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How to connect an IP camera to a Hikvision NVR 5

connect an to a Hikvision NVR 5, Adding to your Network Video Recorder (NVR) is a crucial step in any CCTV setup. Not only does it allow you to store and access all your recordings in one place, but it also simplifies camera . In this simple step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to add cameras to a Hikvision NVR using the new NVR 5 web interface.

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Why add cameras to an NVR?

 Centralised storage: Storing all recordings on the NVR ensures easy access and management.
 Simple and efficient configuration: With cameras connected to the NVR, you can configure from a single interface.
 Streamlined viewing: View your camera feeds and adjust the settings conveniently.


Before you start

Before anything, to be able to add your IP cameras, you need to make sure that:

 Each camera is connected via a network cable to a POE switch that's connected to your local network, or to the POE ports on the NVR.
 Each camera is connected to a power source (normally a POE port on the NVR or a switch) – if you are not using POE, you will need to power the camera via its optional 12V barrel connector.
 All cameras to be added are ONVIF compliant.


How to connect an IP camera to a Hikvision NVR 5

How to add your cameras using the V5 GUI…

Step 1:

Open a web browser and enter the IP address of your NVR in the address bar. If you are not sure what this is, use the SADP tool to find it.​

Step 2:

Log in to the NVR using theadminusername and password you have set on it.​

Step 3:

Go toDevice Access > Device Configuration > PoE Settings

If you are connecting your camera via the Plug-and-Play method, then make sure that Network Camera Plug-and-Play is enabled on the POE port you will be connecting the camera to on this page.​

For any camera with a cable run under 100m, leave the Network Cable Distance as Short Distance.​

If you are connecting your camera manually by IP addressdisable the Network Camera Plug-and-Play option for the channel that you plan to add the camera to.​

Step 4:

Go to: Device Access > Device > Video Device

For any Plug-and-Play camera, just make sure that it is in its inactive default state and then connect it to the port you reserved in step 3. After 20 seconds or so, the camera Status should turn to Connecting and then Online (you may need to click on Refresh to see this).​

For Manually added cameras, if you can see the camera in the List of Online Devices section, then just tick the box for the camera and then click + Add to Device List, which will then automatically add it to one of the channels you disabled Plug-and-Play on in the last step.​


Click on +Add at the top of the page and fill out the fields as follows:​

IP Address: Enter the IP address of your camera, using the ‘Test' button to verify there is a camera at that address

Device Name: This can be anything you like, as it is the name the camera will show with on your NVR. 

Protocol: Select the camera's manufacturer from this list, or failing that, use the ONVIF protocol (your camera will need to have ONVIF enabled for this to work). 

Management Port: Enter the Server port set on the camera, which you can find in the SADP tool or in Network>Basic Settings>Port in the camera's web browser interface. If you haven't changed this, it is usually 8000 by default

User Name: “adminor the username of any other users set up on that camera

PasswordThe password set with that user on the cameraif this is the same as theDefault Activation Passwordyou have set on the NVR, then you can tick this box instead

Transfer Protocol: ‘Auto' is normally best

When these are completed, click OK.​

Your camera should then appear in the list of devices with an assigned channel, and an Online status, meaning it has been successfully added.​


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Extra tips

 To rename your channels, so you can easily identify each camera within the NVR, you will need to go to Device Access > Device Configuration > Device Parameter > OSD Configuration. Then, select your camera from the Channel dropdown and enter your chosen name for it beside Channel Name.
 One useful feature with the new V5 NVR is that you no longer need to use the Virtual Host feature. Instead, to access the configuration menus on the cameras now for doing things like updating the firmware, accessing advanced image settings, and hard resetting the cameras, you just need to use the Go button (a monitor with an arrow on it) in the Operation column.

How do I reset my to factory settings?

In some cases, you'll need to reset your Hikvision device to its inactive factory state. This could be if you're passing the system on to somebody else; if you've forgotten your password; or simply if something has gone wrong during the configuration, meaning you need to start afresh.

There are a couple of ways of doing this, the method you'll use depends on whether you have a password to log into the device.

Please see the simple steps for doing each below:

Via the device's backend in a web browser or iVMS-4200:

If you are able to log into your device's configuration menu in iVMS-4200 or the web browser interface, then the easiest way to reset it is on the Upgrade & Maintenance page here. The steps below show you how to find this page in both interfaces.

Step 1:


Open iVMS-4200 and find your device in the device list on the Maintenance and Management page by going to:​
Maintenance and Management > Device Management > Device
Then, looking to the Operation column, open up the Basic settings menu by clicking on the small configuration cog icon for your device.​
Go to step 2 below.​

In a web browser:

Browse for the device's IP in the address bar, and then log in to the device using the username and password you gave when first setting it up.​


Once logged in, click on the Configuration tab at the top of the page.​

Step 2:

In both iVMS-4200 and a web browser:

When on the device's Configuration page, go to:​
System > Maintenance > Upgrade & Maintenance 
Click the Default option to reset the device back to its inactive factory state.​
There are a couple of other useful options here:​
Reboot – allows you to remotely force the device to power cycle.​
Restore – will wipe any settings and information on the device, excluding the network settings. This is a less comprehensive reset than the Default option.​
You will see a popup window asking you to confirm that you want to reset the device. Wait while it resets and reboots, the popup will disappear when this is done.​


That's it! If you want to check that the reset was successful, then open the SADP tool and check that it shows the Status of your device as Inactive.​


Factory reset by using the device's pushbutton:

On the majority of Hikvision's newer camera models, there will be a pushbutton on the camera which will allow to carry out a hard reset without needing to log into it. This is most useful when you have forgotten your password, as it allows you to set a new password on the camera while avoiding much of the faff involved in doing this through the .

Step 1:

Find the pushbutton, which is usually found beside the microSD card slot, so you'll need to remove the microSD card cover by using a Torx screwdriver. The button is normally grey and rectangular, like the one circled below:​

Step 2:

Now that you've located the reset button, you'll need to follow the steps below carefully:​
  1. Disconnect the camera's power supply.
  2. Press the reset button and keep it held down.
  3. Restore the power supply while continuing to hold down the button.
  4. Keep the button pressed for a further 10 seconds.
  5. Release the button and wait for the camera to reboot.
You should hear the camera's IR cut filter click and the red IR LEDs illuminate briefly when the camera powers up again after resetting.​
If the camera is connected to your , you can check that its status is showing as Inactive in the tool to check that the reset was successful.​


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