In this tutorial, we are going to set up and activate peer-to-peer (P2P) networking on a Elite recorder to enable remote viewing. This same process can be used for any Elite recorder, DVRs and NVRs alike. If you need to set up P2P on a Sibell Recorder, please click the link to view that guide.
P2P is very secure and simple to set up. For those reasons, P2P is our recommended method to get remote viewing to work. After you are finished getting the P2P activated, be sure to visit our Video Vault to watch How to Add a Recorder to Your Smartphone, Computer, or Tablet and other useful video tutorials.
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What Is P2P?
So what is P2P anyways? P2P is a method of networking called Peer-to-Peer that allows your recorder and your devices, such as a smartphone or computer, to communicate with each other using an authentication server. It’s extremely secure and it’s a very easy way to get remote viewing setup for your recorder.
Before we get started, there’s going to be some things we need to check out. Let’s go ahead and take a look at our introductory pre-setup checklist.
First, make sure your recorder is powered on and you can see your cameras on the local display.
Next, make sure there’s an ethernet cable firmly connected to the LAN port on your recorder. If you’re using a recorder that has more than one LAN port, use LAN port number 1.
Make sure that same ethernet cable is firmly connected to a port supplying internet on your router. It’s 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.
You’ll also need a PC connected to the same router as the recorder either by ethernet or Wifi.
Setting Up P2P Networking on an Elite Recorder
The first thing you will need to do is log into the recorder. You can do this by right-clicking on the screen and clicking Main Menu. You can use your login pattern but keep in mind you’re going to need to know the username and password for the recorder later when adding this device to a phone or to a computer.
Once you’re logged in, we need to get to the Network Menu, which can be found at the bottom of the screen. Click Network and notice that it puts you directly into the TCP/IP tab you need to be in for P2P.
Go ahead and click the P2P tab. Take note of the QR code and the number you see under Device SN. We’re going to need that later when adding this to a phone or computer but for now you only need to click Enable on the slider.
Next, go down and click Apply. Keep in mind that you may not see the status change right away to Online. All you have to do is refresh the page. Simply click any page on the tab and go back to the P2P tab to confirm your status now reads Online. If so, P2P is now up and running.
Now that you have officially set up P2P on your Elite recorder, you will most likely want to add that information to a smartphone or computer so you can successfully remote view your cameras.
Be sure to check out our guide on Adding An Elite Recorder To A Smartphone With EVP for help. You can also view our Video Vault to watch other helpful tutorials. If you need further assistance or have any additional questions, please contact Security Camera King for support.