4  Basic System Setup

4.1  STEP 1: Connect cameras

Option 1: Direct Connection to NVR
Pre-configure your cameras prior to selecting a permanent mounting location by temporarily connecting the cameras and cables to your recorder. Connect the cameras to the recorder using the RJ45 Ethernet extension cables provided with your cameras.
Option 2: Connect Cameras to Local Network
You can also connect your IP cameras to your local network for flexible installations. For details, see 4.8 Connecting Wired Cameras to the Local Area Network (LAN) (Alternative Camera Setup) .

4.2  STEP 2: Connect router

Connect the recorder to your router using the included Ethernet cable.

4.3  STEP 3: Connect mouse

Connect the included mouse to a USB port on the recorder.

4.4  STEP 4: Connect monitor

Connect the recorder to a monitor using the included HDMI cable (supports up to 4K resolution).
Connect the recorder to a monitor using a VGA cable (not included - supports up to 1080p resolution).

4.5  STEP 5: Connect power

Use the included power adapter to connect the recorder to a nearby outlet.

4.6  STEP 6: Upgrade Firmware to Latest Version (If Available)

If a firmware upgrade is available, you will be asked to install it once the system starts up. Firmware is software that’s embedded in a piece of hardware. When Lorex releases the latest firmware version for the recorder, you’ll need to upgrade the existing firmware to the latest release. This is known as a firmware upgrade. It is recommended to upgrade your system firmware, client software, and your mobile app to the latest version to ensure remote connectivity to the system and to support newly added features.

4.7  Quick Access to System Information

Perform one of the following actions to bring up the system information window. This window contains vital system information including the model number, serial number, and device ID.
To quickly open a window that displays important system information:
  • From the Live View display, right-click to open the Quick Menu, then click Info.
  • Press the front panel button on the recorder.

4.8  Connecting Wired Cameras to the Local Area Network (LAN) (Alternative Camera Setup)

For flexibility, you may also connect IP cameras to the same Local Area Network (LAN) as the NVR instead of connecting them directly to the NVR. This is accomplished by connecting the cameras to the same router as the NVR.
For these alternative setup methods, an external PoE switch (sold separately) or power adapter (sold separately) must be used to provide power to each IP camera. Afterwards, you must navigate to the camera’s setup page and manually add the cameras to the system.
Follow the steps below to connect the cameras to the NVR over the LAN.
Step 1 of 2 — Alternative option A: Connecting cameras to your local network using a PoE switch: Graphic
Step 1 of 2 — Alternative option B: Connecting cameras to your local network using power adapters:
Step 2 of 2: Add wired cameras to your NVR: