The Amcrest NVR comes in 4-channel(NV1104), 8-channel(NV1108), 4-channel PoE(NV1104E), and 8-channel PoE models(NV4108E). Each NVR can be bought separately or with a number of included cameras as a kit.
There are 2 types of NVR:
- PoE (Power over Ethernet)
- Non-PoE (this model has no Ethernet ports on the back panel)
Power over Ethernet models are used when cameras, that also have the PoE specification, need to be powered by being directly plugged into the NVR's PoE ports and do not require a separate power adapter to work. A non-PoE model has no ports for cameras to connect to on the back panel, but can add cameras with the built-in scan function that finds cameras connected to the same network. A PoE model can also use this scan feature, but additionally has PoE ports to power its cameras. The scan feature allows for compatible IP cameras to be added from the network whether they are PoE or WiFi.
For the purposes of this guide, the setup procedure will be divided between both the PoE and non-PoE NVR types. Each of these sections will have both a hardware setup and software setup portion.
- Connect an Ethernet cable from your router to the back of your NVR. It will go into the Ethernet port in between the HDMI port and the PoE ports. Make sure the NVR is powered on.
- Connect an Ethernet cable from one of the PoE ports on your NVR to your camera. This will confirm that it is powered on.
- Connect a VGA or HDMI cable from the back panel of your NVR to a monitor or TV. Make sure that the monitor or TV is set to the correct input (e.g. VGA, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc.)
- Connect the included mouse to a USB port on the front or back of your NVR.
Note: The network LEDs will start to blink on the back of the NVR when you properly connect the Ethernet cable from there to the router. Any PoE ports on the NVR do not have these LEDs. The same applies to the network LEDs that will begin to blink on the back of most cameras once they're connected to an NVR's PoE port.