The Hikvision security systems are pretty popular nowadays and the users want to access their surveillance system/cameras via their smartphones, computers and laptops. This article will explain how to install the Hikvision iVMS-4200 software on Mac computers (made by Apple).
Step 1. Download the iVMS-4200 for Mac
To download the iVMS-4200 software visit the Hikvision website. Or you can use the Google search typing the keyword “Hikvision OSX”. Make sure to download the latest version. Usually the file is named iVMS-4200.pkg. After the software if downloaded you’re good to initiate the installation process.
Step 2. Install the iVMS-4200 or your Mac
First of all, your Mac won’t let you install the iVMS-4200 because it’s not recognized as software from an unidentified developer. This is easy to fix.
On the left top side click the Apple icon and click System Preferences.
In the next menu click Security & Privacy.
In the next menu click the button Open Anyway.
In the next window just click the button Open.
The installation window pops up, just click Continue.
Click the Install button to begin the installation.
Usually, a window pops up asking for permission. If that happens, enter your username and password (of you Mac computer) to continue and let the installation process proceed. After finishing the installation you will see the following window.
Step 3. Initial setup for the MAC OS
Once everything is installed then it’s time for the initial setup. Use the Mac spotlight search, look for the iVMS-4200 software and click to launch it.
The first time you launch the software it’ll ask you to create a login password. Create a strong password (make sure to remember it) and check the box to enable Auto-login.
After this step, you should see the welcoming screen and software is launched.
Step 4. Add the NVR/DVR of the cameras on the software
In the next window, click the Enter Wizard button to begin the process.
Click the Show Online Devices to search for the cameras. Basically this tool will scan the network for IP cameras or DVR/NVR devices.
Usually a window pops up asking for permission again to allow the iVMS 4200 to look up for the devices (cameras) in the network. You could be prompted several times (around four times) and this is quite normal, just enter the user/password when asked.
In the next window, check the device you want to add to the iVMS-4200 monitoring software. Click the button Select Device and your camera will be added to the software.
Click Yes to confirm you want to add this device to the iVMS-4200.
In the next window, set a nickname for your system (for example Home, Store, etch), enter the username and password for the Hikvision camera or recorder and click the Add button.
The next window shows the device added to the iVMS-4200 software.
The next window shows the camera group from your recorder. In this example, there are 4 cameras connected to the recorder.
Click the Next button to go the next window, click Import All (see the picture).
As you can see, all the cameras were imported and you can see each one of them in the small thumbnails on the left side. After importing them, click Next. Click the finish button and the installation is done.