Quick Installation Guide
Package Content
Inspect the packaging carton. Make sure your AVE DR16X / AVE DR8X is properly delivered.
Remove all items from the box and make sure the box contains the following items.
Power cord
Blank CD-RW
User’s manual
Function Keys on the Front Panel
Fast Rewind
Fast Forward
Instant Record
SEQ (Sequence)
Call/ Copy
Direction Keys
NOTE: The upper HDDs should be adjusted to “Master”; and remember all HDD cannot be
Connecting Your DVR
Main Monitor
(S-Video / BNC /
S-Video, BNC and VGA output connectors are offered for connecting to a main
The call monitor is used to display full screen video of all installed cameras in
Call Monitor
sequence. The BNC Call Monitor connector allows user to connect the
Full-Featured MPEG-4 series DVR with an optional call monitor.
Video Input
Video Looping
Alarm I/O & RS485
LAN 100M
16 BNC connectors are offered for video input streams from installed cameras.
Plenty of BNC connectors are positioned on the real panel for looping out the
video input.
The unit provides a RS-232C communication port for sending and receiving
The unit provides an alarm I/O and RS485 port that offers user the flexibility
required to connect the unit to other devices.
Used for connecting the unit to a network-attached storage device (NAS).
Audio In RCA connector is offered for connecting an audio source device to the
Audio In / Out
unit; Audio Out RCA connector is offered for connecting an audio output device
to the unit.
USB Connector
LAN 10/100M
Two USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel for users to connect external USB devices
to the unit.
The Full-Featured MPEG-4 series DVR is capable of networking. The LAN port
opens the door of DVR to Ethernet where by the Internet.
The Full-Featured MPEG-4 series DVR has a AC power connection jack.
Power Jack
Please connect the power supply that ships with the unit.
NOTE: Use of other power supply may cause overloading.
Power Switch
Used to power up and shut down the unit.
Alarm I/O & RS485 Pin Definition:
Normal Open 3
Alarm In 7
Normal Close 1
Alarm In 8
Common Node 1
RS485 D+
Alarm In 9
Normal Open 1
RS485 D-
Alarm In 10
Alarm In 11
Normal Close 2
Alarm In 1
Alarm In 12
Common Node 2
Alarm In 2
Alarm In 13
Normal Open 2
Alarm In 3
Alarm In 14
Alarm In 4
Alarm In 15
Normal Close 3
Alarm In 5
Alarm In 16
Common Node 3
Alarm In 6
Basic Setup
Follow the description to set up the DVR for date/time, recording and viewing video. All
configurations can be set via either DVR front panel or DVRRemote, the remote software, on PC
through LAN.
Enter OSD Setup menu:
Press MENU to enter the OSD menu.
Enter password using Channel keys. The default passwords are as below.
Administrator Password
User Password
Strongly suggest changing the passwords to prevent unauthorized access.
Date / Time Setting:
Select <Date/Time> in System Setup menu to enter the Date/Time menu.
Select the date and time using LEFT/RIGHT keys; then adjust the value using UP/DOWN keys.
The new date and time settings take effect after confirm the changes.
To Define Recording Settings:
Select <Record Setup> from the Main menu.
Select a Preset Configuration setting from <Best Quality>, <Standard> and <Extended
Adjust the Recording schedule, Pre-alarm, Circular and Audio parameters.
When the settings are complete, press ENTER to confirm and save the settings; or ESC to
To Select Viewing Mode:
Press MODE button repeatedly to select the wanted display mode. The available viewing
modes are full-screen, 2×2 and 4×4 split-window.
Network Setup
Using LAN / Cable Modem:
Use the LAN setup when you plan to use a LAN, WAN, or Internet connection without a dialup
modem. It requires an Ethernet connection to a network. The default ID of your Full-Featured
MPEG-4 series DVR must be changed to avoid network conflicts.
From Main menu, select <System Setup>Æ<Network Setup>, set the <LAN Select> item to
<LAN> or <PPPoE> according to your network application, and enter <LAN Setup>.
For DHCP user, set the DHCP to <ON>. The IP address, Netmask, Gateway and DNS settings
are retrieved from network servers. DHCP is dynamic; the settings will change from time to time.
For Non-DHCP user, set the DHCP to <OFF>. You must enter an IP address, Netmask,
Gateway and DNS settings. Please obtain these settings from your network service provider.
To change the IP address, Netmask, Gateway and DNS value, press UP/DOWN keys to move
the cursor to the item. Use LEFT/RIGHT keys to access each section of the value and press
ENTER, then change the value using UP/DOWN keys.
PPPoE users must set the <PPPoE Account>, <PPPoE Password> and <PPPoE Max Idle>
as well.
When the settings are complete, press ENTER to confirm and save the settings, or ESC to
Connecting Remote PC with the DVR via Modem:
DVR Configuration>>
Connect an USB modem to the USB socket and connect a working phone line to the modem.
Press MENU and input the Administrator password to access the OSD Main menu. Select
<Network Setup> and then <Dial-in Setup> to set up the Dial-In settings, including Dial-in
Account, Password, Server and Client IP, etc.
PC Configuration>>
On your Windows PC, click <Start>, <My Network Places>, <View Network Connections>,
<Create New Connection> to select <Connect using dialup modem> to connect to the
internet through phone line.
Enter the phone number of the modem that is connected to the DVR.
Enter the Dial-in Account and Password that are specified in local DVR. Click <Finish> to
establish the connection.
Establishing Dial-up Modem Connection from the DVR for Remote Notification:
DVR Configuration>>
Connect an USB modem to the USB socket and connect a working phone line to the modem.
Press MENU and input the Administrator password to access the OSD Main menu. Select
<Network Setup> and then <Dial-out Setup> to set up the Dial-out settings, including Dial-out
IP, Phone Number, Dial-out Account, etc.
PC Configuration>>
On your PC, use the Network Connection Wizard to <Accept incoming connections>.
Enter the Dial-out Account and Password that are specified in local DVR.
Select network connection type to assign TCP/IP address for the PC. Click <Finish> to
complete the process.
Dome Control
Dome Connection & Settings:
See section Connecting Your DVR for RS-485 port pin definition.
Refer to the following figure. Connect the R+, R- terminals on the dome camera to the D+, Dterminals on the RS-485 port by RS-485 cable respectively.
To set up dome protocol and ID, press MENU to access the Main menu, and select <Camera
Setup>. The available protocols include <DynaColor>, <Pelco D>, <Pelco P>, <AD422> and
<None> (default). Note that ID number must match the ID address defined by the dome.
To configure the RS-485 parameters, select <System Setup> from Main menu, and then select
<RS485 Setup>. The default Full-Featured MPEG-4 series DVR RS-485 settings are 9600 Baud,
8 Data Bits, 1 Stop Bit and No Parity.
Dome Control Button:
Focus Near
Toggle Hint
Zoom In
Auto / Enter
Iris Close
Focus Far
Zoom Out
Pan / Tilt
Set / Go Preset
Iris Open
Basic Playback Operation
Searching Recorded Video by Time:
Press SEARCH button to enter the Search menu; the From Time and End Time of the available
video is listed on top of the screen. The value is unchangeable.
Use Direction buttons to move the cursor for setting the Start Time; adjusting the date and time
values by UP/DOWN keys. Press ENTER to confirm or ESC to abort.
Move the cursor to <Begin Playback> and press ENTER to start playing back the selected
video. Either press PLAY/STOP again or ESC to return to live video.
NOTE: If there is no available recorded video that matches your specified time and date, the
unit starts to playback from the next available video.
Searching Recorded Video by Event:
Press SEARCH button to enter the Search menu.
To search event video that was recorded on a specific camera, use LEFT/RIGHT keys to move
the cursor and press ENTER to select or de-select a channel.
Move the cursor to <Event List> and press ENTER to list the event video of the selected
The list displays each event by date, time, triggered camera and alarm type. The latest recorded
event video will be listed on the top. To exit the event list, press ESC.
Use UP/DOWN to scroll through the Event List. Press ENTER to play back the selected event
NOTE: The event list displays only the first 1024 events; as some events are deleted,
others are displayed.
Playback Controls:
The button is for rewinding the recorded video while playing back. Press the button
repeatedly to increase the speed of reverse playback by 1×, 2×, 4×, 8×, 16×, or 32×.
The button is used to play the recorded video fast forward. Press the button
repeatedly to increase the speed of forward playback by 1×, 2×, 4×, 8×, 16×, or 32×.
Press FREEZE to pause the playback video. When the recorded video is paused,
press LEFT / RIGHT to resume playback video single step reverse / forward
respectively. Press FREEZE again to continue playing video.
Play/Stop Press to stop playing back video and back to live mode.
Using Remote Software
Setup Requirements:
Network connection to PC.
IP address of your Full-Featured MPEG-4 series DVR. To check the DVR’s IP address, press
MENU key on the unit and enter password to access OSD Main menu; select <System Setup>,
<Network Setup>, then <LAN Setup> to check the IP.
Changing Internet Setting:
Start the IE; select <Tools> from the main menu of the browser, then <Internet Options> and
then click the <Security> tab.
Select <Trusted sites> and click <Sites> to specify its security setting.
Disable Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone. Type the IP address of the
unit in field and click <Add> to add this website to the zone.
In the Security Level area, click <Custom Level>. Under <All ActiveX controls and plug-ins>,
set all items to <Enable> or <Prompt>.
Click <OK> to accept the settings and close the <Security> screen.
Using the Remote Software:
Start the IE and enter the IP address of your Full-Featured MPEG-4 series DVR in the address
The ActiveX controls and plug-ins dialog will show twice for confirmation, click <YES> to accept
ActiveX plug-ins. The DVRRemote plug-ins will be downloaded and installed on your PC
automatically when the connection is successfully made.
NOTE: Do not enter any leading 0 characters in the address, for example,
“” should be entered “”.
NOTE: If the default trigger port 80 is changed into another one, port 81 for example, you
should enter the IP address as “”.
Version verification starts automatically to verify whether DVTRemote was installed. This
process may take up to 30 seconds.
When the software is completely downloaded, the Login Screen is displayed.
Enter your username and password. The default usernames and passwords are admin: 1234,
user: 4321.
For more information on DVRRemote, see DVRRemote user’s manual.
DVRRemote Playback
To Playback Remote Video:
Click <Play> on the top of the main window toolbar, and then <Remote Playback> tab.
The <From> and <To> on the top of the screen display the date and time from which recorded
video is available for playback.
Select the date and time of the segment to play back from the <Start> field. You can change the
date and time either by typing desired numbers directly or using the arrow buttons.
Select the camera(s) you want to play back. Click <Clear> to clear all of the camera entry
selections, and click <All> to select all of the camera entries.
Click <OK> to start the operation, or click <Close> to abort.
To Playback Local *.drv File:
Click <Open> and the file selection screen is displayed. Select the *.drv video file to playback
and click <OK>.
Click <OK> in the <Local Playback> Screen to start the operation, or click <Cancel> to abort
the playback.
View the video playback using the Playback controls.
After playback, click <Live> to return to live video.
To Playback Local *.avi Files:
Start your windows media player or other media player from <Start> menu (or any other
possible access).
Select <File> and then <Open>.
Select the wanted *.avi file, and click <Open>.
NOTE: The *.avi files stored for each channel are separated, and therefore the video can be
played back in single channel, full screen mode only.
To Playback Event Recording
Click SEARCH button positioned in the Main Window Toolbar. The Alarm List appears.
Scroll through the events in the Alarm List and highlight the event of interest.
Double-click on the desired event to view the alarm recording.
Playback Controls: