Adding IP Cameras via the Network

Adding IP Cameras via the Network

Introduction

These instructions apply to Hikvision NVRs and Hikvision IP cameras.  It is possible to add some third-party IP cameras provided that their IP address can be changed and that they adhere to one of the supported protocols.  Refer to the article Adding Third-party IP Cameras to Hikvision NVRs for more information.

IP Cameras used in IP HD CCTV systems are normally connected directly to the Network Video Recorder (NVR) which itself is connected into the network.  However, under certain circumstances, it may be easier to connect the camera directly into the network.

When the NVR is connected to the external WAN via a router with DHCP enabled, the NVR will be assigned an IP address in the same subnet as the router.  For example if the routers local IP address is 192.168.0.1 then the NVR  will be assigned a unique  address of 192.168.0.xxx where xxx is a number between 2  and 255.  It will usually be the first available address counting upwards.

Hikvision IP Cameras connected directly to a Hikvision NVR are Plug and Play and will be automatically assigned an IP address when connected to the NVR.  The IP addresses assigned to the camera channels will not be in the same subnet and may be something like 192.168.254.2, 192.168.254.3 ... 192.168.254.n, where n = the number of channels on the NVR.  These assigned addresses are fine for cameras connected directly to the NVR, but will not work for cameras connected directly to the router.  The IP address of the camera has to be changed to match the subnet of the router.  For Hikvision cameras the IP address can be amended using the SADP software.  The SADP software is supplied with Hikvision cameras but it is better to use the latest version which can be downloaded from here.

Using SADP Software

The screenshot below shows the main screen of the SADP program.  The program automatically lists all the Hikvision devices connected to the router.  The example shows that we have a Hikvision DS-7604 NVR connected with an IP address of 192.168.0.14 which is in the same subnet as our router (192.168.0.1).  We also have a Hikvision DS-2CD2542 IP camera connected into the router with an IP address of 192.168.254.4.  To allow this camera to be added to the NVR we need to change its IP address to an address on the same subnet as the router – in our case 192.168.0.xxx, where xxx is a number between 0 and 255.  The xxx number cannot be one that is already in use.  You can see which IP addresses are in use by logging into your router and looking at the list of connected devices.  In our case we chose to change the IP address to 192.168.0.49.

  1. Select the camera in the left hand side checkbox.
  2. Un-check ‘Enable DHCP’ in the Modify Network Parameters.
  3. Change the IP address to the address you chose on the same subnet as your router – in our case 192.168.0.49.
  4. Change the gateway to the IP address of your router – in our case 192.168.0.1.
  5. Leave any other settings as they are.
  6. Enter the password of the NVR in the Admin Password field.
  7. Click Modify and you will get the success message.
  8. Make a note of the camera’s new IP address.

Note:  if you get a ‘failed’ or ‘device rejected’ message you may have to run the SADP program as Administrator.  To run as Administrator (Windows 10), click the windows icon in the menu bar, select all apps, right click on the SADP app, click ‘more’ and select ‘run as administrator’.

Figure 1 - Before modification

Refresh the SADP screen and the parameters will change to the desired values as below.

Hikvision SADP program

Figure 2 - After Modification

Adding the Camera to the NVR

To add the camera to an available channel on the NVR.

  1. Log into the NVR
  2. Select the Main Menu and select Cameras.  You will see a list of all the channels on the NVR and also which channels are in use.
  3. Select an unused channel and click on ‘edit’.
  4. Change ‘Plug and Play’ to ‘Manual’.
  5. Change the IP address to the new IP address of the camera – in our case 192.168.0.49.
  6. Enter the NVR’s password in the password field.
  7. Click OK and the camera should connect and be visible.

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