Using An Amcrest Smart Home Device with an Amcrest NVR

Most Amcrest Smart Home devices, excluding Smart Home battery cameras, can be viewed and record to any Amcrest NVR. This is possible by obtaining the IP address of your device from your network and adding it directly into the NVR. This allows the device to be viewed and for events to be recorded and stored to an NVR providing a hard drive is installed on the system. Please note, the Smart Home device must be connected to the same network as the Amcrest NVR for this to work. 

Note: When in use with an NVR the device will be used for viewing and recording purposes only. Any settings or adjustments to the smart home device must be made through the Amcrest Smart Home app. Do not attempt to adjust settings for the device in the NVR.

There are two separate methods for initially setting the ASH21; wirelessly or using an Ethernet cable. Both setup methods cannot be used simultaneously. The camera must also be set up first on the network using the Amcrest Smart Home app so it can be detected properly by the device. For more information on how to initially set up the ASH21, click here.

Adding the Device Wirelessly to an Amcrest NVR

Before adding your device wirelessly to the NVR, ensure it has been properly connected to the Amcrest Smart Home app and is on the same network segment as the NVR. Ensure the device is on and ready to use before proceeding. For more information on how to set up your camera wirelessly, click here.

Please note, the instructions provided in this article are performed in the local user interface of the NVR, however, the same steps can be applied if accessing the NVR’s web user interface in a web browser. For more information on how to access the web UI for your device, click here.

Step 1: Log into your NVR.

Step 2: In the Main Menu, click on the Camera option in the Management menu.

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Note: Some older model NVRs may require you to click on the Camera option located in the Settings menu.

 

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Step 3: Click on Device Search to locate the IP address for your device that should be connected to the same network as your NVR.

 

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A list of all connected devices will appear. Select the device from the list by clicking on the checkbox next to the device. Click Add to add the device into the Added Devices menu.

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Note: If the status light is red, it may indicate that the device is not connected properly to the NVR. This could be because the password for the device is not entered properly. To update the password for your device in the NVR, click on the Edit icon (pencil) located in the Edit column in the Added Device menu. 

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Select the Password field and use the on-screen keyboard to enter the password for your device. Click Connect, then click Save to continue.

 

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Once the password has been entered correctly, the Status indicator will turn green indicating the camera has been properly added to the NVR. 

 

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Adding the Device Using the Ethernet Only Method to an Amcrest NVR

Before adding your device using the Ethernet only method ensure it has been properly connected to the Amcrest Smart Home app and is on the same network segment as the NVR. Please note, the device cannot be set up to the NVR if it has already been set up wirelessly using the Wi-Fi setup method. For more information on how to set up your camera using the Ethernet only method, click here.

Note: The instructions provided in this menu are performed in the local user interface, however, the same steps can be applied if accessing the NVR’s web user interface in a web browser. For more information on how to access the web UI for your device, click here.

Step 1: Log into your NVR.

Step 2: In the Main Menu, click on the Camera option in the Management menu.

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Note: Some older model NVRs may require you to click on the Camera option located in the Settings menu.

 

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Step 3: Click on Device Search to locate the IP address for your device that should be connected to the same network as your NVR.

 

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A list of all connected devices will appear. Select the device from the list by clicking on the checkbox next to the device. Click Add to add the device into the Added Devices menu.

 

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Note: If the status light is red, it may indicate that the device is not connected properly to the NVR. This could be because the password for the device is not entered properly. To update the password for your device in the NVR, click on the Edit icon (pencil) located in the Edit column in the Added Device menu. 

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Select the Password field and use the on-screen keyboard to enter the password for your device. Click Connect, then click Save to continue.

 

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Once the password has been entered correctly, the Status indicator will turn green indicating the camera has been properly added to the NVR. 

 

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Note: The camera cannot be connected to the back of the NVR directly after it has been set up on Ethernet only setup. The device will have to be connected to the same network segment as the camera and connected to the Amcrest Smart Home app to be displayed in the NVR. 

The device has now been successfully added to your NVR and is ready to view and record. A recording schedule can now be applied to the device if needed, however, please note, this is not necessary as by default, “General” (continuous) and “MD” (motion detection) events are set to record 24/7, however, for steps on how to create a recording schedule, please refer to the information provided below.

Setting a Recording Schedule

Once the Amcrest Smart Home device has been added to the NVR a recording schedule can be applied. For more information on how to set up a recording schedule please refer to the information provided below.

Step 1: On the Main Menu, click on Storage located on the Management menu.

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Note: Some older model NVRs may require you to click on the Storage option located in the Settings menu.

 

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Step 2: Click on Schedule.

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This menu allows you to configure a recording schedule. By default, Regular (24/7) and MD (Motion Detection) recording types will be activated for all days as indicated by the different colored bars.

 To choose a channel (or device) for which to configure, click the number next to Channel, then select either a single channel or All if you would like the schedule to apply to all channels currently connected to your NVR: 

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The NVR will have the schedule for each recording type to record 24/7. Also note, that the NVR uses military time from 00:00 to 24:00 instead of 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.     

To edit a recording schedule, select a recording option from the colored boxes. Each recording option is color coded: Green: Regular (24/7 recording), Yellow: MD (Motion Detection), Red: (Alarm), Orange: MD&Alarm (a combination of motion detection and alarm recordings), and POS (not currently available on Amcrest devices). Select which recording type you would like to modify and then use your mouse to adjust the time via the time bar for your specific recording type.

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Click the eraser icon to the right of any day if you would like to clear the entire row of blocks.       

To add or remove motion detection blocks to the grid, mark the yellow checkbox next to MD, then click individual cells or click-and-drag for multiple blocks:   

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To the left of each day, there are small boxes that can be marked to ‘link’ days together. This is useful if you want to save time by instantly making changes to multiple days simultaneously.    

In the below example, Sunday and Monday are linked, so any blocks that are added or removed for Sunday will automatically and immediately reflect the same for Monday and vice versa:  

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Another way to configure recording schedules is by manually setting time periods. Click the “gear‟ icon to the far right of any day to open the Period page:   

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Here, the periods (Periods 1 - 6) will be displayed in chronological order. You can set either Regular, MD, Alarm, MD&Alarm or POS, checkboxes. You can also copy the period settings over to other days by checking them individually or checking All. Make sure to click Save when finished.     

Now that you have finished configuring the recording schedules, you may need to copy these settings over to other channels (or cameras). By default, D1 (Channel 1) will be selected unless you immediately selected All in the channel window previously. Please note, you can copy these settings directly over to another channel by clicking Copy. 

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In the Copy window, you can select individual channels for any cameras you have added to the NVR or select All:  

Click Save when finished.      

When finished on this screen, click Apply to save your changes.      

Viewing Recorded Events

Motion and general recordings can be accessed in the Playback option on the main menu. A hard drive must be installed to access and view recordings from this menu. To access the playback interface, click on the Playback option located in the main menu.

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In some older model NVRs, the Playback menu will be located in the Operation field by clicking the Search icon.

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To view recordings from the playback menu, select the camera you wish to view from the Camera Name section by clicking on a checkbox next to the device.

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A timeline of the recordings will appear in the interface.

Click the Play button ( mceclip19.png ) to play all recordings available on the timeline.

All days with recordings available will be highlighted in the calendar portion of the interface with a dot.

To select specific days/months or years, use the navigation arrows provided in the calendar. A file list of recordings can also be shown by clicking on the File List icon ( mceclip20.png ) located in the interface. Once clicked, a list of recordings will be shown based on the time the events were recorded.

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Note: In the File List menu, “R” stands for regular/continuous recordings, “M” stands for Motion.

To play a recording from the File List menu, double click on the file you want to view. The recording will automatically begin to play in the interface.

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