This article will show all steps on how to set up email notifications for Dahua surveillance recorders (NVR or DVR) using a Gmail account or any other email provider. The settings can be done via the web browser or directly through the recorder.
Before you start, make sure the recorder is updated to the latest firmware and that you already have a valid email address from one of the major providers. Once it is set, every time there’s motion detected, the recorder will send you an email address with an attached snapshot.
Dahua Email Notifications Setup
You can do the Email Notification Setup via web browser (IE) or directly via local interface (GUI). The steps and the logic are the same, just locate the Email setting tab and input the information.
Step 1. Login in to your Dahua NVR or DVR. Type the IP address (and the correct HTTP port) on the URL bar of your browser (use Internet Explorer).
Enter your username and password. Install any plugins required by the recorder (usually the browser will ask permission to do the installation).
Step 2. Go to Setup > Network -> Email and tick the Enable box then enter the SMTP Server.
Step 3. In this section, you will need to fill in all the information for your mailing server SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol).
Gmail settings, Yahoo Settings, and other providers are listed at the end of this guide (Mail Server Info Section). The example photo shows how the settings should be when using Gmail.
Username and Sender fields will be the email being used. Enter a time interval for the frequency of the email if you wish to receive (how often to receive the email notifications) and click save.
After entering the information select Save and then select Test. It will send a test email if email settings are set correctly you will get an email sent success notification.
- It is recommended to have a new separate email to send the notifications instead of personal emails.
- If you don’t want snapshots in your notifications and just want the base notifications you can skip the remaining steps.
Step 4. The next step is to set what event will cause the snapshot to be taken and then sent. In this setup, we will be using Motion Detect. From the menu on the left select Event, then select Video Detect.
Select the channel to which you want to be notified. Tick the Enable box to enable Motion Detect for that camera. Also, tick the checkbox for Snapshot and select the checkbox for Send Email. Click OK or Save at the bottom to save the setting.
Step 5. After enabling motion recording we will need to enable Snapshot Recording under Storage. Select Storage from the list on the left side. Select Schedule. Once on this page select the Snapshot tab.
Select the channel that you enabled motion recording for and that you would want the Snapshot taken for. On the right of the Schedule select Setup.
On the new window select the checkbox for MD and select all days of the week. Select OK to save the setup and select OK again to save the setting.
Step 6. After setting up the SCHEDULE the next step is to enable snapshot recording. Select Record from the list on the left under Storage. On this page, you will see Main Stream, Sub Stream, and Snapshot.
Under Snapshot by default, it is set to Disable/Stop/Off. Go to the channel(s) that you’re recording Snapshots for and set it to Enable/Open/Start. Select OK at the bottom of the screen.
Settings on the Email’s provider side
Please make sure your Gmail settings (or any other account) allow less secure apps to run. So, make sure “Allow Less Secure Apps” is turned on. Follow the steps shown below.
Step 1. Log into your Gmail account and select the icon in the top right corner.
Step 2. Select Connected apps & sites, then make sure “Allow Less secure apps: ON” is on.
If you have enabled two-step verification on the Gmail account, then you need to perform the next steps as well. Go to the account settings for the Gmail sender and under security, turn on 2-Step Verification.
Click on App Passwords and input “Other” where it says select app.
Use the app password given and input it for the password in the email settings of the recorder
Mail Server Info
- Gmail SMTP server address: smtp.gmail.com
- Gmail SMTP username: Your full Gmail address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Gmail SMTP sender: Your full Gmail address (e.g. email@example.com)
- Gmail SMTP password: Your Gmail password
- Gmail SMTP port (TLS): 587
- Gmail SMTP port (SSL): 465
- Gmail SMTP TLS/SSL required: yes
- Yahoo SMTP server address: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
- Yahoo SMTP username: Your full Yahoo address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Yahoo SMTP sender: Your full Yahoo address (e.g. email@example.com)
- Yahoo SMTP password: Your Yahoo password
- Yahoo SMTP port (TLS): 587
- Yahoo SMTP port (SSL): 465
- Yahoo SMTP TLS/SSL required: yes
Email to Text Format
This is a list of common U.S. carriers with email extensions. If you can’t see yours, simply google it or call the company for more information.
- Alltel: [insert 10-digit number]@mms.alltelwireless.com
- AT&T: [insert 10-digit number]@mms.att.net
- Boost Mobile: [insert 10-digit number]@myboostmobile.com
- Cricket Wireless: [insert 10-digit number]@mms.cricketwireless.net
- Sprint: [insert 10-digit number]@pm.sprint.com
- T-Mobile: [insert 10-digit number]@tmomail.net
- U.S. Cellular: [insert 10-digit number]@mms.uscc.net
- Verizon: [insert 10-digit number]@vzwpix.com
- Virgin Mobile: [insert 10-digit number]@vmpix.com
Note: This guide works for Dahua and their OEMs sold under these brands: Activecam, Advidia, Amcrest, Ameta, Ascendent, Backstreet Surveillance, BV Security, CCTV Security Pros, CCTV Star, CP Plus (Orange Line), Dax Networks, eLine, ENS (formerly Eastern CCTV and SavvyTech), Expose, Lorex, GSS, Honeywell, IC Realtime, Ikegami, Impath Networks, Inaxsys, IndigoVision, Infinity CCTV, Innekt, Intelbras, KBVision, Lumixen, Maxron, Montavue, Oco, Optiview, Rhodium, RVI, Saxco, Security Camera King (Elite), Space Technology, Speco, ToughDog, Tyco Holis, Tyco Illustra Essentials, Unisight, VIP Vision, Watchnet, Winic, Zuum.