DAHUA XVR 4.0 Setup

DAHUA XVR 4.0 Setup, Dahua Technology is a world-leading video-centric AIoT solution and service provider. With its ‘Dahua Think#’ corporate strategy, Dahua Technology focuses on two core businesses: City and Enterprise. The company firmly strengthens its technological strategies that include AloT and IoT digital intelligence platforms, comprehensively promoting the digital intelligence upgrading of cities and enterprises based on customer needs, and creating more value for the digital-intelligent transformation of various industries.

Table of Contents

New GUI – Start Up Wizard (Device Initialization)

DAHUA XVR 4.0 Setup Description

This article will go over the Initialization process of the units with the New GUI.


 XVR with 4.0 GUI

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. When you first turn on the recorder you will be greeted with the region settings. Click on the drop down menu and select “United States” and click Next.

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2. Select the proper time zone setting for your region.

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3. You will now be prompted to input a password for the admin account.

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4. For easier login you can create a pattern, you will need to enter it twice to confirm.

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5. Enter your email in order to reset the admin password in case the password was forgotten, you may also setup security questions.

Note: This is the only method to reset the password for XVRs and NVRs. If you skip this step and forget your device’s password, you will need to replace the unit

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6. The Auto-check for firmware is not yet implemented in the U.S. so you can just click on next.

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7. Make sure the video standard format is set to NTSC and click on “Next”.

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8. Here you can go in depth with the time settings. You may want to set up the DST (Daylight savings) so that it takes affect when the time comes.

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9. The recorder will be set as a static default IP address you see on the screen. Input an open local IP address and gateway from you network. If you don’t know this information you can select DHCP (highlighted in the red box) in order to automatically receive an IP address from the router.

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10. If you have the recorder properly connected to the router the P2P status will indicate “Online” and you can now remote in to the unit with our mobile app/PC app.

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11. You can select the Encode settings for each camera by selecting the drop down menu on “Channel”.

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12. Select the resolution and image quality for snapshots.

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13. Select what you want to to when the hard drive fills up.

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14. Here is you recording schedule, the green will indicate 24/7 recording and Yellow will be Motion recording.

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15. Here is you Snapshot schedule, same color legend as recording,

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16. Once all that is setup you will be greeted with the final Prompt! You are now finished Initializing you new recorder

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New GUI- Add a Dahua Device


This article will show you three different methods to add a dahua device to our New GUI recorders. We will be adding a dahua camera with all three methods.


 Dahua Recorder with New GUI
 Dahua Camera

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

Method 1:

This first method is extremely simple if all the cameras are still set to default credentials and settings. We will do a device search on the network and add them with a click of a button

 First go to Camera>Registration

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 Click on “Device Search”, it will scan the network and pick up any cameras on it

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 Check the box of the camera you are adding and click on “ADD” and you will see the camera populate on the bottom box

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 Give it a few seconds and click on refresh to see if it was added properly. As you can see the status light is now green

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Method Two:

The second method is used if there’s an existing camera and it’s password was changed. You will use device search to locate the camera and then go to manual add to change the password it’s being added with

 Do a Device Search to locate the camera. Check the camera and click on “Manual Add”

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 A popup window will come up and most of the information will be populated. You will just need to change the password, click on save when you’re done.

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 The camera will now be added

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Method Three:

This last method is used when Device Search fails and cannot locate the camera on the network. You will need to type in the camera’s information manually.

 Click on Manual Add

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 Input all the required information

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 After manually inputting the information click on “Save”

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 If the information was correct then the camera will be successfully added and have a green status light

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New GUI – Account Setup


This article will go over how to add a user on our New GUI devices


 Recorder with New GUI

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. Log into the web interface of the device

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2. Click the Menu icon in the top left of the page

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3. Select Account

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4. Click Add User

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5. The Add User menu will appear. Use this window to ill out full user details

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 User Name
 Group – user can be set to a User account group for multiple user authority management
 User MAC – MAC address of the user for filtering/security purposes
 Memo – memo line for notes regarding user

6. In the Authority menu you can define the individual rights of the User using the System, Playback, and Monitor tabs as well as which channels the user can access

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Select which features you wish the user to have then click Save

7. A message will confirm when the user is successfully added

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New GUI – Schedule Record Setup


Dahua NVRs and DVRs offer a variety of recording options. You can configure recording schedules based on the following methods:

 Motion Detection
 Alarm Based
 Motion Detection + Alarm
 IVS if the feature is available depending on the model.

These schedules can be set individually for each camera or copied to all cameras.


 Dahua NVR or DVR with 2018 firmware
 Internal HDD

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. From the Main Menu select “Management”.

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2. Select the “Storage” option from the drop-down menu.

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3. From the left hand side, select “Schedule”.

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4. Select the channel drop-down menu to choose the channel that you want to adjust the recording schedule for.

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5. Select “Setting” next to any day of the week.

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6. You will have options to set a schedule for General Recording, MD (Motion Detection), Alarm, MD & Alarm, Intel, and POS (Point of Sale). For this tutorial we are using General Recording.

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7. Here you can see that you are able to set multiple periods. For this tutorial we will only be setting one period. Check the “General” box, then select the day or days you want to scheduled recordings for, and then select “Save”.

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8. Depending on the days selected from the previous step, you will see green colored bars which represents general recording.

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9. You can select “Copy” to mirror the same schedule to another channel/camera. Select “Save” in the Copy menu.

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10. Select “Save” at the bottom to save all settings. If your changes were successfully saved, a pop-up will appear at the top notifying you as such.

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New GUI – Motion Detection Recording Setup


This article will go over Motion Detection Recording setup in detail on the recorder’s new GUI


 Dahua Recorder with new GUI
 Dahua Camera

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. On the main menu select Alarm


2. Select Video Detection on the left.
Then select the 
Motion Detection tab at the top.
Choose the channel from the drop-down next to 
Check the box next to 
Check the box next to 
Record Channel.
Click on 
Setting next to Region


3. Highlight the areas in red where you want to track motion.
Then click 
OK at the bottom


4. Select More at the bottom
Check the boxes next to any of the other options you want to activate when motion is detected.

Click on 


5. Click on Apply at the bottom.
You will see “Operation Succeeded” at the top when your changes have been saved


6. Click on the Setting drop-down at the top and select Storage


7. Select Schedule on the left.
Then select the 
Record tab at the top.
Choose the channel from the drop-down next to Channel.
Click on the 
Setting button next to any day of the week.


8. Check the All box to enable all days of the week.
Check the 
Motion box for “Period 1”.
OK at the bottom.


9. Click on Apply at the bottom to save the settings


10. Select Record Mode on the left.
Then make sure 
Auto is enabled for the appropriate channel(s).
Click on 
Apply at the bottom.


11. Click on the Main Menu icon at the top right.
Then select 


12. Check box next to the channel on the right.
You should see yellow lines/bars for motion recording


Alarm Record Setup


This article is to show you how to setup alarm recording thru new Web GUI.

Note: please refer to product spec sheet for alarm input/output availability. Not all Dahua Recorder support alarm input/output.


Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

Setup Alarm Input

From main menu, click on Alarm. Click on Alarm input. We are using XVR 72 series for this example. The Alarm Input page will launch as shown below:

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Select the Alarm input number that you like to use. This number is correspond to the alarm port on the back of recorder.

1. Click Enable to enable the alarm input.

2. Enter Alarm Name. By default is set to AlarmIn#

3. Period is to schedule your Alarm when you want to be enable.

4. With the alarm input, you can trigger recorder’s alarm output.

5. This to select which channel you want recorder to start recording when alarm is triggered.

6. You can call basic PTZ action Preset, Tour, or Pattern when alarm is triggered.


Setup Alarm Recording Schedule

1. From the main menu, click on Management > Storage > Schedule.

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2. Select the channel you like to setup.


3. To enable Alarm recording, Click on Setting next to the timeline bar.

4. Set your duration (By default is 24 hour, 00-24). Then select Alarm.

You can select all days to copy the schedule to all week. Click Save.

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5. Click Save.

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New GUI/Instructions/IVS Record


This article will cover how to configure IVS Recording on a Dahua recorder with the New GUI


 Dahua Recorder with IVS and Dahua Camera with IVS

Video Instructions

Step By Step Instructions

1. From the Main Menu select AI

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2. Select Parameters on the left.
Then select 
Smart Plan below it.
Choose the channel of the camera you are configuring from the 
Channel drop-down.
Select the IVS “Lightbulb” icon so that it highlights blue.

Then click 
Apply at the bottom

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3. Select IVS on the left.
Choose the channel of the camera from the 
Channel drop-down.
Then click the 
+ button.
Double-click on the rule type under the 
Type column to choose the type of IVS rule you want to use.
Adjust all the settings in the 
Parameters section.
Make sure that the box is checked next to 
Record Channel and the channel that camera is on is highlighted next to it

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4. Draw the rule in the live view on the left by left clicking on it.
Continue to left click to add more segments.

When you are done, right click to finish drawing the rule.

Then click 
Apply at the bottom

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5. Select Setting at the top left.
Then select 
Storage from the drop-down

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6. Select Schedule on the left.
Then select the 
Record tab at the top.
Choose the channel of the camera from the 
Channel drop-down.
Then click on 
Setting to the right of any day of the week

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7. Check the box next to All to select all days of the week.
Check the box for 
Intelligent to the right of Period 1.
(Feel free to adjust the days of the week and the time period for when you want to record IVS events).

Then click on 

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8. You will see blue bars on the schedule representing when IVS events will be recorded, when they are triggered.
Apply at the bottom

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9. Click on the Menu icon at the top right to go back to the Main Menu.
Then click on 

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10. Check the box next to the camera channel on the right.
Once IVS events have occured they will appear as blue bars on the timeline at the bottom.

Click on the timeline on one of the blue bars to start playing that IVS event

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New GUI – Audio Record Setup


This article will go over setup for audio recording on our New GUI devices


 Recorder with New GUI
 Supported camera with built in Microphone


 Supported microphone plugged into device and powered on

Note: Please reference the specification sheet for the device to confirm which audio features it supports, this can vary between models of recorder

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

Enable audio source

1. 1. Login using a web browser.

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2. Click on Setting > Camera.

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3. Click on Encode. And then select the camera channel that support audio.

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4. Click on More.

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5. Click on the checkmark to enable Audio.

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6. Select the Audio source for your HD-CVI camera. If your HD-CVI camera has built-in Microphone, select HDCVI as the audio source. Local option is if you are connecting external microphone to the recorder.

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7. Click OK, and then click OK again on the bottom right hand corner.

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Setup audio recording

1. Login using a web browser.

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2. Main menu 1st screen.

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3. Main menu 2nd screen.

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4. Click on the Audio Option.

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5. Audio File Manager Option.

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New GUI – Playback


This article will cover how to play back recorded video on an NVR or DVR with the New GUI


 Dahua NVR or DVR with 2018 firmware
 Internal HDD

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. From the Main Menu select “Video”

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2. The Playback menu should open up and look like this:

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3. On the right hand side, there will be a calendar. Select the day that you wish to play back video.
Below the calendar is a list of all the cameras/channels. Check the box next to all the cammeras/channels you would like to play back video from.

 Days that have a white dot underneath them have recordings.


4. The video footage willl appear on the timeline at the bottom of the screen. It will be color coded to match the types of video that were recorded.
(See the Legend at the bottom of the screen.)

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5. Check or uncheck each type of recording that you want to view. Check the Sync box if you would like to sync playback up on all channels you are viewing.

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6. Double click on the graph at the bottom to begin playing back video.

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=How to back up video files on new UI


This article is to show you how to back up the video file from new system UI.


 Dahua North America device with new latest firmware
 Monitor connected to the device itself
 USB mouse to control system UI

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. From the main menu, go to the second menu page, and click on Backup.

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2. Backup page will launch as shown below:

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3. You must plug in an external drive to save your downloaded file. Select the path where you want to save the file at. From this pop-up screen, you have an option to create new folder. After you select, click OK.

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4. Select the Record Channel you like to search. You can only search 1 channel at a time.

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5. Select the Recording Type you like to search.

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6. Set the start and end time for searching. Then click Search. All recorded files that meets your search criteria will shown on the list.

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7. Select the files, and click Backup.

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8. Downloading process start.

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9. Once finished, the folder information will pop up, then click OK.

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New GUI – P2P Setup


This article will go over initializing P2P on our New GUI devices


 Recorder with New GUI
 Internet Access to the recorder

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. Under “Management” go to Network>TCP/IP

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2. You can either set the device on a static ip or turn DHCP on to automatically grab an IP from the network. Save any changes

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3. Locate P2P tab on the lower left and enable P2P

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4. After saving it you should see the the status change to “Online”, You can now use this device for remote viewing on our software

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 If you run into any issues getting the P2P to show online, reboot the device and try again. If that still doesn’t work you may have a firewall on the network that is blocking the connection to the P2P servers

Remote Access/Remote Access Setup Port Forwarding

Create port forwarding rule in the router


Port forwarding is a function of network routers that allows a user to configure specific communication ports to be routed to devices on an IP (Internet Protocol) network, such as a computer, DVR, or IP camera.In this case for CCTV equipment, it allows the user to view and control CCTV equipment remotely. Follow the step by step instructions and the instructions your manufacturers hardware to setup port forwarding, or try PortForward.com to search for your routers settings.

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 Network Video Recorder
 Connection to the internet
 Access to the router(s) and/or modem
 A computer that can access the network

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. Connect NVR to network with a CAT5 cable.

2. Download and install ConfigTool from DahuaSecurity.com, under Support->Download Center->Software

3. Run the ConfigTool.

4. The ConfigTool should display your IP Camera. Click the, “configtoolipceicon” icon to open Internet Explorer and access your NVR.


5. Configure Internet Explorer security settings to allow the plugs to work. Link to Internet Explorer Setup

6. Login with the default credentials: User Name: admin Passsword: admin

7. Under, Main Menu -> Setup -> TCP/IP Change the IP Camera to, “Static” if the camera is currently set to, “DHCP”

8. Open another tab and enter the, “Gateway” address listed under your NVR’s Network settings. Example:,,

9. Login to your gateway and locate the, “Port Forwarding” section.

10. Create port forwarding rules for each port you wish to forward for the NVR. (Usually you will only need to forward the HTTP and the TCP port.) Default Ports: TCP: 37777 UDP: 37778 HTTP: 80 RTSP: 554 HTTPS: 443

11. The end result should look like the below image. We used a Cisco router for this example.


12. Hit, “Save” in the gateway interface, and open another tab.

13. Go to, “www.canyouseeme.org” and check that the ports you opened on the gateway.

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How to Access System Using P2P via Mobile Application


View your recorder and cameras on the go. With Dahua’s mobile application IDMSS(IOS)/GDMSS(Android) allows you to add Dahua recorders and cameras to the mobile app using P2P.


 Smartphone (IOS device or Android)
 IDMSS/GDMSS already downloaded in your mobile device.
 P2P must be turned on from the recorder and connected to a network with internet access.


Video Instructions IDMSS/GDMSS version 4.50.000

Step by Step Instructions iDMSS/gDMSS version 4.50.000

1. Open iDMSS/gDMSS on the phone, and select the home icon located on the top left corner.
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2. Select the “Device” button/icon on the bottom to add the recorder/camera.
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3. Select the “+” sign then select “Scan” to add the device.
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4. Select the “Wired Camera”.
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5. Input the device for easy identification. It’s required to input the password for the added device then select the save icon located on the top right corner.
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Step by Step Instructions IDMSS/GDMSS version 4.20.000

1. Select the Menu Icon

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2. Select “Device Manager”

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3. Select the Add Icon

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4. Select “Camera”

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5. Select “Wired Device”

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6. Select “P2P”

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7. Input Info and select “Start Live Preview”

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 Name: (nickname)
 SN (serial number, you can either scan the QRcode or type the SN manually)
 Port (will auto populate after entering the SN)
 Username (Username of the recorder’s account)
 Password (Password for that Username)
 Live Preview (Extra=Substream, MAIN= Mainstream)
 Playback (Extra=Substream, MAIN= Mainstream)

Video Instructions IDMSS/GDMSS version 3.50.000

Step by Step Instructions IDMSS/GDMSS version 3.50.000

1. From the home screen of the mobile application select “Camera”.


2. Select the menu button.


3. Select Device Manager.


4. Select add button to add device.


5. Select Wired Device.


6. Select P2P.


7. Name your device -> tap the QR code to bring up QR code scanner.

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 With your mobile device in hand, go to your local recorder, navigate to the P2P/Easy4IP settings and scan QR code to the right hand side. You will also see the SN (Serial Number) of the recorder underneath the QR code, you may use that to manually type in the SN into the SN field of the IDMSS/GDMSS mobile app. Note: you must have P2P/Easy4IP “enabled” from the local recorder with a status that either shows “online” or “connect success”.

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8. Input the username -> password -> and select live preview. By selecting “Start live preview” device will be automatically saved into the application.


IDMSS/GDMSS Version 3.40.003

Video Instructions Version 3.40.003

Step by Step Instructions Version 3.40.003

1. Click, “Camera”

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2. Select the Menu Icon


3. Select “Device Manager”


4. Select the Add Icon


5. Select “P2P”


6. Choose a name for the device → Scan in QR code for SN number which you can access from the physical recorder under the main menu → Setting → Network → P2P. You may input SN number manually which can also be found under the recorder. → Enter Username and Password. For best results , leave Live Preview and Playback on the Extra Stream.


7. Select the Disk Icon to save → Select Live Preview, At which time the app will connect to all cameras.


Setup Remote Access via P2P using SmartPSS


This allows you to view cameras on SmartPSS using P2P.


 SN Number of device located on bottom of device recorder. Can also be located from the local menu of the recorder under menu -> system info or from Dahua Web service under Setup -> Network -> P2P
 P2P must be enabled from the main menu of the recorder under Settings -> Network -> P2P or from Dahua Web Service under Setup -> Network -> P2P.

Video Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1. Locate the serial number of your NVR or DVR. The serial number can be found at the following locations:

 On the underside or side of the unit


 In the web interface, under Info->Version

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 On the system interface under Main Menu->Settings->Network->P2P

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 On the system interface under Main Menu->Info->System->Version

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2. Launch SmartPSS and select Device.

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3. Click Add, change method to P2P.

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4. Enter credentials, save and then add.

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