How to Setup the Wansview NC541 and Record to the Cloud
The Wainsview NC541 is a fairly popular camera on amazon. It has a whole slew of features and gets pretty favorable reviews from amazon so it is defiantly a competitive option. The largest complaint in the reviews is that setup is very difficult. We have puzzled through the process ourselves and put together this guide so you don’t have to struggle. This camera is not ideal for use with Sensr.net as it does not support FTP streaming but it will still work with some Sensr.net features.
I’ll also show you how to push images to Sensr.net so you can take advantage of all of our cool features, like SMS and email alerts, 30 days archiving, no firewall config, clip sharing, embedable live streams, guest access, etc.
We have broken this tutorial up it to 3 easy steps to its easier to follow along.
- Step one: Setup hardware and find camera IP
- Step two: Get FTP credentials from Sensr.net
- Step three: Tell your Wainsview NC541 about your new credentials
Step one: Setup hardware and find camera IP
Setting up the hardware is pretty self explanatory. Just plug your camera into your router and a wall outlet. Please note that if you want to connect your camera to the internet wirelessly you need to set up the camera with a wired connection first then switch it to wireless (I’ll show you how to do this later). Next you need to find your camera’s IP address. You can do this a two ways, either by installing and running the software they include or by looking on your router’s network access window. I prefer going through my router because it saves time. Type the IP address of your router into your internet browser. If you don’t know the IP address to your router its pretty easy to find it. On my mac it is under system preferences>Network>Advanced…>TCP/IP. The page looks like this:
Once you have the IP address just enter it into your browser and it should bring you to a network access page. Everyone’s looks different depending on the make and model of their browser. Mine, for example, looks like this:
If you aren’t sure which device is new you can always unplug your camera then plug it back in to see which one disappears and comes back. Once you have your camera’s IP address just write it down, you’ll need it later. Now you are ready to setup stuff from the Sensr.net side of things.
Step two: Get FTP credentials from Sensr.net
We will store all your recorded data in the cloud so you can access it from any device, anywhere. We have a number of different plans but the first week is always free so just set it up and give it a try. If you don’t like it you don’t need to continue to a payed plan. Log into your Sensr.net account click the Add Camera button. Once you login you’ll see a page like this: Next you’ll see a page like this where you can set the timezone for your camera, give it a name, and tell us the model. Cameras default to private but you can make them public if you want to share them with the world. After that, we’ll generate some FTP credentials for your server. This generates a login for your Hikvision to where it can upload images via FTP. This tells your camera where to upload the images. The important information here is:
- FTP Server
- FTP User name
- FTP Password
Step three: Tell your camera about your new FTP credentials
Now that you have the FTP credentials you need to let you camera know about them. Open a new tab in your browser and type in the camera IP address that you wrote down earlier. This should bring you to the camera’s network access page. It will prompt you for a username and password. The defaults are admin and 123456. Make sure you change these later. At this point you should be prompted with a box asking you if you would like to connect to wifi. Go ahead and choose a wifi network if you want this camera connected to wifi. You will need to install a plug in before you can view the page but once you have installed the plug in and entered your password the page should look like this:
If you didn’t set up wifi earlier you can do so by going to the network tab and do that anytime you like. Click on alarm then check the box Upload image to FTP. Then go to the FTP section and copy and paste your credentials in. Leave the port at 21 but change the mode to passive. This camera does not have an FTP streaming option, which is totally annoying so right now your camera will only upload when it detects motion or sound so that is a bit of a pain. I would check the upload image periodically box as well just to get more photos uploaded. FTP settings is shown below:
Now that you’re on Sensr.net we’ll archive all the motion events, giving you 30 days of archives, SMS and email alerts, guest access, and a whole lot more. You can view the live stream on our website or in our apps.
As always let me know if you have any questions. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the feedback button on the right of the page!