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How to configure and connect a Prime IP camera with an Elite NVR


Here at we focus on providing the best tech support possible and now with our new prime line-up, it is necessary to demonstrate how easy it is to work with this new line. In this article I will demonstrate how to integrate our Prime cameras with our Elite NVRs. Noticed that the integration doesn’t work the other way around (ELITE IPC with PRIME NVRs).

All of our Prime IPC as well as all of our Elite NVRs support the ONVIF protocol. To start, you will need to configure a few things in the camera to allow this integration to work flawlessly and it is required that you set this up prior to connecting the camera to any of the Elite NVRs. All of our Prime cameras come setup with the following IP address; You will need to use our SADP tool to find the camera on the network and change the IP address parameters. After the camera has been connected to the network, allow a minute for the camera to boot up and show in the tool. Open the SADP tool and a list of devices will show in the network. Refer to the picture below:

IPC IP Change

After finding the camera using the SADP tool, click on the corresponding ID and on the right side of the application options click on “Enable DHCP”.  Type the admin password of the camera which by default is “admin” for username and “12345′ for password. Click on modify when done and a successful message should pop up.

IPC IP Change 2

Click on the refresh button to see what IP address you have acquired. After you know the IP address you can simply click on the option “Enable DHCP” to set the camera with static IPs so it will never change. You can now access the camera’s web service and configure the rest of the settings such as motion and encoding settings. You might need to configure your browser to access the camera. If you are using Internet explorer then you will need to set certain things under tools. Follow this link to learn more about these settings. This  applies to virtually all network devices that required an Activex control to be download first in order to access the Web Service. For this demonstration I will be using safari on a Mac computer running El Capitan OSx. Type the IP address of the camera and a login page screen will appear:Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 4.52.33 PM

Type the username “admin” and the password “12345′ to access the cameras interface


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From here you can see the video streaming from  the camera. You can click on Sub Stream or Main Stream to change the fluency and picture quality. Opening the camera either way will not affect how the camera records but it will affect how much bandwidth you use in your network for every given camera stream that is being viewed over the network. Go ahead and click on configuration. In this section you have basic settings or advance settings. Select advance settings and click on “Time Settings”. Make sure your time is set manually and it shows as follows:

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Go to the “DST” Tab and make sure you configure these settings according to the current year. Every year is different so you most check how it is at the time of configuring this setting. At the time this article was written the settings for 2015 are as follows.

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The next step is to configure your resolutions. Although you can change this from ALL ELITE NVRs, why not change it? I will set this Ip camera to 3 megapixels for the main stream and D1 for the sub stream. The settings are as follows:

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Click on the Image settings and it is up to you to adjust where the time and camera overlay is displayed in the video. You can click on the time and drag it to the location you would like to appear and you can do the same with the name of the camera. By default the camera name will be displayed as “Camera 1”. It is recommend that you change it so it is more intuitive and besides, you cannot change it from the NVR. See picture below:

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You can also set the time to be displayed in a 12H format, change to display week days in the OSD or turn them all off as a whole. Go now to Event to enable motion detection and configure the region in the area. In this section you will need to click on “Enable Motion Detection” , then click on “draw area” button to select the region that will activate motion. See picture below:

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After “Draw Area” is enabled, drag your mouse across the picture to create the region being set. The result should be as below:

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Click on “Stop Drawing” and adjust the sensitivity of the camera. The higher the number, the more sensitive the motion setting will be. Scroll down and select what time motion will be triggered. By default it is set to 24 Hours so you shouldn’t have to change anything. Click save after you are done. See pictures below:

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There are other methods of triggering such as “Line Crossing Detection” and “Intrusion Detection”. They should NOT be configured at the same time that motion detection is configured. I have tested these 2 features and so far they work with an 85% accuracy. Now that we have configured the camera completely, it’s time to connect it to the NVR. For this demonstration, I’m using an NVR-ELE8M-P4K. The unit has built-in POE and I will explain both ways that you can connect the camera to this NVR. The first method you can use to connect to the camera is over the network. One thing we need to know is the IP address of the camera and NVR as they must be in the same network in order to successfully connect the camera to the NVR. Assuming both devices are in the same ip range, we will log into the NVR and proceed to add the camera to the NVR. Log into the NVR and go to “SETTING>CAMERA>REMOTE”

NVR Device Search

Click on the “Device Search” button. Once you have found the camera(s) you will have an option to check one or more cameras to add to the NVR. Click on “Add” to attach the camera to the NVR and begin to stream. Noticed on the bottom of the  Device Search window the camera will show a status. This status naturally should be green, indication that the camera is streaming correctly and communication with it is successful. It is possible sometimes that the camera will never change its status and we might need to check a few things. Make sure the camera is ON by checking connectivity between your PC and the camera. You can either execute a ping command from your PC or simply run the TOOL FINDER from your PC. If you successfully ping or find the camera on the network then it will most likely be an issue with the authentication (password) of the  camera. Remember at the beginning of this article I explained the camera’s password is 12345; unless you change it to default “admin” then it needs to be changed in the NVR when you add the camera. To do this, click on the pencil to edit the connection settings of the camera.

IP Onvif Change

After you change the password to 12345 then the camera status should have changed to active. See picture below:

IP Onvif status Change

At this point you should be able to see an image on the NVR and you should be able to see the camera triggering motion recording at the local interface of the NVR. To be 100% sure everything is working good, check footage after a motion test in the NVR, so we know that the NVR is recording when motion events happen. See Pictures Below:

IP Onvif Camera image

motion Events

The other way we could connect the camera is over POE built into an NVR. If you decide to use this method over the other, the settings of the camera need to be configured as mentioned before; the only thing that will change is the IP address that you assign in the camera. As you might know, all of our Elite Series NVRs that have built in POE come with a default IP address of See picture below:

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The idea behind having a built in POE NVR is to reduce broadcast over the network from all the cameras and also to make the recorder plug and Play. NOTE: Plug and Play connections over the built in POE is only possible with Elite Series IP Cameras and not ONVIF. To configure our Prime IP cameras to work over the POE of the NVR, all you need to do is assign an IP address to the camera within the POE’s Range. For example, you could assign this camera an IP address of, with subnet mask 255.255.255 and default gateway You could also change the IP address of the POE to something you may have seen before, like 192.168.x.x which it cannot be in the same range as the NVR’s LAN ethernet port. Default IP of the NVR is

The next and final step is to connect the camera to one of the ports of the NVR’s POE and allow at least a minute for the camera to fully boot up. Go to the NVR’s SETUP>CAMERA>REMOTE DEVICE>MANUAL ADD and the following window will display:Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 4.47.32 PM

In this window, change the manufacturer to ONVIF, the IP address that we decided we were changing it to, leave the username as admin and the password if you are using the camera’s default password then type 12345 as shown below:

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Click Ok then the camera will start to stream video. Following all of these steps you will be able to integrate our Prime series cameras with our Elite Series NVRs. If you have any questions contact us at    866.573.8878