Explorer® MX-HD Basic and Plus Mobile DVR
Install and Setup Guide
Use this guide to install and configure the Seon Explorer MX-HD DVR. The DVR requires configuration
as part of the install process.
The Explorer MX-HD DVR is secured with a locking front cover and a cable cover. Two cable grommets
(and two knockouts) on the cable cover allow for wiring to enter from the left side, right side, or back of
the unit. The DVR can be installed horizontally or vertically.
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Guide Contents
Tools and Equipment, on page 2
MX-HD Basic System Package Contents (typical), on page 3
MX-HD Plus System Package Contents (typical), on page 4
Installation Diagrams, on page 5
Installation Best Practices, on page 7
DVR and Component Installation, on page 8
Other Accessories, on page 13
Hardware Installation Final Checklist, on page 14
DVR Menu Access, on page 15
Typical DVR Configuration Settings, on page 15
vMax Web Laptop Configuration, on page 26
DVR Configuration Uploads, on page 30
Updating the Firmware, on page 38
Configuring DVR Email Notifications, on page 39
Configuration Menu Descriptions, on page 41
Dimensions, on page 67
Related Documents, on page 68
Customer Service Contact Information, on page 68
Tools and Equipment
This DVR system must be installed by a professional installer. A professional installer has the experience
and equipment to install and configure this DVR system to run properly.
Check that you have all the system components and inspect the units for any scratches or damage before
installing.
Keys included in package contents:
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DVR keys for securing the removable hard drive
Front cover keys for securing the removable front cover
Configuration equipment:
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For on-screen configuration: portable video monitor and trackball mouse
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For vMax® Web configuration: laptop and an Ethernet cable.
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MX-HD Basic System Package Contents (typical)
The contents of a typical Basic installation package are listed below. The actual contents of your
installation package may vary, depending on the options selected.
Explorer MX-HD DVR with locking
front cover and cable cover, drive, and
mounting plate
Cameras (up to 5) and extension cables
Ignition harness wire
Alarm button and cable
Power over Ethernet Injector POE (optional) Control Cable (Smart-Link to POE,
optional)
Portable video monitor (optional)
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MX-HD Plus System Package Contents (typical)
The additional items for a typical Plus installation package are shown below. The actual contents of your
installation package may vary, depending on the options selected.
Smart-Link™ module for signal interfaces Smart-Link-to-DVR connection harness
(identical connectors)
GPS receiver
Alarm input harness
Signal harness
Control Cable (XELR-8 to POE Injector,
optional).
RGY Illuminator (optional, and expansion
cable, not shown)
Diagnostic Button (optional, and
expansion cable, not shown)
XELR-8 Inertia sensor (optional)
Smart-Reach Lite (optional)
Portable video monitor (optional)
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Installation Diagrams
To install the typical MX-HD Basic system, see Figure 1.
To install the typical MX-HD Plus system, see Figure 2.
Explorer® MX-HD
Typical Basic System Setup
Peripherals
Vehicle Electrical Interface
Seon System
Supports Four
Analog Cameras
MX-HD DVR Rear Panel
Power over Ethernet
Injector
CHW HD Camera
Laptop
Config
(Optional)
5A
POWER
Vehicle + 12V (red)
1A
Vehicle Switched + 12V (yellow)
3 wires
Battery Negative (black)
Alarm Button
Portable Video Monitor *1
*1 The portable video monitor can be used from the front or back panel DVR connectors.
Figure 1 Typical Basic System Setup
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Explorer® MX-HD
Typical Plus System Setup
Peripherals
Vehicle Electrical Interface
Seon System
Supports Four
Analog Cameras
MX-HD DVR Rear Panel
Power over Ethernet
Switch
SPEED
Red - Not used
Green - Speed sensor high
Black - Speed sensor low
3 wires
CHW HD Camera
ALARMS
Optional Accessories
Alarm 1 (orange)
Alarm 2 (blue)
Alarm 3 (violet)
GPS Receiver *1
Alarm 4 (gray)
Diagnostic Indicator/
Alarm Button *3
Alarm 1-4 Ground (black)
4 wires
or
RGY Illuminator *3
SIGNALS
Smart-Link
Left Turn (black)
8 wires
Stop (green)
Portable Video Monitor*2
To DVR
VIDEO OUT
Brake Signal (red)
5 wires
Warning (brown)
Right Turn (white)
1A
Smart-Reach Lite
(Wi-fi)
Vehicle Switched + 12V (yellow)
3 wires
Laptop
Configuration
POWER
To DVR
ETHERNET
Input
Battery Negative (black)
5A
Vehicle + 12V (red)
XELR-8 Inertia Sensor
To DVR
CONTROL Input
*1 For ease of installation and better speed tracking, Seon recommends using a GPS receiver.
*2 The portable video monitor can be used from the front or back panel DVR connectors.
*3 The Diagnostic Indicator/Alarm Button and RGY Illuminator Display are not interchangeable, a different Smart-Link unit is required to use either one.
Figure 2 Typical Plus System Setup
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Installation Best Practices
CAUTION: Heat or Moisture Damage Risk
Do not install the DVR in a location where the unit is exposed to excessive heat or moisture.
Installation close to extreme heat or moisture will void the product warranty.
Route the wiring and cables away from sharp edges that might damage the insulation. Avoid
sharp bends in the cable.
Contact Seon before attaching the DVR to other equipment in the vehicle.
The MX-HD DVR is secured with a security front cover and a cable cover. Two cable grommets (and two
knockouts) on the cable cover allow wiring to enter from the left side, right side, or back of the unit.
The DVR can be installed either horizontally or vertically but not upside down.
Before installing the MX-HD DVR, keep in mind that a well-ventilated location and sufficient clearance
around the unit are key factors in performance and maintenance. See Table 1 for information on
installation requirements.
Table 1 Choosing a Location and Other Installation Requirements
Ventilated
location
Install the DVR away from any sort of heat outlet, heater, or AC blower. Do not operate the DVR in a
closed-in area or restrict ventilation in any way. The DVR requires air circulation to maintain optimum
operating temperature and provide best performance.
Mount to secure
surfaces only
Do not mount the DVR to a plastic panel or other surface that is subject to constant vibration. Avoid
exposing the DVR to excessive heat and moisture.
Mounting
orientation
Mount the DVR in either a horizontal or vertical orientation, or hung right side up but not upside down.
Clearance
around the DVR
Allow sufficient clearance of at least six (6) inches in front of the DVR and two (2) inches on each side
for removal of the security front cover and easy access to the hard drives and USB ports.
Allow sufficient clearance behind the DVR for camera cables, mounting cables, Ethernet cables, and
power cables.
Mounting cables
The radius for the mounting cables will be dictated by the cable cover. The rearmost surface of the
cable cover will be about 3 inches from the back of the DVR to allow camera cables to bend over each
other.
Ethernet cables
Avoid right angle bends in the Ethernet cables.
Power cables
Provide enough slack on the power cable to prevent any force from being exerted on the connectors. A
single 4-inch diameter loop is sufficient.
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DVR and Component Installation
DVR Installation
The DVR typically ships with the locking front cover on and the mounting plate and cable cover off.
To install the MX-HD DVR:
1 Select an appropriate mounting location and orientation, either horizontal or vertical but not upside
down. For the dimensions and location of the mounting holes, see Figure 87, Dimensions, on page 67.
2 Unlock the door lock and remove the front cover from the unit to access the front panel. Verify there is
a hard drive inside the DVR.
3 Determine where the wiring and camera cables will enter the unit: on the left side, right side, or back.
4 Remove the necessary knockout (s), insert plugs and cable grommets.
DVR hard drive
Door lock
Locking front cover
(reversible)
Cable grommets
Mounting plate
Cable cover
Knockouts
Figure 3 MX-HD DVR components
5 Use the mounting plate to mark the desired position of the DVR and drill the four mounting holes. The
flange secures to the front of the DVR, the tray spring tab attaches to rear.
6 Fasten the mounting plate to the mounting surface with the four #10 × ¾ sheet metal screws or #10 × 1"
self-drilling screws. See Figure 4.
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Figure 4 DVR Attaching to Mounting Plate
7 Secure the DVR to the mounting plate with the two screws.
8 Connect the necessary components.
Camera Installation
Install the cameras according to the product documentation that is included with the camera.
CAUTION: Wiring Damage
Route the wiring and cables away from sharp edges that might damage the insulation. Avoid
sharp bends in the cable.
Feed the cables through the large cable grommets one at a time, or cut a space from the edge of the cable
cover to the grommet and slide the cables into the grommet.
The Seon CHW HD camera requires power over Ethernet and that power is supplied by the Seon POE
Injector or Switch. See the Seon POE Injector Installation Guide 700-0166 or the Seon POE Switch
Installation Guide 700-0193 for details on connecting the POE to the camera and DVR.
CAUTION: POE Damage
The Seon POE Injector or Switch is designed for SEON Smart-Reach Lite and CHW Series
HD camera products only. Connecting other devices to the Seon POE Injector/Switch will
void the warranty and damage the POE Injector/Switch, the device, or both. The POE Injector/
Switch supports only 12VDC.
Seon is not responsible for any damage caused by product misuse.
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MX-HD Basic: Alarm Button Installation
To install the alarm button:
1 Mount the alarm button into a ½" hole and attach to the alarm input harness using the micro-fit
connectors.
2 Attach the black wire of the alarm button to the black wire of the alarm input harness.
3 Attach the blue wire of the alarm button to the red wire in the alarm input harness.
4 Connect the alarm input connector to the ALARM input on the DVR.
Figure 5 Alarm Button and Alarm Input Harness
MX-HD Plus: Smart-Link Installation
Important:
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Choose a dry location with easy access to the electrical panel and cable connections to mount the Smart-Link.
Always use the supplied fuses to provide over-current protection on the system wiring. The harness kit includes
two fuses for the two 12 VDC lines required to complete this installation.
To mount the Smart-Link:
1 Mount the Smart-Link using the four #10 × ¾" sheet metal screws or the four #10 × ¾" self-drilling
screws. For the Smart-Link’s dimensions, see Figure 88, Smart-Link Module, on page 68.
2 Connect the constant (red), switched (yellow) 12 VDC lines, fuses, and ground wires as shown in Figure 1.
3 Connect all other optional items such as GPS, G Sensor, alarms, signals, or speed to Smart-Link.
CAUTION: Power Connections
Connect the constant power and ground wires as close to the battery as possible. Ensure the
connections are safe and secure to reduce potential corrosion or wear that may compromise
performance.
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Wake on Alarm Feature Wiring (Optional)
CAUTION
The Wake on Alarm starts booting up the DVR when an alarm is detected. The DVR takes about 1
minute to boot up before it can begin recording. It cannot instantly capture the alarm event.
When the Wake on Alarm function is enabled, if alarm 0 is triggered, the system powers up and starts
recording. The system takes about one minute to power up and start recording, depending on environment
conditions. This circuit activates with the application of 12 volts to the red wire in the two pin Alarm 0
socket on the back of the DVR.
To wire the Wake on Alarm feature:
1 Connect the DVR’s back panel alarm input harness connection (2 pin) so that pin 1 (red wire) is toggled
to a 12-to-24 VDC source to trigger power.
2 Connect or remove the black wire of the alarm input harness.
3 In the DVR Alarm Settings configuration menu, configure as follows:
• Select Alarm 0
• Set the Alarm Duration (1, 5, or 10 minutes)
• Set the Alarm Input:
• If programming this line as normally open (N.O.), the red wire can attach directly to the 12V
trigger, no further connections are required.
For example, if the alarm input was connected to interior lights of the vehicle, the wake
function would occur if the lights were turned on. If the lights remain on, the DVR will still
only record for the duration specified in the Alarm menu.
• If programming this line as normally closed (N.C.) the red wire must remain at ground when
off and trigger on with 12V.
For example, if the alarm input was connected to interior lights of the vehicle, the wake
function would occur if the lights were turned on. If the lights remain on, the DVR will
continue to record, repeatedly triggering Alarm 0. Do not use this setting if e-mails are to be
sent based on Alarm 0.
This input CANNOT be left floating, and must be pulled back to a 0 VDC low condition via
external resistor or relay.
• Set the pre-alarm record duration (Off, 5 sec, 10 sec.)
• Set the Email option (On, Off)
• Set the Wake option to On
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Figure 6 Configuring Alarm 1 for Wake on Alarm
To wire the Wake on Alarm feature with a Diagnostic Button:
Important: If you are using the Diagnostic Button and cable, and require the Wake on Alarm feature, the
Diagnostic Button cable must be rewired as shown in Figure 7.
1 On the Diagnostic Button cable, cut the green wire just before it enters the socket. See Figure 7.
2 Extend and connect the green wire to an input wire on the Signal harness.
Figure 7 Wiring the Alarm Button and Signal harnesses for the Wake on Alarm
3 Configure the DVR Alarm settings as described above.
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Diagnostic Button Installation (Optional)
When installed, press the Diagnostic Button to cause an alarm event to be recorded by the DVR.
To install the Diagnostic Button, see the Diagnostic Button Installation Guide, part number 700-0142.
RGY Illuminator Installation (Optional)
When installed, the RGY Illuminator LED displays DVR status conditions.
To install the RGY Illuminator, see the RGY Illuminator Installation Guide, document number 700-0139.
For 12 Volt Installations Only
CAUTION: Adverse operation of the DVR
Seon does not recommend extending the power cable. Power drops created by additional
wiring can cause adverse operation of the DVR. However, if a power cable extension is
required, ensure that the voltage drop does not exceed 1.0 volt by using the correct cable size.
See Table 2.
Connections for power cables should be soldered and sealed to prevent corrosion and voltage
drop across connections.
Once complete, ensure the DVR’s voltage display is above 11 VDC with the vehicle off and
the DVR recording.
Important: Both the power and ground wires must be of increased gauge.
Table 2 12 Volt Installation Cable Length and Size
Cable length
Cable size
Voltage drop
20 ft. extension
12 AWG
0.65 VDC
20 ft. extension
10 AWG
0.50 VDC
40 ft. extension
10 AWG
0.79 VDC
40 ft. extension
8 AWG
0.52 VDC
Other Accessories
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GPS Receiver Installation – for more information, see the product documentation.
XELR-8 Inertia Sensor – for more information, see the product documentation.
Portable video monitor – for more information, see the product documentation.
Smart-Reach Wireless Network – contact your sales representative at Seon Design for wireless
network options.
CAN Network – contact your sales representative at Seon Design to discuss the CAN interface.
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Hardware Installation Final Checklist
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Harnesses (camera, recorder, and accessories)
Check that the cables and the harnesses are properly secured.
Check that sharp metal edges are not touching the cables or harnesses.
Check that the connections are solid (no shorts).
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Cameras
Check for tight mount.
Check the internal harness connections.
Check that the lid is properly seated on the gasket and lens boot and secured tightly.
Check camera(s) field of view.
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DVR
Check for tight mounting of hardware.
Confirm that the cable grommet is properly installed.
Check that all connections are tight.
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System
Install the fuses.
Plug the portable video monitor into the DVR.
Power up the DVR from the vehicle ignition.
Configure the DVR to required specifications locally using the trackball mouse and monitor, or remotely by accessing
vMax Web over the internet using a PC.
See Typical DVR Configuration Settings, on page 15.
Confirm the LAN, HDD, and PWR status indicators on the DVR front panel work properly.
Confirm that all the cameras and audio sources are operating properly.
Test audio/video record and test audio/video playback.
Reformat the hard drives by navigating to Main Menu > Configuration > System > Program Update > Format.
A warning message appears, “Formatting the Hard Drive will erase all data. Do you wish to continue?” Click Yes.
Once formatting of the hard drive is completed, a confirmation message appears, “Hard drive format completed. Click
OK.” Exit the configuration setting menu and system setup is complete.
Fasten and lock the front cover. Secure the cable cover on the DVR using the screws provided.
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DVR Menu Access
The MX-HD can be configured in two ways:
• On Screen Display (OSD) Configuration and Playback
Connect to VIDEO OUT on the MX-HD front panel with a portable video monitor and use the trackball
mouse pointing device to set the configuration settings.
• Web Browser Configuration and Playback
Configure the network connection on the computer, then connect the DVR to a computer using an
RJ-45 cross-over Ethernet cable. (Newer laptops do not require a cross-over cable.) Configure the DVR
via the Web browser user interface.
To configure the laptop network settings to use vMax Web, See vMax Web Laptop Configuration, on
page 26.
Important:
The default network settings allow for connection to a laptop computer for configuration
and usage of the DVR only. For remote network access, consult with your IT staff or a
Seon Design representative to configure the DVR to be on the same subnet as the laptop.
Typical DVR Configuration Settings
Once the unit is installed and power and cabling settings are complete, set up the DVR in the configuration
menus. These are the typical DVR configuration settings. If the customer or installer wishes to further
modify the settings, see Configuration Menu Descriptions, on page 41 for a complete description of all
available menu options.
These steps cover configuration in the DVR OSD. Configuration can be done in the DVR OSD with a
monitor and USB mouse or remotely with vMax Web in Internet Explorer 8 or 9 (32 bit version only).
On power-up, with a monitor and USB mouse connected to the DVR, the Seon Explorer MX-HD splash
screen appears briefly before the DVR enters live view.
Figure 8 MX-HD Splash Screen
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During recording and live viewing, the screen information is dynamic and can include the overlay text
items shown in Figure 9.
The high definition camera does not display on the analog camera output from the DVR to the monitor.
Recordings made with the high definition camera can be played back in 2 ways:
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in vMax Web, if the DVR is connected to a network via the POE Switch
in vMax View, from the extracted hard drive
The screen items can be configured in the main menu.
Figure 9 On-Screen Display during Live Viewing and Recording
Basic DVR configuration settings:
1 In the live view, right click anywhere to show the DVR Main menu. Left click on Configuration.
Figure 10 Main Menu
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2 In the Configuration menu, click Time/Date.
Figure 11 Configuration Main Menu
Note: To enter data in OSD fields, click with the mouse to display a keyboard. Use the on screen popup
keyboard to select letters or numbers to input to fields. Examples are shown in Figure 12.
Figure 12 On-screen Keyboard with Text or with Numbers
3 In the Time and Date menu, select the following fields to show time and date for the video overlays:
Time Format: Choose 12 or 24 hour time display format.
Time: Input the correct time.
Date Format: Select the date format.
Date: Input the correct date.
Note: If GPS is installed and GPS time is selected in the
Alarm/Signal Speed and GPS settings then the date and time
automatically update when the GPS detects satellites.
Auto Daylight Saving: should be left On and dates left as
default unless in a geographic area that does not subscribe
to daylight savings such as Arizona or Saskatchewan.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 13 Time and Date Menu
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4 In the Configuration menu, click Titles/Display.
5 In the Titles and Display menu, enter vehicle ID and camera output labels to display on overlay and
menus.
Main Title: Enter the bus number.
Main Title Display: Leave On to display.
Camera 1-4: Select camera titles that reflect the views
they are recording. Typical camera titles are:
• Front
• Step
• Mid
• Rear
• Stop Arm
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 14 Titles and Display Menu
6 In the Titles and Display menu, click Monitor Settings.
7 In the Monitor Settings menu, select options to provide monitor display for the camera output.
Front Default Setting: Choose a monitor view setting
which will display all the cameras you have connected.
Rear Default Setting: If needed, choose a monitor view
setting which will display from the DVR’s rear Video
Out socket.
Display Switch: Leave On to display the time and date.
Switch To: If a rear view camera is installed, select the
channel that will display the rear camera view when the
following alarm or signal setting triggers the switch.
Switch On: Select the switch type (alarm or signal) that
will play the rear view camera in the selected channel.
Alarm: Select the specific alarm or signal that will
trigger the rear view camera display.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 15 Monitor Settings Menu
8 In the Titles and Display menu, click Diagnostic Display.
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9 In the Diagnostic Display menu, select options to display as overlays in the play view.
The diagnostic display options are a customer preference.
Leave all these settings On.
Internal Temperature Display: For temperature
measurement display, leave on default F for Fahrenheit
(USA) or choose C for Celsius (Canada).
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 16 Diagnostic Display Menu
10 In the Configuration menu, click Record.
11 In the Record menu, set up record and power delay timers.
Repeat Record: Leave at default for the hard drive to loop
and record over the first recordings when it is full.
Record Delay On Time: Leave at default to let the bus
voltage settle after the bus starts up to prevent voltage
drops affecting the DVR.
Record Delay Off Time: Set to 10-20 minutes to keep the
DVR and cameras on after the ignition turns off to record
the bus post-trip check.
Power Delay Off Time: This starts up after Record Delay
Off time ends. If Wi-fi is used, set to 2 hours or more. If no
Wi-fi, leave at default.
Alarm Partition Size: Leave Off unless instructed
otherwise.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 17 Recording Settings Menu
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12 In the Recording Settings menu, click Camera. This example has four interior cameras with
microphones.
New titles will display here as well as in the play view
overlays.
Speed: Leave the channel speed at default settings unless
you have special requirements. Set any unused cameras’
speed to Off, so the DVR will not generate video loss
events.
Resolution: Leave the channel resolution at default
settings unless you have special requirements.
Quality: Leave the channel quality at default settings
unless you have special requirements.
Audio: Leave audio settings On unless the camera is
mounted on the exterior of the vehicle.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 18 Camera Settings Menus
CAUTION: Video Loss Events
When a DVR is installed with less than the full complement of cameras connected, unused camera input
settings must be disabled to prevent the DVR from generating Video Loss (VLoss) events for those
camera inputs. In the DVR Configuration menus, disable unused camera inputs as follows:
• Record Settings menu: Camera Speed OFF, Camera Audio OFF (to save disk space)
• Record2 Settings menu: Camera Speed OFF
• Alarms/Signals menu: Channel Speed OFF
13 In the Recording Settings menu, click Record2. Turn off the Camera Speed settings for any unused
cameras.
14 In the Recording Settings menu, click Timers only if you have a specific requirement for timers.
Leave the Enable Timers setting set to Off, unless
instructed otherwise and provided specific start and end
timer information.
The timer function can only operate when the ignition is
on. It cannot be set to record when the vehicle is off.
Figure 19 Timer Settings Menu
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15 In the Recording Settings menu, click HD Camera.
Leave the camera settings at defaults unless you have
special requirements.
Do not adjust the Advanced Settings unless specifically
instructed to do so.
Click Back
Figure 20 HD Camera Settings Menu
16 In the Configuration menu, click Alarm/Signal.
17 In the Alarms and Signals menu, click Signals.
Label: For signals 1-5, labels are provided for left turn,
stop, brake, warning light, and right turn. The labels can be
edited and changed. Signals 6-10 are available for
advanced signal wiring if required. Maximum 3 character
labels.
Level: Set all signal levels as required. Choose Active
High if the circuit you are installing into rests at 0 VDC
and goes to 12 VDC when active. Choose Active Low if
the circuit rests at 12 VDC and drops to 0 VDC when
active.
Alarm: If a signal is used to trigger an alarm, that alarm’s
input must also be set up in the Alarms menu.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 21 Signals 1 to 5 Menu
The DVR signal harness has 5 dedicated signal input wire connections:
• LT - black wire
• STP - green wire
• BRK - red wire
• WRN - brown wire
• RT - white wire
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18 In the Alarms and Signals menu, click Alarms.
CAUTION: Select Menu Options for Each Alarm
From the Alarm drop down list, when any alarm (ALM 1, ALM 2, ALM 3, or ALM 4) is selected, ALL
of the settings on the Alarm Settings menu must be configured for that alarm. Configure settings for
each alarm.
Alarm: Alarm 1 comes from the DVR alarm button. Alarm
2-4 can come from signals.
Duration: Applies to Alarm 1 only. Set the Duration for
how long the DVR will record video flagged as an alarm.
Speed, Quality, and Resolution: For each alarm, select
higher settings for better video while the alarm is recording.
Turn off unused channels to avoid DVR video loss events.
Input: Applies to Alarm 1 only. Choose Normally Open or
Normally Closed, depending on the switch type used.
Pre-Alarm: Select how many seconds of pre-alarm video is
included in the flagged alarm recording.
Email: Leave at default unless instructed otherwise.
Wake: Leave at default unless instructed otherwise.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 22 Alarm Settings Menu
19 In the Alarms and Signals menu, click Speed.
Speed Display: If GPS is installed, select GPS. GPS sensors
are replacing the vehicle speed sensor calibration system.
Speed Units: Choose MPH for US or KPH for Canada.
Click Calibrate if Pulse is selected from Speed Display.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 23 Speed Settings Menu
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20 In the Alarms and Signals menu, click GPS.
GPS Display: If a GPS receiver is installed, select On to
display the coordinates on the play view overlay.
GPS Time: Select On to have the play view overlay time set
by the GPS.
UTC Reference: Set the time zone:
• -4 Atlantic
• -5 Eastern
• -6 Central
• -7 Mountain
• -8 Pacific
Fencing Alarm: If required, set to On to display the
Geo-Fencing options. Choose Circle or Rectangle
coordinate style. Enter latitude and longitude coordinates to
define the fence.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Format the drive after GPS settings are complete.
Figure 24 GPS Settings Menu
CAUTION: Recording over Multiple GPS UTC Reference Settings
Whenever the GPS UTC reference setting is edited, format the DVR hard drive before the
DVR starts recording.
This is to prevent the DVR from accidentally recording over the same time period in different
time zones. That can happen if a DVR records for a while in the default Eastern UTC reference
setting but the DVR is installed in a Central or other western time zone.
After installing and configuring, if the bus is driven out of the garage and the GPS detects
satellites and resets the time, it can attempt to record the same existing time stamp and cause
errors on playback.
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21 In the Configuration menu, click Network to edit the Network Settings menu.
Setting Type: Leave at default Static IP setting.
Use the IP address shown to communicate with the DVR
over the internet with vMax Web. If the DVR is attached to
a Wi-fi bridge, change these settings to those supplied by the
system administrator.
If the IP information is changed and saved in a configuration
file for upload to other DVRs, their settings will have to be
updated as well. See DVR Configuration Uploads, on page 30.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 25 Network Settings Menu
22 In the Network Settings menu, click User Levels to assign users access permissions.
Users logging on to the DVR locally or remotely should
have password control to protect the DVR from being
accidentally reconfigured. Leave the default Admin user and
add other users with access levels as needed.
Enter user names, passwords, and assign levels.
• Admin level user has complete DVR control.
• Configure level cannot edit user levels or IP settings.
• Playback level can only view and archive recordings.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 26 Network Settings Menu
CAUTION: DVR Password Security
The default password is 11111111. For security purposes, Seon recommends that the user default login
and system settings passwords should be changed. Seon is not responsible if the password is lost or
forgotten.
23 In the Configuration menu, click System and in System Settings menu, configure as follows.
Disk Full, HD Failure: Leave Off unless your network is
configured to receive emails from the DVR.
Password Enable: Leave Off unless instructed otherwise.
Audio Output Channel: Select the audio channel that will
be available from the audio RCA port on the front of the
DVR.
vMax Web Timeout: Set to 10 minutes.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 27 System Settings Menu
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24 In the System Settings menus click Program Update and in the Program Update menu, store the DVR
configuration as a file to upload to other DVRs.
Select USB Device as the file saving destination.
Plug a USB memory device into the front of the DVR.
Click Store to save the file on the USB memory device.
Load: For details on uploading configurations to the DVR,
see DVR Configuration Uploads, on page 30.
Update: Firmware updates can also be delivered by a USB
device. The DVR will reboot when done.
Format: Format the hard drive when the configuration is
complete and before final delivery of the installation to the
customer.
Click Back to save the menu settings.
Figure 28 Program Update Menu
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vMax Web Laptop Configuration
The MX-HD DVR can be managed via the vMax Web internet portal. Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0
or higher 32 bit version is required. Make sure the DVR and other system components are already installed
and configured in order to access the DVR via vMax Web. Connect the laptop to the DVR using an RJ-45
Ethernet cable.
To configure your laptop:
Configure your laptop to obtain IP addresses automatically using DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol). If it is not configured to DHCP, or you need to verify the setting, then follow these steps to
configure your laptop.
25 Navigate to Windows Local Area Connection properties in Windows 7 or XP as follows:
Windows 7: click Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing > Local Area
Connection.
Windows XP: click Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Local Area Connection.
The Local Area Connection Status window appears.
Figure 29 Local Area Connection Properties window
26 In the Local Area Connection Status window, click on Properties.
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The Local Area Connection Properties window appears.
Figure 30 Local Area Connection Properties window
27 In the Local Area Connection Properties window, select the current Internet Protocol Version, (in
Windows XP select Internet Protocol (TCP/IPv4)), and then click Properties.
The Internet Protocol Version Properties window appears
Figure 31 Internet Protocol Properties window
28 In the Internet Protocol Properties window, select Obtain an IP Address Automatically and click OK.
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Connecting the DVR to the Laptop
To connect the DVR to the laptop:
1 Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to a network port on the laptop. Connect the other end to a
network port on the DVR.
2 The laptop uses Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA)1 to select an IP address. This process may
take up to 90 seconds.
3 Once connected, the laptop Local Area Connection should report limited connectivity using an
Automatic Private IP Address. Confirm by opening your network connections as shown in Figure 32.
Figure 32 Limited Connectivity
In very rare instances, the laptop may select the same IP address, http://169.254.1.1, used by the DVR
and cause a conflict. If this is the case, manually set the laptop IP address to http://169.254.1.2, as
shown in Figure 33.
Figure 33 IP Address
1.APIPA is a feature available since Windows 98 that allows for devices to provide their own IP
address when there is no DHCP server present.
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4 Open Internet Explorer, and in the address bar, type in the DVR default IP address: http://169.254.1.1.
5 Press Enter.
The Login Screen appears as shown in Figure 34.
Figure 34 Login Screen
6 At the login prompt, enter the following credentials to access the internet browser user interface. The
user name is case sensitive.
Default User name:Admin
Default Password: 11111111
CAUTION: DVR Password Security
The default password is 11111111. For security purposes, Seon recommends that the user default login
and system settings passwords should be changed. Seon is not responsible if the password is lost or forgotten.
7 Click OK or press Enter on the keyboard to display the vMax Web interface live view screen.
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DVR Configuration Uploads
A configuration file is uploaded to a DVR when the DVR is first installed or when settings need to be
changed on multiple DVRs in a fleet.
Configuration files can be uploaded at the DVR with a USB drive or over the network using vMax Web or
vMax Commander applications.
To upload configurations with vMax Commander, see the vMax Commander Installation and
Configuration Guide (700-0100).
USB Memory Device to DVR Configuration Upload
This method requires physical access to the DVR, a portable video monitor, and a USB mouse.
To load a configuration update to the DVR, the USB memory device must be formatted by a Windows®based computer using the FAT32 file format.
To upload a configuration update on the MX-HD via USB:
1 Copy the configuration file to the root of the USB memory device folder.
Important:
For USB uploading, the configuration file name can have no more than four characters. Example:
MXHD.seon.
2 Power up the DVR using the vehicle ignition.
3 Connect the portable video monitor and USB mouse.
4 Insert the USB memory device into the USB port on the DVR.
5 In the DVR on screen display, double right click to open the menu, click Configuration, and then click
System.
Figure 35 Main Menu and Configuration Menu
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6 In the System Settings menu click Program Update.
Figure 36 System Settings Menu
7 From the Load Configuration menu, select the file to upload.
Figure 37 Program Update Menu Select File
Important:
The Load Configuration drop down list displays alphabetically the first ten configuration files on
the USB memory device. Only file names with 4 or less characters can be displayed.
8 From Include Network, select whether or not to overwrite the existing DVR network settings with the
new configuration settings. The default setting of No keeps your existing network settings.
CAUTION: DVR Communication Disruption Risk
Avoid unintentionally changing the DVR network settings when uploading a new
configuration. When saving or changing network settings, communication with the DVR can
be disrupted.
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Figure 38 Program Update Menu Include Network
9 Click Load.
Figure 39 Program Update Menu Load
10 In the Confirmation window, click Yes to proceed or No to cancel.
Figure 40 Confirm Configuration Load
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11 Click Back in the Program Update and then System Settings menus to save and exit the menus.
Figure 41 Click Back to Save Configuration
12 From the Configuration menu, click Title/Display, and in the Titles and Display menu, update the text
in the Main_Title field.
Figure 42 Titles and Display Menu, Enter Main Title
13 Click Back to save.
14 Remove the USB memory device.
Turn off the DVR, restart the DVR, and confirm that the new configuration settings have been applied.
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Uploading Configuration Files to DVR via vMax Web
To remotely install a configuration update, the configuration file (received from Seon or created and saved
from a DVR in your network) must be on a computer with network access to the DVR and with Internet
Explorer 8 or 9 (32 bit version only) to access vMax Web.
To upload a configuration update on the MX-HD via vMax Web:
1 On a computer, copy the DVR configuration file.
2 Power up the DVR using the vehicle ignition.
3 Open Internet Explorer, and in the address bar, type in the DVR IP address.
The default IP address is http://169.254.1.1.
4 If necessary, agree to Windows Run Add-On requests.
5 At the login prompt, enter a user name and password. User names and passwords are case sensitive.
Figure 43 vMax Web Login
CAUTION: DVR Password Security
The default password is 11111111. For security purposes, Seon recommends that the user default login
and system settings passwords should be changed. Seon is not responsible if the password is lost or forgotten.
6 Click OK.
vMax Web opens with the DVR cameras displaying in Live view.
Figure 44 vMax Web Live View
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7 Select the Configuration tab.
8 On the Configuration tab, click the System icon.
Figure 45 vMax Web System Settings
9 In the Program Update Settings area, the default (cleared) Include Network Settings check box setting
keeps your existing network settings during the configuration upload. Select the Include Network
Settings check box only if you need to overwrite the existing DVR network settings with the new
configuration settings.
CAUTION: Risk of Network Settings Loss
Configurations uploaded to the DVR with vMax Web do not get written to the DVR until it
powers down and restarts. If anyone edits the DVR settings locally after this configuration is
uploaded but before the DVR is restarted, the settings uploaded from vMax Web will be lost.
Figure 46 vMax Web System Configuration Program Update Settings
10 In the Program Update Settings area, below the Load Configuration from File field, select Browse to
open the computer search window.
Figure 47 vMax Web Program Update Settings
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11 In the computer file search window, navigate to the configuration file and click Open.
Figure 48 Windows File Search
Important:
For consistency, Seon recommends that the configuration upload file name should be kept to four
characters maximum (****.seon) in the event that the file needs to be loaded to the DVR from the
USB port. The DVR USB upload interface supports only four characters in the file name.
The configuration file name and location appear in the location field.
Figure 49 vMax Web Load Configuration from File
12 Beside the Load Configuration from File field, click Load.
13 In the Message from web page dialog, click OK to start the configuration upload.
Figure 50 Loading Confirmation
14 If necessary, agree to Windows Run Add-On requests.
15 When the progress bar shows the update is 100% complete, click OK.
Figure 51 Loading Complete
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16 In the Titles/Display menu, update the text in the Main_Title field.
Figure 52 vMax Web Titles and Display Menu
17 Click Save to save the settings to the DVR.
18 Power down and restart the DVR.
19 Login with vMax Web and refresh the vMax Web browser view.
20 Confirm that the new configuration settings are in place.
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Updating the Firmware
The firmware version is displayed on the top right corner of every menu. The firmware update must be
obtained from Seon Design. To install a firmware update, a USB memory device must be formatted by a
Windows®-based computer using the FAT file format. Load the Program Update file onto the USB
memory device.
CAUTION: Equipment damage
Do not remove power while updating the DVR firmware. Equipment damage may result.
To install a firmware update on the MX-HD:
1 Power up the DVR using the vehicle ignition.
2 Insert the USB memory device with the new firmware version into the USB port on the DVR.
3 After the DVR has started, go to the System Settings menu > Program Update.
4 Click Update.
Figure 53 Updating DVR Firmware Dialog Box
5 In the confirmation window, click Yes to proceed or No to cancel.
6 Once the update is finished, the DVR will automatically restart when the ignition is on.
Important: On restarting, the DVR will take up to 3 minutes to load as it completes the upgrade process. Wait until the DVR
finishes loading.
Remove the USB memory device.
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Configuring DVR Email Notifications
If required by the customer, Seon DVRs can be configured to send emails when certain events are
recorded. With the DVR configured to use Seon Design’s Smart-Reach® wireless system, alarms and
system events can trigger email notifications. Emails will be sent when the DVR is within range of a
Smart-Reach access point. When the DVR is in range of the network, the alarm recording can be viewed or
the event can be addressed. Typically a dedicated server is required to support network email addresses.
1 In the vMax Web Network Email settings window, populate the E-mail configuration fields as required.
Figure 54 System E-mail settings
CAUTION: DVR Password Security
The default password is 11111111. For security purposes, Seon recommends that the user default login
and system settings passwords should be changed. Seon is not responsible if the password is lost or
forgotten.
2 In the Alarm configuration menu, select the E-mail check box for each alarm configuration requiring
email notification.
Figure 55 Alarm Email Setting
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3 In the System menu, select E-mail from the Disk Full and HD Failure drop down menus.
Figure 56 EX/TR series DVR Configure tab
4 Click Save.
If the configured alarm or system events occur, the email will be sent when the DVR is within range of
a Smart-Reach access point.
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Configuration Menu Descriptions
This section describes the functions and defaults of the fields and options on each configuration menu.
DVR Configuration Menu Tree
The MX-HD configuration menu tree shown in Figure 57 and Figure 58 applies to the on screen display
configuration and to the vMax Web configuration.
Time/Date
Title/Display
Alarm/Signal
Alarms
Time Format
Time
Date Format
Date
Auto Daylight Savings
DST Settings
Start Date
From
To
End Date
From
To
Main Title
Main Title Display
Camera 1
Camera 2
Camera 3
Camera 4
Monitor Settings
Front Default Settings
Rear Default Settings
Display Switch
Switch To
Switch On
Alarm
Diagnostic Display
Voltage Display
Time/Date Display
HDD Size Display
% Full Display
Alarm Count Display
Internal Temperature Display
Hard Drive Temperature
Alarm
Alarm Duration
Alarm Input
Pre-Alarm Record
Channel (1 – 4)
Speed
Quality
Resolution
Email
Wake
Signals (1 – 10)
Label/Level/Alarm
Speed
Speed Display
Speed Units
Speed Pulse Count
Calibrate
GPS
GPS Display
GPS Time
UTC Reference
Fencing Alarm
Coordinate Style
Top Left: LAT
: Long
Bottom Right: LAT
: Long
Figure 57 Configuration Main Menu for On Screen Display and Web Browser
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Record
Repeat Record
Record Delay-On Time
Record Delay-Off Time
Power Delay-Off Time
Alarm Partition Size
Overwrite Alarm Protection
Setting Type
IP Address
Subnet Mask
Default Gateway
DNS Server
MAC Address
Camera
Channel/Speed/Quality/
Resolution
Audio Recording 1/2/3/4
User Levels (1- 6)
Name/Password/Level
DDNS Settings
Channel/Speed/Quality/
Resolution
Day/Start/End/Set
HD Camera
Title
Enable
Mode
Frame rate
Quality
Audio
Disk Full
HD Failure
Password Enable
Password
Audio Output Channel
vMax Web Timeout
Program Update
Record 2
Timer (1 – 10)
System
Network
DDNS Server
User Name
Password
Record ID
FQDN Host Name
Load Configuration from USB
Include Network
Store Default Configuration to
USB
Firmware Update
Format Hard Drive
Load
Store
Update
Format
Email
Test Camera
Connection
SMTP Server
SMTP Port
Password
User Name
Pasword
Sender Email
Receiver Email
Subject
Advanced Settings
One Touch
DVR Camera Net
IP Address
Mask
HD Camera
IP Address
HTTP Port
One-Touch Download
Download All Alarm Data
From: Date
: Time
To : Date
: Time
Load HD Default
Test Camera
Connection
Figure 58 Configuration Main Menu for On Screen Display and Web Browser
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Time and Date Menu
Use the Time and Date menu to set the time and date settings and Auto Daylight Savings settings.
Figure 59 Time and Date Menu
Table 3 Time and Date Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Values [Default]
Time Format
Set the time in 12-hour or 24-hour format.
[12 Hour], 24 Hour
Time
Set the time for the DVR.
12:00 am to 11:59 pm for 12 Hour format,
00:00 to 23:59 for 24 Hour format
Date Format
Set the preferred date format.
[mm-dd-yyyy],
dd-mm-yyyy,
yyyy-mm-dd
Date
Set the date for the DVR.
Depends on selected Date Format setting.
Auto Daylight Saving
Auto Daylight Saving set to On automatically adjusts
the internal clock to daylight saving time. The times and
dates can be adjusted as required.
[On], Off
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DST (Daylight Savings Time) Settings Menu
Configure the start date or end date settings for daylight savings. The DST Settings sub-menu is shown in
Figure 60.
Figure 60 DST Settings Menu
Table 4 DST Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Values [Default]
Start Date
Set the week, day, and month for daylight saving to
start.
[2nd Sunday Mar]
From
Set the time for daylight saving to start.
[02:00 AM]
To
Set the time for daylight saving to end.
[03:00 AM]
End Date
Set the week, day, and month for daylight saving to
end and return to Standard Time.
[1st Sunday Nov]
From
Set the time for daylight saving to start.
[02:00 AM]
To
Set the time for daylight saving to end.
[01:00 AM]
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Titles and Display Menu
Use the Titles and Display menu to set the main title, camera titles, and other camera view overlay options.
Figure 61 Titles and Display Menu
Table 5 Titles and Display Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Main Title
Set a title.
[Main_Title]
Maximum 32 characters
Main Title Display
Show or hide the main title display.
[On], Off
Camera 1 to Camera 4
Set a title. For the HD camera title and other
settings, see the HD Camera Settings Menu, on
page 57.
[Camera01] to [Camera04]
Maximum 8 characters
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Monitor Settings Menu
Use the Monitor Settings menu to set monitor default and alarm trigger views.
Figure 62 Diagnostic Display Menu
Table 6 Diagnostic Display Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Front Default Setting
Set the view (after power up) for the monitor
connected to VIDEO OUT on the front panel.
[Quad], CH 1, CH 2,
CH 3, CH 4
Rear Default Setting
Set the view for a monitor connected to VIDEO OUT on
the rear panel.
[Front], CH 1, CH 2,
CH 3, CH 4, Off
Display Switch
Show or hide the time/date display.
[On], Off
Switch To
When Display Switch is set to On, set the rear
monitor view.
[Front], CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, Sequence
Switch On
When Display Switch is set to On, set the trigger that
will make the rear monitor switch to the view selected
in Switch To setting.
[Alarm], Signal, Timer
Alarm (Signal or Timer)
When Display Switch is set to On, set which specific
trigger will make the rear monitor switch from the
default setting. For example, ALM1 will make the
rear monitor switch to the view selected in the Switch
To option for the duration of ALM1.
[ALM 1], ALM2, ALM 3, ALM4
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Diagnostic Display Menu
Use the Diagnostic Display menu to set various diagnostic options to display on the camera view overlays.
Figure 63 Diagnostic Display Menu
Table 7 Diagnostic Display Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Voltage Display
Display the system input voltage.
[On], Off
Time/Date Display
Display the time/date display.
[On], Off
HDD Size Display
Display the hard drive size.
[On], Off
% Full Display
Display the percentage of the hard drive space used.
[On], Off
Alarm Count Display
Display the current alarm count (1 to 9). Alarm count resets
to 0 when the DVR is restarted.
[On], Off
Internal Temperature
Display
Display the ambient temperature inside the DVR.
C (Celsius),
[F (Fahrenheit)], Off
Hard Drive Temperature:
nn
Displays the temperature inside the hard drive.
C (Celsius)
[F (Fahrenheit)], Off
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Alarms and Signals Menu
Use the Alarms and Signals menu to set the options and actions that occur when an external alarm is
received by the DVR. Usually, a driver-activated switch or other external device causes the alarm.
Figure 64 Alarms and Signals Menu
Alarm Settings Menus
Select an alarm (1-4) from the menu and configure it as required.
Figure 65 Alarm Settings Menus
Table 8 Alarm Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Alarm
ALM 1 to ALM 4 are available.
[ALM 1], ALM 2, ALM 3,
ALM4
Alarm Duration
The alarm duration is the length of time after an alarm has been
received that the video is recorded at the alarm speed and quality.
0, [5], 10, 30 sec,
1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45
min
Alarm Input
Available only for Alarm 1. Set the alarm input to normally open or
normally closed.
[N.O.], N.C.
Pre-Alarm Record
Set the DVR to record alarm data (trigger, time, duration, and pre-alarm
time) with the alarm event.
[Off], 5 sec, 10 sec
Per channel 1–4:
Displays the Channel number, Speed, Quality, and Resolution for each
channel.
Set at Record setting
defaults.
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Table 8 Alarm Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Speed
Set the recording speed, in frames per second, to the desired setting. A
DVR usually records in a mode that conserves hard drive space, but
increases video speed and quality for a short duration to record an
alarm event.
Off, 1, 5, 7.5, 10, [15], 30
FPS
Quality
The DVR offers a range of quality settings from 1 low to 4 high. See
Recording Capacity for DVR Hard Drive Storage, on page 4.
1, 2, [3], 4
Resolution
Set the recording resolution, in pixels, to one of three different levels.
The higher the recording resolution, the better the picture looks, but the
shorter the recording time on a hard drive.
[720 × 480]
720 × 240
360 × 240
E-mail
This feature requires network connectivity. Sends alarm information to
a designated e-mail receiver. Set e-mail address in E-mail Settings
Menu, on page 65.
[Off], On
Wake
When enabled, this feature causes the system to power up and start
recording when Alarm 1 is triggered. The system takes about one
minute to power up and start recording, depending on environment
conditions.
[Off], On
Configure Alarm 1 as follows:
• In “Alarm Input”, set Alarm 1 to N.C.
• In “Alarm Duration” select one minute or greater.
Wire Alarm 1 as follows:
• Connect the DVR’s back panel alarm connection (2 pin) so that pin
1 (red wire) is toggled to a 12V to 24V source to trigger power.
• The black wire of the alarm harness can be connected to Ground, or
removed.
IMPORTANT: If you are using the alarm button and cable, and wish
to use the Wake feature, the alarm button cable must be rewired as
follows:
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the socket.
Extend and connect the green wire from the alarm button cable to
an input wire on the signal input harness.
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Signals Menus
Use the Signals menu to configure signals and the actions they generate. The MX-HD supports 10
independent signals. The first five are designated as follows: LT (left turn signal), STP (stop), BRK
(brake), WRN (warning lights), and RT (right turn signal). The last five can be set for other functions. All
of these signals can be used to indicate the status of any indicator, using a maximum of 3 characters.
Figure 66 Signals 1 to 10 Menus
Table 9 Signals 1 to 5 Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Signal 1
On screen display text for left turn signal.
LT, maximum 3 characters
Signal 2
On screen display text for stop signal.
STP, maximum 3 characters
Signal 3
On screen display text for brake signal.
BRK, maximum 3 characters
Signal 4
On screen display text for warning lights signal.
WRN, maximum 3 characters
Signal 5
On screen display text for right turn signal.
RT, maximum 3 characters
Signal 6
User generated on-screen display text.
S06, maximum 3 characters
Signal 7
S07, maximum 3 characters
Signal 8
S08, maximum 3 characters
Signal 9
S09, maximum 3 characters
Signal 10
S10, maximum 3 characters
Level
Indicates the activation level for the signal.
• (1-5) If Active High is selected, 12 VDC applied to a signal causes the
text to be displayed.
• (1-5) If Active Low is selected, 0 VDC applied to a signal causes the text
to be displayed.
• (6-10) CAN gets a signal from the CAN bus.
• (6-10) J1708 gets signals from the vehicle ECU
[Active H], Active L, CAN,
J1708
Alarm
When the alarm setting is enabled, signals can trigger an alarm. See Alarm
Settings Menus, on page 48.
[Off], Alm 1, Alm 2, Alm 3,
Alm 4
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Speed Settings Menu
Use the Speed Settings menu to set the options for recording speed data.
Figure 67 Speed Settings Menu
Figure 68
Table 10 Speed Settings Configuration Items
Table 11
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Speed Display
If speed is being recorded, select the desired input type to obtain the
speed:
• a GPS receiver
• a pulse counting input
GPS, [Pulse]
Speed Units
If the speed is being recorded from the GPS receiver or a Pulse input, the
desired speed display units must be selected. Selecting MPH converts the
GPS signal to display speed in miles per hour.
[MPH] - Miles per hour
KPH - Kilometers per
hour
KTS - Knots
Speed Pulse Count
The DVR records vehicle speed by counting the number of pulses
received either from a vehicle speed sensor or a vehicle Transmission
Control Module (TCM). Calibrate the DVR to the vehicle’s speed signal
by driving for one mile or kilometer in Calibration Mode. The DVR
counts the pulses from the speed sensor and then converts a pulse rate
into speed. The actual distance driven during calibration determines the
unit of the speed.
For example, to have speed recorded in MPH, drive for one mile in
Calibration Mode. To have speed recorded in KPH, drive for one
kilometer. The speed pulse count increments as the vehicle travels.
[3600], maximum 6
characters
Calibrate
When calibrating speed, it is best to use known road markers to
determine a mile, as reading the odometer may introduce errors.
• Press Calibrate to begin calibration.
• Press Stop after driving exactly one mile.
* The Geo-fencing rectangular area is defined by the top left and bottom right coordinates. If other
coordinates are entered, such as top right and bottom left, inaccurate results may be generated.
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GPS Settings Menu
Use the GPS Settings menu to configure how GPS data is displayed.
Figure 69 GPS Settings Menu
Table 12 GPS Settings Menu Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
GPS Display
Show or hide the GPS display. With a GPS module connected
to the DVR, the latitude and longitude of the vehicle location
are displayed.
[On], Off
GPS Time
Show or hide the GPS time.
[Off], On
UTC Reference
UTC refers to the atomic clock standard in Greenwich,
England. The DVR location is a certain time difference from
UTC time. Determine your time difference from UTC time and
select this time.
• For example, Eastern Standard Time is –5 hours from UTC
time.
• Pacific Standard Time is –8 hours from UTC time.
–12 [–5] to –1, 0, +1 to +12
Fencing (Geo-fencing)
Alarm
Using GPS, geo-fencing lets the administrator set a designated
geographic radius. If the vehicle deviates from this area, the
DVR sounds an alarm.
Enable or disable the fencing alarm to record an alarm or not.
[Off], ALM 1, ALM 2, ALM
3, ALM 4
Coordinate Style: Circle
Set the coordinate style to a circle. Enter information for LAT
and LONG, as displayed in Figure 69.
[Circle], Rectangle
Circle Center: LAT
Set the latitude to 0° 00.00.00’ through 90° 00.00.00’.
[0 0.0 0 N]
Circle Center: LONG
Set the longitude 0° 00.00.00’ through 180° 00.00.00’.
[0 0.0 0 E]
Distance
If the coordinate style is circle, this option defines the radius.
[1] to 999
Units
Set the units in miles or kilometers.
[Miles] KM
Coordinate Style: Rectangle
Set the coordinate style to a rectangle. Enter information for
Top Left: LAT and LONG and Bottom Right: LAT and LONG
appear, as displayed in Figure 69.
Top Left: LAT *
Set the latitude to 0° 00.0000’ through 90° 00.0000’.
[0 0.0 0 N]
Top Left: LONG *
Set the longitude to 0° 00.00.00’ through 180° 00.00.00’.
[0 0.0 0 E]
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Table 12 GPS Settings Menu Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Bottom Right: LAT *
Set the latitude to 0° 00.00.00’ through 90° 00.00.00’.
[0 0.0 0 N]
Bottom Right: LONG *
Set the longitude to 0° 00.00.00’ through 180° 00.00.00’.
[0 0.0 0 E]
* The Geo-fencing rectangular area is defined by the top left and bottom right coordinates. If other
coordinates are entered, such as top right and bottom left, inaccurate results may be generated.
Recording Settings Menu
Use the Recording Settings menu to set the resolution, camera speed in frames per second (FPS), image
quality, Record Delay-On and Record Delay-Off times, and other recording options.
Figure 70 Recording Settings Menu
Table 13 Record Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Repeat Record
Enables recording over older video data once the hard drive is full.
• When On, at 100%, the on screen display HD Used message
shows “N/A Repeating”. The DVR continues recording
overwriting the first recorded data.
• When Off, at 100%, the on screen display HD Used message
shows “100%. The DVR stops recording.
[On], Off
Record Delay-On Time
Enables a time delay after switched power to the DVR is turned on.
0, [30 sec], 1, 5, 10, 20, 30,
45, 60 min
Record Delay-Off Time
Enables a time delay to continue recording after the switched power
to the DVR is turned off.
0, [15], 30 sec, 1, 5, 10, 20,
30, 45, 60 min
Power Delay-Off Time
Enables a time delay after the record delay-off time expires to keep
the DVR on but not recording. The control connector on the DVR
back panel remains active to allow peripherals such as Smart-Reach
to be powered up during the power delay time.
0, [15], 30 sec, 1, 5, 10, 20,
30, 45, 60 min, 2, 4 hours
Alarm Partition Size
Enables a portion of the hard drive to be reserved for alarm data that
needs to be protected and not erased by the Repeat Record function.
[Off], 10, 20, 30, 40%
Overwrite Alarm
Partition
When an Alarm Partition size is selected, enable or disable recording
over older protected alarms once the alarm partition is full.
[Off], On
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Camera Settings Menus
Use the Camera Settings menus to set the FPS, picture quality, recording resolution, and audio recording
for up to 4 standard analog cameras.
Figure 71 Camera Settings Menu
Table 14 Camera Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Speed
Set the camera frame rate. The MX-HD has a maximum available frame
rate of 120 frames per second available which can be distributed between
up to 4 cameras.
Off, 1, 5, 7.5, 10, [15],
30 fps
Quality
Set the picture quality option. The DVR uses H.264 video compression
to extend the recording time on the hard drive. See Estimated Recording
Time tables in the Explorer MX-HD DVR User Guide, 700-0160.
1, 2, [3], 4
Resolution
Set the recording resolution in pixels. The higher the recording
resolution, the shorter the recording time on the hard drive.
[720 × 480],
720 × 240,
360 × 240
Audio Recording
Enables audio recording for the input channel.
Off, [On]
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Record 2 Settings Menus
Built-in dual technology allows the recording of two information streams, one designed for high resolution
playback on a PC, and the other for real-time viewing over a low bandwidth network, such as a cellular
link. In the event of an emergency, access the video on-line with a cell phone or PDA via your cell network
plan to assess the situation.
The Record 2 settings are less than the highest setting for speed and quality of the primary recording
stream. Use the Record 2 Settings menus to set the FPS, picture quality, and recording resolution for up to
4 standard analog cameras.
Figure 72 Record 2 Settings Menu 1-4
Table 15 Record 2 Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Speed
Set the camera frame rate. The MX-HD has a maximum available frame
rate of 120 frames per second available which can be distributed between
up to 4 cameras.
Off, 1, 5, 7.5, 10, [15],
30 fps
Quality
Set the picture quality option. The DVR uses H.264 video compression
to extend the recording time on the hard drive. See Estimated Recording
Time tables in the Explorer MX-HD DVR User Guide, 700-0160.
1, 2, [3], 4
Resolution
Set the recording resolution in pixels. The higher the recording
resolution, the shorter the recording time on the hard drive.
720 × 480, 720 × 240,
[360 × 240]
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Timer Settings Menus
Use the Timer Settings menu to change the timer schedules to turn the DVR on and off independently of
the vehicle ignition. The DVR supports ten independent timers that can be used to control when and how
the DVR records.
Figure 73 Timer Settings Menus
Table 16 Timer Settings (1 to 10)
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Enable Timers
Enables preset times for recording.
[Off], On
Day
Set the timer to record on a specific day, daily, every weekday
(WDY), or only on the weekend (WND).
DLY, [WLY], WND, SUN, MON,
TUE, WED, THU, FRI, SAT
Start
Set in 12-hour format.
•
Set in 24-hour format.
•
Set in 12-hour format.
•
Set in 24-hour format.
•
Enables and disables the timer.
[Off], On
End
Set
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00:00 to 23:59 for 24 hr
format
[12:00 AM] to 11:59P for 12
hr format,
00:00 to 23:59 for 24 hr
format
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HD Camera Settings Menu
Use the HD Camera menu to change the CHW camera settings to meet different video recording
requirements.
Figure 74 HD Camera Settings Menu
Table 17 HD Camera Settings
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Title
Enter a camera title.
[HD Cam]
Maximum 8 characters
Enable
Select to enable or disable the camera to record video.
[On], Off
Mode
Select the recording mode.
[Record], Record2
Frame Rate
Depending on the mode selected, select a frame rate for the
camera. When Record2 mode is selected, 5 is the maximum
frame rate available.
Record:
5, 10, [15], 30 fps
Record2: 1, [5] fps
Quality
Depending on the mode selected, select a recording quality for
the camera. When Record2 mode is selected, 3 is the maximum
recording quality available.
See Estimated Recording Time tables in the MX-HD User
Guide.
Record: 1, 2, [3], 4
Record2: 1, [2], 3
Audio
Not available.
[Off]
Test Camera Connection
Click to test camera connection.
Green = working
Red = not working.
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Advanced Settings Menu
CAUTION: HD Camera Network
Contact Seon Support if you wish to edit settings on this menu. Improper editing may cause network
communication problems.
The Advanced Settings menu is used to change the IP subnet address that the DVR monitors to receive HD
camera data. These IP settings should only be changed if the HD camera subnet conflicts with the DVR
network subnet. If the IP address in this menu is edited, the IP address stored on the camera must be
similarly changed.
Important: In order for the DVR to communicate with other network equipment, the IP Addresses, Subnet Mask, and HTTP
port must be set correctly. If not set correctly, communication failure including loss of recording will result.
Tip: Contact Customer Service for help performing any additional configurations such as changing the HD Camera Advanced
settings.
Figure 75 Advanced HD Camera Settings Menu
Table 18 Timer Settings 1 to 10)
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
DVR Camera-Net IP
Address
Enter the DVR’s subnet IP address for communicating with the
attached HD camera.
[172.30.1.100]
Maximum 12 characters
Mask
Enter a subnet mask, (12 characters maximum). The DVR uses
the Mask to auto-complete the common segments of the HD
Camera IP Address.
[255.255.255.0]
HD Camera IP Address
Enter the attached HD camera’s subnet IP address (12 characters
maximum).
[172.30.1.1]
HTTP Port
Enter an HTTP port.
[80], 1025 to 65535
HD Cam Defaults
Click to reload the default settings for the IP addresses, subnet
mask, and HTTP port, and the HD Camera menu settings.
See Figure 75
Test Camera Connection
Click to test camera connection.
Green = working
Red = not working.
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Network Settings Menu
The Explorer MX-HD DVR has a built-in Ethernet interface for connecting to any of the following:
•
•
HD camera for high definition recording
PC computer with IE 8 for vMax Web DVR access
•
Smart-Reach® mobile wireless bridge equipment (analog cameras only)
See Installation Diagrams, on page 5.
CAUTION: Network Configuration
To connect using the network connection, each host (computer) connected to the network must
have a unique IP address. A qualified IT administrator is required to provide information
about the network settings and to configure the Network settings, DDNS settings, and E-mail
settings.
To perform any configuration, assign an IP address, reset the Smart-Reach Mobile wireless
bridge, or other operating information, contact Seon Technical Support.
Use the Network settings menu to set the network communication parameters necessary to use the SmartReach Mobile wireless bridge equipment and Ethernet on the Explorer MX-HD.
Figure 76 Network Settings Menu
Table 19 Network Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Setting Type
For network settings, consult your IT administrator to
configure the setting type and IP address.
Off,
[Static IP], (a permanent address on
the Internet assigned by the
network administrator),
DHCP (Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol) automates
the assignment of IP addresses in a
network
If DHCP is used, the subnet mask, default gateway and DNS
server are configured automatically.
IP Address
Uses an IP address composed of four octets separated by
decimals.
[169.254.1.1]
Subnet Mask
Enter the network subnet mask as determined by a qualified
network expert.
[255.255.0.0]
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Table 19 Network Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Default Gateway
Gateway address uniquely identifies a host or computer on the
LAN which connects the subnet to other networks. Enter the
default gateway as determined by a qualified network expert
or network administrator.
[169.254.1.1]
DNS Server
Uses an IP address composed of four octets separated by
decimals. See DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name Server)
Settings, on page 61.
0.0.0.0
MAC (Media Access
Control) Address (fixed)
The DVR’s unique hardware number.
User Levels Menu
Figure 77 User Levels Menu
CAUTION: DVR Password Security
The default password is 11111111. For security purposes, Seon recommends that the user default login
and system settings passwords should be changed. Seon is not responsible if the password is lost or
forgotten.
Set up to enable multiple users to access the DVR with vMax Web View with various permission levels.
Table 20 User Levels Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Name
Six user names can be configured to have remote access to the DVR.
These are case sensitive.
[Admin] for User 1
[Blank] for User 2 to 6,
Maximum 8 characters
Password
Set the password for each individual user.
[11111111]
Maximum 8 characters
Level
Each user is assigned a specific access level. Three levels are
[Admin] for User 1,
supported:
[Playback] for User 2 to 6
• playback - allows the user to play and archive recorded video and
view live video.
• configure - allows the user playback rights plus DVR configuration.
• administrator - allows user full rights to the DVR setting.
User 1 (User 2 to 6)
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DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name Server) Settings
[
Figure 78 DDNS Settings Menu
Table 21 DDNS Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
DDNS (Dynamic
Domain Name Server)
DynDNS currently supported.
Maximum 64 characters
User Name
Set the user name.
Maximum 32 characters
Password
Set the password.
Maximum 32 characters
Record ID
This is typically a numeric string.
Maximum 16 characters
FQDN Host Name
The fully qualified domain name for the host. I.e.
mydvr.myname.dyndns.com
Maximum 64 characters
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System Settings Menu
The System Settings menu allows control of system level settings and functions that should only be
accessed by authorized individuals.
CAUTION: DVR Password Security
The default password is 11111111. For security purposes, Seon recommends that the user default login
and system settings passwords should be changed. Seon is not responsible if the password is lost or
forgotten.
Figure 79 System Settings Menu
Table 22 System Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Disk Full
Set to send e-mail notification when the disk is full.
[Off], E-mail
HD Failure
Set to send e-mail notification if the hard drive fails.
[Off], E-mail
Password Enable
If set to On, the STOP/TEMP PWR button on the DVR is locked out
and requires a password.
[Off], On
Password
The password is maximum eight digits.
[11111111], 00000000 to
99999999
Audio Output Channel
Select the audio output channel that is output on the Audio RCA
output on the front of the DVR.
[1], 2, 3, 4
vMax Web Timeout
Set the amount of time after the last user action when vMax Web will
log the user out and close.
Off, 5 min, [10 min], 20 min,
30 min, 45 min, 1 hr
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Program Update Menu
Figure 80 Program Update Menu
The Program Update menu enables users to update the internal firmware and to store and load the DVR
configuration.
Table 23 Program Update Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
Load Configuration
Load the configuration settings from a USB device. MEM1 and MEM2
are customized configuration settings.
The drop down list will only show the most
recent 10 configuration files on the USB
device.
[Default],
MEM1,
MEM2
Include Network
Select whether or not to include network settings when uploading a
configuration to the DVR.
[No}, Yes
Store Current
Configuration
Store the DVR configuration settings to a USB device.
[USB Device],
MEM1, MEM2
File Name
Set the file name of the configuration file you are saving.
[SEO1]
Maximum 4 characters
Load
Load the new DVR configuration settings.
Store
Store the DVR’s configuration to a USB device.
Update
Upgrade the firmware. See Updating the Firmware, on page 38.
Format
Format the hard drive.
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Figure 81 Load Configuration: Warning Message
Figure 82 Store DVR Configuration to USB Device Message
Figure 83 Update DVR Firmware Message
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Figure 84 Formatting the Hard Drive Message
E-mail Settings Menu
The E-mail Settings feature requires network connectivity. See Network Settings Menu, on page 59.
Figure 85 Email Settings
Table 24 Email Settings Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
SMTP Server
Set the server name.
Maximum 32 characters
SMTP Port
Set the SMTP port.
[25], 1 through 9999
Authentication
Set the authentication.
Login, [None]
User Name
Set the user name, when Login is selected.
Maximum 32 characters
Password
Set the password, when Login is selected.
Maximum 32 characters
Sender
Set the sender e-mail.
Maximum 64 characters
Receiver
Set the receiver e-mail.
Maximum 32 characters,
separate multiple addresses
with , or ;
Subject
Set the subject.
Maximum 32 characters
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One-Touch Settings Menu
Use the ONE TOUCH button when a video monitor is unavailable. Use One-Touch download for
downloading specific alarm or event information to a USB memory device via the USB port. One-Touch
download is available when the DVR is in live, playback, or record mode. Use the ONE TOUCH button on
the DVR.
Recommendation: Using the One-Touch to archive several minutes or hours of video may take a long time. For large
volume video transfers, retrieve the DVR hard drive from the DVR and view the video playback via the vMax software.
Figure 86 One-Touch Settings Menu
Table 25 One-Touch Setting Configuration Items
Menu Item
Description
Value [Default]
One-Touch Download
Set the video type to be downloaded.
[Alarms], Today,
Time, Clip
From Date
Set the month, day, and year.
From Time
Set the time 12 AM to 11 PM for 12 hour format
and 00 to 23 for 24 hour format.
Depends on the hard
drive data.
To Date
Set the month, day, and year.
To Time
Set the time 12 AM to 11 PM for 12 hour format
and 00 to 23 for 24 hour format.
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Dimensions
Important: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Table 26 Physical Specifications
Smart-Link
Weight and Material 9 oz (255 g), steel, powder coated black
paint
MX-HD
5.3 lb (2.4 kg) including lockbox, steel, powder
coated black paint
MX-HD DVR
11
9 16 "
3
7 16 "
183
247
13
2 16 "
72
7
1 16 "
1
54"
1
2 16 "
37
134
52
3
44"
120
7
38"
98
Figure 87 MX-HD DVR
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4
in
16
83 mm
3
5
in
16
58 mm
2
4
in
16
134 mm
5
14
in
16
150 mm
5
Figure 88 Smart-Link Module
Related Documents
For more information, see the following user guides:
•
•
•
•
•
•
Explorer MX-HD Basic and Plus Mobile DVR User Guide, document number 700-0160
CHW Series Camera Installation Guide, document number 700-0149
POE Switch Installation Guide, document number 700-0193
POE Injector Installation Guide, document number 700-0166
Diagnostic Button Installation Guide, document number 700-0142
RGY Illuminator Installation Guide, document number 700-0139
Customer Service Contact Information
Toll free telephone
1-877-630-7366
Telephone
604-941-0880
Email
service@seon.com
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