How to add an analog or IP camera to the DX8100 Series hybrid video recorder?


  • How to setup analog and IP cameras in DX8100 Series hybrid video recorders?
  • Enable/Disable Analog Video Channel

Product Line

Pelco Video Management


  • DX8100 Series HVR
  • Pelco IP camera
  • Analog camera


Add analog and IP cameras to the DX8100 Series HVR.

The DX8100 Video channel will not display  video.


DX8100 Enable/Disable Video

To set up Analog camera picture and PTZ options:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the DX8100 toolbar, click the Setup button. The Setup dialog opens to the Camera page.
    • If the Setup dialog box is already open, click the Camera button. The Camera page is displayed.
  2. In the Camera Properties section, do the following:
    1. Select a camera from the Selected Channel drop-down box. Alternately, you can click a camera in the Site Tree to select it.
    2. Verify that Local Camera is displayed in the associated Selected Channel drop-down box.
    3. (Optional) To disable an analog camera, select Disable in the associated Selected Channel drop-down box. Older firmware has a checkbox.
    4. Enter an optional new name in the Camera Name box for the camera. Camera names can be up to 32 characters long and can include spaces and special characters. The Camera Name box cannot be left blank or have any spaces. If a valid name is not entered in the Camera Name box when you click Apply, the previous name is displayed.
    5. Set camera security level. The default security levels are as follows:
      • None: The camera can be viewed by all users.
      • Low: The camera can be viewed by all users except the Guest account.
        NOTE: If you do not want video from a low security level camera to be viewed by the Guest user, set the security level for that cameras to medium or higher.
      • Medium: The camera can be viewed by users with Standard User access and higher.
      • High: The camera can be viewed by users with Power User access and higher.
    6. In the Protocol drop-down box, select the appropriate PTZ protocol for the camera, or select No PTZ if the selected camera does not support PTZ functions. Some of the supported protocol options are as follows:
      • NO PTZ: Disables all PTZ functions for the current camera
      • PELCO-C: Coaxitron
      • PELCO-D: Pelco engineered
      • PELCO-P: Pelco engineered
      • SAMSUNG™ (V2.0)
      • PANASONIC®
      • VICON®
      • KALATEL™
      • Honeywell™ (HSD251)
      • American Dynamics™
      • Phillips® (TC8560, TC700 Series)
      • LG® (v1.0)
        You must configure one of the RS-422/RS-485 PTZ ports for Spectra for Coaxitron to function.
    7. Do the following:
      1. In the PTZ Locking Auto-timeout drop-down box, select an appropriate timeout value. Timeout values can be set between five and 60 seconds. The default value is 10 seconds. Because the DX8100 Series HVR is designed to operate in a networked environment, it is possible that multiple users may attempt to simultaneously control the PTZ features of a single camera. To minimize potential conflicts, only one user at a time is allowed to control the PTZ features of a camera. PTZ control is made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a user gains control of a camera’s PTZ features, all other users are locked out. All other users must wait until the controls for that device have been left idle for the amount of time configured for that camera, as specified in the PTZ Locking Auto-timeout drop-down box.
      2. To perform a PTZ test, click Pan-L (left), Pan-R (right), Tilt-U (up), and Tilt-D (down), to verify that the camera responds to PTZ commands.
    8. Set the selected camera address as follows:
      1. In the Dip Switch Address drop-down box, select an address from the available addresses. If the selected camera’s protocol is set to NO PTZ or PELCO-C, the DIP Switch Address drop-down box is unavailable. In this case, the camera’s dip switch setting cannot be set using software. This option is available for cameras and protocols that support software-configured addresses. Only one address can be assigned per camera. The DX8100 displays an error message if you attempt to assign the same address to different cameras.
      2. To view the camera DIP switch address setting for all attached local cameras, click View. The DIP Switch Address View dialog box opens. The assigned DIP switch setting for all attached cameras is displayed.
  3. In the Picture Adjustment section, adjust picture properties by moving sliders for Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation. As you adjust the picture properties of a camera on the local HVR, changes will be reflected immediately in the view area near the top of the screen. Changes made to cameras at a remote site will not appear in the view area until you click Apply.
  4. Click Default to return all picture property settings to the normal state.
  5. Click Apply.


To setup IP camera:

  1. On the DX8100 toolbar, click the Setup button . The Setup dialog opens to the Camera page.
  2. Click IP Camera Properties. The IP Camera Properties dialog box appears. DX8100 has to be version 2.0 for this to be present.
  3. To search for IP cameras connected to the network:
    • Using the IP Camera Properties dialog box scan utility: The scan utility locates Pelco IP devices, IP cameras, and Axis IP cameras.
      NOTE: The DX8100 Client application IP Camera Properties scan utility is unavailable.
      1. Click Scan. The IP Camera Searching dialog box appears.
      2. After the IP Camera Searching dialog box closes, the IP scan results are displayed in the scan table.
        NOTE: The scan results are cleared if the IP Camera Properties dialog box is closed.

  • Using the Pelco Device Utility: For information about installing the Device Utility, refer to Utility Device for Pelco IP Cameras manual.
    NOTE: Install the Device Utility only on a remote computer. Do not install it on the DX8100 server.
    1. On a remote computer, start the Pelco Device Utility and allow the Device Utility to discover IP devices on the network.
    2. Search the Device Utility IP Address column for supported IP camera devices. For information about the supported IP cameras, refer to DX8100 Series HVR Version 2.0 Release Notes. To access this document, go to and navigate to the Hybrid Video Recorders page.
  1. Note the IP address and model number of the supported IP cameras to be configured.
  2. Assign each IP cameras to a DX8100 camera channel
    1. On the DX8100 toolbar, click the Setup button . The Setup dialog opens to the Camera page.
    2. Click IP Camera Properties. The IP Camera Properties dialog box appears.
    3. To assign an IP camera to a camera channel, do one of the following:
      • Manual assignment:
        1. Click a check box to select a camera.
        2. Click the Manufacturer drop-down box and select a manufacturer. The port number, compression method, and video stream settings automatically appear in the camera row.
        3. Click the IP drop-down box and enter the camera’s IP address.‚Äč

  • Automated assignment:
  1. Click Scan. Available IP devices appear in the Scan table.
  2. Click a supported IP camera.
  3. Click the Add button .  The Connect dialog box opens.
  4. In the Connect drop-down box, click a camera.
  5. Click Apply. The selected camera is assigned to the designated camera channel.
    1. (Optional) MPEG-4 is the default codec. Double-click the Codec drop-down box to select a different compression.
    2. Double-click the User box and enter the user name.
  6. Double-click the Password box and enter the password.
  7. The DX8100 allows you to select the IP camera stream that the unit uses to record video.
    • Stream 1: Primary is the default stream. It supports a higher resolution and image rate.
    • Stream 2: Stream 2 supports a lower resolution and image rate.
      NOTE: For information about supported resolution and image rates, refer to DX8100 Series HVR Release Notes. To access this document, go to and navigate to the Hybrid Video Recorders page. Double-click the Stream drop-down box to select the secondary stream.

  8. Repeat step 2 to 7 to associate additional IP cameras with other camera channels.
  9. Click OK. The channel assignments are saved and the Camera page appears.
  10. If connecting an IP PTZ Camera, select Network PTZ Camera in Camera Setup.


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