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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
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 . Index 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. 192.168.1.20). 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