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Guide to Hikvision on mobile devices & External Access.

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We have received a few enquiries regarding how to access Hikvision equipment on mobile devices. In this guide I will be covering the following subjects;

  • How to access your Hikvision NVR or cameras on iOS
  • How to access your Hikvision NVR or cameras on android
  • How to set up your Hikvision NVR or cameras for external access.
Hopefully all related questions will be answered in this guide, however, if you have further questions please don't hesitate to ask below or email me at bob@use-ip.co.uk.

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How to access your Hikvision NVR or Camera on iOS 8+

In this portion of the guide I will be using iOS 8.1 but older versions as far back as iOS 7 should work the same.

First of all we need to find the IP address of the Hikvision device we want to connect too. This step is significantly easier on a PC, but I will update this guide soon with more information about setting up Hikvision cameras on a Mac. First of all head to this page here, and download SADP. This program will scan your network for Hikvision devices connected on your network.

Older Hikvision devices are shipped with a static IP address of 192.64.0.0, whereas new devices are shipped with DHCP enabled which means they will automatically be assigned an IP address that corresponds to your local network. If your camera is set to a static IP address you will need to find out what range it needs to be changed to. To find out your local IP address follow the steps below.

  1. click start > control panel
  2. click network and internet
  3. Click network sharing center
  4. click Local area Connection
  5. Look at your IPv4 Default Gateway, it is usually either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, however it can differ.
Once you know the default gateway you can set a new IP address for your device. You only want to change the last three digits of the IP address. I would recommend starting the last three digits at 100, so you don't conflict with anything else on your network such as a printer or phone.

If you're not responsible for your network, make sure to check with your IT department or administrators that the IP address isn't already taken.

An example of a set IP address would be 192.168.1.100.

Once you know what IP address to set your device too, you will need the password of the device to set it.
By default the password is 12345 for Hikvision devices.

For a quick overview of what you should see in SADP, check the image below. In the example the IP address is 192.168.1.212, this is because we have a variety of different cameras and devices on our network.



Once all this is set up, your cameras or NVR will be properly configured with your Local Network. You should be able to go into your browser and type in the IP address of the camera/NVR, and it will come up with a log in page.

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Getting everything to work in the app

Now it is time to head over to your iOS device. You want to go on the app store and download iVMS 4500 lite. If you are using an iPad, you will want to install the iVMS 4500 HD app instead.

Upon launching the app, it will load up a simple tutorial which will show you some Hikvision cameras in china. Once this is over, Click the settings tab and then click on the devices option. From here, click the plus sign in the top right hand corner. This will bring up the following page.


Alias - what you want to call the device you're adding. Useful for organisation. The alias is exclusive to the app, and doesn't change any actual camera settings.

Register mode - Set this to IP/Domain to add the device via it's IP address properly.

Address - The IP address of the device goes here

Port - usually leave this the same.

Username - admin
Password - 12345

Camera no. - Ignore this part, it will change depending on what device you are adding.

Tap the floppy Disk Icon to save the device.

Now go back, you will return to the devices tab. Uncheck the "Hangzhou, China" device, and check the device you added. From here click live view and you are ready to view your cameras on your local network.

What this means is, you will be able to view your cameras as long as you are connected to the same local network as the cameras. If you were to change to a different internet connection, or to something such as 3G, you will no longer be able to view your cameras. I will explain how to access your cameras from any internet connection later in this guide.

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How to access your Hikvision NVR or Camera on Android devices

First of all we need to find the IP address of the Hikvision device we want to connect too. First of all head to this page here, and download SADP. This program will scan your network for Hikvision devices connected on your network.

Older Hikvision devices are shipped with a static IP address of 192.64.0.0, whereas new devices are shipped with DHCP enabled which means they will automatically be assigned an IP address that corresponds to your local network. If you're camera is set to a static IP address you will need to find out what range it needs to be changed to. To find out your local IP address follow the steps below.

  1. click start > control panel
  2. click network and internet
  3. Click network sharing center
  4. click Local area Connection
  5. Look at your IPv4 Default Gateway, it is usually either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, however it can differ.
Once you know the default gateway you can set a new IP address for your device. You only want to change the last three digits of the IP address. I would recommend starting the last three digits at 100, so you don't conflict with anything else on your network such as a printer or phone.

If you're not responsible for your network, make sure to check with your IT department or administrators that the IP address isn't already taken.

An example of a set IP address would be 192.168.1.100.


Once you know what IP address to set your device too, you will need the password of the device to set it.
By default the password is 12345 for Hikvision devices.

For a quick overview of what you should see in SADP, check the image below. In the example the IP address is 192.168.1.212, this is because we have a variety of different cameras and devices on our network.





Once all this is set up, your cameras or NVR will be properly configured with your Local Network. You should be able to go into your browser and type in the IP address of the camera/NVR, and it will come up with a log in page.

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Getting everything to work in the app

First of all, head on to the play store, as you need to install the iVMS4500 android app. Once you have downloaded the app, go ahead and launch it.

The first time you start up the app you will have to go through a small tutorial, which will show you a variety of cameras in china. Once the tutorial is over, tap the menu tab in the top right corner of the app and then tap the devices tab. from here there will be a plus sign in the top right hand corner. Tap this to add your Hikvision Device.


When you click the plus button you will see the following screen (Minus some information I have already entered) I will explain the options further below.

Alias - what you want to call the device you're adding. Useful for organisation. The alias is exclusive to the app, and doesn't change any actual camera settings.

Register mode - Set this to IP/Domain to add the device via it's IP address properly.

Address - The IP address of the device goes here

Port - usually leave this the same.

Username - admin
Password - 12345

Camera no. - Ignore this part, it will change depending on what device you are adding.

Tap the floppy Disk Icon to save the device.

Now go back, you will return to the devices tab. Uncheck the "Hangzhou, China" device, and check the device you added. From here click live view and you are ready to view your cameras on your local network.

From this point onwards, you will be able to view your Hikvision device on your android device, as long as you are on the same network.

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Port-Forwarding, and accessing your devices from anywhere

If you want to access your cameras, or NVR remotely (From anywhere) You will need to have the devices port-forwarded. Port-forwarding is different for each router, but the ports that must be opened remain the same. For more information on Port-Forwarding, and a guide on how to set up your specific router, please head to http://portforward.com/.

When port forwarding a Hikvision camera, the ports that should be opened are

Port 80 - HTTP Protocol
Port 8000 - Client Software Port
Port 554 - RTSP Port
Port 1024 - 3G/4G Port, for access via a 3G or 4G mobile connection

Once you have successfully port forwarded your Hikvision device, follow the steps above, relevant to the OS you're using, and then insert the port-forwarded address of the device where the IP option goes.

This view may be slightly choppier, it depends on the speed of your current internet connection


If you have any further questions, go ahead and ask in the comments, or email me.



 
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