Adding IP Cameras to our IQCCTV hybrid DVRs

Our Hybrid DVRs can accept standard cameras connected via coaxial cables, they can also accept ip network cameras not directly connected to the DVR

DVR Models

IQR5000D4H
IQR5000D8H
IQR5000D16H
IQR3000D32H

This article will show you how to add an IP camera to one of our IQCCTV hybrid DVRs and how to configure the IP camera to your network using software.

For all of the examples shown below the DVR is already connected to the broadband router with an ethernet cable, it is usual practice to install this connection as it is required to enable remote access of the cameras using smartphones and computers.

If you have not yet done this please do so before continuing with this article, we have produced a video showing how to use your DVR and how to add your DVR to your computer network and how to use the app and software https://youtu.be/aXxh63bgYvk

Ok assuming the DVR is set up on the network......

Cables and connecting - The camera needs to be powered and it needs a connection to the broadband router, there are a couple of ways of doing both of these.


  1. Basic Connection 1 - Power supply , wired network connection


The image below shows the simplest way an IP camera can be connected up.
The IP camera has a 12 volts DC power supply connected to it to power the camera.
The IP camera has an ethernet cable connected directly to the broadband router



If you have your camera connected this way and the DVR is connected to your network now please watch the video below to see how to add the camera to the DVR using the software
https://youtu.be/aXxh63bgYvk

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2. Basic Connection 2 - POE, wired network connection

The limitation of using a 12 volts dc power supply as shown in example 1 above is that the power supply cable is quite short typically no more than 2 metres long, and therefore the camera cannot be located very far from the power supply

This is where POE comes in. POE stands for Power Over Ethernet

Power is added to the ethernet cable at the end furthest from the camera by using a POE Injector or Multi-Port POE switch that is placed inline with the ethernet cable before going to the router, this set up powers the camera and makes the network connection using a single ethernet cable, making for a simple tidy installation

The example below shows a single port POE injector being used to power the IP camera, and a short ethernet patch cable connecting it to the broadband router



If you have your camera connected this way and the DVR is connected to your network now please watch the video below to see how to add the camera to the DVR using the software https://youtu.be/aXxh63bgYvk





Basic Connection 3 - Multi Port POE Switch, wired network connection

If you want to connect more than one IP camera to the DVR you can of course install several camera power supplies or use several single port POE injectors, but the better option might be to use a multi-port POE switch. A multi-port POE switch is a box with several network sockets on it, it is able to power several cameras at once.

The network connection to the broadband router only needs one ethernet cable, one cable can handle several cameras images at once.  This makes installation a little simpler, instead of running 4 cables to the router you can use just one.



If you have your camera connected this way and the DVR is connected to your network now please watch the video below to see how to add the camera to the DVR using the software https://youtu.be/aXxh63bgYvk


ADVANCED CONNECTIONS

What happens if i cant run a cable?

You have a couple of options if you really really cant run a cable, before considering using the options below try to run a cable, a cable is cheapest and the most reliable option to use.

But if it is just not possible, read on..

ADVANCED CONNECTION 1 - Powerline - A wire-free network connection solution.

Powerline devices are commonly used in homes that have problems getting a good broadband network signal in upstairs rooms, they consist of a pair of plugs with ethernet sockets that plug into mains power sockets, and they send the network data between themselves using the houses mains electrical cabling.

You can also use these to connect IP network cameras up.

For our example below, using Powerline to connect an ip camera to a hybrid DVR,  one plug should be located close to the broadband router and the other one close to the camera location.



You can also use a multi-port POE switch with Powerline plugs as the example below shows



If you have your camera connected this way and the DVR is connected to your network now please watch the video below to see how to add the camera to the DVR using the software https://youtu.be/aXxh63bgYvk

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ADVANCED CONNECTIONS 2 - WI-FI ACCESS POINT

If you need to get a network connection between two buildings that use different electrical supplies this rules out Powerline as a feasible connection method,  then Wi-Fi is a solution.

You could use a wireless access point on one building that is connected wirelessly to the broadband router in the other building.

Plugging the IP cameras ethernet network connection into the wireless access point will add the camera to the broadband network.



If you have your camera connected this way and the DVR is connected to your network now please watch the video below to see how to add the camera to the DVR using the software https://youtu.be/aXxh63bgYvk

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Here is the video that shows how to configure the IP camera to your network and how to add the IP camera to the hybrid DVR

https://youtu.be/aXxh63bgYvk