How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station

If you have read my DIY home security camera system story, you know that I have gone the FullDIY route and created a DIY NAS NVR system. So I have a single box, the QNAP TS-253A running my entire home security system with redundant RAID storage, an OpenVPN server for secure access from outside the home, email notifications, push notifications, and USB backups. And oh, it also serves as my home file server, DLNA server and mobile device backup destination. Did I say I get all of this in one box that costs less than $500? I love my NAS!

So you have bought your QNAP NAS and now would like to setup the NAS as an NVR. Here’s a step-by-step guide showing you how:


Installing QNAP Surveillance Station

  1. Go to the App centre and search for surveillanceHow to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  2. Click the Install button and when it is installed, click the open buttonInstalling Surveillance Station - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  3. Login with your admin accountLogin screen - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  4. The next step is to choose a recording folder. I chose to create a new shared folder called ‘Recordings’. Click Apply.Recording folder - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  5. After a minute, you should reach the Surveillance Station home pageSurveillance Station - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  6. Create a new account with full access in each of your cameras. We will give these login details to Surveillance Station in the next step. Make sure the accounts are of type Operator and not User if you are using Hikvision cameras. Here’s what this looks like in my Hikvision IP camera:Hikvision account setup - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVilleNote: If you have trouble getting QNAP Surveillance Station to recognise your cameras, just use the admin account of your camera.
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Adding a camera

  1. Go to Camera Settings and click Camera ConfigurationQNAP Camera Configuration - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  2. Now click on the Add button. Add Camera - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVilleI like to manually configure my cameras, but you can also have the NAS search for them automatically using uPNP or ONVIF. uPNP - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVilleIf you have disabled uPNP on your cameras, you will be able to use only the ONVIF or manual setup method.
  3. Select the camera you want to add, enter the camera details and then click TEST. Adding a camera - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVilleMake sure you use an account with admin privileges, otherwise you will get a question mark instead of the preview image. Click Next.
  4. Enter the quality settings as desired. Click Next.Video quality settings - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  5. Enable Schedule recording if you wish to record 24/7. Click Next.Schedule settings - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  6. Review the settings you have chosen and click Next.Confirmation - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  7. You should now see the success message.Success - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  8. Once you have added all your cameras, the camera configuration page will look like this:Camera configuration page - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
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Viewing your cameras

  1. The first time you click on the Monitor button, you will get the following message:QMon - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille
  2. Once you install the QMon plugin, you should be able to view all your cameras simultaneouslyMonitor - How to set up your own DIY NAS NVR using QNAP Surveillance Station - VueVille

That’s it, now you have set up QNAP Surveillance Station to receive video streams from your IP cameras.

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What next?

Here are some suggested next steps:

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