How to add IP cameras on a network that are not connected directly to the NVR’s PoE ports?
For the PoE-enabled NVR, connect Camius IP cameras via the internal NVR’s PoE ports and/or external LAN (WAN) port using the below-described model 2 or 3:
- Mode-1 By connecting it to the PoE port on your Camius Network Video Recorder (recommended for Camius PoE cameras)
- Mode-2 By connecting it to a PoE switch or a PoE injector on your network.
- Mode-3 By using a 12VDC 1-2A power supply.
Camius PoE NVR is optimized for Camius PoE cameras making the whole setup process plug-and-play; the NVR assign a unique IP address to each Camius PoE camera and adds them automatically.
NOTE: Connecting multiple cameras via a switch or router to the PoE port is not recommended. One PoE port supports one IP camera.
The below steps are based on the NVR’s local interface via HDMI video output. Navigate the mouse to the screen’s left bottom corner and click on Setup, followed by Channel >> IP Channels.
In the below menu, you configure the connection of wired IP cameras.
Click Search to search for IP cameras from a local network, click Add to add an individual IP camera, and click Add All to add all IP cameras.
Below we will describe a few ways to add IP cameras from a local network using an external LAN (WAN) port.
IP channels menu description:
- Switch Mode: Auto Mode supports Plug & Play connection via PoE port. To add the camera(s) manually, change the Mode to Manual.
- PoE Mode: Auto Mode limits the maximum bandwidth to 100Mbps, and EPOE mode limits the maximum bandwidth to 10Mbps. In case of a connection problem with Auto mode, when the IP camera is powered by PoE via an RJ45 cable longer than 100 meters, change to EPOE mode for a stable connection.
- Edit: To edit the Switch Mode, PoE Mode, network parameters, username, and password for the individual camera (click the ‘Edit’ icon to open the ‘Edit Connection Information’ window)
- State: Shows the connection status of the camera
- Auto Assign IP to Camera(s): The added IP camera would not connect if its IP address is not in the same network segment as NVR. With this function, reassign an IP address to all added IP cameras.
- Channel Delete: Choose one or more added IP cameras, and click this button to delete
- Default Password: To configure the default user name and password of Private, Onvif, and RTSP protocol connection.
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 Add. Green status indicates a successful connection; grey status could show a password or network error.
Green color State means the camera is added to the NVR
Grey color state icon means the IP camera failed to connect to the NVR. Click the gray icon to show the failure reason:
- If the failure is “User name or password error“, the camera user name and password are different from the default user name and password.
- If the failure is “Failed to connect to the camera, please check the network connection“, it means the network parameter might be incorrect or incompatible with the Onvif protocol.
Option 1 - Adding External IP Cameras to the NVR within the LAN (local area network )
If you want to connect to an IP camera from LAN (Local Area Network), please make sure your NVR is well-connected to the LAN and the IP camera you want to add is in the same network segment as your NVR.
If you want to add all channels manually, click the dropdown arrow next to Switch Mode and select “Manual.”
If you want to add an individual channel manually, click the Edit Pencil-shaped icon in the Channel list, and then click the drop-down arrow next to Switch Mode to select “Manual” and click OK to save.
Option 2 - Adding an individual IP camera in the LAN (Local Network area)
STEP 1- Click the Search button; all available cameras in the LAN will be displayed,
Optionally you click the Add plus-shaped green icon in the IP channels list to add a camera to an individual channel. Click the Search button to show all available cameras in the LAN.
STEP 2 – Select the camera you want to add and then click Add button. Next, insert the user name and password of the camera and click Add button.
- Alias: To define the camera ID you want to display in the live view screen.
- Port: Camera communication port. Do not change the number if you’re not a professional.
- Protocol: To select the connection protocol.
- Bind channel: To determine which channel you want to add the camera
STEP 3 – You will see the added camera in the IP channels list
Option 3 - Add Multiple IP Cameras within the LAN
STEP 1- Click the Search button to display all available cameras in the LAN click Add All button, and the NVR will search & add all available cameras in the LAN.
STEP 2 – Select the cameras from the search result and click “Add.” You would need to input the username and password of the cameras. Please ensure all the cameras you want to add use the same username and password. Otherwise, the cameras with different user names and passwords cannot connect.
STEP 3 – The added cameras will show up in the channel list.
Option 4 - Add IP Cameras from another NVR in the same LAN (Local Area Network)
The NVR allows adding IP cameras from other Camius NVRs in the local network.
STEP 1 – Click the Search button to display all available devices in the LAN. There is an Edit icon (blue plus) if the device is an NVR.
STEP 2 – Click the Edit icon (blue plus) and select the camera channels one by one or check the box to select all cameras. Click the icon X to go back to the Search list.
STEP 3 – Select the NVR in the search list and click the Add button.
STEP 4 – Input the Username and Password of the NVR and then click Add button
STEP 5 – The added cameras will be displayed in the channel list
Option 5 - Add IP Cameras from the Internet
If your NVR is connected to the Internet, you can add cameras with a WAN (Wide Area Network) IP address.
STEP 1 – Click Add button on the search page.
STEP 2 – Input the IP address or Domain name, Alias (name of the IP camera), Port, Protocol (choose the protocol of the IP camera from the dropdown menu: Private, Onvif or RTSP), User Name & Password of the IP camera.Tap the Add button to add the camera.
To avoid network issues, make sure that your camera, NVR, 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