Tested Vendors

You can connect to any NVR, DVR or Camera that has ONVIF or RTSP. This means you can connect your TimeBox to the vast majority of products manufactured since 2007.

Some of the vendors we have tested and work with frequently include: Axis, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, D-Link, Vivotek, Lilin, Edimax, Cisco, Sunell, AVTech, TVT, Grandstream, Canon, Hikvision, Dahua and many others.

Part 1 of 2: Configure your DVR

Many DVRs/NVRs will work out of the box with the default configurations. If for any reason your DVR/NVR is not working, please follow these instructions. The example screenshots feature a Hikvision analog DVR, the options on your specific DVR may differ.

Step 1 of 2: Check RTSP is switched on and set to port 554 (usually under Configuration -> Network -> RTSP)
Note: There might be a separate RTSP username/password under Users on some DVRs. If there is, please make note of it.

Step 2 of 2: Camera quality is set as desired.
Note: Whatever quality you set on the DVR will be reflected on the TimeBox. If the DVR is set to 704x576, the TimeBox will record in this resolution as well.
Warning: If your DVR has H.265, you may want to switch to H.264 or H.264+ (as pictured). This is optional but ensure maximum compatibility with browsers, mobile phones, tablets and other devices.

Optional Step: Enable ONVIF (if your DVR has this option)



Part 2 of 2: Add Your DVR/NVR to the Timeline


Step 1 of 1: Add the DVR to the Timeline
    1. Tap New Camera under Admin (top right) > Cameras
    2. Select the DVR/NVR tab
    3. Give this DVR/NVR a name
    4. Enter the correct IP of the DVR/NVR, you can find it in the DVR/NVR's network configuration
    5. Select the correct vendor and required number of cameras
        Note: If your vendor is not in the list, try selecting "Other"
    6. Enter the username and password
        Note: Please make sure to use the "Check" button to ensure the password is correct before processing.
    7. Click the Add button




Your DVR/NVR is not listed?

If DVR is not in the list, you will need to find the correct RTSP URL for your DVR. You can enter this URL under the "Custom URL" tab of the "New Camera(s)" dialog.

Note: You can normally find this in the DVR/NVR manual, you may need to contact the supplier or manufacturer if you cannot find it.

If you are not able to find this information, please reach out to us and we may be able to help!

    • For most DVRs/NVRs including Dahua/TVT/Genie/etc, it is:
        rtsp://[user]:[password]@[ip]/cam/realmonitor?channel=[physical-channel]&subtype=[stream-id]

      • e.g. rtsp://admin:pass@192.108.1.108/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=1
    • For Hikvision DVRs/NVRs:
        rtsp://[user]:[password]@[ip]/streaming/channels/[physical-channel]0[stream-id]

      • e.g. for camera 3: rtsp://admin:12345@192.168.1.3/streaming/channels/301
        e.g. for camera 10: rtsp://admin:12345@192.168.1.3/streaming/channels/1001