14  Using the Main Menu

    To open the Main Menu:
  • Using the Mouse: Right-click and click Main Menu.

14.1  Camera

Open the Remote Device menu to manage IP cameras, set recording parameters, and assign custom titles for your cameras.

14.1.1  Remote Device

The Remote Device menus allow you to add cameras over the local area network (LAN), configure camera image settings, view camera status, and upgrade camera firmware.

14.1.2  Viewing Camera Status

The Camera Status menu allows you to view the connection and alarm status for all connected cameras.

14.1.3  Viewing Camera Firmware Versions

You can use the Firmware menu to view firmware versions for connected cameras.

14.1.4  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.

14.1.5  Recording

The Recording menu allows you to set recording parameters for your cameras, such as the resolution and frame rate.

14.1.6  Configuring Recording Quality

The system employs two video recording streams, a Main Stream and a Sub Stream. The Main Stream records high quality video to your system’s hard drive. The Sub Stream records lower resolution video for efficient streaming to devices over the Internet. You can customize the video quality settings for these streams according to your needs.

14.1.7  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 Search menu or can be attached to email alerts and push notifications. The Snapshot tab in the Recording menu controls the quality and recording parameters for each camera.

14.1.8  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.

14.1.9  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).

14.2  Info

Info contains menus that show you system information.

14.2.1  HDD Info

The HDD Info sub-menu shows information related to the hard drives installed in the system, including capacity, status, and type.
    To access the HDD Info menu:
  • From the Main Menu, click icon and then click Info>HDD Info.

14.2.2  Record Info

The Record Info menu shows the start and end times of recordings saved on the hard drive.
    To access the Record Info menu:
  • From the Main Menu, click icon and then select Info>Record Info.

14.2.3  Version

The Version sub-menu allows you to view information about the current firmware installed on the system.
    To access the Version menu:
  • From the Main Menu, click icon and then click Info>Version.

14.2.4  Event Info

The Event Info menu shows you a display of 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.
  • Disk 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 Conflict: 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.
  • Tampering: Camera tampering alarm has been triggered (e.g. someone has tampered with the camera)
  • Motion Detect: Shows channels with active motion alarms.
    To access the Event Info menu:
  • From the Main Menu, click icon and then select Event.

14.2.5  Online Users

The Online Users menu shows a list of users connected to the system using computers or mobile devices.
    To access Online Users:
  • From the Main Menu, click icon and then select Network.

14.2.6  Load

The Load menu shows you the network traffic your system is sending and receiving.
    To access Load:
  • From the Main Menu, click icon and then select Network>Load.

14.2.7  Test

The Test menu allows you to 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.
    To access Test:
  • From the Main Menu, click icon and then select Network>Test.

14.2.8  BPS

The BPS sub-menu shows the bitrates of connected cameras. The bitrate is the amount of data the camera is sending to the system.
    To access BPS:
  • From the Main Menu, click icon and then select BPS.

14.2.9  Log

The Log sub-menu allows you to search for system logs.

14.3  Setting

The Setting menu allows you to configure general system, schedule, network, recording, display, and motion settings. It also allows you to restore the system to factory defaults.

14.3.1  Network

The Network menu allows you to configure network parameters for your system.

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

The TCP/IP menu allows you to configure IP address settings.
To configure IP address settings:

14.3.3  Configuring System Ports (Connection)

The Connection menu allows you to configure ports used by the system.
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:

14.3.4  Configuring Email Alerts

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

14.3.5  Configuring Switch Settings (Advanced)

You can configure the networking settings for the internal PoE switch.

14.3.6  Event

The Event menu allows you to configure settings for motion detection, video loss, and system warnings.

14.3.7  Configuring Motion Detection

Motion Detection events allow the system to mark footage that has motion. This allows you to quickly locate relevant footage through Search. You can also configure system responses to motion detection events, such as activating the system buzzer or sending an email alert.
To configure Motion Detection events:

14.3.8  Configuring Video Loss Settings

Video Loss occurs if the system loses connection to one of the cameras.

14.3.9  Configuring Tampering Settings

Allows you to set up your camera to detect video tamper and trigger alerts.

14.3.10  Configuring Deterrence Settings (Deterrence cameras only)

Set preferences for automatic warning lights to trigger on compatible Lorex deterrence cameras. For a complete list of compatible deterrence cameras, see www.lorex.com .
To configure automatic deterrence:

14.3.11  Configuring Hard Drive Warnings

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

14.3.12  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.

14.3.13  Storage

The Storage menu allows you to configure the recording schedule and hard drives connected to the system.

14.3.14  Configuring the Video Recording Schedule

You can set a custom recording schedule according to your needs. For example, you can set the system to record continuously during business hours and record on motion detection only outside of business hours.
A custom recording schedule helps reduce the amount of hard drive space required, increasing the time your system can retain recordings.
To configure the video recording schedule:

14.3.15  Configuring Pre-Recording

The system can pre-record video when motion detection events occur.

14.3.16  Configuring the Snapshot Schedule

You can set a schedule for recording snapshots from the cameras.
To set up the snapshot schedule:

14.3.17  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.

14.3.18  Configuring Holidays

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

14.3.19  Formatting the Hard Drive

The HDD Manager menu allows you to format the hard drive. If you install a new hard drive, you must format the hard drive using the system before you will be able to record.

14.3.20  Configuring Hard Drive Type

The system supports the following hard drive types:
  • Read/Write: Normal recording hard drive.
  • Read only: The system can playback data from this hard drive, but it will not record to it.
  • Mirror: The hard drive will be used for mirror recording only. You must set up mirroring recording before this feature will work.
To set the hard drive type:

14.3.21  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:

14.3.23  Setting the Monitor Resolution (Display)

The Display menu allows you to configure the systems monitor resolution and other display settings.

14.3.24  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.

14.3.25  Setting the System to Factory Defaults

The Default menu allows you to reset the system to factory default settings.

14.3.26  Upgrading Firmware from USB

Firmware upgrades provide enhanced functionality. The system will automatically check for firmware upgrades if it is connected to the Internet. The system also supports firmware upgrades from a USB thumb drive (not included).

14.4  Shutdown

Use the Shutdown menu to shutdown, restart, or log out of the system.