Hikvision NVR or DVRs support multiple popular DDNS such as DynDNS and No-IP and some OEM versions allow custom DDNS as well. This guide will demonstrate how to configure No-IP DDNS on Hikvision NVR.
Once the DDNS is configured on the Hikvision NVR, you will be able to access the NVR (or DVR) directly from the Internet instead of from Local Area Network only. This provides the possibility for remote access anywhere in the world as long as there’s Internet connection.
In other words, instead of using a private IP address (such as 192.168.x.x) or public IP address, you can use URL and domain name. No-IP basic service is provided free of charge, yet you will have to confirm the hostname every 30 days. If you think it’s good, you can purchase an account.
Note: For more details about DDNS and how it works in CCTV security systems, take a look at this article: How to set the DDNS DynDNS on the Hikvision NVRs/DVRs/Camera.
NO-IP setup for Hikvision NVR
There are a few ways how you can do the settings: directly from the NVR’s local interface, through the web interface or even via the iVMS-4200 software. The procedure below is done via the web interface. However, the logic is the same across all the platforms.
Step 1. Configure the port forwarding or DMZ settings on the router, mapping the port for the NVR or put the NVR IP address in the DMZ zone. Router configuration differs from router to router, in this demonstration we will use RT-AC1900 from Asus.
Note: Most of the Hikvision NVRs uses following 3 ports (which can be modified as well):
- 80 (HTTP port),
- 8000 (Server port)
- 554 (RTSP port)
In this case, we will open the ports by enabling the DMZ option. Enter the IP address of your NVR system that needs to be mapped. Click on Apply, wait for the router to finish configuration
Note: Another way to open the ports is by going to the Port Forwarding section of your router and opening them manually. If you’re not sure where to locate it, simply google “port forwarding and your router’s model”.
Step 2. Go to No-IP website and register an account. Usually it’s for free, but needs to be manually updated every 30 days. Or you pay for it. During the account registration, you will be asked to create a hostname. For example you can create yourname.no-ip.com or any other DDNS that the prompts offer you.
Step 3. Go back to the NVR ‘s web interface and navigate to configuration. The click Network > Basic Settings > click on DDNS.
Configure the DDNS settings as shown in the picture below.
The NO-IP settings:
- Choose NO-IP for DDNS Type.
- Enter www.NO-IP.com in the Server Address field
- Enter the domain name you created during registration. You can always manage the domain name later in the NO-IP control panel.
- Enter your username and password for www.NO-IP.com.
- Click on Save.
Note: Check the DNS status before configuring the DDNS, Preferred DNS is recommended to be 18.104.22.168 and Alternate DNS 22.214.171.124. Make sure the DDNS Status shows as “normal” or “online”.
Step 4. Verify the setting by visit [YourDomainName].[server]. If the settings are correct, you will be redirected to the NVR’s login interface, the URL will start with your Public IP address.
You can login with your Hikvision username and password. Now on, no matter if the external (public) IP address of your home network changes, the NO-IP will update it by itself. All you have to do is use the no-ip domain name to access your security system.