19  Using the Main Menu

To access the main menu:
  • From the Live View display, right-click to open the Quick Menu, then click Main Menu.
  • Click Graphic icon on the Navigation Bar.

19.1  Playback

19.2  Events

Set preferences for events such as video loss, system warnings, and event logs. The Events menu is also used to set preferences for smart motion detection, deterrence cameras, and smart search.

19.2.1  Video Loss

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.

19.2.2  System Warnings

The system is set to provide warnings for various events and issues. The warning menu is broken into 2 event types: hard disk drive events and network events.

19.2.3  Searching Event Logs

Search all channels for events, including motion detection and video loss.

19.3  Backup

19.4  Display

Set the system’s monitor resolution, listen-in audio, sequence mode, and other display settings.

19.4.1  Setting the Recorder’s Output Resolution

The first time you power up the system and complete the Lorex Setup Wizard, the system will automatically match the resolution of the connected monitor. You can set the recorder to a different output resolution at any time.

19.4.2  Listen–In Audio

Enable and set volume for camera audio feeds in the Live View display.

19.4.3  Menu Transparency

Set the level of transparency for system menus.

19.4.4  General Display Settings

Configure miscellaneous display settings.

19.5  Devices (Camera)

Configure image settings, recording parameters, channel overlay, and privacy masking.

19.5.1  Adjusting Camera Image Settings

Adjust the color and image quality settings of your cameras.

19.5.3  Changing On-Screen Overlay

Remove or change the location of the date/timestamps and channel names. You can also change channel names from this menu.

19.5.4  Configuring Privacy Masking

Privacy Masking blocks out certain parts of the camera’s image with a black box, allowing you privacy based on your needs. You can configure up to 4 privacy zones per channel.

19.5.5  Connecting Multi-Format Cameras (Cable Type)

The recorder works with multiple types of HD analog cameras. By default, the system is set to automatically detect the type of camera so it works instantly with the recorder. If you experience issues with image clarity or camera performance, you can set certain channels to a specific HD standard.

19.5.6  Camera Firmware Upgrade (CVI Upgrade)

Manually upgrade camera firmware. This is typically only necessary if directed to do so by Lorex technical support.
  • Connect a USB flash drive (not inlcuded) to the recorder with the .bin camera firmware file(s) preloaded.

19.6  System

Configure general system settings (date & time, time zone, and DST), security, network parameters, recording schedule, and set preferences for hard disk drives connected to the system. You can also check for firmware updates over the Internet and restore the system to default settings.

19.6.1  Configuring General System Settings

Configure miscellaneous system settings.

19.6.2  Setting Date & Time

As part of the initial setup, you will set the system date & time. This menu allows you to adjust the date & time, and configure settings for Daylight Savings Time (DST) and Network Protocol Time (NTP).

19.6.3  Configuring Holidays

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

19.6.4  Configuring IP Filter

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

19.6.5  Configuring IP Filter — Sync Time

Configure permissions for external IP addresses that are permitted to sync the recorder’s time.

19.6.6  Configuring HTTPS (Advanced)

Set up an SSL Certificate to enable HTTPS login.

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

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

19.6.8  Configuring System Ports (Connection)

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

19.6.9  Configuring Email Alerts

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

19.6.10  P2P Setting

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

19.6.11  Configuring hard disk drive Overwrite

When the hard disk drive is full, the system will overwrite the oldest recordings by default. This is recommended, as it makes sure that your system will continue to record without any input from you. You can also set the system to stop recording once the hard disk drive is full.

19.6.12  Configuring Recording File Length

Select how the system will store video files.

19.6.13  Configuring Pre-Recording

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

19.6.14  Setting the Snapshot Schedule

You can set a schedule for recording snapshots from the cameras.

19.6.15  Formatting the hard disk drive

If you install a new hard disk drive, you must format the hard disk drive using the system before you will be able to record.

19.6.16  Configuring hard disk drive Type

The system supports the following hard disk drive types:
  • Read-write HDD: Normal recording hard disk drive.
  • Read-only HDD: The system can playback data from this hard disk drive, but it will not record to it.
To configure hard disk drive types:

19.6.17  Recording Calculator (Record Estimate)

Use the recording calculator to get an estimate of your maximum recording time in days for the installed hard disk drive, or how much hard disk drive space would be required to retain a specific amount of days.

19.6.18  FTP (Advanced)

Send recordings and/or snapshots to an FTP server.

19.6.19  Save System Settings to a USB Flash Drive

The system allows you to save your current system configuration to a USB flash drive (not included). This is useful if you want to backup your current settings.
  • Connect a USB flash drive (not included) to a free USB port on the unit.

19.6.20  Import System Settings from a USB Flash Drive

If you have backed up your system configuration, you can import it to apply all your saved menu settings.

19.6.21  Restoring Default Settings

Reset the system to default settings.

19.6.22  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.

19.6.23  Automatic Firmware Upgrades

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

19.7  Information

Menus that show you different types of system information.

19.7.1  Alarm Status

Shows you a complete summary of system events. Additional info such as channels that are currently detecting motion is also shown.
    The following alarms are shown in the Alarm Status menu:
  • No HDD: No hard disk drive is detected.
  • Ext Disk Error: hard disk drive error detected.
  • Disk Full: hard disk drive is full.
  • Net Disconnection: System is not connected to the network (offline).
  • IP Conflict: More than one device on the network is using the same IP address.
  • MAC Conflict: More than one device on the network is using the same MAC address.
  • Video Loss: Shows disconnected channels.
  • Motion Detection: Shows channels with active motion alarms.

19.7.2  Online User

The Online User menu shows a list of users connected to the system using computers or mobile devices.

19.7.3  Network Load

The Load menu shows you the network traffic your system is sending and receiving.

19.7.4  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.

19.7.5  Version

The Version sub-menu allows you to view information about the current firmware installed on the system.

19.7.6  Disk

Information related to the hard disk drives installed in the system, including capacity, status, and type.

19.7.7  BPS

The BPS menu shows the bitrates of connected cameras. The bitrate is the amount of data the camera is sending to the system.

19.7.8  Log

The Log menu allows you to search for system logs.

19.8  Copying Settings to Another Channel

Some areas of the main menu allow you quickly copy over the settings from one channel to one or multiple other channels on the system.
To copy channel settings:

19.9  Help Menu

Offers additional information and support on using the system through QR code access.

19.10  Sign Out Menu

Sign out, shut down, or restart the system.