If you’re using a Dahua recorder (brand name or third-party OEMs), it’s possible to prevent the cameras from being viewed when no user is logged. Normally, if you’re logged out from the NVR’s account, anyone can see the cameras on the monitor (although they can’t control them or playback).
However, by adjusting the settings you can hide these cameras from the monitor when you’ve logged out from your account.
In this guide we will show the steps you need to follow and it’s applicable to any Dahua NVR or DVR including the OEM version sold under third-party companies. If the interface looks similar to the one shown here, then you’re using a Dahua recorder.
The option is hidden under the Monitor Channel(s) function that can be found in the General settings section of the NVR. Below we will show how to find it in the older and newer model of Dahua NVRs or DVRs.
Hide the cameras on the monitor when logging out of the NVR (or DVR)
Old interface (directly via the NVR/DVR)
Navigate to the Main Menu (enter the password if asked), go to Settings > System > General. Here you have to click on the Monitor Channel(s) when logout.
In the next window, you have to tick the channels that you would like to be viewable when no user is logged in, then click Save. If you don’t want any channel to show up, then untick everything.
Then you have to go to the Main Menu and log out from the account. Once you do so, only the ticked camera will show up. To see the rest, you need to log in with the password and access all the cameras under the user’s administration.
The new interface (directly via the NVR/DVR)
Same as above, log in to your account and navigate to Main Menu > System > General > General. Then you have to click Monitor Channel(s) when logging out or Non-Login User Permission (the term depends on the model).
The next window will show the list of the cameras that need to be selected. Tick the channels that you would like to be viewable when no user is logged in. Hit Apply to save the settings.
How to modify the channels that each user can see on the NVR/DVR
It’s possible to select the channels that each user of the NVR or DVR and see on the live view or can even playback (check the footage).
This comes in handy if you have users with different levels of permissions. For example, you can have a worker monitor the cameras in your restaurant, but not those in your office.
Limit the cameras on the playback
This option allows you to select the camera that each user can playback (review the footage) when logged in with their credentials.
Navigate to Main Menu > Account. Click on the Modify Pencil next to the user you want to modify.
Click on the Search tab and tick all of the cameras you want the User to access. So, whatever cameras you select, the user can playback them.
To limit the cameras on the Live View mode, hit the Live tab and tick all of the cameras you want the user to see on the live mode (not the playback, just the monitor).
If you want to limit the section of the Menu, select the System tab. Here you can tick all the options that the user can access. If the user is an employee of yours, they don’t need to have access to the settings and adjustments of the system.
If your NVR or DVR is using the old interface (the one in blue), the steps are identically the same.
For example, you can limit the user’s playback channel in the section below. Next to it, you have the options for Live and Settings.
That’s all basically. This function is very useful. We’d recommend letting only the admin account access the settings of the NVR or DVR.
If too many people access it, the chances of someone misclicking something (or tampering) will increase.
It may come in handy to hide the Dahua cameras from the NVR, especially in a business environment or other scenarios where you need to keep them hidden from curious eyes. As you can see in this guide, it’s easy and all you have to do is adjust the settings.
Nevertheless, it is recommended to only have the admin be the only one to access settings to reduce the chances of misclicks, tampering, and other possibilities that may compromise your security camera system.