If you have ordered an RLN36 or are interested in it, and want to get some basic information about this product before placing it in use or placing the order, you may refer to the below introductions.

This article includes the following 4 parts which will help you quickly understand the use and working principles of the NVR:

Part 1: Unboxing

Part 2: Product Overview

Part 3: Installation 

Part 4: Initial Setup

Unboxing for RLN36


Product Overview

You may find detailed information about the structure and components of the NVR below. 


  1. USB Port
  2. Power LED/HDD LED
  3. Control Panel


  1. Power Switch
  2. Power Input
  3. HDMI
  4. VGA
  5. Audio In
  6. Audio Out
  7. USB Ports
  8. LAN Port
  9. Internet Port
  10. Alarm In/Out


RLN36 has 4 downstream ports (RJ45 ports) and 1 upstream port (LAN port). The maximum speed of the downstream and upstream ports can reach gigabit.

It does not support PoE. Therefore, if you want to add more than 4 cameras to the NVR, it is recommended to add a PoE switch to the NVR and directly plug the camera into the switch.

Below is the connection diagram of the RLN36 that you may refer to. 



You can connect either hard-wire the PoE cameras or connect WiFi cameras wirelessly (except for battery-powered cameras) to the NVR.

For more instructions on the configurations, you may refer to the sections Wired Connection and Wireless Connection

Wired Connection

Applies to cameras that are hard-wired to the NVR. 

Step 1. Connect your Reolink IP cameras to the Reolink PoE NVR via a PoE switch. 

Step 2. Log into your NVR, and go to the channel management page. 


Step 3. Select Auto Add, and click Scan so that all the cameras in the same LAN can be automatically shown on the list.

Step 4. If you have never changed the password of the IP cameras (the default password of the IP camera is blank) and there are enough channels for all the cameras, you may press Apply to add all the IP cameras to the NVR.

Step 5. If you have changed the User Name and the Password of your cameras, please click Modify to input the required information.


Step 7. Click Apply to save and apply the configuration.

For more detailed instructions, you could refer to How to Add Reolink IP Cameras to Reolink PoE NVR (New UI).

Wireless Connection

Applies to wifi cameras (except for battery-powered cameras) attempting to add to the NVR. 

Step 1. Connect the WiFi camera to the same LAN as the PoE NVR.

Step 2. Connect the camera to the WiFi of the router. 

Step 3. Add the camera to the PoE NVR: Toggle the "Auto add" on and hit "Modify" to input the login credentials. 


Initial Setup

You can do the initial setup on a monitor or TV connected with an HDMI/VGA cable, or through the Reolink App or Reolink Client.  

  • On Monitor

    Step 1. Connect the NVR to a Monitor or TV via the VGA or HDMI cable.
    Step 2. Connect the camera to the NVR via a PoE switch.
    Step 3. Connect an Ethernet cable from the LAN port of the NVR to the LAN port of your router.
    Step 4. Connect the mouse to the USB port.
    Step 5. Connect the Power Adapter. Please use the supplied power adapter. For the PoE NVR device, it is 48 volts.
    Step 6. And then you will see the below splash screen. System booting up might take a few seconds.
    Step 7. Follow the Setup Wizard to set your NVR, click Next to continue and at the last step, click Finish to save all the settings.

    For more detailed instructions, you may refer to How to Initially Set up PoE NVR with Monitor Connected (New UI).

  • On Reolink App

    Step 1. Power the camera and the NVR, then launch the Reolink App on your phone.
    Step 2. During start-up, you will find the NVR shown on the Delive List automatically on Reolink App.

    Step 3. Click the device you want to add to start initialization.

    Step 4. For security considerations, you need to create a password for the first time.
    Step 5. Then name your device and modify other settings on the second step page.
    For more detailed instructions, you may refer to the article: How to Do Initial Setup for Reolink NVR via Reolink App.

  • On Reolink Client

    Step 1. Click the "+" icon, select UID, then fill in the blanks with the UID number of your NVR, See How to find the UID of your device.
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    Step 2. Create a device password, then click Next.
    Step 3. Create a device name then click Finish.
    For more detailed instructions, you may refer to the article: How to Initial Set up NVR via Reolink Client (New Client).

For more basic instructions on RLN36, you may refer to An Introduction to Reolink RLN36.