Applies to: All Reolink PoE NVRs.
When you start the Reolink PoE NVR for the first time, the Setup Wizard will run automatically if you connect the NVR to the monitor/TV and power it on. The wizard will guide you through all the settings you need to get your NVR up and working.
Step 1: For security purpose, here you need to create a password with at least 6 characters to continue. After that, click Next to continue.
- User Name: The NVR’s default account, which is “admin”. You can’t change the Admin username.
- Password: The password you would like to be associated with the admin account. A password can be set with 6-31 characters in length, and may consist of numbers, letters or symbols. The first and the last character cannot be space. The default password is blank, so you must create a new password to continue.
- Confirm Password: Re-enter the password to ensure accuracy.
- Level: This field is greyed out because the Admin account always has the highest level of access. There are two additional access levels available - Guest and Operator.
- Enable Password: Select this if you want to be prompted for the user account’s password when accessing the main menu.
- Display wizard when booting up (checkbox): Select this if you want the NVR to automatically run the configuration wizard when it boots up. You may also run the wizard at any time by clicking the icon on the NVR menu bar.
Step 2: Set up the General configuration for the NVR.
- Language: Choose the language which you would like the menu system to be displayed in.
- Video Standard: Choose between NTSC (USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, and some other regions) or PAL (UK, Europe, Australia, and some other areas). If this is set incorrectly, images from your cameras may be distorted, black and white.
- Resolution: How many pixels the NVR will output. Typically, you may want to set this to be equal to the native resolution of your monitor/television. It is suggested to set it as 1920*1080 when you use HDMI monitor connection.
- Time Zone: Choose the time zone you are at. It is really important to select the right time zone if you are using NTP (Network Time Protocol). Some common Time Zones: the USA
EST (Eastern Standard Time) is GMT-5:00, PST (Pacific Standard Time) is GMT-
8:00, UK is GMT +0:00, and the East Coast of Australia is GMT +10:00.
- Menu Date Format: How you would like the date to be displayed.
- UID: This is the NVR’s Unique Identifier number (16 characters) which will be used later to connect your PC or smart phone with the NVR using Reolink P2P Technology and access the system anytime and anywhere! Or you may use your phone to scan the QR code on the device to add it.
Step 3: Check the Hard disk management. You can find the HDD capacity and free space here. If you want to format the HDD, choose the HDD, then click Init, or you can click Next to continue.
Step 4: Set up the Network configuration. This page shows the current network condition. When finishing the settings, you may click Next to continue.
Step 5: You can see the list of cameras which have been added to the NVR in the Device List page.
IP Address: Displays the unique IP number and port number that is assigned to the IP camera.
MAC Address: The Media Access Control address. This is a unique code which cannot be shared - it is hardcoded when the camera is manufactured.
Name: All cameras' default name is “Camera 1”. Changing its name will help to easily identify the camera.
Channel: The channel to which the camera has been assigned.
Step 6: Set up Email configuration. If you want the NVR to send email alerts when alarm events are detected, then you need to configure an outgoing email server for the NVR and choose an email address for it. Learn more at here.
Step 7: UID is the NVR’s Unique Identifier number which will be used later to connect your PC or smart phone to the NVR using Reolink P2P Technology. To send it, you need to configure the email settings on the last page.
Step 8: Set up the DDNS configuration. DDNS is not required for Reolink P2P remote access. If you intend to access your NVR using the older IP technology, you will need to configure this service.
Step 9: Configure system time. NTP stands for “Network Time Protocol”. It is a way for the NVR to connect to the Internet and automatically update and maintain accurate time. There is no requirement to use NTP and it is easy to set up and free to use.
Step 10: Set up DST. If your time zone observes daylight saving time and you want your NVR’s clock to be updated automatically when daylight saving time starts and ends, make sure the Enable box is checked.
Step 11: Finish the initial setup. When you click Finish, the NVR will update and save your settings and it may reboot while doing so.