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How to add IP cameras to a Security DVR

When connecting your IP cameras to a security camera recorder that supports IP camera channels like our XVRs, you will need to follow a few prerequisites. Once you have an understanding of the below steps you will be well on your way to adding all of your IP cameras to your security DVR.

 
Here's what you will need:

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

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

  1. Connect IP cameras to PoE Switch
  2. Configure DVR to your network
  3. Configure cameras to your network
  4. Add cameras to the XVR using its menu interface

 

Step 1) Connect IP cameras to PoE Switch

a) You need to have a PoE switch that is 802.3af/at compliant to power the IP cameras.

b) Connect the PoE switch to your router to make sure it is connected to the network.

c) 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.

d) 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

e) 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.

f) 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.

g) 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

h) 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

i) The first step before you are able to add IP camera channels to a DVR is enabling the IP channels. Using the Channel Type screen you can enable the additional IP camera channels, or switch existing BNC channels to IP channels. If you switch a channel from Auto or a coaxial type it will disable that BNC port for an IP channel. Note that this does not allow you to use the BNC port for an IP channel and vice versa. The video below shows how this can be done.

How to enable IP channels on a DVR






j) After you have configured the DVR and the cameras properly on the same network, you need to configure the XVR to accept IP camera channels. This requires changing the channel type or signal type on the DVR from BNC cameras to IP cameras. The comprehensive video guide below will show you the process of changing channel signal type on the DVR and connecting an IP camera from the network.

Watch a video process of this guide for cameras on same network, or cameras that may be on a different network below. If you are looking for the Gen 1 interface video, you can click here. If you are still having a problem, then it's necessary to check the IP addresses of both cameras and DVR. If they are the exact same then the camera will not appear. The same is also true for devices that are not properly configured to be on the same network. Make sure you fully understand the concepts above before attempting to configure your security camera system to accept IP camera channels.

How to initialize and add IP cameras to your XVR






How to initialize and add IP cameras on a different network to an XVR






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.

How to Add IP Camera Inputs to a Tribrid DVR - For Gen 1 interface

Matt Rossi is a Technical Support Manager at CCTV Camera World, a leading CCTV Camera distributor located in Buffalo, NY. He is a technical support expert for everything video surveillance related.

 

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