Add an Onvif IP Camera to an Onvif Recorder

By Raymond Shadman

Direct/SMS/Fax:  310.876.1540

Phone:           877.DEALS.79 or 310.370.9500 x101



Skype:           rshadman

In this post, we list best practices for ensuring compatibility between IP recorders and IP cameras.

Unlike analog recorders, NVRs or hybrid/tribrid/multi-format DVRs (also known as XVRs) require compatible makes and models of IP cameras.For example, if using a Dahua NVR, it’s a best practice to use Dahua IP Cameras in order to guarantee compatibility between recorders and cameras. If mixing brands, or if not using a stated make and model of listed IP camera, it’s very possible that the camera’s video stream won’t display on the NVR. In some cases, the camera’s video stream might be displayed, but other features may not work. The same holds true for VMSes (Video Management Systems) such as Milestone XProtect, which are essentially software-based IP management systems that are designed to accommodate numerous brands of IP Cameras, with certain limitations.

If not using the same brand of NVR or IP camera, the best practice is to match each device’s corresponding Onvif profile. Onvif is a standard in the IP/Security world, which allows interoperability between IP security devices, even if they are branded differently. It’s important to note that there are various profiles of Onvif. For example, LTS/Hikvision, ACTi, and KT&C are Onvif Profile-S. And Dahua and Uniview are Onvif 2 or higher. Can an Onvif Profile-S camera be connected to an Onvif 2.x recorder, and vice versa? It’s possible, and the only way to know for certain is to test it. Although the odds of compatibility are going to be much better if the camera’s Onvif profile corresponds to that of the recorder.

Testing the IP camera (IPC) involves:

  1. Is video displayed on the NVR/VMS in H.264, H.265, MPEG4, MJPEG, or whichever other compression streams you are trying to use from the IPC?
  2. If the camera supports multiple streams, are they all detected by the NVR/VMS?
  3. Does the NVR/VMS record the IPC’s stream on motion detection?
  4. If the camera supports audio, does it work with the NVR/VMS?
  5. If the camera supports on-board storage (usually a Micro SD slot), does it work with the NVR/VMS?
  6. If the camera supports electronic optical zoom, or Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ), can the NVR/VMS control the camera’s zoom lens or PTZ mechanism?
  7. If the camera is a panoramic fisheye (180-degree or 360-degree with no moving parts), then will the NVR/VMS support the de-warping of the camera’s lens, so that you can view the camera in panoramic mode instead of standard fisheye mode with the black circles around it?
  8. If the camera is a multi-sensor panoramic camera (such as the Arecont Vision SurroundVideo with more than one sensor inside the camera), will all sensors be displayed by the NVR/VMS?

There’s at least an 30-60 minutes worth of testing involved per camera, after unboxing the camera(s) and properly setting IP addressing for the camera and NVR, not to mention return shipping to the warehouse if it’s not compatible on all the features you want. For those of you who are bold enough to be buying directly from China, good luck returning those products to China, as Chinese Customs does not accept cameras to be returned for any reason be it warranty repair or exchange.

Most Onvif NVRs have list their Onvif profile, and most IP cameras from reputable companies list their Onvif profile. Do yourself a favor and choose compatible equipment. If you have multiple brands of Onvif devices, opt for using a professional VMS such as Milestone XProtect, providing that your cameras are listed in the VMS’s compatibility list. If using a camera that is not listed in the compatibility list, try using the Onvif driver, and if that doesn’t work, try the Universal driver (when using Milestone XProtect).

Here are general instructions to connect an Onvif IPC to an Onvif recorder:

  1. Address the IPC using a unique IP address with the same subnet mask and gateway as the NVR/VMS. You will have to use the IPC manufacturer’s software tool for addressing. For example, Dahua has ConfigTool. LTS uses Platinum IP Portal. Hikvision uses SADP. Uniview uses EZ Tools, etc.
  2. Connect your IPC to a discrete/external PoE switch if it’s a different brand than the NVR. For example, if using an ACTi IP camera, connect it to a PoE switch that is not the built-in PoE switch on the NVR, if one is present. Alternatively, connect a compatible external power source such as 12v DC or 24v AC, depending on your camera’s specifications. In some circumstances, an NVR’s built-in PoE will support other brands of PoE IPCs, but it is a best practice to use a discrete PoE swich to have better odds of compatibility.
  3. For Tribrid LTS or Hikvision DVRs, go to Main Menu –> Setting –> Camera –> Channel Type in order to configure the channel type as analog (CVBS/SD), HD-TVI, AHD, HD-CVI, etc., and IP. IP cameras should be labeled at the end of the range of cameras. For example, on a 16 channel tribrid system, the IP cameras would be labeled as #16 and lower (in reverse order) if the number of IP channels is inclusive in the total number of cameras. If the number if IP channels is in addition to the total BNC inputs, then the IP cameras would be labeled as #17 and up.
    channel type on a Dahua Tribrid DVR/XVR
    channel type on a Dahua Tribrid DVR/XVR


  4. To add a brand of IPC that is different than the brand of NVR/VMS, you will most likely not be able to use any of the NVR/VMS’s bulk-adding utilities. Your best bet is to do a manual add, where you would specify the IP address, port number, user name and password. Select manufacturer: Onvif. NOTE: it is important to change the default user name and password of the IPC before you reach this step. If there is an option for TCP or UDP or both, use TCP.

For additional information on IPC integration, please contact your vendor for support.

May 23, 2017

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ISONAS Access Control Integration FAQs into Milestone XProtect

By Raymond Shadman

Direct/SMS/Fax:  310.876.1540

Phone:           877.DEALS.79 or 310.370.9500 x101



Skype:           rshadman


Here are my questions to ISONAS regarding replacing a hospital’s S2 control panels with ISONAS IPBridge units so that they can use their existing S2 readers at each of their existing access controlled doors and have integration into Milestone XProtect. The hospital’s intent is to add new ISONAS equipment to the new doors, while to use existing equipment where possible, given their fairly recent investment into S2, which was substantial. S2, unfortunately, does not offer any integration into Milestone XProtect.


Q1) Is it the Pure Access Software that integrates with Milestone XProtect?

A1) The Milestone Pure Access integration is expected to be complete in June. This is related to their newer RC04 Pure Access products, because their RC03 integration was complete at least 1-2 years ago.


Q2) The Milestone XProtect server will be running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. Must we have Server2012 R2 or better for Pure Access, or is it better for Pure Access to run on its own server or workstation?

A2) The Manager on-premise version of Pure Access will require a Windows 2012 R2 or newer machine or can be hosted in a virtual environment. I have been told by several manufacturers and various installers that it’s best to have a separate server for the access control, versus installing the software on the Milestone servers. This is because it’s easier to troubleshoot issues, and there could be potential conflicts between the SQL db on Milestone and the access software.

Q3) Does Pure Access Cloud to run in the cloud without a server?

A3) Pure Access Cloud has no physical server requirements.


Q4) You recommend RC-04-PRX and R-1-MCT so that they can get an idea on pricing for future doors, right? These are all weatherproof in case any need to be installed outdoors?

A4) Correct the RC04 has a conformal coated board and is much more weatherproof.


Q5) What’s the difference between the PRX and MCT? PRX is the 125kHz cards with lower bit strings.

A5) The MCT is the 13.56mHz Smart cards like the Mifare or DesFire cards that create an encrypted two-way signal between the reader and the card. The MCT is more secure. The PRX credentials can easily be duplicated using a $30 prox card duplicator that can be purchased online. It’s still a common request to go with 125KHz cards because of their low price point.


Q6) Can we use the PowerNet readers instead of the Pure IP in case we need to reduce cost? Will these still integrate into Milestone?

A6) The RC03 is compatible with Milestone today and in the future. The RC04 will be compatible as soon as the Pure Access Milestone is complete in June.


Q7) Why is it called Pure IP if it’s Wiegand-based?

A7) See: The RC04 & RC03 are edge-based intelligent devices with an IP address on the network.


Q8) Is the Cable-10 required for each new reader? Not required for the existing S2 readers, right?
A8) The pigtail Cable 10 is required for the RC04 to connect to the lock hardware. The R1 is a Wiegand reader that can use existing composite wiring (banana cable).


Q9) Once they surpass 100 doors, can they just pay the difference to upgrade to the next level? Would they need a valid software support plan to receive 100% trade-in-credit?

A9) When the upgrade occurs they will be credited the unused portion of the subscription.


Q10) Are the thin cards printable?

A10) Yes, we will have a full integration with DataCard by the end of 2017. This was suggested during our private webinar regarding printing visitor cards with different colors, and various access levels with their own colors.


Q11) What is the Advanced Security Module?

A11) The ASM encrypts the signal between the RC04 and the lock strike, which makes it impossible to hot-wire the lock if the RC04 is removed.


Q12) 1-year warranty on all hardware? Or is it more than a year?

A12) Yes, 1-year warranty. Extended warranties can be purchased for up to 5 years, so 6 years total.


Q13) For the Milestone access control integration, is it per door or per IP Bridge or what?

A13) ISONAS does not charge any licensing from our side of the Milestone equation. Those fees are directly charged by Milestone.

May 23, 2017

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Drone Operation with Milestone XProtect VMS

You can use the Phantom 3 Advanced with the HDMI output module connected to the TBS 2216 HDMI encoder (better encoders available) with the universal driver in Milestone to record live video.

In addition, you can the Inspire 1 with the light bridge wireless with an HDMI out that goes into an HDMI encoder and it is recorded into Milestone XProtect with the universal driver.

The two above installations were hardwired into a POE switch directly connected to a recorder. You can also use a wireless bridge connected to a cellular connection.

You can also have helicopter and drone connections using a Rocket Router with multiple cellular cards for increased bandwidth.





For more information, you may email me at

April 25, 2017

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Default Passwords for Most IP Network Camera Brands

Please add this link to your bookmarks for quick access for future reference:

Default User IDs and Passwords for Most Common Network IP Cameras

ACTi: admin, 123456 or Admin, 123456
American Dynamics: admin, admin or admin, 9999
Arecont Vision: <blank>
Avigilon: admin, admin
Axis: traditionally root/pass, new Axis cameras require password creation during first login
Basler: admin, admin
BlueStork: root, 123456
Bosch: none
Brickcom: admin, admin
Canon: root, camera
Cantek : Admin, 1111
Cisco: No default password, requires creation during first login
Dahua: admin, admin
Digital Watchdog: admin, admin
DRS: admin, 1234
DVTel: Admin, 1234
DynaColor: Admin, 1234
FLIR: admin, fliradmin
Foscam: admin, <blank>
GeoVision: admin, admin
Grandstream: admin, admin
Hikvision: admin, 12345
Honeywell: admin, 1234
IQinVision: root, system
IPIXA (H.264): admin, <blank>
IPIXA (4K H.265): admin, 888888
IPX-DDK: root, admin or root, Admin\
JVC: admin, jvc
LTS: admin, 12345
Lorex: admin, 0000
March Networks: admin, <blank>
Mobotix: admin, meinsm
Panasonic: admin, 12345
Pelco Sarix: admin, admin
Pixord: admin, admin
Samsung Electronics: root, root or admin, 4321
Samsung Techwin (old): admin, 1111111
Samsung (new): admin, 4321
Sanyo: admin, admin
Scallop: admin, password
Sentry360 (mini): admin, 1234
Sentry360 (pro): none
Sony: admin, admin
Speco: admin, 1234
Stardot: admin, admin
Starvedia: admin, <blank>
Trendnet: admin, admin
Toshiba: root, ikwd
VideoIQ: supervisor, supervisor
Vivotek: root, <blank>
Ubiquiti: ubnt, ubnt
Uniview: admin, 123456
Wodsee: admin, <blank>

Do you want us to add any brands to this list? If so, please comment below.

February 2, 2017

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Difference Between Original Dahua and Dahua-OEM Products?

Question from eBay customer RE: Dahua NVR4208-8P-4K-OEM: 

Dahua OEM 8-Channel 4K H.265 NVR: 8-port PoE, 12MP, 192Mbps, VGA/HDMI, 2x SATA

The photograph shows the Dahua emblem on the front of the NVR.

Will the items being shipped have this Dahua emblem and the Dahua model numbers and serial numbers on them?

Will Dahua permit me to download and update the firmware, if I choose?

Will the Dahua U.S.A. warranty and support apply?

Is the firmware in english?

Is the format PAL or NTSC?

Is it U.S. power compatible?


Our answer:


Thank you for submitting this question. eDigitalDeals is an authorized Dahua dealer, and we work very closely with them.

This product is not from Dahua USA, but rather from an OEM provider. It carries a 3-year warranty. The Dahua logo is not going to be on this product. Original Dahua carries a 5-year warranty with access to Dahua tier-2 support, and does include the Dahua logo. Your first call for support should be to us, as we can usually resolve all issues without calling Dahua USA.

We have recently sold a number of NVRs and hundreds of IP cameras to the University of NE, and they have purchased both OEM and original products. Out of the 10 OEM NVRs and 8 Pro NVRs they purchased, only one OEM NVR was defective. Out of the hundreds of cameras they purchased, only 1 was defective. Just as I recommended to them, you should purchase Dahua OEM NVRs and a mixture of OEM and original IP cameras. The OEM NVRs work fine, and we can get you various firmware options, all of which are in English. Furthermore, the price point of the OEM NVR usually results in a substantial savings over the original NVR.

Here are part numbers and prices for Dahua USA NVRs with 5-year warranty:
DHI-NVR42A08-8P , (not 4K) MSRP $932, your price $364.95
DHI-NVR52A08-8P-4KS2 , MSRP $1146, your price $499.95

Dahua USA only ships from Southern CA. Our Dahua OEM warehouses are all over the USA, which reduces transit time.

We don’t list Dahua USA on eBay because we cannot list these prices to the public without violating our dealer agreement, or without looking grossly overpriced. This is why interested buyers would have to visit our website and login, or better yet call/email/chat to get pricing.

eDigitalDeals only sells English-firmware, NTSC, with U.S. power plugs. We can accommodate requests for other firmware languages, PAL format, and international power plugs.

Feel free to reply if you have any additional questions.

Raymond Shadman

1-877-DEALS-79 x1

1-310-370-9500 x1

January 30, 2017

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