Setting up a Sharx Security Network Video Recorder

The new Sharx Security HTNR16560 records and displays up to 16 cameras with a total of 240 frames per second (fps).

Full specifications are here: NVR Flyer

Setup involves only a few steps. When connected to power and a monitor for the first time, it displays an “Easy Setup” series of 10 screens. The included mouse can be plugged into the front USB port for menu selections. At remote locations such as vacation homes the NVR can work totally standalone or connected only to a modem, but the more common method to use the NVR is to connect it to an existing network. For that, we recommend to connect the NVR to your router using a Cat5e network cable plugged into one of your router’s LAN ports and the single NVR network port labeled “WAN” (wide area network). The other 16 network connections are for cameras.

Screen 1: System Admin: Here is where you select a username and password. We recommend to keep the username admin, and then to type a password that is easy for you to remember.

Screen 2: Connection Mode: Here is where you can set a static IP, but we recommend to choose a dynamic IP and then also to set the DNS to Auto, and to later reserve the NVR’s IP address in your router’s address reservation menu.

Screen 3: Port / Connection Test: We recommend to keep defaults.

If you like to test that the NVR can reach out to the internet, this menu also has an option where you could type the name of a web site (such as ) using the on screen keyboard. Note: one of the more common issues is to be sure you are actually typing the dot (period) with the on screen keyboard. Since you haven’t set the screen resolution yet, the low initial screen resolution might make the dot and comma look somewhat similar. The dot is next to the slash /

Screen 4:DVRNS / Dashboard: These menus are helpful for remote access, but can be safely skipped for now and you can come back to this later if you are planning remote access to the NVR.

Screen 5: IP Camera registration: Here’s where you define what cameras should be displayed and recorded. The cameras can be either on the NVR’s own network (when connected to the NVR’s built in PoE switch) or the cameras can be on your main network the same way that the NVR was connected. Latest generation Sharx Security SCNC series cameras such as SCNC3924, or any Sharx Security HTNC series camera will be recognized automatically when plugged into the NVR’s LAN jacks, given at least 2 minutes for the camera to start up and acquire an IP address from the NVR. For cameras not plugged into the NVR, you’d click on the AUTO/MANUAL button, uncheck the checkbox from the camera number that you’d like to add manually, then check the checkbox for “detail” and click on “Search”. Then you select one of the cameras that were found, and then you’d click on the “Registration” button next to the camera that you wish to add. This brings up a menu where you can type the password for the camera. All other settings are typically left at defaults. Then you click on “Test” to make sure you typed the correct password, and then OK to return to the previous menu to add more cameras. Manually added cameras from your network can be deleted, while automatically assigned cameras plugged into the NVR’s own network ports can only be removed by unplugging them from the network jack.

Screen 6: IP Camera Setup: We recommend to keep the defaults in this menu

Screen 7: Time Sync: Here’s where you select your time zone. We recommend to click on the “Time Sync”, then check the checkbox for “use”, and set the time server to and this will automatically synchronize the NVR to the US government’s time server. If you don’t have an internet connection at that location you’d keep the “use” checkbox unchecked.

Screen 8: Camera: Here’s where you can give your cameras more descriptive names than “Cam 1” etc. Or you can keep all defaults.

Screen 9: Record Quality: This menu allows you to choose the quality level at which the NVR will record your cameras. The default is 30 fps / 4000K bit rate which is ok for up to 8 cameras, and to allow for 16 cameras you’d reduce the frame rate to 15.

Screen 10: Monitor: Now we can set the resolution of the monitor. Typically you’d connect a full HD monitor or TV screen, and here’s where you’d set it to 1920 x 1080 to take full advantage of your monitor’s resolution.

All done!

Now you can see your cameras on the monitor and everything is automatically being recorded as well

You can also log in to the NVR over your local network, and either go directly to the setup menus or go to the viewing menu. Please note that your browser must have a current version of Java, and that it must be enabled in order to view the live video.




Using Sharx Security HTNC series cameras with Netcam Studio

Sharx Security HTNC and SCNC cameras now support ONVIF and this allows the cameras to be used with various software even if there is no dedicated driver.

Here is an example with Netcam Studio:

We installed Netcam Studio and went to “Add video source”

Then we selected the “ONVIF Source” tab

And we clicked on the 3 dots next to the “ONIF Source” which brought up all our HTNC series cameras automatically

We selected the HTNC4404M and clicked on “Accept Selected”

It filled in the model number automatically and we entered username and password and then we clicked on Connect

After “connect” it populated a whole bunch of profiles:

We picked “Profile1 – RTSP_UDP” and then filled in the “Source Name” field with the name HTNC

Then “Save” just worked: