This tutorial will show you how to set up motion detection email alerts for your Hikvision camera such as the Hikvision DS-2CD2042WD-I. You can use these settings even if you use the camera with an NVR such as the Hikvision DS-7608NI-E2/8N.
Set up motion detection
Using your favourite web browser, login to your camera using its IP address as the URL. If you haven’t yet changed the username and password, these will be admin and 12345 (change your password ASAP!). Set up your desired motion detection pages in your camera’s web interface.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
Turn on email alerts
Next make sure email alerts are turned on in each of your motion detection settings pages (Motion Detection, Video Tampering, Face Detection, Line Crossing Detection or Intrusion Detection) as shown below:back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
Set up your camera’s internet connection
Your camera needs some information so that it can connect to the internet and send the email alert out. Fill out the fields highlighted in yellow. Leave everything else at the default values. If you do not know your IPv4 details, click here.
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Configure your email settings
We need to configure the camera as the email sender. So first we need to create an email account that the camera can use to send the email alert to a ‘receiver’ account. So the ‘sender’ is the camera and the receiver is the email address(es) that you want to receive the alerts on. I recommend the excellent free email GMX service but if you want to use Gmail refer to the next section. So create a GMX email account here. Then follow the steps below to configure your camera:
Step 1: Click on the configuration tab
Step 2: Under Advanced Configuration, click on Network
Step 3: Choose the email tab
Step 4: Enter the login details of the account you created at GMX – this is the sender account. Enter the ‘receiver’ account details – this is where the email alerts will be received.
Test your settings
Step 5: Click the Test button. You should see the “Testing Succeeded” message and receive a test email at the ‘receiver’ address(es).
If not, you need to ensure that all settings such as TCP/IP and email settings are entered correctly as in the screenshots above.
Save your settings
Finally save your settings:
Now test your email alerts by intentionally setting off the motion detection of your camera. You should get an email alert within 60 seconds.back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
One of our readers has got the Hikvision set up to use Gmail, thanks Rob!
I was able to successfully have the camera send to a Gmail (Google Apps) SMTP mail server. The key was to check “Enable StartTLS” (without this enabled the send attempt would fail) and using the following:
- SMTP Server: smtp.gmail.com
- SMTP Port: 587
- Encryption: TLS Authentication enabled
If you chose a Gmail address as one of your ‘receiver’ accounts, you may occasionally find that you no longer receive alerts. This is because Gmail automatically moves these emails to the Junk folder – it will treat the sender address as a suspicious sender due to repeated motion detection email alerts being sent day in and day out. Simply choose the option to treat the ‘sender’ address as a trusted email address and this behaviour should stop.
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