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Connecting to your DVR through a network or the internet

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Friday, October 25th, 2013


The DVRs that we sell here at Techpro Security are user friendly and have a wide variety of features that allow you to customize them for the specific requirements of your installation. One of the more interesting features of our DVRs is that you can access them through the internet once you have them set up correctly to work with your network and get some ports forwarded. This means that you can go on vacation and still be able to log into your DVR in order to view your live camera views or recorded footage, as long as you can get to a computer with an internet connection. You can even use a smart phone for this purpose. Giving you this ability is just another way that security cameras can help bring you some peace of mind, by allowing you to always be able to view the location that meant enough to that you protected it with a security camera system.

Setting up the networking for this is a somewhat involved process that isn’t too difficult if you have some understanding port forwarding and have a little experience networking computers. Since many people don’t have a firm understanding of this, our technical support department is available for assistance and can even log into a computer with in the DVR’s network in order to help get this set up. In this article we’re going to take a closer look at this amazingly useful feature and how to set it up.

The first step in the process of getting this set up is to make sure that you have your network physically set up correctly. The basic idea is that you want to have a router connected to your modem, then have a computer and your DVR connected to that router. It is very important that you have the DVR and a computer plugged into the exact same router, at least while this is being set up. Once you have the physical set up of the DVR and network configured properly, then it’s time to make a few setting changes in the DVR.

The next step in this process is to go to the computer in order to get some information about your network which will need to be entered in to the DVR so that it’s configured to work in your network. You will need to hit the windows start button and type “cmd” in the field to pull up a command prompt. In older versions of windows you might have to select run from the start menu in order to bring this field up. Once you have the command prompt window open then you’ll need to type “ipconfig” in the command prompt which will return two important pieces of information (as shown in image 1). You will need to make note of the subnet mask and default gateway for this network because you will need to modify the DVR’s network page to reflect them (main menu->setting->network). You’ll also need to make sure that the first three series of numbers in the IP address on the network page of the DVR is the same as the gateway and the last series of numbers in the IP address needs to be unique on your network. In order to make sure that the DVR’s IP address is unique it’s necessary to pull the command prompt up again and type –ping (the IP address that you want to assign to the DVR). Once you are sure that no other device in your network is using it, you can assign that IP address to the DVR (image 2 shows the command prompt response for an IP address that already has been assigned to device). While you’re on the network page you should also change the HTTP port number to 88 and before saving the setting changes you’ve made.

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Now that the DVR has been set up correctly for your network, you’ll need to make some setting changes in Internet Explorer before being able to connect to your DVR. You must use IE for this function; other browsers just don’t work with it correctly. Once you have IE open you’ll need to go to tools->internet options->security tab->custom level. Once you have this menu open you’ll need to locate two settings. They are “download signed ActiveX controls” and “download unsigned ActiveX controls”. Both of these settings need to be set to prompt. Then you’ll need to confirm the setting changes. Now are you ready to connect to the DVR.

There are actually three parts to the data that you need to enter into the address bar of Internet Explorer; here’s the formula – http://(IP address):(http port #). For example – The only part of this example that will change is the IP address. If you are on a computer that is in the same network as the DVR then you will use the internal IP address (which is the one that is on the DVR’s network screen). You will need to use the external IP address if you are connecting to the DVR from a computer that’s outside the DVR’s network. We’ll discuss how to find your external IP address later in this article.

Either way once you enter the connection information, you will be prompted with a small ActiveX download. Once the download is complete you will see the log in box for the DVR interface (as shown in image 3). At this point it’s a good idea to hit the compatibility view button to avoid any display problems. It’s also a good idea to make a favorite at this point so that it’ll be easier to get to the log in interface in the future. After that you will be ready to log in to your DVR using the admin account that can be used at the DVR directly.

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There are two ways to view the live footage from your cameras though this interface. The first and easiest way is too simply hit the button marked as ‘open all’ that is located along the left side of this page. The other way to open your cameras is to select a viewing box from the middle portion of this screen and then select a camera from the list on the left to assign the camera that you want to assign to it.
The webservice interface gives you nearly all of the functionality that you would have at the DVR directly. The features that it gives you access to include the ability to view your recorded footage by hitting the ‘search’ button and adjust almost all of the settings that you can if you’re directly at the DVR. This interface also gives you easiest way to extract your recorded footage from your DVR and get it to a computer.

In order to be able to connect to the DVR from outside the network where it’s installed, you will need to get the TCP and HTTP ports open. These ports are shown on the DVR’s network page. Once you have these ports open you should go to This website will let you verify that these ports are unblocked and it will show you the external IP address for that network. This is the address that you will need to use in order to connect to your DVR from a different location. You will need to make the same setting changes in Internet Explorer and use the same connection formula that was outlined previously. As long as you use the external IP address in the connection formula, then you should be able to log in to the DVR at this point from anywhere.


How to connect your DVR/NVR over the internet Via a WEB BROWSER

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Thursday, June 20th, 2013

connecting your NVR to the internet through a browser

Welcome to all who stumbled upon this article. In this segment, I will be discussing three different ways to access your device and cameras. In order to do so for remote viewing be sure you have already taken the necessary steps of creating port forwarding rules on your Local area connection. If you have not done so, I implore you to check out my previous post, Basic Port Forwarding for the DVR & NVR. Now that’s been established lets proceed. No matter what series DVR/NVR/MegaPixel camera you have of ours, the following applies to all. Let’s begin by getting our communication established via web browser Internet Explorer.

Open Internet Explorer. If your Operating System is Windows Vista or Windows 7 (the 64 bit version), find the Internet Explorer icon on the task bar, right click and “Run as Administrator”. There shouldn’t be an issue for Windows O/S 8, just make sure your opening up the desktop version and not the quick app. Once the browser is open and loaded, go to the tool bar at the top and left click on “Tools”. Then proceed to the “Internet Options” and left click on this tab. Left-click on the “Security” tab and Left-click “Custom Level” button.

In the pursuing menu that pops up, scroll down a little to the ACTIVE “X” segment. Continue to scroll till you locate “Download signed ActiveX controls” and “Download unsigned ActiveX controls”. Set both to “Prompt”. Click on OK, then Yes and the window will disappear. Then hit apply and okay and then that window will disappear as well.

Close out of Internet Explorer, and then open Internet Explorer again to ensure the changes you made are saved. Now, when you connect to the DVR, you will get a prompt on the top of the page to download ActiveX from an unknown publisher, click on it and choose the “Run” button. If another “Security Warning” appears after clicking the “Run” button just click on “Install” to finish the ActiveX installation process. Within moments you will see the log in screen of your DVR. If the page displays in a funky manner please locate the “Compatibility View” button and click on it. It usually located in the web address browser to the right, usually an icon of a sheet of paper torn in half. This should clear the corrupt/wacky display value you saw before. Don’t worry, these steps are only necessary when connecting to your DVR for the first time. After these changes are made you should not have to repeat these steps on the same PC.

Now we will input or address (whether a DNS address, static IP, external IP or local IP) in the following format:

Keep in mind I am using this address as an example, your network IP will be different. If you have already assigned an HTTP then the address will look like so: or whatever port you made it. You can learn more on this at: Basic Port Forwarding for the DVR & NVR.

Once you enter your address hit the enter key to continue to the address destination. Shortly WEB SERVICE will display. Proceed to enter in your User name and password for your DVR and select “LOG IN”. The ensuing page will be the displaying server that’s built into the DVR itself. You may open one channel at a time by highlighting a square and choosing your desired channel to appear in said square or you can hit the “OPEN ALL” button to display all your cameras simultaneously.

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Connecting the DVR/NVR to Your
SmartPhone and/or Tablet

(Yes, there’s an APP for that!)

This approach is different. In order to communicate with and access your DVR you will need to download our APP. We have a free one we offer our clients as well as a more advanced paid APP that allows you the ability to distinct features of the DVR. One of them being the ability to review footage from the APP (The Extra Stream needs to be set to record for this to work). First proceed to your respected APP store such as Google Play or the Apple app store. Type in the search field: TechProSS. Choose your desired version and download to your device. Once installed open the app by clicking on the TechProSS icon.

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Once the APP has loaded go ahead and click on the four square icon in the top left corner. This will take you to the OPTION screen:

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Click on Device Manager and then hit the ADD button in the top right hand corner. Choose the “Manually ADD” button when prompted and the next screen to appear will be the configuration field for adding a new device. In here you will perform the following:

In the first box starting at the Top will be your devices name. You may call it whatever you like, this has no diverse effect on connecting to the DVR,

In the second field you will enter in your IP address, the NUMBERs (or name if a DNS address) ONLY!!!!. If you input in this field as you learned how to for Internet Explorer the connection will NOT work.

In the third field you will input your TCP port that you designated for your device for your network.

In the fourth box you will Inout your Username for the DVR and in the fifth Box the password for the DVR as well. In the final box will be the amount of channels your unit it. For instance, if you have a 16 NVR with only to cameras attached to it, you still will put 16 for the amount of channels. Once this step has been completed hit SAVE in the top right hand corner and you will be brought back to the DEVICE MENU.

Hit the Icon of the four squares again to be taken back to the OPTION screen. From here click on Live Preview and page with four windows will appear. Click on a plus sign in one of the windows and a device list will drop down. Choose your newly added device and the desired channel you want to view. If everything is in order your camera will appear in this screen. Proceed to repeat the last steps for each window.

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How to Attach Your DVR to a Display Monitor

All of our devices have the following for Video Out Display: VGA, HDMI, and Video OUT (with the exception of the NVR mini). By default the DVR/NVR is set at a resolution of 1024×768. If your monitor does not support this resolution it WILL NOT DISPLAY. All of our devices also support 1280×1080 & 1920×1080. Please be sure your desired displaying monitor or TV can handle these resolutions before selecting. The video out source can be attached to your TV or monitors RCA component video in section. No matter what the DVRs resolution is set to, through this video out put, the DVR will Always display. You may also need to make adjustments for this particular output to display within the ration of your screen. You may adjust this by completing the following:

Right click on the mouse of the DVR -> Main Menu -> Advanced -> TV Display. In this menu you can widen or shrink both the horizontal or vertical lines to fit the aspect ratio of the monitor. This feature is ONLY for the video out of the DVR.

Please be sure your VGA cords are no longer than 50ft from DVR to display and your HDMI cable no more than 25ft. If longer desired lengths are needed for your criteria, please be sure to implement the correct boosters to ensure signal quality.