Plug and Play
POE enabled NVRs will automatically assign an IP address and channel number to connected Dahua cameras (Plug and Play). However, when connecting multiple cameras to a single POE port each camera must be manually added.
When cameras are added to the system using Plug and Play, each camera will be assigned to the same channel number as the PoE port number they are connected to. For example, connecting a camera to Port 1 will assign that camera channel number 1.
Important: Plug and Play on supports a single Dahua camera connected directly to the NVR PoE port, if connecting cameras via a switch, manual assignment (see below) must be used.
Manual Assignment and Initialising
The first step in configuring cameras for manual assignment to the NVR, is to discover the camera on the network so the IP address of each camera can be configured. This can be done by downloading the Dahua Toolbox application and installing the Config Tool.
Go to www.dahuasecurity.com the Toolbox application can be found using the top menu. Go to Support > Download Center > Tools > Maintenance Tools.
Once the Toolbox application has been installed and opened, a list of smaller applications will be listed. Click install next to Config Tool, once the installation is complete, click Open to run the program.
With the Config Tool open and the computer connected to a spare PoE port of the NVR, click the refresh icon at the top of the tool. Any cameras connected to the NVR PoE ports directly or via a switch should now be displayed.
Many Dahua IP cameras now ship in an uninitialised state, requiring that the password is changed from the factory default setting of admin before being used.
Before adding a camera to a Dahua PoE NVR manually, the IP address of the camera must be programmed to the same range as the Dahua NVR PoE switch. By default Dahua NVR PoE switches are set to 10.1.1.1
It is recommended that manually assigned IP addresses are no lower than 10.1.1.1xx so that they do not conflict with the DHCP range of the NVR.
The camera IP address will now be updated, indicated by the green tick displayed next to the camera model
The final step when manually adding Dahua IP cameras to an NVR PoE port is to disable Plug and Play. This must be done to assure reliability of the system in the event of a reboot.
To turn off Plug and Play, connect to the camera web browser by clicking the icon and entering the username and password of the camera.
Important: The computer IP address must be in the same range as the camera to be able to login, such as 10.1.1.x
Once logged into the camera browser, go to Setting > Network > TCP/IP and Uncheck the ARP/Ping option.
To add cameras to the NVR manually, right click on the NVR live display to bring up the mouse menu. From here select Camera Registration.