By uploading security camera footage to FTP servers, you may enjoy these advantages without paying expensive subscription fees.

Applies to: All Reolink cameras (E1 Zoom is included) except for all Reolink battery-powered cameras, Reolink E1, Reolink E1 Pro, B400, B800, D800, Reolink Lumus, Reolink WiFi NVR system, and RLN36

Note: Please verify that your FTP server is working properly before configuring FTP settings on Web Browser. If you don't have one, see how to build an FTP server on Your PC (Cerberus FTP Server).

You may follow the steps below to set up FTP via Web Browser.

Step 1. Log in to your device, and go to Device Settings SurveillanceFTP page.

Step 2. Click Enable FTP > FTP Settings, then complete the information required. 


Server Address: Type in the address of your FTP server and FTP port.
Server Port: The default FTP port for Reolink products is 21.
Username and Password: Enter the username and password of your FTP server. If there is no username and password required, please enable Anonymous FTP.
Transfer Mode: Choose to transfer the data by Auto, PORT, or PASV mode. We suggest you choose the Auto option.
FTPS Only: Your FTP server must support the FTPS protocol. If this option is enabled, the camera will communicate only using FTPS. 



Remote Directory: Set an upload directory for device video recording. You may also leave it blank.
Generate subfolder by: The format of the generated subfolder. 
Upload: Choose to upload only video, only image, or both video and image. 
Video Resolution: Resolutions for the uploaded videos.
FTP Postpone: Set the record time limit after a motion is detected. This option is only available when the File Type is Video and the FTP Schedule is Alarm.
Max File Size (MB): Customize the maximum file size. 
Overwrite File: Choose to overwrite the single file (which will only retain the latest file) or alternately overwrite two files (which wil generate temporary files). 
Image Resolution: Resolutions for the uploaded images. 
Interval: The interval for uploading the image to your FTP server. 

Step 3. Configure the FTP uploading schedule.

One grid means one hour. You can choose to upload files only when there's motion, or continuously in a specific interval. For cameras that support smart detection, different detection types can be selected. 


NoteNormal means that the camera will record 24/7 and Motion means that the camera will record only when a motion is detected. If Alarm and Timer are set at the same time:
● Images are still uploaded regularly according to the interval. When the camera detects a motion, it will upload an image even if the upload interval has not yet been reached, that is, both the Alarm and the Timer are working; while the video only takes effect to the Timer schedule, and uploads according to the Max file size, the camera does not upload additional alarm video.
● If only Alarm schedule is set, upload the file when the camera detects motion.
● If only Timer schedule is set, the video will be uploaded according to the max file size, and the images will be uploaded according to the interval.

Step 4. Click Save to save the settings first, and then click Test to check whether FTP has been set up successfully.


If you see FTP Login Failed, please click FTP stops working to troubleshoot the issue.