Purpose of The Guide
This Guide will show you how to manually add an IP camera to your Hikvision NVR, Directly to the camera ports on the NVR, through a router or Management port switch.
Before You Begin
Tools for the Job
Laptop with an Ethernet Port.
Let's Get Started
You will need to have SADP downloaded, this is software that will tell you what IP address each camera is on, if you have a 12-volt power supply to power the camera and wire the camera to the router first and it will come up as a separate device showing on SADP tool.
If you are powering the cameras via POE (Power Over Ethernet) then you will not be able to wire the camera to the router, as the router will not power the camera over POE, you will need to run an ethernet cable from the ethernet port of the laptop to the one of the camera ports of the recorder, this will allow you to see the cameras on SADP tool.
It will show up like this, you need to tick the box to the left of the camera and set a password for the camera, if you want to set it as a password that is different from the recorder then that is up to you, but if not try and set it to the same password as the recorder to save confusion in the future.
You must tick the tick box and then you set a password of your choice, if not set it the same as a recorder password to save confusion.
Once the password is set, you will see the device will have changed from inactive to active, this means you have activated the camera and set a password for the camera itself.
Depending on if you are wiring directly to the recorder or switch or even the router, you will have different IP ranges you would put the camera on.
Camera Direct to Recorder
If the camera is going to be wired to a recorder, you need to put it on the IP address range of 192.168.254.X the X can be any number going from 2-254, as long as it doesn't conflict with any other devices or camera within the network, as all device should have its own IP address with it own specific number, so it 192.168.254.X will always be the same.
For example, if you only have 2 cameras, one can be 192.168.254.2 then you would make this camera on 192.168.254.3 or any number of your choice, as long it is not the same as the other camera, as if so it will conflict with the network.
As you can see you can tick the box and amend any setting of the camera on the SADP tool, you will need to change the camera IP address to 192.168.254.3.
Once you change the camera IP address, the page should look like this.
Then you will follow the video guide below, you will access the recorder settings and then manually input the details into a recorder and it should add the recorder itself.
The details in the video are not the same details, you will need to input whatever you set the camera's IP address to like the details I have provided below and it should get the camera added.
IP address - 192.168.254.3
Management Port - 8000
Transfer Protocol - Auto
Username - admin
Admin Password - Whatever password you set for the camera, then hit Add.
As long the staus showing a play sign, shows you have added the device correctly
Adding camera through a router.
You will need need to follow the same above, but you will match the IP address to the router settings.
How to find out your IP range or the default gateway of your router on a Windows or Mac computer you will follow this and find out what range it is on.
For example, if your internet range is 192.168.1.254, you will put the camera IP address on the SADP tool to 192.168.1.XXX, then just input the camera IP address details just like the guide above, besides you just adjust the IP addresses.
Adding a Camera through a switch.
How To: Add IP Cameras Through a Switch or Wireless Bridge To Hikvision Recorders
Depending on what where you wiring the cable from the management port to, you have to put it on the right network range.
If wiring from management switch to camera port on recorder then the address range needs to be 192.168.254.XXX
If your wiring from management switches to the router, then it needs to be in the same range as your ISP (Internet Service Protocol) 192.168.1.XXX
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