The DVR unit is the core of the Recording System. All system connections go to the DVR unit. The storage device (SD Card or SSD) is located inside the DVR unit. A good mounting location is important for the DVR unit as its location should be readily accessible for viewing the status and removing the disk.
To make any changes to the initial DVR configuration, a laptop, tablet, or smartphone that must be connected to the DVR. The DVR can be connected wirelessly via Wi-Fi or wired via LAN (RJ-45) cable.
Once connected to the DVR and navigating within the user interface, go to "Settings" and then "ADVANCED/Network" to change the Wi-Fi Name and Password.
The network settings allow the user to configure the LAN and Wi-Fi functions of the DVR unit. The default configuration is having Wi-Fi enabled to use Wi-Fi access point mode. There are two different Wi-Fi modes on the DVR unit that can be set from the “Wi-Fi Mode” option at the top of the page.
The device can be set to one of the following modes:
1. Access Point Mode:
Enabled by default - this mode allows your smart device to connect directly to the DVR unit via Wi-Fi for remote configuration and access to view cameras and recorded video files.
2. Client Mode (Unit to Building):
This mode is used to allow your device to automatically connect to your building’s Wi-Fi when it comes into range. Once connected to the network, video files on the DVR can be accessed and transferred remotely either manually or automatically using the SecuraMax, CloudConnect, or Connect (formerly ECB) software.
*****Note: If the device is set to Wi-Fi Client mode, it cannot be directly accessed via Wi-Fi AP to change settings (since the AP mode is no longer enabled).
- The Wi-Fi AP mode can be temporarily re-enabled by pressing and holding the “STOP” button on the front of the DVR for 7 seconds and then releasing once a single beep is heard.
- To return the DVR to Wi-Fi Client mode, press and hold the “STOP” button on the front of the DVR for 7 seconds and then release once a single beep is heard or connect to it via Wi-Fi AP mode and change the Wi-Fi Mode setting through the web interface.
- If you do not want to use the built-in Wi-Fi, set the “Wi-Fi” at the top of the page to “Disabled”. Once applied, the only way to connect to the DVR unit is through the LAN connection.
AP Mode: Change the Wi-Fi Name/Unit SSID and Password
This is the name of the Wi-Fi AP that the DVR will broadcast. The default configuration is “PD-1900”. This should be changed to a name that contains the unit number of the vehicle to allow identification among the other vehicles around it.
- MAC Address - MAC addresses are unique numbers used to identify networked devices. The MAC address can be used to locate the device on the network. If you intend to connect the device to your local network, it is recommended to record the MAC address of each unit for future reference. If the device has been connected to the network, you can find it from a Windows PC on the network by opening “command prompt” then using the command “arp -a” to view the current Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) cache and then locating the devices MAC from the list of all devices on the network and viewing its associated IP address.
Password security protects the Wi-Fi from undesired access. All DVR units are shipped using a default password of “doesitall” which should be changed to something unique. In general, fleet Wi-Fi passwords: ___________________________________________
Password: does it all
Description: Administrative account with full access, also can set passwords/accounts
Description: Access to only see live video
Description: Access only for video playback
Password: change items
Description: Access to only see/modify settings