Hikvision iVMS-4200. installation and configuration of the program

Posted on 15.09.2017

In this article, we will figure out how to install and make the initial settings of the Hikvision proprietary GoPro software for remote GoPro viewing of the surveillance system.

Using this program, you can view both one single IP camera with a memory card on board, and a system of multIPle cameras and recorders, both digital (IP) and analog.

In this example, we will assume that you have a dedicated IP address that your provider provided you for a fixed amount.
In most cases, obtaining such an address is not difficult and makes the entire system more reliable and understandable. Also, you must have port forwarding set for this scheme, that is, ports must be “forwarded” in the router to the recorder or surveillance camera.

Connection options with a variable, so-called dynamic IP address are also possible. He can, in turn, be “white” or “gray”.

How To Add Hikvision IP Camera

But these options will be discussed in a separate article so as not to burden you with unnecessary information.

I must say that this program takes up a lot of resources on the computer, so if you have an old and weak one, then as an alternative you can suggest Viewing cameras remotely through the Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.
How to correctly and quickly set up such a view is written in this article.
There you can view cameras online and in recording, as well as make all the basic settings.

But with proprietary Hikvision iVMS 4200 software, remote monitoring is more reliable, since browsers are often updated, and after the next update there is a guarantee that you will see the picture on your remote recorder.

The iVMS 4200 program has quite wide capabilities and is adapted for any operating system, both for the ancient XP, and for the latest versions of Apple and Microsoft products.
Including, through it, you can View cameras using Cloud services. This greatly simplifies the settings of the entire system, in particular, it does not require “port forwarding” in the router and works on absolutely any IP addresses, regardless of their color. what is “white”, what is “gray”.

So, for Windows, download the installation file from the manufacturer’s website, follow the link: Download iVMS 4200

Windows users can find the latest version of the program by clicking on this_link,
and happy Mac owners can look here.

On the page that opens, click:

Go to the manufacturer’s page and click “Download” on the software page

After the “Download” button, click “Software”

Find on the computer and run the Saved file by double-clicking on it with the mouse:

The installation file of the program that we downloaded from the manufacturer’s website

Next comes the standard installation as shown in the pictures:

After that, we find on the desktop a shortcut of the newly installed program and run it.

First, you will be prompted to set a password to enter the program.
If you are the only user on this computer, then you can then put the “Enable automatic authorization” checkbox. In this case, the login will occur automatically in the future without asking for a password each time the program is started.
If you want access to the remote GoPro viewing program to be protected, then the bird will not.

Just do not forget to write it down, this is your password, you will have to reinstall the program again.

After the manager has started, go to the Control Panel and click Device Management

In the window that opens, click Add and enter:
Nickname. any name
Address. permanent IP addresses that the provider gave you (for money, of course)
Port. leave 8000
User. admin
Password. your password for the camera or recorder, which is entered during the initial activation of the device

Finishing the process, click the Add button at the bottom of the window where the data was entered.

After that, go back to the control panel and click Main View

We click on the keys shown by the arrows (first to the lower, then to the upper) and if everything is done correctly, the camera starts to show in real time.

And to watch the recording, you need to click remote playback in the Control Panel

Select the desired date and double-click on the desired camera.

You can close the program, as usual, with a cross in the upper right corner.

Note at the end that the capabilities of the iVMS-4200 program are much wider than just remote viewing of surveillance cameras.
It also allows you to configure various parameters of IP cameras and recorders (if you know the password for the entrance of THESE devices), and also works with the security and outdoor panels.

As you can see, everything is not complicated at all. The main thing. do not forget the passwords from the program and the entrance to the recorder (cameras) and everything will be fine with you.

Hikvision IP camera. Specifications.

Let’s take a look at the Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS IP camera.

For starters, the “DS-” at the beginning of the name tells us that this is a Hikvision brand camera. Hikvision has different series of cameras and the further abbreviation “2CD2” stands for the camera series. THESE letters also have a hidden meaning, so the letter “C” means that the camera is color, and “D” that it is IP. For example, if you come across a camera whose name begins with DS-2CE, you will know that it is an analog camera. And of course you have already guessed that the Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS camera is an IP camera.

The next number that comes after “DS-2CD2” is the form factor. Just by this figure, you can determine that our IP camera is a dome. The next 2 numbers mean the resolution of the camera: 12. Resolution up to 1.3MP, 22. Resolution 2MP, 32. Resolution 3MP, 42. Resolution 4MP. And the lettering indicates certain functions that the Hikvision camera has: WD. wide dynamic range, F. SD / SDHC card support, I. IR illumination, W. Wi-Fi (802.11g / b / n), Z. motorized variofocal lens, S. 1 audio channel, 1 alarm channel, 1 RS-485 input, P. P-iris, A. ABF (automatic focus adjustment).

What is wide dynamic range? When it is cloudy and there are practically no shadows, this is a low dynamic range, since there are large differences between dark and bright areas. When it is sunny and there are clear shadows, these differences are significantly higher. This is “wide dynamic range” (WDR) or “high dynamic range” (HDR). Hence, from the English abbreviation, by the way, and the marking WD

It turns out that our IP camera Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS supports SD / SDHC cards, supports a wide dynamic range, or, as we wrote above, is capable of working in bright sunlight, has a built-in IR illumination and has 1 audio channel, 1 alarm channel, 1 RS-input 485.

What is an alarm channel? Many Hikvision devices have smart features such as motion detection. External sensors can be connected to the alarm inputs, for example, to start recording if the window is broken and they allow you to integrate the camera with the security system.

So, without any additional information, just by looking at the name of the Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS camera, you can now determine its main characteristics and concepts of what kind of camera it is.

Hikvision IP camera. Dome, cylindrical and box.

We reviewed the vandal-proof dome camera. By the way, the Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS model is one of the most popular in the Hikvision line. Now, let’s practice together identifying other popular models. For example, Hikvision DS-2CD2442FWD-IW camera.

This is a very popular camera. It is very often installed in offices and cafes. We already understood from the name that this is a 4MP IP camera, “4” means a boxed form factor. Our Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS IP camera supports SD / SDHC cards and supports wide dynamic range, has built-in IR illumination and Wi-Fi connectivity.

And now, for comparison, let’s take a look at the popular DS-2CD2642FWD-IS bullet camera.

DS-2CD2642FWD-IS vs DS-2CD2142FWD-IS. Find 10 Differences. Yes, everything is correct only the form factor. The rest of all markings indicate the previous functions and capabilities of the camera.

Which Hikvision camera should you choose? Understanding their complex names.

Other Hikvision Camera Specifications

The SD card slots of our IP cameras support cards up to 128GB. All three cameras have built-in analytics features such as motion detection, area intrusion and line crossings. All three cameras, as we remember from the markings, have built-in IR illumination. But despite the same designation, the distance of this illumination is different, in the dome and cylindrical cameras it is 30 meters, but in the DS-2CD2442FWD-IW it is only 10 meters. It also works only at temperatures from minus 20 degrees, while the other two models can work in frost.

Another important characteristic is the lens size, which determines the angle of view. When establishing observation, they pursue the solution of different problems. Someone needs to peer into the details if the camera is, for example, directed to the cash register, while someone, on the contrary, needs a wide view. DS-2CD2442FWD-IW can be in different viewing angles: 126 ° (2mm lens), 115.6 ° (2.8mm), 88.9 ° (4mm). And IP camera Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS. 106 ° (2.8mm), 83 ° (4mm), 55.4 ° (6mm). But sometimes when buying, we cannot decide on the viewing angle and would like to change it during use. Then the varifocal (Adjustable) lens will come to our rescue, which is exactly in the DS-2CD2642FWD-IS. The angle of view of this camera can be adjusted from 112 ° to 33.8 °.

It is also important to pay attention to the body material. The DS-2CD2442FWD-IW, for example, has a plastic one because this camera is usually installed in offices and cafes. But the DS-2CD2642FWD-IS and DS-2CD2142FWD-IS have a metal case, which makes them more reliable and safe surveillance solutions. Dome and barrel models only have audio input and audio output, while DS-2CD2442FWD-IW has built-in microphone and speaker for two-way audio communication.

Earlier, the phrase “anti-vandal” was said about the Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS camera. What does this mean? How to measure it? Very simply, there is a special designation in the technical characteristics of the camera, which begins with the letters “IK” and in the case of our camera is designated “IK10”, where “10” is just the level of resistance to attack by intruders. And the maximum. And it is measured in resistance to impact with a force of 20 J, which is approximately equal to the fall of a load weighing 5 kg from a height of 40 cm.

There is another protection class, which begins with the designation “IP” and for example, in the case of our cameras, the dome DS-2CD2142FWD-IS and the cylindrical DS-2CD2642FWD-IS are equal to “IP67”, where the first number means protection from dust, and the second from moisture. The higher the number, the higher the protection. The first number “6” is the maximum protection against bullets, that is, the data of the IP camera is dustproof. And the second digit “7” means that the camera supports short-term immersion in water to a depth of 1 meter.

As you can see The described 3 IP cameras are excellent security solutions for each specific case. If this is an office surveillance, then the ideal solution is the Hikvision DS-2CD2442FWD-IW camera, and if the camera is installed in unprotected harsh conditions, then the DS-2CD2642FWD-IS and DS-2CD2142FWD-IS cameras are an excellent solution. If you still have any questions about Hikvision equIPment, you can always contact our engineers for a free consultation by phone on the website or by filling out the feedback form.