A Beginners Guide to setting up a Hikvision CCTV Surveillance System

Here we will be discussing how to set up a basic CCTV setup. Setting up a CCTV surveillance system and maturing to best fit your needs is a professional job but still, you can grow your operation to maturity by adding bit by bit. I assume that you have a few cameras and an NVR at your hands.

Let’s begin with Network problem and solution.

One of the most fundamental problems that hinder in the deployment of CCTV surveillance for novice user is the network setting. As for an ordinary person, this is the primary and main obstacle and he loses hope when faces this problem. It’s an easy task if you pay head. The IP cameras come with default IP of or The problem is that most of the time your router or Wi-Fi modem does not have the same network as of the IP cameras you have got from HIKVISION. Now there are two solutions to this problem. Now the first thing you need to do is note down the IP address that is handed over to one of your devices on android you can check your IP by going to advanced settings and on windows, computer right-click the network connection on right corner by right-clicking and select “network and sharing” now click on the connection name select the connection name that is connected to Wi-Fi. Click details and you will see the IP details and you will see different network IP than HIKVISION default camera IP if so follow the below procedure to make it right. The idea is to bring a camera on the same network as your Wi-Fi.

Bringing IP camera and NVR on a home network

  1. Power up your camera with power adopter and attach it through LAN cable to your computer or laptop.
  2. Now go to your network connection and double click on your Local LAN card, now double click on internet protocol version 4 IP. Here you will enter the IP address with a network mask. 
  3. As your default IP of cameras is so you will need to enter and network mask of
  4. Now you are on same network as your camera so you can access your camera through browser by entering once attached back to your WIFI network.
  5.  If you have not activated your camera previously you will need to set up the password or you need to enter default user name and password which are admin and 12345 is the password.
  6. Afterwards, navigate to configuration under network you will see TCP/IP tab on the left pane. Under this tab, select DHCP checkbox and save. You will be disconnected.
  7. Now powering your camera with adaptor and connect your camera with your Wi-Fi router. After startup, it will have the same network IP as your Wi-Fi router. Bringing the network IP camera on your network means that you can access your camera through your Wi-Fi networks now.
  8. This same procedure can be applied to NVR to bring it on your home Wi-Fi network.
  9. Once you’re NVR and Cameras on the same network as your WIFI home router, it’s an easy job.
  10. Now again go to your computer network setting of LAN and select DHCP in IPV4 settings which will bring back your computer on your local WIFI router network once you connect back to your WIFI router through LAN or WIFI.
  11. Now power your cameras through power adopter and connect to your LAN network or power it through POE switch. Also, attach your NVR to this same network.
  1. Through SADP tool, you can discover the IP of NVR and camera just by the search.
  1. You can download the SADP tool from HIKVISION official website.
  1. Once you know the IP for your NVR on SADP enter that IP on the browser now you will access to your NVR.
  1. On NVR configuration tab go to System setting on the left menu. Now sub-tab menu will appear right pan.
  1. Automatically the camera will be shown if not you can add the camera by IP here or edit it.

Setting up Recording:

Now under storage, there is schedule setting to setup video storing schedule please adjust the schedule according to your need for every camera by selecting each camera from the drop-down list. Now under storage setting, you will see the HDD installed on your NVR. Select the storage HDD and format it. Once the NVR is formatted, it will be set for recording.

Now you can verify if the recording is working after some time by going to playback. On playback select a camera from the left side pane by double-clicking now on right side calendar select the date on which you think the recording was set and play the video by clicking the play button.