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Activate p2p For Remote Viewing

Activate p2p For Remote Viewing
Your Elite recorder is capable of remote viewing, and today we want to show you how to activate p2p for remote viewing.  It doesn’t matter if you’re using an NVR or a DVR, you can activate p2p for remote viewing on any Elite recorder produced after 2018 with this guide.

So what is p2p and why should you use this method for connecting to your recorder? Well, p2p is one of the two methods of connecting to your recorder remotely. The other method is a process called ‘port forwarding’ and while this process is still used by many, it is for those who are more network savvy, or in unique situations which require it to be done to maintain a connection. For the vast majority of users, p2p will be far simpler and more secure to set up. So for both simplicity and security, we highly recommend p2p – sometimes also referred to as NAT, for your remote viewing connection.

That said, what exactly is p2p? Well P2P is short for “Peer to Peer” networking.  In a p2p network, two devices communicate directly, however when using Elites p2p service a middleman lock and key server acts as a gate guard in between. This ensures your otherwise direction connection is completely protected.  The server handles this for you, so all you need to do is follow the simple steps in the video, and written below in order to activate ep2p for remote viewing!

Once p2p is set up, you’re going to want to add the recorder’s information to your PC and/or your Smartphone for remote viewing. Make sure to check out the video link at the bottom for that process as well! There’s some important stuff you’ll need to know and do first before really getting started so ensure the following:

  • First! Make sure The Recorder is powered on, and you can see your cameras on the local display. 
  • Next! Make sure there is an Ethernet Cable connected to the LAN  port on the recorder and that the cable is also firmly connected to the internet supplying router. If you are using an NVR with more than one LAN Port, use LAN-1. 
  • It’s also important to know that you shouldn’t try to use any POE ports for this setup. Many recorders have a group of onboard PoE ports, those ports are for cameras only!!

Now that we’re good to go, let’s get started. This whole process is very quick and shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. Follow the steps, and watch the video guide too!

  1. The first thing we need to do is log into our recorder if we have not already done so. We can do this by right-clicking anywhere on the screen with the recorder’s mouse and then clicking Main Menu. This will automatically prompt the login dialogue box. Use the mouse to input your username, and password to log in or use your Dot and Line Pattern to log in.
  2. Once logged in, we will automatically be taken to Main Settings Page. Move the mouse down to the bottom of the Screen, and Click Network.
  3. This will take us to the network menu, and should automatically put us on the TCP IP Page.
  4. The Next thing we need to do is go to the P2P Menu, this can be found on the bottom left-hand side- in the list of menu options here. Go ahead and click P2P.
  5. Now that we are in the NAT tab, I’m sure you’ll notice the two QR codes Right away. The QR code on the right is the only one we’re concerned with. It represents the Recorder’s Serial Number, which is also written below the code. In our videos on adding the recorder to mobile, Pc, or Mac, we explain how to use this QR code. For now, we first need to Activate the P2P function. To do this simply click the slider you see next to “Enable” and then Hit Apply. I bet you won’t believe this but you’re already done activating P2P, yep it’s that quick!

So… what now? Well, likely you’ll now want to use the P2P feature via your smartphone, computer, or tablet. As I mentioned earlier, we have 2 different video guides on how to do this. One video is for adding a device to Elite Viewer Pro, the application for ios and Android smartphones and tablets. We have a second video on adding a device to Smart PSS, which is the Elite Recorder app for PC and MAC. Links to both of those videos can be found in the video description, and below!


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