Create and Edit User Accounts on the DX8000/DX8100 Series recorder.

Issue

Setup, configure, and edit user accounts.

DX8100 create user

Product Line

Pelco Video Management

Environment

  • DX8000 Series DVR
  • DX8100 Series HVR

Cause

Initial Setup and Maintenance.

Resolution

DX8100 create user

USER SETUP

The User page allows an Administrator (Admin) to add, delete, and change the properties of users. The Admin has full permission of the DX8000. Users are subdivided into groups and each group is granted a particular level of access. The Admin is the only one who can change the permission for all lower-level users. A lower level user cannot have more permission than a higher level user.

ACCESSING THE USER PAGE

To access the User page:

  1. On the DX8000 toolbar, click . The Setup dialog box opens to the camera page.
  2. Click . The User page is displayed.

The following figure shows the User page.

The following table describes the parts of the User page.

Item Part Description
1 User name table Lists the authorized users.
2 User buttons

Allows you to do the following:

  • Add: Opens the Add New User dialog box, where you create a new user account
  • Remove: Deletes the selected user.
  • Properties: Opens the Properties dialog box, where you view and modify user details.
  • Set Password: Opens the Set Password dialog box, where you specify or modify the user's password.
3 User Groups

Allows you to create user accounts for the following user groups:

  • Administrator Group
  • Power User Group
  • Standard User
  • Restricted User Group

The DX8000 allows the Admin to configure access rights to any user group for the following functions:

  • Camera security
  • View live video
  • Operate PTZ
  • Playback video
  • Set PTZ
  • Access Export menu
4 User Timeout Allows you to configure the amount of time a user is allowed to remain logged on to the DX8000 system before the system automatically logs them out. The time period is from 5 to 60 minutes (in increments of 5 minutes). The manual setting allows the user to stay logged on to the DX8000 unit the user is manually logged off.
5 Auto Login User Allows you to configure the user to be automatically logged on to the DX8000.

 

Built-In User Accounts

There are two built-in user accounts that come preconfigured on the DX8000, and they cannot be deleted or changed.

  • Guest: The Guest account provides limited access to the system. The Guest user can view live video but cannot play back recorded video or access system configuration functions. The Guest account automatically becomes active when the system is first started and each time a user logs out. The Guest user is not a member of any group; however, Guest retains all of the rights and privileges of the Restricted Users group with the exception of the ability to view low security cameras.
  • Admin: The Admin account has full access to the system. The Admin user can view live and play back video, access all configuration settings, add and modify users, and can perform searches and backups. The Admin user is a member of the Administrators group and cannot be removed.

Definition of User Access Levels

There are four predefined user access levels or groups. User access levels range from the Administrator group to the Restricted group. By default, the system starts up with a default Guest account. The admin can assign automatic login for a specified user.

The Guest account has Restricted user access. The following table describes the user group's access rights.

User Groups View Live Video View Recorded Video Operate PTZ Search Video Backup Video System Setup Shut Down System Add/Remove Users Change User/Group Properties Exit to Windows
Administrators
Power Users      
Standard Users            
Restricted Users                  
Guest Users                  

 

DEFINITION OF CAMERA SECURITY ACCESS

Users are limited by the Admin to the cameras they are allowed to view. Access to a camera is determined by its security designation. The Admin can configure access rights to any user group for any of the following functions:

  • Camera security
  • View live video
  • Operate PTZ
  • Playback video
  • Set PTZ
  • Access Export menu

Only users with High Security access can view cameras designated as High Security. Medium Security cameras can be viewed by users with Medium Security access and higher. All users except Guest can view Low Security cameras. All users can view No Security cameras.

The following table summarizes camera security levels and user access.

Groups No Security Cameras Low Security Cameras Medium Security Cameras High Security Cameras
Administrators
Power Users
Standard Users  
Restricted Users    
Guest Users      

 

ADDING NEW USERS

Administrators can create new user accounts and modify existing users locally on the DX8000 server or remotely from the DX8000 Client Application.

User names and passwords have the following requirements:

  • User names can be between 4 and 20 alphanumeric characters in length
  • User passwords can be between 4 and 10 alphanumeric characters in length
  • User names cannot contain spaces and special characters
  • User names and passwords are case sensitive

To add a new user:

  1. On the DX8000 toolbar, click . The Setup dialog box opens to the Camera page.
  2. Click . The User page is displayed.
  3. Click Add. The Add New User dialog box opens.
  4. Do the following:
    1. Enter a login name for the user
    2. Enter the user's full name
    3. Enter a brief description for the user. For example, enter Building 6 Security Guard.
    4. Enter a password for the user. (Passwords must be between 4 and 10 characters in length and cannot contain spaces and special characters.)
    5. Re-enter the same password to confirm its validity.
  5. Click Next. The user access level options for the New User dialog box are displayed.
  6. Select the user's access level: Restricted, Standard, or Power.
  7. Click Finish
  8. Click Apply

 

MODIFYING USER PROPERTIES

Follow the steps below to change user attributes, such as user name and group affiliation. Users with Administrator or Power User access can change name and description properties of lower-level users. Only Administrator level users, however, can change a user's group affiliation.

To modify a user's properties:

  1. On the DX8000 toolbar, click . The Setup dialog box opens to the Camera page.
  2. Click . The User page is displayed.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • In the main user list:
      1. Click a user name
      2. Click Properties. The Property dialog box opens.
    • In one of the group lists:
      1. Click a user name
      2. Click Properties. The Property dialog box opens.
  4. Edit the following user properties:
    • User name
    • Full name
    • Description
    • Group
  5. Click Apply in the Property dialog box.
  6. Click Apply in the User Setup screen.

An administrator level user can also change the group affiliation of users by dragging user names among different groups.

 

CHANGING USER PASSWORDS

Administrators and Power Users can change or reset an existing user's password.

To change a user's password:

  1. On the DX8000 toolbar, click . The Setup dialog box opens to the Camera page.
  2. Click . The User page is displayed.
  3. Click a user name in the main user list.
  4. Click Set Password. The Set Password dialog box opens.
  5. Enter a new password in the "New Password" field.
  6. Retype the password again in the "Confirm new password" field.
  7. Click Apply in the Set Password dialog box.
  8. Click Apply in the User Setup screen.

 

CHANGING A USER'S GROUP AFFILIATION

An Administrator level user can also change the group affiliation of users by dragging user names among different groups.

To change a users' group affiliation:

  • In the User name column of the User page, click the user's name and drag it in a group.

 

DELETING EXISTING USERS

Administrators can delete existing users.

To delete a user's account:

  1. On the DX8000 toolbar, click . The Setup dialog box opens to the Camera page.
  2. Click . The User page is displayed.
  3. Click the user name of the user you want to delete from the main user list.
  4. Click Remove. The Remove User dialog box opens.
  5. Click Yes to confirm the deletion or No to cancel and return to the User Setup screen.
  6. Click the Apply button at the bottom of the screen.

 

SETTING LOGIN TIMEOUT

Administrators can define the amount of time a user's account can remain idle before having to log in again. This setting applies to all users, regardless of access level.

To set login timeout:

  1. On the DX8000 toolbar, click . The Setup dialog box opens to the Camera page.
  2. Click . The User page is displayed.
  3. Select a time limit from the User Timeout drop-down box.
    • Time limits range from five minute to one hour, in five-minute increments.
    • Selecting Manual from the drop-down box will suspend the automatic logout feature. (A user will remain logged in until the user logs out or another user logs in.)
  4. Click Apply.

 

ASSIGNING AUTOMATIC LOGIN PERMISSION TO A USER

The DX8000 allows one user to be able to automatically log in to the DX8000 application. The administrator must assign automatic login permission to the user. Once automatic login permission is assigned to the user, the user will be automatically logged in to the DX8000 application. In this case, the assigned user does not have to enter the user name and password.

NOTE: Automatic login user permission makes the DX8000 more vulnerable because a higher level of user is logged in every time.

To assign automatic login permission:

  1. On the DX8000 toolbar, click . The Setup dialog box opens to the Camera page.
  2. Click . The User page is displayed.
  3. In the Auto Login User drop-down selection box, select a user.
  4. Click Apply.

The next time the DX8000 application is started, the assigned user is logged in automatically.