In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to set up an Elite Recorder to your computer using Smart PSS. In order for this setup to work, keep in mind you have to have had port forwarding already setup or P2P for your Elite Recorder. If you haven’t done that yet, you can find the tutorial on how to do that here: Setting Up Port Forwarding On An Elite Recorder.
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Before we get started, we’re going to want to make sure we have everything we need to get this done. Let’s go ahead and take a look at our pre-setup checklist.
- First, make sure the recorder is powered on and you can see your cameras on the local display. For P2P setups, you’re going to need the TCP Port and the serial number of the recorder. For the TCP port, you can use the recorder and navigate to the port sub-menu (found under the network menu under the main menu). Write down the TCP port from this page.
- You’ll also need to have the serial number. You can access the P2P menu (which is also found under the main menu) and either write down the serial number under the SN QR code or leave the recorder on this screen.
- For port forwarding setups, you will need your recorder’s local IP, WAN IP, and the TCP port of the unit. Your WAN IP can be found by visiting www.canyouseeme.org from any computer connected to the same network as the recorder. To get the local IP address of the recorder, log into the recorder’s main menu and then navigate to the TCP IP menu (found under the network menu). Find the IP listed here and make sure to use the IP from WAN port 1 if you have more than one.
- Once these are copied you can proceed to acquire the TCP port. For the TCP port, you can use the recorder and navigate to the port sub-menu (also found under the network menu under the main menu). Write down the WAN IP from canyouseeme.org, the TCP port from the port page, and the local IP address from the TCP/IP page.
Additionally, you’re going to need to download and extract the Smart PSS program, which is available in Security Camera King Downloads.
For either case, P2P or port forwarding, know that you will need your actual username and password and that the pattern you might normally use to log in locally will not work in Smart PSS.
Alright, let’s get started.
How To Setup An Elite Recorder With Smart PSS
The first thing we need to do is open up the app. When the app first loads, you’ll be greeted by a password selection screen. Smart PSS is requesting that you set up a password for this instance of the application. This password does not have to be the same password as your recorder. It’s an entirely new password you’re creating.
When you finish, click Next on the screen. Now you’re going to be asked to set up three security questions. You’ll also be asked to create answers to those questions. When you’re done filling out that information, click finish.
The next screen is going to feature just some splash info that we can skip out of by clicking the X. By default, Smart Pss should have put you on the device page. We’re now going to be adding in the recorder one of a couple of ways depending on if it was set up via P2P or port forwarding.
First, we’re going to do the P2P connection. If your recorder is set up for port forwarding, feel free to skip ahead to the next section.
For P2P, we need to go ahead and select Add right where it says Device Name we can click there in that field and we can name the recorder or enter anything we want. This name doesn’t have to be a name we’ve used anywhere else. It’s only relevant to this computer running this copy of Smart PSS.
Next, we’ll move to the Method of add field and click the dropdown box to select the option SN(For Device Support P2P). Then click the blank field that appears under this option and type in the serial number or your device. You can leave the Group Name field as it is and proceed to click the next two fields to input the username and password of your recorder. When done, click Add.
You should now see an entry for the recorder appear in the device list. It might take a minute or two but you’ll see the gray circle turn green and see the message turn to Online as well.
A quick note regarding port forwarding. Though most networks will not allow a computer on the same network as the recorder to access that recorder using the WAN IP address. With the port forwarding setups, we’re going to be adding two different entries to Smart PSS. The first entry is going to be for viewing the recorder while you’re on the same network as the recorder. The second entry is for viewing the recorder when away or on a different network just like with P2P.
Go ahead and select the Add + sign at the top. Where it says Device Name, click in that field and name the recorder anything you want. For instance, we’re named ours Home Cams to indicate that this is the local entry. Then in the blank field beneath IP Domain, input the IP address locally of the recorder. In the Port field, input the TCP Port of the recorder. For username, if it’s not the default admin, change it to the recorder’s username and put the password for your recorder then click Add.
You should see a list entry then populate for that recorder. If you’re on the local network, this listing should then go online after a short moment.
Now we’ll add the away entry. Go ahead and click the Add (+) button at the top. Now enter the info again except with two differences. This time we will be naming the device Away Cams to indicate that this is how we will see the cameras when we are off of the local network. We’re also going to be putting in the WAN IP address rather than the recorder’s local IP address. The port, username, and password are the same as before. When done entering the information, click Add.
Now, depending on your current network setup, once added you may not see this entry come online. That’s okay and normal. If you go to a different location with another network or WiFi providing internet, you’ll see the entries flip-flop and away will come online while home will go offline.
Now that you have your cameras added to Smart PSS, either by P2P or port forwarding, let’s go ahead and quickly check out the live view. Click the + sign at the top which will take us to the main control panel. From there, click Live View.
You’ll start out on a 4-camera grid. You can use one of the options at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen however to choose a different number of cameras or select a custom grid. Next, you simply need to click one of the options on the left indicating one of the name plates for your cameras. Be aware that if you use port forwarding, one of them might have a red X. That’s normal. If you were to change locations, these would flip-flop.
Once you double click one of the name plates, your cameras will populate in.
Now that you’ve completely set up an Elite Recorder with Smart PSS on your computer, you can see your Elite Recorder anytime, anywhere. To learn more features that you can access through Smart PSS, view more video tutorials in our Video Vault.