16  Using the Main Menu

    To open the main menu:
  • From the Live View display, right-click to open the Quick Menu, then click Main Menu.
  • From the Live View display, hover the mouse near the bottom of the screen, then click icon on the Navigation Bar.

16.1  Main Menu Overview


16.2  Camera Menu

The Camera Menu allows you to manage IP cameras, set recording parameters, and assign custom titles for your cameras.

16.2.1  Viewing Camera Status

View the connection and alarm status for all connected cameras.

16.2.2  Camera Firmware Versions

View firmware versions for connected cameras.

16.2.3  Upgrading Camera Firmware

You can update the firmware for connected IP cameras through the NVR. Firmware upgrades provide enhanced functionality for the cameras. Typically, a camera firmware upgrade will not be necessary unless directed to do so by technical support.

16.2.4  PoE Manager

View the status of IP cameras connected to the recorder, including video transmission speed and power drawn through PoE.

16.2.5  Configuring Snapshot Recording Settings

The system can be set to record snapshot images when a camera detects motion. These snapshots can be viewed through the Playback menu or can be attached to email alerts and push notifications. Use the following procedure to set the snapshot parameters for each camera.

16.2.6  Configuring Video Overlay Settings

The Overlay tab allows you to configure the text and information that appears overtop of the camera image, such as time and channel display.

16.2.7  Creating Custom Channel Names

You can assign custom names to your cameras. For example, you can name your cameras based on their location (e.g. hallway or front door).

16.3  Information Menu

View system information related to storage, network status, system warnings, and more.

16.3.1  Hard Drive Information

View information related to the hard drives installed in the system, including capacity, status, and type.

16.3.2  Recording Information

View start and end times of recordings saved on the hard drive.

16.3.3  Fan and CPU Status

Configure fan speed setting and monitor system health.

16.3.4  Version Information

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

16.3.5  Event Information

View a summary of active system alarms. Activated alarms are highlighted in white. Additional info such as channels that are currently detecting motion is shown.
    The following alarms are shown in the Alarm Status menu:
  • No HDD: No hard drive is detected.
  • HDD Error: Hard drive error detected.
  • Disk Full: Hard drive is full.
  • IP Conflict: More than one device on the network is using the same IP address.
  • Net Disconnect: System is not connected to the network.
  • MAC Conflict: More than one device on the network is using the same MAC address.
  • Video Loss: Shows disconnected channels.
  • Motion Detect: Shows channels with active motion alarms.

16.3.6  Online Users

View all users connected to the system using computers or mobile devices.

16.3.7  Network Load

View network traffic your system is sending and receiving.

16.3.8  Network Test

Test if your system can connect to other devices over the LAN or Internet. You can enter the IP address of a device and click Test to determine if your system can connect to it.

16.3.9  BPS

Shows bitrates of connected cameras. The bitrate is the amount of data the camera is sending to the system.

16.3.10  System Log

Search for system logs in a certain time range.

16.4  Settings Menu

Configure general system settings, recording schedule, motion settings, and more.

16.4.1  Selecting DHCP or Static IP Address (TCP/IP)

Configure IP address settings.
To configure IP address settings:

16.4.2  Configuring System Ports (Connection)

Configure ports used by the system for remote connectivity. If you are using DDNS connectivity, port forwarding is required for the HTTP Port (default: 80) and TCP (Client) Port (default: 35000).
To configure system ports:

16.4.3  Configuring IP Filter

Configure permissions for external IP addresses attempting to access the unit.

16.4.4  Configuring Email Alerts

You can configure the system to send out email alerts for motion detection or other events.

16.4.5  FTP (Advanced)

Send recordings and/or snapshots to an FTP server.

16.4.6  Configuring Switch Settings (Advanced)

Configure the networking settings for the internal PoE switch.

16.4.7  P2P Setting

The P2P Setting menu is used only to enable / disable remote access to the system using a P2P connection.

16.4.8  Configuring Video Loss Settings

Configure video loss settings and how the system reacts to a video loss event. Video loss means that video from one or more cameras was interrupted or disabled. It could be caused by a number of factors, such as a loose or damaged connection, loss of power to a camera, or a blocked camera lens.

16.4.9  Configuring Hard Drive Warnings

Hard drive warnings will notify you if an issue is detected with the hard drive.

16.4.10  Configuring Network Warnings

Network warnings will notify you if there your system loses connection to the Internet or local network or if there is an issue on your network.

16.4.12  Configuring Alarm Input Devices

You can connect alarm input devices such as motion sensors (not included) or glass break detectors (not included) to the system. The system can be set to trigger recording or take other actions when these devices are activated.
To connect alarm devices:
  • Connect the included green alarm blocks to the back panel of the recorder.
  • Connect your alarm device according to the supplied documentation.
To configure alarm input devices (not included):

16.4.13  Controlling Alarm Output Devices

You can connect alarm output devices (not included), such as sirens or strobe lights, to the system. The Alarm Output menu allows you to enable or disable alarm output devices and manually an activated device.
To connect alarm devices:
  • Connect the included green alarm blocks to the back panel of the recorder.
  • Connect your alarm device according to the supplied documentation.
    To control alarm output devices:
  • To enable alarm output devices, select Auto or Manual for each device you would like to enable. Select Stop to disable the alarm output device. Click Apply to save changes.
  • To manually disable activated alarm devices, click OK next to Alarm Release.

16.4.14  Configuring Pre-Recording

The system can pre-record video when motion detection events occur. This will ensure that the system records the entire event when motion is detected. By default, the system pre-records 4 seconds of video every time motion is detected.

16.4.15  Formatting the Hard Drive

Format the hard drive to erase all saved data. If you install a new hard drive, you must format the hard drive using the procedure below before you will be able to record.

16.4.16  Configuring Hard Drive Type

The system supports the following hard drive types:
To set the hard drive type:

16.4.17  Setting up Hard Drive Mirroring (Advanced)

A mirror hard drive can be used to automatically backup video footage recorded to the recording (read/write) hard drive. When a mirroring hard drive is installed, the system can be set to record cameras in parallel to both the recording hard drive and the mirror hard drive. This way, the footage is automatically backed up if the recording hard drive fails.
How hard drive mirroring works:

16.4.18  Configuring Hard Drive Groups (Advanced)

Hard drive groups allow you to balance recordings across multiple hard drives. For example, you can record channels 1~4 to one hard drive and 4~8 to a second hard drive. This can reduce the amount of wear on the hard drives and may extend the life of the hard drives.

16.4.19  Configuring Holidays

You can set certain days as holidays. Holidays have a special recording schedule.

16.4.20  Configuring General System Settings

Configure miscellaneous system settings.

16.4.21  Setting the Monitor Resolution (Display)

Configure the system’s monitor resolution and other display settings.

16.4.22  Configuring Sequence Mode

Sequence mode cycles through connected channels to give you an overview of what is happening on all cameras. You can customize the order that channels appear in Sequence mode, as well as configure which viewing modes should be used.

16.4.23  Saving Your System Configuration to a USB Thumb Drive

The system allows you to save your current system configuration to a USB thumb drive (not included). This is useful if you want to backup your current settings.

16.4.24  Restore Default Settings

Restore the system to its default settings.

16.4.25  Upgrading Firmware Manually

The primary method for upgrading system firmware is automatically over the Internet. The system also supports firmware upgrades from a USB thumb drive (not included).
  • Save the .bin firmware file for your unit onto a USB flash drive (not included), and connect the drive to one of the system’s free USB ports.

16.4.26  Automatic Firmware Upgrades

Firmware upgrades provide enhanced functionality. The system will automatically check for firmware upgrades if it is connected to the Internet.

16.5  Shutdown

Shut down, restart, or log out of the system.