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Oct 12, 2018

How to add third-party cameras to Milesight PoE NVR

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Edited: Jul 9

Troubleshooting Guide

Connecting 3-rd party cameras to a Milesight NVR


In this guidance we will be looking at how to add a camera of a third-party manufacturer to a Milesight NVR. Milesight PoE NVRs support most ONVIF-compliant cameras, including cameras of such brands as Hikvision, Dahua, Axis, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Abus etc (a full list of ONVIF members can be accessed here).


However, depending on the model and manufacturer, you may need to take a few extra steps before the UPnP ‘kicks in’. The most common issue is that the NVR and the camera are not within the same IP segment.


You can access Milesight' own guide on this here.




Step 1 - Identify your IP range

Step 2 - Assign IP address to your NVR

Step 3 - Assign IP address to your Cameras

Step 4 - Plug the PoE camera into a PoE port on the NVR

Step 5 - Locate the Camera via the NVR


Step 1 – Identifying your IP range (skip Steps 1 – 2 if your NVR is set up)

Open ‘Command Prompt’ and type ‘ipconfig’ (without speech-marks), which will show you your ‘Default Gateway’ and ‘IPv4 Address’ or ‘IPv6 Address’.


Your IP (‘IPv4 Address’ or ‘IPv6 Address’) will look something like this 192.168.X.X (first three numbers are your IP range and the fourth number identifies a particular device.


The format of your Default Gateway will look something like this 192.168.X.X.

Keep this window open for the next steps.


Step 2 – Assigning IP address to your NVR

Download ‘Smart Tools’ from Milesight website and install it on your PC. After you have plugged the power and connected your NVR via a network cable to your router, you should be able to see your device in the Smart Tools ‘NVR’ section.


1. Tick the box on the far left hand side of the NVR (ref 1)


2. Once ticked, ensure that your username and password are set to ‘admin’ and ‘ms1234’ (which are the default login details for all Milesight devices) (ref 2)


3. Go to the bottom of the window and change the IP address of the NVR so that the first three numbers are the same as your IPv4 / IPv6 as shown in ‘Command Prompt’ window


4. The fourth number should be unique, different from your IPv4 / IPv6 and can be any number from 1 – 255 (ref 3)


5. Change the Gateway to the same number as your ‘Default Gateway’ as shown in ‘Command Prompt’ window NB: Unlike IP, the Gateway number should be exactly the same as the ‘Default Gateway’


6. Finally, click the ‘Modify’ button to apply the changes (ref 5).


7. If after you click ‘Modify’ a warning window pops up that an IP conflict is detected, then choose a different fourth number for the IP address of your NVR and then click ‘Modify’ again.





Step 3 – Assigning IP address to your Cameras

Set your camera’s IP address – ensure that it is within the same segment (e.g.


Depending on the model you have, you can do this in a number of ways. The simplest method is to connect your camera directly to your router via a network cable and power it up (a DC if available or PoE if not). Then, log into your camera via browser or a specialist tool (e.g. Hikvision SADP for Hikvision cameras) and set your camera’s IP address – make sure that the first three numbers are the same as those of your NVR.




Step 4 -Plug the PoE camera into a PoE port on the NVR





Step 5 - Locate the Camera via the NVR


Log into your NVR (type the IP address you set for it at Step 2 into your Browser) and click ‘Device Search’. Change ‘Select NIC’ to PoE and click ‘Search’. Your camera should appear in the list of devices – select the camera by checking the box next to it and click ‘Add’.


#Milesight #ThirdPartyDevices

Jul 9

I've tried with Hikvision - worked fine!

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  • By way of a reminder: it is almost always unlawful to record audio in commercial properties or public places. For why this is the case - you can check here . However, if you have made up your mind that you need to have audio for your residential CCTV system and got both a camera and NVR that support audio recordings - then this is a short post on how to get it activated. >Before you Start Make sure that your camera supports audio function. A quick note about this is here . If the camera does not have a built-in mic, then get an in-line external active microphone. Download and install Hikvision client software: iVMS-4200 & iVMS-450 >Enable audio on the camera Step 1 - Log-into your camera Step 2 - Go to Configuration Step 3 - Click Video/Audio and set the video type to Video&Audio Step 4 - Go to Audio tab to set audio input to LineIn . > Enable audio on the Live View Page Step 1 - Go to Live View tab Step 2 - Enable the audio output by clicking the audio icon and adjust its volume. > Enable Audio on NVR Step 1 - Log-into your NVR Step 2 - Make sure that video footage is recorded on the NVR . Some guidance on this can be found here . Step 3 - In the Playback tab - click enable audio icon. #Hikvision #Audio #NVR #DIY
  • In this guide we will look at how to upgrade firmware on you Hikvision cameras and recorders. Step 1 – Identify your device To find out your device model – check its label or box it came in. If you don’t have the label, you can check the model by logging into the device via Hik-Connect. If that does not help, you can try to identify your device model using the Hikvision coding nomenclature: Step 2 – Download the latest firmware version to your PC. Using this link , download the latest Hivksion firmware version. Make sure that the firmware serial you download corresponds to the model of your device. If you use firmware for the wrong device you will see an error screen which states – ‘ The type of upgrade file mismatches ’ after installation. Step 3: Prepare the files for upgrade Once the download is complete, extract the digicap.dav file from the zipped folder and save it on the Desktop of your PC. Step 4 – Upload the file to your device Browse and log into your Hikvision device using Internet Explorer (NB! Not IE Edge), navigate to ‘Configuration’ tab and click ‘Maintenance’. Then click browse and select the .dav file you downloaded. Click upgrade. NB! In this way you can upgrade devices that are directly plugged into your router or switch. If you have cameras connected to an NVR, which is in turn connected to your router, then you would not be able to log into your cameras directly via browser, but you can use Virtual Host or USB stick to upgrade your cameras. #Hikvision #DIY #Upgrage #Firmware
  • One of the recurrent issues with Hikvision NVR’s is the intolerable level of noise that it can produce, which may be ok if you place it a remote server room or attic in a thick cupboard but could cause real irritation if placed in a dining / bedroom, especially for people with higher sensitivity. Hikvision’s NVRs (such as DS-7608NI-K2-8P) is fitted with two 40mm cooling fans and a loud PSU PSU (KSA-180S2) with a 12v 5A rail, a 52v 2.5A rail, which together produce a whole range of nasty metallic noises that can get under one’s skin. In addition to just being loud, the fans operate at the maximum capacity at all times whether or nor it is required, rather than being temperature-controlled. BIG DISCLAIMER HERE – before you start playing around with the NVR – make sure that you have the necessary tools ( including a voltmeter ), comfortable with electricity and really want to gamble with warranty. If you answered 'NO' to at least one of those questions – then the best thing to do is to look for a noise-cancellation case for your Hik NVR. Step 1 - Fan replacement The primary culprit responsible for the excessive noise generation is Hik’s 40mm fan. The replacement of it with a quality 80-120mm fan, which you can get from any good PC store, would do the job. Make sure that the fan is properly fitted and oriented to supply enough air to the system, otherwise it may get damaged. The standard Hik fan look like this: Step 2 - Power Supply replacement The cooling fans of most Hikvision NVRs are powered by (KSA-180S2) PSU over two voltage rails –12v 5A rail and 52v 2.5A (PoE) so make sure that you get corresponding AC adapters. Cut the pigtail off the old PSU. Cut off the pin plugs on the replacement AC adapters. Connect the old PSU and the AC adapters via connector blocks (AKA Chock Blocks) Mount and wire the fan (glue / weld / cable ties) to the bottom of the NVR (+ use fan gaskets) – I would recommend drilling holes through the bottom of the NVR’s housing where the holes for the old fan are. If need be, cut a hole for the fan )or use the existing vents if possible) Use noise absorption material to further silence your NRV if necessary Finally, after the work is done, check the temperature stats (and keep it monitored for a few hours after you power it up) by logging into your NVR. - =>Configuration=>Storage Management=>Temperature . #NVR #Hikvision #CoolingFan #DIY #Setup


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