In this article, I talk about the Swann DVR setup.
If you have a Swann DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and want to understand how properly connect the cables and set up the cameras, you've come to the right place.
I'm assuming you have a Swann DVR Kit such as the SWDVK-845804WL-US or similar models that come with everything you need for the installation.
The Swann DVR Kit
When you purchase your Swann DVR Kit on Amazon or any other store, you get a box with everything inside as shown in the picture below.
As you can see, the kit brings the cameras, recorder, cables, power supply, anchors, screws and even some stickers to place around your premises.
Perhaps you just got a surveillance kit with more cameras, anyway, the setup process is similar to most of the models that are sold by this manufacturer.
The installation diagram
To better understand how the surveillance camera work I created a diagram that clearly shows the devices connected in a local network.
As you can see, there are 4 cameras connected to the DVR via the coaxial cables that come within the surveillance kit. The power is sent to the camera by using the cable power supply that connects to the electric cable.
This is an example of the final installation where you can watch the live video stream on a computer/laptop or a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.
The camera installation
To install the cameras, look for the best location and just use anchors and screws that come in the kit. The picture below shows an example of an installed camera.
Connect the coaxial and electric cable to the camera and the other side to the DVR. Since the connectors are unique, there's no way to get it wrong.
Use the HDMI (or VGA) cable to connect the DVR to a monitor.
Use the USB port to connect the mouse that is used for the configuration.
DVR set up
Connect the DVR to the power supply, power it on, and follow the setup wizard. The process is very easy and can be finished in less than 5 minutes.
Here are the steps for the DVR's setup.
- Chose the DVR's language
- Select the video format (NTSC/PAL)
- Select the resolution you want to use
- Look for your local timezone
- Select the date and time format
And it's done. Now you have your DVR is up and running.
The DVR starts recording the video after the initial setup is finished but if you want to have more control over the quality you can open the "recording" menu and changing the "encode" configuration.
The principles remain the same, just change the parameters, and you are done.
Here's a list with articles that can help you with the Swann devices.
The Swann DVR setup is very easy and intuitive.
Anybody can set up the recorder in a matter of minutes by using the wizard.
Just in case you need extra help, visit the Swann website.
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Claudemir Martins is a former Samsung Engineer with 16+ experience in the surveillance industry. He has been traveling around 17 different countries to teach people how to design, and install CCTV systems.