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.
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.
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.
If you prefer, you can change the listening ports.
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.
Finally on the Network Settings you can adjust the UPNP ports.
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.
You can also add additional users, as operators or admins.
The Advance Settings gives us Maintenance windows, updates, and device details.
You can manually perform a firmware upgrade here but you must have already downloaded the firmware to your PC first.
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.
Each camera also has a Remote Settings feature which gives us some similar options but also a couple of new options as well.
The time can be setup different between the camera’s.
The image effect setting can be adjusted for each camera, where in the NVR Image Settings we could only adjust Channel 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also modify the Record Settings on the Playback screen.
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.
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.
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.