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Hikvision’s Built-in NVR Like Capabilities

I’ve been asked what cameras can record without the need for an NVR or a PC running NVR software. In the past I’ve recommended Mobotix which has solid in-camera NVR capabilities but sometimes the price of these cameras and complexity have been a barrier to many.

Hikvision cameras also have this capability and is probably one of the best implementations I’ve seen once it’s setup, but there isn’t good documentation on how to do this, so I put together this tutorial.

Let me first show you how it works so you get an idea if it’s the right solution for you.

When video is recorded by the camera to a NAS, you can play the video by logging into the camera via your browser. I tested it with Internet Explorer 10 and Firefox 22.

You click on the Playback tab across the top and you’ll see a screen like this

Across the bottom are the play/pause button, stop button, and speed control buttons on the left and buttons to take snapshot and download recorded events on the right.

Double clicking on the video will bring it up in full screen mode. Double click or hit escape to get back. With e-PTZ enabled (the magnifying glass), when in full screen mode, you can highlight and area of the screen with your mouse and it magnifies the area, clicking on the screen returns to the full display.

The timeline below the buttons is where you find recorded video. You basically drag the timeline under the yellow line and click play. It plays from clip to clip until you hit stop or pause.  You can expand the timeline period to get finer control by clicking the plus/minus signs on the right.

This all works smoothly and as well as most NVR’s out there. You can select another date from the calendar and select a start time below that.

To download a video recording, you can click on the download button and it will present a list of all recordings and you can select them and click start and it will download the video from the NAS to your computer

So now that you know how it works, I’ll go into the nitty gritty. The first step is to make sure you have the latest firmware version. I had trouble getting this to work until I upgraded to V5 firmware for this camera.

The next step is setting up your NAS for NFS. To clarify, NAS means Network Attached Storage and means the disk is connected via your network. NFS is a file sharing protocol, Network File System. Most cheap NAS devices are setup for Windows/Mac only and use CIFS share or FTP protocols. This will not work with either, it has to support NFS. I first tried it with a WD MyBook Live which has NFS secretly installed on some models, but it did not work. I used Synology Diskstation and that worked. You can probably use FreeNFS software on Windows and for those with a MAC, you OSX has NFS built in, just have to set it up.

Log into the camera via a browser and click on Configuration, Advanced Configuration, Storage and click on the NAS tab. Then type in the IP address of the NAS and then the directory name of the NAS directory (this directory is created when you setup NFS).

When you click Save, it will ask you for a reboot, wait about a minute and the camera logs you back in automatically at the same point. Then click on the Storage Management tab.

If all went well with the last step, you’ll see your NAS drive with it’s capacity. Click the checkbox next to it and click the Format button. This is a misnomer as it does not really format your disk. If you have data on there, it will not erase it. All it does it builds some sort of metadata on the volume that doesn’t really take up much space.

As a warning, depending on the size of your drive, the speed of your NAS, this can take a while, maybe 30 minutes. It will provide it’s progress on the right in terms of percentage done and when it’s done, the Status should show normal and you should see Free space. I would reboot the camera because this is where my WD Mybook failed, it said Normal but changed to “uninitialized” after rebooting the camera. With the Synology it stayed Normal.

Now click on the Record Schedule tab

Here you have to click the Edit button and enter in your recording schedule for motion detection. If you do it correctly and you want to be able to always record, the schedule will be all green.  The easiest way is to put in 00:00 to 24:00 and click Select All, click Copy and OK.

Now the NAS portion has been setup. If you did not make it this far, it could be your camera firmware or NAS is not correct.

Under Configuration, Advanced Configuration, Events, select the Motion Detection tab and check the checkboxes circled in yellow and the click the button circled in yellow to set motion detect area and the schedule (same screen as above).

If you did everything correctly, it should be set to record on the next motion detection. So stand in front of the camera and “wave our hands in the air like you just don’t care” as the song goes and click on the Playback tab, scroll the timeline to the current time and see if there’s a recording. You can also log into the NAS and see if there are any recordings.

Kudos to Hikvision for putting all this functionality in an affordable camera. For Hikvision to make this perfect, they would need to support CIFS as that’s more common and is password protected where NFS is not. This would allow most people to buy a cheap off the shelf $100 NAS and start using it to record.

This makes sense if you have a small amount of cameras like 1 or 2 and buying an NVR is not practical. Once you have a more significant amount of cameras, logging on to each camera to view recordings may be tedious and may be time to get an NVR or NVR software.

Where To Buy Hikvision Cameras

www.WrightwoodSurveillance.com not carries these cameras for great prices and free shipping.

 

 

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Laurent
Laurent
1 month 22 days ago

Thanks for the article, very useful.
For those who struggle with this, make sure your folders are empty else they won’t be initialised.
Some Hikvisions also appear to have a limitation in the disk space, like 250GB.
I have a 2CD2142FWD with an SD card, what I’d like to know is how to retrieve the video files without having to use the web browser.
I had a look at the SSH access, but it looks to be very restricted and does not even allow browsing folders.
any help on this would be appreciated.

Ashen
Ashen
1 year 9 days ago

Hello.

I’m facing some problems with Hikvision camera+WD MyCloud 4Tb.

I have 2 Cameras and I created two separate folders on the NAS. The folder is correctly set on the Camera’s configuration, but after the format phase, the camera works for a short period and then is reporting that the NAS share is, again, “not initialized”.

Any hint?

(Cameras MODEL: DS-2DF7274-A FW: V5.3.0 build 150410)
(WD MyCloud FW: v04.04.01-112)

Sam
Sam
1 year 16 days ago

Hi Guys,

where is everyone buying the DS-2CD2032-I from and for what price? Are the Chinese models dodgy?

cheers,
Sam

MarcP
MarcP
1 year 18 days ago

Does anyone have any info or know if at all possible to connect Drobo5n NAS to Hikvision 1DS-2CD2142FWD-IW cameras. Ive tried to add my NAS on both the web interface and IVMS-4200 (mac) and the systems will NEVER accepts any combinations of IP address, file path, username, password

Keep in mind I am using a mac and have no access to windows machines.

MarcP
MarcP
1 year 18 days ago

Hi guys.. I know I may be a little late walking into this thread but wanted to see if there are still some active users that may be able to help!

I am trying to get my Drobo5N to act as a NVR for my 2 Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IW cams. I tried adding the credentials into the web browser NAS section and it will not accept any combinations or IP address, file path and password.. I have been trying this for a week… Likely 20 hours by now and kinda going crazy!

I would prefer using the browser route but also have the IVMS-4200 (MAC) downloaded which also will not connect to Drobo5n.

If anyone can help with a way to connect via web or IVMS it would be greatly appreciated

WMAx
WMAx
1 year 3 months ago

I get all the time HCNetSDK error 23. Somehow some functions are not supported.
I just want to start a VCA analyse on my recorded files.

Files are stored on the NAS, and I can playback them in iVMS-4200 Client
But I cannot start the VCA to see who crossed my virtual line.

Camera:
Hikvision: DS-2CD2332-I

I hate looking back to full day to see if there was an incident.
Before I had a Bosch camera with software, this on worked amazing faster and fluent en perfect incident search. However, the resolutions was to low to recognize the people. That why I went up an bought the Hikvision.
Images are really good, everything is recording (mp4) on the NAS but I really do not understand why I cannot start any analytic function.
The software is really crap compared to Bosch, but I don’t have a Bosch at the moment and I want to have it working.

Anyone a suggestion whats wrong with the system?
I don’t have a VCR, but record on the NAS’ (Synology DS215j)

David
David
1 year 6 months ago

Can someone please help me – I have 2x camera’s (DS-2CD2032-I) connected to my network.
I have tried to get the motion detection record feature to work – but I am struggling.
I get the little red alarm icon flash up in the corner of the screen – but it just doesn’t record!!
I have tried using the web based interface as well as IVMS-4200 nether will record.
(although If i hit the manual record button – that does work)
I’m not using NAS – i’m trying to record to my PC.

Any ideas??

alex
alex
1 year 6 months ago

Hello everyone.
I recently acquired a few Hikvision cameras for my home. I have tried unsuccessfully to set up the storage server a few times. I run the application, leave it running; the ivms client sees it and I can add it in the device manager. An empty partition is seen in the list of available HHDs, but I am unable to check the box to format it. No matter if I click on the checkbox of the HDD or the one in the table head, nothing is selected and the format button is not highlighted. Any ideas ?
Thank you.

Roger
Roger
1 year 7 months ago

How have you set the share/disk size limit on the NAS directory? Mine behaved similarly to yours before I set a limit, which I had to do by implementing a user quota (on the NAS user account I set up just for the camera) of something like 250gb.
But setting a limit for the share or directory might work as well.

Ocean Blue-s
Ocean Blue-s
1 year 7 months ago

Hello, I have a DS-2CD2412F-I and trying to use it with a NAS server (Nas4free 9.3.0.2). I have tried everything including updating the cameras firmware to the latest 5.2.3 build 141024. However I cannot record on the NAS server. That is because the camera cannot format the disk. It always says uninitialized on the status of the NAS drive. When I try it to format. It starts formatting, at least it says so and it counts % formatted, which stands allways 0% and then after one or two seconds it says formatted. But the status still remains uninitialized. I might have some problems on the NAS side but I digged a lot on that side and unfortunately found notjhing. Everything seems right there. At least flowing with no visible error. What can I do?
Thank you for your further help.

ask
1 year 7 months ago

Normally I do not read post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up
very forced me to check out and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me.
Thank you, quite nice article.

rc
rc
1 year 8 months ago

Just wanted to say a big thanks to this site. I use only 2 Hikvision cameras but this thread enabled me to set up a diskstation to record. If not for this site I’d still be banging my head against the wall.

Peter V
1 year 8 months ago

Hi,

I have a problem with ivms-4200 PCNVR and I found the same in this forum.

“So the problem is, when I press to playback section, I see recordings from past days, but when I want to playback them I receive a error “The page at xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx says: Playback failed”

(It was write by Edvards at 2014.)

I did not find the solution for that. I tried Mozilla, IE and crome but the situation is the same.

With the IVMS-4500 (android) sw it is working successfully.

Do you have any idea?

Thanks!
Peter

Peter Lord
Peter Lord
1 year 8 months ago

I have been using a DS-2CD2732F IS with iVMS 4200 under a desk Windows PC recording to a Synology DS214+ NAS with great results -(more cameras to follow soon).

I am also using iVMS 4500 on an IPad (original model iOS 5.1.1)for live view and remote playback away from home. This also works great and is even easier to navigae than the iVMS 4200.

I would like to log into the camera and modify the configuration from the IPad to view for example setting up motion detection and be able to observe the analytics live with the IPad in my hand. I can log into the camera OK and alter the settings but I cannot get any live images, NVR type playback or view the image in the configuration screens because the IPad does not seem to have a plug loaded. The image screens display the message No Plug In Detected.

I contacted Hikvision support who advised there was no plugin for IPad which seems a bit of an omission. Does anyone on here have any experience of achieving this with some sort of workaround.

Thanks in advance.

Roger
Roger
1 year 8 months ago
I purchased a Hikvision DS-2CD2432F based largely on the on-camera NVR capability you described in this article. Thank you! Initial camera to Qnap NAS, via SMB (or NFS), issues were fixed by setting a user quota on the NAS, as you and others have written about. My last unresolved issue is this: how can we view recorded video (on the NAS) without using the camera. There are two reasons for this: – 1) if the camera is stolen or broken – 2) I’m running mine on wifi – which is fine for recording and live view, but there’s not enough bandwidth to handle playback smoothly via wifi, since the data travels so many routes: browser > router > camera > router > NAS > camera…etc Individual video files can be play from the NAS on my PC with something like VLC. But there will be hundreds of files, at least, to sort through, open and play. I’d like to point iVMS-4200 to the NAS and peruse the recorded video as you would through the camera’s NVR functionality. I can’t figure out how to do that, though. There is a “Local Playback Software v1.0” guide published by hikvision; the screen shots… Read more »
Steven
Steven
1 year 9 months ago

Sad times, guess I’ll give up and send back then 🙁

Steven
Steven
1 year 9 months ago

I have a DS-2CD2032-I running V5.2.5 build 141201. I’ve purchased a 3TB WD MyCloud NAS device however once the drive is formatted and records for 30secs-minute the drive shows offline then uninitialized. I’m more than happy with the camera however I think I will return both the camera and NAS due to being unable to record to the NAS.

Any help would be appreciated.

deejaa
deejaa
1 year 9 months ago

Hello!

Is it possible to use the ” built-in nvr like capabilities ” , but instead of using a separate NAS system like WD MYCLOUD, use a Ubuntu 14.04 computer ?

If so, is it just to install a separate “NAS-program” on my ubuntu computer and then point the hikvision camera for recording to this computer?

Or is it better to just install IVMS software on my computer?

I really like controlling the recordings through the camera.

I must mention that I use the same computer for other things also, like PLEX –

Chris
Chris
1 year 10 months ago

Great article you have here! I’ve just got my first Hikvision DS-2CD2032 I running v5.25. I’m only running one camera currently but may add another later.
My plan is to use a new Raspberry Pi 2 as a NAS running a 1tb drive. Has anyone tried recording onto a Pi as a Nas?

What’s the best format for the hdd?

Guy
Guy
1 year 10 months ago

Hi,

Please can I confirm does the DS-2CD2332-I have this NVR like feature built in? Also when this camera is recording to a NAS share can the live view direct to the camera still be used for example viewing from my iPhone?

Thanks

Guy

Mat
Mat
1 year 10 months ago

Hi there, Thanks for all the info, I was banging my head against a wall trying to get my camera’s to record to a NAS. But now I have another issue.

I have 3 POE cameras which are connected to a POE switch, The POE switch is connected to my router. I am running iVMS-4500 on Android Samsung S5. I am using the HiDDNS function to view my cameras remotely. When I view them I seem to get the camera over my garage appear 3 times, even though my backyard and sideway camera details have been entered correctly.

I have tried giving each camera a different login incase it was getting confused as to which camera it was looking for, but it hasn’t helped and it’s driving me nuts!

Any help or helpful websites would be much appreciated.

RichardA
RichardA
1 year 11 months ago

Do you know if Hikvision cameras can upload video with FTP? I’ve only been able to do snapshot images to an FTP server, but not video files. Thanks

Rick L
Rick L
1 year 10 months ago

I contacted Hikvision tech support a while ago, and they told me it cannot upload videos via FTP.

Rick L
Rick L
1 year 11 months ago

I finally got this figured out and am able to record with Hikvision’s build-in NVR. However, one thing I am not able to figure, when I download clips, where do they go? I’m not able to find them anywhere on my computer.

Here’s a couple of screen shots:

Tom
Tom
1 year 11 months ago

Thank you very much for the post above. I found it to be very useful. I’m thinking of using NAS to record two Hikvision cameras that I’ve installed at my house. At the end of your post, you mentioned “cheap off the shelf $100 NAS and start using it to record”. I’ve searched around but didn’t find any NAS that can support NFS for around $100. Is there one that you can recommend? Thank you for your time.

ali
ali
1 year 11 months ago

how can i add my ds-76161 nvr to hiddns
i have tried to a write the domain on the network settings but it says Invalid operation.
please what can i do

and is it necessary to set up the pppoe ? if yes ? how ?

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 days ago

What would be the best option (energy saving wise):

Hardware: ITX J1800, 2GB Ram, 2TB HD
Camera: Hikvision 2132’s

1. Use Windows + iVMS-4200 and let the software handle the recording (motion) and save to hd.
2. Convert the said hardware to Freenas/Nas4free, enable the motion features of the 2132’s and tinker around the NAS to work correctly with the 2132’s.
3. Use Linux, install NFS, enable the motion features of the 2132’s and tinker around the NFS of the Linux box to work correctly with the 2132’s.

I’m assuming it would be #3. But, opinions would be great.

Thanks

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rb3
rb3
2 years 16 days ago

Does any one else have any problems with camera time drifting. I have 4 of the hikvision turret cameras and I have them set to use the ntp time server time.nst.gov and recording to a disk shared through my router and all works greats recording, each camera has it s own partition. But the problem is that two of the cameras drift off time by about an hour. Anyone seen this before?

BarRH
BarRH
2 years 23 days ago

Thanx very much, DirkDaring !!
I have set all the same way, the only difference is the firmware. The mine is V5.2.0 build 140721.
Probably I should look for a possibility of the firmware downgrade to your V5.1.0 build 131202. Any advices would be welcome !!

DirkDaring
DirkDaring
2 years 23 days ago

I have the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I, it’s working fine on motion record with my WD MyCloud. I just checked the firmware: Firmware Version V5.1.0 build 131202.

On the My Cloud I have a share named Camera. Media serving is on, public access is on. I have an user account made for the camera.

On the camera for NAS I have the type as NAS, mounting type SMB/CIFS. The server address is the My Cloud which is on a static IP of 192.168.1.100. The file path is /Camera. Username/pw is filled for the My Cloud account.

Record Schedule is set to Enable Record Schedule checkmarked. Under Edit I have it set to All Day Motion Detection for the whole week.

Under Events I have Enable Motion Detection checkmarked. Under Linkage Method I have only Trigger Channel checkmarked.

BarRH
BarRH
2 years 23 days ago

Please, is there anybody having 2032 (V5.2) working properly with WD My Cloud as the motion detection recording storage ???
If so, please me give me detailed instructions how to set it.
I spent hours but still the same issue: SMB/CIFS connection test succeed, formated well, but the status changes to unitialized after a while or reboot.
Any help would be very appreciated.

john_hey
john_hey
2 years 20 days ago

I have 2032 (V5.2) and working fine with WD my book live. it should be the same for my cloud.
what i did, delete all the share folders from WD except for public.
delete all files in public, it means the drive is empty.
create new share folder and user and give the user access to that folder.
On camera, under nas, use SMB/CIFS and make sure the new user can connect (test)
under storage, select drive and format.
if you have successful format and status stays as “normal” the WD is set up properly.
to test enable schedule and set all days to continuous recording. after few minutes check playback, you should see it is recording…
if all good, then play around to get your motion detection recording working.

BarRH
BarRH
2 years 24 days ago

Please, is there anybody having 2032 (V5.2) working properly with WD My Cloud as the motion detection recording storage ???
If so, please give me the detailed instructions how to set it !!!

After many hours testing, I get always the same issue: SMB/CIFS connection test succeeded, HDD formated well but the status changes to uninitialized after a while or restart.

Any help would be very appreciated.

john_hey
john_hey
2 years 25 days ago

so far WD working fine with recording videos, but I do not see any snapshots there.
I already selected “Enable Event-Triggered Snapshot” in storage>snapshot. what I am missing?

when i go to playback, download recoding is fine and shows the files, but download images has nothing in it.

DirkDaring
DirkDaring
2 years 28 days ago

I posted about a hundred posts above about it some time ago. Not sure what I can say about setting it, I put in the networking settings and it connected and formatted away.

http://www.networkcameracritic.com/?p=1729#comment-7183

The live version might well be different than the cloud version.

John_H
John_H
2 years 28 days ago

Thanks DirkDaring, it might be because it is WD Live and yours is My Cloud.

I may go and get a 2 TB My Cloud and check it. are you using 5.2 firmware?
my other question is, can I use it for 3 cameras? I guess yours was for one camera only.

DirkDaring
DirkDaring
2 years 28 days ago

You should be able to, you can make separate folders for each camera. But I’m thinking it could be a problem when the drive eventually fills up. There is no way, that i see in the basic WD UI, to give folders quotas. Its linux based and I’d bet you could do it if you knew how.

John_h
John_h
2 years 27 days ago

I got it working and want to share my experience.

I am not sure if that was the reason but I had some movies in the public folder of WD. I deleted all of them and boom it was working.
I created 3 users with 3 private shares, went to each camera, format it and all of are working and recoding to WD.
Please note that I was not able to split the space between 3 so all of them see the whole storage as theirs. right now it filled only 30 GB out of 1 TB so i don’t know what happens when drive is full. I will see and post back again.
the only thing is, how we can delete old recording from NAS?
If I can do so, will delete old data from time to time so the drive will never be full.

Kendall
Kendall
2 years 28 days ago

Google live book default ssh password. You can install nfs on a live book and make it work. That’s the only way I have been able to get mine to record. Also the live book is much slower network transfer rates. So the initialization phase takes longer than most other NAS devices. Just be patient, it will work.

Hope that helps.

John_H
John_H
2 years 28 days ago

is this fix/hack only for My book Live? how about My cloud?
If My Cloud works with CIFS (without installing nas) I prefer to buy a My Cloud rather than void 3 years warranty on my book live (still have more than 2 years on it)

John_h
John_h
2 years 28 days ago

Hi, I have 3 cameras with 5.2 English version firmware on them.
I tried to record to WD My Book Live using CIFS.
Created share folder, and username/password.
in camera’s config, added NAS info (IP, Path etc) tested and it was successful.
then under ‘storage management’, it shows the drive as uninitialized.
I click on format, it formats it with no problem and status change to normal (I checked the share and it created the folders)

but it cannot record. if I click away to another section of config and click back the status changes to offline or uninitialized. what can be the problem?

some people mentioned they used WD my cloud, mine is My Book Live

Mike
Mike
2 years 1 month ago

Hi,
I was reading your article “Quick Start Guide of Hikvision IP Camera & Synology NAS. I have the Synology DS213J and a Hikvision DS-2CD2132-l. I am unable to get it to record video. The Drive shows “Normal” after formatting, but when I try to record motion it doesn’t work and then I go back and find the drive says uninitialized. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Mike

Kendall
Kendall
2 years 1 month ago
So, I think there is a lot of false information floating around… There is no such thing as requiring to have seperate partitions for each camera… You just need seperate NFS or CIFS shares. How do I know? I have all my cameras running off the same 3TB RAID partition that I host CIFS shares off of. The only difference is I am publishing the folders out to the cameras using NFS. I have tested with both NFS 2.0 and NFS 3.0 and this works flawlessly. I have 3 NAS devices and backup to all of them at once without issues. The only weird thing that doesn’t work as intended is the deletion of the backups once the disk shows full…. This is a camera software issue (5.0), not a NAS issue. So in order to get around the deletion not working I have a cron job setup to delete backups over 30 days old. Works great! I have a Thecus 5500, Western Digital Live NAS and a home grown FREENAS device. They all work fine, my largest is 4TB and my smallest is 2TB. I am Server Engineer by trade, so some things not all people may get to… Read more »
Damon
Damon
2 years 1 month ago

hi,

i been trying to save recordings to a 25TB NAS. but its showing 0.00MB of free space. i tried formating and it still dont work. heres the screenshot. its a Thecus 5550 NAS on raid-5 with the latest firmware. i also updated the camera to the latest 5.16 firmware. i spent hours trying to figure this out and nothing is working. i tried both NFS and Samba.

Roger
Roger
1 year 8 months ago

Can you set a quota for users, or for each “share” on the NAS? That’s what got NAS recording working for my Qnap NAS. I created a user just for the camera, on the NAS, and set a quota for that user at 350gb. Immediately after formatting that share/drive in the camera’s admin scree it showed ~350gb free space. And it’s worked well since.

Cory
Cory
2 years 1 month ago

Hi,

I have 2 hikvision 2032 cameras that are conneected to a poe switch(trendnet) and is recording to a intel i3 nuc with linux.

I use it to do motion detection recording at 1080p @20 fps.

Issue i have is that during the recording the video freezes for some times 3 or 4 seconds. Sometime drops frames meaning i will see something and then the next frame its gone.

I have tried so many dfferent settings with dropping down the frame rate,matching the frame rate to the i-interval rate.

Same problem.

It happens on 2 cameras, i changed network cables.

Not sure whats going on.

any suggestions would be great

snice
snice
2 years 2 months ago

Hi,

I have the DS-2CD2032, and I would like to know if it is possible to record both on SD card and NAS? Also, I’m using the face detection in my current firmware, can someone confirm that this feature was removed from the new 5.2 firmware ?

Thanks

Charles
Charles
2 years 2 months ago

I’ve gone through so many specs trying to find a decent 8 channel NVR capable of motion detected recording (for Hivision cameras) … there’s always a give and take, right? … Spotted that the Hikvision 8 channels are limited/rated to 40 Mbps thorough, with Dahua’s at 160 Mbps. From your experience with various brands out there, which NVR would you say has the best value (capable of motion detected recording for Hikvision) out there, without going to a NAS box? Sometimes it’s not even a matter of price, like buying a proper hand tool, you just want to make sure it’ll serve you and not fail when the times comes to perform. Thank you, as always.

DJW
DJW
2 years 2 months ago

The IOS app has been updated and is now working on iPads with IOS8. 🙂

DJW
DJW
2 years 2 months ago
Hello all I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to use these damn things. I have a pair of the Swann SWNHD-820CAM cameras from Costco. Felt like throwing them out a couple times. I guess I should have read the entire manual from front to back. 🙂 I did learn a lot from the reviews and all the comments on this site. So thanks to everyone here for all the help. Here are some somewhat random thoughts and comments. Cameras are running 5.1.2 build 140504. I asked Swann for newer or older firmware and they denied having anything else. The hikvision iVMS-4200 software on the mac works great with the cameras. The iPad and iPhone equivalent apps also work. My 3rd generation iPad worked with iOS 7 but after I upgraded to iOS8 it doesn’t load anymore. My wife’s first gen iPad works fine, although she hasn’t updated to iOS 8 yet. My iPhone 5s with iOS8 works great with the same app. The iOS app is called iVMS-4500. You can also get a plugin that works in Safari and Chrome from hikvision. My DNS-323 worked as an NFS server for awhile, until it didn’t. I… Read more »
Johnny
Johnny
2 years 3 months ago

I currently have 2 x 2032 and 2 x 2132 (V5.1.6 build 140412) that I would like to record to a single HDD using a HP Microserver with FreeNAS. Before I leap into this, can you please clarify what would be the best approach? Would you recommend creating individual partitions for each camera on the HDD, then create individual NFS shares and then link these to the camera?

Tony F
Tony F
2 years 3 months ago

There is a new firmware out 5.20, Build 140721. Find it here: http://www.hikvision.com/en/us/download_more.asp?id=1354

Vin
Vin
2 years 3 months ago

Hi,

I’m trying to set up my camera (DS-2CD2732F-I(S) V5.1.2 build 140116) so as it will record video on my nfs server. I set up my nfs server with the following options /video * (rw,insecure,no_root_squash) and can connect to it either with my linux machine or my mac. When I configure the the camera and reboot it, it seems it does not recognize it as when I go in the storage tab, it is not there… I did a tcpdump on the nfs server, I see that the camera tries to connect to it (rpcbind request on port 111) but then it does not continue through and retries every ~30 secs. On my other machines, I can connect and create directories and files without any problem. Any ideas what could be the problem?

Thank you,

Vin

Jawdat
2 years 3 months ago

I am planning to install 4 cameras ( 2 indoor + 2 out door) , would you please advise me about all items in details that need to be ordered ( SW & Hw).
Note : I want to access all of them thru mobile ( remotely)

thanks

nunolf
nunolf
2 years 4 months ago

*,

I see a lot of hikvisioner’s wanting to use the NVR like capabilities. May I guess that for the ones with Synology NAS, the Surveillance Station (SS) software does not offer what you need?

I struggled to connect SS to an Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-IW 4mm, and though for a moment I thought I did solved the problem () after a bit the connection was lost again.

Thus I have to turn to the other solution, well presented in this article.

Thank you *.
N.

iamdix
iamdix
2 years 4 months ago

Hikvision iVMS4200 PCNVR has to be installed on a dedicated hdd?(like purple wd for example)or into C drive running Windows 8.1?

I am going to buy a drive just for recording eventually.

Mike
Mike
2 years 4 months ago

I have been pulling my hair out trying to get my NAS to work with my Hikvision cameras. Hoping you could help me? I was able to get the right format (I think) for the file path for the nas (an LG NAS 1tb). The camera acknowledges the capacity of the NAS in the storage management tab but there is no free space and i can’t edit any of the quota setting. The webpage also says the status of the NAS is uninitialized. Hoping you can point me in the right direction.

DavidI
DavidI
2 years 4 months ago

If I don’t have a NAS, what capabilities will I get with a basic camera? Can I view recordings and download/export them? I’m willing to run NFS on my PC for downloading footage on demand if I need to do that.

birte
birte
2 years 4 months ago

Correct – it Works in Firefox (I was using IE) – thanks!

wakuteka
wakuteka
2 years 4 months ago

Hi, one more issue:
I’m trying to set up SMTP connection security STARTTLS
(port 587, gmail), but can’t send e-mail with attached
snapshots.
If I’m using SSL/TLS (port 465), it’s working.
Need another firmware upgrade ?
Thanks.

birte
birte
2 years 4 months ago

I have a hikvision DS-2CD2532F-IWS and is using a SD Card.
When I download recordings from the SD Card it tells me that it is downloaded but I cannot see anything in the folder it is supposed to download to. I am downloading to my laptop running win8.1. – any idea what to be done?

wakuteka
wakuteka
2 years 4 months ago
Hi. It’s working now. I downloaded the last firmware version from their website and I updated the camera. Firmware Version: V5.1.2 build 140116 Encoding Version: V5.0 build 140110 http://www.hikvisioneurope.com/portal/index.php?dir=Product%20Firmware/Cameras/DS-2CD2xx2/ After first reboot, it seemed that nothing changed (about the NFS issue), but I rebooted it again and a new version of WebComponents downloaded (used only Chrome). Then, new resolutions appeared and choices (at Live View). The NFS issue didn’t solved for me (at NSA310), after “formatting”, the status remained “uninitialized”. Yeap, a big step down ! Ok, the good news: I am able to choose between NFS and CIFS/SAMBA, so I stared to dig into it. I used the USB stick with SAMBA share from one of my routers (NFS didn’t work onto it) and I formated it. Next thing: even the share was public (no need user/pass), I was forced by this camera’s new firmware to enter it (so I entered the root user&pass from the router). It worked. The camera created the files structure (now I don’t see in that partition the old folders/files, e.g. tftp/ftp folders, but doesn’t matter). I setup the motion detection and I started to capture. When you use NFS, settings are (example): Server… Read more »
wakuteka
wakuteka
2 years 4 months ago

Hi, I am using one for test with a Zyxel NSA310. The big trouble is when the NAS unit is going to “sleep” (turn off hdd after x minutes). The NAS has WoL capability, but this cam cannot see it properly (status: uninitialized). Same thing it’s happening after the camera’s reboot.
I think I will return it.

Firmware Version V5.0.2 130805
Encoding Version V4.0 build 130411

Edvards
Edvards
2 years 5 months ago

Hi,

Please help, im using PCNVR 4200 software, and i want to access it remotely via web.

I login to it via web, chrome 35, explorer 11 or newest Mozilla, whatever..

So the problem is, when i press to playback section, i see recordings from past days, but when i want to playback them i receive a error “The page at xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx says: Playback failed”

But the weird thing is that it was working 1 h ago, i just changed a password for pcnvr and then it started to show this message.

Please help, this could save a lot of pc pain. 🙂

Thank

dj242
dj242
2 years 6 months ago

For those trying to get CIFS to work with the latest firmware, I was experiencing the issue where the Format operation did not work. I finally figured out that it does not seem to work with NTFS partitions. It works for me when I used a newly formatted FAT32 partition. I just split an existing partition on an old computer into multiple smaller FAT32 partitions, and I’m pointing each camera to a separate empty partition – working so far.

gh
gh
2 years 6 months ago

Hi,

I’m thinking about buying 3 or 4 Hikvision cameras and a switch with PoE, dedicated for the cameras. I already have a Synology 212+ Nas and a home security system. I would like to arm the cameras when the the home security system is armed. That is, when we are at home and the security system is disarmed, the cameras should not take any pictures. Using the camera configuration where one configure time schedule for recording does not work very well in our case. So, I was thinking about controlling the power for the switch via the home security system. When we arm the security system the power is on for the switch (and the cameras via PoE). And when we disarm the power is cut to the switch. Recording should be done to the NAS either via built in NVR capabilities or via Surveillance system. Do anyone see any problems with this solution? What happens when you cut the power to the cameras and then apply it again?

Thanks

zayn
zayn
2 years 7 months ago

thanks, i have as follows in storage on camera1

IP address /volume1/CAM1/C1

even with one camera i still see HD listed as 0.00 after save and reboot. It is not being recognized

Zayn
Zayn
2 years 7 months ago

Hi All,
I have recently got the synology DS213J and 2x DS-2CD2032 6mm. I can’t seem to get the camera’s to see the NFS share?

I created one volume and 2 share’s , enabled NFS. Added the IP address and mount location in storage on camera yet still disk is shown as 0 ?

Any ideas please i am lost..

Thank you

Carl
Carl
2 years 8 months ago

Well, once the new interface appeared, I was not able to view or record the video, so I went back to the old firmware. The patch instructions weren’t detailed enough for someone with limited server experience. I will wait until they get the bugs out of it.

Still though, the percentages for still images and video need to both add to 100%, and the disk space can’t be modified. The only way I can think of managing disk space is to trick the camera into deleting video by setting the video percent low and the still image percent high, as I don’t save many still images. In theory, it seems it would force the video to delete sooner because it thinks it needs all that space for the stills. I am trying to manage disk space with 5 cameras. I have different directories on my NAS, but not different partitions. Thus, each camera thinks it has the remaining disk space all to itself.

I know, camera don’t think… 🙂

Carl
Carl
2 years 8 months ago

Thank you thank you thank you. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that. Bingo!!!

Carl
Carl
2 years 8 months ago

The camera works fine with the 5.1 firmware, right from the start. It’s the additional options that are not showing up. I thought the patch fixed the disk allocation problem. But what about the additional options that are supposed to appear for 5.1? I wonder why they are not showing. The interface looks identical to the 5.0 interface.

Carl

Carl
Carl
2 years 8 months ago

Well, I could not wait and ended up upgrading one of the cams to 5.1. Everything is still working as it was, but there doesn’t seem to be the new options, which is odd.

It now states that the firmware version is: V5.1.0 build 131202
And the encoding version is: V5.0 build 131128

I don’t get it.

Carl

Carl
Carl
2 years 8 months ago

Thank you. That’s why I could not see it. Is there any reason at all, not to upgrade to the 5.1 firmware? If not, I will go right ahead and do it!

Thanks,

Carl

Carl
Carl
2 years 8 months ago

I would sure like to know where I can set the % limit on the camera, to delete old files. Last time, once the NAS filled up, I went and manually deleted the folders on the NAS and reformatted each camera. What a pain. I have not figured out how to have the camera automatically delete files.

Thanks,

Carl

John
John
2 years 9 months ago

I purhased a Synology DS214 for my Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I camera.
I updated the firmware in the camera. I set up a share volume. But I cannot get the Hickvision configuration for the Synology NAS to work. After setting up the info in the NAS tab, when I go to the Storage Management tab the HDD is shown as “Offline” and cannot be selected for formatting.
Any ideas about this?
Thanks.
John

Carl
2 years 10 months ago

I used schedule 40 PVC and painted it to match the house. The sun never hits the side of the house where I ran the PVC so it should last a long time. If it’s in direct sun, there is a special type you can get so it will hold up.

And as mentioned, there is also metal conduit that will work.

Ipcam User
Ipcam User
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks, i guess i’ll have to stop by the hardware stores and see what i can use.

Ipcam User
Ipcam User
2 years 10 months ago

Anyone have any tricks on hiding outdoor network wires?

Adrian
Adrian
2 years 10 months ago

It is possible to record a day from 9-16:00 and from 16:01-8:59 schedule motion detection recording?

Vinny
Vinny
2 years 10 months ago

This works now with v5.1 software using a Bufallo Linkstation. The trick is you need to delete all files from the NAS before you go through the procedure for “formatting” the NAS. Also use the “share” folder directly off the root. I can record continuously or just on motion to the NAS. After setting this up it is easy to then allow other cameras to store to the same NAS (for example Vivotek or Trendnet). I would like to record continuously but also get an alert on the timeline when motion occurs but so far I don’t see how this can be done. Is it possible to record contnuously but also have an indicator show where motion activations have occurred? I do this with Blue Iris.

Poppapete
Poppapete
2 years 10 months ago

I have had the 2CD2032-i for a week and have used Blue Iris and the web software. If I am correct with the supplied software you cannot record to the local computer when triggered by motion. It has to record to a NAS. Can I create a NAS on my desktop?

Mario
Mario
2 years 10 months ago

I look forward to reading your review.

Mario
Mario
2 years 10 months ago

I found the camera on Hikvision website http://www.hikvision.com/en/Press-Release-details.asp?id=2505.

Mario
Mario
2 years 10 months ago

This is the correct model “DS-2CD2432F-I (W)”, link on Youtube http://youtu.be/TH2tLzwslCc

Thanks,

Mario
Mario
2 years 10 months ago

Does the Hikvision IP cameras “HFIPC-2342F-IW” and “HFIPC-2352F-IWS” support continually recording to the SD card or to a NFS? I am interested in these models for my home. I used a Thecus N4200eco NAS for storage. Thanks

Kendall
Kendall
2 years 10 months ago
So what is weird, the camera software gave me the error that it failed to initialize. But if I look on my 2TB NAS, it is still creating files… I have 20 datadir folders for my 2TB NAS, I only have 5 datadir folders for my 500GB NAS. After it completes the 20 datadir folders on my 2TB NAS, it still wont say normal… So I really think its something to do with the disk size and their software. I have 3 seperate NAS devices. Two are 2TB NAS devices, and one is 500GB. Only the 500GB NAS seems to work. Pretty lame considering I bought a high end NAS with Raid5 capability only to find out it will work with 500Gb or less drives. I also am using Gigabit switches with Cat6, so I know its not a networking issue. I am pretty sure its a time out issue with the software and the NAS. If It doesn’t complete in a specific time frame then it just shows as uninitialized. I think Hikivision needs to make that timeout longer for bigger drives. *Edit* I just emailed Hikvision and hope they pass this info along to the right team. ————————————————————————————————-… Read more »
Kendall
Kendall
2 years 10 months ago

I am using 5.1 on my swan 820 hikivsion cameras and NFS no longer works but CIFS does…. So seems they fix one thing and break another. It works fine copying clips to a laptop I have setup.

Ipcam user
Ipcam user
2 years 10 months ago

Hi There,

I just bought the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I and have v5.1 loaded on it.

I attached a usb drive to my router(trendnet 812dru).The camera online page was able recognize and format the drive with no problem. I tried take snapshots for a little while which work fine meaning it stores the images to the drive.

The issue is recording videos, I set the recording schedule as continuous and even tried motion detection but it shows space on the drive being used up but no recorded files can be found in playback nor going into the drive.

My question is did you have to do anything special with your synolgy drive and which model did you get?

Thanks

matter
matter
2 years 10 months ago

Hi,

was anyone able to make it work with DLINK DNS-320 ?

Thanks!

matter
matter
2 years 10 months ago

Hi,

I have the hikvision DS-2CD2012-I and I’m trying to make it work with DLINK NAS-320, it has Network shares (NFS) setup but I cannot make the disk visible as online. I tried all kind of options but no luck.

Was anyone able to make it to work?

Thanks!

handyman
handyman
2 years 6 months ago

Did you get your DLINK NAS 320 to work?

Strat
Strat
2 years 11 months ago

I picked up a 2-pack of Swann SWNHD-820CAM’s from Costco for $349.99 recently. They have firmware V5.0.0 130813 and a manufacture date of October 2013. I’ve only set up one of the cameras, so far.

Picture quality is good. Night vision is good. Build quality is good. Value is excellent.

I run a dedicated PC as an NVR and live streaming server but, for now, have another Windows machine running NFS to record from the 820CAM. First, thank you for the write up and all of these comments – it made configuring Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Camera a task, not an odyssey. After the network share was full, new recordings overwrote the old.

I have a few questions:
1. Has anyone used the Hikvision iVMS-4200 software with the Swann cameras? Are they recognized?
2. Is updating the firmware to Hikvision V5.1.0 build 131202 as simple as using the web interface?
3. Can I revert to the Swann firmware easily?
4. Where can I get the Swann firmware? I’ve looked at the Swann site but, well, it stinks.
5. What VBR/CBR are people using? The default was 4096 kb/s, 5120 works ok, and 8192 causes stuttering problems in recorded video for me.

Thanks again for the reviews.

Strat
Strat
2 years 11 months ago

Yes, you’re right. I just like fixing things that aren’t broken :). The changelog from the Hikvision Europe site for the latest firmware is enticing.

I re-skimmed your review of the SWNHD-820CAM and noticed that you used iVMS from Hikvision to fiddle with the camera. That’s enough of an incentive. I’ve downloaded it and will try getting things running as time permits.

DirkDaring
DirkDaring
2 years 11 months ago

With the latest firmware it can now connect to NAS via CIFS. I have gotten the camera to successfully connect and record to a Western Digital 2TB MyCloud drive.

KIa
KIa
2 years 11 months ago

Hi,thanks for your good reviews of 2032ip camera of hik,I have 7608 SE/P NVR of hikvision and two 2032 bullet camera,I want to add planet HM 127Box IP camera to my NVR but it doesnot match ,but planet nvr match to 2032,how I can match my NVR to my 127ipcamera? Thanks,with best regards kia

Carl
Carl
3 years 7 days ago

I have three cameras now. They are model DS-2CD2032-I.

Carl
Carl
3 years 8 days ago

I had posted that I could not play the downloaded mp4 video files in my Windows 7 players, from the Hikvision cameras. The video did play in the VLC media player but I could not convert the video file to be able to play them in my Windows players. Then, I stumbled upon a player that can be downloaded from the Hikvision site and it has a built in function to convert the mp4 file to avi. I did that and now the avi file will play in my windows media player. Now I can do whatever I want with the video files. Success!

Here is a link to the Hikvision player. http://www.hikvision.com/en/download_more.asp?id=1250

Bob
Bob
3 years 7 days ago

Carl, which two HikVision cameras are you using with your DS212j?

Vinny
Vinny
3 years 12 days ago

Anyone found a way to have the Hikvision DS-2CD2032 save files to a Buffalo Linkstation NAS. Are there any workarounds that are possible like formatting the NAS to NFS or maybe a FW update in the works to support CIFS/SMB NAS storage? Hikvision would sell a ton of units with a FW update to support this. I love the high resolution and clear images provided by this camera but it is not useful to me if it cannot utilize my existing NAS infrastructure.

Kendall
Kendall
3 years 15 days ago

I am using a N4100 Pro NAS and it works just fine. I have two of the hikivsion cameras hooked up. The cameras support NFS3, but not NFS4.

You can also use a program on your windows PC and use it as a NAS storage device. Please refer to my posts a few back.

Nelson
Nelson
3 years 16 days ago

I purchased the swann HD820 cameras and a poe. I was able to get it to work several ways…via the browser, blue iris and HIKvision’s client software. I haven’t gotten a NAS drive yet. Depending on the setup I have some questions.

Using the browser doesn’t have the ability to record automatically.

Using Blue Iris I need to leave the PC on (Not preferred). This way doesn’t require NFS NAS but I still need to have the PC on to record.

Does anyone know a way of recording without the PC being on all the time? I might as well get a standalone system from Swann or similar company. It appealed to me because there was no port forwarding and that the camera, poe and NAS were the only parts that needed to be powered all them time. I guess the PC is the brain like the standalone NVR and needs to be on.

Mateusz Sieradzki
3 years 21 days ago

I cant find firmware on hikvision site, any linki please ??

Regards
Mateusz Sieradzki

Mateusz Sieradzki
3 years 21 days ago

Hi

I found solution for all questions of NAS problem 🙂 i think.
No matter on what NAS box there is almost always linux inside.
My NFS linux config look like this (works well):


/home/pub/cam1 *(rw,async,no_wdelay,no_root_squash,crossmnt,insecure,anonuid=0,anongid=0)

many options, but i think “rw,no_root_squash” is required.
Second important think is filesystem of exported directory/device.
vfat work well, ext3 doesn’t work.
I cant confirm info about BIG5 encoding. My mount output:

/dev/sdb1 on /home/pub/cam1 type vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437,iocharset=utf8,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)

Nothing about BIG5.
Device i have used to test DS-2CD2012-I fw. ver. V4.0.9 130106

Regards
Mateusz Sieradzki

diy
3 years 17 days ago

You might not want to “no_root_squash”….security wise, I mean.

moha
moha
3 years 26 days ago

Are you able to set quotas limits for how much each camera can record individually?

Thanks

Carl
Carl
3 years 26 days ago

Well, I received my Synology DS212j NAS today and didn’t have much trouble getting my Hikvision cameras to record to it when they see motion. I did have to create two separate directories (on the same volume) for them to write to.

I have not been able to get the FTP function to work though. The camera software doesn’t have any fine settings for FTP (that I see). I wonder if anyone has had success getting it to FTP snapshots to a server, based on an alarm trigger?

Dex
Dex
3 years 12 days ago
Hello, Sorry for my poor english and don’t know if you have still the issue but I’ve been able to FTP to my synology. The thing is that when you connect to Synology FTP you are not redirected to a default directory. Just do a try, use filezilla to connect to your synology and you will see that you have a list of directories where you can go but as you log in you are not in a writeable directoy. The Hikvision FTP client doesn’t allow you to perform a “cd” (change directory) to the directory that you want. I’ve not tried to play with parent/child thing on the camera, there may be as well a solution here (but if you have severals cameras you may have to create several shares). What I’ve done is (on the 107+ DSM 3.1, not checked in 4.x but it should be the same): – Create a specific user/pwd for cameras – Activate the home directory on the synology (in the user panel). This create on the Nas a root folders named Homes and as many sub folders that you have users (log in admin to see the structure). When you log as user… Read more »
Carl
Carl
3 years 12 days ago

David,

I was referring to the FTP function of the Hikvision camera, where you can FTP images from the camera to a server, automatically. My server requires a secure FTP connection and the camera software just gives you a basic FTP function, so the FTP fails. I have not been able to find a work around, but I would still like to.

When I save a video capture to my local hard drive (Win 7 PC) from the camera’s Playback function, it will not play in any of my video software. That is another issue I need to resolve. It’s probably because the mp4 video file is saved in a slightly different format than what Windows based software can read. Not sure.

Thanks,

Carl

Bob
Bob
3 years 19 days ago

Are you able to record 3MP with the DS212j or just 1080?

Kendall
Kendall
3 years 28 days ago

Great info. When you get time can you post an update? I found a way to run NFS on windows and save to the camera. It’s a free version of software as long as you register. It’s called hanewin NFS and can be found here.

http://www.hanewin.net/nfs-e.htm

I have two cameras saving to my windows machine as a backup method. I then use windows backup to save the folders that the cameras are saving their data to, on a NAS. This is much simpler and easier for folks who don’t understand NFS vs CIFS etc.

It works great and is super simple.