This page contains the answers to the most frequently asked questions along with the user documentation for our most common systems. If this has not helped you solve your problem please enter your details into the contact form below and we will be in contact as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to add my Hikvision CCTV system to the iVMS-4500 app
Please watch the video below. You will need the username and password for your recorder along with the IP address. The username, password and address will be the same as someone else who currently has access to your CCTV system via the iVMS-4500 app. Please note that passwords will usually start with a capital letter. Please click here if you would prefer to follow a printed guide.
How to playback footage using the Hikvision iVMS-4500 app
Assuming that you have already added your system to the app, please watch the video below.
I can’t access my CCTV remotely via my smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop
Please see below the most common reasons why our customers lose remote access into their CCTV systems and how to resolve them.
If you have changed your broadband router (usually the case if you change ISP (internet service provider) or upgrade your internet package). If this is the case you will need your broadband router re-networked by your IT company or ourselves (subject to a charge) to allow remote access into your DVR/NVR. If you would like to do this yourself, we have an email we can send you outlining roughly what you need to do but you will need to contact your ISP for instructions specific to your broadband router.
The system could be powered off. One way to check this is to see if you can see the cameras displayed on a monitor which is directly connected into the NVR/DVR. The screen should automatically show the CCTV menu screen or the camera images (NOTE: you may need to switch to the correct source on your monitor/either HDMI or VGA). You will need to turn your system back on then enter the password. If you have had a power cut the DVR/NVR will need turning back on, unless it is a hikvision DVR/NVR (these should power back up automatically).
The cable connecting the broadband router to the DVR/NVR has been unplugged, please check the connections at both ends. We also recommend disconnecting the ethernet cables at both the DVR/NVR end, and the router end, then plugging them back in (ensuring you hear the click when you plug it back in which indicates a good connection).
If your DVR/NVR is not located near to your broadband router, you may be using a pair of powerline adapters (TP Link) to connect your DVR/NVR to your broadband router through your mains electricity. If so, check that both of these devices (see picture) are switched on (at the socket) and are powered up (showing 3 x green status LED lights). If they are not showing 3 green LED lights please down power both of them by unplugging them from the socket (there will be one near the DVR/NVR and one near the router) then wait 30 seconds before plugging them back in. It does not matter what order you unplug these or plug these in.
If the reset button on your broadband router has been pressed, this will close the ports in the router, you will need your broadband router re-networking by your IT company or ourselves (subject to a charge) to allow remote access into your DVR/NVR. If you would like to do this yourself, we have an email we can send you outlining roughly what you need to do but you will need to contact your ISP for instructions specific to your broadband router.
Before arranging for ourselves or your IT company to re-network your router for remote access into your DVR/NVR we recommend doing a power cycle (switch off, wait 30 seconds, then switch back on) on your broadband router (domestic customers only), plus a power cycle on the switch/hub that the DVR/NVR is connected into. Then wait 5 minutes for your router to boot back up.
NOTE: ENSURE YOU DO NOT PRESS THE RESET BUTTON ON YOUR ROUTER AS THIS MAY FACTORY DEFAULT YOUR BROADBAND ROUTER.
The last thing to try is a reboot of your DVR/NVR.
I have exported footage from my Hikvision CCTV system but I can't play it on my PC or laptop
Use this link to download VS Player which will be able to play your footage.
My CCTV recorder is not accepting my password
For Hikvision systems – Ensure that you are dropping the keyboard out of caps lock back down to lower case letters if using a capital letter as the first character of your password. If the system is still not accepting your password please contact us.
For other systems – For the default username and password for your system please refer to your user manual (available on this page)
NVR – Network Video Recorder – main recording unit (similar size to a DVD player – see example image below)
DVR – Digital Video Recorder – main recording unit (similar size to a DVD player – see example image below)
ISP – Internet Service Provider (e.g BT, Sky, Talktalk, Virgin)