NOTE: This guide is for the following recorders : DVR-4480G, 4480RN, 4480V, 4580G, 4580RN, 4580V, 4680, 4680RN, 4680A, 4680X, 4680XN, 4685, 4685RN, 4780V, 4980, 5580, 5580A, 5580G, 5580G2, 5580RN, 5580RU, 5680, 5680A, 5680RN, 5680X, 5680XN, NVR-8580, 8580RN, 8780, 8780RN, NVW-650, 800
Swann's OS 5 recorders now has the feature to save images or recordings through Cloud which might be more accessible to you without being on the unit itself. This can serve as another way to get notified when there's a movement detected on one of your cameras.
Couple of things to prepare:
- Make sure to have a Dropbox account ready. If you don't have one, visit Dropbox and register first.
- Then make sure your recorder is connected to the internet. Not having this will obviously not send the recordings on the Cloud or even give you access online.
- On Swann Security app, go to Menu > Dropbox.
Choose your recorder that you want to setup.
- It will open Dropbox app or Dropbox website will open (depends on what you have) – make sure you are logged in to the Dropbox account where pictures or videos will be saved.
- Allow – choose this to allow Swann Security to gain access on Dropbox.
- COMPLETE! – it will go back to the Swann Security app once you chose Allow. Tap again the recorder and this message (image at the right) should appear.
In case it repeats step 3, just cancel it or go back, then you’ll see this message (image at the right).
Enable Cloud Notification
- Go to Menu > Alarm > Detection
- Click on Action
- Enable Picture to Cloud or Video to Cloud on selected Channels.
...and you're DONE! Now every time the recorder detects movement, it will then send it to your Dropbox.
Be aware of the following:
- Default Dropbox storage has limited storage space
- Not all channels can be selected to upload video
- Uploads to Dropbox consume upload data, be aware of potential additional charges when using an internet connection with caps/data usage charges
- Consider using the Overwrite option to select a timeframe that the Cloud storage uses, to keep the storage from filling up. Note that if the storage fills up before the Overwrite deadline, that it will operate the same as Auto
- Be aware that a desktop PC with the Dropbox software installed may download any recordings to the Dropbox folder on that PC