13  Using the Main Menu

Use the Main Menu to access the full feature set of the recorder.
To open the Main Menu:

13.1  Main Menu Overview


13.1.1  Copying Channel Settings to Another Channel

Many parts of the recorder menu allow you to customize settings for only one channel at a time. In these cases, you can use the Copy function to copy your settings for one channel to others or all channels of the recorder.
To copy channel settings to another channel:

13.2  Settings Menu

Configure options for display, recording parameters, network settings, and preferences for snapshots and motion detection.

13.2.1  Changing a Camera’s On-Screen Display (OSD)

By default, the channel name, date and time are shown overtop of your video recordings.
To change a camera’s OSD:

13.2.2  Enabling / Disabling Cameras

Enable or disable wire-free cameras.
To enable / disable cameras:

13.2.3  Camera Firmware

In order to troubleshoot certain issues, technical support may ask you for the firmware version of your Wire-Free cameras. Use the procedure below to determine the current version.
To check camera firmware:

13.2.4  Recording Time for Motion Detection

When a Wire-Free camera detects motion, the camera will stream live video and record for a set period of time before returning to standby mode. You can choose how long each camera records for when motion is detected.
To configure recording time:

13.2.5  Changing the Display Resolution

To optimize display, you can change the output resolution of your recorder to match the maximum supported resolution of your monitor.
To change the recorder’s output resolution:

13.2.6  Menu Transparency

You can set a custom transparency level for the on-screen menus and the taskbar.
To adjust menu transparency:

13.2.7  Configuring Manual Recording

The system will automatically record video when motion is detected by a camera. You can also use manual recording to record a video file with a custom start and stop time. By default, manual recording is enabled on all channels.
To enable / disable manual recording:

13.2.8  Changing Recording Resolution

The Wire-Free cameras are capable of recording at 720p (1280×720) or 1080p (1920×1080) video resolution.
To change recording resolution:

13.2.9  Configuring Basic Network Settings

The basic network menu allows you to change port numbers if needed and configure the network protocol type (DHCP or static).
To configure basic network settings:

13.2.10  Setting up Email Notifications

You can configure the system to send email notifications about important activity from your security system. To have the option of using Lorex’s free email server (recommended) or using a different one.  Email Notifications — Using the Lorex server (recommended)  Email Notifications — Using your own server information

13.2.11  Setting an Email Schedule

The email schedule determines the time periods that the system will send out email notifications. You can set separate schedules for motion events and system warnings per channel.
To set an email schedule:

13.2.12  Configuring DDNS Settings

The primary connectivity option for this recorder uses to connect to your system over the Internet without requiring port forwarding or DDNS registration.
Lorex DDNS is available as an optional connectivity option. See 17 DDNS Setup (Advanced) for details.
To configure DDNS settings:

13.2.13  Configuring Motion Detection Settings

When one of your cameras detects motion, you have the option of having an alarm sound, or receiving notification via email.
To configure motion detection:

13.3  System Menu

Change general system information such as date, time and region, edit passwords and permissions, and more.

13.3.1  Changing the Date and Time

If you need to change the date and time after completing the setup wizard, follow the steps below.
To change the recorder’s date and time:

13.3.2  Changing On-Screen Language

Change the language of on-screen text for the recorder.
To change language:

13.3.3  Changing Video Output — NTSC and PAL

Manually switch between NTSC and PAL video output.
To change the video output:

13.3.4  Configuring Menu Time-out Option

By default, system menus are set to time-out after a set time period, taking you back to the main menu if there is no activity.
To configure or disable menu time-out:

13.3.5  Configuring Daylight Savings Time (DST)

Customize settings for Daylight Savings Time (DST) based on your region or preference.
To configure Daylight Savings Time:

13.3.6  Configuring NTP

Network Time Protocol (NTP) allows the recorder to sync with an NTP time server to ensure that system time is always accurate.
  • The recorder must be connected to a router or switch on your network using the included Ethernet cable. A constant connection to the Internet is required to use NTP.
To configure NTP:

13.3.7  View System Information

View system information such as device ID, IP address, MAC address, model number, firmware version and more.

13.3.8  Logs — Searching and Backing Up

The system log shows you important system events, such as motion alarms and system warnings. You can easily create a backup file of the system log for a set time period to a USB flash drive (not included).
  • To back up system log events, you must connect a USB flash drive to one of the recorder’s USB ports.
To search and back up the system log:

13.4  Advanced Menu

Perform firmware upgrades, manage system events and warnings, load default settings, and save/load current system settings.

13.4.1  Manual Firmware Upgrade

The system supports automatic firmware upgrades over the network to ensure your unit is always up-to-date. It is recommended to always use automatic upgrade unless directed to perform a manual upgrade by technical support.
  • Save the .bin firmware upgrade file in the root folder of a USB flash drive (not included), and connect the drive to one of the USB ports on your recorder.
To manually upgrade the recorder’s firmware:

13.4.2  Restoring Default Settings

Reset the recorder settings to their out-of-box state. You can choose to reset all settings at once, or just settings on specific menus. Restoring default settings will not delete recordings and snapshots saved to the hard drive.
To restore default settings:

13.4.3  Exporting System Settings

You can export the main menu settings you have configured to a USB flash drive (not included). Exporting system settings lets you to quickly apply your settings to another recorder.
  • You must connect a USB flash drive to one of the recorder’s USB ports..
To export system settings:

13.4.4  Importing System Settings

Once you have created a system settings export (see 13.4.3 Exporting System Settings for details), you can import the settings on another recorder.
  • You must connect a USB flash drive to one of the recorder’s USB ports.
  • The connected USB flash drive must have a system settings file saved on it. See 13.4.3 Exporting System Settings for full instructions on saving settings to a USB flash drive.
To import system settings:

13.4.5  Configuring System Warning Settings

Set preferences for system warnings including video loss, hard drive errors, and warnings when the hard drive is full.
To configure system warning settings: