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Recording a DVR or NVR to FTP on your NAS

NAS storage devices are prevalent and relatively inexpensive these days. They can not only be used to store your personal or business documents, pictures, and videos, but they can also be used as a redundant backup point for your security camera system. The video below shows you how to configure settings for your NAS on our digital video recorders (both NVR or DVR) so you can commit live video backups via FTP.

The pre-requisite for this is that you have FTP enabled on your NAS and that you have dedicated user/password for an account on the FTP server with its home directory being the directory you would like the DVR to upload video to. We do not recommend adding folders in the DVRs configuration options. When video is uploaded, our security video recorders will automatically split video files by day, and channel numbers. Video is uploaded in a proprietary DAV files format which is basically H.264 encoded video with some metadata. We have a DAV file converter and DAV players as well. If you have purchased from us, you can request access to those by submitting a trouble ticket here.

Here are some tips to guarantee success for configuring:

  1. FTP user name and password should be 6 alphanumeric characters or less
  2. Make sure the user has read/write access to the target directory
  3. Make sure the target folder or directory is the user's home directory


You may also find our guide on how to record ip cameras to the cloud useful.

If you have further questions, feel free to leave it as a comment in the Disqus comment section below.

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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One thought on “Recording a DVR or NVR to FTP on your NAS”

  • Dhakshinamoorthy Balasubramani December 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Hi There,We wanted to store around 1 Peta Bytes of CCTV footage to Openstack based object storage. We have around 100 sites where we have installed CCTV cameras in mix of both NVR and DVR. What is the best way to store the CCTV video captures?Please suggest me on this.Also, let me know when we do the retrieval how the indexing will happen among thousand & lakhs of video files?Regards,Dhakshinamoorthy Balasubramanian