Many users ask how to change or update the camera’s name on the iVMS-4200 software. All you have to do is hit the Update Camera name option on the software which allows the app to retrieve the camera’s name from the recorder.
Usually, when you add a security system in the iVMS-4200 camera management software, the cameras are named “Camera01” and so on, even if the cameras on the recorder (DVR, NVR) are actually named properly. What you have to do is just go to the iVMS-4200 settings and hit the update camera’s name button.
First of all, you need to make sure the names of the cameras are changed in the recorder. If the camera’s name on the NVR is, let’s say, “entrance”, but on the iVMS-4200 it shows “Camera01”, then by hitting the update button on the settings (which we will show below) the program will update the camera’s name to “entrance”.
Basically, the iVMS-4200 will update the camera name to the one on the recorder. You can’t change the camera’s name via the iVMS-4200, all you can do is update them to the names on the NVR/DVR. If you need to change the camera’s name, then you have to do so straight from the recorder.
With that being said, these are the steps you need to follow to update the camera’s name on the iVMS-4200 software.
On the main page of the iVMS-3200, click Device Management on the right side, then hit Group.
Next, click on the right arrow on the left of the group camera are in to expand the full menu.
Select Encoding Channels, then right click with your mouse and hit “Update Camera Name”. Wait until the cameras’ names are retrieved from the recorder and then you should see the correct name on each channel.
Go to the Main View, and check all the cameras one by one to ensure that the cameras’ names are updated. In some cases, you may need to restart the iVMS-4200 for all the settings to be applied.
If you want to modify the camera’s name to another one, you have to do so directly from the recorder. Access the Main Menu, then go to Camera Management. Hit the OSD tab and you see a field that allows you to rename the camera as you desire (check the screenshot below).
Do so for each channel/camera and hit Apply to save the settings. In some cases, you may get an error that prevents you from renaming the camera. This is usually caused by outdated firmware on one of the devices. You need to update the NVR and the camera to the latest firmware and then try again.
Another option is to modify the camera’s name straight from the camera’s interface. Access the camera settings via the web browser, go to the OSD section (short for On Screen Display), and rename the camera.
Apply the settings and then go back to the NVR. Check if the correct camera name shows on the screen. If not, reboot the NVR and it will eventually update to the correct name.
Additionally, don’t forget that most cameras added through the ONVIF method require to have the name changed directly on the camera.
These are third-party cameras that can be added to the Hikvision logo and OEM recorders via the ONVIF protocol. Sometimes the recorder can’t communicate correctly with such a camera and you’ll need to access the camera individually and modify the camera name.