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Quick DDNS configuration for Hikvision devices

07/6/2020 14:38

Hikvision provides DDNS service for its products (e.g. DVRs), allowing customers to use their equipment anywhere in the world, even if they do not have a static external IP address.
Preconditions that are required to use the service:

  • a Hikvision device,
  • public, external IP address,
  • proper configuration of router or other network node: port forwarding.

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Port forwarding allows a specific computer or service within a private local-area network (LAN) to connect with remote computers on the Internet. It is quite easy operation, usually performed in the router, which is typically both the network node and default gateway.
Step 1. Identifying the kind of the networkIf you do not know what kind of connection you use, you can find it out in Windows OS by selecting Run>Open: option, then typing in cmd. In the command line you should enter ipconfig. The system will display the necessary information about your network connection, which should be saved. With more than one network card in your computer, you first have to determine the name of the tested connection.

View of the cmd.exe window
Notice! It is highly recommended that devices forwarded to WAN network should have permanent IP addresses (assigned without the use of DHCP).
Step 2. Entering the network parameters to Hikvision DVRHaving known the basic network parameters (subnet mask, gateway), you have to pass them to the DVR. You can do it locally (in the Network Configuration window), or remotely (via iVMS4000 client application or web interface). Enter the subnet mask and default gateway address (usually it is the IP address of the router). Although the DDNS account is not configured yet, you can input the necessary data. Check the ports numbers used by the DVR. In the case of a conflict with another service running in the network, they have to be be changed.

Network Configuration window in the DWR menu

Network Settings in the iVMS4000 application

DDNS Settings
Step 3. Configuring Hikvision DDNS accountTo use Hikvision DDNS, you have to create an account first. The procedure is simple, just access, select Register new user link and and fill out the required fields:

The creation of a new user account
You can immediately log into your account:

Logging into DDNS account
On the left side there is user Menu:

Adding new DWR to the list of devices supported by the DDNS service
After selecting the Device Management box, you should enter the name of the DVR (in Device Alias field, with lowercase letters, digits and “-” sign only) and the Device Serial No. The latter parameter you can identify using SADP, iVMS, or directly in the DVR menu.

Reading the serial number in the iVMS4000 application
After you click OK and go to Device Status, you’ll see the DVR and, if DDNS is working correctly, the link for remote viewing.
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DDNS service may not be available for older firmware versions. The latest versions can be found on the manufacturer’s website or in relevant catalog pages of DIPOL’s website. Before an upgrade, we recommend you to save the current firmware version. After updating some oldest versions, the DVR settings may be reset, and the stored data deleted, so you should export the configuration file and backup all important video files.

Categories:CSR, Home Energy Efficiency

How to Connect Hikvision IP Cameras to an NVR

07/6/2020 14:34

Hikvision IP cameras are very popular in the security camera industry. You may already own a Hikvision system or cameras. One of the recurring complaints we hear about Hikvision equipment is that it can be difficult to use. For your everyday home consumer complicated equipment can be time consuming, and just not worth it. Even installers have difficulties getting Hikvision systems to work exactly how they want. The good news is Hikvision’s cameras can connect and record to an Avalonix NVR.

Some notable OEM Hikvision brands include: LaView, LTS, and more. OEM means the cameras and NVR are relabeled and sold under a different brand. However, it does not mean OEM systems are any easier to use. If you are unhappy with your Hikvision NVR, but want to keep your cameras and are looking for a professional and easy to use system then you found the right place.

Step 1. Prepare your Hikvision Camera to be added

You will need to set your IP camera up to be added via the ONVIF protocol.You will need to access the web interface of the camera. This may vary depending on the firmware version on your cameras, but the process should be relatively the same. If the options look different, try looking for similar settings.

A. Configure the cameras to be accessible from your network

Using Hikvision’s Batch Configuration or SADP tool you will need to change the IP address on your IP camera. You will need to set the IP address to the same network as your router so you can access the cameras web interface from your computer. Keep in mind each camera needs a unique IP address on the same network.

If you’re unsure how to change the IP address, or need to download software tools for your cameras we recommend contacting Hikvision or the OEM camera vendor you purchased from.

B. Enable ONVIF protocol and add an ONVIF user

After you are able to access your camera’s web interface you will need to enable the ONVIF protocol inside the camera. ONVIF allows our NVRs to add and connect to the Hikvision cameras and start recording video.

The ONVIF option is usually found in the Configuration page under the Network subsection and finally Advanced Settings (items 1 and 2 in the image above)

The advanced settings page will have multiple tabs. The ONVIF settings are found in the Integration Protocol tab (item 3 in the image above).

Check the “Enable ONVIF” box (item 4 in the image above).

You also need to create an ONVIF user. To create an ONVIF user simply click the Add button (item 5 in the image above). Create a username and password you will remember. This is the username and password that you will need to enter for connecting to the camera from the NVR. For the best compatibility we recommend making the ONVIF user at the Administrator level.

Click Save at the bottom of the options to save the changes.

Step 2. Add the Hikvision Camera to an Avalonix NVR

After your cameras are configured to have an ONVIF user and the ONVIF protocol is enabled you can now move on to adding them to the Avalonix NVR. In our guide we cover using the web interface to manually add the camera. However, you can also manually add these cameras in front of the NVR using the Camera registration screen.

A. Access the web interface of the NVR

You will need to access the web interface of the NVR. You will need to type the IP address set on your NVR in the address bar of a web browser like Edge, or Chrome. Our NVRs ship with a default IP address –

You will be required to login with the username and password that is set on your NVR. If you have not changed the username and password from default, you can find the password label located on the top of the Avalonix NVR.

B. Navigate to the Camera Registration screen and click Manual Add

When you first login to your NVR you will see a lot of options. You will want to navigate to the Camera Registration screen. On our NVR this is done by clicking Management at the top left and choosing the top option Camera.

After you’re in the Camera Registration screen you will see the linked devices. If your NVR has no cameras added, or connected then you see a blank screen like in our example.

To add an ONVIF camera click the Manual Add button to bring up a Manual Add menu.

C. Manually Add the Hikvision IP camera

Finally you are ready to manually add the information for your Hikvision cameras. You will need to create a manual entry for each camera you want to add to the NVR.

When adding the cameras you will first want to change the Manufacturer from Private to ONVIF. This will tell the NVR to look at the IP address for an ONVIF device.

Then you will need to enter the IP address you set on your camera earlier. This will need to be repeated for each camera you have setup on the network.

To finish your Manual Add entry, type in the username and password for the ONVIF user you created on the camera. Click OK to save the entry.

As long as you’ve typed everything in correctly and the camera has been configured properly you should receive a green status and the device entry might fill in the Hikvision model number or camera name. You should give it up to a minute or two before it finishes connecting.


  • If you don’t receive a green status after some time you will want to review the Hikvision camera’s settings to ensure the ONVIF protocol is enabled and the ONVIF user is created.
  • Try restarting the NVR and camera if you’ve verified all of the information is correct.
  • You want to make sure the NVR and camera are on the same network and can communicate.

Please note not all Hikvision cameras will connect to an Avalonix NVR using the ONVIF protocol so your mileage may vary.

Categories:CSR, Home Energy Efficiency

5 Tips to Choose the Best IP Camera

06/23/2020 4:47

Generally speaking, we need security in the public because of the chaning society environment. Although it is not friendly to our personal information, it is necessary. Besides, we also need security at home, and we want to know who is outside of your door at night. So, we need video surveilliance, and, IP cameras are the one of the most important devices.

What is an IP camera? How to choose an good IP camera?

In this post, I will introduce. Let’s begin.

What is an IP camera?

history of the Video surveillance system

IP network camera is a digital device based on network transmission. In addition to the ordinary composite video signal output interface BNC (the general analog output is used for debugging and does not represent its own effect), there is a network output interface that can directly Connect to the local area network.

It can be used for video transmission and security prevention in TV conferences, residential quarters, banks, coal mine production, test sites and other occasions. However, since people have been using analog cameras for a long time, they have formed a preconceived prejudice against network cameras. In order to fully understand this booming new thing, I need to make a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of its basic principles, advantages and disadvantages, and problems in development and application.

A typical IP network camera that supports the IP protocol includes a lens, a filter, an embedded image sensor, an image digitizer, an image compressor, and a server with only network connectivity.

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5 Tips to Choose the Best IP Camera

We can roughly judge the pros and cons of IP cameras through the following five points:

  1. Clarity test

You can easily judge the definition of high-definition cameras through ordinary video image sharpness (number of lines) test cards. This method can directly distinguish the sharpness of the image with the naked eye. Generally speaking, the high-definition 720P camera test card index can clearly distinguish the TV line larger than 800TVL, and the poor high-definition camera will have a lower index and the image There are jitters or burrs.

  1. Dynamic range test

You can easily determine the grayscale data of high-definition images by using a common video image grayscale test card.

  1. Color reproduction

Use the color test card or the naked eye to judge the color reproduction of the high-definition video image. The resolution of a good HD IP camera is very high, and it can almost achieve a very realistic reduction effect.

  1. Signal to noise ratio

The suppression of noise in the same picture is also one of the important indicators to measure the performance of HD IP cameras. For the bright processing of dark blocks in the picture and noise suppression directly determine the quality of the image, there are many low-end cameras that can only output a clearer picture under the ideal state of more than 100 Lux, and the ability to adapt to changes in light environment Very poor, there is no effective means for noise suppression in strong light or low light environments, and image quality cannot be guaranteed. In this case, high-definition images are meaningless and we call them pseudo-HD.

  1. Image coding compression algorithm

The good and bad encoding and compression algorithms of IP high-definition cameras are also one of the important indicators that directly affect the performance of the cameras. The encoding and compression processing chips for high-definition camera video images on the market are divided into DSP carriers and ASIC chips. Each has its own advantages, DSP chip functions are relatively flexible, and the development cycle is short, but the coding efficiency is low and the cost is high. ASIC chip function application is relatively fixed, the development cycle is long, but the coding efficiency is very high, and the cost is low after large-scale use. No matter what kind of carrier, a good video encoding and compression algorithm is needed. A good algorithm can reduce the video code stream and storage capacity as much as possible while ensuring the image quality and clarity. Poor IP high-definition cameras tend to produce mosaics or water ripples under large movements, which directly affect video image quality.

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What are the Well-known brands on the market?

As a important category of video surveilliance, there are many brands on the market, but we need to choose the items with good quality and good price. Here is the lists of the brands, you can read for reference.

  1. Hikvision

Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. is the world’s largest supplier of video surveillance products. It provides you network cameras, analog cameras, PTZ, network video recorders, digital video recorders and others.

  1. Swann

Swann is an Australian based company that grew from being a basement operated company to selling products around the world. They offer a variety of security products to help secure homes and businesses. From basic systems that only have two cameras and limited features to advanced systems with NVR and large amounts of cameras, Swann does it all. They even make wireless security camera options.

  1. Aiming

Aiming to bring both security and value to homes Lorex offers a wide variety of products. From plug and play to more advanced cameras systems, they have plenty of options. They have a variety of wireless security camera systems that can send data up to 500 feet. Camera options are also available in 4K quality.

  1. Logitech

Logitech is another one of those companies that produces a wide variety of products. More than likely you have already heard their name before. For a while the company has been in the webcam and home camera business. Now they have a good selection of security camera systems available.

  1. Dahua

Dahua is a technology company that specializes in the surveillance industry. They have a wide range of products with competitive features. Also offered by Dahua is a five-year warrant that will rival many companies in the business. Their wide selection helps to back that up.

  1. Uniview

Uniview is also known as Unv and they are a leading Chinese company for surveillance technology. Company statistics for Uniview point to it being a strong company that will continue to lead the quality camera industry in China. Their cameras are highly focused on IP camera solutions that will work for both businesses and homeowners alike.

For more brands, you can read this list: List of CCTV Security Camera Brands

If you want to order cameras of Hikvision, Dahua and Uniview, welcome to visit our shop:

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Categories:CSR, Home Energy Efficiency

5 Ways to Use ZKTeco Biometric System

06/22/2020 6:45

In the last few years, there has been tremendous growth in the use of biometric technology world over. This is because of many reasons. However, the main reason is that the need for better personal identification and authentication has never been greater.

For your information, biometric identification systems have become so miniaturized that they are now used on smartphones and laptops. Only the individual recognized as the owner of a device can access it simply by placing a finger on the start button. This makes it impossible for others to gain unwanted access to the information and apps stored in an electronic device.

In the business world, larger biometric systems are changing the way security is managed. A good example is the ZKTeco Biometric system, which incidentally has a lot of applications. Previously, it was the government and its systems that used biometric systems in its functions. Not anymore. In this write-up, we discuss 5 ways to use ZKTeco Biometric systems.

Let’s Take  A look at Some of The Ways to Use ZKTeco System

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1. Airport Security

Airports are one of the places where stringent security measures need to be implemented to ensure the seamless passage of passengers. Across the world, airports are using biometric systems to authenticate passenger identities. Clearly, this is one of the places that require the installation of the ZKTeco Biometric system, no matter the location in the world.

While fingerprint readers may be preferred by certain airports, others would rather use iris recognition. However, it would be impossible to recognize passengers without enrolling them first. So that’s the first step, regardless of whether it is a fingerprint reader or iris recognition. A camera is used to capture a photo of the face and iris while a fingerprint reader captures just that.

These unique details are then stored in a database that can be accessed internationally to enable accurate, fast identification when entering or exiting a country. Travelers are identified quickly, thanks to the total elimination of long queues. In the case of iris recognition systems, passengers simply walk look into a camera, which captures the iris and submits it to a software program that matches it with the information on the database.

Apart from enabling faster verification of details, the use of biometrics provides a great experience for passengers moving through airports every other day. It also secures the airports to the highest levels possible.

2. Time and Attendance

One of the ways to use ZKTeco Biometric systems is in the management of human resources. Over the years, organizations have grappled with fraudulent reporting of employee time, attendance, and work. On average, it is reported that employees steal nearly 4 ½ hours every week. That’s nearly 6 weeks of vacation annually. The best way to solve the issue is by using biometric clock-in and clock-out systems at the office.

Biometric time and attendance systems are usually automated to capture an employee’s behavioral or physiological characteristics. For instance, the system can rely on biometric features such as palm veins, finger veins, fingerprints, faces, voice patterns, and irises. The ZKTeco Biometric system has a hardware device, which is connected to a database. When an employee clock in, the biometric device sends the captured information to the database for comparison and identification. The main advantage of this kind of system is to ensure timely attendance and accurate payroll calculation.

3. Law Enforcement

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Law enforcement organizations have relied on biometrics for criminal investigations for a long time now. It is hard to point to a particular law enforcement agency that doesn’t use biometrics to identify criminals. Commonly, law enforcement organizations have a database of fingerprints which they compared with information from known criminals for possible matches. Also, these systems can be used in the management of prisons and jails. Because of the reliability of biometric systems, law enforcement organizations will never go wrong while using it.

4. Transaction Authentication in Banking

One of the biggest applications of biometric systems is in the banking industry where they are used to authenticate transactions. Across the globe, banks have been using these systems for most of their transactions. The increasing digitization of financial entities across the world means that banks cannot ignore the importance of biometric technology in improving employee and customer identity management so as to fight fraud, enhance customer satisfaction, and improve transaction security.

With an increasing number of identity theft cases and the inconvenience experienced by customers to always prove identity, the use of biometrics is a must. It is no longer strange for customers to use the availability of biometric identification as a criterion for choosing a bank.

5. Access Control and Single Sign-On (SSO)

For years, people and organizations have relied on passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs) for access control as well as single sign-on. However, passwords may not be sufficient to identify an individual. If anything, passwords can be stolen and used by hackers in what’s known as identity theft. What passwords do is to provide proof of knowledge or evidence. Hence they are not adequate.

It is, therefore, not surprising that the adoption of biometrics in access control and single sign-on has been growing over the years. The advantage of biometrics is that they identify you for who you really are and not just what you have or what you know. Thus you can install MKTeco Biometric systems in your home, office, or vehicle for easy identification.


As you can see, the number of applications that rely on biometrics keeps growing by the day. That’s because biometric systems promise higher security, accountability, convenience, and precise audit trails. Whether it is in your business or home, these systems can simplify some of your operations and even contribute to the growth of your bottom-line. Why don’t you embrace biometrics today?


Security Systems in Kenya

09/6/2019 13:34

Security Systems

Security systems are an important component of day to day life. In essence, Security control can be responsive, preventive or detective. Controls such as documented processes and counter measures such as firewalls must be implanted. We assist in designing, maintaining and installing a fully integrated electronic solutions which includes barriers, CCTV, access control and biometrics and intruder alarms. We incorporate the latest digital technology which includes remote monitoring, network integration and biometrics. Our job is to select the best technology to meet your business needs and help achieve the best cost-value proposition.


Home Security Checks Before Going on Vacation

08/2/2018 16:50

Home Security Checks Before Going on Vacation

Holiday means travel for you and your family. While it’s all fun and exciting, it also means more time away, leaving your home and your belongings vulnerable to burglaries. There are ways you can protect your home, even if you will be gone for an extended period of time.

Home Security Checks to Perform Before Leaving

While home security should be a top priority year round, Holiday is a peak times for burglaries, so you need to step up your defenses. Before you head out for your summer vacation, make sure to perform these critical tasks on your checklist:

  • Install a Home Security System – Holiday is a great time to install a security system. You will want to give yourself a little time between travel and installation. A security system will provide you with added peace of mind while you are away.
  • Inform Your Alarm Monitoring Service – If you already have a home security system, do not forget to tell the monitoring service you will be away (and give them the dates). Let your security service know who has authorized access to your home while you are away and provide the service with your contact information in case of an emergency.
  • Use Home Automation Systems – Home automation systems allow you to put your home on a timer. You can have lights turn on and off at specific times and even program your comfort systems to activate as you are on your way home, so everything is warm and well-lit for your arrival.
  • Put Mail and Newspapers on Hold – Nothing tells burglars you are away more than piled up mail and newspapers. Put any delivery services on hold or ask a neighbor to pick up the paper and mail so that you are not leaving a tell-tale sign you are gone.
  • Check All Entry Points – Check all entry points to your home and ensure they are locked. This includes basement entrances, attic windows, second-floor windows, etc.
  • Inform the Neighbors – Let your neighbors or the head of your neighborhood watch program know you will be away and ask if they could keep an eye on things for you.
  • Do Not Publicly Announce Your Travel Plans – Avoid the temptation to announce you will be away online or publicly. Burglars monitor the web, especially social media, to see where you check-in, if you plan to travel and how long your house will be vacant.

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Learn more about how you can protect your home while you travel or get a free home assessment from your local home security professionals.

Protect your home while you travel this Holiday by installing a security system. Call CSS for a free consultation today.

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