FunLux 4 Channel HD Video sPoE NVR Security System

FunLux 4CH HD Video Security System - 1TB Network Video Recorder

Video Management Software For FunLux PoE NVR System

When it comes to the software for “more affordable” surveillance systems, it’s usually very limited and usually a bit flaky with stability. After playing with the software for the FunLux system, I found it to be very stable and does a LOT for what it is. First off, they have software that can be installed on your iOS or Android device but they also have a software installation for Windows and even a web-based solution which works decently. We’ll take a look at all three options (PC Software, PC Browser, and Mobile) to find out what features are available with them and how well they work.

The first software solution that we’ll take a look at, and probably the one that you will use the most is the PC Software version of Zviewer. Once you launch Zviewer, it will scan your network for the IP NVR and Cameras and the populate them in the Device List as shown below. To begin configuring your NVR, right click on the NVR and choose Remote Settings.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings

From here you can change the NVR settings, which are separate from the camera settings but we’ll see that a bit later. The first option is the time settings, which can be setup as NTP (automatically adjusts) or you can setup for manual settings. I chose the NTP and it seems to be working perfectly fine. If your NVR does not have Internet access through your network, NTP will not work and you’ll need to use manual settings here or local time.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – Time Settings

The image settings allows for you to adjust the settings but only for the Channel 1 I found. So I’m not going to go over the Image Settings under the NVR Remote Settings. We’ll see these settings later on when you start configuring the individual cameras.

The Network  Settings by default will use DHCP to get IP information. I went ahead and gave my NVR a static IP, so I always know how to reach it. I entered all of the details here and clicked save.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - Network Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – Network Settings

If you prefer, you can change the listening ports.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - Network Settings - Listening Port
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – Network Settings – Listening Port

You can also setup a dynamic DNS so that you can easily always know how to connect to your camera system, especially if you are accessing it remotely.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - Network Settings - Dynamic DNS
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – Network Settings – Dynamic DNS

Finally on the Network Settings you can adjust the UPNP ports.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - Network Settings - UPnP
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – Network Settings – UPnP

On the User Management, you can change the password for the admin user but cannot rename it. For security reasons I always rename admin accounts but for some reason you are not allowed to do so which is a negative as far as security goes. However, you can change the password from the default 111111 to something more secure.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - User Management
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – User Management

You can also add additional users, as operators or admins.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - User Management
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – User Management

The Advance Settings gives us Maintenance windows, updates, and device details.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - Advance Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – Advance Settings

You can manually perform a firmware upgrade here but you must have already downloaded the firmware to your PC first.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - Advance Settings - Updates
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – Advance Settings – Updates

The Device information gives us a lot of details about the NVR; the name, MAC address, how many channels it has, alarm inputs and outputs along with the hard drive state. This NVR has a 1TB hard drive and after three days of 24/7 recording, it’s used 53GB of space of the 931GB available. This should give you roughly about 17 days of 24/7 recordings to work with and you can have the oldest overwritten so its continues 17 days of archives available. If you only want to record motion, there is an intelligent record option that we’ll see and this drastically cuts down on the storage space to allow a lot more in the replay archives.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Settings - Advance Settings - Device Info
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Settings – Advance Settings – Device Info

Each camera also has a Remote Settings feature which gives us some similar options but also a couple of new options as well.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Camera Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Camera Settings

The time can be setup different between the camera’s.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Camera Settings - Time Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Camera Settings – Time Settings

The image effect setting can be adjusted for each camera, where in the NVR Image Settings we could only adjust Channel 1.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Camera Settings - Image Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Camera Settings – Image Settings

You also gain a new option, Image Display that allows for you to block out certain portions of the video feed from being recorded. This probably has a better use at businesses than in homes, but it’s here if you want it.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Camera Settings - Image Settings - Block/Censor Viewing
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Camera Settings – Image Settings – Block/Censor Viewing

Then all of the other settings are similar. You can also setup a static IP for each camera, I chose not to do this as you’ll always connect to the NVR and that’s the only one you need with a static IP.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Remote Camera Settings - Network Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Remote Camera Settings – Network Settings

The Playback area of the Zviewer is where you view your recordings. To view a recording, you click on one of the channels, select the storage type (Device video for the recordings on the NVR) and then choose the date. At the bottom of the screen, it will show a timeline along with color coding. Green is your scheduled recordings, red is an alarm, and orange shows where motion was detected.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Playback Recorded Video Footage
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Playback Recorded Video Footage

If you only want to see the sections with motion, you can change the Record Type to Motion Record and the timeline will only show where motion was detected in a given time period.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Playback Recorded Video Footage - Filtering Motion Only
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Playback Recorded Video Footage – Filtering Motion Only

You can also modify the Record Settings on the Playback screen.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Playback Recorded Video Footage - Record Settings
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Playback Recorded Video Footage – Record Settings

You can edit each channel to customize when you want to always record. This can be done differently for the weekend, the weekdays, or for specific days. I have mine setup for 24/7 recordings, which is indicated by all green in the screenshot below.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Playback Recorded Video Footage - Record Settings - Schedule
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Playback Recorded Video Footage – Record Settings – Schedule

The Events tab is where you would setup I/O alarms. This handy if you want to send an alarm to a siren, speaker, or even a light that might flash when motion is detected. You could even wire up a Z-Wave module to alert your smart home hub of this alarm as part of a DIY project. Lots of options for the I/O Alarm, but are outside the scope of this review.

FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software - Playback Recorded Video Footage - Record Settings - Alarm
FunLux Zviewer NVR Camera Software – Playback Recorded Video Footage – Record Settings – Alarm

Those are the main settings for the ZViewer for Windows. Overall it’s an easy to use software that works well and isn’t overly complicated to figure out or utilize. Read on to the next page and we’ll take a look at the web browser version of the software.

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James Anderson

James is the owner and editor-in-chief of Geek Inspector. He enjoys technology, motorcycles, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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