tablets.

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Key Features:

  • It is compatible with several devices, including IP cameras, ONVIF devices, local USB cameras, and audio devices. Moreover, there is no limit to the number of devices you can add at a time.
  • The software can record in MP4, VP8/9, GPU, and even the RAW file format to minimize CPU usage when needed.
  • It is stocked with several motion detectors that track objects, tripwires, and recognize objects. Moreover, its integrated AI capabilities help minimize false alerts.
  • Agent DVR supports Home Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, DeepStack AI, and License Plate Recognition via PlateRecognizer.com. Besides, you can use your API to integrate with IoT platforms.

Camlytics is sophisticated software that can transform any web camera into a smart analytics tool. It intelligently clubs video monitoring, audience intelligence, and space analytics solutions into one to deliver real-time statistics such as the number of people and vehicles, occupied locations, queue lengths, heatmaps, and much more. Check out the video below.

  • It does not have any special hardware requirements to operate. All you need to do is connect a video-capturing device, an IP camera, a webcam, or an NVR.
  • To maintain data privacy and have a reduced impact on bandwidth, Camlytics analyses the video on the premises. That means the captured video footage will not be accessible on cloud storage.
  • You can store all the counting data from various locations on the Camlytics Cloud and create reports and customized charts based on this data.
  • Camlytics can integrate with any tool and adjust to your business needs by leveraging customization tools like API and webhooks.

Camlytics cloud costs USD 9 per month, billed annually for a single camera stream.

ContaCam is a video surveillance and webcam tool compatible with Windows PC. It is lightweight and does not consume any unnecessary resources. ContaCam is user-friendly and the same time, versatile enough to satisfy all your privacy-related demands. Since it is not bloatware, you can also use it on machines having outdated configurations.

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  • ContaCam is compatible with Windows PC running on Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11
  • It supports the following languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • The CCTV camera is equipped with a motion detection feature.
  • The motion detection is represented as thumbnails within the web browser,
  • You can configure the software to send emails with video attachments whenever it detects movement.
  • Configure the software to send a daily video summary on emails.
  • Also possible to recognize the number plates, thanks to the number plate recognition feature
  • ContaCam can employ the DeepQuest AI or the DeepStack to recognize people.

Contaware is a Donationware, so you need to donate USD 10 for every installation.

Ivideon is a cloud-based video surveillance and analytics tool that can convert your webcam into a security camera to fulfill your business and home requirements. You can use it to keep an eye on your baby’s activities even when away at work or use its facial recognition feature to analyze video recordings for work-related purposes.

Ivideon

What distinguishes Ivideon from other software security-based features is that it ensures your video footage remains private at all costs.

  • You can access Ivideon software remotely and tweak its settings using an app.
  • It employs the Transport Level Security protocol to ensure the privacy and security of video files sent over the Internet.
  • Ivedion works even in low-network areas and delivers commendable results, even on 3G networks.
  • The software monitors the objects, movements, and sounds and smartly sends out notifications if the camera goes off.
  • Ivideon has an intuitive and user-friendly interface and is equipped with a fast player.

Ivideon offers a large collection of hardware and software with a warranty extending up to three years.

SecuritySpy

Another software worth mentioning is SecuritySpy, a multi-camera to CCTV software compatible with Mac. Being a Network Video Recording software, SecuritySpy can be useful for setting up a full-fledged video surveillance solution that is highly scalable. It is suitable for CCTV cameras put in homes and offices, and you can also set up a large-scale professional system containing several cameras.

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The easy-to-use tool employs the industry-standard ONVIF protocol, making it possible to integrate an IP camera following any compliance. SecuritySpy supports flexible recording that delivers premium-quality continuous as well as motion-triggered recording. You can also set up the software to send emails and notifications and even trigger alarms when motion is detected.

SecuritySpy also offers a remote monitoring capability that enables you to remotely access the security camera recording. Powered by AI, its smart motion detection tool employs deep neural networks to examine the video footage and begin recording and sending out notifications if it captures something suspicious. Thus, SecuritySpy delivers accurate results by minimizing false alarm triggers.

SecuritySpy is compatible with Mac and uses hardware-accelerated video processing, multi-threading, and other features to deliver outstanding results.

NetCam Studio

NetCam Studio is a video recording software that leverages cutting-edge technology to make setting up security easy for users. Based on advanced video buffering technology, NetCam uses the recording sync features to automate the video recording on NetCam.

Offering an easy-to-use interface, NetCam Studio can be the best choice for fulfilling the security needs of homes, offices, shops, and even outer premises. Want to go on a trip and have to leave your sensitive documents unprotected? Employ NetCam to set up home surveillance to avoid theft of the belongings.

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  • You can access the camera recordings remotely by connecting the camera to the internet. Moreover, you will also receive emails and notifications when NetCam captures unusual activities.
  • NetCam can handle many video cameras, and you can connect up to 64 cameras simultaneously. However, it can depend on the processing power of the hardware.
  • You can also create your own rules that can set off one of the other actions. Moreover, you can also use the in-built scheduler to create timeframes.
  • Thanks to HTML5 and JSON file standards, NetCam can be configured as per your needs.

You can use NetCam Studio for free for up to two video sources. The premium plans start from USD 49.

CameraFTP is a leading platform offering sophisticated cloud surveillance and recording solutions to fulfill different needs. Camera FTP offers Virtual Security System (VSS) software employing which you can convert your Windows PC/Laptop into a powerful CCTV / DVR security system.

The software captures and displays the live footage on the monitor and saves it in the cloud. You are free to view the recording remotely at any time.

  • Using the Virtual Security System (VSS), you can set up and view the recordings of 25 CCTV cameras on the screen.
  • You can save the recording footage on the local disk and even save it on the CameraFTP cloud storage.
  • VSS supports local and remote playback at any time and any place.
  • The tool supports several video resolutions and frame rates. You can choose a plan that fulfills your needs and budget.
  • VSS is compatible with webcams, IP cameras/DVRs, and more.
  • VSS runs as a service in the background and automatically starts after a reboot.
  • Its locking feature prevents other users from modifying the camera settings and disabling the software.

Virtual Security System (VSS) pricing plans start from USD 2.95 per month.

Now, let’s discuss how to turn a webcam into a security camera and the pros and cons of using a webcam as a security camera.

Steps to Turn a Webcam into a Security Camera

All it takes is a few steps to convert the webcam into a security camera.

  • Firstly, you need to place the PC/laptop with the webcam in front of the place that it has to surveil. In case you have an external webcam, connect it to your PC via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or USB cable.
  • Download and install the webcam to the security camera tool, whichever you find handy. There are several options available, and we will discuss them later.
  • Configure the software, and connect your webcam to it. You can also assign a name to it for easy recognition purposes.
  • Now, ensure that the webcam is working as intended. You can adjust the viewing angle until you are satisfied.

There you go! Your webcam is more than ready to perform its duty as a security camera. As inferred, the webcam-to-security camera conversion tool is the keystone of the process. They also offer additional features, enabling you to customize your DIY security camera.

Pros and Cons of Using a Webcam as a Security Camera

Using a webcam as a security camera has its share of advantages and drawbacks. Let’s at a look at the benefits. You can set up the security measures by spending less than a fraction of the money you would have on installing CCTV cameras.

Although, we all have some open-source tools as well. Secondly, performing the complete procedure is a breeze and does not need any expertise. All you need is a PC/laptop, software, and, of course, the webcam.

Amidst the set of pros, you will also come across several cons. The video footage captured by the webcam may be more blurry than the video captured by CCTV cameras.

However, it highly depends on the quality of your web camera. Since the webcam does not have a night vision feature, the webcam will no longer function as a security camera after it gets dark.

Wrapping Up

Looking at the constant increase in the number of thefts, robberies, and break-ins, it becomes essential to implement techniques that can ensure the safety of your family and belongings. Sadly, not everyone can afford a CCTV installation, owing to its high cost. However, you can use one of the above tools to transform your webcam into a security camera. This way, you can ensure the security of your family and assets at a much lower cost.

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How to add IP cameras to a Security DVR

Network security cameras are ubiquitous and sought after for any security camera system. If you have an existing camera system and have recently upgraded the DVR recorder by purchasing one from CCTV Camera World then you're in luck. All of our DVRs support IP cameras and PoE cameras that we offer. Since DVRs only have BNC ports built-in, a PoE switch is required to connect any PoE cameras over the network to the DVR. You can even setup a standalone security camera system by connecting the PoE switch directly in to the network port of the DVR. Regardless of how you are deploying your PoE switch, the process is pretty easy as long as you have a basic understanding of computer networking principles and follow the guide below on how to enable IP channels on your DVR or XVR and the camera to the recorder.

This guide is applicable to Security DVR we offer and may not apply to one you already have. If after the following this guide you have further questions, feel free to contact technical support by submitting a trouble ticket.

Prerequisites

Here's what you will need to follow this guide:

  • PoE switch - to power the IP cameras
  • Router - to network the cameras and the DVR on the same local network
  • Windows PC - to configure the cameras on the network using our Windows based tools
  • IP cameras - compatible cameras purchased from CCTV Camera World
  • DVR recorder - that supports IP camera inputs over the network

Once you have the necessary hardware to create a local network for the security cameras and one of our DVRs to communicate to each other, connecting them together is a four step process:

  • Connect IP cameras to PoE Switch
  • Configure DVR to your network
  • Configure cameras to your network
  • Add cameras to the XVR using its menu interface
  • Add 3rd Party ONVIF cameras to the XVR using its menu interface

Step 1. Connect IP cameras to PoE Switch

  • You need to have a PoE switch that is 802.3af/at compliant to power the IP cameras.
  • Connect the PoE switch to your router to make sure it is connected to the network.
  • You need to connect the DVR to one of the ports on the switch or router. If your PoE switch has multiple uplink ports (non-POE), we suggest connecting the DVR/NVR to one of the uplink ports.
  • If you have lights on your switch, make sure the lights for the ports you just connected are lit. Each port will be numbered according to the port you have connected.

Step 2. Configure DVR to your network

  • Configure the DVR to an IP address that is compatible with your network. If you don't know how to do that, you can follow our guide on how to connect security cameras to the internet to learn simple networking concepts to properly deploy a DVR or camera on a network.
  • It is important to configure networked devices to proper IP addresses based on your local network (LAN) for them to communicate to each other. A common network structure is 192.168.1.xxx but yours may vary.
  • We suggest changing the IP address of the recorder to something other than the default 192.168.1.108 so there is no conflict with any new IP cameras you purchase from us. All devices we carry come with a default factory set up address of 192.168.1.108.

Step 3. Configure IP cameras to your network

  • Connect your IP cameras to the PoE switch and configure them to an IP address that is compatible with your LAN. For the guide on how to configure cameras follow our guide on How to Assign an IP Address to your IP camera . If the camera does not allow you to change the IP address then it may need initialization. A video guide for initialization can be found in section 1D in our guide on How to Connect an IP Camera to a Computer . Repeat this step for each IP camera that you intend to connect to the security DVR recorder .

Step 4. Add cameras to the XVR using its menu interface

Step 4b. how to add onvif cameras to the xvr using its menu interface.

In this video, we demonstrate how to connect an ONVIF security camera to one of our Elite series Avalonix XVR recorders. This method is straightforward. Before you begin, make sure your camera is properly configured in your local network and that you have activated ONVIF on your camera if it requires it. In addition, as shown in the first half of the guide, you must enable IP channels on the XVR.

Continue by verifying that the XVR recorder and security camera are connected to the same network. Then, to access the main menu, log in to your XVR. Then, in the Settings area at the bottom, click the Camera button to access the Camera List.

If you're lucky and your camera has good ONVIF support, it will appear once you click Device Search, and you might be able to use the "Add" button option by ticking the box for the camera and clicking Add. After that, by clicking the pencil symbol, entering the right password, and clicking OK to save the change, you'll be able to connect the camera. Otherwise you will need to use the Manual Add button to enter in the IP address, username, password, and switch the Manufacturer option to ONVIF.

If your interface does not look like the two videos above then you will want to watch this video on how to add IP channels to your XVR.

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  1. How to add IP cameras to your NVR

    Step 3) Select Remote and use IP Search. Select the Remote subcategory to the left to bring up the menu we need. Click on the IP Search button to see all compatible IP cameras on the network. Our cameras use port 37777 as the native protocol port to communicate with our NVRs.

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    Click the IP camera you want to add to the NVR, choose the "Adding Method" (Manual/Plug-and-Play), make sure the IP address is correct and then enter the username and password as shown in the picture below. As you can see below, the Hikvision IP camera was added to the NVR. The icons on the screen indicate the motion detection is enabled for ...

  3. A Brief Guide for NVR Connection with IP Cameras

    Follow these steps to configure the NVR camera system with the use of a PoE switch. Connect the LAN port on the PoE switch to the router using an Ethernet cable, and connect the non-PoE NVR and the router. Make sure the PoE switch and NVR are in the same network. Connect IP cameras to the RJ45 ports on the PoE switch by Ethernet cables.

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    Here is how you can proceed with the hardware setup: Take the Ethernet cable from the router and connect it at the back of NVR. Ensure that NVR is connected to the Internet. Use Ethernet cables to connect the IP cameras to PoE NVR. As the NVR is enabled with the PoE technology, it can easily power the IP cameras.

  5. How to setup a security camera system on the network

    Birefly, here is a list of simple steps: First connect the NVR's LAN port to a LAN (numbered port) port on the router. Connect the uplink port of the PoE switch to a different LAN (numbered port) port on the router. Connect a PoE camera to one of the PoE ports of the PoE switch.

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    Type the IP Address of the camera on the address bar of your browser to access the web service. Once the web service comes up, input the username and password. The default username and password for our cameras is "admin". After accessing the camera make sure the ActiveX files are installed.

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    1c) Look for the "Change your network settings" section. Click "Change adapter options". 1d) A Control Panel window should appear with the computer's network connections. 1e) Right click the Ethernet or WiFi connection for the network that the IP camera is connected to and click "Properties".

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    Step by Step Instructions. 1. From the Main Menu Select Camera. 2. Select Remote Device Select Device Search. You can also get to this selection by right clicking on any view which will show a sub menu for remote device search. 3. Check mark cameras to be added Select add. You can also manual add cameras by selecting manual add.

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    After logging into the system, click the System Admin Tab or System Configuration. Click on the Users tab. Select Admin to make edits to that account. A set password wizard will appear where you can input your new password. Make sure under Username, Admin is selected. Enter your new password.

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    Step by Step Instructions. 1. From the Main Menu Select Camera. 2. Select Manual add. 3. You can select the brand of the third party camera or ONVIF. If brand is not listed, you will need to set the IP camera to the ONVIF protocol from the camera itself if it is available as an option. 4.

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    To find the default gateway Go to computer > Start>Run > cmd> type ipconfig. Steps for how to configure hikvision IP camera with NVR. Step 1. Download the required Hikvision tool. Step 2. Adding the IP Cameras to NVR. Step 3. Find a list of all IP cameras. Step 4.

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    I'm using Safari browser to do it on mine. I have seen the 'exporting configuration file failed' message before on other NVRs. Safari pops up a security dialogue 'do you want to allow downloads from [NVR IP Address]'. So it could be a security setting on your browser preventing the download instead of asking.

  22. Configuring IP Cameras on a Network

    With IP cameras we don't ever want their address to change, so we must configure a static IP address for each camera connected to the network. If we know the address, we can look for it on the network and attach it to an NVR with a rule. This rule contains the IP address, data port, and login credentials.

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