Connecting an NVR to a WiFi router (without using any cables) can be challenging, especially if the installer intends to do a clean job without any visible cabling. However, there are convenient solutions available.
Fortunately, there are several cable-free methods available to connect an NVR to a wifi router. You can utilize a wireless bridge, a travel router, or a USB WiFi adapter to establish the connection.
For example, Netgear offers an adapter that enables wireless communication between a wired DVR/NVR and a router.
These options are easy to set up and ensure optimal connectivity for your CCTV system. In this article, we’ll explore various cable-free methods to connect an NVR to a WiFi router.
Connect NVR to a WiFi NVR
How to Connect an NVR to a Router
There are two methods for connecting your NVR to the router. Firstly, you can establish a direct connection between the NVR and the home router using an Ethernet cable or through a switch.
Alternatively, you have the option to connect the NVR to the router wirelessly, eliminating the need for any cables by utilizing the local WiFi coverage
Both approaches are suitable for connecting the NVR to your security system. The main difference lies in the utilization of wires and cables, allowing you to choose the preferred method based on your preference for wired connections or a wireless setup.
If you go for a wireless connection, you need to ensure that you have strong coverage and no interference. Otherwise, a wired connection will be more reliable.
How to Connect NVR to WiFi Router Wirelessly (without Cable)?
Power up the NVR and connect the cameras
Power on the NVR and connect IP cameras before connecting the NVR to the WiFi router. Ensure that the NVR is powered on and that the IP wireless cameras are successfully linked to it (you need to see the cameras showing on the screen).
With This type of NVR or with a built-in PoE switch, all you have to do is plug the camera into the recorder’s back.
Most NVRs have a connection status indicator at the bottom of each camera view, indicating whether the camera is connected or if there are any connection issues.
Lastly, turn on your home WiFi router and confirm that the NVR falls within the WiFi range.
Install a WiFi adapter or use the built-in one if supported by the NVR
As you know, not all NVRs come equipped with a built-in antenna (wireless capabilities). This applies to certain older NVR versions and PoE NVRs, which necessitate a direct connection to the WiFi router using an Ethernet cable.
As a result, these particular NVRs require the use of a WiFi receiver device to establish connectivity through a WiFi signal.
Furthermore, if your network video recorder is located at a considerable distance or lacks a robust antenna, you have the option to employ a WiFi adapter or a wireless bridge device.
Depending on your specific requirements and the model of your video recorder, you can purchase a WiFi adapter from any online store. Then you can insert the USB WiFi Adapter into one of the available USB ports on the NVR.
Allow a few minutes for the system to initialize, and then proceed to log in to the main page of the NVR. From there, navigate to the network section to view the list of available WiFi signals.
Activate the WiFi option
Before enabling the Wi-Fi option on the NVR, check the NVR’s connection status to determine if the WiFi option is available.
If it is not, it is likely that you need to update the NVR firmware. Otherwise, you may need the unit’s specs to see if the option is supported or if you need to use an external WiFi adapter.
To activate the Wi-Fi option, follow these steps (this is a Hikvision unit, but the same logic applies to other brands as well).
- On the camera live view screen, right-click and select Main Menu.
- Navigate to the Network section and choose the WiFi option from the right column of the screen.
- On the WiFi setting page, you will find that the WiFi is currently disabled. Set it to Enable.
Once you have successfully activated the Wi-Fi option on the NVR, use a compatible app to scan the QR code on the device label. This will allow you to configure the network and other settings from your mobile device.
Or you can do such settings directly via the NVR’s local interface, or through the web browser. It actually depends on the NVR’s brand, you may consult the user guide as well.
Enable the DHCP on the Router
One crucial aspect that many beginners overlook is the activation of DHCP.
DHCP, which stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, is an IP addressing method that automatically assigns IP addresses to devices within a system to prevent IP conflicts.
Enabling DHCP ensures that each device, such as the IP cameras connected to the NVR, is assigned an IP address without requiring manual configuration. This not only resolves connection issues but also simplifies access and control of each device within the security system.
To enable DHCP on your NVR, navigate back to the Network section, where you will find the option located below the WiFi setting.
Once DHCP is enabled, all connected devices should be able to obtain an IP address from the same pool of available addresses.
Check the WiFi status
The next step involves establishing a connection between the NVR and the WiFi router. However, before proceeding, it is essential to have the WiFi or SSID password on hand.
Once you have obtained this information, ensure that both the router and camera are powered on. Access the NVR’s settings page and navigate to the network section.
Within this section, locate and click on the Search button to display the available WiFinetworks within the NVR’s range. Select your network from the list and click on it.
The NVR will prompt you to enter the SSID password. Enter your WiFi password and click the Apply button.
Allow a few moments for the system to process the information. In most instances, the connection status will be displayed as Connected.
If not, it is necessary to inspect the power cables to ensure they are properly connected. Additionally, check the WiFi LED indicator on the router.
If there is no internet connection, you may need to reboot your modem or reset the network settings of your device and reconnect it using the new credentials.
Enable the P2P mode for remote viewing
The final step consists of enabling the P2P mode on your NVR that allows the user for remote viewing. This step depends on the brand and the NVR model, but the logic is the same.
- Access the configuration settings of your NVR and go to the Network section.
- Locate and select P2P Settings or a similar option depending on the NVR model.
- By default, the P2P connection may be offline. Click on it to enable the P2P connection.
- Save all changes made during this step by selecting the “Save” or a similar option. Ensure that the changes are successfully saved before proceeding to the next setup step.
- After saving, refresh the page to verify if the P2P connection status has turned online.
Once the connection is online, your NVR should be visible through a remote server over the internet. You can access it using a unique QR code provided on the same page by your NVR provider or manufacturer.
Finally, download the required app by scanning the QR code and test the P2P connection using your mobile device.
Does my NVR support WiFi
Certain NVR models are equipped with built-in antenna support, enabling WiFi connectivity.
These units are marketed as wireless or WiFi recorders and they offer convenience by granting access to camera feeds and footage over the local network or remotely via the internet, all without the need for additional cabling.
However, it’s worth noting that most PoE NVRs do not support WiFi functionality.
These particular NVRs are instead connected to the router or PoE switch through an Ethernet cable. If you need a wireless NVR, you need to consult with a seller and a recorder that offer such an option.