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Oct 12, 2018

How to reset Hikvision password


Edited: Jul 9

There are a couple of ways you can reset the password on your Hikvision device. However, the simplest and most reliable method (which works for all Hikvision devices) is to use Hikivsion SADP Tool:


  1. Download the latest version Hikvision SADP Tool

  2. Ensure that your device is connected to your LAN

  3. Open SADP Tool and click 'Search'

  4. Select the device and click Forget Password




You might then see one of the following three pop-up windows.


1) If the pop-up requires a security code, please turn to method A.

2) If the pop-up requires encrypt file, please turn to method B.


3) If the pop-up requires encrypt file or key, please turn to method C.



Method A


Copy the Start Time and Device Serial No and send them to HIKVISION technical Support team., who will issue you with a security code. Use to code to reset your password to '12345'.




Method B


Click Export to save XML file, send the XML file to HIKVISION technical support team.



HIKVISION technical support team will return encrypt file or forward your request to local distributor. Choose the path of the encrypt file, input your new password and confirm, click Confirm and your password will be reset.


Method C


Take a photo of QR code and send it to HIKVISION technical support team.


HIKVISION technical support team will return key which consists of number and letter (8 bytes) or forward your request to local distributor.




#Hikvision; #Reset; #DIY


New Posts
  • The situation I had was that I wanted to set the camera in a portrait orientation so that I can view part of the house and a narrow long driveway. After a few minutes on the phone with Armsec (massive thanks for that guys!) I’ve got it all sorted. So I thought that I would make this post for whoever may be interested in doing the same! I had a dome camera with a 3-axis adjustable lens. So the first thing I did was to pull the cover off and rotated the lens. It sorted half of the problem – now I could see the whole driveway but I had to turn my head side-ways to view it. So the next thing I did was to use what Hikvision calls ROTATE MODE and, as the name suggests, it flips the picture by 90°. Unfortunately, for some reason, the mode was disabled (greyed out) and I could not change it. So this is where the tech help was handy – following their instructions I updated the firmware (I wont go into detail here as I’ve seen there is a post on this already) and then temporarily switched off the default H.264+ compression in the Camera Configurations. I then rotated the picture! PS: Once you’ve flipped the picture you can set H.264+ back on if you choose to do so. Hope this helps!
  • We have recently had a few clients who have experienced some issues with PoE plugs on the pigtail of their Hik cameras, which resulted in the PoE connector failing to supply power / transmit signal. Typically, the problem appears after the PoE connector has been used outdoors for a couple of years without a proper waterproof insulation. Less often, the issue can be caused by physical damage, faulty waterproof and simple wear and tear. Unfortunately, Hikvision does itself provide any spare PoE connector replacements, so you will have to do a bit of a workaround. The process itself is, however, quite simple and does not require any prior engineering experience. So, here we will look at what you need to do if you have this issue. Step 1 – Make sure that you have all the necessary tools To get your camera up and running, you will need: Crimping tool Punch Down tool Cat5/6 Junction Box (punch-down type) Step 2 – Cut off the faulty PoE Connector Using a utility knife (or just a sharp knife) snip off the PoE connector on the camera, ideally as close to the connector itself as you can to leave you with a long enough cable. Step 3 – Strip an inch of the cable Using the crimper, strip back an inch of the cable to expose the 8 coloured wires within. Step 4 – Identify your wiring colouring Depending on the model you have the colouring may not follow the standard colouring, so you need to work out what wire colouring your model follows. You will need to use the wiring pattern of the T568B standard . Older Hikvision devices use the following colouring: Newer models may have the following colour scheme correspondence: Step 5 – Punch the wires into the corresponding slots Using the punch-down tool, place the exposed wires into the corresponding slots in the junction box (using the colour scheme tables above). The end result should look something like this. Step 6 – Connect the other RJ45 to the junction To complete the process, connect the other network cable to the junction. #Hikvision; #DIY; #PoE.
  • The process for resetting your Hikvision camera to default manufacturer’s settings depends on whether or not your camera has a push resent button. Most Hikvision camera that come with an in-built SD card slot (EDGE Memory) have a push button. In Hikvision model nomenclature the Edge memory is denoted by the letter ‘F’ (for Flash). More details about Hikvision nomenclature can be found here . Your camera has a push reset button Unplug the power supply. Press and hold the reset button. Plug the power supply back in whilst still holding the reset button. Keep holding the reset button for another 10-15 seconds. Release the button. Wait until the camera has rebooted. If your camera does not have a reset button As long as you remember your password, you should be able to reset and reboot your camera by logging into your camera. Click on the ‘Configuration tab’ Go to ‘Maintenance section’ Click on ‘Restore all parameters to default setting’ Click ‘Reboot’ (although most camera will reboot automatically at step 3) If your camera does not have a reset button and you cannot log-in If you cannot log into your device (presumably because you forgot your password), then you will need to follow the ‘ Password Recovery Procedure ’ #Hikvision; #Hardware; #Reset


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