23  Using the Main Menu

    To open the main menu:
  • From the Live View display, right-click to open the Quick Menu, then click Main Menu.
  • From the Live View display, hover the mouse near the bottom of the screen, then click icon on the Navigation Bar.

23.1  Main Menu Overview


23.2  Setting the Monitor Resolution (Display)

Configure the system’s monitor resolution and other display settings.

23.3  Configuring Sequence Mode

Sequence mode cycles through connected channels to give you an overview of what is happening on all cameras. You can customize the order that channels appear in Sequence mode, as well as configure which viewing modes should be used.

23.4  Events Menu

The Events Menu allows you to set the smart plan feature, configure event settings, as well as search and filter through recorded events.

23.4.1  Configuring Smart Plan

To use a smart feature on your camera, it must be enabled in the Smart Plan settings from your system. Select the smart plan feature for each camera.

23.4.2  Configuring Video Loss Settings

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.

23.4.3  Configuring Hard Disk Drive Warnings

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

23.4.4  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.

23.4.5  Searching Event Logs

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

23.5  Device Menu

The Device Menu allows you to manage IP cameras, set recording parameters, and assign custom titles for your cameras.

23.5.1  Viewing Camera Status

View the connection and alarm status for all connected cameras.

23.5.2  Camera Firmware Versions

View firmware versions for connected cameras.

23.5.3  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.

23.5.4  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.

23.5.5  Configuring Privacy Masking

Privacy Masking, also known as the “Good Neighbor” feature, allows you to hide areas in the camera’s field of view when recording.

23.5.6  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).

23.5.8  Navigating the PoE Manager

You can use the PoE manager to monitor the current status of connected cameras and devices.

23.6  System Menu

Configure general system settings, recording schedule, motion settings, and more.

23.6.1  Configuring General System Settings

Configure miscellaneous system settings.

23.6.2  Configuring RS–232

This system can use the RS-232, also referred to as the communication port, to connect to external control devices or for debugging.

23.6.3  Configuring Holidays

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

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

Configure IP address settings.
To configure IP address settings:

23.6.5  Configuring System Ports (Connection)

Configure ports used by the system for remote connectivity. 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:

23.6.6  Configuring Email Alerts

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

23.6.7  Configuring Switch Settings (Advanced)

Configure the networking settings for the internal PoE switch.

23.6.8  P2P Setting

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

23.6.9  Configuring Pre-Recording

The system can pre-record video when motion detection events occur. This will ensure that the system records the entire event when motion is detected. By default, the system pre-records 4 seconds of video every time motion is detected.

23.6.10  Formatting the Hard Disk Drive

Format the hard disk drive to erase all saved data. If you install a new hard disk drive, you must format the hard disk drive using the procedure below before you will be able to record.

23.6.11  Configuring Hard Disk Drive Group (Advanced)

Use the HDD Advance settings to set the HDD group, and then assign each function (main stream, sub stream, and snapshot) and channel to a selected HDD group for recording.  HDD Group  HDD Main Stream

After configuring the HDD group, click the main stream tab to configure saving main stream information of different channels to different HDD groups for recording.  HDD Sub Stream

After configuring the HDD group, click the sub stream tab to configure saving sub stream information of different channels to different HDD groups for recording.  HDD Snapshot

After configuring the HDD group, click the snapshot tab to configure saving snapshot information of different channels to different HDD groups for recording.

23.6.12  Configuring Hard Disk Drive Type

The system supports the following hard disk drive types:
  • Read/Write: Normal recording hard disk drive.
  • Read-Only: The system can playback data from this hard disk drive, but it will not record to it.
To set the hard disk drive type:

23.6.13  Configuring Record Estimate (Recording Calculator)

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.

23.6.14  FTP (Advanced)

Send recordings and/or snapshots to an FTP server.

23.6.15  Configuring IP Filter

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

23.6.16  Configuring IP Filter — Sync Time-Allowlist

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

23.6.17  Configuring HTTPS (Advanced)

Set up an SSL Certificate to enable HTTPS login.

23.6.18  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.

23.6.19  Restore Default Settings

Restore the system to its default settings.

23.6.20  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.

23.6.21  Automatic Firmware Upgrades

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

23.7  Information Menu

View system information related to storage, network status, system warnings, and more.

23.7.1  Version Information

View system information such as device ID, model number, IP address, and firmware version.

23.7.2  Hard Disk Drive Information

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

23.7.3  BPS

Shows bitrates of connected cameras. The bitrate is the amount of data the camera is sending to the system.

23.7.4  System Log

Search for system logs in a certain time range.

23.7.5  Alarm

View a summary of active 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:
  • Motion Detection: Shows channels with active motion alarms.
  • Smart Motion: Shows channels with active smart motion alarms.

23.7.6  Online Users

View all users connected to the system using computers or mobile devices.

23.7.7  Network Load

View network traffic your system is sending and receiving.

23.7.8  Network Test

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.

23.8  Sign Out Menu

Sign out, shut down, or restart the system.