How To Connect Your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) To The Internet

How To Connect Your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) To The Internet

one of the first things that people want to know about when they get a new DVR for their home security system is how to hook it up to the internet so that they can actually view all the cameras remotely coolest thing about this feature is that you can be anywhere in the world really as long as you have some sort of connection to the internet or even through a cell phone plan you can hook up to your DVR remotely and view all of your cameras so you can see what's going on at your home or your business a few of the things that are lying here on the floor pretty much everything you need to get started in setting it up the only two things that I'm not showing here are the monitor you need some sort of TV or monitor to hook the DVR to so you can change all its settings and you need a modem and a router that's connected to the Internet now I'm going to assume that you already have an internet connection with a computer attached therein at your home or your business so the next things that you're going to need as far as the equipment goes is you're going to need the DVR this one is actually one from security camera King comm their DVRs are really cool because there's a lot of awesome features when when it comes to connecting to it remotely so other than the DVR you know you're going to need your power supply that's a definite for obviously for the DVR and then you're going to need a camera for testing or if you already have your cameras this is just an old camera I use for testing you're going to need a cat5 cable or cat6 some sort of internet cable so you can connect the DVR to your router a mouse um these DVRs usually come with the mouse I just happen to have a wire wireless one that I can connect with the usb on to the DVR itself then I you can choose between an HDMI cable or a VGA cable for these DVRs they actually have different ports on the back so some of the ports back here VGA HDMI and then they even have a video out that's composite if you have a BNC monitor that you can connect to or if you have a doctor that can convert BNC to composite the other thing is the power supply for the camera so this one happens to be a 12 volt 0.5 amp all I really need for this camera here to be able to power it on I also have a plug-and-play cable here and a plug-and-play cable is cool because it's got you know two different ends and each end of the cable has a BNC for the video and then there's a male connector for the power and then there's a female connector for the power and that's pretty much everything you need to get started as far as hooking it up to the Internet now I'll show you the steps of where all these wires get connected to each other make it really easy for you to understand this as you can see here I have a small vizio monitor that I'm going to be using to put all the settings on the DVR then I've got my router here which is a Cisco router and I've got my modem which is connected to the Internet and already attached and configured onto my router so once you've verified that you already have internet connection you can connect it you know to your computer to test it out and you see that you do have an internet connection then the next thing you can do is start hooking up all of your hardware cool thing about this monitor here is there's a bunch of connectors in the back for how you want to connect the DVR so I have the option to use where it says RGB PC that's actually the VGA connector I've got a composite connector set of connectors there that I can use if I wanted to and then I've got HDMI one and two so what I'm going to use is the HDMI cable it gives me the best quality of video so I'm just going to go ahead and use that one since I have access to it but it's not necessarily what you have to whichever one you connected to with your DVR it's going to work as long as you have that input selected on the television you're using you can also use a computer monitor because they have this VGA this VGA cable here that you can use I've got my HDMI wire here this is the HDMI cable I'm going to go ahead just plug it in first input then I've already got my power connected over to the monitor turn it on make sure it's all good when it comes on and then select and select the input make sure it's on HDMI one and I've got my PVR here I'm going to go ahead and set it down here and connect my HDMI cable to the input in the back or should say the output of the DVR then I'm going to go ahead and plug in my power supply for the DVR all right now I've got the power supply connected here to the DVR I'm going to go ahead and plug in my mouse that I have here my USB mouse onto the USB port using my plug-and-play cables I'm going to go ahead and plug in to the first video input of the DVR so this power and here I'm going to go ahead and plug into the power supply for the camera the end that goes on the DVR side is going to be the male end of the power connector just so you know the male ends a lot of people confuse these for female ends but they actually have a pin on the inside here which you can kind of see and that pin makes that a male these are actually the female connectors even though it is a pin here this pin goes inside so this one's considered the female end then you're left with the other ends of the plug-and-play cable which will plug into the camera we got my testing camera here I'm going to go ahead and plug this in and then I also have to plug in the internet cable so that we can get a connection to it to be able to start modifying the settings and connecting it to the internet so this is a cat5 and we're going to connect this to the back of the router so on the back of our router here we have this port here that's got the yellow sticker on it says internet that's what's coming in from our modem for our internet signal and then this router has an extra four ports on the back here and these are going to be for any hardware that we're going to connect to give it the internet connection so I'm going to go ahead and plug in the DVRs network cable into any one of these ports will be fine and I'm going to make sure my computer and everything else is plugged back into the router now that I have everything connected here I can go ahead and power on the DVR and I can see here that it's booting up because the lights are blinking I can see it on the reflection here of the monitor I can see that the lights on and then my cameras on so there we go we have video now when I first powered on the DVR here I get a couple of messages on the screen one of the messages here on the screen at the moment are that there's a no available HDD for recording that means that the DVR currently does not have a hard drive in it I don't have one in here yet but I'll go ahead and install one after I have everything set up so I'm just going to go ahead and hit OK to exit out of this message window the next window that's here is a startup wizard I'm not going to go through the wizard I'm just going to go ahead and manually put in all the settings so now if I go ahead and right-click on the window here I'm going to get a menu system a little menu so on this menu I can select main menu and there's a login that I have to put in in order to start changing all the settings now all the DVRs are going to be different so find out what the admin password is for your DVR if you're using this type of DVR from security camera King the default admin admin so we'll go ahead and put that in here now I'm in the main menu and in this main menu you have options that you can change and if you go ahead and click on settings you'll see that there's a network setting here that you can configure so when you go in here um you'll have the ability to change the IP address the Matt subnet mask gateway TCP ports all that information there that's going to help you get connected to the Internet so the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to make sure that this IP address is a unique IP address for the DVR my network if you put the same IP address as another device on your network it's not going to work it's going to tell you that that IP address is invalid so I'm checking here and this IP address I'm going to go ahead and put it at 110 so this device the DVR is going to be 110 then subnet mask I'm going to leave as 255 255 255 and 0 the Gateway is going to be the IP address of your router and mine happens to be I'm going to leave it that way that's the default there TCP and UDP port those are usually the port's that you can connect remotely with on like a cell phone or tablet device I'm going to go ahead and leave that TCP port as three seven seven seven seven so four sevens and then I'm going to leave it at three seven seven eight for the UDP port HTTP port um there's a lot of service providers that don't allow the use of port 80 I'm going to go ahead and change mine to port 88 that's the default one that I'm going to use and then the RSVP port I'll leave as five five for Mac's connections that's how many connections to the DVR at one time that you're going to leave it capable of doing so I'm gonna leave it at ten that's going to be that's going to say that 10 up to ten people can log in to the DVR at the same time then you've got the preferred DNS and the alternate DNS which I'm going to go ahead and just use Google's DNS servers addresses Nets for the preferred and then the alternate is everything else I'm just going to leave it as is these are the most important settings here to go ahead and get started with assigning a static IP address to your DVR itself now it's saying are you sure you want to apply these settings that's going to go ahead and restart system after it I'm going to hit OK as you can see it booted up just fine and again it's telling me that there's no harddrive available for recording and I'm going to exit out of that and take this checkbox off of the startup wizard because I don't want it to pop up every single time I boot up the DVR the next thing you're going to want to do is port forward your router this is going to be necessary in order to connect to your DVR from a remote location if you were to just type your external IP address into the browser your router is just not going to know which device you're trying to connect to so there could be multiple computers on this network there could be multiple devices and you need to tell your router which one is specifically connect to by assigning some sort of map to all of the ports that you have configured so the first thing you're going to want to do is log into your router so that you can change these settings and most of the routers are going to have a default IP address of I'm going to go ahead and just put that in the URL bar and search for it and it will take me to the login for my router so I'll go ahead and put in my password most routers are defaulted to admin admin some are even defaulted to admin password but you'll have to check with your manual or search online for that information if you don't know what it is for your specific router now the management part of the router is going to look different depending on which router you have if you have the same one that I do then you would go to the Security section and there's actually an absent gaming icon there or tab and under that tab is where you're going to find the single port forwarding or port range forwarding that's where this is where you're going to add it most of the time in routers it's going to be apps in gaming what the tabs going to be called so look for something that either says that or single port forwarding that's where you're going to go ahead and add these ports that you want to forward to so I'm going to go ahead and add a new one and I'm going to call this I'm just going to call it DVR one and this will be four eighty eight this is the port that we set up on the DVR to connect to and I'm going to put the IP address of my DVR which is 192.168 so I'll add a dot one and then over here I'll just add one ten and save it and I'm going to make sure enabled is selected too if you don't have enabled selected it's not going to port forward correctly protocol you can leave as both some DVRs will show you TCP and UDP just make sure it's both of them on there then now this is going to work for you to connect to your DVR externally but if you try to connect it using the software for your cell phone or your tablet it's not going to connect and the reason for this is because you have to add the other two ports that were in there that we set up so let me go in here and add that really quick the tcp port is what I'm going to add so I'm going to put DVR TCP and you can call this whatever you want that's just a description basically so you know what this is forwarding to so I'm going to go ahead and put in the three seven seven seven seven and same thing for the internal port three seven seven seven seven and leave this up both again and also put in the address to the DVR 1.1 ten at the end and then I also want to add in the DVR UDP port and that's going to be three seven seven seven eight same thing for the internal again three seven seven seven eight and the IP address of the DVR stays the same and I'm going to save both of these made sure that they're enabled and go ahead and hit apply and okay it and that's the only thing I'm going to really have to change here inside um in order to pour it forward this DVR I'm going to sign out of my router open up your browser make sure it's open and type in the address of your DVR and this is going to be the internal address that you set up statically so that's 10 and you're going to put : 88 which is the port number of the DVR that you're connecting to for the web service so this will take you to the login page if you've never been to the login page before this will actually ask you to download and install the web service which you'll go ahead and click allow down here at the bottom now if for some reason it's not allowing you to install it correctly you're going to have to make sure that the settings on your internet explorer is set up to allow it so what you're going to want to do is go to tools internet options then security custom level and then scroll down to the area where you see download unsigned ActiveX controls and make sure this is selected to prompt by default it's usually selected to disabled and what will happen is you'll you'll see that it's trying to install the web service but it won't actually allow you to install it until you make it prompt then when you go back and restart this page reload it it'll actually show you a button that says install that's where you're going to install the web service you're going to wait about a minute or two for it to do the full installation and it'll open up to this page with the web service now for this DVR that I'm using it you can actually type in admin admin because I haven't changed the username and password yet in there and then click on login and now you're inside the web service of the DVR and again you'll see there's no disc information here this is just letting you know that there's no hard drive installed in the actual DVR so I'm not going to worry about that just yet and you'll see up here and config this is where you're going to see all of your of your DVR pop-up and I'm going to go ahead and click on network and I'll see that these are all the settings that I set up manually on the DVR when we were setting it up at on the monitor so this is all going to stay the same but this is just to show you how to connect internally with the DVR so when you want to connect to your DVR externally you're going to have to find out the external IP address to this network that you're currently in because if you're out of state or out of the country or you're trying to connect to it with your cell phone and you're not on the network you're never going to be able to see the DVR with this address up here because this is just the internal IP address if you want to find out what your external IP address is you're just going to go over here to Google and you're going to type in what is my IP and that should bring up your IP address now you can take that IP address and use that to connect to the DVR from an external location but the problem is that if you do it from while you're inside the network it's not going to work so I can go ahead and take this IP address and put it in here and put : 88 at the end like you would with the internal IP address but it's never actually going to connect so what you want to do is go to a location where you're outside of the network and try to connect that way and as long as you're not in that same network that the DVR is on you can use that IP address and get in so here's an example all right now I'm on another computer that's outside of the network and I can go ahead and put in the IP address that's my external IP address of where my DVR is along with the colon 88 which is the port number that I'm going to be connecting to and it takes me right there to the DVR go ahead and type in my password login and everything works as planned I can go ahead and open up and I can see that it's showing me the camera that I have there for testing everything is good to go


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