How to create HTTPS on Hikvision NVR (or IP camera)

HTTP is a thing of the past. This article will teach you how to set up HTTPS on Hikvision NVR. 

What a difference an “S” can make. HTTPS is a protocol that encrypts data and provides users with secure access to websites. To do so, it uses a certificate of authentication, which encrypts any data going back and forth from your camera or recorder to your browser.

Below we have outlined the instructions to enable HTTPS on Hikvision NVR. It can be applied to Hikvision IP cameras and recorders, regardless if they are branded or OEM versions sold by third parties. If you want to make sure your device has this function, you can check its menu for an HTTPS section.

Steps To Set UP HTTPS On Hikvision NVR

There are various methods to set up HTTPS on Hikvision NVR. You can do it through a third-party signature authentication or self-signed authentication. 

All of them follow the same logic of creating HTTPS for your device. Once activated, whenever you access your IP address, the URL will show “https://” making your browser to camera data encrypted.

Self-Signed Authentication

The first method to enable HTTPS on Hikvision NVR can be done through the interface. To log in, launch a web browser, preferably Internet Explorer. In the URL bar, type in your device’s IP address.

You will be prompted to sign in to your account. Enter your credentials. Once inside, open “Configuration,” then “Advanced Settings,” and lastly, “HTTPS.”

You should see an option named “Install Certificate.” Choose “Create Self-signed Certificate” and hit “Create.”

Now you should fill out the information on the following page. It will ask you for a country, a Hostname/IP, and Validity. Validity refers to the amount of time HTTPS on Hikvision NVR will be valid for. You can choose 365, which is a year. Feel free to input a higher number for more days if you wish. Click “OK” to continue.

After submitting, you should find yourself on the “Advanced Settings” page. Make sure to select the HTTPS option, and you should see the certificate. Don’t forget to click on “Save” before exiting the screen to apply the selected settings.

Enable HTTPs certificate

You should now be able to access your NVR through HTTPS. Note that your browser will recognize the link as a “certificate prompt.” Don’t worry, as it is common and happens due to the certificate being self-signed, thus, not entirely secure.

To better protect and set up a strong HTTPS on Hikvision NVR, you would have to use a third-party CA organization to authenticate the certificate. If that appeals to you, read the section below.

Third-Party Signature Authentication

Another method to enable HTTPS on Hikvision NVR is to use a third-party signature for authentication. You will have to make a certification application file.

What Is Certification Authority(CA)?

A certification authority (CA) is an entity that issues digital certificates, which are used to establish trust online and enable secure communication over the internet. 

Digital certificates are used to verify the identity of a person, organization, or device and to establish an encrypted connection between two parties. A CA acts as a trusted third party that issues and verifies digital certificates, ensuring that they are issued to the correct parties and that they have not been tampered with. 

Instructions On Requesting HTTPS For Hikvision NVR

Open the “Network > Advanced > HTTPs” page, select the “Create the certificate request form and continue the installation” option, and then “Create.”

You will need to fill out the required information and click the “OK” button. 

Create certificate on Hikvision NVR

You can now download the HTTPS certificate and submit it to the third-party organization for signature, approval, and authentication. Apply for the certificate and ask for it in a PEM format.

Once you receive the certification, you need to import it into the NVR interface. Once again, it must be in a PEM format. Otherwise, it won’t work, and you will have to start the process over again.

After importing it, you will be able to access your NVR using HTTPS. Keep in mind it will only work for one recorder, the one authenticated, and will not apply to any of your other devices.

Repeat the same process to get HTTPS authentication for IP camera or DVR. It should work fine as long as the device supports the function. Most Hikvision devices, both logo and OEM versions, widely support the HTTPS function.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, creating HTTPS on a Hikvision NVR is a simple yet important process that can enhance the security of your device and its resources when accessing them over the internet. 

By following the necessary steps and considering the considerations outlined in this article, you can successfully create HTTPS on your NVR or camera and enjoy the added protection it provides. 

It is essential to regularly update the HTTPS certificate and password to maintain the security of your device and to carefully follow the instructions provided by Hikvision to avoid any potential issues. 

If you encounter difficulties or have questions while creating HTTPS on your devices, it is recommended to seek assistance from Hikvision customer support or a qualified technician.