don’t know if this will work for everyone but it should help most hopefully.
I have a vera edge UI7 v1.7.2406
a hikvision 16 channel DVR TVI-8616-4TB
(this method to add cameras to VERA should work with most hikvision DVRs that supports rtsp)
(you must also know your DVR IP address, username and password)
try this link in firefox on a windows PC and it should return an image.
DVR and PC must be on same LAN network.
dvr username = admin
dvr password = XXXXXX
dvr IP address = 192.168.1.XXX
dvr http port = 9000
(make sure port is forwarded to dvr IP in router)
(check in dvr menu for http port. it is the same port as to log in to your dvr from any browser)
change #7 in link to select different cameras 101-201-301exc…
open firefox on a windows PC and it should display the camera image from this link:
change all X’s in link accordingly.
if no image appears try this:
make sure you are logged in as administator and “allow” any blocked connections.
turn off windows firewall.
try a different browser.
remove the “admin:XXXXXX@” from the link and try all that again
remove the “PSIA” in the link and try all that again.
examples to try:
you must be able to return an image from the camera with a “http” link in your windows browser.
try this if all else fails, it may help you get your “http” link.
google, download and run “ONVIF Device Manager” in windows.
enter dvr IP and info in app and refresh, let it sit a few minutes to detect, if no cameras display in list then restart the ONVIF DM app and/or your PC. try app again. refresh list. (once list is populated click the live link on any cam, you will need to change the rtsp:// to http:// and you may need to add the /PSIA/ and or /picture to the displayed rtsp link in the app.
once you have your “http” link try again to view in firefox (start over from beginning of this post if you have to)
ONCE YOU HAVE THE “HTTP” LINK OF THE VIEWABLE IMAGE IN A BROWSER YOU MAY CONTINUE TO ADD YOUR CAMERA IN VERA/DEVICES.
open “VERA IP” address in firefox (192.168.1.XXX)
click Cameras/Add Camera/Security Cameras/IP Camera/next/next/next
wait 6 minutes countdown
go to bottom and click manually install the camera
checkbox any device in list
select camera type = other IP camera
camera URL = (your camera http link) http://admin:XXXXXX@192.168.1.XXX:9000/PSIA/Streaming/Channels/701/Picture
camera IP address = leave blank
camera username = leave blank
camera password = leave blank
go to bottom and click test (image should appear in firefox)
cameras name = any
wait 2 minutes for the network to refresh and new camera will show up in devices.
(if using homewave app for iPhone/ipad, cameras should be available now in the add camera list)
useful VERA links:
(enter the following in any browser on same VERA network:
VERA device list URL:
VERA scene call URL:
VERA light switch URL:
get device # from device list URL.
change “DeviceNum=XX” in switch URL.
change “newTargetValue=X” in switch URL ( 0 = off , 1 = on ).
(can add a bookmark on PC or on iPhone “add to home screen”).
hope this helps some of ya!
it was quite hard for me to find any workable tutorial out there for this, just bits and pieces of info gathered from many different forums and frustrated people…
so this is a compiled cheat sheet of what works for me.