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How to backup your DVR or NVR

It is a little known fact that our security video recorders can be backed up to a secondary recorder. Let's say you've had the recorder of your previous security camera system stolen and are looking for a way to backup video from the system this time around. Thanks to technology in almost all of our recorders, video feed for every camera on the primary recorder can be backed up in live mode to a secondary recorder called a NVR (network video recorder). This guide will show you how to achieve that task.

What do you need to do live video backups?

Both the primary and secondary recorder need to be purchased from CCTV Camera World. This setup only works with our equipment that is stated to support this function. If unsure, contact our support team here.
  • You need a DVR or NVR as your primary recorder
  • You need a NVR as a secondary recorder to store the live video backup
  • A computer network or network cable connecting the two recorders to each other so they can communicate

What can you do?

You can backup any of our DVR or NVR recorders, except for the Pro Series line, over a local network to another NVR. The video is continuously backed-up in live mode as the action happens. You decide on the number of cameras you would like to backup. For example, if you only want to backup 4 cameras out of a 32 channel system, then you can use a 4 channel NVR.

If you don't want to record video to do a backup, you can also follow the same process outlined below to fetch cameras from the primary recorder to the secondary. Just don't install a hard drive in the secondary NVR. This way you can use the secondary NVR as a switcher to display select cameras on a secondary monitor.

How to connect the secondary NVR to the primary recorder?

It is easy to connect the two recorders once they are on the same network as demonstrated in the video below.

Adding Remote Channels From Another NVR

is a Technical Support Manager at CCTV Camera World, a leading Security Camera distributor located in Buffalo, NY. His area of expertise is in designing professional security camera systems for medium and large scale businesses, schools, and government projects.


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