It’s possible to add an ONVIF IP camera to a Hikvision DVR. Basically a third party ONVIF IP camera is a camera that supports the ONVIF protocol and you can hook up that camera to any Hikvision recorder (DVR, or hybrid – that supports both analog and IP cameras). In this article, we will explain how to add an ONVIF IP camera to a Hikvision DVR. The setup is easier than you think, just follow the steps one by one.

The Hybrid Hikvision DVR

First of all we need to clarify which Hikvision DVRs support IP cameras. These types of DVRs are called hybrid Hikvision DVRs and they support analog cameras with different technologies such as HD-TVI, AHD and CVBS and also the IP cameras which are ONVIF compliant. If you have a model like the Hikvision DS-7208HGHI Turbo Hybrid DVR you are ready to get your IP camera working as long as it is compatible with ONVIF. When purchasing a DVR, we suggest you always to look for a Hybrid one because that allows you to choose different types of cameras and mix all of them in the same surveillance system.

If you don’t know if your Hikvision DVR supports IP cameras than google the model and find the information on the specification page on the Hikvision website. Or as your seller.

DVR connection diagram

Before starting the DVR setup, it’s important to understand how everything is connected and addressed. Take a look at the following diagram.

The diagram shows a laptop (or a computer) with the IP Address 192.168.2.10 an IP camera which has the IP 192.168.2.107 and the Hikvision DVR with its IP 192.168.2.140. As you can see in the diagram, the DVR has analog cameras plugged in directly to its ports, but the IP camera is connected to the router and can be added to the DVR through the local network as long as everything is setup correctly. You need to power the camera separately or you can use a PoE switch (some routers have one PoE port, make sure yours does).

How to add the IP camera to the DVR

The setup process is quite simple, to connect an IP camera to the DVR it’s necessary for all the devices to be on the same network and IP range, meaning they are part of the same network as shown in the previous diagram.

Setup the DVR’s IP address

Your network IP range may be different than the one shown in this example, however the idea is the same. As you can see, in this example the network range is 192.168.2.X where X is a number between 1 and 254. Just use your IPs following the same principle. Assuming your IP camera already has the correct IP address, let’s start the DVR setup. Using the mouse, right-click on the screen and click “Menu”

Click the “Configuration” icon.

Check if the date and time are correct to have the system recording correctly and then click the “Network” button to open the next screen.

Check if the IP is correct according to your network range. The picture below shows my Hikvision DVR with the IP 192.168.2.140 and with the subnet mask 255.255.255.0. The gateway is 192.168.2.1 and represents the router address (in case you’ll expose the DVR to the Internet).

Setup the IP camera

Now we have to setup the IP camera. Open the camera menu as shown in the picture below.

In the DVR camera management screen, click on “Custom Adding”.

In the next screen just add your IP camera information as shown below:

As you can see in the picture above, we added the following information:
IP camera Address: 192.168.2.107
Protocol: ONVIF
Management port: 8899
Transfer protocol: Auto
Username: admin
Password: Your password for the camera.

Important note: Check your IP camera to find out if it’s compatible with the ONVIF protocol and what’s the default ONVIF port. You can use a free software to run the tests (such as ONVIF Device Manager – Read the review and download).

Enter all the information and click the “Add button”. Your ONVIF IP camera is now added to the Hikvision DVR and you can check the status by looking at the icon, see the image below.
Note the message “Risk Password” in the Security status which means we’re using a weak password. It’s recommended to change the camera password and use a strong one. You can also see the camera name and protocol (ONVIF). Just click the “Back” button to see the IP camera in the DVR main screen.

Note: Sometimes the camera takes a while to show up on the screen, this is due to the DVR and camera communication via ONVIF protocol. It’s recommended to update both devices to the last firmware to reduce this latency. It’s highly recommended to keep your devices up-to-date.

Make sure the IP camera is set to record

The last step is to setup the IP camera recording. Back to the DVR main menu, just click on “Record”.

In the Schedule screen, select your IP camera.

Select the way you want to record the camera. The options are Continuous, Event, Motion, Alarm. Motion or Alarm (M | A) and Motion + Alarm (M & A).

The most common options are Continuous where the DVR records the footage from the camera all the time and Motion which means the recording takes place only when a movement is detected (which save some extra storage space). Be careful when choosing the motion, since it’s necessary to enable this feature in the Camera Management > Motion menu as shown below.

After enabling the motion detection, make sure the DVR is recording when there is some movement in front of the camera. You can check that just by playing back the video. Also, make sure you have the HDD correctly installed.

Conclusion

Connect an IP camera to the Hikvision DVR is not complicated as long as you check each step before continuing. It’s necessary to pay attention to the details and make sure your camera is compatible and it’s using the correct IP and port. In this article we used a Dahua OEM IP camera and it worked pretty fast and easy without any problem.

I strongly recommend to test your IP camera first with the ONVIF Device Manager Software, since it’s working there you can try to add it to the DVR, otherwise, you can spend a lot of time trying to setup something that’s not even compatible. Article to read: ONVIF Device Manager Review and Download.