How To Setup FTP Using a NVR

How To Setup FTP Using a NVR

Amcrest NVRs support File Transfer Protocol or "FTP" which is a standard network protocol used for the transfer of computer files between a client and server on a computer network. FTP can be setup for each channel directly from your NVR and will store events to a selected user interface or FTP client. For more information how to setup FTP on your NVR please refer to the information provided below. 

Step 1: Log into your NVR using your login credentials. 


Note: In this example we are are using the web user interface (web UI) for the NVR via a web browser. The same steps will apply when accessing your NVR directly as well. For more information on how to access the web UI for your NVR on your computer click here

Step 2:  On the live view screen, click on the gear wheel ( mceclip1.png ) option in the upper right hand corner. 


Step 3: In the settings menu, click on the Storage option on the left hand side then click on the FTP tab. Make sure to click on the "Enable" checkbox to enable FTP. Click Save to save the settings. 


Step 4: Type in the Server IP for your FTP server into the Server IP field. Leave the Port as 21 and enter the Username and Password for your FTP. In the Remote Directory field, type in the folder name you would like the files to be retained in. Make sure to enable the MD (Motion Detection) checkbox if you want motion events retained and "Regular" if you want general (24/7) recordings retained. Both can be enabled at the same time for 24/7 coverage.  Click Save when complete. 


Additionally, you can set schedules as well for your recordings from the FTP menu. Click on the Weekday tab to choose which day of the week you would like your schedule to apply. If you would like to have your schedule apply to all days of the week select "All" from the dropdown menu. 

By default the times will be set to 24hrs however this can be modified to your preference in the Time Period field. 

Step 5: It is recommended to adjust the File Length you would like for your videos. It will be set to 0 minutes by default. If you want to retain a certain length of video per file please adjust to a number higher than 1. Click Save when complete.


Step 6:  Click on the FTP Test button to test the connection. 


Once the connection has been made and verified, navigate to your FTP server and access the remote directory folder you have created and verify the files are saving and can be viewed on your FTP server properly. 


Most files will be saved as .dav files by default however can be downloaded and played using the Amcrest Smart Play app. To get the free Amcrest Smart Play app, click here.

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