What is camera initialisation?
When configuring a new IP camera for the first time (or after a factory reset), an initialisation process must be performed before the camera can be used. This process was introduced to enhance security by removing the default "admin" password, instead adding a method for the installer to create this password themselves during installation.
When do you need to initialise a camera?
On recorders released after January 2018 this process can be performed through the recorder user interface - On recorders with inbuilt PoE ports this process happens automatically and the current recorder "admin" password is copied to the cameras. Any recorder built before this date will need to have cameras initialised manually using a PC / Laptop before they can be used.
If you are installing multiple cameras that will be connected to an external PoE switch, the cameras will need to initialised, the quickest way of doing so is by following method 1 below and initialising cameras in a bulk lot.
Method 1: Initialisation using the Config Tool
The initialisation process can also be performed using the latest version of our Config Tool - Please see the images below showing how this is done. To speed up the process the Config Tool also allows you to initialise multiple cameras at once.
- Download and open Config Tool.
- Put a check in the box next to the device you would like to Initialise, and select the Initialize button.
- Select the Initialize button.
- Enter a password, that is at least 8 characters, and is a mix of letters and numbers. Enter an email address, this will be used if the password is ever forgotten. Select Next.
- Depending on the installation requirements, you can check or uncheck the boxes for Easy4IP (P2P Remote Access) and Auto-check for updates. Select OK.
- If the status shows as Initialized, the process was completed successfully.
Method 2: Initialization using the Web Interface
Accessing the Camera for Setup
The Camera will need to be connected to the Laptop via an Ethernet cable.
You can access the Web Interface by entering the camera's IP address into the address bar of Internet Explorer. 192.168.1.108 is the default IP of our cameras.
You may need to change the IP address of your laptop to reach it.
Changing the IP address on a Windows Computer
- Open Settings.
- Select Network & Internet.
- Select Status, then Change Adapter Options.
Right-click the network adapter you want to change the IP address for, and select Properties.
- Select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) item.
- Click Use the following IP address and enter an IP address in the same range as the device you are trying to access. (E.g when trying to access 192.168.1.108 use a IP address in the 192.168.1.x range.) Note: This cannot be the same as the device you are trying to connect to or any other device on the same network. Save your changes on both windows.
- Type the IP address of the device you are trying to access into the address bar of your web browser.
- Once finished configuring the device, change the adapter settings back to normal by following steps 1-6 and clicking Obtain an IP address automatically.
New GUI (White/Blue)
- Select your Region and Language.
- Select your Time Zone, then press Sync with PC to sync your cameras time with the PCs time.
- Enter a password and recovery email.
- Ensure P2P is enabled, then press Next.
- Click End.
Old GUI (Grey)
Initialize the camera by entering a new password (It will need to be at least 8 characters long), then click Save.
Ensure P2P is enabled and click Next
If prompted, select a region and click SaveDelete