How to add IP Camera to Camius DVR (Advanced Security XVR)

Camius Trivault DVR recorders are designed to support analog security cameras via coaxial wiring and IP cameras over the Network. To add an IP camera to Camius DVR, you’d need to add PoE cameras to your local Network. Then, connect a regular network or PoE switch to the LAN port of the Camius DVR. Based on the example of a Camius 16-channel DVR, the connecting diagram illustrates this process. This system allows users to quickly and seamlessly integrate analog and IP cameras, providing greater flexibility in security camera selection.

If you are not using a PoE (power-over-ethernet) switch or a PoE injector, you can power the IP camera by connecting a UL-listed 12VDC-2AMP power supply to the DC plug on the camera and an ethernet cable between the IP camera and the router or switch on your local network.

Camius poe camera Direct DC power

Camius TRIVAULT4K2168R Connection Diagram

Camius TRIVAULT4K184R, TRIVAULT4K184R2 Connection Diagram

Navigate to the DVR’s Menu >> System >> General >> Mode >> Set to XVR and Apply.

Wait 1 to 2 minutes for the surveillance DVR to reboot in a hybrid XVR mode. This switch will reset the Configuration and Password.

There are a few ways to add IP cameras to the DVR, and we will describe them below.

Navigate to the DVR’s Menu >> System >> General >> Mode >> Set to XVR and Apply.

Wait 1 to 2 minutes for the surveillance DVR to reboot in a hybrid XVR mode. This switch will reset the Configuration and Password.

There are a few ways to add IP cameras to the DVR, and we will describe them below.

Adding IP Cameras in the Start Wizard

While in the Start Wizard, navigate to the Network>> Date/Time >> IP Cameras.

Click the Search button to add compatible IP cameras on your local Network. Next, select the IP camera(s) you want to add, and then click the arrow icon to add them to the DVR, followed by the Next button.

Select the suitable Protocol from the dropdown (Private is for Camius IP cameras), enter the IP camera(s) credentials (User Name and Password), and click AddGreen status indicates a successful connection; grey status could show a password or network error.

Adding an IP camera while in the DVR's Setup Menu

If you add IP cameras to DVR’s menu, navigate to Channel >> IP Channels.

Select the IP camera you wish to add, click the ‘Add‘ tab or use a plus button.

The ‘Add IP camera‘ window will pop up with IP camera details.

  • In the Alias name, you can set the IP camera name as you’d like to see, e.g., you can change it to ‘Front Door,’ which will be reflected in the Camius View app and push notifications.
  • Select the Protocol of the IP camera from the dropdown menu (Private is used for Camius IP cameras)
  • Enter the PasswordPlease note if the Camius IP camera’s Activate State shows ‘Activated,’ it means the IP camera has a set password. Inactivated Camius IP cameras do not have a set password. If you forgot your IP camera’s password, you could reset it using a reset button following this guide.
  • Select the channel number you wish to display and click the Add button.

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Once the IP camera is added to the DVR, it will appear under the IP channel list. The green state means the camera has been added successfully. A grey color state means the IP camera needs attention, and when you click on the state icon, it will indicate if the error is caused by a wrong IP camera username/password or if it has a network issue.

To avoid network issues, make sure that your camera, DVR, and router are on the same IP address segment, e.g.

  • Your IP camera has the IP address 192.168.254.2 
  • Then your router and DVR must have IP addresses starting with 192.168.254.x
  • You can also set the subnet mask to 255.255.255.0

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Using the Camius XVR system, users can quickly and seamlessly integrate analog and IP cameras, providing greater flexibility in security camera selection. In addition, Camius Hybrid 8-Channel DVR recorders support up to 12 and 16-channel DVRs and up to 24 HD cameras, making a scalable solution for residential and commercial surveillance needs.

It is important to note that the cameras’ quality will significantly impact the system’s overall performance and effectiveness. Of course, high-quality cameras will provide better images, enabling more effective monitoring and surveillance, but also, Camius IP cameras offer intelligent motion, sound, and AI detection. Other manufacturers’ IP cameras are usually limited to basic video motion detection.