Network setup of standalone DVR for internet view

Before setup network for standalone DVR, please read following checklist

  • The DVR and Computer need to connect to the same router.
  • The Router may need to connect Internet, so that can remote view.
  • Use the IE browser 7, IE8 or greater version.

Find the DVR’s IP address.

Go to setup menu, select “Network”, then select “DHCP Enable”, the check mark will display in the menu box. Select “OK” to reboot the system. DHCP Enable means obtain IP address automatically.

Repeat the above step, and write down your IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, and DNS.

Above information will be used in the next few steps.

Setup Network for Standalone DVR

Please note that if your router doesn’t support DHCP, then you may need to contact network administrator to distributor you the proper IP address. If the DVR needs to store PPPoE (DSL/ADSL) settings, please contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Setup the computer to view the video from the DVR.

All the computers that need to access the DVR remotely need to configure and run ActiveX controls. For every computer, the configuration only needs to be made one time.

Method: Add the DVR’s IP address to the trusted sites in IE Browser (Internet Explorer).

Open IE browser, Click “Tools” on the top menu of IE, > “Internet Options”, > “Security” tab, > “Trusted Sites”, Click “Sites” button. Type in the IP address of the DVR with the format of http://192.168.0.108 and Click “Add” > Click “Apply”

Change the default settings for the trusted sites zone to low. This will allow ActiveX controls from the DVR can be downloaded and access to DVR.

Note: The IP address used in this example is for internal network viewing. If you are trying to access the DVR from remote location, you will add the “External IP address” to the trusted sires list.

View the video via your computer.

After above configuration is done, you can use the IE, type the IP address of the DVR into the address bar, Example: http://192.168.1.19 press Enter.

If the computer and the DVR are the same router, you can use the Internal IP address to view the DVR. If the computer is in remote location, then you need to input the IP address (external) for access the DVR.

Login to the DVR use IE Browser.

Input username and password to login the DVR.

There will be a yellow information bar that pops up below the address bar, click on the yellow information and select “Install This Add-on for All Users on This Computer…”

After download Active X, then install it.

View the video from DVR on Internet (Remote location).

Now you have successfully accessed the DVR via local network. It’s time to setup your router to access the DVR while at a Internet (Remote location). This process is called Port Forwarding.

More information about Port Forwarding, please refer to http://www.portforward.com

Visit your router, and input the username and password then choose Port Forwarding by default the HTTP port is 80 and the TCP port is 34567.

If you need to remote view via cellphone, you also need to do port forwarding. By default port 80 and 34599 need to forward to the local IP address of the DVR.

Before testing, you need to find your external IP address, please visit www.wahtsmyip.org, you will get your external IP address.

After you know your external IP address, you can type external IP address in the IE browser to access DVR, example: http://56.226.242.1 . If you set default port is not 80, then you need to add the port on the end of IP address, example: http://56.226.242.1:82

After above setting, you still can not access the DVR, it may caused by following reasons.

  1. Check your network connections and go through the steps to make sure without configuration error.
  2. Wrong Port Forwarding setting. Review the steps of configuring your router, or refer to www.portforward.com for setup reference.
  3. The IE browser doesn’t install the ActiveX controls.
  4. Your router blocks your computer from using the external IP address to access DVR.
  5. Port 80 is blocked by your IPS. Tyr changing the TCP port to 6000. Port Forwarding will need to be setup for the new port.
  6. The DSL Modem is preventing the connection because it is on a different sub-network. Contact your ISP to assist with bridging the modem and router together.

DVR Network Port Forward Setting Video: http://www.hkvstar.com/swf/Networksetup.swf.html

Configure the Standalone DVR work with DDNS.
DDNS (Dynamic DNS)
Instead of having to type in the IP address to access the DVR online you can use DDNS to create a easy to
remember website name to access the DVR. The DVR has many DDNS Provider web addresses built into it. The
following instructions are for DYNDNS.org.
Before below operation, you need to apply the account from DYNDNS.org. It's free.
Configuration for Standalone DVR:
  1. Login Menu System of DVR, Select "System" > "Netservice". Input password if required, Select "DDNS", and press "ENTER", select "DDNS Type" from the drop menu, change "DDNS SETTING" to "ENABLE".
  2. Enter the hostname of your DDNS account. Example: vstardvr.dyndns.org.
  3. Input the username  and password of your DYNDNS account you applied.
  4. Select "OK" to confirm.
Access DVR to view video through Hostname.
Enter the host name into IE browser, then the login dialogue show up, enter into username and password, Click "Connect All Video", Select "OK".
If you using other port (not default port 80), then you need to add port name at the end of host name url.

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