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
1. I would like to add my Hikvision CCTV system to the iVMS-4500 app
Assuming that your recorder is connected to your broadband router and both have been configured to allow for remote access, please watch the video below. You will need the username and password for your recorder along with the external IP address or DDNS 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.
2. 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.
3. 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, please see the F.A.Q below for details.
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, please see the F.A.Q below for details.
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.
4. I need to re-network my router to allow for remote access into my CCTV system / [I am having/I have had] a new broadband router
If you pay for IT support we recommend you contact them or your ISP (internet service provider) to see if they can support you with this process.
Find out the internal IP IPv4 address of your recorder. If you are unsure what this is, it should be shown on the network page in the settings menu of the recorder next to IPv4 address, (eg 192.168.11.10) providing the recorder is switched on and connected to your router. If there is not an ip address showing, please tick ‘enable DHCP’, then untick this once an internal IP address is shown. You may also be able to find out what the internal IPv4 IP address of the recorder is by checking the ‘connected devices’ page in your router settings. Once you know this IP address we recommend reserving this ip address in your router settings so your router does not allocate this address to another device on your network.
The next step is to open the ports. The default ports that will need opening on your router are 80, 8000, 554 and 443 – ALL TCP. These ports will need opening and forwarding to the internal IP address of your CCTV recorder. Please be aware that the process does vary from router to router and the ports listed here are the default ports for a hikvision recorder. You could be using none-default ports that can be checked in the ‘network’ menu of the recorder. See the ‘NAT’ tab of the ‘Advanced’ page. If you have a different brand of CCTV recorder you will be able to find the default ports for your recorder in the user manual (towards the bottom of this page) or you will have to check in the network menu of the recorder. For further assistance on how to carry out this process on your broadband router please contact your ISP (internet service provider) or you may refer to this third party website.
The next step is to test that you can connect remotely to your system using your smartphone app. For information on how to set up the app, please see the F.A.Q above.
NOTE: ENSURE YOU DO NOT PRESS THE RESET BUTTON ON YOUR ROUTER AS THIS MAY FACTORY DEFAULT YOUR BROADBAND ROUTER CAUSING ANY BESPOKE ROUTER SETTINGS YOU HAVE ENTERED TO BE LOST.
5. I have exported footage from my Hikvision CCTV system but I can't play it on my PC, laptop or Mac
6. 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)
7. What is a DDNS
A DDNS service (provided by a third party)
A DDNS service will allow you to access your system from anywhere in the world and it will also allow us to support you remotely (if required). We include a 12 month DDNS within the annual charge for all of our service & maintenance agreements.
What is a DDNS?
A DDNS solves the problem of your external IP addresses ever-changing by associating your address with a consistent domain name. When you become a residential customer of an ISP, they provide you with an external IP address so you can access the internet at home. However, these dynamic IP addresses frequently change without notice causing you to lose access to your system each time this happens. To combat this, we set up a DDNS with a third party provider who assign you a custom domain name (eg. johnsmith123.dyndns.org). We enter this address into our equipment (or your broadband router) so when your external home IP address changes your custom domain name will be automatically updated with the new IP address which ensures uninterrupted remote access into your system.
DDNS = Dynamic domain name system
External IP address = The address of your broadband router on the internet.
ISP = Internet service provider. (eg. BT, Virgin, Sky)
8. Why is my recorder beeping?
This can be an audible warning that may have been set for an event like line crossing or intrusion detection on your cameras which then the recorder is beeping due to the activation. It can also due to an exception like an IP conflict or even an HDD error.
To check why your recorder is beeping you can look through the log which then indicates as to why the recorder is beeping.
9. How to view your cameras on a web browser?
For full use of your recorder or cameras using a web browser you will need to input the ip of the recorder (internal ip when on the LAN and external when away from the LAN) , you will need to make sure you run the Hikvision plug in which will show at the bottom of your screen when you access the page. You will need to be using Internet Explorer and it is recommended this is run with Windows administrator rights. Once the above has been done you will then be able to access the cameras a view live images.
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)