NOTE: This guide is for the following recorders : DVR-1000 (16ch), 1250, 1260, 1425, 1450, 1580, 2555, 2900, 3000, 3200, 3250, 3260, 3425, 3450, 4000, 4100, 4150, 4200, 4400, 4550, 4600, 4750, 5000, HDR6-8000, HDR6-8100, HDR4-8200, NVR-7072, 7082, 7085, 7285, 7300, 7400
This guide is intended for customers to reset their Swann recorder when they have forgotten their password. This guide is for the model series 1580 rev.1*, 4550 rev.1*, 4750, 7300 & 7400 which is up to date. If your recorder is not up to date, this method may not work and you will need to call Swann Tech Support and request assistance from an agent.
Acquiring the reset code
The reset code on new recorders is acquired primarily by using the relevant client software on a Windows PC or Mac computers. Other methods exist, but they usually require a level of networking knowledge over what we expect customers need to operate their system.
The reset code itself is a unique 12 character string that is generated by the unique hardware identifier of the network interface of the device, known as the MAC address.
To find your recorder's reset code, connect the recorder to your router (if you have not yet done so) and install and run the software on your computer.
Installing the software
Download the software
The first step is to download the necessary software to your PC. A link to the software is below.
Using the software
The first time you run SwannView Link, you will see this screen.
The software opens to the main page with various information displayed. Click on Add Device. You should see this below:
Copy down any MAC address starting with the characters ‘EC71DB’ first, then any others. Ignore the colons as they are not necessary.
Entering the reset code
You now use what you wrote down in the previous step to initiate a password reset on the recorder. On the System Login, click Forgot Password.
On the recorder:
The reset code needs to be entered after clicking Forgot Password. Enter it in the Super Password field. Letters are in UPPERCASE without the colons (e.g EC71DB5C4AF5).
If the window you see looks similar to the image below, you are in the wizard. The reset code be entered in this area. Make sure to setup your new password and click NEXT. You can cancel the rest of the Setup Wizard if you want.
Cancel the wizard then open the right-click menu and select Main Menu (home button) to access the login window.
Once you enter in the "admin" username and reset code, the recorder will reboot. That indicates that the reset is successful and you will be presented with the window to enter a starting password after the recorder has finished rebooting.
You will need to re-enter a new password every time you reset the password. The reset code be used to login to the recorder nor can it be used for remote access.
If this method didn't let you get your recorder's MAC address, consider trying this alternative method: